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Bulls Tom Thibodeau named Coach of the Year

Tom Thibodeau

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, second from right, talks to his team during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Indiana Pacers in Chicago, Saturday, April 16, 2011. The Bulls won 104-99.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


UPDATE 5:02 pm: It’s official, Tom Thibodeau is your Coach of the Year. He will be honored before the Bulls game Monday night.

As we said, this is well deserved. The Bulls had a roster with eight new players yet melded into a defensive power that finished with the best recoed in the NBA.

Philadelphia’s Doug Collins was second in the voting, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich was third and Denver’s George Karl was fourth.


11:52 am: The Chicago Bulls are having a press conference at 3:30 (eastern) today for a “major announcement.”

That means either Derrick Rose is going to be named MVP or Tom Thibodeau is going to be named Coach of the Year.

Looks like it is Thibodeau’s turn, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, who tweeted this.

Tom Thibodeau has won NBA Coach of the Year, the Tribune has confirmed.

It is possible Rose winning will be announced at the same time.

This is well deserved. The Bulls got 21 games better season over season, and improved to be the best defensive team in the NBA. Rose also credits the growth in his game to the pushing by Thibodeau.

Thibodeau will accept the award, if they can pry him out of the film room for a couple of minutes.