Capping a wildly successful first year, the Chicago
Bulls' Tom Thibodeau will be named the NBA's Coach of the Year on
Sunday, sources told the Tribune.
A news conference with the Bulls and the NBA is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Berto Center.
Coach of the year typically goes to someone who "does the most with the least" or the team with the biggest improvement on the year. My personal opinion is that the team with the best defense usually shows the best coaching, since defensive scheme and buy in is typically the one area a coach can typically make a larger impact in.
No matter how you look at COY though, Tom Thibodeau does quite well.
The Chicago Bulls had the largest improvement of any team in the NBA this season.
The Chicago Bulls probably eclipsed expectations by more than just about any team in the NBA this season.
The Chicago Bulls had the best defense in the NBA this season (while having a fairly awful defense last season and not really adding major minute defensive personnel).
The Chicago Bulls had the best record in the league (this doesn't help too often, but it should).
In general, when a team does all of these things, there's plenty of room to spread the praise around. Tom Thibodeau and Derrick Rose are the two greatest reasons for the turnaround though, and it's awesome to see the first of those officially honored later today.
Congratulations Thibs, well deserved!