Tom Thibodeau set to pace sidelines harder

Last season, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau made it a habit of roaming the sidelines nearly the entire game. And he did it on a bum knee.

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: "Thibodeau underwent partial right knee replacement surgery on July 13 to fix a painful arthritic condition dating to an injury from his playing days at Salem (Mass.) State."

Lower body injuries aren't anything new in the coaching world. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle missed a game in December due to minor arthroscopic knee surgery. Fortunately for Thibodeau, the reigning Coach of the Year, the procedure was done sooner rather than later.

Said Thibodeau: "I'm feeling fine. It was a very minor surgery. It's helped me a lot. Now I can get back to working out. The pain's gone.

"I had surgery in college and it then became arthritic. It just got to a point where it was very difficult to work out because of the swelling after. But now it's fine. I'm back. I'm doing everything, actually. I'm able to work out again. On the elliptical, lifting and all that, so it's great."

Of course, due to the NBA lockout, Thibodeau won't be able to work out with, or talk to, his players. But he's still preparing as if the season begins on time and is ready for anything -- in typical Thibodeau style.

"Making preparations for next season," he said. "Studying film. Working on the playbooks, stuff like that. Working on our offseason projects."

"I'm approaching everything the same way, preparing as if the regular season will start on time. I'll make adjustments later if necessary."

News of his surgery actually being "news," is a surprise to Thibodeau, who matched Paul Westphal's record for most wins by a rookie head coach (62) last season. That's what the lockout does for you.

Keith Bogans to participate in Team Kentucky vs. Team Dominican Republic: University of Kentucky alum and current Bulls guard Keith Bogans will reportedly join a group of eight former UK players now in the NBA to face the Dominican Republic National Team on August 15.

Bogans will be joined by Washington's John Wall, Boston's Rajon Rondo, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, L.A. Clippers' Eric Bledsoe, Philadelphia's Jodie Meeks and Oklahoma City's Nazr Mohammad. The Dominican Republic team will include three current NBA players: Atlanta's Al Horford, Sacramento's Francisco Garcia and Detroit's Charlie Villanueva.

Make that three Bulls players to partake in exhibition games after the NBA lockout began. Last weekend, Derrick Rose and eight other NBA players played in a pair of exhibition games in the Philippines, while Brian Scalabrine was among 20 NBA players to play in the Hoops 206 Charity Basketball Classic in Seattle.

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