Tom Thibodeau wins Coach of the Year

Per KC:

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!


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  • A well-deserved award, indeed. The buy-in to the defensive philosophy is the key here.

    One thing I would add is the development of Derrick Rose. Under Del Negro, Rose was a one-dimensional player -- albeit a very good one. Under Thibs, Rose has added more assists, better 3 point shooting, and most importantly, vastly improved defense. Rose has grown from an exciting, highlight player to a leader and an MVP. Obviously, much of that has to do with Rose's tremendous work ethic and unquenchable desire to get better, but a lot of credit has to go to Thibs and his philosophy of winning basketball -- and his ability to teach. Rose always had the talent and desire, Thibs was the guy who gave him structure and direction.

  • Well-deserved...well-deserved!!

  • In the much anticipated and biggest free agency class ever, Thibs was Bulls best off-season acquisition!

  • In reply to Edward:


    I couldn't agree more with you. Thibodeaux was the Bulls best off-season acquisition.

    And unlike a player whose skills might diminish with age, Coach Thibs will bring his skill, preparation, and intensity year after year.

    An amazing combination: a great teacher in Thibodeaux and an amazing student of the game in Rose. (And a mighty fine team to support him.)

  • In reply to Edward:

    Congratulations Thibs!!! You really deserve to be rewarded for your hard-work !!!

  • In reply to Edward:

    Remember all the early criticism on things like questionable substitutions, starting Bogans, and screaming too much from the sidelines?

    Seems like a distant memory now.

  • In reply to walrus:

    I'm still not happy about Bogans, but I've always been happy about Thibodeau as coach.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    It's not ideal, but I think starting Bogans was more of a security blanket. Early in the year, Bogans was the one guy Thibs could count on to follow his system to a tee and set the example for the other players. Once the Bulls started winning, it became difficult to make that change even though the rest of the team caught up with Thibs style and expectations. It's hard to argue with the results, and having Korver and Brewer come off the bench made us one of the deepest teams in the league.

  • In reply to walrus:

    While I also wished we had someone better than Bogans to start we shouldn't forget that Brewer was hurt in preseason and Bogans had a very good shooting pre. I like what all the guards bring to the table and the stretches he plays them. If Brewer could stay healthy I think Bogans minutes would be minimal. I also give him a lot of credit for really helping them win two of the first round games with his play, yes his shooting. Wish I could say the same for Boozer.

    And before we start writing e bulls ticket to the ECF take a look the Grizz. I don't take anything for granted.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    There tons of guys that played really well in pre-season that shouldn't be on the floor during regular season/playoffs. Bogans is amongst them.

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  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Congrats to Thibs cause no one expected the Bulls to be this good so quick.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    That's true. Nobody even in their dreams expected Thibs's team to do so well nor did they expect Rose to take this monstrous jump. That's why they deserve COY and MVP awards.
    They went from an average team to an elite team when they were supposed to be on the fringe of the elite teams as the best case.

  • In reply to walrus:

    the example is bad fouls, poor shooting, and refusing to take good shots?

  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    Also, the same argument could apply to scalabrine. Thankfully scalabrine isn't playing.

  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    No offense, but Thibs plays Bogans and I'll take his judgment over yours as to what he actually contributes on the court.

  • In reply to walrus:

    The Bulls offense was set up with little expected of the SG other than hitting open 3s. Bogans hit 38% of his.

    Bogans is obviously not what you want long-term as your starting SG, but I truly believe that it's about time some people (cough, Thonus, cough) got over it.:)

  • In reply to walrus:

    Congrats to Thibs. He coached a team that the experts felt were no better than the 4th seed in the East to a league-best 62-20 record. It's the perfect recipe to win the award and I'm glad he won it this season because he won't win it in the foreseeable future (Bulls have blown the chance of shocking the league for the next several years).

  • In reply to walrus:

    Talk about defense, talk about Derrick Rose, both good points. However, I'd like to point out that as soon as he got the job, he called up Luol Deng and told him he thought Deng was underrated and expressed his plans on using him in the upcoming season. He has put his team in a position to succeed. Where Vinny had trouble, Thibodeau has excelled. Glad he got this award.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Congrats to Thibs, lets hope he doesn't follow the usual coach of the year career path from here on out!

  • In reply to walrus:

    Well deserved for a unbelievably good job Thibodeax!

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