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Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau
Tom Thibodeau was named head coach of the Chicago Bulls in June 2010. He has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 1989. This is his first job as a head coach.
Tom Thibodeau was named head coach of the Chicago Bulls in June 2010. He has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 1989. This is his first job as a head coach. « Show less

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  • Vintage Derrick Rose brings swagger, Bulls bring dagger in playoff opener

    Vintage Derrick Rose brings swagger, Bulls bring dagger in playoff opener
    Exactly 1,085 days later, Derrick Rose finished a Bulls playoff game — an entertaining 103-91 victory Saturday night over the Bucks at the United Center. And a city exhaled. The last time Rose started one didn't end so well. You recall the scene...
  • It's that time of the season for Bulls' Pau Gasol

     It's that time of the season for Bulls' Pau Gasol
    Last summer, in a conference room at the Los Angeles offices of agent Arn Tellem, Pau Gasol and Tom Thibodeau talked NBA Finals. Not only did they discuss how the addition of Gasol as a free agent would greatly aid the Bulls' chances, the former...
  • Column: Hawks, Warriors have plenty of playoff doubters

    They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Conference — including you, LeBron James. Yet, there's hardly anyone outside Atlanta who believes the Hawks will make it to the NBA...
  • Bulls playing less in regular season could mean more in playoffs

    Bulls playing less in regular season could mean more in playoffs
    To rest or not to rest? NBA teams have debated that internally all season. Should you give your stars big minutes, like the Cavaliers have done with Kyrie Irving (36.4 per game) and LeBron James (36.1)? Or do you go the "Pop" route, ala Spurs coach...
  • Before ruling out an upset in NBA East, listen to these guys

    Having trouble envisioning an upset in the Eastern Conference playoffs? That's understandable, since three teams in the eight-team field didn't finish above .500. Milwaukee (41-41), Boston (40-42) and Brooklyn (38-44) wouldn't have even qualified for the...
  • Bulls expect Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah to play in playoff opener

    Bulls expect Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah to play in playoff opener
    In 1999, Tom Thibodeau served as Jeff Van Gundy's assistant when the Knicks became the first No. 8 seed to advance to the NBA Finals. The Bulls, who open what they hope will be a similarly long playoff run Saturday against the Bucks, are the Eastern...
  • Bulls close to full strength vs. Bucks

    Bulls close to full strength vs. Bucks
    Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson practiced fully and will play for the Bulls Saturday against the Bucks in Game 1. "They’ll roughly be around where they were," coach Tom Thibodeau said, when asked about playing time. "At full strength,...
  • Derrick Rose unconcerned with sore knee heading into NBA playoffs

    Derrick Rose unconcerned with sore knee heading into NBA playoffs
    Derrick Rose sat out USA Basketball's August 2014 scrimmage against the Dominican Republic with what Rose called "body fatigue" and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau termed "general soreness." Then Rose navigated nine games in 16 days of the FIBA World...
  • Orlando Magic fans deserve winner next NBA season

    Orlando Magic fans deserve winner next NBA season
    The Orlando Magic are on the clock. CEO Alex Martins. General manager Rob Hennigan. Second-year player Victor Oladipo. Coach TBA. Everybody come on down and sign a notarized statement and address it to the fans: "We know it's been rough on you the...
  • Deeper look at numbers explains Bucks' success vs. Bulls point guards

    Deeper look at numbers explains Bucks' success vs. Bulls point guards
    If this were a gambling column, we would put it like this: Take the under. The Bulls and Bucks figure to play some heinously low-scoring games. The first team to 90 could win. And the shooters won't be able to blame jet lag. The Bucks rate as the NBA'...
  • Bulls banking on season-long minutes restrictions to pay off in playoffs

    Bulls banking on season-long minutes restrictions to pay off in playoffs
    The high point of the Bulls' disjointed season might not have come when Derrick Rose shredded the Cavaliers for 30 points and seven assists in a 15-point victory just before the All-Star break. It probably didn't occur when Pau Gasol dropped a career-...