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Tom Thibodeau Biography
Tom Thibodeau was born January 17, 1958 and is an Americanbasketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Hepreviously served as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics.
As a defensive coach, he helped the Houston Rockets rankamong the Top 5 in the league in scoring defense and field goal percentagedefense from 2004 to 2007, and has helped his team finish in the league's Top10 in team defense 15 times. He coached in 87 playoff games and was part of the1999 NBA Finals as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks prior to joiningthe Celtics, with whom he won the 2008 NBA Championship.
After four years at Harvard, he entered the NBA as anassistant coach with an expansion team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, under headcoach Bill Musselman in 1989. Prior to the 199192 season, he joined theSeattle SuperSonics as an advance scout.
Thibodeau moved to the San Antonio Spurs the followingseason, where he worked as an assistant coach to Jerry Tarkanian, Rex Hughesand John Lucas for two seasons. After the 199394 season, he left the Spursalong with Lucas to become an assistant under Lucas with the Philadelphia76ers. After the 199596 season, he again left simultaneously with Lucas, thistime joining the New York Knicks as an assistant to head coach Jeff Van Gundy.
During his tenure with the Knicks, he helped the team set athen-NBA record by holding 33 consecutive opponents under 100 points in the200001 season. As part of the Knicks coaching staff, he also helped Jeff VanGundy to coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.He spent seven years with the Knicks before joining the Houston Rockets priorto the 200304 season, where again he was an assistant to head coach Van Gundy.
On August 30, 2007, Thibodeau was named associate head coachof the Boston Celtics, who hoped to bolster their defense with his hiring.Eventually, he helped the Celtics become the best defensive team in the leaguewith his expertise. On November 4, 2007, Thibodeau took over head coachingduties against the Toronto Raptors in place of Doc Rivers, who was unable tocoach due to the death of his father earlier that day.
During the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Thibodeau had been rumored asa candidate for the vacant head coaching job with the New York Knicks, whom heworked for as an assistant coach for seven years, as well as the Chicago Bulls.However, he wasn't hired as the head coach of either franchise.
Thibodeau led the Celtics to the best rating in several defensivecategories in 200708, and was a key factor in containing Kobe Bryant duringthe 2008 NBA Finals.
On June 2, 2010, the eve of the 2010 NBA Finals, Thibodeauinterviewed with officials from the Chicago Bulls for their vacant head coachposition. On June 5, 2010, the Bulls reportedly reached an agreement withThibodeau to fill their head coaching vacancy. Thibodeau reportedly signed a3-year, $10 million contract. On June 23, 2010, he was finally confirmed as theBulls' head coach.
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