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Bulls Tom Thibodeau named Coach of the Year

May 1, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

Tom Thibodeau AP

UPDATE 5:02 pm: It’s official, Tom Thibodeau is your Coach of the Year. He will be honored before the Bulls game Monday night.

As we said, this is well deserved. The Bulls had a roster with eight new players yet melded into a defensive power that finished with the best recoed in the NBA.

Philadelphia’s Doug Collins was second in the voting, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich was third and Denver’s George Karl was fourth.

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11:52 am: The Chicago Bulls are having a press conference at 3:30 (eastern) today for a “major announcement.”

That means either Derrick Rose is going to be named MVP or Tom Thibodeau is going to be named Coach of the Year.

Looks like it is Thibodeau’s turn, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, who tweeted this.

Tom Thibodeau has won NBA Coach of the Year, the Tribune has confirmed.

It is possible Rose winning will be announced at the same time.

This is well deserved. The Bulls got 21 games better season over season, and improved to be the best defensive team in the NBA. Rose also credits the growth in his game to the pushing by Thibodeau.

Thibodeau will accept the award, if they can pry him out of the film room for a couple of minutes.

  1. liltmac2003 - May 1, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Well deserved.

    I’m glad he won it. He shot down all criticism when teams said he’ll always be a assistant. Than he ties the record for most wins by a rookie head coach, has the number 1 defensive team in the NBA, and works hard no matter what the situation is.

  2. chargerdillon - May 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Hate the Bulls, but this first year defensive-minded coach deserves it. Players love this guy, they loved him in Boston and gave him a lot of credit for the defense the Celtics put on there, and now he’s coaching the #1 ranked #1 defensive team in the league.

    There were a few coaches who could’ve gotten the honor this year. Thibodeau did a hell of a job, congrats

  3. redbear18 - May 1, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Thibodeau deserves it, but i think denver’s George Karl and Philadelphia’s Doug Collins were able to do more with less this year, I would have given it to one of them.

  4. goforthanddie - May 1, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Grats to Thib, he should’ve been a head coach long ago. But Popovich 3rd? That’s a load.

  5. blueintown - May 1, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    First year as a head coach and he already has as many Coach of the Year honors as Phil Jackson…remarkable/ridiculous.

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