All coaches on the professional level have to deal with many things throughout a season. They have to deal with egos of players, injuries throughout the roster, making sure the team is on the same page and being consistent. Chicago Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau has dealt with all of that and a whole lot more the last four years. Does this make coach Thibs the best coach in the NBA?
Coach Thibodeau has accomplished a lot since becoming head coach of the Bulls in 2010. In 2011, he was named coach of the year. He led the Bulls to the best regular season records in 2011 and 2012. The Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011. On top of all that, he became the fastest coach in NBA history to reach 100 wins and he accomplished that milestone in 2012.
Last season was Thibodeau’s toughest challenge. He went into the season knowing his best player and former MVP Derrick Rose would be out of the lineup for a significant amount of time. Rose ended up missing the entire season, and that put more stress on Thibodeau. But he kept on coaching and eventually led the depleted and short-handed Bulls to the second round of the playoffs.
That speaks volumes on the legend and respect Thibodeau is building on his resume. Not too many coaches could get that type of effort and fight from their players the way last season turned out.
So the question remains, is Thibodeau the best coach in the league? I don’t think he is the best, but he is definitely one of the top five coaches. The one thing that holds Thibodeau back from being the best coach is not having a championship ring. Doc Rivers, Erik Spolestra and Gregg Popovich are the elite coaches in the league because they have championships. That is what Thibodeau is striving for.
This season, coach Thibs will get his best player back and have a full roster of healthy bodies. Thibodeau has already earned high praise for his defensive strategies and attention to detail. He knows he can get the best out of his team if his roster is depleted of injuries. This might be the season where Thibodeau jumps from being a great coach to an elite one. He has the full roster to compete with the best — now it’s time to deliver.