Defense! Defense! Get back on defense! Those are the important game-defining words that can make or break any team. Defense is what separates Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau from every other coach in the NBA. Having a defense-focused basketball mind is what led to him leading the Bulls to a 62-win season in 2011 and going on to win NBA Coach of the Year honors.
Thibodeau is no stranger when it comes to fitting for a ring, having won an NBA Championship as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. For most of his career, he has served as an assistant coach and finally he gets a leading role to truly showcase his abilities to make a team better. The effect that he has had on the Bulls is clear whenever players like Derrick Rose or Joakim Noah step out on the court with intensity and drive to defend their opponent as hard as they can.
It’s like a relationship between a parent and a child; most of the time a child will mirror what their parents do because there’s a great sense of influence in a parenting role. That’s what the role of a coach should be. Thibodeau is the best coach that the NBA has to offer and will be for years and years to come.
His greatest test will be leading the Bulls to and NBA championship as a head coach. When he does this, he will place his name with the greatest coaches in basketball history.