There always seems to be discussions about player combinations and who people would want too see paired together on the court. However, there are never many discussions regarding coach and player tandems. This kind of pairing is very important in putting together a team, whether your competing at the college basketball level or at the professional level in the NBA.
In today’s NBA, the player and coach combination that seems to be in alignment based on their team’s style and direction is Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls. The strength of this pairing is shown in the drive and precision Rose shows every time he plays on the court. Keep in mind, long before Rose met Thibodeau, he already had the talent and focus to succeed. Along the way, basketball player or not, we all need someone to be paired with to elevate us to new heights, and that’s what coaches are supposed to offer their players; they shouldn’t just assume the role of another person telling them what to do and changing them into players they’re not.
I’m not even going to compare the two, because their coaching styles are very different, but the type of magic that we all once saw between Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson is the same budding growth that is seen through what Thibodeau and Rose have done thus far together. Back when Rose was awarded the 2010-11 League MVP and became the youngest ever to receive such an award, Thibodeau also received the honor of Coach of the Year, proving to truly be a pairing not to be messed with.
Even though the two have yet to reach the highest level of the NBA in winning a championship, together, with their Bulls team, they are on the right track of getting there.