Hot Corner: NBA’s best coach is in Chicago
I move that nominations for NBA Coach of the Year be closed with just one name — Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls.
And don’t be too quick to discount his worthiness for this award because he has the league’s best player on his roster. Teams that have had the best player have not always produced. Consider the Michael Jordan-led Bulls before Phil Jackson came to the Windy City.
Yes, Derrick Rose is an amazing player who can take over a game whenever the notion strikes him. But, as LeBron James learned, it takes more than a superstar, or even three, to produce a championship.
Thibodeau has gotten everybody on his roster to buy into the defense-first philosophy that has been the staple of his career. This group has taken off and quickly reached for the potential that had James considering the Bulls last summer.
Would the Bulls have been better had The King graced their roster? Who knows? But I’m figuring Thibodeau would have made it work.