14 Facts About Tom Thibodeau

1. Tom Thibodeau served as an assistant coach for the United States men's national basketball team from 2013 to 2016, and helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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2. In 1980, Tom Thibodeau helped Salem State to the league championship and the school's first NCAA Tournament bid.

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3. In 1987, Tom Thibodeau befriended Bill Musselman, a former head coach in the NBA, ABA and NCAA who was coaching the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association.

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4. On June 2, 2010, Tom Thibodeau interviewed with officials from the Chicago Bulls for their vacant head coach position.

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5. Tom Thibodeau led the Bulls to their first 50-win season and first division title since the Michael Jordan era.

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6. On February 14, 2012, Tom Thibodeau clinched the position of Eastern Conference All-Star Coach for the All-Star Game in Orlando.

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7. Tom Thibodeau accomplished this in 130 games, one game fewer than the record set previously by Avery Johnson in 2006.

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8. Tom Thibodeau is a terrific coach who does a lot of things well.

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9. Tom Thibodeau finished second to Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 NBA Coach of the Year voting.

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10. I've spent a lot of time with Belichick and Tom Thibodeau's got a lot of the same mannerisms, the same attention to detail that Belichick has.

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11. Tom Thibodeau was ranked 13th best coach in 2017 by ESPN, despite the Timberwolves finishing outside of playoff contention.

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12. Tom Thibodeau was with me when I was 16 or 17 years old,” Bryant said in 2010.

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13. In 2005, while an assistant with the Houston Rockets, Tom Thibodeau began working with Yao Ming, traveling to China to hone Yao's skills.

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14. Tom Thibodeau graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in counseling from Salem State University.

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