Tom Thibodeau is known as an American professional basketball coach. He is most famous for coaching the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.
Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr. was born on January 17, 1958, in New Britain, CT. He grew up with two brothers and two sisters. He attended New Britain High School in Connecticut, New Britain where he played for his high school basketball crew. Subsequent to finishing high school, Tom enrolled at Salem State University where he also played for the school team. Tom graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Salem State.
Tom Thibodeau started his NBA coaching career with the Minnesota Timberwolves as their assistant coach in 1989. He then worked for the San Antonio Spurs and then the Philadelphia 76ers as their assistant coach. Subsequent to leaving Philadelphia, he moved to New York filling in as their assistant coach.
Tom got his biggest break when he was employed as a lead trainer by the Boston Celtics in 2007. In 2007–08, Thibodeau helped the Celtics win an NBA title and was a key factor in Boston's defensive game plan against Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 Finals. After his success as an assistant with the Celtics, Tom filled in as a lead trainer with the Chicago Bulls, driving the group to a 50-win season and first division title since Michael Jordan's playing days.
After getting fired by the Bulls on May 28, 2015, from Bulls, he joined Minnesota as their head coach. After three unsuccessful years, he was sacked from the Timberwolves on January 6, 2019.
In July 2020, following a two-month coaching search, the New York Knicks consented to a five-year deal with Tom Thibodeau. Five years is a long deal, implying that the Knicks have given Thibs a long rope. Even though Tom has had a great coaching career, there were inquiries at the finish of his Timberwolves stint about not just playing his starters an excessive number of minutes and whether he can developer players in 2020 and the future.
The Knicks aren't near being a competing group, the goal for the new administration team of Rose and Thibodeau is to rebuild the franchise and eventually mold them into a championship squad. He had the option to 10 years prior with players like Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and the Bulls, yet had less achievement in over two seasons with Minnesota. He only made the NBA Playoffs the one season he had Butler back with him in Minnesota. They barely got into the playoffs by winning the last match of the 2017-2018 regular season.
Tom Thibodeau has not revealed public information about their personal and private relationships.
Last Modified: Oct 12, 2021