Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hello, Tom Thibodeau

The 76ers interviewed Boston assistant coach Tom Thibodeau today.

Hello, Tom Thibodeau


Now we can officially add Boston Celtics assistant coach to the list of coaching candidates who have gone through the interview process.

The Sixers confirmed that they met today with Thibodeau, who has been with the Celtics for two seasons, directly in charge of their defense. He has spent the bulk of his caeer on the staffs of the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets, and spent two seasons with the Sixers during the John Lucas era. He is also expected to interview with the Sacramento Kings.

It's hard to know a lot about his personality because, as a Celtics assistant, he was not permitted to speak with the media.

Thibodeau becomes the fourth candidate to be interviewed, following eddie Jordan, Dwane Casey and Kurt Rambis. Jordan, the former Washington Wizards and Kings coach; was first line. Casey, a Dallas Mavericks assistant and former coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Rambis, a longtime assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, met earlier this week with Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski in Santa Monica, Ca.

Of Thibodeau, Celtics coach Doc R ivers said ''He's terrific, has unbelievable knowledge and has been so good for me and my staff. He knows the game, is a great teacher. In some ways, he's so good defensively, people overlook his overall knowledge.''

Thibodeau has been an NBA assistant for 19 years, but has never been a head coach.. He interviewed with the Kings after the 2007-08 season, but had no interviews after the Celtics won the championship in 2008-09.


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