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Who Should Be The NBA's 2012 Coach of The Year?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thibodeau Repeat Coach of The Year?

If a team were to be riddled with injuries, including a combined 59 missed games and counting from their starting five it would be understandable if they didn't perform the way everyone expected coming into the season. Instead "No excuses" is the phrase heard over and over again in the Chicago Bulls locker room, the
team who currently owns the NBA's best record while playing the most road games. This is a result of every player 1-14  buying into what the leagues reigning Coach of The Year preaches day in and day out. No man in NBA history has won the award in consecutive years but if any one were to change that it would be Tom Thibodeau.

Other Coaches that deserve to be in the discussion. Doug Collins has brought a new defensive mentality to Philadelphia, while improving his team to 4th in the Eastern Conference from 7th last year. Frank Vogel, who Bulls fans got an up close look at in the first round of the playoffs last year as continued his teams growth this season. Indiana has gone from squeaking into the playoffs last season to making a different kind of noise rivaling Philadelphia for home court advantage in this years first round.

Put "Thibs" head to head in comparison with the rivals for the award, as voters should and the winner is clear. No coach has had their team play more consistent, outstanding, team basketball. Every player knows their role and what is expected of them. Often times, Chicago's players know when Tom is going to jump on them for mistakes or lapses before he does. He has created a culture with his team that is becoming scarce in professional sports today. One where there really is no "I" in team, when a player cant go into battle he is there cheering on his replacement and the only numbers they care about are in the win column. No other coach has done what Thibodeau has this season or last, he is the coach of the year and arguably the best coach in professional sports today.

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