Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been named the 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year. It is an honor for the coach and team, as they battled to a league-best 62 regular season wins. Tom has taken his lumps, and for it he is bestowed as the greatest living coach to ever coach the 2010-11 basketball season.
It all started when Thibs (as they called him on the plantation) had aspirations of being a great basketball coach while just being a young man in Mississippi. His hopes did not go unnoticed. In fact, beyond his fellow humans knowing of his dream, otherworldly spirits and beings took note as well. There was a legend at the time that if someone wanted to become a great NBA head coach, he could take his clipboard and travel to the crossroads of HWY 61 & HWY 49. It is there that, on a moonless night, Satan will appear and in lieu of the man’s soul, he will fine-tune a coach’s clipboard, giving him the power he needs to call defenses, draw-up plays, and make the correct substitutions. On one faithful night, Thibs did just that. As he recalls, “I went down to the crossroads and fell down on my knees, asked the Lord up above for mercy, save poor Tom if you please.” And from that moonless night, a great floor general was molded.
It has been a long road since Thibs shook hands with the Devil, but now he has finally earned the accolades he set out to receive when he headed out to the crossroads. Congrats, Thibs!