Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 9:15 am  |  21 responses

Tom Thibodeau and His Defensive Schemes Could Leave Boston

by Marcel Mutoni

During the 2008 NBA Finals, we heard about the man sitting on the sidelines near Doc Rivers almost as much as the guys who were executing his defensive game plan. Tom Thibodeau became a household name for hoops fans last year, and now he’s looking to leverage that into a better job.

At least, that’s what his boss thinks is happening. From the Boston Herald:

Danny Ainge will have quite a bit of work to do over the summer keeping current personnel and signing others. Included on his to-do list is a perennial free agent who doesn’t even wear sneakers on game night. As was the case when he came to the Celtics [team stats] prior to the 2007-08 season, assistant coach Tom Thibodeau is again working on a one-year contract.

“If you feel confident that you can get a job and you have a lot of options every year, I think that’s smart just in case you want to make a change,” Ainge said. “It keeps his flexibility. He might want to (make a change). You never know. He’s like a free agent coach every year.”

“We’re just trying to win a championship right now,” Ainge said. “We’ll see what happens this summer. Whether he’s got five years on his contract or one year, it doesn’t matter. His dreams and aspirations are to become a head coach. And if he doesn’t become a head coach, then I’m sure he’d probably like to stay with what he’s doing here. But that’ll be up to him.”

Another thing to perhaps consider, is that the Celtics’ window to win another title will soon be shut, surely something that Thibodeau and everyone else in the organization is keenly aware of.

Needless to say, Tom Thibodeau will have no trouble finding a higher profile gig in the League should he decide to leave Boston.

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  • Sesa

    Try sending him to the Grizzlies or the Thunder. Let’s see how good he is

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Are you implying that the Celtics success revolves almost entirley around 3 againg players?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    good for him, he’s been talked about for a while. some writers have said that he was the man behind jvg’s defensive schemes in nyc and houston as well. it’s classy of ainge to acknowledge that the guy prolly deserves to move up to the head coaching gig right now.

  • slamfan4life

    PLEASE go to the BULLS

  • http://www.freepocketpcgames.net FreePocketPCGames

    hahaha bring the bull back

  • Benoit Benjamin

    He should go work as an assistant to Nellie. That’d be fun.

  • Jess

    we all know the raps could use some defense…

  • Jess

    ..and a bench lol

  • RM

    with colangelo at the helm, the raptors are looking nowhere near defense.

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com Hersey

    If TT went to the Nonics and got all those young guys to buy into being a lockdown defensive team- they would be even more terrifying in a couple years. As much as I’m thinking about the lottery for the Suns sake, OKC’s potential pick is intriguing too.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Oh no . . .

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Oh yeah…

  • Kadavour

    Z, link to that talk about TT being the master mind behind JVG’s schemes please

  • http://jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    @BoingDynasty spellcheck-used by posters everywhere. You go Mr Tibs…you go boy.

  • http://jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    pocketpc…is that like pocket pool..?

  • lakers4life

    he should work with D’antoni

  • Jackie Moon

    @Boing – I love how all of sudden the Big 3 in Boston are just some “aging players”.

  • vonkers

    The are aging players…what about that statement is wrong? Nothing in there says they aren’t good.

  • The Last Kings Fan

    the kings!

  • chintao

    He should work D’Antoni over, then steal his job the same way the C’s take cookies from Chris Duhon.