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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  7 responses

Will Tom Thibodeau Accept the Hornets’ Offer?

According to The Times Picayune, New Orleans is set to make a formal offer to the heralded assistant coach, in an effort to steal him away from Boston: “After completing an extensive head coaching search that involved interviewing eight candidates, the New Orleans Hornets are expected to extend Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau a contract offer later this week to become their next head coach, league sources confirmed Monday night. There is no indication yet whether Thibodeau will accept. The Chicago Bulls have asked the Celtics for permission to interview him for their vacancy, and he also is a candidate for the New Jersey Nets’ job. Thibodeau and Portland Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams, 38, were considered to be the front-runners for the Hornets’ job. The Hornets started interviewing candidates May 4, when they met with New Orleans native and former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson and Mavericks assistant Duane Casey in Dallas. Thibodeau, who has never been a head coach before, is considered to be a defensive mastermind and spent 19 seasons as an assistant. Thibodeau, 50, is one of the highest paid assistants in the league. Initially, the Hornets’ job was speculated to be Johnson’s. But, a source said, Thibodeau emerged in his interview earlier this month in Boston, and the Celtics’ defensive success in the playoffs also was a significant factor.”

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  • BostonBaller

    NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I wish him well if he does but right now he is staying focused on The C’s winning #18!!

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    yes no maybe

  • Tombomb

    I can’t help but think Boston will be gutted if he leaves them only for the Celtics to fire Doc either next year or the year after. It’s not like the other bench promotions, you have a legit prospect at head coach on your team as an assistant. Keep Tom until Doc goes then make him the number 1.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    If the Hornets do sign him, and the Bulls end up with anyone not named Phil Jackson, I’ma be p*ssed! This guy just intrigues the hell outta me. I can imagine him molding Noah, Gibson, Deng and Hinrich into absolute defensive BEASTS! Heck, maybe even Rose…and Bron? Maybe?

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    I hope so!

  • http://www.larrybrownsports.com Steve DelVecchio

    Don’t you think Thibodeau will wait for the Celtics situation to shake out first? Doc Rivers has expressed serious uncertainty about whether or not he wants to coach next season. You’d have to think if he doesn’t, Thibodeau would be one of the favorites to replace him.

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