HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

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So, of course, there were glares between the two. ‘‘I remember one day we were working out at the Berto Center, and Thibs was putting me through a real hard workout,’’ Noah said this week. ‘‘I told him, ‘You know, Thibs, if we weren’t winning games, I would really, really hate you.’ And he said, ‘Trust me, Jo, I feel the same way about you.’ ’’ Noah wasn’t far off. ‘‘Initially, it was hard to run things [with Noah],’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘I talked to his college coach [Florida’s Billy Donovan], and he told me the same thing and that basically [Noah] got better every year. His first few years in the league, I was in Boston, so I had that perspective. Maybe that was good in some ways because you see him in a different light. Chicago Sun-Times

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But that didn’t prevent the Wizards from finding that perceived weak link in the chain and attacking it, especially in their fourth-quarter comeback. Unfortunately for guard D.J. Augustin, he was the guy the Wizards went after in crunch time. ‘‘Not only D.J., our defense,’’ Thibodeau said when asked if he thought Augustin had to improve on the defensive end. ‘‘I could go from start to finish. There’s an endless list of things that we didn’t do correctly. We’re capable of doing much better. And we’re going to have to. Chicago Sun-Times

According to one source, though, Thibodeau was concerned about Augustin’s defensive shortcomings being exposed, especially in the playoffs, when opposing coaches smell blood and attack. Sure enough, the Wizards’ guards seemed to go right after him down the stretch, whether it was John Wall, Bradley Beal or even 38-year-old Andre Miller, who scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. Chicago Sun-Times

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Sunday turned out to be another one of those nights, and in a 102-93 playoff-opening loss to the Washington Wizards no less. Worse, the tough-minded defense that has let the Bulls stand up to high-powered opponents lacked its usual effort and intensity. So coach Tom Thibodeau zeroed in where he always does. "One-hundred-and-two points, 48 percent, outrebounded — it's hard to win like that," he said, just getting started. "Giving up 35 free throws ... " Boston Herald

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Michael Jordan’s Bulls swept the Wizards in three games in 1997 (after a nine-year drought for Washington). The Wizards beat Scott Skiles’ grimy Bulls in six games in 2005 (after an eight-year drought). And now, the grimier Tom Thibodeau Bulls will host the Wizards in Sunday’s Game 1 (after a six-year drought). “Mind-set is to go in there and win the series; that’s the only mind-set you should have,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “We’ve played this team the last two years extremely well; we are 2-1 against them this year. They came in and smacked us pretty good last game so that should be a good fresh wound on our guys, the message that they sent us last we played them.” Washington Post

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“What is it like to play for Thibs?” Anthony said. Anthony’s interest in Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can be taken one of several ways. Anthony, who lives and breathes basketball, is merely interested in learning something about one of the NBA’s top coaches. In fact, Anthony will be working with Thibodeau, who was named to USA Basketball’s coaching staff last June. Of course, Anthony’s impromptu background check on Thibodeau could also be his idea of due diligence since the Bulls loom as an attractive option this summer for the free-agent-to-be. New York Daily News

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