The NBA world is still on hold due to the pandemic, but that has not stopped the rumor mill from going into effect. According to Mark Berman of the New York Post, the Houston Rockets are interested in former Coach of the Year winner, Tom Thibodeau.
The news of Houston’s interest in Thibodeau comes two days after news surfaced that the Brooklyn Nets are looking at current Rockets head coach, Mike D’Antoni, as their top option for their vacant position.
Thibodeau received Coach of the Year honors in 2011 while leading the Chicago Bulls to a league-best 62-20 record. He built a reputation as a defensive-minded coach as an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy in Houston for three seasons (2004-2007). In 2008, he won his first and only title as an assistant to Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics.
Thibodeau, 62, has not coached in the NBA since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2019 — but holds a career record of 352-246 (.589) with six playoff appearances in eight seasons. In addition to the Rockets, the Nets and Knicks also have their eyes set on Thibodeau as their new head coach.
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