Thibodeau To Interview With Kings
Posted by r1zzo23 on May 20, 2009
The Kings were granted permission by Celtics president Danny Ainge today to speak to assistant coach Tom Thibodeau about their head coach opening. The second-year assistant is also slated to interview with Philadelphia about its coach opening. It’s uncertain when Thibodeau will interview for either job. Considering that Thibodeau is a free agent, the Kings asked for permission out of respect to Ainge and the Celtics.
Thibodeau has built a reputation as one of the best defensive coaches in the league. In 18 seasons as an NBA assistant coach, his teams have ranked among the top 10 in team defense 15 times. The Celtics were tops in the league this season in field goal percentage defense and third in points allowed per game.
I think it would be safe to assume that the Celtics will be without Thibodeau’s services next season. Like I said before, it will be interesting to see how our defense looks compared to the past two seasons. Granted, the Big Three is getting another year older, but Rajon Rondo is still a premiere defender on the wing and Kendrick Perkins is turning himself into one of the best big man defenders in the entire league. I have no doubt that the starting five will continue to be stingy on the defensive end, but the bench needs to step their defense up when they grace the court.