Tom Thibodeau has worked his way up from coaching Salem State College to being named head coach of the Chicago Bulls this summer. It's been a 25-year basketball journey, including 21 seasons as an assistant coach in the NBA.
Sports staff writer Mike Grenier, who has known Thibodeau since his Salem State days in 1985, talked to the Bulls head coach for a two-part series. Monday's story concentrates on Thibodeau's development under various head coaches, his thoughts on LeBron James and his hopes and plans now that he's in charge of the Bulls.
In part two on Tuesday, Thibodeau talks about his three years with the Boston Celtics, including the 2008 NBA championship season, the loss to the Lakers in this year's Finals, the rise of Celts point guard Rajon Rondo and Boston's future as a contender.