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Bulls’ Thibodeau finishes third in COY voting
“I didn’t see it,’’ the Bulls coach said, just minutes after the morning shootaround came to an end.
Whether Thibodeau did or didn’t, he seemingly had very little problem with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finishing first with 59 first-place votes, edging out Jeff Hornacek, who had 37 first-place votes.
“I’m happy for Pop,’’ Thibodeau said. “I think you guys know how I feel about him. He’s an all-time great. To maintain that standard of excellence for as long as he has, it just tells you how great he is. I thought Jeff [Hornacek] did a fantastic job as well. There were a lot of guys I thought that were deserving. It’s great. I’m happy for those guys.’’
And the third-place finisher?
“He’s terrible,’’ Thibodeau said.
By the way, Thibodeau was that third-place finisher, grabbing 12 first-place votes.
While Thibodeau has shown very little concern for post-season awards, especially ones that involve the job he’s done, he was asked if he would at some point step back and assess the fact that he lost both Derrick Rose (right knee) and Luol Deng (trade) by early January, and still coached the Bulls to a 48-win season.
“I don’t really look at it that way,’’ Thibodeau said. “To me, I have a great group of guys I work with every day. It was great for Jo [Joakim Noah] to be recognized [Monday as Defensive Player of the Year]. The thing I loved about it is he has worked so hard but he is so team-oriented. And he’s being recognized for his contributions to the team and winning. And I loved how he recognized his teammates. That says it all about Jo. We’re fortunate that we have a group of guys like that.’’