The bad news for me is that just about every team in the NBA is now being run or coached by a player I grew up watching. The hirings of Terry Porter, Vinny Del Negro and Michael Curry (all hired by players of the same era) just add to the list.
Its bad news for Tom Thibodeau… who, we thought, was considered a must-interview guy for any team with an opening. Problem is… no one even interviewed him.
“Tom has been around this game for so long, I just don’t get – the no interview part of it,” said Rivers. “It’s not what I’m thinking about right now and neither is he, to his credit.”
One possible reason for the lack of interest in Thibodeau is that the Celtics’ playoff run has prevented teams from talking to him.
“I hope that’s the reason,” said Rivers. “It would be a shame if it was, but I don’t know the answer.”
But its good news for us. I’m psyched that the architect of the strongest defense in the league will stick around (probably) for another years.
I do have to say, though, that every assistant coach out there wants to be the head coach somewhere. As much as I want the guy around… I want the guy to get a shot as a head coach… because he deserves to get that chance.