Turns out Tom Thibodeau Can Coach Offense Too

November 25th, 2014 by John Wilmes Leave a reply »

Believe it or not, Tom Thibodeau can coach offense.

The Chicago Bulls’ scoring, last year, might have had you believing otherwise, as it ranked dead last in the league. But the Bulls still competed at a high level, fighting to a 48-34 victory and a playoff berth behind their terrific defense, which was just as good as their scoring was bad. They were No. 1 in the league in points allowed.

Through four years of Thibodeau’s NBA coaching career, this had become the reputation of his Bulls squads. Set to be anemic offensively, they could make up for it more than half of the time with their defensive schemes and discipline. Thibodeau’s singular vision for that side of the ball had been something like a blueprint for how teams across the league defend in this century.

But what if the lack of offense was merely a matter of circumstance? Thibodeau, through anyone’s lens, hasn’t had the firepower needed for his teams to score at a high rate. Repeat injuries to Derrick Rose have left a huge hole in his team’s offensive. Behind Rose on the depth chart, ample scoring personnel simply hasn’t ...

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