For the second time this season, Tom Thibodeau has been named the Coach of the Month for the Eastern Conference. Thibodeau received the honor earlier this year as well.
However, this month has been the most deserving for Thibodeau. The Bulls were 6-0 on the road including a gigantic 86-59 win in Orlando against the Magic. It was the first time in franchise history the Bulls held a team under 60 points and punctuated Tom Thibodeau’s existence in Chicago: defense conquers all.
Chicago finished March 13-3, and despite a loss to the Thunder to start the new month, March saw a huge win at home against the Heat, a game that Derrick Rose didn’t play in.
It was a huge month for Thibodeau personally as well, as he became the fastest coach to 100 career wins on March 19th. It was just his 130th game as a head coach. His defensive mindset was also backed up by an offensive surge that saw the Bulls average 97.0 points per game while allowing just 86.9 points per game.
News recently came out from Marc Stein that Thibodeau was dismayed at his contract not being extended and it’s easy to see how a pundit trying to stay relevant can draw that conclusion. After all, just look at what Thibodeau accomplished in March alone. Thibodeau is fine with his contract but he’ll be even more fine when the Bulls continue to roll to what we all hope is a championship season.