USA Basketball Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Popovich popped in on the 2017 AmeriCup Team training camp to check on their progress.
Tom Thibodeau was named on June 10, 2013, an assistant coach for the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men's National Team.
“I am honored that Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski have asked me to join the USA Basketball National Team coaching staff. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be representing our country the next four years and to be part of such a great team. I’m very excited about having the opportunity to work with all the great coaches and players that are going to be involved,” said Thibodeau.
As a member of the 2014-16 USA Basketball Men’s National Team coach staff, Thibodeau assisted the USA to a sterling overall record of 26-0. The USA finished 9-0 to win the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, while the 2014 USA National Team compiled a 4-0 record during its exhibition tour before the World Cup. Two years later, Thibodeau was again on the USA bench and helped lead the U.S. to the 2016 Olympic championship as the Americans rolled to an 8-0 record and the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before heading to Rio, the 2016 USA National Team posted a 5-0 record during its domestic exhibition tour.
A veteran of 26 years along the NBA sidelines, Thibodeau (pronounced Thib-uh-DOE) was named as the Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations on April 20, 2016.
He served as head coach of the Chicago Bulls for five seasons (2010-11 through 2014-15), and is the only coach in NBA history to win the most games in the league each of his first two seasons.
In five seasons as the Bulls head mentor, his teams compiled a 255-139 win-loss record during the regular season, won two Central Division titles, and participated in five NBA Playoffs. His .647 career regular season winning percentage ranks seventh in NBA history (minimum 200 games).
On April 2, 2013, he won his 200th game as a head coach in just 305 games, the 10th fastest in NBA history.
In 2010-11, his first season as head coach, Thibodeau guided the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals, the team’s first appearance in the Conference Finals since the 1997-98 season. The Bulls also won the Central Division title, en route to the franchise’s sixth 60-win season in team history with a league-best record of 62-20 (.756). The 62 wins in 2010-11 broke Phil Jackson’s franchise mark (55 in 1989-90) for most wins by a first-year Bulls head coach, he became just the third coach (along with Paul Westphal and Bill Russell) in NBA history to win 60 or more games in his first year as a head coach, and his 62 victories tied Westphal for most wins by a first-year head coach in league history.
Named the 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year, he was also named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month on three occasions (January, March and April) and is the first Bulls head coach to win the award three times in a season.
In year two with the Bulls, Chicago posted a league-best record of 50-16 (.758), including a league-best road record of 24-9 (.727), en route to a second consecutive Central Division crown and the NBA Playoffs. Thibodeau broke the NBA record for reaching the 100-win plateau the fastest by winning his 100th game in his 130th contest as a head coach (03/19/12). He directed the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla., and finished as runner-up for the 2011-12 NBA Coach of the Year.
In 2012-13, despite missing all-star guard Derrick Rose for the entire season, Chicago compiled a 45-37 record, finished second in the Central Division, defeated the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs and fell to the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals.
Despite having Rose for just 10 games, 2013-14 saw Thibodeau's Bulls compile a 48-34 mark in the regular season and place second in the Central Division. Chicago's 48 wins were a three game improvement on the previous season. Although the #4 seeded Bulls were eliminated in the first round of Playoffs, it marked the fourth straight season Chicago advanced to the Playoffs under Thibodeau.
Season five saw Thibodeau lead the Bulls to a two-game improvement over the previous year and finish 50-32 and in second place in the Central Division, just three games behind Cleveland. A fifth straight Playoff berth was earned in 2014-15 and the No. 3 seeded Bulls defeated Milwaukee 4-2 in the opening round and fell to Cleveland in the conference semifinals.
Thibodeau served as the Associate Head Coach of the Boston Celtics from 2007-10, where the Celtics made two trips to the NBA Finals and won the 2008 NBA Championship. Prior to joining the Bulls, his teams won .530 percent of their regular season games (896-794) and .527 percent of their postseason contests (88-79). All told, teams with Thibodeau on the coaching staff advanced to the NBA postseason 17 times, including three trips to the NBA Finals (1999, 2008 and 2010).
He also has been an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves (1989-91), the San Antonio Spurs (1992-94), the Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96), the New York Knicks (1996-2003) and the Houston Rockets (2003-07). He spent the 1991-92 season as an advance scout with the Seattle SuperSonics. While serving as an assistant coach in the NBA, he worked under Bill Musselman, Jerry Tarkanian, John Lucas, Jeff Van Gundy, Don Chaney and Doc Rivers.
Thibodeau was a four-year letter winner in basketball at Salem State University (Mass.). He was team captain his senior season, and a member of back-to-back MASCAC Conference Champion squads in 1980 and 1981 (the first two basketball teams in school history to qualify for the Division III NCAA Tournament).
In 1981, upon completion of his collegiate career, he took his first coaching job as an assistant on the Salem State staff. Following three years as an assistant, he was promoted to head coach, a position he held for one season. In 1985, he was hired as an assistant coach at Harvard University, where he spent four seasons before accepting a spot on Bill Musselman’s coaching staff with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989.
Thibodeau was born in New Britain, Conn. He holds bachelor and master degrees in counseling from Salem State University and was inducted into the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Tom Thibodeau USA Basketball Coaching Synopsis
MEDAL / FINISH
|2016 U.S. Olympic Team||Assistant Coach||8-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2016 USA National Team||Assistant Coach||5-0||1.000||N/A|
|2014 USA World Cup Team||Assistant Coach||9-0||1.000||Gold Medal|
|2014 USA National Team||Assistant Coach||4-0||1.000||N/A|
|2013 USA National Team Mini-Camp||Assistant Coach||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|USA Basketball Coaching Record||
2 Gold Medal