Thibodeau NBA's Coach of the Year

The ritual became a game among the Bulls, no matter the player, no matter the hour. Enter the Berto Center for a workout and glance up at the office window on the far south side of the building to see if Tom Thibodeau's light was on. "I don't know if he gets here at 5 or 6 a.m.," Luol Deng said. "But he's here early. And he's the last to leave." Joakim Noah put it more colorfully earlier this season. "It's kind of annoying," he said playfully. "He lives at the gym. You can't get away from him." Thibodeau's tireless work ethic has led to success. In his first season, he ran away with NBA Coach of the Year honors on Sunday, earning 76 first-place votes and landing on 113 of 119 ballots to post 475 points, far surpassing former Bulls and current 76ers coach Doug Collins. The Spurs' Gregg Popovich and Nuggets' George Karl rounded out the top four. Thibodeau, who tied Paul Westphal's NBA record for most victories by a first-year coach at 62-20, joins Phil Jackson, Dick Motta and Johnny "Red" Kerr as franchise winners of Coach of the Year. He's also the seventh first-year coach in NBA history to win the award, joining a list that includes Kerr and Thibodeau's former boss in Boston, Doc Rivers, who texted him congratulations.

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