Despite the Chicago Bulls front office doing everything in their power to ensue a tanking season but Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau still coaching the team to the 4-seed in the Eastern Conference, Thibodeau was not named the 2013-2014 NBA Coach of the Year.
Thibodeau finished third in votes with the Award going to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Poppovich. While the Spurs did have the best record in the NBA season, the work Thibodeau did this season with the Bulls was certainly worthy of the award.
The Bulls started the season with a healthy roster that included Derrick Rose and Luol Deng. Rose went down with a torn menisicus injury in November that resulted in Thibodeau once again being without his star player for an entire season. After the Rose injury, there was a belief that the Bulls front office was looking to start a rebuild. That belief was realized when Deng was traded for salary-cap relief in early January.
Despite those obstacles in front of the Bulls head coach, Thibodeau turned D.J. Augustin into a household name while also managing to transform Joakim Noah into an offensive facilitator. With Augustin and Noah thriving, Thibodeau turned the tanking Bulls into the team that had the best record in the NBA since January.
The turnaround not only solidified the Bulls playoff spot but increased optimism that perhaps this team could go on a run in the playoffs.
Had it not been for Thibodeau, the Bulls likely would be at home waiting for the NBA lottery drawing.