Thibodeau to help Warriors with championship defense
Tom Thibodeau’s consulting tour is stopping in Northern California, where the defensive guru will try to mend the Sacramento Kings’ 25th-ranked defense at the request of Kings head coach George Karl, according to CSN Bay Area.
The most troubling detail from Karl’s session with the media on Wednesday was when he revealed Thibodeau’s next stop: The 54-5 Golden State Warriors, who already sport a top-five defense and already are seemingly unstoppable.
Think about that: Just when it looks like we should call it a season because the Warriors are unbeatable, there’s a chance they could be getting even better.
Besides former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt (.675 win percentage), Thibodeau has the best winning percentage of active coaches not in the NBA (.647, 16th all-time).
Thibodeuau reportedly is looking to fine-tune his offensive chops after parting ways with the Chicago Bulls following five seasons, and learning from Steve Kerr’s Warriors (best offense) and Karl’s Kings (13th) is a good game plan.
Karl said he thinks he and his staff can learn from Thibodeau, and vice versa:
Thibodeau will remain with the Kings until Saturday, according to Karl, which means Thibodeau could be joining the Warriors as early as Sunday in Los Angeles against the Lakers or Monday vs. the Orlando Magic.
Thibodeau has ties to several Kings players — including Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics), Marco Bellinelli (Chicago Bulls), and DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay (Team USA) — and could be auditioning for Karl’s job given the discord between him and Cousins and the front office.
Detractors can knock Thibs all they want, but the guy gets results (255-139 career record). His teams are as tough and work as hard as any in the league, and they constantly overachieve under tough circumstances. He will be the hottest coaching candidate on the market, perhaps second only to Luke Walton or Jeff Van Gundy.
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“I think he’s intrigued by our offense and we’re probably intrigued by his defense,” Karl said.