Monday was certainly Tom Thibodeau's day to celebrate. Though I doubt he barely even gave himself that much of a pause before immediately getting to work on this coming season.
- Video from NBA.com with Steve Aschburner (who's cool because he retweets my horrible jokes sometimes).
With Boers and Bernstein on WSCR The Score (uploaded audio here)
- With Carmen, Jurko, and Harry on WMVP ESPN1000 (uploaded audio here)
In those interviews, you'll notice a common theme that may be unsettling to some: Jerry Reinsdorf had a huge personal role in this:
I think a lot of it has to do with my relationship with Jerry. He had pretty much assured me after the first year that we were going to work something out. Jerry's always been a man that keeps his word, so I never worried about it.
Reindsorf has had a history of refusing to deal with coach's agents, something Thibs did not deny in the WMVP interview. But if you own that history of meddling, I guess the chairman deserves the credit too: he got this deal done.
There's lots more in those interviews about the adjustments Thibs will be making in practice and on the court with some of his new troops, so check 'em out.