Tom Thibodeau would have been one of the options for the Cleveland Cavaliers as head coach if they had fired David Blatt during the 2015 offseason, according to a report.
Thibodeau was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2010 to 2015 but was replaced by rookie mentor Fred Hoiberg after the 2014-2015 season.
RealGM reports the possibility of Thibodeau coaching LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers before the start of the current season but the Ohio-based franchise decided to stick with Blatt after leading them to the 2015 NBA Finals where they lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors.
Blatt was fired recently by the Cavaliers and gave the head coaching reins to assistant coach and former NBA player Tyronn Lue, who signed a three-year deal in Cleveland worth $9.5 million.
The 58-year-old Thibodeau was an assistant coach in the league since 1989 before landing the head coaching gig in Chicago in 2010. He had a very successful stint with the Bulls as the team made the postseason in all five years with the team.
Thibodeau led the Bulls to an East Finals appearance in his first year in Chicago and two East semifinals appearances (2012-2013 and 2014-2015).
However, Thibodeau ended his stint in Chicago with controversies as his coaching style reportedly clashed with what the front office wants for the Bulls.
Thibodeau, who is primarily known as a defensive-minded coach, would have been a good fit for a Cavaliers squad already known for their offense with the presence of the James, Irving and Love.
Despite the changes in the coaching department, the Cavaliers are still expected to come out on top of the Eastern Conference on top after the regular season.
With a win-loss record of 30-12 about halfway through the season, the Cavaliers are two games ahead of nearest rivals Toronto Raptors (29-15) and five games ahead of the Thibodeau’s former team, Chicago Bulls (25-18).
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