The Herald is reporting that the Celtics will hire Tom Thibodeau as an assistant coach to replace Tony Brown, who is now with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Celtics will be hiring Tom Thibodeau as their new assistant coach, according to league sources.
The Salem State product has most recently been an assistant with Houston. It was announced he would join the staff in Washington, but after two days working with the Wizards this summer, he balked on the agreement when it came time to sign the deal.
Interestingly, Thibodeau’s contract with the Celtics is for just one season — a term he reportedly sought.
Thibodeau was on the Celtic radar when Tony Brown left the club on a contract issue after this season. Depending on which side you believe, Thibodeau either turned down a Boston offer or one was not made. The point was moot when he took the Washington job under Eddie Jordan, but his representative tried to rekindle things with the Celts when the D.C. situation dissolved.
It took a while to get things going again, mainly because Doc Rivers had committed to speaking with other potential hires, but things ended up working here out for the New Britain, Conn., native.
Interesting that he sought just a one year deal. With most coaches and players trying to get as much long term security as they can get, it is quite odd that he would ask for only a one year deal. Especially with the talent that this team now has on it. Also interesting that he quit the Wizards after only two days of working with them. You have to wonder what was so bad there that he would back out of the contract. He is known as a defensive specialist, though, so that may be a good thing.
The Celtics also introduced Pollard and House to the media today. Pollard is a very funny guy. He said that the Celtics getting Garnett was good but now that he and House are there they really have a chance. He also said that he is happy to be the cornerstone of the franchise for this year, which got some chuckles from the media.