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|Bulls' Thibodeau Wins Coach of the Year
|DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Tom Thibodeau waited about two decades to become an NBA head coach. It didn't take him long to be recognized as one of the best once he got the chance.
The NBA named Thibodeau the Coach of the Year yesterday after leading the Chicago Bulls to 62 wins in his first season to tie a league record set by Paul Westphal.
Thibodeau received 475 points and 76 first-place votes from a media panel. Philadelphia's Doug Collins got 18 first-place votes and 210 points, and Gregg Popovich of San Antonio finished third.
The Chicago Tribune first reported Thibodeau's selection, which was no surprise the way the Bulls dominated during the regular season. Now, after a tough five-game series against Indiana in the opening round, they'll open the Eastern Conference semifinals against Atlanta Monday.
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