Report: Lakers want to interview Tom Thibodeau

Report: Lakers want to interview Tom Thibodeau
May 1, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

This should make Kobe Bryant happy, but it won't be a popular topic in Chicago.

According to Dave McMenamin, the Lakers beat writer for ESPNLA.com, the Los Angeles Lakers plan to ask for permission to interview Tom Thibodeau for their coaching vacancy:

The Lakers parted ways with coach Mike D'Antoni earlier this week and YahooSports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thibodeau is near the top of Bryant's list for potential fits in L.A.

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Thibodeau spent years journeying around the NBA as an assistant, but got his first head-coaching gig with the Bulls before the 2010-11 season, a year in which he was named the NBA Coach of the Year.

In four years in Chicago, the man affectionately known simply as "Thibs" has racked up 205 wins and a .657 winning percentage in the regular season. But the Bulls have fallen short in the postseason in each of those seasons, losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011 and failing to even make it to the conference finals the last three years with Derrick Rose injured for all three playoff runs.

Reports came out earlier this year that the New York Knicks might be interested in Thibodeau, but the Bulls - and Thibodeau himself - squashed those rumors.