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Bulls coach Thibodeau gets four-year extension

Incredible regular season record sees Chicago extend his contract

  • Reuters
  • Published: 11:57 October 2, 2012
  • Gulf News

New York: Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, whose regular season record for the past two years is the best in the National Basketball Association, has had his contract extended through the 2016-17 season, the team said on Monday.

Terms were not disclosed, but media reports indicated Thibodeau’s four-year extension had a base salary of $17.5 million (Dh64,26 million), with bonuses that could reach $20 million.

“Tom has proven to be one of the top coaches in the NBA and we are happy that he has agreed to a long-term extension that will ensure he is our coach for many years to come,” Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman said in a statement.

In two seasons with the Bulls, Thibodeau has led Chicago to a regular-season record of 112-36 (.757; the highest winning percentage ever by an NBA head coach for a two-year period).

He was named NBA coach of the year for the Bulls’ 62-20 record in 2010-11 and was runner-up for the honor after a 50-16 campaign in 2011-12.

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