Bulls to hire Celtics assistant Thibodeau

Chicago chooses Celtics assistant as next coach

The Associated PressJune 6, 2010 

The Boston Celtics apparently will need a new assistant coach after the NBA Finals.

Tom Thibodeau accepted the Chicago Bulls' head coaching job Saturday, according to multiple media reports in Chicago.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers would not confirm the reports before Boston practiced the day before Game 2 of the series, but both he and his players agreed that Thibodeau would be a good choice.

"I hope it's true, but we're not going to comment on it, I can tell you that," Rivers said. "We're focused on the NBA Finals. There's two teams. There's the Lakers and the Celtics, and that's what we're going to keep the focus on.

"But on Tom, he deserves the job. I think he's the best candidate out there. I've said that for three years now. So let's hope it's true."

Thibodeau, considered one of the NBA's top defensive minds, was also a candidate for jobs in New Orleans and New Jersey. He was not made available before the Celtics worked out at the Lakers' training center.

The longtime assistant was the architect of the defense that contained Kobe Bryant when the Celtics beat the Lakers for the title two years ago, and the one that helped them knock off LeBron James and Cleveland during a surprising run to these finals.

Heat officials take part in Haiti relief: Alonzo Mourning and Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat arrived in Haiti on Saturday as part of a group of relief workers.

Along with Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies, they will help in the earthquake-ravaged city of Port-au-Prince.

On the itinerary: Presenting a $25,000 check from the Heat to Project Medishare, a nonprofit organization that has tended to the medical needs of Haitian residents. They'll also distribute 20 large temporary tent homes and other essential equipment to families.

The Heat group also plans to visit a tent hospital.

"When it happened back in January, it was such a tragedy, immediately everybody in the organization wanted to do something," Spoelstra said as the group was waiting to go through a security checkpoint before departing Miami International Airport. "When the season was over, we didn't want to forget."

Neither Spoelstra, Miami's coach, nor Gay had been to Haiti before Saturday.

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