Coach of the Year Candidates
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No. 6: Tom Thibodeau
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau must be given due credit. Thibodeau hasnít allowed his team to use Derrick Roseís absence as an excuse for not showing up this season. Instead, with his usual exacting style of coaching and emphasis on defense, Thibodeau has managed to keep the Bulls very much among the second tier of the playoffs teams in the East. Should Rose return to give the Bulls a fillip in the final leg of the 2012-13 season, Thibodeauís role until now will be seen as even more invaluable.