Tom Thibodeau leads an interesting, unordinary life as the Chicago Bulls’ head coach lives in a downtown hotel and wears one outfit every day.
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Life in the NBA has to get very lonely every now and again. Between traveling from city to city to constantly training and practicing, there probably isn’t much time during the season to make for friends and family.
For Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, there is absolutely no time for anyone else but himself — especially during the season.
The fifth-year head coach is one of those guys in the league that seems to be always taking criticism for what he does, even though he’s the best at it. He puts in so much time watching film and breaking down players’ games that it’s almost ridiculous.
So what makes him so unique?
According to ESPN, Thibodeau lives in a downtown hotel by himself, making no time for anyone but his team.
The article states:
"It takes Thibodeau hours after games to wind down. It actually helped when the Bulls’ practice facility was 45 minutes away in Deerfield, Illinois. The drive gave his heart rate time to slow. This year, the team moved its operations to a gleaming new facility across the street from the United Center called the Advocate Center. Most of the players moved into condos downtown. Thibodeau moved to a luxury hotel 10 minutes from the arena.He doesn’t have the long drive home to calm his mind anymore, so he pops in the game tape and watches other games from around the league for hours every night.“I never look at a clock. Sometimes I have multiple TVs, so if there’s another game I want to pay attention to, I’ll stay there,” Thibodeau says."
That’s quite the life for a guy who makes over $4.3 million a year. Living in a downtown hotel, watching game film until his eyes burn, Thibodeau is a perfectionist — that much is clear.
Besides living in a hotel, Thibodeau also seems to own and wear one single outfit.
"Thibs doesn’t have a lot of hobbies outside of watching game tape, and he wears a black-and-white Adidas track suit to every practice.“I don’t know how many sweat suits he’s got of that exact outfit, but that’s always what he’s wearing,” Gasol says. “I’m hoping a few. He keeps it simple.”[…]“And the shoes,” Rose says. “He wears the same shoes every day, that’s for damn sure.”"
Lastly, he even has a history of being so close to the game of basketball that he’s even ended personal relationships because of it.
One of those relationships was an engagement, because he doesn’t have time for anyone or anything but basketball, according to ESPN.
"Thibodeau has famously been married to his job for most of his 57 years. His former athletic director at Salem State, John Galaris, told The New York Times that Thibodeau told him he broke off an engagement because, “There’s no room in my life for a woman if I’m going to be a basketball coach.”"
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