The rough start to Bulls training camp probably had a lot of fans wondering, “What would Tom Thibodeau be saying?”
Well, NBA writer extraordinaire Steve Aschburner caught up with the former Bulls coach over breakfast. And, while Thibs wouldn’t really talk about the current state of the Bulls, he did reveal a lot about himself since leaving the hardwood. Besides eating healthier, Thibs has become a workout fiend.
He goes with egg-white omelets these days, all veggies, no ham and no cheese. Hold the hash browns. Side order of mixed fruit, plus a banana. He picks the whole wheat toast but when the server claims the kitchen doesn’t have peanut butter (!) it goes untouched.
Thibodeau, who is still owed about $9 million from the Bulls on the two years he had left on his contract, said he is treating this year like “a sabbatical.” It’s quite a break from the usual lifestyle of the fiery 57-year-old coach who seemed to have one speed—grind.
Most days, the non-coaching coach puts himself through two-a-days. The mornings are for walks along Lake Michigan, often from Oak Street Beach on the north to the Bears’ Soldier Field to the south and back. Later in the afternoon, he’s likely to be at the East Bank Club, the city’s go-to exclusive health club for executives and celebrities. All that work he used to grind his guys through, occasionally stealing a few minutes to lift or hop on a treadmill, Thibodeau pushes himself through.