Tom Thibodeau has won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, a gold medal with Team USA and been hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves and remake them to fit a vision he has carefully honed over the last two decades.
Among all those sporting highs over a long career, one day stands out as much as any other. There was no trophy to raise, medal to don or speech to give. It was the day he spent at a summer practice watching Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots work.
“It was one of the great days of my life,” Thibodeau said.
As Belichick prepares to lead his Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl on Sunday, he will have few bigger fans than the hard-driving coach and president of the Wolves. Thibodeau grew up a Patriots fan in Connecticut and has long been an admirer of the work Belichick has done to mold them into the NFL’s…