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I couldn't think of anyone who plays with more passion then Joakim Noah.
It must be a match made in heaven for Noah as Thibodeau coaches with more enthusiasm and passion than anyone else in the league. Stories were told before and after Thib's hiring saying that he is always the first one in the building and the last one out. It was feared this passion would not carry over to his players.
True, the Bulls have a player in Derrick Rose who rarely shows emotion. True, they have a player in Joakim Noah who plays with passion all game long. But the passion of Thibodeau has carried over to his team as the Bulls play with much more emotion and hustle than they did for VDN.
And as fans, we only witness the games. The passion that Thibodeau approaches his work in the filmroom has doubtlessly carried over to his team. Preparation is just as important as games and leads to wins. The Bulls would not be on pace to win 60 games without approaching their preparation with the passion Thibodeau does.
One could argue that passion does not lead to Coach of the Year awards. But it certainly leads to wins. And wins do in fact lead to COY.