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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on Boston Marathon tragedy: ‘It’s just terrible’

Updated: May 17, 2013 6:42AM

ORLANDO – Tom Thibodeau has coached the Bulls for three seasons now, but there is still something clearly Boston about him.

That’s why he expressed a deep sympathy for the bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday afternoon.

“It’s just terrible.’’ Thibodeau said, hours before the game with the Orlando Magic. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, the first responders, everybody there. It’s very, very sad.’’

Thibodeau was born in New Britain, Conn., and attended college at Salem State University, which was about 15 miles from Boston. He became a key fixture in the Boston Celtics’ 2008 NBA Championship season, working as an assistant coach and a huge factor in the stellar defense that was played on the road to that title,

He seemed to be deeply saddened by the news, especially because of how important he knows Patriot’s Day is to the city and surrounding communities.

“It’s huge,’’ he said of the holiday. “There’s so much going on and the entire meaning of that day. It’s so festive.

“It’s unfathomable to think about something like that happening there. It’s a terrible day, terrible.’’

The bombing was also the talk of the locker room before the game, with players on their cell phones trying to keep up with the news through social media.

As far as how the bombing affected security for the Bulls game with Orlando at the Amway Center, Magic personnel said that it was “quietly heightened.’’

There was an observance of the tragedy before tip-off, with a short moment of silence.

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