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Tom Thibodeau to join U.S. Olympic coaching staff

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau talks his team during timeout first half Game 4 an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal against the Miami Heat on Monday, May 13, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Updated: June 10, 2013 9:26PM

MIAMI — Team USA basketball practices are about to get a lot longer with a whole lot more defensive close-out drills. That’s because Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will join the staff when the next cycle starts, beginning with the 2014 World Cup of Basketball. Thibodeau, along with Monty Williams, will join returning coach Jim Boeheim as assistants under Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. Now Thibodeau can repeatedly say, “We’ve got more than enough,’’ and actually mean it. “It is truly and honor and a privilege to be representing our country the next four years and to be part of such a great team,’’ Thibodeau said in a statement. “I’m very excited about having the opportunity to work with all the great coaches and players that are going to be involved.”

◆ Seen at Game 2 in Miami — Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. No word on whether he had another meaningless sack after the game got out of hand.

◆ With its Game 2 victory, the Miami Heat has won the game after a defeat 11 times in a row and has not lost back-to-back games since Jan. 10. After its last five playoff losses, the Heat has won the next game by an average margin of 21.6 points.

◆ The nine points by Tim Duncan in the San Antonio Spurs’ loss on Sunday was the first time the future Hall of Famer scored in single digits in the 24 NBA Finals games he has played.

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