Thibs feels NBA All-Star Weekend coming at just the right time
BY HERB GOULD For Sun-Times Media February 13, 2014 9:55PM
Updated: March 15, 2014 6:38AM
Coach Tom Thibodeau likes the timing of this All-Star Weekend respite for his players.
‘‘It’s good for the players to re-energize,’’ he said. ‘‘When you’re around 50 games, it’s good to have a break.’’
A break for the hard-driving coach, though? That’s not so big a deal.
‘‘I’m good,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘I’m excited about the break because there’s a lot of [basketball] things I want to get done. I will take in a couple of movies. I want to see the one on Wall Street. That’s my first one.’’
One Bull will be on the job this weekend: Joakim Noah, the team’s lone honoree, will make his second consecutive All-Star appearance.
Marquis Teague, the 2012 first-round pick who never really hit his stride in Chicago, said he likes the Jan. 21 trade that sent him to the Nets for forward Tornike ‘‘Toko’’ Shengelia.
A big appeal for Teague, selected 29th out of Kentucky, is the opportunity to be around accomplished point guards such as Nets starter Deron Williams and coach Jason Kidd.
‘‘That’s been real good for me,’’ Teague said. ‘‘I’ve been learning a lot from D-Will and [Kidd]. It’s been real good. When I’m in the game, [Kidd] lets me make decisions. He just lets me play. That’s big. He trusts me to go out there and make the right plays. You can be more aggressive and not worry about the mistakes.’’
Teague said he learned a lot from Thibodeau.
‘‘Thibs teaches defensive fundamentals,’’ Teague said. ‘‘He knows the game. I appreciate everything he taught me.’’