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Barack Obama thanks Celtics for Thibs

Updated: March 9, 2011, 10:00 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Poor Boston Celtics. Members of the team got a rare chance to rub elbows with President Barack Obama on Tuesday night and all the leader of the free world wanted to talk about was Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls.

"He actually thanked us for giving him our guy," Celtics guard Ray Allen said of Thibodeau, Boston's top assistant for three seasons and the defensive architect of the 2008 title team. "He was like, 'How'd you guys let that guy go?' and it was like, 'That's ...

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