Thibodeau talk not bothering Celts

Updated: May 27, 2010, 8:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

With sources saying the Hornets have offered Tom Thibodeau their head coaching job and the Bulls and Nets reportedly expressing interest, Celtics coach Doc Rivers says his assistant's career options are not a distraction.

"I'm not worried about it," he said. "Listen, nobody works harder than Tom Thibodeau, ever. He'd never be distracted from this job."

Thibodeau's defensive prowess has been credited with the Celtics getting past Dwyane Wade and the Heat, LeBron James and the Cavaliers and for pushing the Magic to the brink of playoff extinction.

The Hornets, coming off a 37-45 season, formally offered the job to Thibodeau, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Wednesday.

Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, who took over on the bench after he fired Byron Scott nine games into the season, denied the offer. And Rivers said on Thursday that he was not aware of an offer.

"[No offer] yet, but we hope they do soon," said Rivers, who is an ardent supporter of his assistants getting head coaching jobs. "I told you how he's terrific. He works his butt off. ... The guy, he's got an exceptional mind. So I'm hoping they do. I haven't heard much, we do talk about it. So we're just hoping."

ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg contributed to this report.

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