Parenting the Tom Thibodeau way

Raising a child is one of the most difficult yet rewarding experiences any person can have. At least that’s what parents say. As a bro who has no children, I’d say making jokes and taking pictures of my animals is up there, but I understand the sentiment. It’s tough to nurture a kid, but it’s very worth it. That is the rumor.

If you want that kid to grow up to be a good person, it’s important that you raise them the right way. You know, good defense, quality shots and hustle. At least that’s what Brian Scalabrine is teaching his kids, thanks to an assist from his coach. From the Chicago Tribune:

“Tom has these short bursts of yells,” Scalabrine said. “And he yells at me, but it’s not like yelling. That’s just how he talks.

“So I came home and my kids were on the couch. And I was like, ‘C’mon, get off the couch! Let’s go! We’re not going to do this now!’ I did that for like 10 straight minutes. And my wife was like, ‘Yo, you need to relax. You’re not at work anymore. You’re home. And you’re not the coach and the kids aren’t your players.’

“I was like, ‘You’re right. But I don’t know any other language (at work). When we want something from someone, we don’t talk in long, drawn-out sentences. Because we all want to win. But I got checked at the door big-time.”

Oh, come on Mrs. Scalabrine, lighten up and let Brian teach your kids the principles of Thibodeau’s overhelping defense. Watching game film of your children playing with each other, constantly yelling and never doing anything but parenting might sound a bit strange, but that’s the child rearing equivalent of coaching like Tom Thibodeau, who just won the NBA’s version of a World’s Best Dad t-shirt.

Of course, I suppose if you’re going to model your parenting after any NBA coach, Phil Jackson is probably the top choice, if only because he buys his players books. I’ve heard those are good for kids.