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Tom Thibodeau Has Until Thursday To Accept Job As Head Coach Of The Hornets

Boston Celtics coach Tom Thibodeau has a lot on his plate right now, specifically the fact that he's currently trying to prepare the team for Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

In the back of his mind, however, he also has to worry about whether he should take an opportunity to further his career by accepting the New Orleans Hornets head coaching job.

Oh, and according to ESPN's Marc Stein, they want an answer by tomorrow.

The Hornets don't want to let their coaching search drag beyond this week and plan to offer the job instead to Portland Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams if Thibodeau, Boston's defensive specialist, doesn't accept by Thursday, according to sources.

While Thibodeau is presumed to also be in talks with the Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets about their coaching vacancies, sources indicate New Orleans is the only team to have actually offered him a position as head coach.

CelticsBlog's Greg Payne believes that Thibodeau will remain true to the Celtics.

This could all just be bad timing for Thibodeau, but knowing him, his priorities will more than likely remain on how the Celtics will be defending the Lakers in the NBA Finals. If he does miss out on this job opportunity, hopefully another one, whether it be with Chicago, New Jersey, or another team, will open up for him.

Either way, hopefully Thibodeau isn't easily distracted.