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Differences between Fred Hoiberg, Tom Thibodeau emerging

One contrast between Fred Hoiberg and Tom Thibodeau got was established immediately at media day last week. One year after Thibodeau openly bristled at management-imposed minutes restrictions, Hoiberg casually mentioned the greater importance of having Pau Gasol fresh for the Oct. 27 season opener than taking contact early in training camp after a busy summer of international play. That's not to say either approach is wrong. Thibodeau became the fastest coach in NBA history to 100 regular-season victories and could never fully be judged by postseason failures because of widespread injuries. It's merely to say it's definitely a different era. "There are a lot of...