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Episode 95: Mike Thibault, Adding The 3-Point Shoot To Your Offense
12th February 2020 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Mike Thibault, Adding The 3-Point Shoot To Your Offense Guest: Mike Thibault,  WNBA Championship Head Coach   In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, WNBA championship head coach Mike Thibault joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss adding the 3-point shot to your offense. Thibault is the WNBA's all-time winningest coach and a WNBA champion after winning the title in 2019. Mike Thibault was named the head coach/general manager of the Washington Mystics on December 18, 2012. Following the 2013 season, his first season with Washington, Thibault earned his third WNBA Coach of the Year recognition. The winningest coach in WNBA history, Thibault led Washington to three consecutive postseason appearances (2013-2015) and in 2017, past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Prior to joining the Mystics, Thibault was the head coach of the Connecticut Sun where he was twice named WNBA Coach of the Year (2006, 2008) and led the team to eight playoff appearances and two WNBA Finals. He set numerous milestones during his time with the Sun, including becoming the second coach in WNBA history to reach 200 wins, the third-fastest coach in league history to reach 100 wins (doing so in 159 games) and the fourth WNBA head coach to work at least 300 regular-season games. From 2003 through 2008, Thibault and the Connecticut Sun won 127 regular-season games, tying with the Detroit Shock for the most victories during that six-year span. The Sun was one of two teams to have six consecutive winning seasons. Connecticut posted consecutive 26-8 records in 2005 and 2006, which are still the best regular-season results for an Eastern Conference team. Thibault joined the professional coaching ranks in 1978 as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers and was quickly promoted to Director of Scouting and assistant coach in 1980. During his tenure with the Lakers, the team won two NBA Championships. From 1982-1986, he served as the Director of Player Personnel and assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls when the organization selected Michael Jordan, Charles Oakley and traded for John Paxson. Thibault was also scout for the Seattle Sonics and immediately prior to joining the Sun in 2003, he was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks for four seasons.   Breakdown 1:00 - Early Experiences in the NBA 3:00 - Dominance on offense 5:00 - The Outlier 7:30 - Shooting More Threes 9:00 - Evaluating Shot Selections 11:00 - Long Twos and Kick Out 13:00 - Changes Within the System 15:30 - Off The Ball Cutting 17:30 - Emphasizing Shooting More Threes 20:00 - Individual Development 21:00 - The Value of Honesty for Players 23:30 - Maximizing Time as a Coach 28:00 - Impression of Practice 30:00 - Film Session 32:00 - Insights When Breaking Down Film 36:00 - Developing the Best Players 39:30 - Important Stats He's been Tracking in 41:00 - Advice to Coaches   Mike Thibault’s Bio Website: Twitter:    Basketball Immersion Website: Twitter: YouTube: Facebook: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at