Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who coached Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng in college, said the culture coach Tom Thibodeau has created with the Chicago Bulls is the reason the team is able to deal so well with injuries.
"I think Thibodeau is one of the great coaches in basketball," Krzyzewski said Friday on "Mike & Mike In The Morning." "He's developed a culture of tough character.
"I know Carlos obviously really well, I've coached him, I coached Luol, those kids ... they just have great character. And the Bulls are a blue-collar team in a blue-collar town, and I think it's one of the great stories right now in the NBA, what the Bulls are doing.
"I think they have a philosophy that they don't talk about being sick all year. They don't talk about being hurt all year, so when the moment of truth comes in the playoffs, they're already accustomed to a certain way of living."
Krzyzewski said the Bulls' personality fits that of the city.
"My older brother is a retired Chicago fire captain," he said. "He worked for 38 years and never missed a day of work. To me, that's how the Bulls are. That's how they live. And so when they get to the playoffs, it doesn't matter. Who do we have out there? We're going to go out there and we believe we're going to win, and those fans react to that because that's the type of town it is."