Thibodeau would have Collins vote for NBA Coach of the Year if Collins could vote.
"Thibs is a great coach," Collins said. "I told Jerry this the other day and Pax, to me he should be the Coach of the Year again. This year, with what they've had with their losses to injuries to be where they are with the best record in the Eastern Conference [is impressive]. There are no bells and whistles. They are going to defend, they are going to play tough, they are going to play team ball and they have depth."
The respect is mutual.
"He's not only a great coach but a great guy," Thibodeau said of Collins. "He's done it a long time. The guy is very, very talented in whatever he's doing whether he's coaching --- he was a great player --- and he's great on TV. He's terrific. I have a lot of respect for him and all the things he has done."