Asked Friday if this was his best coaching season since he took the helm for the Bulls three seasons ago, Tom Thibodeau did what he does best: Refused to take the bait and gave a vanilla answer.

‘‘You don’t change,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘You put everything you have into each and every day. Everything takes care of itself. You’re always faced with different challenges. It’s how you respond to those challenges. If you’re doing everything you can, that’s all you can do.’’

OK, let’s try this a different way. Has this been your most challenging season?

‘‘They’re all the same,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘Your challenges may be different, but you look at your circumstances and you have to make the best of those circumstances. The same things go into winning.’’

Spoken like a man who admires bland-speaking New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

So if Tom Thibo-chick won’t address the obvious, I will: The current NBA coaching hierarchy goes San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Boston’s Doc Rivers and then Thibodeau, with the Denver Nuggets’ George Karl a close fourth.