HoopsHype Taj Gibson rumors

April 4, 2013 Updates

It's uncertain how long Gibson will be out, the source said. Gibson reinjured his knee during a 90-86 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. He sprained his left MCL in February and was sidelined for a month before returning on March 21. He has played the past six games, averaging 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Injuring the knee again left Gibson frustrated on Tuesday night. "That's what happens when you rush back and try to help your team win," Gibson said. ESPN.com

April 3, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson reinjured his left knee in the second quarter of Tuesday night's game against the Washington Wizards. Gibson says it's the same MCL he sprained in late February, keeping him sidelined for a month, and he's hoping an MRI on Wednesday doesn't show anything more than that. "That's what happens when you rush back and try to help your team win," a frustrated Gibson said after the Bulls' 90-86 loss to the Wizards. ESPN.com

"I've still got an MRI [Wednesday] but hopefully it's not as worse as before. But it was real painful ... it's similar. But it's all about how it's going to feel [Wednesday]. I hope there's no swelling. But that's what they said, the same injury, the same MCL sprain, but we don't know the [degree] just yet." ESPN.com

April 2, 2013 Updates

It was a Gibson foul with 2:37 left in the first quarter that was upgraded, and the upgrade was met with surprise in the Bulls' locker room Sunday night after their win over the Detroit Pistons. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported the upgrade Saturday. "I really can't dwell on it," Gibson said. "It's part of the game. I'll have to just keep moving forward. "That game is behind us now. Just focus on getting wins. Like I said before, I didn't try and hurt him. I think he's a great player, I just tried to make a good foul without trying to hurt anybody, but sometimes it goes that way. But by all means I'm not a dirty player, nor is Kirk, but we'll have to wait until we see him again." ESPN.com

March 31, 2013 Updates

Apparently LeBron James' words resonated as reasoned logic, after all. The NBA confirmed to the Sun Sentinel on Saturday that one of the hard fouls during Wednesday's Miami Heat loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center has been upgraded to a flagrant foul. The play in question, a shooting foul on Chicago power forward Taj Gibson against James, came with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter of what turned into a 101-97 loss that ended the Heat's 27-game winning streak, six victories shy of the NBA-record winning streak of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

March 29, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson said Thursday that he was surprised LeBron James complained the previous night about hard fouls committed during the Bulls' 101-97 victory that snapped the Miami Heat's win streak at 27. "I think he's too good of a player to do that," Gibson said on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN 1000. "You just play, two teams really going out there and play hard, going to the basket extremely hard and physical." ESPN.com

"I didn't try to collar him," Gibson said. "I just fouled him. It wasn't intentionally. "I just tried to make a play on the ball, but I fouled him. When he fell, it looked like I collared him. I was really trying to grab him, just not hold him up. Nobody was intentionally trying to hurt anybody out there. When he said those comments, I was really shocked. But it's part of the game, I guess." ESPN.com

Taj Gibson joined ESPN Chicago with Carmen and Jurko to discuss if Chicago’s gameplan was different in order to end the Heat’s streak, a controversial play involving LeBron James, where ending the winning streak ranks in terms of regular-season accomplishments, the Bulls’ odds in the playoffs and the potential of Derrick Rose’s return this season. Was there anything different about the gameplan given that you were trying to end the Heat’s streak?: “Not really, we just went out and played our normal style of basketball. We just got back to the basics. We’re normally a real dominant rebounding team. We try to help each other on defense. One thing we just did is play a little bit harder, because they really embarrassed us the last time they played in Chicago, and we really didn’t like the way they were celebrating. So we just came out and put forth more effort and guys stepped up.” Sports Radio Interviews

LeBron said you collared him. Did you?: “I didn’t try to collar him, I just fouled him. It wasn’t intentionally. I was just trying to make a play on the ball, but I fouled him. … I was really trying to grab him, just trying to hold him up. Nobody’s intentionally trying to hurt anybody out there. When he said those comments, I was really shocked, but it’s part of the game I guess. … You can’t expect the game to be so lightly taken after you just blew us out by 20 the last time we played you guys.” Sports Radio Interviews

March 28, 2013 Updates

"Let me calculate my thoughts real fast before I say (what I want to say)," James said. "I believe and I know that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays. First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. The last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not defensive ... those are not basketball plays." ESPN.com

March 27, 2013 Updates

It wasn’t the type of conversation Bulls forward Taj Gibson anticipated having when he accepted a spot on the USA Select Team last summer to work out against Team USA as it prepared for the London Olympics. Then again, it isn’t often LeBron James tries to recruit you to join him with the Miami Heat. ‘‘We talked about it a lot because I was coming up on my contract, possibly becoming a free agent,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘We were kicking it around, and [James] was saying: ‘Come to Miami. Come in, and we’ll treat you right there.’ I was like, ‘Nah, I’m cool with the Bulls.’ ’’ Chicago Sun-Times

At the time, he really wasn’t. Gibson entered training camp with an uncertain future. The Bulls had until Nov. 1 to give him a contract extension or allow him to become a restricted free agent after this season. James knew that and was planting the seed. ‘‘Very flattering,’’ Gibson said of James’ offer. ‘‘I mean, that shows that there is a sense of respect about your game. It means that there are other guys around the league watching you, other than just going up and down the court and banging bodies against each other.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

March 18, 2013 Updates

Coach Tom Thibodeau said there's a chance Taj Gibson could return from missing nine games with a sprained MCL in his left knee on Monday night, but the shorthanded Chicago Bulls again will be without Derrick Rose against the surging Denver Nuggets. Thibodeau said it's "unlikely" Rose will make his season debut after knee surgery last April, which -- in Thibodeau-speak -- means Rose is out. And though Thibodeau called Kirk Hinrich a game-time decision, he also said the guard "didn't do much" at the morning shootaround. That means Hinrich will miss his seventh straight game with a stress reaction in his right foot. Chicago Tribune

February 26, 2013 Updates

Taj Gibson celebrated the birthdays of Jerry Reinsdorf and Joakim Noah on Monday by having an MRI performed on his sprained left knee. Well, not really, but the confluence of such events seemed fitting for a star-crossed Bulls team these days. For every celebratory moment — a blowout win in Charlotte, Noah turning 28 — a somber one follows in the form of a convincing loss to an elite team or another injury. At least Gibson's MRI didn't reveal a torn ACL, although it did confirm a sprained MCL that could sideline the defensive-minded forward up to two weeks. Fortunate, too, is the fact the Cavaliers come to town Tuesday, a team the Bulls have solved 11 straight times by an average of 17.8 points. Chicago Tribune

February 1, 2013 Updates
December 14, 2012 Updates

The Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague, Nancy Reinsdorf, Leslie Forman, Larsa Pippen and Benny the Bull helped 20 teens from Gilda’s Club Chicago spend $100 gift cards courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods on Thursday evening. The Bulls were on hand at the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Glenview to offer shopping tips for the teens and helped them pick out shoes, jerseys and other athletic gear for their holiday gifts. Before the shopping spree, the teens also enjoyed dinner provided by Bulls partners Vienna Beef and Hinckley Springs. NBA.com

December 5, 2012 Updates
December 3, 2012 Updates

After Gibson signed a four-year extension -- worth up to $39 million with certain escalators -- on opening night, Thibodeau saw what many saw early this season in regards to Gibson's play. "Thibs said 'You're pressing,'" Gibson said after Saturday night's win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Thibodeau watched proudly as Gibson developed into one of the best reserves in the game over the past few years. The USC alum was a force defensively and worked hard to develop a consistent mid-range jumper. ESPN.com

The happy-go-lucky forward isn't hiding from the pressure of the new deal, though. He knows a lot is expected from him and he wants to live up to his new deal. "Of course I think about that," he said. "But then that's too much ... I can't put too much pressure on myself. I have to just go out there and just do my job. There's already added pressure wearing a Bulls jersey, but just thinking about all the other stuff that's going to pull you down, you just have to go out there and just play and have fun. That's what I've been doing the last couple of games and just getting back to the basics. Just focusing on defense and when it's time to score, just take my looks." ESPN.com

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