HoopsHype Taj Gibson rumors

May 3, 2014 Updates

Sources said Noah has been in Anthony’s ear as often as possible, and he has told other Bulls to push hard for Anthony this summer. But there is one condition: Backup big man Taj Gibson can’t be sacrificed. And there’s the kicker. For the Bulls to keep Noah, Gibson and point guard Derrick Rose, Anthony would have to be willing to sign a contract in the $14 million- to $15 million-a-year range, and general manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson would have to get creative with the rest of the roster. Chicago Sun-Times

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Taj Gibson watched the last 7:51 of the season from the training room after rolling his left ankle. He didn’t like what he saw: The Wizards grabbed five offensive rebounds in the final 1:57 of the Game 5 75-69 loss Tuesday night at United Center. “Just frustrating,” he said. Up three, the Wizards held the ball for 1:18, buoyed by three Marcin Gortat offensive rebounds. With 16.2 seconds left and still up three, Andre Miller missed both free-throw attempts, but Nene got the rebound. When Bradley Beal missed his second free throw, Nene got another rebound. “It symbolized the way the series went,” swingman Mike Dunleavy said. “We just could not secure an offensive rebound. Chicago Sun-Times

April 23, 2014 Updates

Not only did Gibson take exception to officials not granting his timeout request when he corraled a loose ball, the Bulls forward also claimed they missed Nene's foul on the subsequent jump ball that Nene won. "We looked at the film. We saw the jump ball. That was crazy," Gibson said. "But the loose ball, I called three timeouts. I had it, nobody else was around me. D.J. (Augustin) called it a couple times. We had a lot of guys in his face. He just didn’t give us the timeout. "(On the jump ball), I felt like it was a lot of activity. (Nene) just pushed me out of the way. I didn’t know you could do that. But you learn something new every day. Can you do that? He took my whole arm and just threw me. So I didn’t know that was legal and you look at the film, he hits Joakim (Noah) in the face while he does it. So I don’t know what to say." Chicago Tribune

April 21, 2014 Updates

Noah’s teammates reached out to him over the weekend. “Everybody made sure he was OK,” forward Taj Gibson said. “Just one of those things where you just have to play through it. “It’s never easy to lose somebody close to you. “But you got to put it behind you and know they’re in a better place and you’re playing for them. I think he has a greater appreciation now. “I think that’s gonna help him play even better.” Chicago Sun-Times

April 19, 2014 Updates

Weeks later, Chicago’s Taj Gibson said that his bathroom door at the Skirvin had slammed in the middle of the night for no reason. His teammate Derrick Rose was among the Bulls who heard strange bangs and bumps and became a believer. “It was scary last night,” Rose said. New York Times

April 4, 2014 Updates

Bulls forward Taj Gibson hopes Brewer, 29, returns. “That’s my guy,” Gibson said. “He’s a big guard, can defend multiple positions. He’s athletic and he’s a leader. He has been in the league a long time and has been through a lot with us.” Chicago Tribune

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And while Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy have been churning in the trade rumor mill for more than a month, Taj Gibson’s name is the one that is picking up, and could determine how serious the Bulls are in clearing space for a max contract to land the likes of a Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. According to a source, the Lakers, Wizards and Bobcats have each inquired about Gibson, but they were preliminary talks in which the Bulls did not like the return. Chicago Sun-Times

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Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli — key clutch players last season — aren’t here anymore. And Derrick Rose is once again lost for the season. That basically leaves a help- wanted sign: Closer. Experience needed. “You can’t really say that it’s a matter of one guy closing out games for us,’’ Gibson said. “It’s about our team figuring it out, figuring out how to get stops when it counts. It’s about stopping them and keeping our momentum going, and we haven’t been able to do that consistently. “It’s about counting on the guy next to you, counting on the guys that are out there with you. That’s what we have to improve on and look forward to.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

December 27, 2013 Updates
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Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson became the 15th player to draw a warning for violating the anti-flopping rule, the NBA announced Monday. Gibson drew his warning for a play that occurred in the first quarter of Saturday's victory over the Cavaliers. A video replay showed Gibson exaggerating contact he drew from Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. Chicago Tribune

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The Chicago Bulls are used to playing shorthanded in recent years, but as the injuries pile up, the losses grow more frustrating. The Bulls were without starting small forward Luol Deng for Saturday's 92-75 loss to the Detroit Pistons, their fifth loss in seven games since losing Derrick Rose to season-ending knee surgery. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau started backup power forward Taj Gibson in Deng's place, alongside Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. The decision was a response to the Pistons' big frontcourt unit that features Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. "It's real frustrating, because we're not getting a chance to get a rhythm," Gibson said of the constant lineup changes and injuries. "There's always one guy banged up from the night before." USA Today Sports

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