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Please explain to my audience of zero, what the fvck is the deal with Taj Gibson? I mean, that dunk was OK, but it was on 6’4” Dwyane Wade. This bothered me so much. I wrote about it a few times. The dunk was really awesome, but not “HOLY SHIT LET ME POST PICTURES OF THIS EVERYWHERE” awesome. Just sayin’. Also, can he make the leap from exciting role player to a full-time starter who puts up nice averages of 15 and 8?
I love Taj Gibson. Not really for any logical, measurable reason, but what’s that song about love being blind? Isn’t that a song? Anyway. I belong to a small sect of Bulls fans that share a tacit understanding re: Taj being a calculated selection made by a historically scrupulous (also, cheap) organization that does things the way they want, when they want, the right way. Usually.
Granted, his FG% has gone down a bit since his days at USC, but his shot blocking – what he was known for – remains a dominant asset. He’s reliable: last season he dealt with four separate deaths, three being childhood friends, one being his grandfather … yet he still played in 80 games. Not to mention he was waaaay better than Boozer in the postseason, and won minutes over him based solely on the fact that he has a defensive game to speak of. He has work to do offensively, but if this team is, to continue my use of sports clichés, gelling in the way they claim to be, I think that will come, and I think you’ll see his minutes/averages go up.
And that dunk. Ah, that dunk. It was more symbolic than anything else, especially as it happened in G1 (along with another really great one at the end of the 4th) of an ECF no one expected us to win. And as the series progressed, I found myself revisiting it in hopes it would remind me that we can contend, that we will contend, one day. Hopefully soon. Ideally this year, but I can wait.