"KG and Rasheed (Wallace) already welcomed me into (the rivalry) by smack-talking me, so I'm looking forward to throwing some more elbows," Gibson said. "In college, coaches always told me to play through pain, never complain and do your job to help the team win. So I'll just play through it."
"Just imagine getting up in the morning and you can't even put your foot down," Gibson said. "It's tough to walk. Imagine jumping around in basketball all day long. Vinny had it most of his career and he told me it can be a career-ending injury, so it's best to get on top of it right away and take care of it.
"The doctors checked it out. It's getting better. I'm just taking it slow. The last MRI showed I just stretched it. I'm happy I didn't tear it like Danny Granger from Indiana because then you're out at least two months."
It's interesting to find out he's played through the injury for so long already, but that it's flared up worse recently. Plantar Fasciitis can become a chronic problem which never really goes away for some players, and playing through the injury for so long surely can't be helping him much.
Reading stories like this makes me feel sorry for professional athletes. The stuff they endure to continue going on the court/field is really completely unreasonable at times. Especially when the effects of these types of decisions could ravage the guy's body 20 years from now when many athletes have the knees and backs of 80 year olds at 50.
Still, for the Bulls, it's great that Taj has been toughing it out. I've been hard on Taj for much of the season, but he's really stepped up and performed at a solid level. I hope, for his sake, that he's able to find a way to get enough rest to move past this injury.
Tyrus Thomas would have started in Gibson's place which makes me wonder what he thinks of all this. It has to be an interesting dynamic, after all, his starting spot was taken because of his injury, and he didn't immediately earn it back even though Gibson hasn't played as well as him on the season thus far.
It seems like the reverse may happen soon, but would Tyrus permanently regain the starting spot if Gibson were to miss a few games? I kind of doubt it. As I said yesterday, the Bulls are in a position where it makes more sense to start developing Gibson, and Tyrus isn't providing a great enough improvement over Taj to justify a greater commitment.