I caught up with Taj Gibson at media day, and in one of the most interesting answers to a question I got on the day, Taj Gibson said he's working on becoming a stretch four. While he said it's still likely a year away, he's been working hard on extending his range out to the three point line.
the energy, the same way, I'll be behind booz. I'm looking forward to
learning from him in here in practice and getting better."
How's your foot doing?
"It feels a lot better, spent the whole summer rehabbing just getting it back. It feels way stronger than last year."
So how long did you have to rest this summer before getting to really work on your game?
"I had to rest mostly the whole summer. I stayed in Chicago, in the training room here, took most of the summer off until late and focused on rehabbing."
What are your first thoughts on Thibodeau?
"He's like a drill sargeant. Knows every small detail on the basketball court,a nd he's so easy to talk to and learn from."
How will things be different this year under Thibodeau compared to last year under VDN?
"I think it's going to be a lot more crisp this year. I can tell from the mini camps that everything is going to be real crisp. We go at each other really hard. He wants the players to reallyunderstand it, so I think we're going to be a lot better and guys are coming back better because we've been working out together."
Have you gotten to see the scheme yet or will that have to wait for practice?
"The scheme is really up tempo, fast paced, we're going to add some things and I'm looking forward to seeing it."
What have you worked on this off-season?
"I've been shooting threes actually. Last season Vinny and his staff wanted to see me step out to 18 and eventually three point range. This coaching staff is helping me work on threes, and this staff is helping me work on it."
How's your three look? Are we going to see it this year?
"It looks good, but it's still probably a year away. They changed my whole jump shooting form to a new, easier, quicker form. i'm looking forward to using it."
Are they working you in at Center or just Power Forward?
"In some of the drills I've played some Center a bit, and whatever he (Thibodeau) needs me to play I'm open."
What's your overall take on the off-season?
"It's all basketball. Lots of trade rumors, free agency stuff, but we've got lots of good guys on our team. I look at our guys now and we have a lot of depth all the way down the bench."
I'd say he definitely appears to have bulked up since I've last seen him in person, which was probably a couple weeks into last season, but he looked definitely looked like he added some muscle though that could have taken place during the season as much as the off-season.
It's interesting to see that Taj switched up his shooting form this year, and I'll be curious to see what results that brings. It can take quite a bit of time to really work in a new form, but if Taj can work his range out to 18 feet or even the three point line, he'd be awesome talent.