This is about a week old, but I missed it in the flurry to discuss Carlos Boozer’s championship aspirations this season.
From the same day, Nick Friedell also caught up with Taj Gibson who was also at the House of Hoops opening:
Gibson gutted his way through the entire 82 game season a year ago
while dealing with plantar fasciitis in his foot, but after a summer’s
worth of rehab he feels like he is healthy and ready to go.
“It’s feeling much better,” he said. “Just getting rehab, staying on
it, get icing [treatments], it’s been going well. The Bulls staff has
taken really good care of my foot.”
Speaking of the Bulls’ coaching staff, Gibson has been impressed early on by what he’s seen from new head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“It’s been great,” he said. “I’ve been going in [the Berto Center]
everyday, working out extremely hard trying to get better and just
learning from him and his staff. The staff has been treating me so well,
[I’m] just learning from them. Thibs is a coach we’re going to have a
great respect for, just how he goes with his gameplans and how he
handles his business and I’m just looking forward to learning from him.”
Friedell added some context to the quote by saying Gibson was ready to go while the quote itself made it sound like Gibson may still be getting treatment. I’m going to assume the context added though clears up the point and that Gibson is in fact ready to go which is obviously a big plus.
Those plantar fasciitis injuries can take forever to heal if enough rest isn’t happening to allow the foot to heal.
As for Thibodeau, the quote is interesting, and I’m sure that I’m reading way too much into it, but when you think of the “positives” that he mentioned (respect for coach, game planning), you immediately assume that those were weaknesses of the last staff don’t you?
It could simply be that he was just saying the first nice thing that came to mind, but typically the first nice thing that comes to mind would be something that was of great improvement over your previous coach otherwise it wouldn’t be a positive, but just be a neutral.
Either way, while completely unfair to Taj to extract that meaning out of things, it certainly meshes with what we believe to be the case (that the players didn’t really respect VDN and that he was a poor game planner). Certainly I expect coaching to move from a weakness last season to a strength this season.