Knicks’ Taj Gibson is excited to reunite with former teammate Derrick Rose
With the very first general choice in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls picked Derrick Rose out of Memphis after an unbelievable freshman season. A year later on, the Bulls took Taj Gibson from USC with select No. 26 in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Rose and Gibson played together with the Bulls from 2009 through the 2015-16 season, when Rose was traded to the Knicks in the offseason. Then throughout the 2017-18 season, Rose was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves… where he was reunited with head coach Tom Thibodeau and Gibson.
Now for the 3rd time, Rose, Gibson and Thibodeau will all be together with the Knicks after the group consented to trade for the veteran guard from the Detroit Pistons. Gibson discovered of the trade throughout the postgame interview on Sunday, and is thrilled to play with Rose when again.
“To be honest, I just found out right when you just said this, I was really just working just now,” Gibson stated. “I’ve known him my whole career, we came in together. I know he’s a competitor. This stage right now, he’s a great guy. I know his character, I know how he’s built. And being back around familiar faces, he’ll be a great attribute to helping a lot of the young guys. And just helping the team atmosphere I guess.”
Gibson understands that generating a veteran like Rose ought to assist novice guard Immanuel Quickley, and other young Knicks gamers.
It’s clear the Knicks are identified to make the playoffs this season by obtaining Rose, hoping he can offer scoring and management. Having currently existing group chemistry with Gibson and Thibodeau might be the edge that the Knicks require.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.