For Taj Gibson, the 2012-13 NBA season was on of highs and lows.
While the Bulls rewarded him at the outset of the campaign with a long-term contract extension, the Brooklyn native struggled with inconsistency, partially stemming from recurring knee problems, as well as initial unfamiliarity with an almost entirely new group of fellow reserves, before experiencing a playoff run that saw his team defeat his hometown Nets in the first round, prior to bowing out against the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Heading into the offseason, Gibson’s focus is on returning to full health, as well as improving and expanding his game, something Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will take an active role in doing, similar to last summer.
“The main thing is we have to look at my knee and my ankle. Me and Thibs had a long talk just about working on a couple of things, improving and just getting ready for a strong comeback next season,” Gibson said. “I was going to work out a little bit between probably USA [Basketball] camp again, working out with Thibs, working out with a bunch of different guys and just try to get better.”
Thibodeau concurred: “He’s another one we’ve got to get back into the gym, get him back to work. I’m looking forward to really having a productive summer with him this year.”