They say in the NBA that when your opportunity comes to shine, it’s time to shine. If you don’t shine, you probably won’t see that time again.
Taj Gibson’s time for the Chicago Bulls to shine came Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats and he took advantage of it. The third-year pro from US, who has been averaging 7.7 points and 5.4 rebounds a game, played for 21 minutes and did just about everything right in a 105-75 victory. He shot 8-of-11 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds while scoring 17 points.
Of course, consider the opponent. This was the Charlotte Bobcats Thursday night.
Still Gibson showed what he can do.
When given a lot of minutes, he can score with anyone. At Orlando on Jan. 2, he was 8-of-12 and netted 21 points against the Orlando Magic with 8-of-12 shooting. But he saw 45 minutes of action.
It’s hard to say if Derrick Rose will return, in fact, the Bulls are probably smart enough to realize that if he does, the best time to start the comeback would be at the beginning of the 2013-14 seaspon.
Gibson is and will continue to be a potential source of production for the Bulls. They have to figure the proper way of using him. When they do, he’ll continue to be a player to watch.