Taj Loves Chicago...And We Love Him

Jun 08, 2012 | by Stormin' Norman Disciple, NQTC

Hard hat? Check.  Lunch pail? Check.  Time to go to work.  That was just a little snippet of a day in the life of Taj Gibson.  He has been awesome in Chicago, although he has been stuck behind Boozer for the last two seasons on the depth chart.  If given minutes, he can be a great contributor and even off the bench he has been fantastic.  His energy and surprisingly decent offensive game fit Thib’s system perfectly.  The question is, with the team’s fate in the air on the heels of the Rose injury, will the front office be willing to shell out to get him an extension? If not, they can always exercise their qualifying offer rights after next season, but that usually doesn’t end well (see Ben Gordon).  At least we know Taj wants to stay in a Bulls uni, as a recent interview indicates:

“Really, it doesn’t matter (when it happens),” Gibson told ESPNChicago.com Thursday afternoon. “I told (general manager) Gar (Forman) and (vice president John Paxson) how committed I am to just being with the Bulls. It’s not a thought in my head to leave Chicago because I love playing for the Bulls.

“I love wearing the Bulls logo across my chest. So that’s the last thing I’m thinking about right now. Right now, I’m just thinking about next year. Just come in and figure out how I can try to help the team better and just let the chips fall in place. A lot of guys tend to worry about that stuff, but I know I have a good agent in Mark Bartelstein and I have a lot of faith in what he does and I know I have a lot of faith in the Bulls organization so I’m just relaxing and practicing.

“I believe my future is here. Either mid-July or next year (for an extension), just have to be patient and just wait and see.”

We love you too.  Make it happen Pax Gardorf.

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