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Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson has dismissed reports that he is unhappy about his bench role and reiterated his commitment to the franchise.
A report surfaced earlier this week stating that Gibson was “not thrilled” about the prospect of continuing off the bench this season, after he was a reserve in 74 of his 82 regular season appearances last year.
Despite his improved play and importance to the Bulls, the arrival of Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers this summer ultimately means he will remain on the bench with the Spaniard starting alongside Joakim Noah.
However, Gibson reiterated his team-first nature and unselfishness by taking to Twitter and addressing the recent report, claiming that he will have no problem with coming off the bench this year.
Chicago are considered one of the favourites for the NBA championship this season after acquiring Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and rookie Doug McDermott to form a formidable and deep roster.
In addition, it is felt that Coach Tom Thibodeau will play the individuals that he believes are best suited to the situation when it presents itself, and it would come as no surprise if Gibson continues to play an integral role for the team even as a reserve.
Having impressed at the FIBA World Cup for Spain this summer, Gasol appears set for a renaissance of sort after putting a difficult period with the Lakers behind him, and his ability to link up with Noah will likely be a key facet of the Bulls’ play in the upcoming campaign.
Naturally, point guard Derrick Rose will also be important to their success if he can remain healthy, but Gibson will form a vital part of the secondary in order to give Thibodeau a boost off the bench.
— Taj Gibson (@TajGibson22) September 20, 2014