All in all, when it comes to New York basketball buzz, despite having finished with a 17-loss record over the past 22 years, the Knicks are often the team that gets the most attention.
That said, when it comes to the 2022 NBA season, without a doubt, all eyes are on their fierce rival, the Brooklyn Nets.
Understandably so, when summer festivals are started with a June 30 tweet by Shams Charania reports that Nets star Kevin Durant wants to leave Brooklyn, the franchise has been stuck in the limelight for over a month now with no real end to the madness in sight.
Still, even with all this high-profile buzz running, one way or another, it seems like the conversation always comes back to the Knicks. Such was the case on an August 11 episode of “The Draymond Green Show,” where he answered a number of fan-submitted questions, many of which had direct links to orange and blue.
An investigation in particular turned out to be a huge compliment to a former Knickerbockers member, as the four-time NBA champion declared the veteran big man, Taj Gibson, to be “not a superstar ” gave him the most trouble moving on. defense.
“Not the superstar I have [had] The trouble that has protected my entire career is the Taj Gibson,” Green said. “I feel like everyone in their career has a guy who’s a great basketball player, but to the world you’re just, like, ‘oh he does X, Y, and Z’ or ‘X’ or whatever. Or, in your mind, you might not think like ‘oh he’s a superstar’, and I think for me that person has always been Taj Gibson. “
The Taj Gibson played an important role in the defense of New York
Already seen as a veteran that head coach Tom Thibodeau’s favorite to put on the roster after spending seven years serving together in both Chicago and Minnesota, it didn’t take long for Knicks fans to appreciate the same for the big man.
While he may not have hit the tally or received any individual awards during his three-year tenure, Gibson has proven his worth on the defensive side of the floor, where he plays role as one of their best contributors, even ending up with the third best defensive line and a plus minus rating for the second best defensive slot (of those who have logged in over 400 minutes) for fourth-ranked defensive unit of the league in 2020-21.
Ultimately, however, the New York-born player’s time with the Knicks came to an end this summer when Leon Rose and company abandoned him in an attempt to free up limited space to pursue a free agent. do.
After removing the waivers, the 37-year-old signed a one-year, $2.9 million contract with the Washington Wizards.
Departing from Gibson’s helped Land Brunson
While the departure of the Taj Gibson may upset some, when it comes to New York’s main office, it’s simply a business move.
By giving up Gibson, the Knicks further unleashed his $5 million salary cap, sparking a series of other financially motivated departures that created enough flexibility to land Jalen Brunson in a deal. deal worth $104 million, a move that could end “haunting” the Dallas Mavericks for years to come.
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