Bulls notebook: Taj Gibson learning from Saturday’s ejection
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org December 9, 2012 7:54PM
Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson looks into the stands during the closing seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Chicago. The Pacers won 80-76. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: December 9, 2012 10:47PM
The frustration that led forward Taj Gibson to be ejected from the Bulls’ victory Saturday against the New York Knicks wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing. It had been building during the last week.
In the victory Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, there were at least four times when Gibson thought he was fouled while taking the ball to the rim. In the victory Friday against the Detroit Pistons, it happened three more times. So when he was called for a loose-ball foul in the second quarter against the Knicks, Gibson wanted some answers from official Derrick Stafford.
Instead, Stafford gave Gibson a technical foul. When Gibson replied, ‘‘Are you serious?’’ he was hit with a second technical and the early ejection.
Asked after the game if he thought he isn’t getting the respect he deserves from the officials because he’s still not a household name, Gibson replied, ‘‘Man, I don’t even know what to say about that.’’
What Gibson wanted to stay away from was making excuses.
‘‘The nice thing is, when something like this happens, your coach understands where you were coming from,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘But I slipped up. After a while you get sick of it, but you can’t let it get to that point where it gets you ejected.’’
Coach Tom Thibodeau and Gibson talked about it after the game and got on the same page.
‘‘There were some tough calls that I thought went against him, and it’s an emotional game,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘But we still have to do better with that. You get one [technical], you’ve got to let it go.’’
Around the rim
The Bulls held the Knicks to a season-low 85 points and have limited opponents to 88 points or fewer in five of their last six games.
† Thibodeau was expected to have more information about guard Kirk Hinrich’s injured left elbow Monday.
† The Bulls hosted a holiday party for 100 local children Sunday at the Berto Center. The team partnered with the USO to invite 65 children who have a parent deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan or who have a relative in the armed forces. The Bulls also invited 35 ‘‘academic all-stars’’ who live in Chicago Housing Authority buildings.