Usually when Taj Gibson describes an injury to reporters, it’s a sprained ankle or plantar fasciitis, and he claims to be a quick healer.
After suffering a left knee sprain on Sunday in Oklahoma City, Gibson isn’t sure what to think. He missed Tuesday’s game against Cleveland and could be out for two weeks.
“I’ve never felt any pain like that before,” Gibson said. “So I just have to take my time. I was (ticked) because I know that I always want to be the guy that can go 82 games every year. I take good care of my body. It’s just one of those things that happens by just stepping on somebody else’s foot.”
Gibson said he went up to block a shot and landed on the foot of Thunder guard Reggie Jackson. The incident occurred early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s blowout loss in Oklahoma.
The fourth-year forward had an MRI exam Sunday, but said doctors are continuing to examine the knee.
“Just to make sure there are no small tears or anything in it,” he said. “So far, I’ve felt great. Just happy to get back stronger.”
Gibson has never missed more than three games in a season. With this injury, only Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler have played in every game for the Bulls this year.
Gibson feels Rose’s pain:
Taj Gibson said his knee injury gave him new appreciation for what Derrick Rose is going through while recovering from ACL surgery.
“I really feel what Derrick goes through now,” Gibson said. “I have nowhere near anything where Derrick is and the pain I felt after that little encounter; I know how he feels and I give a lot of inspiration to him, because seeing what he goes through every day and how he pushes through it, it’s not easy.”
There’s still no update on Rose’s return. It could happen soon, but no one seems sure.
Irving sits for Cavs:
The Cavs said guard Kyrie Irving injured his knee in practice last week, then played in the next two games against Orlando and Miami, before deciding to sit out Tuesday’s contest.
“I’m not real concerned,” coach Byron Scott said at shootaround, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “It’s just one of those things that needs rest.”
During his two years in the league, Irving has never played against Derrick Rose because of various injuries to both players.
Rodman in North Korea:
Dennis Rodman is in North Korea to conduct some youth clinics, play a few pickup games and basically conduct basketball diplomacy aimed at improving relations between that country and the U.S., according to USA Today. Three members of the Harlem Globetrotters are also on the trip.
“I come in peace,” Rodman tweeted Tuesday. “Looking forward to sitting down with Kim Jong Un. I love the people of North Korea.”Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.