After three seasons at the Knicks, Taj Gibson is taking on a new challenge in Washington, where he signed up two weeks ago for a season worth just under $3 million.
The veteran interior has the bottle and is well aware of the role he will have to occupy within the workforce of DC. A role model, on the field when Wes Unseld Jr will call on him, but also (and above all) outside.
“At this point in my career, the numbers don’t really mean much to me. I’m here to try to help the team win. I’m here to do whatever the team needs me to do.”did he declare.
A group of starving people
A team player, effective on short streaks, that’s what made Taj Gibson’s career so successful. The more the years pass, the less its missions are important. But his personal case comes after the success of the group.
“I am blue collar. I grew up through work. I’m a hard worker, a teammate first and a guy who will always be there for his teammates.” he added. “At this point in my career, I understand that minutes may be limited, but my job is to always be ready, to be professional and to always be there for my teammates.”
If he joined Washington, it’s also because he saw what he could bring to a group looking for a rebound and boosted by the arrivals of Kyle Kuzma and Kristaps Porzingis last season, who came to support Bradley Beal , “franchise player” more than ever ambitious and confirmed in his role at the Wizards this summer.
“I saw that they had a young and talented team”he continued. “It’s a growing team and I just want to be part of something special. The NBA is full of ups and downs, but I wanted to go somewhere where I could bring my experience and whatever I can pass on to the team. From my point of view, the group is really good. From my point of view, because I watch the games. They’ve lost quite a few, but at the same time they’ve been super competitive all year. Even the last few years they were super competitive (…) You look at everyone the team picked up this summer, all the players drafted, traded and signed are dogs. Everyone is hungry, they are counted on and they are looking for the right opportunity and the right place”.