Daniel Gibson Re-Surfacing as a Spark for Cleveland Cavaliers

November 6th, 2010 by Matt Friedman Leave a reply »
Daniel “Boobie” Gibson appeared on his way to the top in the 2007 playoffs, when he helped seal the Cavs’ first trip to the NBA Finals with a 31-point performance against Detroit in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

At the time, he looked like a future cornerstone of the franchise, but his path back to relevancy in the 2010-11 season has been a long one.

After a solid but not sensational 2007-08 campaign, he saw his minutes dwindle the following two seasons because coach Mike Brown—who valued defense above all else—saw him as a defensive liability. Frustration started to creep in for Gibson as he was used sparingly last season and often only in garbage time.

Furthermore his lack of run on the court gave him the reputation of being a one-dimensional player as a catch-and-shoot three-point specialist. Many around the league believed he didn’t have the ability to dribble and pass like a point guard and create his own shot—including his current head coach Byron Scott.

“I kept hearing about the things he couldn't do,” Scott was quoted as saying during training camp.

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