Taj Gibson Following the Derrick Rose Plan with Latest Ankle Injury

November 22nd, 2014 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND, Ore. — Taj Gibson is no stranger to ankle sprains, but the walking boot he was wearing in the Chicago Bulls’ locker room Friday night was an unfamiliar sight.

“I didn’t even want to wear crutches,” he laughed. “Doctor’s orders.”

Gibson re-injured his left ankle midway through the third quarter of the Bulls’ 105-87 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. It was the same ankle he sprained against the Cleveland Cavaliers in October, although this one came at a much more inopportune time.

Midway through a seven-game road trip, the Bulls are without two starters (Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol) and two vital bench contributors (Gibson and Kirk Hinrich). And although Gibson has been known throughout his six-year career as one of the toughest players in the NBA, someone who has played through injuries year after year, he might not be back on the court for a while.

“I have to just be smart,” Gibson said. “I have to really get it strong. It hurts my athleticism, not being able to do cer ...

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