By Joe Haefner
The Chicago Bulls picked Taj Gibson with the 26th pick of the 1st round in the 2009 draft; and he has been a pleasant surprise so far this season. He’s started 10 of 13 games so far; and when ranked among rookies, he is 2nd in rebounding and blocks, 6th in minutes played, 8th in shooting, 9th in steals, and 15th in scoring.
In a recent article on Bulls.com, Taj Gibson talks about the little things that make the great players great.
But, his buddies still want to know, what’s it like? How good is KG? How big is Duncan?
“I tell them they’re great, but it’s the small things,” said Gibson, an eager student of the game. “It’s
not only the one or two plays, the dunk or blocked shot, it’s the things they do for the team.
“A lot of people don’t know what beats you,” says Gibson. “Against Boston, it was the way he (Garnett)
screened the whole night, putting a body on the wings to free Ray Allen and the rest of the shooters. You
take that and the talking, the communication on the court.”
If the great players like Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan do these little things, wouldn’t you think it’d be a good idea to do that as well?
Coaches will reward you when you do the little things like:
- Communicating on the court
- Blocking out on every shot
- Helping teammates off of the floor
- Great footwork
- Making the extra pass
- Making the good pass, rather than the spectacular pass
- Setting great screens
- Taking charges
- Always rotating correctly on defense
- Treating every practice like it’s a game
I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.
Are you doing the little things?