Apr 27, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) dribbles as Washington Wizards power forward Al Harrington (7) defends during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson ready to start


In the summer of 2010, the Chicago Bulls had high hopes, aiming to land of the Miami Heat’s current big three, LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Chicago-native Dwyane Wade, but we all know how that played out.

Instead they settled for power forward Carlos Boozer, a very good offensive player in his own right.

Boozer, however, has been a disappointment and this season he began to lose his fourth quarter minutes to reserve Taj Gibson.

If the Bulls finally part ways with Boozer in the offseason as many think they will, Gibson believes he is ready to become a full-time starter.

“I can average a double-double. I truly believe that,” Gibson told K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. “I could do 16 (points) and 10 (rebounds) and help us have a great record and try to go deep in the playoffs. I’m taking this playoff as a step to get ready for future tough playoff games. I take it seriously.”

Gibson averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this season.

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