After the Chicago Bulls signed Pau Gasol during the offseason, it was expected he would take over the starting power forward duties with Carlos Boozer getting amnestied. However, it may not be that simple if you ask head coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Bulls have a plethora of talent at the center and power forward position with All-NBA first team center and Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah not losing his starting role and the top European player, Nikola Mirotic, signing with the team after they acquired him in a draft day trade in 2011.
Gibson played the second and fourth quarters last year and has excelled in that role during his career, so could Thibodeau shake things up and start Gibson and bring Gasol off the bench?
“I’m not sure on who’s starting and who’s finishing yet,” Thibodeau told the Kap & Haugh Show on 87.7 FM The Game on Thursday morning. “Here’s the thing, I know all three are going to have a significant role. I have 96 minutes there and I look at all three of those guys as starters. We’ll see how it unfolds when we get to training camp and we let them play together.”
This is obviously a great problem to have and that decision could be made even easier if the Bulls are successful in their attempt to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, which could cost Gibson and/or Mirotic in a potential deal.
The depth is something that Thibodeau didn’t have last year when he could not trust Boozer and had to play some players extended minutes which left them fatigued in the team’s first round exit.