."The lessons Taj Gibson will draw from Omer] Asik are physical, not financial.
In the first practice of training camp, Gibson logged some minutes at center, a move coach Tom Thibodeau hinted at during the offseason. Gibson happily reported he blocked one of Joakim Noah's new sky-hook attempts.
If the Bulls go small at times, Gibson is eager to help. He's focused on that, not the fact he will be, like Asik was, a restricted free agent next offseason if he doesn't sign an extension by Oct. 31.
"I tried to get more fluid with post work, get more confidence and stronger because we lost Omer in the offseason," Gibson said. "I need to be more physical.
"I'm happy for Omer. He let his game speak for itself. He didn't get into the whole 'He wants to leave' or anything like that. He just let his agent handle it and let things fall into play. I can't focus on (the extension). I can only focus on what I can take care of, and that's basketball