With the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Derrick Rose out of Memphis after an incredible freshman season. A year later, the Bulls took Taj Gibson from USC with pick No. 26 in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Rose and Gibson played together with the Bulls from 2009 through the 2016, when Rose was traded to the Knicks in the offseason. Then during the 2017-18 season, Rose was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he was reunited with head coach Tom Thibodeau and Gibson.
Now for the third time, Rose, Gibson and Thibodeau will all be together after the Knicks agreed to trade for the veteran guard from the Detroit Pistons.
Gibson learned of the trade during the postgame news conference on Sunday, and is excited to play with Rose once again.
“To be honest, I just found out right when you just said this, I was really just working just now,” Gibson said. “I’ve known him my whole career, we came in together. I know he’s a competitor. This stage right now, he’s a great guy. I know his character, I know how he’s built. And being back around familiar faces, he’ll be a great attribute to helping a lot of the young guys. And just helping the team atmosphere, I guess.”
Gibson knows that bringing in a veteran like Rose should help rookie guard Immanuel Quickley, and other young Knicks players.
It’s clear the Knicks are determined to make the playoffs this season by acquiring Rose, hoping he can provide scoring and leadership. Having already-existing team chemistry with Gibson and Thibodeau could be the edge that the Knicks need.