The Chicago Bulls recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons, as their players were trading blows via the media and their personal social media accounts.
This prompted the team to have a meeting to try and patch things up, in the hopes of getting back to their winning ways. Taj Gibson discussed what happened during the session, via CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill.
“I was drained because I gave my heart in that meeting. In general, I just gave my heart. Letting everybody know I loved them.”
“I just poured my heart out. It got testy.”
Gibson added that he had to intervene while his teammates were locked in a heated exchange, feeling he could be the bridge for the veterans to get along with the less experienced players.
“Both sides were just going, just talking. I stood up and voiced how I felt. It got reciprocated and everybody was like, ‘you know what? (He’s right)’ Because I put with a lot. I’ve been putting up with a lot. It’s crazy, I can put up with a lot but I can’t put up with my teammates battling each other. …”
“I wanted to start early, I wanted to play well and I didn’t get my chance. I stayed with the team, I sacrificed. I gave examples and then I gave examples of guys who were leaders, how I loved playing with them.”
“I told them, I broke down in that meeting, I gave it up to everybody because I understood life is too short. Everyday, people are leaving the league and never coming back. There’s not that many veterans anymore. Days are numbered, it’s only a matter of time, you gotta take what you can get out of it. I’m playing with a Hall of Famer in D-Wade, I told him I appreciated him. Straight up.”
With Gibson voicing out his concerns, it helped the meeting become productive and resolve a lot of issues the team had.
“It brought guys back to reality. At times when you’re losing games and you got the city on your back, playing in Chicago is like playing in New York or LA. Once people get in your ear and you’re losing games and people booing you, you can’t look around, you wanna point fingers. In that meeting it was deep. A lot of love.”
The Chicago faithful are hoping their team will get their act together and start winning games consistently. Despite losing 11 of their last 19 outings and being two games under .500, the Bulls are still ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference, remaining in a playoff spot.
If they can set aside their differences and play as a team once again, this Bulls team has the talent to make some noise in the postseason.