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Knicks’ Taj Gibson aiming to challenge Mitchell Robinson, ‘make him better’

Taj Gibson, Mitchell Robinson, Knicks

The New York Knicks were unable to secure a superstar-caliber free agent this offseason. The lowly Eastern Conference franchise instead went in a different direction. With the Knicks bringing in a ton of a veteran talent to supplement the up-and-comers already on the team’s roster, New York managed to add veteran NBA big man Taj Gibson to complement Mitchell Robinson.

While Gibson has served as a key cog on many solid teams over the years, it appears the longtime NBA big man is currently in place to challenge soon-to-be Knicks second-year center Mitchell Robinson.

Taj Gibson seems to be up for the job.

“That’s the thing I plan on doing,” Gibson recently said of his Knicks counterpart in Robinson, via The New York Post. “I’ll try to make him better and challenge him in practice. It was tough to get a shot over him. He’s a crazy shot-blocker. My job is to be a veteran, go in and challenge the guys every day and make my teammates better, help change the culture and push forward a winning mentality.’’

Taj Gibson also wants to help restore a winning culture in the “Big Apple,” something that has not been accomplished in quite some time.

“I want to bring a winning attitude that’s positive: don’t take a play off,’’ Gibson added. “I’ve been with good teams my whole career. I’ve been to the playoffs throughout my entire career. Winning is all I really know.”

It is also worth noting that the Knicks finished last season with the worst record in the entire NBA.