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Taj Gibson can’t wait to bring his dad, who had heart transplant in June, to a Knicks game now that he’s close to being healthy

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New York Knicks power forward Taj Gibson can’t wait to bring his dad, Wilbert Gibson, to a Knicks game next season now that he’s close to being healthy.

Gibson, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, signed a two-year deal with the Knicks this summer. His dad had a heart transplant in June.

“That’s what he said. He says he’s going to try to be front row and center. It’s a long way from the upper deck when we used to go back in the day,” Taj told Marc Berman of The New York Post. “In June, I was out there all the time with my dad. We were trying for him to get healthy and recover, waiting for him to find a healthy heart.

“He’s excited. He used to take me to Knicks games all the time after work. We would be in the upper deck. He’s a blue-collar guy. I’m excited for him to be at the games. He’s almost out of the woods. He has to take his time — three-to-six months [recovery].”

Taj Gibson has been a thorn in the Knicks side his entire NBA career. In 30 career games against the Knicks, Taj has averaged 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Gibson has been to the playoffs eight times in his career. The Knicks are hoping Taj can help them get back to the postseason. New York hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013.