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Over recent years, we have seen many star players try to recruit other players to join their team. The stars in particular have had an interesting role in this, including the league’s best player, LeBron James.
Via the Sun Times, James tried to persuade Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls to join the Miami Heat. Obviously, the pitch didn’t work, as Gibson is still in Chicago.
Despite being recruited by the league’s best player, Taj Gibson decided to stay in Chicago.credit: sulekha.com
Then again, it isn’t often LeBron James tries to recruit you to join him with the Miami Heat.
‘‘We talked about it a lot because I was coming up on my contract, possibly becoming a free agent,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘We were kicking it around, and [James] was saying: ‘Come to Miami. Come in, and we’ll treat you right there.’ I was like, ‘Nah, I’m cool with the Bulls.’ ’’
At the time, he really wasn’t.
Gibson entered training camp with an uncertain future. The Bulls had until Nov. 1 to give him a contract extension or allow him to become a restricted free agent after this season. James knew that and was planting the seed.
‘‘Very flattering,’’ Gibson said of James’ offer. ‘‘I mean, that shows that there is a sense of respect about your game. It means that there are other guys around the league watching you, other than just going up and down the court and banging bodies against each other.’’
It’s hard to believe that many players around the league would reject something like this from LeBron James, which is exactly what Taj Gibson chose to do.
This is definitely a trend in the NBA that has recently picked up, with players attempting to be more proactive with who their teammates will be.
Gibson is considered to be one of the better backup big men in the game, particularly on the defensive end. Imagine the Miami Heat with a rim protector like him?
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