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Taj Gibson on Fred Hoiberg's national critics: 'Just shut up'

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Taj Gibson on Fred Hoiberg's national critics: 'Just shut up'

It doesn’t appear Taj Gibson will play Saturday against Detroit with a fractured rib, as he didn’t go through Friday’s practice after missing Thursday’s game against the Houston Rockets.

But the ambiguity that exists surrounding his status isn’t the case when one considers his position on coach Fred Hoiberg, as Hoiberg has come under fire in recent days from national media with the playoffs looming and the Bulls dangerously close to missing the postseason for the first time since 2008.

It’s been said and written Hoiberg doesn’t have the best support from the locker room, naming Gibson as one of the parties, but Gibson disputed the notion and supported the first-year coach.

“They need to just shut up,” Gibson said. “Everybody tries to discredit this man, and it's rough. He's a rookie coach taking on a veteran group. Give him some slack, man. It's hard enough as it is to come in. You've got the whole city of Chicago on your back. It's tough. But I think he's just learning. He's learning, he's doing a good job, he's staying with us, and I'm riding with him no matter what.”

Gibson’s relationship with Hoiberg has grown as the season has progressed, which has led to Gibson being more of a vocal player in the locker room. Not one for drama, Gibson is the closest thing to an enforcer on the roster, and he’s carried the no-nonsense approach everywhere else, essentially.

“Me and him have had long talks, especially over the break, from time to time,” Gibson said. “He really cares about the players. We've got to do our part to help us get wins and do what's right for him.”

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And what’s right for Hoiberg and Gibson could be sitting out, despite the crucial nature of the contest against the Pistons, which starts a back-to-back that ends Sunday in Milwaukee.

Gibson believes he injured himself against the Sacramento Kings on March 21, but it got progressively worse as he kept playing the same way and an injury like that will keep reminding you to sit until you do.

“It affects you as far as anything — raising your hands above your head, breathing, sitting down the wrong way,” Gibson said. “It’s just tough. The whole game, you have guys poking you. That’s the hardest part. I’ve been playing with it. I’ll try to just keep going.”

He’s tried using hard casts and wraps, but nothing has truly alleviated the pain. After all, it affects his breathing, so it’s more than just basketball.

“There’s nothing you can really do,” Gibson said. “The previous couple of games I’ve been playing with it, you just have to play through it. I wish I could figure out something I could do. We tried everything. When you play down low, you’re gonna get it. It’s real physical.”

'Rodman: For Better or Worse' 30 for 30 will debut on September 10

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'Rodman: For Better or Worse' 30 for 30 will debut on September 10

On Friday ESPN revealed that the next film in their award-winning 30 for 30 series will focus on the life of former Bull and Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman. 

The film—which is titled "Rodman: For Better or Worse" will detail Rodman's journey to becoming a Hall of Famer and five-time NBA Champion. The documentary will detail Rodman's difficult upbringing in Dallas, his dominant run at Southeastern Oklahoma State and his development into one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history. 

While Rodman is no doubt one of the greatest talents in NBA history, he is just as famous for his intriguing and oftentimes shocking off the court exploits. Rodman: For Better or Worse will discuss Rodman diving into international diplomacy issues and all of the deeper reasons behind him becoming the interesting character that we know him as today. 

The documentary will feature interviews from former teammates and coaches of Rodman's, including Bill Laimbeer,  John Salley, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, and Phil Jackson. 

Rodman: For Better or Worse will be directed by Todd Kapostasy. 

Kapostasy is a seven-time Emmy Award winner. He wrote and directed 2016 documentary 'Confessions of a Cubs Fan: A Century of Waiting', which focused on the idea that winning isn't everything in sports amid the backdrop of the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series.

“Rodman: For Better or Worse” released on September 10, at 8 p.m. CT

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Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history to understand his NBA2K rating

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Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history to understand his NBA2K rating

It's that time of the year when every fan and player loses their mind over arbitray video game ratings that mean nothing.

That is, unless you're Coby White.

The rookie found out his rating for NBA 2K20 in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday and, much to the delight of this author, was pleased with his 76 rating.

"It's solid," White told Ronnie 2K. "Everybody be wanting their grade to be higher than what it is but I haven't played a game in the league yet so I understand why it's a 76. But I feel like after the season it'll be higher."

White said he hopes he can get his rating up to at least an 80 by the end of the season. Bulls fans would be pleased with that development, too.

White also said he was happy with his likeness in the game, which you can check out below.