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Dwyane Wade rates Taj Gibson's dunk over him in Eastern Conference finals

Dwyane Wade rates Taj Gibson's dunk over him in Eastern Conference finals

Where were you on May 15, 2011? Ok, that may be unfair since I don’t remember either, but Twitter forgets nothing and dug up this incredible Taj Gibson dunk over Dwyane Wade.

Take some time to watch that again if you need, it’s pretty vicious.

D-Wade himself got wind of the clip and tossed an extremely disrespectful grade on it.

A “9,” really??? This dunk clearly deserves a “10” across the board.

Let’s start with the sweet dish from C.J. Watson to Gibson streaking down the court. Wade really has no chance to defend the fast break at this point.

Then we get the leap. Gibson takes off from the bottom of the free throw circle, both hands straight up, even reaching behind his head to wind up.

Next, we have the finish. Wade gets his hands all up in Gibson’s face, but nothing is slowing Gibson down at this point. He powers through Wade and slams the ball down with authority.

Finally, we get the celebration. Gibson leaps up and down, mouth opened wide in a primal scream that brings the United Center crowd to a roar.

We also have to consider the context of the dunk. It’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The No. 1 seed Bulls are hosting the No. 2 seed Heat. It’s the first year of the “Big Three” in Miami, but the Bulls have already established themselves as the best full team in the regular season. The Heat come out strong and build an eight-point lead in the first quarter, but the Bulls are fighting back. Then this dunk closes the gap to one, early in the second quarter. The Bulls eventually win the game and everyone goes home happy.

So clearly, this dunk gets 10/10, no doubt about it.

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Jimmy Butler's number in Miami is an homage to former Bulls teammate Taj Gibson

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Jimmy Butler's number in Miami is an homage to former Bulls teammate Taj Gibson

Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson were teammates with the Bulls for more than five and a half seasons and then another year-plus with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In that time they made the playoffs together six times. They’ve been through a lot as teammates.

It’s not such a surprise then that Butler’s current number with the Miami Heat, 22, is to honor Gibson. Gibson wore 22 throughout his tenure with the Bulls and in his partial season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.


When Gibson and Butler reunited in Minnesota, Gibson went with 67, which he has now with the New York Knicks.

Butler wore 21 in his time with the Bulls before switching to 23 in Minnesota and Philadelphia. After signing with Miami as a free agent this offseason, Butler made the move to 22. No. 23 is retired for Michael Jordan in Miami, but 21 is available. He could have gone with something familiar, but instead went right in between to match Gibson’s old number.

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Podcast: Did we get the Bulls 2010s all-decade team right?

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Podcast: Did we get the Bulls 2010s all-decade team right?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Jason Goff, Kendall Gill, Matt Peck, and David Watson debate our Bulls all-decade team.

(1:50) - An easy choice for the point guard position: Derrick Rose

(2:17) - Our starting shooting guard: Jimmy Butler and what made him special

(5:00) - On Luol Deng and why he is our starting small forward

(8:42) - Why Taj Gibson is our starting power forward, but is Pau Gasol more deserving?

(13:54) - On Joakim Noah and everything that made him a great player on and off the court

(19:21) - On Tom Thibodeau being our coach of the decade

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