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Johnson, Gibson look solid

Posted by rsanrel on 7th October 2009

It would be foolish to read too much from the first couple of preseason games, but right now it’s look as if rookies James Johnson and Taj Gibson will be key contributors off the bench from the start of the season.

Gibson followed up his splendid debut last week against the Indiana Pacers with another solid effort in the Bulls’ thrilling 102-101 victory over the Utah Jazz Tuesday in London. Johnson also had a good game and gave the Bulls the win with a buzzer-beating short jumper.

Both rookies are active and athletic and will give the Bulls improved front-court depth. With Johnson and Gibson playing well, Tyrus Thomas better produce or else he could find himself losing playing time.

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James Johnson's work ethic, versatility impress Bulls

Posted by admin on 26th June 2009

James Johnson’s journey to the Bulls began in earnest at the start of last season, when Gar Forman, then the Bulls director of player personnel, scouted the 6-8 Wake Forest forward for three consecutive days at a tournament in Anaheim, Calif.

It ended when when the Bulls selected Johnson with the No. 16 overall pick in the draft Thursday, three hours after Forman, now the Bulls general manager, had a final predraft telephone call with Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio. ”We talked to Dino a number of time, but we actually talked to him [Thursday] about 5,” Forman said. ”Asking him about a couple of his players in this draft. The one thing he said is James would compete every day in practice and games.

Article by Brian Hanley of Chicago Sun-Times on June 26, 2009
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