(CTN News) – On Wednesday, reports were confirming the return of Taj Gibson, a former Knickerbocker, to the New York Knicks.
He signed a standard one-year contract, marking his comeback to the team. To accommodate Taj’s arrival, Dylan Winder was waived.
Last Friday, the Knicks faced concerns when Mitchell Robinson suffered an ankle injury.
The team relied heavily on Robinson, despite his offensive limitations, due to his exceptional rebounding skills and defensive contributions.
However, fans found solace in knowing that Isaiah Hartenstein, recognized as one of the league’s top backup centers, could step up.
In their 136-130 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Monday, both Jericho Sims, who started the game, and Hartenstein performed admirably as replacements.
However, it appears that the Knicks and their front office were still determined to strengthen their front line by adding more depth.
Gibson, who has always been a favorite of head coach Tom Thibodeau, only played in 49 games last season and has yet to play this season. Now, he is set to make his return to the court wearing the Orange and Blue.
With Knicks Hartenstein coming off the bench and Sims starting on Monday, it will be intriguing to see if this will have any impact on the distribution of minutes and roles for the centers.
Will Gibson take Sims’ minutes and role, or will he simply serve as an insurance policy? Will Hartenstein move back up in the rotation? And can his highly respected veteran presence have a positive influence on the team’s chemistry and locker room?
These are all questions that we cannot be certain of the answers to, but regardless, it is pleasing to Knicks to see Gibson back in action.