A few days ago, Tyree Gibson was a regular in the Warriors’ starting lineup, but that was no guarantee that the 27-year-old would be back in action.
After all, this is the first season since 2010 that Gibson hasn’t played in a playoff game, and he’s had only three games in the postseason.
So, how does he feel about the postseason?
“I feel good, I think the whole team is just ready,” Gibson said of his teammates.
“The way we’re playing right now, I just feel like the guys are just going to keep getting better and better.”
Gibson was traded to the New York Knicks in March, and now that he’s in the playoffs, he’s going to be asked to carry a team that has a record of 23-9 and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
And he’ll be playing for his second team in the last three seasons.
“I’m glad that I’m here,” Gibson told reporters on Monday.
“I’m happy that I got traded.
I think this is a good team.
I’m excited about it.
And I just know I’m going to have to play hard every night.
And hopefully we can win.”
He said the fans are going to enjoy seeing him get a shot to win, but he also knows he’ll have to do some extra work to earn that shot.
“The game of basketball is just about winning,” he said.
“There’s going of course a lot of things that you can do to help yourself, but if you’re going to win basketball games, you’ve got to be a winner.”
Garrett Ellwood, a former NBA star, is a sports reporter for ESPN.
Follow him on Twitter @greeleyellwood.