Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson says he played through a torn ankle ligament last season.
Gibson underwent surgery on the ankle in mid-June.
“When (the doctor) finally went in during surgery, he was astounded how I was able to still play,” Gibson said Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “He said he never knew anybody who could play through so much pain. I just thought it was normal. He was surprised I was even able to run or lift off it. That’s how bad it was.”
Gibson wants to be ready for training camp by the end of September, but the Tribune reports Bulls coaches and executives prefer a “cautious approach.”
Gibson averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for Chicago last season. The Bulls’ season ended at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
– Rohan Nadkarni