Friday, June 8, 2012
Former Aggie guard Jonathan Gibson told me in the spring that he would play for the Boston Celtics in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas and Orlando. The Orlando league takes place July 9-13 and the Vegas league runs from July 13-22. I asked Gibson a few questions about his career in Europe since leaving New Mexico State after the 2010 season.
"The team I played for this year is Trabzonspor (Turkey). I led the country in scoring with 20 ppg 3.7 ast 2.5 rebounds. Turkey is the most physical league in the world. Now I'm currently in Italy on Enel Brindisi. We're in the playoffs. We swept the first team 3-0, Here I avgerage 22 ppg 3.3ast 2.8 reb. How the clubs work in Europe, well some teams are professional and some teams aren't, some teams pay on time or are late, but it's a good atmosphere, they have crazy fans, but it's a good experience here. The top countries are Turkey/Spain both of those are arguably first, then Russia/Italy. I signed a one year deal (its finished now), I have a new contract for this team for the playoffs."
How did Boston come about?
"Boston contacted my agent saying they have been watching me all year, and they like how I play the pick and roll , and the speed/aggressiveness. This will be the first summer league action I will be attending , because last year there was a NBA lockout. This is real big for my career, it shows that the NBA has interest in me and they are giving me an opportunity to make it."
What kind of a player are you now compared to your college career?
"My game has improved a lot since my NMSU days. I could have done the same thing I'm doing now in college, I'm way more aggressive, I'm mastering the pick and roll game, I create a lot more for myself and for other people, I play more physical/tougher, I have a better understanding of the game. Overall I'm more effective than I was in college. This has been my best year in my career so far. Its just the beginning"