Last season, it was plantar fasciitis in both feet.
This season, Taj Gibson apparently has a pinched nerve in his right foot.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “Taj Gibson didn’t practice Sunday after suffering what he called a pinched nerve in his right foot. Gibson suffered the injury during slide drills at the start of practice and limped out of Staples Center.”
Insert “agony of the feet” joke here.
Said Gibson: “It’s real sore. I don’t know if I’ll be able to play Tuesday (against the Lakers), but at least we have two more days to let it heal.”
This is lousy news, and not only because Taj is coming off what may have been his best game as a pro — 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds plus his first ever three-pointer in a Bulls win over the Mavericks in Dallas.
The Lakers’ frontcourt — do the names Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol ring any bells? — is huge. If Gibson is out, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau may have to start Joakim Noah at power forward and Omer Asik at center.
And, gulp, maybe even go to Brian Scalabrine early and often.
This isn’t exactly encouraging news for a team that’s heading off to face the defending champs in their building.
Anybody know any foot healing voodoo magic?