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‘Boobie’Shoots For The Moon
But, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson managed to play well in the NBA’s Summer League and sound enough in training camp to earn a spot on the team. Not much if anything was expected of him in his first season, that is until he shocked the basketball world during the Playoffs.
BASN: How did it feel to not be picked in the first round of the NBA Draft, did you feel that you had something to prove?
DANIEL GIBSON: Yes, you as a young player in general you always want to have something to prove. The fact that I wasn’t picked in the first round just made it that much more intense for me.
BASN: Your real coming out party was in last season’s Playoffs, what changed for you?
DG: Basically nothing, but of course the Playoffs are a lot different then the regular season. I just got into a groove and LeBron really looked my way whenever I was open. He had enough confidence in me to take and make shots.
BASN: Speaking of LeBron what is it like to play with him?
DG: Aw, man, it’s been great so far. LeBron is a great teammate.
BASN: LeBron recently said on nationwide television that he considers you his little brother. How does that make you feel?
DG: It makes me feel great to know that a guy of his caliber looks to me like that. It’s a great feeling. He really pushes me to be the best that I can be.
BASN: Who’s the best shooter on the Cavaliers team?
DG: (smiling) Besides me, I’d say Damon Jones.
BASN: You’re hurt right now (diagnosed with a sprained ankle a month ago and was scheduled to be out of action for 4 to 6 weeks), how’s your ankle coming along.
DG: It’s coming along fine. Trying to do what they (the doctor’s) tell me so that I can get back healthy and help my teammates fight for the Championship.
BASN: Are you able to do anything now?
DG: I’m able to do little things. I just want to get healthy.
BASN: During the All-Star festivities the Cavaliers really had a banner weekend.
DG: Yes, we had a good weekend with me winning the MVP for the Sophomore/Rookie Challenge and LeBron winning his second MVP award in the All-Star game.
BASN: The Cleveland fans must’ve been very proud of you two.
DG: Yes, they were. We got a good ovation. It was a proud moment for the fans and th franchise.
BASN: On television we could all see LeBron going crazy as you drained 3-pointer after 3-pointer after 3-pointer; you had eight in all.
DG: LeBron’s always in my corner no matter what. I knew he was happy but I couldn’t see to what extent as I tried to concentrate on the game.
BASN: Besides the Sophomore/Rookie Challenge, you also showed yourself pretty good in the 3-point Shootout.
DG: I came in second place. I lost to a great shooter in Jason (Kapono). Maybe next year I will be in it and win it.
BASN: Thanks a lot for your time and much success to you and the Cavs in the future.
DG: Thanks for having me.