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Bulls' Taj Gibson Says He's Embarrassed on Losing to "Trash" Teams Like the Knicks

The Chicago Bulls are used to playing for Eastern Conference supremacy, so struggling to maintain the ninth spot in the East has been a little humbling to everyone involved.

Being owned by the lowly New York Knicks has one Bulls star irate.

On Wednesday, Chicago lost 115-107 to the New York Knicks at hom, trailing by as many as 22 points. They turned right back around Thursday, visiting Madison Square Garden for a rematch that the Knicks won, 106-94.

Sitting at 36-35, Taj Gibson told ESPN Chicago that he was “embarrassed” by the Bulls' play and penchant for losing to “trash teams.”

“Hell yeah, I’m embarrassed,” Gibson said after the Bulls’ 106-94 defeat. “I take pride in wearing this jersey. I love wearing the Bulls jersey. Especially what we’ve been through, I take pride in playing for Chicago.

When I wear that jersey, I try to go out there and play my heart out. And it’s frustrating when we come up short, and we look at ourselves, we’re losing to … I don’t want to criticize any[body], [but] trash teams.

Everybody’s in the NBA for a reason, but we’re playing against teams that are not playing for anything, and we’re just laying down. It feels like now we’re a target. It feels like teams are not taking us serious.

“Teams are more eager to play us. [In years prior,] it was vice versa. They knew we were coming in to punch people in the face and keep playing. It’s just, it’s hard, man. It really eats me up inside. It’s really hard to sleep at night knowing it’s coming down to the wire, and our effort isn’t there. It’s really frustrating.”

“Tonight, I’ve never been so frustrated and mad before,” Gibson said. “It was disappointing, man, just real disappointing. I’m just tired of having these same talks with [the media] every night. About how we got to do better. … [Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg’s] right. We got to look ourselves [in the mirror].

I look at myself in the mirror every night, and I try to do different things every night. Still got how many more games left? We’ve got 11 more games left.

It’s really do or die, and it’s really frustrating. We got to want it. We got to want it. Sometimes I feel we want it, sometimes I don’t know if we’re kidding ourselves or not.”

Gibson later caught flak from Knicks fans, and then resorted to insinuating that the media blew his comments out of proportion.

-- Glenn Erby

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