Boobie Gibson seemed to be coming around as a player early on this NBA season. He was shooting incredibly well. He was playing solid defense, which we all know is the only real way to guarantee yourself minutes on a Mike Brown-coached basketball team. Then, all of a sudden, Boobie Gibson seemed to just disappear from the Cavs’ rotation. And even stranger, he appears to have disappeared at a time when we all thought the Cavs would need him most, after Jamario Moon got hurt.
On January 5th when talking about the Moon injury to the ABJ’s George M. Thomas, Mike Brown even indicated that Boobie Gibson would be in the gameplan for minutes after Moon got injured with the abdominal strain. Since that time, Gibson has played a total of 18 minutes over the course of six games, including 3 Did Not Play Coach’s Decisions in the box scores.
All those minutes that Gibson were supposed to get seem to have gone to Jawad Williams, who had hardly played at all up until the last week or so. Since that comment that Mike Brown made in the January 5th column, Williams has played 109 minutes over the same 6 games that Gibson has played 18 minutes. The results have been mostly good for Jawad Williams, so I don’t really have an issue with him playing. But is Mike Brown’s rotation so set and rigid that minutes for one player are mutually exclusive?
One of the biggest complaints about Mike Brown over the years has been his rigid player rotations and slowness to react to changing those rotations. Brown is also known for inexplicably causing certain players to disappear for long stretches, inexplicably at some points. Combine that with his oddly-timed benching of Zydrunas Ilgauskas this year, and it makes you wonder. Did he just forget about Boobie? Did Boobie start to practice badly? Is Boobie the “short” option and competing for minutes with only Mo Williams and Delonte West? Is Jawad Williams getting to play in Jamario Moon’s stead because he more closely matches Moon in body type?
I haven’t read anything about Gibson yet regarding his absence. It just seems kind of strange for him to disappear in the month of January after shooting 55% from three in the month of December while shooting 58.5% overall from the field. Just makes me wonder. For the first bit I thought they might just be auditioning Jawad Williams for the trade market. But now that the rumors almost equally include Daniel Gibson, it would seem strange to have an eye on the trade market while sitting one of the more attractive trade pieces on the team. I am sure we will never find out exactly what happened. I sure would like to know, though.