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Gibson feeling better, still unsure of return

NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson remains unsure when he will return to the floor as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle suffered against the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 21.

"He felt pretty good [Saturday]," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Sunday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. "There's no timetable, but we'll see where he is [Monday], but he's feeling a lot better."

Gibson has had trouble with the same ankle several times over the past year and has been open about how he needs to be cautious this time with his rehab. That message has been reaffirmed several times in the past week by concerned teammates. After going back to Chicago last week to be checked out by team physician Dr. Brian Cole, Gibson rejoined the Bulls on Thursday and is happy to be back around his teammates.

"It just feels good to be around the guys," Gibson said. "I'm just happy to be back working. Everybody sees me working. They know me. Everybody's like, 'Yo, Taj, just take your time. Just keep working at it. We got you until then. We need you at the right time. We don't want you to rush back.' They know with all the injuries I've had I've mostly just played through pain, trying to rush back.

"And you know it's serious when your teammates are telling you to calm down. It's a bigger picture, and it's real important to see how my guys have my back."