Gold Coast Blaze coach Joey Wright.
Gold Coast Blaze coach Joey Wright. Mark Dadswell

Gibson, Wright a perfect combination

GROWING up in Launceston, Tasmania, Australian rules was always more of a focus for Adam Gibson than basketball.

But the talented boy representing Tasmania in the nationals caught the eyes of basketball scouts from the Australian Institute of Sport.

When Gold Coast Blaze point guard Gibson was 17, he accepted the offer of a scholarship and moved to Canberra.

"I played a whole lot down near the garage in the backyard and I was there till I was about 17," Gibson said.

"Basketball wasn't a real focus until I went to the AIS."

In 2006, after two years at the AIS, he met his current coach, Joey Wright, when he started at the Brisbane Bullets.

After two years with the Bullets and a year with South Dragons, in 2009 he started with the Blaze and last year he wore the green and gold in Turkey.

Still only 24, Gibson said he enjoyed the challenge of being point guard, where he has to be the coach on the court.

"It's definitely tough. We have to think about four other players but I enjoy it, getting to take charge. It's good fun."

Wright said capable players like "Gibbo" didn't come along every day.

"He's a different guy. He thinks differently," Wright said.

"I haven't done an IQ test on him but I bet it would be high."

Gibson said he had his eye on regaining the NBL Defensive Player of the Year award and helping his team take the trophy this season.

"We had a real slow start, losing the first two games," he said. "Hopefully all the fans and the public can stick with us and hopefully we can have a really good year."

Wright said it was Gibson's defensive game and leadership skills that earned him the respect of the team.

"They look to him as a leader and he's our best defensive player," he said.

"Off the court he's the kind of guy that you wouldn't mind him minding your kids."

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