Creighton guard Grant Gibbs says he’s not a superstitious person.
But the senior is starting to get a bit nervous with everyone telling him how good he’s looking on the court through nine preseason practices.
“They keep telling me I look way better than at any time since I’ve been here,” Gibbs said. “I’m like, ‘Don’t say anything, don’t jinx me.’
“Generally, when everything is going good, something ends up going miserably wrong.”
Gibbs has battled severe knee tendinitis most of his career. Though he didn’t miss a game the past two seasons, there were days in practice when he seemed to spend more time on the stationary bike in the corner of the gym than on the court.
He often was excused from running sprints with his teammates to protect his knees from additional pounding on Creighton’s hard practice surface. The coaches would hold him out of some drills as a precaution.
Gibbs hasn’t missed a practice so far this preseason. He participates in every drill. He runs sprints. His feet have not touched the pedals of the stationary bike.
“I’m feeling pretty decent,” he said.
Gibbs shook his head when asked what’s the secret to his newfound health.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve changed some stuff with my diet, I’m really into yoga and we have a new machine in the training room that has really helped me out a lot. Between all those things, something is working. ‘’
But it bugs Gibbs that he can’t figure out the exact source of his change in health.
“I don’t know which one it is, so I can’t change anything,” he said, laughing. “I’d love to drop something because it’s not that glamorous of a life, but I’m going to keep doing whatever it takes.”