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Gibson keen to fire second NBL Bullets

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Born-again Brisbane Bullet Adam Gibson has been waiting for Thursday night longer than most.

The shooting guard's last match for the Bullets was in a heartbreaking overtime semi-final loss to Melbourne Tigers on February 2008.

It was also the club's last game.

The Bullets, then owned by ailing businessman Eddy Groves, lost their license later that year when no white knight emerged to take over the club.

More than 3000 days later, the rebooted Bullets have been handed the honour of hosting the season-opener against perennial contenders, Perth Wildcats, and Gibson is delighted.

"I've had the fingers crossed for many years," he said.

"You always hope every off-season that they come back and there was a lot of talk but finally it's here.

Gibson, 29, is the sole player continuing on from the club's previous incarnation.

The Tasmanian-born basketballer is keen to savour his return to the franchise, saying if the side hadn't fallen over he'd "be a one-club player".

"I'm glad I'm a part of the rebuild and hopefully we can do well," he said.

"It's going to be very exciting not only for the team but Brisbane as well.

"The NBL hasn't made it easy on us, our first comeback game then going to Sydney two days later.

"It's about what we do and how we play. If we take care of business, we should be fine."

If there's a slight disappointment it's that Gibson has missed out on captaining the club.

Coach Andrej Lemanis has opted for a different approach, asking everyone to show leadership.

"I'd like to be captain," Gibson confessed.

"But I'm a leader whether I have a C next to my name or not.

"Part of this process is giving everyone a voice."

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