The referees missed a foul committed by Rudy Gobert on Brandon Ingram at the end of Monday night’s Utah Jazz-New Orleans Pelicans game that left the Pelicans frustrated.
Ingram drove to the basket and went for a layup with his team down 128-126 with under two seconds left. He was smacked on the forearm by Gobert, but no foul was called. He missed the shot and the game ended.
Pelicans players were frustrated with the no-call. Lonzo Ball said it was a foul and Ingram should have been given free throws.
They were also upset that coach Alvin Gentry and Ball’s efforts to call a timeout were ignored.
NBA referee Kane Fitzgerald answered questions for a pool reporter after the game. His explanation was Gobert played “legal defense.”
That was a missed call, and it stinks for the Pelicans.
Another beef is brewing between Rudy Gobert and a Western counterpart.
After his team’s 121-115 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, the Utah Jazz center was asked to respond to Damian Lillard’s comments before the game calling Hassan Whiteside the best defensive center in the league. Gobert, the reigning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year, responded simply by saying, “Tell his coach to put him in at the end of the game.”
Whiteside, who has an NBA-high 2.7 blocks per game this season, often closes games for Portland but was benched for the entire fourth quarter against the Jazz in favor of Skal Labissiere. Gobert, meanwhile, is a much more complete defender whose versatility allows him to be a no-brainer closer for Utah.
This latest barb comes just a few months after Gobert traded shots with another prominent Western Conference center as well.
If Rudy Gobert seemed like he had a little extra fire underneath him during Wednesday’s game against the United States, it’s because he did.
After France handed Team USA the 89-79 defeat in their FIBA World Cup quarterfinal, Gobert teammate Nicolas Batum said the seven-footer got extra motivation from Myles Turner’s recent diss, per NBA.com’s John Schuhmann.
Turner, the Indiana Pacers big man who is starting at center for Team USA at the World Cup, threw some shade at Gobert this past weekend over the Utah Jazz star winning last season’s Defensive Player of the Year Award. Turner, who was also a candidate for the award, said that Gobert was the Defensive Player of the Year “according to some.”
Gobert responded by dropping 21 points and 16 rebounds against Team USA on Wednesday, as the French team eliminated them from the tournament. As for Turner, he probably picked the wrong guy to beef with here, considering that Gobert is known for his pettiness towards other centers.
Rudy Gobert did not exactly have a restful morning after his team’s FIBA World Cup opener.
The Utah Jazz center, who is playing for France this summer, took to Twitter this weekend to call out FIBA for an inconvenient drug test. Gobert said that he was woken up for a blood and urine test the morning after a late game against Germany, depriving him of his recovery time.
The 27-year-old Gobert played 31 minutes against Germany, logging nine points and nine rebounds to help lead France to the 78-74 victory. They will be facing Jordan in the group stage on Tuesday though, marking just one full day in between games.
Gobert is not the first pro athlete who has gotten upset about the timing of drug tests, and there has to be some middle ground between keeping them random but also affording athletes the valuable time they need to recuperate after competition.
A pair of Western Conference rivals are keeping the drama going even in the dog days of the offseason.
Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, who is playing for his native Switzerland on the international stage this summer, had a poor performance shooting the ball against Iceland over the weekend, sparking a lowlight video on Twitter.
Utah Jazz counterpart Rudy Gobert, a French native and national basketball team participant as well, reposted the video on Sunday with the caption “July is definitely over” and three laughing-face emojis. He also tagged Capela in it.
For context, Capela had posted a subtweet last month, warning everyone not to put too much stock into offseason noise of players improving their jumpers because “everybody can shoot in July.”
The timing was certainly suspect, as Gobert’s national teammate Nicolas Batum had just tweeted a video of the seven-footer flashing his three-point range in the gym a few hours before Capela’s post.
Back to Sunday — Capela caught wind of Gobert’s barb and tweeted back that he should take two shots outside of the paint in a game first before talking.
The two big men have done battle both on the international stage as well as in the playoffs each of the last two years (both victories by Houston). Gobert also has a history with other members of the Rockets, and it’s clear that there is no love lost between the two conference rivals.
Monday was not a good night for the Houston Rockets on social media or at the NBA Awards show.
Star guard James Harden came in second place in MVP voting, losing to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Houston Rockets’ Twitter account did not take that result well.
The saltiness continued with PJ Tucker taking a shot Rudy Gobert after he won Defensive Player of the Year. After Gobert won the award, Tucker posted a note on his Instagram Story saying “Really … if you cry enough” and included some face palm emojis.
That seems to be a reference to Gobert crying after being snubbed for the All-Star Game, which is something Warriors players took shots at him for. It seems other NBA players haven’t forgotten and are still making jokes at his expense.
Joel Embiid showed some serious emotion after the Philadelphia 76ers lost a heartbreaking Game 7 to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, and you can count Rudy Gobert among those who respected it.
Embiid was shown crying on his way into the locker room after Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater sent the Raptors to the Western Conference Finals. One fan suggested on Twitter that Gobert should troll Embiid over it when he faces him, and the Utah Jazz big man said “only losers” would have a problem with a grown man crying after a loss.
Gobert’s opinion in this situation is noteworthy because he and Embiid have a history with one another. If you remember, Embiid took a shot at Gobert earlier this season over Gobert winning Defensive Player of the Year. That’s probably why a fan asked him if he plans to troll Embiid, but you have to give him credit for taking the high road.
Rudy Gobert noticed a stark difference in the way the Golden State Warriors were officiated against the Houston Rockets compared to the way the Utah Jazz were during their first-round series.
Following the Warriors win over the Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, a big talking point was the way the game was officiated. There appeared to be several fouls that could have been called on Warriors that were not made by the officials.
Among those who thought the non-calls were going in the favor of the Warriors was Jazz star Rudy Gobert, who took to Twitter to point out things were not the same when the Jazz played the Rockets in the first round of this year’s playoffs.
Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell implied Gobert can probably expect a fine from the NBA and suggested where Gobert could send the money.
Chris Paul and Mike D’Antoni both received technical fouls as a result of arguing non-calls during Sunday’s game. Paul was later ejected after picking up a second technical foul.
Game 2 of the Warriors-Rockets series is Tuesday evening. Between now and then, the officiating during Sunday’s game will garner much of the headlines. If the Rockets continue to not get generous calls from the officials, they could be in trouble for the remainder of the series.
Rudy Gobert wasn’t about to let the Golden State Warriors mock him without so much as a response.
Gobert talked on Friday about his All-Star snub, which cost him $1 million. The Utah Jazz center cried at the end of an interview after discussing the snub. A few Warriors players — Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala mocked him over the interview.
Later on Friday, Gobert had a response for Draymond.
Sick burn by Gobert. Of course, for those unfamiliar, Gobert was referring to this incident when he brought up Snapchat for Draymond.
No player in the NBA is more upset over not being selected to the All-Star Game than Rudy Gobert, and to say the Golden State Warriors have no sympathy for the big man would be an understatement.
Gobert was overcome with emotion while speaking about his All-Star Game snub with reporters on Friday, and he got so upset that he teared up and needed to end the interview.
The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year is not alone in thinking he was overlooked for the All-Star Game, but Warriors veterans Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala clearly felt he overreacted. Green, who was also not named an All-Star, said he supposes he should cry now, too.
Iguodala appeared to mock Gobert in similar fashion.
One thing that should be kept in mind is that Gobert lost out on a potential $1 million bonus by not making the All-Star team.
Gobert is averaging 15.0 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. His 65 percent field goal percentage leads the league, and he believes his All-Star snub is evidence that the NBA does not value defensive ability enough. Jazz coach Quin Snyder and some of Gobert’s Jazz teammates have already expressed their disappointment in Gobert’s omission.