Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert Apologizes To Teammates Following Negative Remarks In Team Meeting
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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 05: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz dunks between Timofey Mozgov #20 and Luol Deng #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo : Harry How/Getty Images)
The “Stifle Tower” found himself on a better place after apologizing to his teammates that, probably, made him feel like being stifled with his accusation. Obviously frustrated with their loss with the LA Clippers, he just cannot help but to feel uneasy about it, leading him to his negative remarks.
The Frenchman saw the team meeting a fruitful one following his statements, saying that they have competitors in their team but some of them don’t even want to compete according to Tim McMahon of ESPN. Some of us just think about scoring. “That’s what it is. Coach keeps repeating it: We’ve just got to compete. We’re too nice”, added the Jazz’ young center.
“We discussed everything. I think it was good to talk to each other,” said Gobert per reports from Deseret News. He also made it clear that the comment out of frustration before adding that the outburst is not to degrade his team and his teammates but to encourage them since they have a lot of room to get better.
“I welcome our guys challenging each other,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said through The Salt Lake Tribune. He also added that he personally prefer constructive criticisms to challenge his boys and effectively send the message. Gobert’s teammate George Hill also accepted the 7-foot-1 center’s apology, saying that he does not mean harm and he is aware that all their teammate wanted is for the team to win games.
The turmoil started after their 108-95 defeat at the hands of the Clippers. Gobert was the top performer for the then 44-29 Jazz as he finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds, an assist and 2 blocks but got few support from his teammates. Joe Johnson came off the bench and added 17 points and forward Gordon Hayward added 13 to round up the only players who finished the game in double figures.
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