No player in the National Basketball Association 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. "We all know how the league works, the direction the league is heading to".
Say what you will, but Gobert puts his life into basketball, and when you're not recognized for your accomplishments, that's tough on anybody.
Another player absent from the All-Star Game, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, also a former defensive player of the year and three-time all-star, appeared to take a shot at Gobert via Twitter. "Complete non-sense and we need more integrity and accountability".
"Rudy deserved to be named an All-Star", Jazz president Steve Starks wrote on Twitter. "If the coaches vote (then) their ballots should be made public".
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"The first year, it was OK".
On Friday morning, though, Gobert was honest and thoughtful about how much it stung. Gobert is without an All Star appearance in six years, despite displaying consistency on the court with his commitment to defence. Win shares is a stat that estimates how many wins a player is worth to their team. All-NBA Second Team. And they still don't give me that respect.
I could go on and on about the ridiculousness of this kind of shaming and trolling, as well as the irony of Green, who is known for crying in the parking lot while attempting to recruit Kevin Durant, making this joke, but I'll spare you the rant. I don't want to be focused on those things. This will cost him $1 million in contract incentives, per ESPN's Bobby Marks. "But at one point I'd still like to get that recognition". He said he would accept an invitation as an injury replacement should the opportunity arise, though he added that "it's not the same as being selected".
"It's my legacy", Gobert said. "I don't even play for money". Everything I do, I do it to win.