Rudy Gobert titanic against Turkey: “Everyone shut up now!”

Is this the greatest achievement of Rudy Gobert’s career with the French team? There are obviously other outstanding performances, but the question is worth asking because of his site (20 points on 7/11, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 against 30 minutes). “No matter how amazing, I’m never happy with my game”he answered to himself. “I could have put up 30 points: I left too many free throws, I missed things I should have finished. If I do, we won’t do overtime. Most of all, I’m happy with our win but my game… (pouts) I could have done better. » Hurts, sure, but the native of Saint-Quentin at least surely had the satisfaction of beating the historical record for rebounds by the French team with 17 takes, held by… himself (16, twice)… No ? “Well, you know, I’m 15 rebounds average in the NBA”he evacuates first, before the context can be better appreciated. “OK, this is FIBA ​​basketball​​​​: there are less shot attempts, less effective playing time…” At his side, Vincent Collet laughed. “Well in this case, we made an extension. » Five more minutes, he grabbed a tap dunk, which allowed him to strengthen his record of getting 5 rebounds, just to enter the history books of the French team for sure. From now on, he can be seen in places n°1, n°2 and n°3 on the podium in the Blue category! He left us a game with the boss »launched Evan Fournier.

21 points and 14 rebounds average
in the first playoff games of the last three campaigns

Gobert’s tap that grabbed the extension, no one failed?! (photo: FIBA)

A dominance that confirms, a posteriori, the comments made by the same Evan Fournier last week in Cologne. “Rudy, he is a diesel, it will take him a long time to enter a competition », he said on Saturday, after the first two outings from his partner. If we look at history, he always raises his level after the first game. I know he will end up dominating the opposing rackets. » If we look at history, we will also realize that the giant took the good habit that always shines from the first elimination match of an international competition. For example? 21 points and 16 rebounds in the victory against Team USA in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup (during the match against Team USA), then 22 points and 9 rebounds against Italy last year, on the occasion of the quarter- final of the Olympic Games. Not enough to silence the repeated criticisms about him, which came out of the woods during his trial and error in Cologne… However, the Blues can rely on their Picard totem when the road rises! “Everyone is quiet now »belched Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot in the mixed zone. “Everybody talks, everybody talks about him, that he doesn’t deserve it, etc. There’s a lot of pressure put on him and it makes us all proud that he came out with a game like that. Today he showed why he’s Rudy Gobert ! »


Being one of the most defensive players in the world, he is the triple best defender in the NBA. “From the very beginning, he discouraged Alperen Sengun », said Vincent Collet. Recognized as Turkey’s main threat, the rookie from Houston gave an unknown performance (8 points on 4/10 and 5 rebounds), far from his tournament standards (18.2 points and 8.8 rebounds on average). But this Saturday, above all, Rudy Gobert is the hero of the French team! Without his extraordinary activity under the panels, the Blues would surely have been in Paris. Cholet Basket’s child physically dominates the time of money, while he has improved with four errors since the 35th minute, controlling the operations (11 rebounds and a good counter to Hazer) from the tricolor revolt (49-57, 30th minute. ). “He’s big and his offensive rebounds gave us a lot of benefits when we were struggling to make easy baskets. », appreciated Amath M’Baye. When France went from 75-77 to 81-77 straddling the fourth quarter and extra time, the 6-0 was entirely due to tap dancing from Gobzilla! “At the end of the game, the defensive assists are understated »explained technician Vincent Collet. “The defenders are afraid to drop their player and take the basket that can kill their team. There are more insulations. As a result, Rudy finds himself in his vis-à-vis and because he dominant … »

The Italian small ball or Jokic:
the big challenge in the quarter-final

Just like his interception of Hazer in the fourth quarter, Gobert made a great finish in the game (Image: FIBA)

In a mission to win his first gold medal with the France team, the triple All-Star NBA is content to comment on a detachment of his record. “I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing since the beginning of my career. The fact that we attack the basket allows me to be in a better position to get rebounds. As the adults help, it is difficult for them to “box” me. I tried to punish them. Everything is connected to the way we play. If we take good shots, even if we miss them, I’m in a better position to get rebounds. » The numbers proved him right: in a third quarter marked by disharmony, disconnection and many bad offensive choices, the former Jazz player only got one…


Now with a double-double average in the competition (14 points at 63% and 10.3 rebounds), Rudy Gobert has four days to prepare for the next challenge. A quarter-finals (Wednesday at 5:15 pm) where he is eagerly awaited, regardless of the identity of the opponent: either Italy where his mission is to take advantage of the transalpine deficit at post 5, or Serbia in the double NBA MVP Nikola Jokic… “I amclimbing from game to game », Note by Vincent Collet. So… See you at the next game! »

In Berlin,


September 10, 2022 at 6:41 am

Is this the greatest achievement of Rudy Gobert’s career with the French team? There are obviously other outstanding performances, but the question is worth asking because of his site (20 points on 7/11, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 against 30 minutes). “As strange as it is, I’m not really happy about…

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