Utah Jazz center and reigning National Basketball Association defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert was moved to tears Friday when discussing his disappointment about not being selected for the All-Star Game, saying his omission suggests that excelling on defense isn't valued. "Obviously, 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.
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. But he also said that his not making the All-Star team sends a bad message to kids who watch the game as well. "I thought there was a chance I might not make it, but just surprised". "We're not very happy with the coaches' vote".
"The first year, it was okay, I was 24". Gobert is without an All Star appearance in six years, despite displaying consistency on the court with his commitment to defence.
In this sense, Gobert's media availability Friday morning wasn't a surprise.
As for Gobert, his career year, and the Jazz's transformation into one of the league's elite defensive units proved not enough. All-NBA Second Team. And they still don't give me that respect.
"I'm always going to be about winning". I don't want to be focused on those things.
Next up in the All-Star process, on Thursday, Feb. 7, a draft will be held, with the Lakers' LeBron James and the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo serving as team captains and selecting their rosters one player at a time.
Coaches then voted selected the game's reserves by voting for for players in the conference. "It's just about my legacy".