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

Rudy Gobert titanic against Turkey: "Everyone shut up now!"

Is this the greatest performance of Rudy Gobert’s career in the France team? There were obviously other outstanding performances, but the question deserves to be asked in view of his site (20 points at 7/11, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 against in 30 minutes). “As weird as it sounds, I’m not really happy with my game”he answers himself. “I could have put 30 points: I left too many free throws, I missed things that I should have finished. If I do, we don’t go to overtime. More than anything, I’m happy with our victory but my match… (pouts) I can do better. » Offensively, surely, but the native of Saint-Quentin is at least surely satisfied to have beaten the historical record for rebounds in the France team with 17 takes, held by… himself (16, twice)… No? “Well, you know, I’m 15 rebounds on average in the NBA”he evacuates first, before better appreciating the context. “OK, it was in FIBA ​​basketball: there are fewer shots attempted, less effective playing time…” At his side, Vincent Collet laughs. “Well in this case, we did an extension. » Five additional minutes, snatched by him on a tap dunk, which allowed him to cement his record with 5 rebounds captured, just to enter the history books of the France team definitively. From now on, he appears on the places n°1, n°2 and n°3 of the podium of the category in Blue! He leaves us a boss match »launches Evan Fournier.

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

Gobert’s tap that snatches the extension, without fail?! (photo: FIBA)

A domination which confirms, a posteriori, the comments made by the same Evan Fournier last week in Cologne. “Rudy, he’s a diesel, it takes him a long time to get into a competition », he said last Saturday, after two first sluggish outings from his teammate. When we look at the history, he always raises his level after the first game. I know he will end up dominating the opposing racquets. » When we look at the history, we also realize that the giant has taken the good habit of always shining from the first elimination match of an international competition. For instance ? 21 points and 16 rebounds in the feat against Team USA in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup (during the feat 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 recurring criticisms about him, which came out of the woods during his trial and error in Cologne… Still, the Blues can count on their Picard totem as soon as the road rises! “Everybody shut the fuck up now »belched Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot in the mixed zone. “Everyone talks, everyone says shit about him, that he doesn’t deserve, etc. There is a lot of pressure put on him and it makes us all proud that he comes out with a game like that. Today he showed why Rudy Gobert is who he is! »


Namely one of the most dissuasive players in the world already, he is the triple best defender in the NBA. “Right from the start, he discouraged Alperen Sengun », notes Vincent Collet. Identified as the main Turkish threat, the rookie from Houston delivered an anonymous performance (8 points at 4/10 and 5 rebounds), far from his tournament standards (18.2 points and 8.8 rebounds on average). But this Saturday, Rudy Gobert is above all the hero of the France team! Without his incredible activity under the panels, the Blues would surely already be in Paris. The child of Cholet Basket reigned physically on the money-time, while he evolved with four faults since the 35th minute, taking control of the operations (11 rebounds and a superb counter on Hazer) from the tricolor revolt ( 49-57, 30th minute). “He was huge and his offensive rebounds did us a lot of good when we had trouble putting down easy baskets », appreciates Amath M’Baye. When France went from 75-77 to 81-77 straddling the fourth quarter and extra time, the 6-0 was entirely acquired thanks to tap dancing from Gobzilla! “At the end of the game, the defensive assists are less pronounced »explains technician Vincent Collet. “Defenders are afraid to drop their player and take the basket that could kill their team. There are more insulations. As a result, Rudy finds himself with his vis-à-vis and since he is dominant… »

The Italian small-ball or Jokic:
the immense challenge of the quarter-final

Like his block on Hazer in the fourth quarter, Gobert produced a monumental end to the game (Photo: FIBA)

On a mission to win his first gold medal with the France team, the triple All-Star NBA was content to comment with a certain detachment on his record. “I just did what I’ve been doing since the start of my career. The fact that we attack the basket allowed me to be in a better position to take the rebounds. As the big ones were going to help, it was hard for them to “box” me. I tried to punish them. Everything is connected to the way we play. When we take good shots, even if we miss them, I’m in a better position to take rebounds. » The numbers prove him right: during a third quarter marked by misunderstanding, disconnection and multiple bad offensive choices, the former Jazz player only recovered one…


Now in double-double average on the competition (14 points at 63% and 10.3 rebounds), Rudy Gobert now has four days to prepare for the next challenge. A quarter-final (Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.) where he will be eagerly awaited, whatever the identity of the opponent: either Italy where his mission will be to exploit the transalpine deficit at post 5, or Serbia of the double MVP NBA Nikola Jokic… “Igoing up from match to match », Notes Vincent Collet. So… See you at the next game! »

In Berlin,


September 10, 2022 at 6:41 am

Is this the greatest performance of Rudy Gobert’s career in the France team? There were obviously other outstanding performances, but the question deserves to be asked in view of his site (20 points at 7/11, 17 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 against in 30 minutes). “As weird as it sounds, I’m not really happy about…

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