SALT LAKE CITY — According to Golden State’s Draymond Green, showing some emotion can potentially damage a player’s reputation. Well, at least in Rudy Gobert’s case.
When discussing his thoughts to Gobert’s emotional response to being left out of the All-Star game on the Pull Up Podcast, Green said: “Rudy’s a big man, he’s somebody who locks the paint down; he’s an intimidator — you do that (tear up) and you kind of lose some respect from some guys that you got to play against.
“Some guy (who may have feared you) is now looking at you like, ‘Huh? Wait. You crying?'”
After mocking Gobert on Twitter after the Utah Jazz center grew too emotional speaking in his first media opportunity after not being named to the All-Star break, Green doubled down on the podcast.
And that should add a little more fire to Utah’s game at Golden State on Tuesday.
“I guess I was just raised a little different,” Green said. “That’s just not OK with me. I’m all for passion and people showing their emotion and all these things, but to cry that you don’t make the All-Star Game is a bit much for me. And credit to Rudy — he didn’t make it and he had 25 and 13 that night. … Credit to him for going out and having the game he had right after thinking he should have been an All-Star and not getting the nod. I respect that and I rock with that.
“But the first part (crying) — I can’t get with that. I don’t believe in that. I don’t think that’s cool.”
On yesterday's pod, guest @Money23Green spoke about the importance of maintaining a mental edge and elaborated on his recent Rudy Gobert All-Star tweet. #PullUp— Pull Up Podcast (@PullUpPod) February 7, 2019
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Gobert has been on a bit of a revenge tour since the All-Star snub. In his first game after not being selected, Gobert put up 25 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Atlanta. And last Saturday, he scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while holding All-Star reserve LaMarcus Aldridge in check.
“We’ve got another in Golden State I think he’ll take personally,” Donovan Mitchell said after that game. “I think that’s what we all hope to see.”
And this one is likely more personal than the others. Gobert and Green had a history before Green tweeted, “I guess I should cry too… no Charlotte?” in response to Gobert’s viral reaction. The two were locked in a contentious debate over the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year award (Green won; Gobert believes he should have) and have had shared some words about each other before.
That history is why Gobert likely had such a perfect response to Green’s tweet when he told reporters: “As long as he doesn’t post anything on Snapchat, we’re good” — referring to Green’s unfortunate not-so-private private message.
But Jazz coach Quin Snyder doesn’t think there’s too much of a personal grudge — even with all the talking through the media.
“They’re two guys that care about winning,” Snyder said. “That stuff always goes on with guys that compete. To be honest with you, I don’t think either of them think it’s as big of a deal as the drama and the entertainment it provides.”
And he thinks there’s mutual respect between the players — even if that’s not always super clear.
“I think Draymond knows Rudy's a good player; Rudy knows who Draymond is and what a great player he is,” Snyder said. "I think both guys just want to compete. … I love watching Draymond play. I can coach Rudy and still feel that way. “