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Great Clips of the Week: Rudy Gobert's imitation of Nikola Jokic is pure art

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Feb. 3, 2020 at 11:31 a.m.



MAKING ART — Should Rudy Gobert’s career be hanging in the Louvre?

Utah Jazz fans will argue as much, even if talk of the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year as an all-time great is probably a bit premature.

But his recent imitation of another NBA superstar had us rolling.

As always, click the video above for more Great Clips of the Week.

France v. Serbia

The Jazz are on a four-game losing streak, including Thursday’s 106-100 loss at Denver. So, Nikola Jokic had the last laugh on Gobert.

But watching the Stifle Tower imitate the Serbian standout and his penchant for flopping was pretty fun, too.

The bad news, though, is we’re pretty sure this is how World War III begins.

Be safe out there, friends.

24 and 8 for No. 24 and 8

There have been a lot of Kobe Bryant tributes in the week after the helicopter crash that claimed the life of the former NBA superstar, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in Calabasas, California.

That includes uplifting tales and moments from the Utah Jazz to Runnin’ Utes coach and former Lakers teammate Larry Krystkowiak to BYU coach and 1996 NBA draft classmate Mark Pope.

But the PGA Tour did something extra special Sunday.

During the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the grounds crew at TPC Scottsdale laid out purple-and-gold “24” and “8” figurines. Then, before the final 18 holes, they moved the pin placement — to 24 yards back and 8 yards from the left edge to the back left corner of the green that sat in front of 20,000 fans.

Several players donned Bryant memorial jerseys, in Lakers 24, Lakers 8, and even a No. 33 jersey from Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia. That included Utah native Tony Finau, who took a two-shot lead into the final two holes before finishing second to Webb Simpson.

Boylen’s head-scratcher

Jim Boylen is an NBA head coach. Keep reminding yourself of that, Runnin' Utes fans, after the current Chicago Bulls leader was fired following the 2010-11 season at Utah.

He’s still doing some pretty head-scratching things, though, if it makes you feel any better.

With 1 minute, 4 seconds left in the Bulls’ 129-102 loss to the Raptors, Boylen called timeout. And it had longtime Raptors television analyst Jack Armstrong up in arms.

“What are you doing? What strategy are you talking?” Armstrong said on the broadcast. “It’s a 25-point blowout. It’s Super Bowl Sunday. I want to get out of here.”

Boylen defended his take, though.

“I was trying to run with my second group,” he said after the game. “I got a G League guy in there (in Adam Mokoka), who I haven’t coached much, on an (after-timeout play).

“I don’t stop coaching the team because we’re down. I’ve never done that, never will. I’m going to coach the guys on the floor.”

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