Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Draymond, Iguodala take shot at Gobert's emotional reaction to All-Star snub

Draymond, Iguodala take shot at Gobert's emotional reaction to All-Star snub

"It was a tough night", Gobert said.

Gobert is fourth in the National Basketball Association in blocks per game, and fifth in the league in rebounds per game.

Many centers in recent years, including Miami's Hassan Whiteside and the Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee, have said they feel like the NBA All-Star voting process makes it extremely hard for players at their position to get a fair shot at making the team.

The 26-year-old French 7-footer (2.16m) is this year's most accurate National Basketball Association shooter, connecting on 65% of shots from the floor, and has had a strong follow up to last season's Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Former Celtics star turned ESPN analyst Paul Pierce said on Wednesday's broadcast that Mitchell "should definitely be an All-Star" this season, calling him one of the league's best 24 players and maintaining he was hurt by the league requirement to go with 12 players from each conference. All the coaches preach about defense.

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While Gobert has become accustomed to what he refers to as disrespect - he wears the number 27 as a reminder of where he was taken in the 2013 draft - the defensive anchor said his main source of frustration was related to the message that leaving him off the team was sending.

It also wouldn't pay him the $1 million bonus Gobert would have had from being selected, but that means less, Gobert said, than how his career will be regarded once it's done.

After a dominant performance against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday in which Gobert dropped 25 points on 7-of-7 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds and logging a pair of blocks, he was in much higher spirits than he had been earlier that day. "Complete non-sense and we need more integrity and accountability".

"It was a rough night", Gobert said, per The Salt Lake Tribune. "If the coaches vote (then) their ballots should be made public". "I thought there was a chance I might not make it, but just surprised". "But at one point I'd still like to get that recognition". Green, who was also not named an All-Star, said he supposes he should cry now, too. "I don't even play for money".

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