An intense scent reigned this Wednesday in Cologne during the bitter and controversial match between France and Slovenia. If the Blues had to bow, particularly due to questionable arbitration and a waste of time, Luka Doncic and Rudy Gobert made the show each. Furthermore, the French did not fail to utter a heavy phrase of meaning about the Mavs star in front of the press …
47 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Luca Doncic. 19 points at 90% shooting, 8 rebounds for Rudy Gobert. As in the spring during the series between Dallas and Utah, the two All-Stars battled it out in a France-Slovenia that will inevitably leave its mark. But if the new recruit of the Wolves managed to put a huge poster on Luka Magic, it was the latter who had the last word by signing a historic performance and bringing victory to his family.
POSTER BY RUDY GOBERT. 😤😤😤
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Rudy Gobert makes a big statement about Luka Doncic
In front of the media, Gobert did not spread over this huge poster, basically anecdotal about the result. The Frenchman instead mentioned his rival Doncic, with a huge compliment:
– FIBA (@FIBA) September 8, 2022
Gobert on Doncic: “He is able to manipulate the game as very few people have been able to do in the history of basketball.”
Obviously, this sentence can be seen under a double prism. On the one hand, the big Frenchman pays tribute to Doncic’s incredible talent, capable of being an elite conductor on the floor, making his companions better with almost every possession. But this “manipulation” mentioned could also be perceived as a reference to the influence of the Slovenian on the referee body, in a match enameled by major controversy.
Many observers thus criticized the referees for letting Luka, with his complaints, words and actions, influence their decisions and dictate the course of the match. Recall that the Mavs champion suffered 13 fouls in yesterday’s game alone (!), A huge number. And at 23, anyone who follows the NBA knows it, the former Real Madrid nugget is not the last to chat with the referees, of course …
Rudy Gobert knows this better than anyone for having crossed swords with Luka Doncic dozens of times: the facetious Slovenian leader is as talented as he is vicious, and as phenomenal as he is annoying. However, the embrace between the two men at the final siren left no doubt about the mutual respect that animates them. And this is good.