After failing in the Conference semi-finals last season, Rudy Gobert does not hide his ambition for the end of the season but assures that he will always put the collective in the spotlight.
Rudy Gobert will once again be familiar with the stars. For the third year in a row, the Jazz pivot was selected by the coaches to participate in the All-Star Game this Sunday in Cleveland. Before the event, the former Cholet player spoke at length about his season, a few months after the silver medal won with the Blues at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. However, questioned by the daily The Team on his season on an individual level, Rudy Gobert refocuses the debate on the importance of the collective.
” For me, the individual is very much linked to the collective.says the French international. But if you look at the numbers, yes, I feel that I continue to progress, year after year. “If he admits that he” don’t really consider numbers and statistics “, the pivot of 29 years recognizes that” being a better rebounder means something “, adding that” it’s mostly that my team needs me to do it “. When asked if he would make the title of best rebounder a goal ahead of the season, Rudy Gobert claims to think ” rather to win “.
Gobert: “We want to step up”
And, after being eliminated in the semi-finals of the Conference last season, the international tricolor intends to see his arrival training launched in the best conditions for the play-offs, despite certain absences. ” This is clearly our goal. We want to step upand when the playoffs come, be at our bestassures the native of Saint-Quentin. We lost Joe Ingles, but I have confidence in our group, we have the necessary talent to get there. “For this, Rudy Gobert claims to have in Utah” an experienced group, with talent, including a lot of guys who can score ” but also ” a very good defense “.
Compared to the team that fell to the Clippers last season, thee Tricolore claims to have the impression that we arrive with more weapons “while adding that his team” must continue to learn » to exist in the most important moments of the season. ” We feel that we used these difficult times for thisadds Rudy Gobert. We have more experience, so anything is possible. “Fourth in the East, the Jazz will however have to tighten the game to go as far as possible in the play-offs.