Gobert: “The highest mark of respect is people challenging you”

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Giannis Askounis

19/Apr/24 15:52

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Entering the NBA Playoffs for the eighth time in his career, Rudy Gobert is seeking a deep postseason run

By Johnny Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net

Ranking third in the Western Conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves are moving from the 2023-24 NBA Regular Season to the Playoffs presented by Google Pixel.

“I’m embracing the moment,” underlined Rudy Gobert on Thursday, previewing Game 1 against the Phoenix Suns in Target Center, “We believe that the type of season we had don’t come just like that. And some teams, they don’t have the opportunity to get back together for a lot of different reasons.”

The best-of-seven series will tip off in Target Center on the upcoming edition of NBA Saturdays.

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” added the French center, hoping for a deep postseason run, “That’s what I’ve always worked for and dreamed of. I always wanted to win a championship.”

Between the Utah Jazz and his current team, the three-time NBA All-Star has played in 54 playoff games spread across seven postseason campaigns.

“I think the highest mark of respect is people challenging you to do the things that you haven’t done yet. And I haven’t been past the second round yet,” he explained, “We saw it with Giannis, we saw it with Jokic. Everyone always had something to say about their game and about who they are as players until they won a championship. And then what did people have to say after that? Not much. They can only respect. So I have to earn their respect.”

Averaging 14.0 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per contest illustrate his efforts in the Regular Season.

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