Rudi Gobert: “Victor Wimpanyama is a great talent”

Before traveling to the United States and switching completely to the new NBA season, his first was between Wolves The first is in a different shirt than a jazz shirt, Rudy Gobert Pause at the microphone to take one last look atEuroBasket.

The euro that clearly ended on a bad note for France, who was defeated in the final by Spain who had to earn the silver medal. Proof that money doesn’t bring happiness (always), because the Blues came to Germany with gold around their necks, and nothing else.

Anyway, that’s what Rudy Joubert, the French deputy commander, told us a month ago. A few weeks later we can’t say that his fifth international medal is filling him completely. Even if, in her thirties, she at least motivated him to go further, and eventually collective victory.

It will help us in the future, and we will come back stronger. »

Between the Olympics and EuroBasket, he now loses twice in a row in the final to France. What hurts you the most: the 2021 match against the United States or the one that happened this year against Spain?

It’s hard to compare. I can’t speak for everyone, but I think many will respond [la défaite] This year, because it’s the Euro Championship and Team USA hasn’t been in return. But a gold medal at the Olympics is still an incredible thing…after that, you lose a final anyway, so it’s hard to win and it motivates you to come back better. »

Against Spain, she failed in weight as in previous matches (6 points, 6 rebounds in 27 minutes). To what extent have the Spanish defense hindered you?

We didn’t manage to get the ball inside like we would have liked. [Les Espagnols] We managed to destabilize our passing game and impose coercive situations on us. For my part, I wasn’t aggressive enough. But it motivates me to go further, not to rely so much on the players around me, to let my team win and focus more on the game. »

How do you explain your collective failed start to the final, which then forced you to chase the score throughout the match?

It’s a story of small details, like unstable and insufficiently accurate passes. I wouldn’t say we lost it [de notre finale]Because it’s Spain too [qui a joué un rôle là-dedans]. I haven’t watched the match yet, but I think I will watch it again in the near future, to understand and analyze what made us frustrate the match at the start of the match. Because [les Espagnols] We took the lead quickly, and even if we could get ahead in the third quarter, we unfortunately ran after the score, so it was tough. Plus, we felt like they were having fun, unlike us, because we were up to 20 points behind… »

In a way, doesn’t the Euro 2022 final against Spain remind you of the 2019 World Cup semi-final against Argentina? Where you had already lost to a more disciplined team, an irreplaceable collective that punished each of your mistakes…

I see the idea, but I don’t like comparing the two contexts. Without wanting to look for excuses, when we face Argentina in 2019, we are rinsed. We beat Team USA, and the next day, we got up at 6am to catch the plane, while the Argentines were waiting for us quietly at the hotel for a day. There, we face Spain who, tactically, have put us in check and taken us out of our rhythm, our comfort zone. We never really got our game going. There were some good sequences, especially to capture the score, but between us losing the ball and their title, it hit us. »

Did the lack of additional creators on the team let you down?

clearly. Indeed, you cannot replace experienced players like Nando’s [de Colo] and Nicholas [Batum] for example. They are present in every competition and they have been there since my first appearance in the French team. When they are not there you realize that everything becomes more complicated. But transitions like this are part of the sport, and no one is forever. It gave us the opportunity to progress and that’s a positive thing. We gain experience and are pushed to our limits without our facilitators. So it will serve us in the future, and we will come back stronger. »

Whatever it is, I’m here to win and that will never change. »

Finally, wouldn’t this defeat in the Euro final be the biggest failure of your career?

There are two ways to see things. It’s obviously frustrating to miss out on the new gold medal, but nothing happens by chance in life. It motivates me to go the extra mile and I know I have to, to be the player I know I can be. Sometimes those defeats in your head create that little spark that allows you to do what’s necessary to get through [ce cap supplémentaire]. So, if you have to lose two finals in a row to get to that level, that’s okay. »

How do you see the arrival of players like Joel Embiid and Victor Wimpanyama to the French team? Especially since they play your position…

There are two different cases and two different players. For Victor, he’s an amazing talent, and I can’t wait to see him grow and see him evolve. He has a great mindset and there is no limit to what he can achieve. I can’t wait to see him join the France squad. For Joel, we’d rather wait and see how she develops. There are still a lot of questions about it, so we’ll talk about them when the time comes. »

You are one of the leaders of the blues, but if these two players arrive, your role may change. Are you comfortable with this potential change?

Like I said, we’ll see when the time comes, things are constantly changing. At the moment, these are only hypotheses, so it is difficult to say anything about them. Whatever happens, I’m here to win and that will never change. »

I will be able to be in a different position than I used to at Jazz. »

What’s next for you now that EuroBasket is over?

I’ll stay a few days in France to rest, and then I’ll be back in the States, for Wolves Notification Day. […] My presence is important, it is important to show that I am directly present. There, I know all of my teammates are already in Minneapolis, and they’ve been watching my games together, it’s been great. They sent me pictures and messages during the tournament, and I was glad to see their support. »

You were talking earlier about the kind of player you think you can be. We’ve seen this summer that when you get good balls in attack, you can score 15-20 points in a match. Has your aggressive use been discussed with your new coach, Chris Finch?

naturally. [Les Wolves] They know what I can do offensively and they also know that confidence is a magical thing. When you give confidence to a player, he is able to shine and reach his full potential. So I think I’ll be able to be in a different position than I was at Jazz and that will be good for the team in the long run, as well as good for me. »

Interview in Paris, September 19, 2022
Image credit: FIBA.com

Rudy Gobert percent bounce
season equipped GM minimum shots 3 points LF About Dave early pd Ceremony Int baby CT points
2013-14 UTH 45 10 48.6 0.0 49.2 1.1 2.3 3.4 0.2 1.3 0.2 0.7 0.9 2.3
2014-15 UTH 82 26 60.4 0.0 62.3 3.2 6.2 9.5 1.3 2.1 0.8 1.4 2.3 8.4
2015-16 UTH 61 32 55.9 0.0 56.9 3.4 7.5 11.0 1.5 2.7 0.7 1.9 2.2 9.1
2016-17 UTH 81 34 66.1 0.0 65.3 3.9 8.9 12.8 1.2 3.0 0.6 1.8 2.6 14.0
2017-18 UTH 56 32 62.2 0.0 68.2 3.0 7.8 10.7 1.4 2.7 0.8 1.9 2.3 13.5
2018-19 UTH 81 32 66.9 0.0 63.6 3.8 9.0 12.9 2.0 2.9 0.8 1.6 2.3 15.9
2019-20 UTH 68 34 69.3 0.0 63.0 3.4 10.1 13.5 1.5 3.2 0.8 1.9 2.0 15.1
2020-21 UTH 71 31 67.5 0.0 62.3 3.4 10.1 13.5 1.3 2.3 0.6 1.7 2.7 14.3
2021-22 UTH 66 32 71.3 0.0 69.0 3.7 11.0 14.7 1.1 2.7 0.7 1.8 2.1 15.6
sum 611 30 65.3 0.0 63.8 3.3 8.3 11.7 1.3 2.6 0.7 1.7 2.2 12.4

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