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.
Rudy Gobert is widely considered one of - if not the - best defensive players in the National Basketball Association. All the coaches preach about defense. Gobert began to waver when he talked about how his mother called him up crying when she heard the news, which led to him becoming overcome with emotion as he stepped away.
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This is newsworthy because Gobert liked the tweet - which was in reference to how Draymond called Kevin Durant from the Oracle Arena parking lot shortly after the Warriors lost Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
Say what you will, but Gobert puts his life into basketball, and when you're not recognized for your accomplishments, that's tough on anybody.
He was not one of those cautionary "What were they thinking?!" players either - someone rated much higher who'd slipped on account of injury or innuendo. "But at one point I'd still like to get that recognition". And when he was with the Jazz, he didn't exactly set the league ablaze - buried on the depth chart behind Al Jefferson and former lottery picks Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, he played 45 games, made zero starts, and averaged 2.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 9.6 minutes per game, while shooting just 48.6 percent from the field and 49.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Gobert said he resisted the urge to take his displeasure to Twitter but Utah Jazz president Steve Starks did not, tweeting: "Rudy deserved to be named an All-Star". "I don't think it's great for the future of the league".