Northwest Notes: Gobert, Exum, Wittman, Abrines

Jazz center Rudy Gobert and members of the organization are furious over his All-Star snub. Gobert told Aaron Falk of the team’s website and other media members that he can’t understand how coaches can preach defense and then leave him off their ballots. “It’s disrespectful not only toward me but toward the team, the organization and toward the game,” said Gobert, the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Jazz coach Quin Snyder echoed Gobert’s gripe, ESPN’s Tim McMahon tweets. “We talk about defense being valued, but when we have a chance to reward it, we reward scoring again and again.” Jazz president Steve Starks tweeted that there should be more transparency in the voting. The coaches select the reserves. “Complete nonsense and we need more integrity and accountability. If the coaches vote than their ballots should be made public.”

We have more from around the Northwest Division:

  • Reserve Jazz guard Dante Exum will not return to action until sometime after the All-Star break, Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News reports. Exum hasn’t played since suffering a left ankle sprain against Detroit on January 5th. He has been participating in on-court work but won’t even be re-evaluated until after the break. Exum signed a three-year, $33MM contract last summer.
  • The Timberwolves have hired former head coach Randy Wittman as an advisor to first-year coach Ryan Saunders, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Saunders was on the Wizards’ staff when Wittman was the head coach there. “He’s an ear for me,” Saunders told Hine. “Another basketball mind to bounce things off of. I’m comfortable with him, known him for a long time.”
  • Thunder shooting guard Alex Abrines has returned to action but he’ll have to work his way back into the rotation, according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman. Abrines played six minutes against Orlando on Tuesday after missing 17 games due to an illness and a personal matter. During his absence, Abdel Nader seized a rotation spot. Abrines will have battle Nader and Terrance Ferguson for minutes.
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8 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Gobert, Exum, Wittman, Abrines

  1. Z-A

    Leads the league in Win Shares, 3rd in WS/48, 8th in Box +/-, 5th in VORP.

    LMA 46th in VORP 17th in WS, 70ish for BPM.

    • x%sure

      Spurs do not even do better with Aldredge on the court. Bertans & Poetl are in the green, LMA the red.

      Jazz vs Spurs next Saturday! I think LMA will see another hand on the ball.

  2. LMA shouldn’t have been selected, agreed. But personally I still wouldn’t have selected Gobert, as I think Doncic & Booker are still more deserving of the spot.

  3. Its the All-star game, not the All-best game. It’s an exhibition, nothing more – players need to stop hinging their emotions on it. No one even takes it seriously when they’re on the court, it’s a joke.

    Besides, why pick an elite defensive player for a game which features literally ZERO defense?

    • LivingUnderDaBridge

      I agree to a point. The problem is there are financial and legacy implications.

      Get a nice pay bonus for making the Allstar team, and for some reason when you want to make the HOF a big part of it is how many all star teams you make, and all NBA teams.

      If we just treated it like a fun game for the fans than that would be better.

    • afsooner02

      The game itself is worthless….being a x-time all star is worth millions.

  4. greg1

    I do appreciate his stance and agree that he is an All-Star, especially over someone like Aldridge. That said, express your displeasure and move on. The more you complain, the more you look pathetic.

    • x%sure

      Well I started building a float to pull down the street, with fireworks, that expresses my displeasure at allstar voting, but I guess I won’t now.
      But I will be doing something else but watch when the game is on. Rubbish

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