The Minnesota Timberwolves bet very big on Rudy Gobert last year. Landed from the Utah Jazz during an XXL deal, the French interior represented the first big movement of the new boss of the franchise, Tim Connelly.
Freshly arrived from the Denver Nuggets at the time, the manager had opened this project with the Habs. Unfortunately for him, this choice was not particularly profitable on a sporting level. And this trade has also been the subject of numerous criticisms.
But for his part, Connelly still believes in Gobert’s success with the Wolves.
“I think we don’t always appreciate the impact that a big move can have. And number one. I think Rudy was very good last year by NBA standards. On the other hand, I think that he didn’t live up to his standards.
He would be the first to tell you. He was coming off a brutal Euro, he was still playing eight days before the season. No one works harder than Rudy. No one pays so much attention and detail to every aspect of their game, to their body, to their mental approach.
And he is very, very enthusiastic about the idea of having a more comfortable season, both on and off the field,” assured the Minnesota boss for The Athletic.
After the investment made, Tim Connelly can hardly give another speech. But this message confirms the expectations still placed on Rudy Gobert for the coming season. And this time, he will have no room for error.
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