Draymond Green is so Obsessed with Rudy Gobert it’s Borderline Pathetic

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The Minnesota Timberwolves will play for their season on Thursday night in game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals vs the Denver Nuggets. It’s win or stay home. Can Anthony Edwards, who has all but guaranteed a Wolves win, rise to the occasion? Can Rudy Gobert slow down Nikola Jokic?

If you ask Draymond Green, who has been a guest panelist for TNT’s studio playoff coverage the last couple of days, that question, the answer will be a resounding no. We know that because Draymond has spent an uncomfortable amount of his airtime the past couple days talking down on the Minnesota Timberwolves big man.

Draymond Green thinks he could guard Nikola Jokic better than Rudy Gobert

It started yesterday, when Green blamed Gobert for Nikola Jokic going off in game 5. And he didn’t hesitate to jump in on Alex Caruso tonight, who was also on the TNT playoff pregame show, to make it clear that he believes he would play better defense on Jokic than the 2024 Defensive Player of the Year.

Caruso: “I mean, nobody can guard Jokic, but…”

Draymond: “Uh, I disagree. Put it like this…”

Chuck: “Uh uh, don’t do that. Don’t do that.”

Draymond: “I can guard [Jokic] better than he’s being guarded.”

Chuck: “I knew you were gonna do it.”

Draymond: “Yeah, I can. It’s been proven.”

But we only have to go back a few months to find the video of Draymond putting Rudy in a headlock during a game. That, just months after he called Gobert soft after he and teammate Kyle Anderson got into it on the Timberwolves sideline late in the 2022-23 season.

Draymond Green is obsessed with Rudy Gobert

In other words, Draymond Green is always talking about, thinking about, or even holding onto Rudy Gobert. Why? Because he is a man obsessed. Anytime he is given the opportunity, he is going to bring up the Wolves big man. It’s borderline pathetic, but that’s nothing all that new when it comes to Draymond Green.

His hate for Rudy makes sense, when you think about it. Gobert won his fourth defensive player of the year award in the last six season. Green has won just one, and it came the season before Rudy won his first.

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Draymond has made the the NBA All-Defensive Team eight times. You think he doesn’t believe that he deserves at least one more of those Hakeem Olajuwon Trophies, over Gobert, who has won four since Green won his last? I think the answer to that question is pretty obvious.

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