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As the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert is entitled to be, well, defensive about what’s been happening to him of late.
The Utah Jazz center, the focal point of the league’s best defensive team last season, has reached his breaking point when it comes to NBA officials and the way be believes he is being treated.
It was thought Gobert’s frustrations came to a head when he was called for a very questionable foul on the opening tip of a game against Houston last week and was subsequently given the heave-ho for his reaction to another foul call a few minutes later when Houston’s James Harden clearly flopped:
However, Gobert again criticized the officials after Utah’s 122-113 loss at Oklahoma City on Monday night and according to Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune, Gobert has reached his boiling point.
“Tonight, someone grabbed my arm, pulled me down — that was a very dangerous play, and I got called for the foul. So if I gotta do justice myself, I’m gonna do justice myself. And it’s gonna get ugly,” Gobert said. “Hopefully, I don’t have to do that. I just want to play basketball.”
Here’s the play Gobert is referencing, as he gets tangled up with Steven Adams of the Thunder and he gets called for the foul:
Gobert went on to explain he has attempted to give the league’s referees the benefit of the doubt and it’s a thankless and near-impossible job to get every call correctly.
He was recently fined $15,000 for criticizing the officials after a game in Miami.
However, judging by Gobert’s comments, he has drawn a line in the sand and thrown a gauntlet down.