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His subpar, injury-plagued season be damned, Tony Parker joins Boris Diaw and former Spur Nando De Colo among 24 players named to France’s preliminary roster for EuroBasket 2015. France is the defending champion, with Parker having earned MVP honors in leading Les Bleus to their first major title at the 2013 competition. He, Diaw and fellow NBA standouts Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert have all pledged their intent to participate with France among four host nations. San Antonio Express-News

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Rudy Gobert: Can't wait for next season. Utah Jazz: NBA Defensive Player of the Year Results: 1. Kawhi Leonard 2. Draymond Green 3. DeAndre Jordan 4. Anthony Davis 5. @rudygobert27 Twitter @rudygobert27

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As he mentioned, part of the issue was the group’s adjustment to Snyder’s new scheme. Where former Jazz coach Ty Corbin had Utah’s bigs leap out and “hedge” opposing ball-handlers (often leaving the Jazz in a four-on-three against if the handler was able to thread a pass through the trap), Snyder saw a different fit for his personnel – one that depended in part on each player’s individual attributes. “We do both now – it depends a little bit game to game, it depends on personnel,” he said. “Rudy Gobert is different than Trevor Booker, where Rudy is back more, Trevor’s up because he’s more aggressive. He’s 6’6 and athletic, Rudy’s long and athletic. I think just adjusting to what we have. Dante [Exum] is different in pick-and-roll than Trey [Burke]. So trying to take advantage of some of those various strengths and weaknesses.” Basketball Insiders

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Even the biggest guy in the building, when he squeezes his massive, 7-foot-4 frame into his seat in a corner of EnergySolutions Arena, has trouble taking his eyes off the biggest guy on the floor. That's right, count Jazz legend Mark Eaton among Gobert's admirers. "I love watching him play," Eaton said of the 7-foot-1 Frenchman. "I love his energy. I love how the crowd reacts. When he blocks a shot, I get pumped up." Salt Lake Tribune

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Among league insiders, the Orlando Magic are drawing a lot of comparisons to the Utah Jazz. Both are unglamorous teams in the middle of multiyear rebuilds, centered around piles of draft picks and young players that haven’t yet yielded a foundational superstar. The Jazz, however, got a head start by leveraging the desperation of the New York teams and snagging picks that became Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, both borderline All-Stars now. Then, in 2013, Utah nailed the draft by nabbing “the Stifle Tower,” Rudy Gobert, at no. 27. Grantland

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Wonderfully nicknamed “The Stifle Tower,” the second-year center has emerged as one of the league’s most intimidating leviathans. Despite his previous role as a reserve, Gobert’s numbers for the season are astounding: He leads the NBA in block percentage and rim protection (opposing field goal percentage at the hoop), and is fourth in rebound percentage, eighth in offensive rating, and third in defensive rating. Since the All-Star break, he’s averaged 10.3 points and 14.9 rebounds a game. “He’s a freak of a human being,” Hayward said. “He’s pretty coordinated, and he’s got great defensive instincts. He wants to be a better player, and you can’t teach that.” Grantland

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Gobert shares the same agent as Labeyrie, and the two played together on the French 20-and-under national team. “He wants to play in the NBA and I know he can, I don’t know if it can be next season, but maybe, yeah,’’ the rookie Gobert said. “I haven’t talked to him about it yet. He’s more of a power forward than center, though. He’s not a center. “He’s athletic and can drive and can shoot. I think he’d like to be in New York. I was happy for him.’’ New York Post

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The center position is a little muddy Thursday, with a lot of inconsistency. Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert ($6,800 salary; 13.6% of your cap) looks to be the best option. He is averaging 15 boards and more than two blocks per game over the last six. The risky part is that he's only averaging 10 points in that stretch. The New York Knicks' Andrea Bargnani ($4,500; 9.0%), the Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia ($3,000; 6.0%), and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov ($4,800; 9.6%) are all at midrange prices with decent matchups, but their production hasn't been good enough to strongly consider HoopsHype

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Gobert and Noel each got slapped with a technical foul late in the fourth quarter for a brief, less-than-cordial interaction under the basket. The double techs were doled out after Noel swung on the rim a bit and Gobert swiped his arm at him after the play. Spur of the moment reaction? Or was that act of frustration building up throughout a physical game against a potential rival player? “He was talking too much, that’s why,” Gobert said when asked about the technical. “I just got mad and I shouldn’t react. I shouldn’t react.” Deseret News

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With his career-high 24 rebounds in a 93-82 win over the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum, the second-year center became just the fourth Jazz player in the Utah era to snare that many boards. "Some days you feel like it's very hard to get a couple rebounds," Gobert said. “And some days it feels like it just comes to me.” Deseret News

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Ariana Grande was objectively terrible at the halftime show of the NBA All-Star game. She got bailed out by Nicki Minaj, who saved the show from being a complete disaster. Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert had some strong words about the whole thing (then later deleted the tweet): Rudy Gobert: No Ariana don't go ass to ass with Nicki you got no chance lol SB Nation

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