Alex Jensen Rumors
On Saturday at the team’s summer league practice, both guard Dante Exum and assistant coach Alex Jensen said they’re pleased with what Rubio brings to the table. “I’ve always been a fan,” Jensen said. “I think he’s a good player and he has a lot of experience.” Exum, wearing a Bayern Munich soccer jersey, was equally complimentary of Rubio. “It’s going to be great, another international guy, it brings more international ball to Utah,” Exum said. “He’s been great where he’s played and what he’s done.”
“What’s the one thing we’re going to work on? There isn’t one. Offensively, and even defensively, the potential is a lot higher than where he is right now. That’s the thing that makes him different. He’s hungry and not satisfied with signing the (4-year, $104 million) contract. He does want to be the best,” said Utah assistant coach Alex Jensen, who has worked closely with Gobert since he came into the league.
All of that is coming together this season and none of it is happening by accident. From the moment he entered the league, Gobert has had to prove to himself and everyone else just how good he can be. His blossoming is the result of hours of work, primarily alongside Jensen. “They have a unique bond,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “He’s unforgiving and Rudy likes that.”
Or as Gobert put it, “He believed in me even when I wasn’t playing. He tells me the truth, not what I want to hear. That’s great. He helped me a lot to get better every day and he’s treated me the same way.” The two first became acquainted during their first seasons in Utah. Gobert was the raw rookie, drafted at the end of the first round. Jensen was the first-year assistant. Gobert rarely played apart from D-League assignments, so he spent most of his time working on his game with Jensen. As Jensen recounts, Gobert was there every day, ready to work.
“Rudy’s one of those guys who will come in at the end of the season and he’ll want to work on everything. I told him his first year, if you can go vertical at the rim and make free throws you’ll play for a long time and make a lot of money. He’s surpassed that,” Jensen said.