Thabo Sefolosha Rumors

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Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha
Position: G
Born: 05/02/84
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $2,564,753
Sefolosha, 36, is a 14-year NBA veteran from Switzerland who spent this season playing for the Houston Rockets before the Covid-19 pandemic put the season on hold. On Wednesday in Atlanta, he told CNN that he could see himself in George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. “I think every black man in America, in my opinion, from the 14 years I’ve lived here, can feel that way,” Sefolosha said. “It’s that ultimate bullying. … I think it’s just an abuse of power that you’ve seen in preschool, middle school bullying, and it’s at such a high level that the people have to be fed up and something has to be done about it.”
“But as an officer, you’re the one with the training. You are the one who’s here, who is supposed to calm the situation down and realize what’s going on in a split second, you know? And too often this is not met.” Sefolosha was asked what went through his mind when he saw the video of Floyd. “Anger,” Sefolosha said. “And a sense of just being totally disconnected. How can a human being do that to somebody else and just sit on his neck for nine minutes? Intentionally in broad daylight killing someone like this. And the anger is extended to the other officers that are just around just watching. Like, what is your purpose in life? Why did you decide to become a police officer? Everything is to be put in question at this point. So I can’t really blame people that are in the street just angry.
“You see what happened in Minnesota where three human beings with a badge are watching another human being killing somebody,” said Sefolosha, who has played in the NBA since 2006 and intends to return to Switzerland when he retires. “And instead of saying, ‘OK, this is my duty as a human being,’ the duty was more toward not interfering with the other officer and saying, ‘We are clan, we stick together no matter what.’ It should be the other way around.”
Kyle Korver: I still remember my reaction when I first heard what happened to Thabo. It was 2015, late in the season. Thabo and I were teammates on the Hawks, and we’d flown into New York late after a game in Atlanta. When I woke up the next morning, our team group text was going nuts. Details were still hazy, but guys were saying, Thabo hurt his leg? During an arrest? Wait — he spent the night in jail?! Everyone was pretty upset and confused. Well, almost everyone. My response was….. different. I’m embarrassed to admit it.
Jazz players Thabo Sefolosha and Raul Neto were reexamined by the Utah Jazz medical staff on Tuesday and the following was determined: Sefolosha (mild right hamstring strain) will be reevaluated in one week. Neto (left groin strain) will be reevaluated in one week. Jazz guard Danté Exum still has one more week before being reevaluated for his left ankle sprain. Jazz center Tony Bradley still has two more weeks before being reevaluated on his right knee surgery.
For the first time in 21 years, the Jazz will be part of the Christmas Day lineup. That alone is significant. The games are reserved for the brightest stars, the best teams or the biggest markets (looking at you, New York). “The best teams in the world are playing,” Gobert said. “It’s great for us. It’s a good opportunity for the world to see what we can do.” It’s a recognition from the NBA that the Jazz are among the top teams in the league. And that fact hasn’t been lost on the players. “It’s an honor to play on Christmas, everybody is watching,” Sefolosha said. “It’s a big basketball day — amongst many other things. It’s great. I think it shows the improvement of the team, the commitment of the organization to make a good culture, a good team and it’s working.”