Gobert thought that TNT broadcast announcing the All-Star reserves would be the culmination of his hard work, everything that he’s put into the game to get to this point. His family was watching back in France. The Jazz organization was ready to celebrate his accomplishment. Then, it didn’t happen. The phone rang. Gobert answered to his mother crying. And a night that was supposed to euphoric turned into one of the toughest of Gobert’s career. “It was a mix of everything,” he said. “It was something I wanted. I feel like I play to win. I never really get the respect that I deserve, and that’s why it’s frustrating. I get it from my teammates, my family and the organization. They all know. But the rest of the world, they don’t respect me for what I bring to the game. This was the time that I thought I was finally going to get the respect. And not having it, that was frustrating.”
December 8, 2022 | 8:51 pm EST Update
Tom Orsborn: Pop attributes Spurs’ struggles to their injuries. “We have to have all our bodies. It’s tough on these guys. The way the team is right now, and having to compete at this level, if three or four or five of them are out, it’s really a difficult task for them.”
Sean Highkin: Chauncey Billups: “I woke up this morning with a big smile on my face at the news that Brittney Griner is coming home. … I mainly want to give a shoutout to the WNBA. They didn’t let a day go by without screaming ‘Free BG.’”
Duane Rankin: “I woke up this morning and I got a text from my mother. She was happy and I didn’t even know what was going on.” Monty Williams on how he found out the news about Brittney Griner. “To have her on her way back is so cool and it put a smile on everybody’s face.” #Suns #FreeBG pic.twitter.com/t4JsgyiLNA
Kylen Mills: The Warriors said in a statement to @SFGate that they did their due diligence with the NBA in signing Anthony Lamb, because he is not a defendant in the civil lawsuit and was never charged they’ve indicated no plans of action unless new info comes to light. pic.twitter.com/xe3r841QDQ
Bay Area News Group does not typically name victims of sexual violence. The woman, Kendall Ware, came forward by name as a plaintiff in the civil case and has spoken extensively about the incident, though this is the first time she is directly naming Lamb as her alleged assailant. The university, its board of trustees and several officials in the Title IX office and athletic department are defendants in the filing, which seeks compensatory damages of an unspecified amount.
Ware, a former swimmer at Vermont who had a previous relationship with Lamb, says in the suit that Lamb raped her in the fall of 2019. When Ware reported the incident to the university’s Title IX office, the suit says that school officials improperly contacted the athletic department after she made the allegation. The lawsuit claims the athletic department staffers reached out directly to Ware and misled her in an attempt to prevent a formal process from occurring, instead going to an “informal restitution” process that would allow Lamb, the star player on the men’s basketball team at the time, to “escape any meaningful consequences for his actions.”