The French Basketball Federation, FFBB, announced that Rudy Gobert is the 2019 recipient of the Alain Gilles Trophy. The annual award goes to the French Player of the Year, male or female. NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row spent 2019 with the Utah Jazz and helped France capture bronze in the FIBA World Cup.
Playing with FIBA I was like a prisoner.” he mentioned talking about his tough experience in China. “I just got out of the cage, the cell. I am free now.” In the World Cup in 25 minutes per game, he averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals per match. The Bucks certainly expect a larger contribution this upcoming season and Antetokounmpo himself is ready to deliver. “The rules, the way basketball is played in FIBA, the spacing. I felt like I was playing one against five every time I had the ball” he said looking back on the summer global competition, “It’s totally different here. I prefer NBA basketball.”
FIBA has confirmed its Commissions, Working Groups and Task Forces for the term of 2019-2023, as fiba.basketball informs. Following the key appointments made during the first Central Board meeting for the new term which took place during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, FIBA has now confirmed the following, with Dirk Nowitzki and Jorge Garbagosa standing out as the Chairmen of Players Commission and Competitions Commission:
Mark Medina: Paul George on if he will play in 2020 Olympics: “I would love to. Hopefully, God willing, I can get through a season healthy. When that times comes, I’d love to be a part of the Olympics and represent. But this comes first obviously and getting through this year.”
Jovan Buha: Kawhi on the 2020 Olympics: “Yeah, I do wanna play. I’m taking it one step at a time. Right now it’s getting the Clippers to the Finals.”
Ryan Wolstat: Marc Gasol wouldn’t pick one championship celebration over the other. “Thanks for putting me in that position though.” Between that and his shoe quip, Marc brought the jokes to media day.