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Rubio calls Gobert’s post-loss comments classless


Utah center Rudy Gobert fouled out in overtime of France’s 80-75 overtime EuroBasket loss to Spain, and that felt like the end of their chances — France was -16 when Gobert sat in this game.

Gobert was frustrated with the calls after the loss — “FIBA referees” and “consistency” are not words often put in the same sentence — and vented about it on Twitter.

Then Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio (who did not play in the tournament) called Gobert out on it.

To be fair, Rubio said good things about Nicolas Batum first.

Rubio hasn’t always been the best loser, but he’s not wrong so we’ll let that slide.

Instead, I’d like to write a little personal note to Gobert. Just between the two of us:

Sorry Rudy, you may not have liked the calls, but the reality of the situation is you got worked by Pau Gasol. It wasn’t the refs. Consider it a learning experience. Gasol’s impeccable footwork got you out of position, and then he exploited you. He also blocked three of your shots and pushed you around on the boards at times. He put up half his team’s points and you couldn’t stop him. You’re becoming one of the best defensive centers in the NBA, but veterans like Gasol can still teach you some lessons. Grow from this, and bring some of that fire to Utah when camp opens in a few weeks.

Report: Lakers may bring Sebastian Telfair to camp

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The Lakers minutes at the point guard spot are pretty much spoken for. Rookie D'Angelo Russell is going to get the keys to the offense, and behind him likely will be Marcelo Huertas. Not to mention that a lot of the time Jordan Clarkson or Lou Williams will have the ball in their hands (not to mention Kobe Bryant).

But the Lakers may want to have a little more depth on hand, at least for training camp, which is why they seem to be considering bringing Sebastian Telfair, reports Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.

If this comes to fruition — and that is far from a sure thing — it would be a training camp, make good, non-guaranteed deal.

The Lakers have just 12 guaranteed deals on the books, although Huertas is one of the guys without a guaranteed deal (and he likely makes the roster), as are bigs such as Tarik Black and Robert Upshaw. Which is to say, Telfair would have to blow everyone out of the water to make the final 15.

Telfair got in 16 games for the Thunder last year (a team desperate for help at the one once Russell Westbrook was injured). He was out of the NBA the season before that. But there are worse guys they could bring into camp.

Watch best of Pau Gasol’s 40 to beat France

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Spain is going to Rio for the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament, and they can thank Pau Gasol

He scored half of Spain’s 80 points in an overtime win over France in the EuroBasket semifinals. Gasol was the only thing keeping Spain in the game for the first three quarters, when France’s defense largely frustrated other Spanish shooters. Then when Spain needed big buckets at the end, there was Gasol with hooks in the lane, and a few timely dunks.

Bulls fans should be smiling, hoping they get to see some of this Gasol this season.

Utah’s Trevor Booker has nose surgery

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Jazz fan favorite Trevor Booker is going to be just fine and ready for the start of training camp.

The reserve big man broke his nose recently and had to have surgery to repair it, the team announced. From the official team release:

Booker underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure today to repair a nasal fracture, which he sustained in a recent pickup basketball game. The successful procedure was performed in Salt Lake City by Dr. Richard Orlandi of University of Utah Health Care.

Booker is the backup four behind Derrick Favors and played physical defense, hit some threes, and threw down powerful slams on his way to 7.2 points and 5 rebounds a game. But what really won over Jazz fans was that he stuck up for Utah on social media when traded away Enes Kanter took shots at the organization.

All that was enough to get the Jazz to pick up his $4.8 million salary for this coming season.

In case you forgot, Booker also had the best circus shot of last season.

Curry returns to Charlotte, takes NBA trophy to Davidson

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DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — Stephen Curry made a surprise visit to his alma mater, bringing the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy along with him to show off to the Davidson College community.

The league’s MVP worked out with Davidson players, participated in a question-and-answer period with college students and even banked in a 25-foot jumper Thursday in the first shot ever attempted at the school’s new practice facility.

Curry told The Associated Press, “This is where the whole story started and I know how much the Davidson alumni and community supports me, so this is very special.”

Curry, a big Carolina Panthers fan, said he plans to pound the “Keep Pounding” drum before the team’s home opener Sunday against the Houston Texans. The Charlotte native also plans to visit to his former high school.