Rudy Gobert on Nerlens Noel: ‘He was talking too much’

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Here are the centers taken in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft:

5. Alex Len

6. Nerlens Noel

12. Steven Adams

16. Lucas Nogueira

21. Gorgui Dieng

22. Mason Plumlee

27. Rudy Gobert

Gobert still has a chip on his shoulder about where he was selected, and it showed when he induced a double technical foul with Noel during the Jazz’s win over the 76ers on Friday.

Gobert, via Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:

“He was talking too much, that’s why,” Gobert said when asked about the technical. “I just got mad and I shouldn’t react. I shouldn’t react.”

I don’t think this is the case, but I’d like to believe Noel was talking because he holds a grudge over this block in the Rising Stars Challenge:

There’s not supposed to be defense in that game, man.