Rudy Gobert had some pointed words on officiating after the Jazz’s loss to the Heat on Sunday – not just about calls for Donovan Mitchell and Dwyane Wade (video above), but Utah’s place in the league.
“I just want it to be consistent, at one point. Every night is the same s—. Every night has been the same s—. If you call something one way, you have to call it the other way. Once they start doing that, I’m going to have a little more respect. I’m just tired of it. Every game is the same,” Gobert said.
“They can’t be deciding the issue of a game just like that. If you call a foul on the play on D. Wade, Donovan got pushed harder right before. But he’s not Dwyane Wade, it’s fine,” Gobert said.
“We’re a small market and we know it,” Gobert said.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
For what it’s worth, the NBA ruled the referees were correct: Mitchell didn’t draw a foul, and Wade did. I agree on both decisions.
Gobert also went especially too far by insinuating the Jazz get mistreated because they’re a small-market team. Not only will the league object to those comments, I’ve seen no credible evidence to support it. As a competitor who wants calls in his favor, Gobert can’t see the bigger picture. Supports of big-market teams feel just as slighted by officials.