Utah is nicknamed the beehive state.
Rudy Gobert took that somewhat literally and has a beehive he maintains, but one of the risks of being a beekeeper is getting stung. Thursday, Gobert got stung — on his face, near his right eye. He showed up to practice with his face a little swollen and having to answer questions.
.@rudygobert27 's own bee hive stung him 😬
He's still able to play Game 6 tonight vs. the Mavericks pic.twitter.com/ofqCX5Qg9u
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 28, 2022
The important thing for the Jazz and their fans is that he will play in Game 6 at home Thursday in a win-or-go-home game for Utah.
So why does Gobert have a beehive? Via Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Rudy Gobert on owning a beehive: "There’s a few things. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for the landscape, the flowers, the fruits. And I love honey, so I always wanted to have my own. It’s great. Sometimes there’s some casualties."
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) April 28, 2022
Gobert is a bit of a renaissance man; this is on brand with that.
Not only is Gobert playing, but Donovan Mitchell has been upgraded to available for Game 6. There were concerns about his hamstring after Game 5, but the Jazz said after an MRI that he had “bi-lateral quadriceps contusions” — bruising on both of his thighs — which is unusual, but he can play through whatever ails him.