It is, to say the least, strange that in the middle of an NBA timeout everything gets out of hand. Above all, with the cameras above their heads and with the eyes of the universe of the best basketball in the world. An argument that could have been normal suddenly got out of hand, two players couldn’t contain themselves and Minnesota Timberwolves was left under lights for a mid-game brawl against the New Orleans Pelicans. The incident among the French Rudy Gobert and your partner Kyle Anderson It went viral and the organization had to send one of them home to reflect on what happened.
When the Minnesota Timberwolves trailed 36-48, in a timeout, center Rudy Gobert and forward Kyle Anderson began to argue about how each should improve defensively to cut the opponent’s good play. As reported by ESPN, Anderson asked his teammate to block a shot, while Gobert told his teammate to grab a rebound. Everything was captured by the cameras and the bad tone and bad manners were evident.
At the time, Anderson insulted Gobert and, according to US media reports, told him: “shut up idiot”. The Frenchman, far from keeping his cool, hit Anderson before the teammates could separate them; according to The Athletic, the fights continued in the locker room at halftime, with new insults.
“We made the decision to send Rudy Gobert home after the incident in the second quarter. His behavior at the bank was unacceptable and we will continue to manage the situation internally.said Minnesota President of Operations Tim Connelly.
After the incident, Gobert sent a message of apology to his teammates in a group chat, Timberwolves guard Mike Conley said. This all happened before he made a public apology on Twitter: “Emotions played a trick on me. I shouldn’t have reacted that way, despite what was said. I want to apologize to the fans, the organization and especially Kyle, who is someone I love and respect very much as a teammate.”
Kyle Anderson also spoke to journalists and had a conciliatory tone: “It’s not the first time that happens. That d… happens sometimes. Let’s wash the dirty laundry at home. It’s forgotten. What we want is to win games”.
In addition to this fight, the situation for the Timberwolves seems a little more delicate, as they also Jaden McDaniels He was the protagonist of another violent situation in the same game, since when he went to the changing rooms at halftime, he punched the tunnel in a gesture that was captured by television cameras. The player was attended to immediately, and it was later confirmed after the game that he had broken his right hand due to the outbreak and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
In the midst of this madness, they managed to hold on to the game and beat the Pelicans 113-108, a victory that put them back in the play-in, the hardest battle to enter the playoffs. In this duel, they will have to face none other than the Lakers, who also want, starting this Tuesday, to maintain seventh place.