Rudy Gobert has temporarily stepped into the starting center role for the Utah Jazz with Enes Kanter sidelined by an ankle injury. Of course, Gobert isn't looking for his stint in the starting lineup to end.
"Of course I want more," the second-year Jazz big man said on Thursday, via Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune. "It’s obvious that I want to start, so I just try to get better on the court and help my team."
While point guard Trey Burke isn't actively choosing Gobert over Kanter, he's still enamored with what Gobert brings to the court.
"It’s great," Burke said of Gobert's rim protection abilities. "Like you said, we know he’s there. Sometimes we may mess up an assignment, whether it’s on the ball or your weak side, and your man gets by you. You know Rudy’s going to come over and clean it up. It’s great to know we have that type of threat behind us."
To Gobert's credit, he's not going to pout or force the issue if and when Kanter takes his starting role back after his return.
"I just try to play hard and win the game," he said. "I’m not the coach. I’m just playing."Back to the Utah Jazz Newsfeed