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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards doesn’t want to see Rudy Gobert’s newfound shooting prowess in person.
Edwards joked with teammates that he’s “walking off the court” if Gobert attempts a three-point shot in an NBA game.
“If Rudy [Gobert] shoots a three in a real NBA game, I’m walking off the court.”
Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards 😂
Gobert made his first-ever three-pointer in France’s FIBA World Cup exhibition game against Montenegro on Aug. 2.
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Rudy Gobert à 3 points 😳
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A three-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner during his NBA career, Gobert’s first successful attempt from behind the arc apparently meant a lot more to him than any of those accolades.
Per StatMuse, Gobert has, by far, the most points in the NBA without a three-pointer since he entered the league in 2013.
Most points without a 3-pointer over the last 10 seasons:
8,531 — Rudy Gobert
6,630 — Clint Capela
3,364 — Bismack Biyombo
2,752 — Ed Davis
2,730 — Zaza Pachulia pic.twitter.com/8hpOHAxev5
It’s interesting that Edwards said Gobert only has to attempt a three for him to walk off the court. While the 31-year-old has never made one in his NBA career, he has 14 attempts in 10 seasons. Eleven of them have come in the past three seasons, including three with the Timberwolves in 2022-23.
Of course, this could also be Edwards’ attempt to get Gobert to stop taking those shots since he doesn’t seem to be very good at them. But if his reaction to making one in an exhibition game is that extreme, it makes you curious what would happen if he ever were to be successful in an NBA game.
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