It wouldn’t be correct to explain Rudy Gobert and Dillon Brooks as two of the NBA’s most polarizing gamers, as a result of that might require every to have legions of followers defending them on a nightly foundation. As an alternative, Gobert and Brooks are usually seen as two of the league’s least likable gamers.
Brooks has earned his popularity by many incidents of borderline soiled play whereas beefing with nearly everybody within the league. Gobert’s case is extra difficult, however touching a bunch of microphones with Covid and throwing a punch at a teammate hasn’t helped.
Brooks and Gobert confronted one another on opening evening for the 2023 males’s FIBA World Cup when Canada met France. Gobert’s French squad has been a world energy since he first rose to stardom, whereas Canada seems like an emergent contender with so many NBA gamers on the roster. Within the first quarter of the sport, Brooks got here rumbling down the lane and placed on a dunk proper on Rudy.
You like to see it, and hate to see it on the similar time.
Canada beat France, 95-65, to open play in Group H. The Canadians ran away with the sport within the third quarter by out-scoring France 22-4 within the body.
Brooks was wonderful as a wing-stopper defensively for Canada — which is strictly why the Houston Rockets gave him $80 million this summer season. Gobert had an terrible exhibiting, ending -17 on the evening. Gobert might be higher and so will France, however this felt just like the arrival Canadian followers have been ready for.
We’re holding monitor of the 2023 FIBA World Cup on this publish. It’s going to be such a enjoyable match.