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Downbeat #1654: The Hazing Edition

Observe the Gobert in his natural habitat enjoying a casual session of his trademark "eats freaking with humans!"
Observe the Gobert in his natural habitat enjoying a casual session of his trademark "eats freaking with humans!"
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Well, this is it folks, the last week of NBA basketball for the season. We only have 1, maybe 2 games left before we start going through the all too familiar process of basketball withdrawals and having to resort to whatever our backup vices are.

Moving forward, I've noticed that a few of the writers have already cast their votes for who they want to draft.

Well this is who JuMu gives his ringing endorsement to, for who the Jazz should draft:

Kelly Oubre

Here's a couple of his answers to his interview questions during his workout with the Jazz this weekend (via jazzfanatical)

What skills in particular are you trying to show?

My handle. My IQ. My shot’s gotten better. You know, I’m a good defender, so. Great defender, actually, you know what I mean? So, I’m pretty confident in my game, that I can stack up with the best.
Why is defense so important to you?
I mean, that’s what every team needs to win a championship. That’s what I bring to the table, and you know, I want to help a team win a championship. So you know, whoever calls my name on draft night, I’m going to help them win a championship…That’s why defense is so important to me, because I know I can excel at the next level.

Go ahead and check out the full transcript for Oubre's Jazz workout interview as well as the other draftees over at Jazzfanatical by moni. Top notch Jazz transcripts over there.

I admit to a deep love for defensively focused players as they seem to slip through the cracks of media hype in the NBA these days compared to the inefficient, no-defense chuckers.

Here's Kelly Oubre's high school highlights:

Since our Jazz team is a fun and young group to watch, the vast majority of them still have their rookie hazing moments fresh in their memory. And boy, are they ready for some revenge!

Here's our very own Rudy's idea:

In case anybody has forgotten, this is one of the hazings that Rudy had to endure his rookie season:

Another fun sight to see is the collaborative effort in these rookie hazing ideas while the public can see the type of jokes and personalities this great group of guys have:

Jazz twitter onesie

I don't know about y'all, but just the thought of Exum wearing a onesie makes me crack up! Also, from what I've seen over the last year, Joe Ingles' smack-talking knows no bounds.

I got to take advantage of a cool opportunity this weekend, due to the awesomeness that is twitter letting the everyday fan get a chance to interact with their favorite player. This opportunity was getting recruited by Rudy Gobert to join his fresh clan on the mobile game Clash of Clans.

I'm always going to block out the clan name on here to keep the place from getting flooded from fans as well as it being Rudy's request.

But what I will show you what our very own Stifle Tower's warbase looks like (and yes, he has chosen the handle icerud!):

Gobert Clash of Clans

Here's a quick breakdown for those who aren't familiar with the game:

He is an early Town hall level 9 (out of 10) with the obligatory french flag near the top corner but also with sufficiently upgraded defenses with level 7 walls.

Also due to his persuasive recruiting abilities, he was able to put together a bunch of heavy hitters such that he is ranked 19th out of 20 in the current clan war.

In our first war we tied 29 to 29 against an asian clan with a whopping 107 war wins. Not a terrible way to start off.

Rudy appears to like to use the mass dragon attacks with some hogs mixed in.

We also refer to any scrubs in our clans or whenever somebody messes up an attack as a "Kanter"

If there are enough people who care about this, I will post another more in-depth article regarding Rudy Gobert's clan and my experiences in it.