Get to Know: Rudy Gobert
From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series with Jazz players.
First team ever played on: St. Quentin, at age 12
First buzzer-beater: I had a buzzer beater. Three[-pointer]. Not a game-winner, but a buzzer beater.
First dunk: At 14 years old.
First pair of basketball shoes: When I was a kid. When I was young.
First time you ever saw yourself on TV: 18 years old. Basketball. In Cholet.
First car ever driven: French car. Peugeot.
First video game ever played: Super Mario or maybe Zelda.
First day off in Utah: Sleep.
Other players’ jerseys owned: Amar’e Stoudemire when I was young. I think that’s the only one.
First autograph: Professional player in France.
First big purchase: Car.
First time ever getting in trouble as a kid: When I was very young, I stole some stuff.
First pet: My sister had cats. Me, no.
First kiss: I was 13.
Do you remember who it was? Yeah.
Best game ever played: I was 17. 35 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks.
Worst game you’ve ever played: I never did like really bad, like 0-10. I would say the worst game like 20 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds.
Best athlete ever: Usain Bolt.
Best meal ever: Something good. A lot.
Hardest workout ever: Lots.
Most famous person you’ve ever met: Tony Parker.
Best movie ever: A lot. I like Django Unchained. 300. Harry Potter. Lord of Rings.
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Barack Obama, French president, Michael Jordan.
What’s your mom like? Very nice. Protective. Very stressed for nothing. Gave me a good education. Strict when I do bad stuff.
You knew you were in trouble when… Oof. Many times.
You made your mom most happy when… When I was good at school. When I got draft. Many times, but mostly school and basketball.