Jazz notes: The mystery of Rudy Gobert's hairdo
HOUSTON — There’s a mystery involving Rudy Gobert, but you might need to hire a private investigator or Scooby Doo’s meddling friends to figure it out.
If you’ve seen the top of the 7-foot-1 center’s head and wondered what’s going on with the funky designs that have been appearing in his haircut, you’re not the only one.
Unfortunately, The Stifle Tower isn’t about to help his teammates or anyone else solve this hair-razoring riddle.
Gordon Hayward said he isn’t sure what the design is or if it has a special meaning.
There are rumors, including, not surprisingly, one almost convincing guess conjured up by Joe Ingles.
“It’s the girl that he likes,” Ingles said, interrupting Gobert after the big man was asked about his hair design after Wednesday’s shootaround.
Gobert disputed that.
“It’s magic,” the French player said.
Ingles disputed that. It’s love, he claims.
“It says like JM, like Jamie McIntosh or something,” Ingles said, not giving up on his suggestion. “One hundred percent, the girl that he likes.”
“No,” Gobert countered, “it’s not.”
Another theory floating around the locker room? The squiggly lines are an homage to Harry Potter. They do kind of resemble a lighting bolt — or the initials J.M., as Ingles pointed out.
“No,” Gobert said. “They try to find out.”
“I don’t know,” Hayward admitted. “Some of the guys are saying it’s the initials for his secret girlfriend. I don’t have any original ideas.”
“It’s the initials of his future fiancée,” the Aussie said.
Once again, Gobert denied the claim.
“I don’t know her name yet,” he said.
Gobert did share one detail about his fun hair accents. He doesn’t do the designs himself. His barber does it.
“If I did, it would be worse than that.”
Backup center Jeff Withey isn’t sure Gobert even knows what’s on his head.
“I have no idea what that is,” Withey said. “Everybody asks him what the heck it is, but he doesn’t even know.”
THE MINI STIFLE TOWER: Rudy Gobert had one block in Wednesday’s 115-108 win at Houston, giving him at least one swat in 34 straight games and a block in an NBA-leading 62 games this season.
The 7-1 Gobert smiled when a writer joked about 6-1 guard Raul Neto having more blocks than him against the Rockets.
“Yeah,” Gobert said, “I told him, ‘You can have the Defensive Player of the Year (award). I don’t want it anymore.”
With his two blocks, Neto raised his season total to
two blocks. Gobert now has a league-leading 162 on the year.
FEISTY FAVORS: After a writer tweeted a stat about how Derrick Favors leads the NBA in blocked dunks (seven) this season, the Jazz power forward had a feisty response.
“Can’t wait to see what happens when I’m not playing on one leg,” he replied.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder jokingly declined to comment on what Favors tweeted.
“If I commented on every tweet that was out there and the validity, I don’t know what I would do,” Snyder said, smiling. “I’d be commenting on Trevor Booker talking junk about Enes (Kanter) two years ago on the bus.”
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Snyder did say that he likes the direction Favors is taking his game this season after a slow start, including defensively and on pick-and-rolls. Favors sat out Wednesday’s win over the Rockets with a sore knee.
“We’ve been conscious of managing his minutes this season to keep him on the right track to improving his health throughout the course of the season. It’s hard to do that when you’re playing so many games,” Snyder said. “I know he’s been playing pretty good lately. He’s got some soreness tonight.”
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Published at Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:16:00 +0000