Rudy Gobert Pledges To Take Minnesota To NBA Finals

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz center Boris Diaw, back, reacts after being called for a foul against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Diaw and Rudy Gobert, both veterans, said having a teammate from their native country can help young players focus on just basketball. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) ORG XMIT: NYAG202

New Minnesota big man Rudy Gobert believes the Timberwolves have a window of opportunity for postseason success next year.

Despite being one of the best defenders in the league, Rudy Gobert never made it past the second round with Utah.

The Jazz team which won more regular season games than anyone else over the last six has broken up. The departure of Gobert as well as longtime coach Quin Snyder was soon followed by the Rudy Gobert trade.

The Timberwolves haven’t made the second round in twenty years. With Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell, Gobert thinks Minnesota is about to change that.

 

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“The goal is to win a championship,” Gobert said. “I came here for that. I didn’t come here just to be a good team. I came here to try to take this team to the finals and accomplish that.

“The window for winning is not always big,” he continued. “For us in Utah, that’s kind of what happened. I think the organization felt like that. We had maybe passed that window that we had over the last few years. I think it’s still going to be a very competitive team. It just felt like with all the assets that they could get for me, it was better for them to go that way.”

 

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“He doesn’t inhibit anything we have presently,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. “He makes it better. He augments what we have presently. So, when we look at fit, it’s not just about talent. It’s about kind of developing the team … and he’s going to make it better.”

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Author: Lucas Carlson