Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert wasn’t fazed by Draymond Green putting him in a chokehold during their game on Tuesday. In fact, Gobert asserts that he never felt in danger because “the choke wasn’t good enough.”
The Timberwolves defeated the Golden State Warriors 104-101. However, the story of the night was the brawl that erupted less than two minutes into the contest. While it started with Jaden McDaniels and Klay Thompson grabbing one another, their scuffle quickly escalated into Green accosting Gobert.
Consequently, the four-time champion put the France native in a chokehold. Moreover, the former dragged the latter for several feet—while maintaining said chokehold.
Fortunately, this was not a macabre incident, as Thompson’s ripped jersey was the extent of any tangible damage.
Green, Thompson, and McDaniels were ejected as a result of the fracas.
Rudy Gobert isn’t impressed by Draymond Green’s combat skills
When asked about what transpired postgame, Gobert said that he believes Green wanted to do real harm. So much so that “he tried really hard, but it wasn’t good enough to where I felt like I was really in danger of falling asleep or something like that.”
“He’s grabbing me, he’s grabbing me, he’s grabbing me. (But) the choke wasn’t good enough. Yeah, it wasn’t enough for me to really have to (go to sleep). But he tried. He tried really hard, but it wasn’t good enough to where I felt like I was really in danger of falling asleep or something like that. It was a long time, and if he knew how to choke it could have been way worse. He tried to. His intention was to really take me out. And I kept my hands up the whole time just to show the officials that I wasn’t trying to escalate the situation.”Rudy Gobert told The Athletic
Additionally, Gobert claimed that this was Green’s opportunity to get ejected since he’s averse to playing without Stephen Curry. Curry missed the game with right knee soreness.
“Every time Steph doesn’t play, he doesn’t want to play without his guy Steph so he does anything he can to get ejected.”Rudy Gobert
Interestingly enough, seven of Green’s last 11 ejections have come in games without Curry. This is also Green’s second ejection of the season.