weather icon Clear

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert happy to see France in World Cup final

There was a happy 7-foot Frenchman walking around Cox Pavilion Tuesday.

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert watched France’s national soccer team advance to the World Cup final before arriving to the arena for Day 5 of the NBA Summer League.

“I’m excited for my country,” said Gobert , who was born in Saint-Quentin, France. “It’s been a few years since we got this opportunity. I’m just very excited and going back to France Thursday, and hopefully we can win Sunday and celebrate.”

France defeated Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup semifinals in Russia. Kylian Mbappe and the French won’t know their opponent until after Wednesday’s England-Croatia matchup.

“(France is) very good defensively, and I think they’re playing like the best team in the world right now,” said Gobert, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA.

Gobert is hoping for a massive Sunday celebration in France. But for now, he’ll celebrate the semifinal victory with Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell at Summer League.

More NBA Summer League: Follow all of our NBA Summer League coverage online at reviewjournal.com/summerleague and @RJ_Sports on Twitter.

Contact Gilbert Manzano at gmanzano@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GManzano24 on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
T-Wolves’ Mitchell Creek not into individual talk

Even though the Vegas Summer League is an opportunity for players to impress NBA clubs, Mitchell Creek of the Minnesota Timberwolves was more interested in talking about his team.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins caps Summer League with title

Head coaches usually delegate Summer League duties to an assistant or two, but the 34-year-old Jenkins immersed himself in his new team — hoping to create the championship culture that Memphis is eager to restore after triggering a rebuild by trading cornerstones Marc Gasol and Mike Conley earlier this year.

Vegas Summer League: Rookies experience business, basketball

NBA Summer League is crucial for the various brands to establish connections with players, their managers and agents. Most of the dealings are done away from courts inside Thomas Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, allowing for more authentic, personal interaction.