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Utah’s Rudy Gobert has emergency appendectomy

Jun 10, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

Utah’s project big man out of France Rudy Gobert’s summer has gotten off to a less than ideal start. He was in Santa Barbara, Calif., when…

This surgery takes 4-6 weeks to fully recover from, according to multiple medical Web sites.

It is unlikely he will play in Summer League for the Jazz. Which is too bad, he’s a guy who needs the court time, the experience (plus he’s fun to watch for those of us in Las Vegas).

Gobert was the 27th pick in last year’s NBA Draft, taken by the Nuggets but traded to Utah. He’s incredibly tall and long — he has a 9’7″ standing reach — and is a good athlete for his size. He is disruptive in the paint already as a defender. The problem is offense, he looks lost quite often and when teammates would hit him with a pass rolling the the rim he struggled to control it.

He needs to add muscle and gain experience. Like a lot of bigs in the Utah rotation he is a project. He got in 45 games for the Jazz and played some in the D-League.

He should be healthy and ready to go by training camp next season.

  1. duhwighthoward - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    “He needs to add muscle.” When can we stop writing that about every prospect out there?

    Isn’t Kevin Durant proof enough that basketball is about speed and skill?

    Look at Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Tim Duncan, players who slimmed down a few years ago and improved because of it.

    Tony Parker, Jamal Crawford, Stephen Curry, Kevin Garnett, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, John Wall, Goran Dragic, and the list goes on…

    • spursareold - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      None of those guys are stick men like Gobert.

  2. ravenswhat - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    He’s already walking onto a plane??? Must be some strong drugs. Good luck tomorrow morning.

  3. brianspider - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    This is as modest of an operation as possible. I doubt he misses much time. The 4-6 week timeline is for a lay person, not an NBA athlete with access to top tier amenities.

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