Rudy Gobert snaps at FIBA for random early-morning drug test
Got woke up this morning for a doping control( BLOOD and urine), the morning after a late game when i could sleep more. No respect for the player’s recovery time. Terrible way of doing things @FIBA .
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) September 2, 2019
Gobert had nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks in France’s 78-74 victory over Germany on Sunday. But instead of being able to sleep in after the hard-fought affair, the French center had to wake up early for this random drug test. Les Bleus doesn’t have another game until Tuesday, so it’s understandable for Gobert to be upset.
Gobert’s French side is expected to be one of the top challengers to Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. Along with Gobert, the squad features Evan Fournier (Magic), Nicolas Batum (Hornets), Frank Ntilikina (Knicks) and Vincent Poirier (Celtics). Fournier was the star of the show against the Germans, pouring in 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Amath M’Baye added 21 points.
France’s final two games of the opening round in Group G are against Jordan and the Dominican Republic, respectively. Gobert and Les Bleus should be able to handle those opponents with relative ease, and the big man is certainly hoping he has a more pleasant experience over in China after this early-morning wake-up call.