Rudy Gobert speaks out on importance of Mike Conley regaining form for Jazz
Per Eric Woodyard of ESPN, Gobert believes that a large part of the Jazz’s play will depend on Conley’s performance.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert says “we need this Mike Conley” if they want to play as well as they can during the restart. “He’s going to be a huge part of what we do,” Gobert said.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) July 29, 2020
In his first season donning the Jazz jersey, Conley is putting up 13.8 points per game, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists across 28.6 minutes. A hamstring injury early on triggered head coach Quin Snyder to bring the 32-year-old off the bench. It also allowed Snyder to survey what’s best for the team. But after regaining his health, Conley was inserted back into the starting five for good.
The Jazz currently sports an impressive 41-23 record. A good chunk of the credit goes to Conley for the leadership he brings on and off the court. His on-court contributions can be seen in their games. Off the court, Conley brings a veteran voice — something that may have been vital in the rumored rift between Gobert and star guard Donovan Mitchell.
According to Conley, the feud may be overblown. He harked back to his 12-year stint with the Grizzlies, noting that such disputes are common. As such there is nothing to worry about.
“I’ve had plenty of arguments in Memphis with Tony Allen, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, we all go through that spell, you ride with each other for so many years, you have a situation where you go at one another to push each other. It’s normal in basketball, normal in life. It’s just so public in this game,” Conley said.
The Jazz will kick off the NBA restart with the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow.