I wasn’t talking to nobody in particular. —Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, referring to a possible subtweet he sent about Miami's Hassan Whiteside
NEW YORK — Quin Snyder made an admission on Wednesday that millenials and Gen Xers simply couldn’t comprehend.
“I don’t tweet,” Snyder said. “I don’t Google. I don’t Instagram.”
So, how about Snapchat?
“I don’t even know what that is,” he said, laughing.
Many of the Jazz coach’s players don’t share the same social media sentiments.
That group, of course, includes Rudy Gobert, who has become known as having one of the must-follow accounts among NBA players.
Gobert had another humorous Twitter interaction on Tuesday.
It began with his tweet, which read: “You can have good stats but hurt your team numbers do lie sometimes. #onlypeoplethatknowthegameunderstandthat.”
Interestingly, that tweet came shortly after one of Gobert’s center rivals, the Miami Heat’s outspoken Hassan Whiteside, had 23 points, 18 rebounds and two blocked shots in a 91-79 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
After Wednesday’s shootaround, Gobert claimed he wasn’t subtweeting anybody. Nonetheless, his tweet was retweeted about 1,200 times.
“Just in general. No subtweets,” Gobert said. “There’s no one player. There’s a lot of players that apply to the tweet. I wasn’t talking to nobody in particular.”
Magic center Nikola Vucevic wasn’t buying that, either.
Vucevic, a friend of Gobert’s, responded to the Stifle Tower’s tweet thusly: “I think you should tell us who you’re talking about like a real man would.”
Evan Fournier, Gobert’s French friend and Vucevic’s teammate, jokingly replied to the two of them, “Blancoté?? Lool.”
While blancoté isn’t an actual French word, blanc translates to white and coté means side in their native language. Put them together and, well, you know.
Gobert laughed at the assumption.
“They know him better than I know him,” he said. “They brought him up. I didn’t (bring) it up. Maybe they pointed it out.”
Gobert also smiled when asked about how Vucevic occasionally razzes him on Twitter.
“Vucevic is my friend,” he said. “We just like to have fun on Twitter sometimes.”
By the way, Vucevic made sure fans on Twitter knew the truth about their relationship by tweeting out a photo with him, Fournier, Gobert and Raul Neto sitting in a restaurant together.
BIG (APPLE) JUMP: Last week, Jazz rookie J.J. O'Brien was playing a D-League game at the 2,500-seat Kaiser Permenante Arena in Santa Cruz. On Thursday, his NBA team played at Madison Square Garden.
O'Brien, recently called up by the Jazz from the Idaho Stampede, soaked in the experience.
"Just to be here at the Garden is an experience in itself," O'Brien said. "Everybody who’s a basketball player wants to be in here. To switch from the D-League to here is like your dream coming true, really. You put your time in in the D-League to get to these moments, and now you’re here, so it’s nice."
This happens to be the Southern Californian's first trip to New York City, too.
"It’s cool to see the city," O'Brien said. "It’s cool to come out to the East Coast and (have) the experiences, so I’m excited to be out here."
JAZZ NOTES: Power forward Derrick Favors worked out with coaches on Wednesday, but he missed his 15th straight game with a lower back injury. Gobert on visiting New York City: "It's cold." He laughed and continued, "It’s always cold when I come to New York, but it’s always fun. It’s a great city. My brother lives here too, so it’s always good." The Jazz are staying in the same Manhattan hotel as they spend a rare, extended stay in one city. Utah, which gets a day off Thursday with no practice, plays at Brooklyn on Friday night.