P.J. Tucker Mocks Rudy Gobert On Instagram At NBA Awards Show
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – While Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was accepting his second consecutive NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker was apparently mocking him on social media.
Tucker was honored as the 2019 NBA Sneaker King by Bleacher Report and was at the awards show to receive his honor from Bleacher Report. While he was sitting in the audience watching the real award winners, he posted a selfie of himself with a caption presumably targeted at Gobert.
With a skeptical look on his face, Tucker added the words “Really… If you cry enough,” with a few shrugging emojis.
Gobert received plenty of ridicule from other NBA players after shedding tears when discussing his All-Star Game snub earlier this season. Players like Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors voiced their feelings for Gobert’s public showing of emotion by mocking him on social media.
Now it appears that Tucker is the latest to do so.
Despite not making the All-Star roster this season, Gobert racked up plenty of accolades for a strong 2018-19 season. He was selected to the All-NBA Third Team and the All-Defense Team in addition to adding his second Defensive Player of the Year award to his resume.
This postseason, Tucker and Gobert met in the first round of the NBA Playoffs where the Rockets defeated the Jazz in five games.
Gobert was honored as the 2018-19 Defensive Player of the Year for his prowlness in the paint, where he averaged 2.3 blocks per game and pulled down 12.9 rebounds per contest.
He also improved his offensive game, averaging a career high 15.9 points per game and leading the league in field goal percentage by making 66.9 percent of his attempts from the field.