UTAH JAZZ

Gobert Laughs Off Skip Bayless Criticism

May 11, 2022, 7:55 PM | Updated: 7:58 pm
skip-bayless-rudy-gobert...
Fox Sports 1 commentator Skip Bayless (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – After a week of sparring with Shaquille O’Neal, Rudy Gobert was ready to laugh off the criticism leveled at him by Skip Bayless.

Bayless, the infamous columnist, and Fox Sports host called out Gobert after the Utah Jaz center said he would lock up O’Neal if the two centers were to match up.

On his show “Undisputed,” Bayless made his argument against Gobert.

“Rudy, you’ve got to wake up, you’ve got to wise up, and you’ve got to shut up, and give it up,” Bayless said, “because you are nothing but a finesse defender. You are a fake tough guy.”

Bayless made the comments after Gobert and O’Neal exchanged jabs throughout the week,

“I know you’ve got to sort of defend your honor on social media,” Bayless said of Gobert, “but you are barking up the biggest, wrongest tree on this one.”

In a podcast earlier this week, host Spice Adams told Shaq he thought Gobert would hold him to 12 points if the two players matched up.

O’Neal responded by saying he’d score 12 points in three minutes on Gobert. The Jazz center responded by saying he’d “lock” Shaq up.

In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, Shaq explained his motivation for provoking Gobert throughout the past week.

“A lot of times when I throw jabs, people think it’s hate or whatever,” Shaq said, “when really, I’m just challenging them.”

Gobert casually brushed off the comments from Bayless on Twitter.

“These people are crazy man,” Gobert tweeted, with images of him, Shaq, and a dog laughing over the footage of Bayless.”

After his back and forth with the Hall of Fame center, Gobert explained his mindset to Rooks.

“I don’t have beef with Shaq, he said,” Rooks told O’Neal. “Yes, I do think I could lock him up. I’m never going to look at someone, whoever it is, and say, ‘Yeah, you would score 40 on me.’ That’s not my mentality.”

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

trevion-thomas-utah-jazz...
Ben Anderson

Trevion Williams, Jared Rhoden Discuss What They Offer Jazz

Trevion Williams and Jared Rhoden worked out for the Utah Jazz at their first pre-draft workout on Thursday.
1 day ago
Donovan Mitchell - Utah Jazz - Miami Heat...
Ben Anderson

Heat, Mavericks Playoff Results Could Impact Jazz Summer

The pending elimination of the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat could have a significant impact on the Utah Jazz this summer.
1 day ago
UCLA-Guard-Johnny-Juzang-Jazz...
Ben Anderson

Juzang, Rhoden Visit Jazz For Draft Workout

The Utah Jazz announced their first draft workout which will be held Thursday and includes UCLA guard Johnny Juzang.
2 days ago
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell wearing a New York Mets hat (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)...
Ben Anderson

Where Have Jazz Players Traveled This Offseason?

The Utah Jazz season ended earlier than its players would have hoped, but it seems they're making the most of their offseason.
2 days ago
Donovan Mitchell - Rudy Gobert - Utah Jazz...
Ben Anderson

Gobert, Mitchell Left Off All-NBA Teams

The Utah Jazz were snubbed by All-NBA voters after Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both failed to earn All-League honors.
3 days ago
Donovan Mitchell - Utah Jazz - New York Knicks...
Ben Anderson

Report: Mitchell Committed To Jazz Through Summer

Bleacher Reports' Jake Fischer has written that Donovan Mitchell is committed to the Utah Jazz through the summer. 
3 days ago
Gobert Laughs Off Skip Bayless Criticism