The Utah Jazz’s All-Star Center Rudy Gobert is a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and arguably one of the best defensive big men in the league. The Frenchmen also is known for being the Covid-19 diagnosis that came to mark the beginning of the pandemic changing life in America. After Thursday night, he may also be known as one of the most famous beekeepers in the country.
Only hours before an all-important Game 6 against the Dallas Mavericks, Gobert shared a pic on his Instagram story showing the 7-footer nursing the side effects of a beesting. He owns a few hives at his Utah residence, citing honey production and the environmental benefits.
Before the game, Rudy Gobert told reporters that his vision was not suffering, so the sting wouldn’t impact his play on the court. That didn’t stop the Inside the NBA crew on TNT from ripping the big man, not for the sting, but for weirdly owning bees as pets.
Charles Barkley roasted Gobert, saying if he wanted honey, he could just go down to the local Kroger or Acme.
“Come on, man. Bees are not a pet!” Barkley said. “The guy makes $30 million a year. Go down to the damn [supermarket] and get some damn honey. Bees are not a damn pet!”
Shaquille O’Neal added that the only thing that can happen when you mess with bees is getting stung. “Come on, leave them bees alone,” the big fella said.
TNT wasn’t the only one having some fun with this story. The Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of MLB’s Los Angeles Angels, made sure to deny any involvement in the mishap and wished the big man a speedy recovery.
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Nick Wright Critical Of ABC Crew As Giannis Antetokounmpo Struggles In Game 7
“He reminded his followers on Twitter that the two-time MVP has put together some amazing performances in this series.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo started hot in Game 7 on Sunday. By the time the game ended though, the Boston Celtics were on their way to Miami for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and the defending champions were headed back to Milwaukee.
The Celtics’ defense gave the Milwaukee Bucks fits in the second half. The ABC broadcast put a special spotlight on Antetokounmpo, who got multiple drives to the basket that he could not finish.
“The best has got to show up when the best is needed, and Giannis has been disappointing,” said Mark Jackson over a package of highlights of Giannis missing shots. “As great of a player as he is, given credit to the Celtics’ defense, but he has struggled offensively time and time again.”
Nick Wright of FS1 noticed and he didn’t appreciate it. He reminded his followers on Twitter that the two-time MVP has put together some amazing performances in this series.
Mike Been, Mark Jackson, and Jeff Van Gundy were not particularly hard on Giannis. The trio made the typical comments we hear when things aren’t going a great player’s way.
Wright did not harp on the issue beyond the single tweet. The outcome was not in doubt as the clock winded down. He gave credit to the Celtics rather than tweet about the Bucks or Giannis.
Stephanie McMahon: WWE Is A Better Advertising Investment Than Sports
“We can script the buzzer-beater moments, we can script the Hail Marys.”
Everyone knows that professional wrestling is scripted. The storylines, the outcomes of matches, all of it is predetermined. But in the eyes of WWE, that’s what makes their product so different, and better than traditional sports.
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon told Deadline that when it comes to pitching advertisers, sports entertainment allows room for a range of different approaches to make something work.
“We can script the buzzer-beater moments, we can script the Hail Marys,” she said. “We have a leg up on sports. … You may object to what we do, but you’re never going to be bored.”
McMahon added that WWE has a much easier process in dealing with sponsors. Everything is handled in-house.
“We own all of the IP,” she said. “When brands deal with us, they just deal with us. We create something together.”
WWE is coming off a positive Q1 earnings report, which had the company up 27% in total revenue. Its two weekly primetime shows, Monday Night RAW and Friday Night SmackDown, continue to do well in ratings, and all special and pay-per-view events, in addition to its streaming platform WWE Network, are all housed on Peacock.