France big man Rudy Gobert talks with the media after the big win over Team USA:
“Once again, it doesn’t mean much if you don’t win the gold,” he explained. “But it’s still something that will go down as one of the biggest wins of my career and one of the biggest wins in French basketball for sure. Now we have to get ready for Argentina, and we know it’s going to be a huge challenge for us, too.
“I’ve been dreaming about this for a while,” he said. “When I was a kid – like 20, 21 – I used to watch those games, and I was thinking, there’s going to be a time – a short window of time – when we’re going to be able to do it [beat USA]. Tonight before the game, I was just thinking about that. I was just thinking we might never get our opportunity again. I told that to the guys, especially Evan – the guys in my generation – we knew how big it would be for our legacy.
Gobert ended the game with 21 points (6/12 FG, 9/10 FT), 16 rebounds, 2 assist and 3 blocks.