On Tuesday night, the Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier got into a peculiar Twitter exchange with Utah Jazz big fella Rudy Gobert.
It started with a cryptic post from the Stifle Tower:
You can have good stats but hurt your team... numbers do lie sometimes. #onlypeoplethatknowthegameunderstandthat— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) January 20, 2016
The target of Gobert's tweet is unclear, especially because Utah's last game was an overtime loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.
He said it wasn't intended for anyone in particular (and he later deleted this tweet):
That's where Vucevic hopped in. The 25-year-old stud, currently averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game, told Gobert to act like "a real man" and reveal who he was talking about.
@rudygobert27 I think you should tell us who you're talking about like a real man would— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) January 20, 2016
Gobert bluntly told Vucevic it was his teammate with "that ugly ponytail":
@NikolaVucevic Your teammate i think he had that ugly ponytail— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) January 20, 2016
Fournier's 'do is more of a man bun, if we're going to nitpick. Is there another Magic player who has anything that could be described as an "ugly ponytail"?
Fournier responded in French, which is also Gobert's native tongue—and the two have played on the French national team together:
Twitter users, including the Miami Herald's Ethan J. Skolnick, have concocted several theories. The most believable seems to be Gobert was jabbing Miami Heat big man Hassan Whiteside, who had 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting to go along with 18 boards in a 91-79 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night:
Here's translation of word Fournier uses.... https://t.co/GPEdfG5cBE.... Could have been about another player, even one Gobert played with.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 20, 2016
@MachRealty yeah, I saw the Google translate. Who knows. You could say that Kanter was a stat guy too. Gobert played with him.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 20, 2016
@EthanJSkolnick white side means Lado Blanco. Blancote means Big White Guy— TERI ROXY (@TERRAMOS) January 20, 2016
Ah, Twitter beefs. There's nothing like them, especially when foreign languages are involved.
Update from Wednesday, Jan. 20
It appears as though the "Twitter beef" was just the players having some fun:
Move along now, nothing to see here.
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