Lil Wayne Stands Up for Rudy Gobert Amid Criticism of Defense in Jokic's 40-Point Game: 'The Man Just Had a Child'

The Minnesota Timberwolves center was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year for a fourth time last week.

Lil Wayne in casual attire on the left; basketball player in Minnesota Timberwolves uniform on the right
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Lil Wayne in casual attire on the left; basketball player in Minnesota Timberwolves uniform on the right

Lil Wayne is fed up hearing everyone pile on someone he admires, which is why he finally spoke out and defended Rudy Gobert.

Following the Denver Nuggets' 112-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 5 on Tuesday, NBA fans were quick to clown Gobert after Nikola Jokic put up 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting, with 13 assists and seven rebounds.

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Wayne took to Instagram Stories to come to Gobert's defense, reminding people that the now four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year is dealing with more personal matters, specifically the birth of his first child last week.

"Shout out Rudy Gobert. Rudy Gobert, Defensive Player of the Year, whether you like it or not," he said. "Rudy Gobert gets so much flack, man, and all the man looks like he do to me is try his fucking hardest. The man just had his first fucking child. We are all men that talk about this. We are all men that get on television and talk about this and we decide to just forget the fact that the man just had a child."

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Wayne argued that "nothing else matters" for Gobert after welcoming his first child with partner Julia Bonilla.

"It's like you forget the fact that, your first child...nothing else matters," he continued. "Your little defense against Jokic and the Finals and the playoffs. That don't matter. The man just had a child. That's what matters. Congratulate the man and give the man some respect for what he doing."

It appears Wayne may have taken issue with Gilbert Arenas' callous remarks on his podcast about Gobert missing Game 2.

"It's a baby, bro," Arenas said. "It's gonna be there when you get back, we hope. I’m just saying, the baby, whatever you think you about to do, he going to be asleep. ... I get you want to be with your wife and smile and stuff, and your good NBA healthcare’s because of you playing."

Wayne mentioned that Gobert isn't the only one on the Timberwolves expected to compete in a playoff game when their mind could be elsewhere. Karl-Anthony Towns played Game 4 on Mother's Day, four years removed from the death of his mother Jacqueline from complications related to Covid-19.

No word yet on if Weezy will come to Drake's much-needed defense with the same passion.

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