Harmless Hazing: NBA Rookie's Car Filled with Popcorn

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It's not all glamour for the NBA's rookies.

The new guys have to suffer a few indignities along the way.

This season, the Utah Jazz's newcomers have been subjected to a variety of rookie hazing, consisting of mandatory manicures, pink backpacks that must be carried around, post-practice cleanup duties and having to bring doughnuts for the veterans.

Rookie center Rudy Gobert found out Monday what happens when somebody forgets to bring the pastries.

The 7-foot-1 Frenchman left Monday morning's shootaround at EnergySolutions Arena to find his car filled with popcorn. He spent about 20 minutes cleaning out his vehicle before taking it to a car wash.

The rookie wouldn't name his top suspect.

"I don't have proof," Gobert said.

But he's pieced together some circumstantial evidence: "The same thing happened in Golden State last year," he said, putting Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and Andris Biedrins high on his suspect list.

Tank your money elsewhere

Kris Humphries, a first-round pick by the Jazz in 2004, has heard plenty of tanking talk this year. But the Boston Celtics forward isn't a fan.

"I'm sure there are some teams that want people to play for the draft," he said. "But there are other people coming to the games and spending money -- hard-earned money -- to see a competition. So I don't think anybody coming to the game wants the team to lose that night and waste the money."

Columbus connection

Jazz point guard Trey Burke and Boston forward Jared Sullinger grew up playing against and with the other often as childhood best friends in Columbus, Ohio. But they haven't had a chance to face off in an NBA game just yet. Burke did not play against the Celtics in Boston because of a fractured finger. On Monday, Sullinger sat out the game in Utah with a concussion.

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February 25, 2014


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