"I'll Knock Your A-- Out!”: Gobert Threatened By Teammate After Punch Thrown

Ugliness ensued for the Minnesota Timberwolves in their final game of the regular season, when Rudy Gobert literally punched teammate Kyle Anderson on the sideline during a heated timeout disagreement. Not exactly the way you want to head into the Play-In. 

But apparently, it didn't end there, as the two took their beef into the locker room, where they confronted each other again, and Anderson challenged Gobert at one point saying, “I’ll knock your a– out.” 

The 7-foot Frenchman was then sent home by the team at halftime, after veteran guard Mike Conley Jr. took on a main role in calming down the locker room. 

After he left the game, Gobert obviously thought about his regrettable actions, and posted an apology tweet. 

"Emotions got the best of me today. I should not have reacted the way i did regardless of what was said," wrote Gobert. "I wanna apologize to the fans, the organisation and particularly to Kyle, who is someone that i truly love and respect as a teammate."

How this kind of incident ripping through a team just before a critical Play-In game (against the Los Angeles Lakers) will affect them, remains to be seen. But it can't be good. The T-Wolves visit LeBron and Co. Tuesday night for the 7/8 seed Play-In. Winner takes 7th, loser must play the winner of the 9/10 seed game to advance to the playoffs. 

Gobert has been a supreme disappointment all season for the Wolves after coming over last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent the likes of rookie beast Walker Kessler and several other top first-round picks to Utah. 

Gobert registered a five-year low in rebounds this season (11.6), his lowest blocked shot total in 10 years (since he was a rookie) at 1.4, and his lowest points total (13.4) in seven years. 

Disastrous finish to the regular season for Minnesota. The Lakers must be licking their chops. 

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