"I've never been a dirty player in my life", Waiters said Sunday prior to the Heat's game against the Pistons in Detroit. Last season Gobert dealt with a sprained MCL after bumping knees with Houston Rockets forward Luc Richard Mbah A Moute.
Gobert sat out of Saturday's 114-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets as Derrick Favors started at the centre spot.
"I was feeling a little sore".
"It feels better than it looked on the video", he said. Moreover, the play was over in a split second, and that's a short time to redirect your thinking from "I'm going to get this loose ball" to "let me injury the Jazz's best player".
Dion Waiters took exception to that comment.
After being informed of Gobert's comment, Waiters was quick to defend his character, saying that he had no intention of hurting the Jazz's center during the play, per Andre Fernandez of The Miami Herald. The MRI revealed a right tibia contusion.
On top of that, Gobert's maintained averages of 13.9 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 62 percent from the field. He is now the frontrunner to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. The 7-foot-1 big man from France is an elite shot-blocker, leading the National Basketball Association in that category last season.