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Matisse Thybulle’s agent releases statement on ‘ASSistant coaches’ not picking 76ers guard for Rising Stars

Suns general manager James Jones (Devin Booker) and agent Mark Bartelstein (Bradley Beal) released statements of complaint after their players weren’t selected as All-Stars. Beal and Booker also spoke up for themselves. Beal’s fiancée, Kamiah Adams, even added her two cents.

It was a lot of fuss.

But it least it was over an All-Star berth, the NBA’s premier in-season honor – an achievement that can raise visibility and boost legacies.

Matisse Thybulle’s agent, Eric Goodwin, released a statement about the 76ers rookie not getting selected for Rising Stars (which is voted on by assistant coaches).

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

This is obviously silly. Calling the voters “ASSistant coaches” is really leaning into the absurdity. This statement is a true work of art.

All this for Rising Stars. In Chicago. In February.

Not getting selected might have been a blessing that wasn’t even really in disguise.

Goodwin is getting mocked for this statement. But he’s extending the conversation about Thybulle and his defense. That could raise Thybulle’s profile, maybe including for All-Defense and All-Rookie. Goodwin is taking the bullets while his client gets the credit. It’s not pretty, but it is good agenting.

And for what it’s worth: Duncan Robinson, Donte DiVincenzo and Mitchell Robinson were bigger Rising Stars snubs.