Rudy Gobert entered the media room with a slight swelling around his nose.

“There were seven guys and I’m the only one coming out of the room,” joked Gobert as he sat down.

At that time, it was already known what had happened to Gobert’s face, and the made-up fight was much less interesting.

Gobert received a friendly fire from a bee that came from his own hive. He apparently took the Beehive State moniker to heart.

The NBA All-Star center said he started the hive about a year ago. Which begs the question: why bees?

“There are several things,” Gobert said. “It’s good for the environment, it’s good for the landscape, the flowers, the fruit. And I love honey, so I’ve always wanted to have my own. It’s great.”

He then cheekily added, “sometimes there are casualties”, pointing to the puncture mark on his face. He said he could see very well and it wouldn’t affect him for Game 6 on Thursday.

In fact, he claimed it might be a good thing.

“It’s really good to get stung by a bee,” he said. “It doesn’t seem to be the case right now. … There are actually health benefits. Some people get bitten on purpose – I don’t.”

He said the sting was probably because they had recently changed the queen bee. Beekeeper Rudy knows his business.

And Gobert doesn’t joke about the health benefits. There are, in fact, some studies that have shown the potential benefits of bee venom.

The anti-inflammatory effects of bee venom have benefited some people with rheumatoid arthritis, a painful inflammatory condition that affects your joints, and skincare companies have added bee venom to products like serums. and moisturizers due to studies showing it can help fight wrinkles and acne.

As for Gobert, he says he was stung three times in the year the hive was started.

“I always felt good the following days for some reason,” he said.

Which might — just might — help him on the pitch. Will the Jazz season be saved by a bee sting? Yes, it’s much more interesting than a fake fight.