Heading into tonight’s All-Star game, Donovan Mitchell spoke to the news reporters about the upcoming game and the excitement of playing in his first All-Star game. For the first time in a long time, the Utah Jazz will have three players at the game and their coach Quinn Snyder which is quite an accomplishment. One of Mitchel’s issues was LeBron’s comments about him and Gobert being picked last, implying the Jazz and their players are not as popular despite their greatness as individuals and as a team.
Mitchell said he is not concerned about the comments saying the only thing that matters is that he and his teammates are selected to play in the game. The Jazz has been one of the best teams all season long, and the invitation to play in the All-Star game is a testament to their excellence.
I don’t want to be rude, but I don’t care. At the end of the day, I made it to the All-Star game, Rudy made it, the coach made it, Mike made it. We are here. I’m definitely blessed to be apart of this because it’s a sign of work that our team has put in. People had their opinions about the joke, and I really didn’t care. At the end of the game, we go out to play this game and then getting back to the second part of the season.Donovan Mitchell, via Bleacher Report
For Donovan, the only thing that matters is the championship and everything that will happen in the second part of the season. There was a lot of criticism towards Mitchell that was somewhat initiated by LeBron’s comments, but he said he doesn’t care. He never listened to anything LeBron is saying, especially if it concerns him and his team.
Like I said, the goal is not to be the best team in February, the goal is to be the best team in July, and we need to go out and execute that as a group. People have been talking s**t about me for a while, saying I can’t do certain things. At the end of the day, I don’t think that affected us, and we didn’t play this game to seek the approval of him or anyone else to go out there and win the game and winning a championship because that is the goal.Donovan Mitchell, via Bleacher Report