Donovan Mitchell is only 21 but already a star in the NBA and a legitimate candidate for the Rookie Of The Year award. He's been superb so far in the playoffs, at times showing signs of a true veteran player and definitely not a rookie while averaging 27.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.
Kobe Bryant released a video breakdown of Game 1 between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets as part of his ESPN series “Detail,”. It’s surprisingly engaging as Kobe talks in first person as if he’s Donovan Mitchell. The concept of how the game is seen through Kobe’s constant analysis and seeing the game through his eyes and mindset.
Mitchell was asked about it and has already watched the video twice and started implementing what he can. Speaking to reporters during practice on Tuesday, Mitchell said: “the way [Kobe] broke it down made so much sense.”He also added that Kobe pointed-out things about his game that “you don’t understand until a guy like that breaks it down.”
Ironically, Mitchell says he’s been studying the legendary postseason performances from Bryant to develop his famed “Mamba Mentality.” One of Mitchell’s favorite moments was the 2009 first-round series against the Jazz, where Bryant led the Lakers to a 4-1 win with 38 points on the road in Salt Lake City to win Game 4.
“I watched the ’09 series against the Jazz, over and over again, because the way he responded after losing in Game 3 at home and he came out and hit like the first 11 points,” Mitchell described. “That mentality is one that I’m trying to get in myself, just being able to take over in any way that I can.”
It will be interesting to see how well will Jazz and Mitchell perform in tonight's game vs Rockets. Hopefully, Mitchell will display some of that "mamba mentality" tonight after getting some advice from Bryant himself.