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“On the court, it didn’t work”- Donovan Mitchell when asked about his pairing with Rudy Gobert

Donovan Mitchell admits that he him and Rudy could never hit it off on court which might have been the reason for the Jazz never winning any accolades during the duo's stint with the team.
Donovan Mitchell & Rudy Gobert

Donovan Mitchell & Rudy Gobert

The Utah Jazz organization significantly changed its on-court strategy in 2017. They selected Donovan Mitchell as the number 13 overall pick and knew immediately that the Louisville star could be a key component in their lineup.

Donovan Mitchell, now a star for the Cleveland Cavaliers, acknowledges that his and Rudy Gobert's partnership failed despite making the Utah Jazz a legitimate playoff contender for several years. And when asked about his relationship with Gobert in an interview for The Athletic, he said, "On the court, it didn't work." They were good friends, but somehow that cohesiveness never transcended on the court during major games.

"You know, we gave Utah a lot of special moments. But you know, we didn’t get the job done. Him and I have a great relationship, despite what people may feel. On the court, it didn’t work. I don’t hate Rudy. He doesn’t hate me.

“It was just one of those things where it just didn’t work out, and I feel like we live in a world where everybody’s gotta hate each other and there’s gotta be some negative thing and that’s just not the case. When I see him on Sunday, I’m gonna give him a hug and smile and laugh. And when we’re on the court, it’s time to go at it. That’s really what it is.

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