“I Don’t Really Care”: Donovan Mitchell Not ‘Seeking Approval’ of LeBron James After His Draft Day Comments

Published 03/07/2021, 4:18 PM EST
Feb 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes up for a dunk in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


All the talk surrounding the apparent ‘slander’ of Utah Jazz doesn’t seem to be dying down. Regularly disrespected by the NBA analysts this season despite their league-topping form, the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant might have gone a step further by picking their two representatives, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, dead last at the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft.

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While the likes of Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade called them out, LeBron James justified it by making a mockery of Utah Jazz‘s attractiveness to young players. Karl Malone and John Stockton were not exactly the players he looked up to while growing up.

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) poses with 2020 NBA Champion ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

So, what does Donovan Mitchell think of it? He’s giving his two cents –

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“I mean I don’t want to be rude, but I don’t really care to be honest with you. At the end of the day, as I made it to the All-Star Game, Rudy made it, the coach made it, we are here, you know.

“I am definitely blessed to be a part of this. It is a sign of the work that our team has put in. People definitely had their opinions about the joke, I didn’t really care. At the end of the day, we go play this game.”

Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slaps the hand of center Rudy Gobert (27) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz wins 108-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Despite LeBron James’ joke, Mitchell ignores the sh*t talking

Many believe that their regular-season form won’t carry over to the Playoffs. The Nets, Sixers, Lakers, and the Clippers are all more fancied than them to clinch the end of the season honors. So, Mitchell is determined to prove them wrong –

“The goal is not to be the best team in February, the goal is to be the best team in July. We gotta go out there and execute that. People gonna say what they want to say. People have been talking sh*t about me for a while, saying I can’t do certain things,” said Mitchell.

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“We didn’t play this game to seek the approval of him or someone else.”

Jan 12, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) throws a pass beside Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaac Okoro (35) in the fourth quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

When Mitchell puts it like that, we know he means it. He’s been dealing with critics from a young age. But that doesn’t bother him in the slightest, as he is consistently looking to elevate his game. Putting on a show against Team LeBron at the All-Star game would go a long way in shutting the sh*t talkers.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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