If allure had it their way, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell would be the modern variation of Karl Malone and John Stockton, a big male and a guard working in performance both on and off the court to provide success to the Utah franchise.
Yet the relationship between Gobert and Mitchell feels more like that of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers in the late 1990 s and early 2000 s. The problem for Utah is that comparison is drawn due to the fact that Gobert and Mitchell aren’t exactly the very best of friends. At least Shaq and Kobe assisted Los Angeles win 3 NBA championships after Malone and Stockton failed to win one.
Talent level and superstardom aside, there’s another essential distinction between today’s Gobert-Mitchell pairing and yesterday’s Shaq-Kobe duo: O’Neal never ever pissed off Bryant by recklessly exposing him to an infections illness throughout a worldwide pandemic.
The strained relationship between the Jazz’s leading two players is far from a secret, so Mitchell shunning Gobert for a month after the guard possibly contracted the coronavirus from the center was not too unexpected. As Utah prepares to resume its season in the NBA bubble, both gamers appear at peace with whatever tension exists in between them.
” It’s never ever going to be ideal,” Gobert, 28, just recently said concerning his relationship with the 23- year-old Mitchell. “Sometimes we’re going to be very happy, and in some cases we’re going to be frustrated with each other. As long as we, as guys, regard each other and keep things in between him and myself, and technique it as men, we’re going to be great.”
Gobert provided that quote as part of a lengthy ESPN post that dives deep into his relationship with Mitchell, who declined interview requests for the story. For Mitchell’s part, he informed press reporters in early July that he and Gobert were “excellent” and “ready to hoop” regardless of an ugly duration while the NBA was on its hiatus.