Per NBA on ESPN, Wade said after their game with the Jazz:
“I wish I was that good that young. That kid, he's special.”
After the game, the two exchanged jerseys and shared a moment together:
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 3, 2018
The Heat won, 102-100, thanks to late-game free throws by Wade which put his team up by two. The 36-year-old finished with 15 points, eight assists, and three rebounds. Mitchell, for his part, had 18 points, five rebounds, and three assists. He had a chance to win the game with a 3-pointer, but his shot missed.
Mitchell is playing his second season as a pro after a stellar rookie campaign in which he helped guide the Jazz to a playoff appearance. And over the summer, Mitchell and Wade trained together along with other NBA stars like CJ McCollum and Jimmy Butler:
Mitchell himself confessed that he wants to pattern his game after the 3-time champion, noting that he has watched a ton of game film featuring Wade. Per NBA.com:
“I’m nowhere close to where I want to be in my career. There are a lot of obstacles to get there. I’ve gotten better. I’ve added a lot to my game. I watch a lot of Dwyane Wade and a lot of Kobe Bryant. D-Wade was in the Finals his third year and he was getting to the free throw line 10 times a game. I got to the free throw line four times a game. And Kobe, you know what he's done. If I want to get to that level, I’ve got to continue to work.”
Mitchell and the Jazz are off to a sluggish start this season at 11-13, but they still have plenty of time to turn things around.