Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gay have a 10-year age gap, so it's not surprising why the former treats the latter like he's too old. Besides, Mitchell basically grew up watching and idolizing Gay–his new Utah Jazz teammate.
Mitchell said so as much in a recent interview amid the Jazz training camp, sharing how he used to play Gay in NBA 2K. Of course when he told that to Gay, the 35-year-old swingman was reminded how long he has been in the league and how old he is.
“Growing up, I played with the Raptors on [NBA]2K. I kicked Eric [Paschall]'s ass every time — you can ask him! Anyway, I played with Raptors, and I was Rudy Gay every time, and I told him that. He said, ‘Nah, I'm not that old!'” Mitchell shared, per Eric Walden of Salt Lake Tribune.
Donovan Mitchell was only 9 years old when Rudy Gay was drafted eighth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2006 NBA Draft. And by the time the swingman was traded to the Toronto Raptors, the Jazz star was only around 16 years old.
With that said, it's hard to blame Mitchell for the harsh age reminder he gave Gay.
For what it's worth, though, Gay is still considered a valuable contributor who can definitely help Mitchell and the Jazz. He is Utah's key acquisition in the 2021 offseason, and he is expected to provide veteran presence and some much-needed offensive boost off the bench for the team.
Mitchell, for his part, is certainly thankful to have a veteran like Gay on his side.