The Utah Jazz might have more problems on their hands besides the potential cancelation of the 2019-20 season. According to The Athletic, Donovan Mitchell has been “reluctant” to fix his relationship with teammate Rudy Gobert, one some have deemed not “salvageable.”
Mitchell made clear during his video interview with “Good Morning America” on March 16 that he was not happy about how it all went down. Gobert had been careless and mocking of the situation despite the Jazz trying to educate all their players and staff about the gravity of the novel coronavirus.
While it's still unclear if it was Gobert who gave it to Mitchell or vice versa, the young guard still feels some resentment for how this saga unfolded. The Jazz has made sure to let both players know there's no way to tell who had it first and who was responsible for contagion.
Gobert was the first player to test positive for COVID-19 on March 11. A day after, it was Mitchell testing positive after the NBA had decided to postpone the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
The two players are still at odds, and according to The Athletic, it's not looking good:
“It doesn't appear salvageable,” said the source with knowledge of the situation.
Internally, there's some hope their relationship will improve over time. If time does indeed heal wounds, there's bound to be a lot of it before Mitchell and Gobert have to see eye to eye again.
“I’m confident our team is going to be totally fine,” said their teammate Joe Ingles. “I heard Donovan’s response (on GMA), or whatever it was, to that question, and a part of that is on Donovan and Rudy to sort out if he’s frustrated with him or whatever. But I have no doubt when we go back to training, or when our season starts again, our team is going to be what we have been and what we are. … I’m confident our team will be completely fine. The chemistry will be fine.”
Mitchell and Gobert are the offensive and defensive pillars of the franchise. Their chemistry has been one of the forts of the Jazz's success. If they can come to an agreement and hash things out, there might be a way to salvage a trust that has been broken in the past month.