Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell says getting yelled at by Quin Snyder was “a teaching moment”
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder unleashed on Donovan Mitchell after the guard allowed three straight 3-pointers in a recent game. Instead of taking it personally, Mitchell took it in stride and even tagged Snyder’s scolding as a “teaching moment.”
Per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune, the second-year pro shared his thoughts on the incident when, after he lost focus on defense against the Washington Wizards, Snyder shouted at him and big man Rudy Gobert.
“He let me have it. Me and big fella. We had to pick our games up… That’s why I love coach. It’s not like it’s angry or malicious. It’s a teaching moment.”
Donovan, on him and Rudy getting yelled at by Quin after allowing three straight 3s: "He let me have it. Me and big fella. We had to pick our games up. … That's why I love coach. It's not like it's angry or malicious. It's a teaching moment."
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) March 19, 2019
Mitchell’s response shows how much of a professional he is. Player-coach relationships in the NBA have always been a touchy subject. There are some players who hold more power than their coaches, but Donovan Mitchell, despite being tagged as the future of the Jazz, doesn’t let his ego get the best of him.
This is part of why the internal culture of the Jazz organization and the team on the court has been so stable. Accordingly, this is why Snyder has been able to connect with his players and create cohesive lineups which are able to carry out various tasks in an interwoven structure of defined roles. The Jazz were a very difficult team to play in the 2018 playoffs because the players were receptive to the adjustments Snyder made.
In the Jazz’s 116-95 victory over the Wizards, Donovan Mitchell finished with 19 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field, 42.9 percent from 3-point country. Other contributors include Jae Crowder, who finished with 18 points, and Joe Ingles, who had 16 points along with four 3-pointers.
The victory extends the Jazz’s win streak to four games. They have a chance to extend it further on Wednesday when they meet the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.