Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell sound off on grueling practices
With the start of the 2018-19 NBA season right around the proverbial bend, several teams around the league have begun their training camp routines, including the Utah Jazz. The work that goes into preparing for an 82-game grind is grueling at times, but Jazz teammates Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell welcome the challenge.
One Jazz fan decided to ask a few members of the team how they deal with the long hours of practice that go hand-in-hand with training camp. Ingles and Mitchell saw the fan’s tweet and gave encouraging replies. It seems they both enjoy the grind.
@Joeingles7 @spidadmitchell @rudygobert27 @rickyrubio9 Could ya’ll please reveal the secret to surviving these grueling 3 hour practices that a lot of people seem to be having trouble with? #werk #utahjazz
— Melissa (@mmmmmmmfry) September 27, 2018
Aka we wanna work 😝
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 27, 2018
Mitchell, now 22 years of age, is coming off a break-out rookie season. The former University of Louisville stand-out made 79 appearances with the Jazz last season, racking up averages of 20.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting from the field (34.0 percent from beyond the arc), 3.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 33.4 minutes per outing.
Ingles, 30, has been providing a consistent threat for the Jazz for quite some time, especially from the three-point line. The Australian-born forward played in all 82 games during Utah’s 2017-18 regular season campaign, averaging 11.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting from the field (44.0 percent from beyond the arc), 4.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 31.4 minutes.
Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was asked about his team’s allegedly-long practices after Wednesday morning’s training session.
“Your three-hour practices have become legendary around the league,” a reporter said to Quinn after Wednesday’s practice. “Can you find humor in that?”
“Urban legend,” Snyder replied with a smile. “We believe in working. I think that’s why people who’ve played in our program have gotten better.”
Snyder has a point. The Jazz have become a dangerous team. Last season, Utah made it all the way to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs, where they were defeated by the Houston Rockets in five games. Let’s see if their hard work in the gym pays off this season.