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Jazz star Rudy Gobert denies feud with Donovan Mitchell

Jazz, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the linchpin to the NBA getting its season suspended on March 11 after he tested positive for coronavirus. Later on, news came out that Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell also contracted the virus.

Recently, a report from Sam Amick and Tony Jones of The Athletic shed light on the relationship between the two stars that had apparently soured. One source close to the situation reported that the relationship did not seem “salvageable.”

However, contrary to those reports, Gobert took to Instagram Live and maintained that he and Mitchell are on good terms. Per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune, although the two Jazz stars did not talk for a few days, they are now speaking again and that there is no feud.

“It’s true that we didn’t speak for a while. But we spoke a couple days ago. We’re ready to win a championship. … Relationships are never perfect. But at the end of the day, we both want to win. We’re grown men, and we want to win,” Rudy Gobert said of his relationship with Donovan Mitchell.

https://twitter.com/tribjazz/status/1249477911410667523

Before the NBA season was suspended indefinitely last month, the Jazz were one of the best teams in the Western Conference, compiling a 41-23 record through 64 games. As for both Gobert and Mitchell, the duo continued to star for Utah.

Gobert, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was averaging 15.1 points, a career-high 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting an efficient 69.8 percent from the field.

As for Mitchell, the 6-foot-1 guard was putting up a team-high 24.2 points to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and a career-best 36.4 percent from the field.

While there is currently no news on when exactly or if the NBA season will resume, it appears that Mitchell and Gobert are back on good terms and focused on winning rather than media stories.