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Rudy Gobert warns Donovan Mitchell to ‘pass the ball’ or ‘shoot a really high floater’ if France and USA meet in FIBA World Cup

Jazz, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has a message for shooting guard Donovan Mitchell.

If France and Team USA meet in the FIBA World Cup, Gobert — the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year — isn’t going to take it easy on his Jazz teammate.

Via Marc Stein of The New York Times:

Gobert, as you can imagine, is eagerly awaiting this potential matchup within a matchup, and has some advice for Mitchell, his Utah Jazz teammate.

“Pass the ball,” Gobert said, “or shoot a really high floater.”

No surprise there. When it comes to playing against Mitchell for once, as opposed to teaming with him to try to establish the Jazz as a certified member of the Western Conference elite, Gobert is as candid as ever.

The two-time reigning N.B.A. defensive player of the year, Gobert is always going to tout himself to win a one-on-one duel at the rim — with anyone.

The Jazz are thrilled Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are representing their respective countries this summer. Both players are going to become better basketball players as a result of this tournament.

Utah is a title contender for the first time in a long, long time after the moves they made this offseason. The Jazz acquired point guard Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies and signed Bojan Bogdanovic, Jeff Green, Ed Davis and Emmanuel Mudiay in free agency.

As is the case every season, the Jazz are going to go as far as Mitchell and Gobert can take them. For now, though, both stars are going to try and beat each other once the World Cup starts. It would be pretty fun to watch France and USA play each other just so we can see Mitchell and Gobert go at one another.