Donovan Mitchell fires back at report that he’s against return in Orlando
With the NBA now set to return to play in early July after being postponed back in March, some players have been divided as to whether or not a return is the correct move amidst the ongoing racial tensions in the country and the COVID-19 pandemic which caused the postponement in the first place. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is reportedly one of the most outspoken players in the league to try and stop the league’s return and according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, several other players such as Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Donovan Mitchell.
Acccording to Charania, the three players were a part of a conference call set up Irving to discuss the league’s return and possibly sitting out if it does in fact return.
However, Donovan Mitchell took to Twitter to reply to a tweet and seemingly dispute Charania’s report that he would consider sitting out when league play resumes.
Stop it…… https://t.co/1pGMxN0ap3
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 13, 2020
Mitchell was of course one of the first NBA players to be discovered to have contracted COVID-19 way back in March. Prior to the season being postponed, the Utah Jazz star was in the midst of his first All-Star season where he was putting up a career-high 24.2 points per game to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists on 45/36/86 shooting splits.
According to the league’s newly proposed timeline for a return, players would travel to Orlando on July 7 after coronavirus testing and brief training camp. Play, which features 22 teams (13 Western Conference and nine Eastern Conference teams) would then begin on July 30 with the start of the playoffs scheduled for August 17.
Mitchell’s Jazz is currently sitting at 41-23 which puts them in fourth place in the West.