Donovan Mitchell returns fire to Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert after trash talk
Donovan Mitchell finally returned fire after a back-and-forth between he and Utah Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert appeared to cease after the Frenchman sent a warning shot for his younger counterpart earlier this month.
Gobert warned that if his native France was to meet Team USA at some point during the upcoming FIBA 2019 World Cup, he must pass it or shoot a really high floater to get past him — a claim that went unanswered until Friday.
“I’ve heard that for two years,” said a calm Mitchell, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. “We haven’t had the opportunity to meet each other there yet, so we’ll see what happens”
The Stifle Tower is feeling good about himself and his place as one of the most dominant rim defenders in the world after snatching back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards. Yet Mitchell is still consider among the best up-and-coming stars and a reputable 20-plus-point scorer after only two seasons in the league.
The two have likely gone at one another at some point and time in practice, but there’s a wide gap of difference when it comes to defending much more than the rim, but the flag in this tournament. The French are among the favorites to win gold in this FIBA World Cup, with stars like Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier, Nando De Colo, and Gobert in their lineup.
Team USA has had a slew of dropouts from competition and boasts one of the youngest rosters in recent memory, making it a tough task ahead against teams that have played together for years in preparation for this moment.
If Mitchell and Gobert meet in competition, rest assured this back-and-forth won’t be forgotten.