Team USA’s Donovan Mitchell upset by video analysis implying rift with Kemba Walker
Team USA has tumbled out of the FIBA World Cup, but they are still in China to figure out their final placement in the tournament. Given the lesser stakes, Donovan Mitchell took to Twitter to dispell some rumors involving Kemba Walker. Basktball YouTuber BBALLBREAKDOWN took to Twitter to point out a specific interaction between the Utah Jazz star and the Boston Celtic point guard during the team’s crushing defeat to France in the quarter-finals.
Clear frustration bubbling up between Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell. DM wants KW to get the ball moving, KW wants DM to set the screen faster (check what he does on the screen, lol) and Team USA scores 5 pts in last 5 mins pic.twitter.com/wvt8uxLR9x
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) September 11, 2019
Mitchell immediately tweeted a reply, saying that the entire thing is blown out of proportion once again.
Don’t do that… no frustration I slipped a screen he made a play and got fouled don’t try to make this about one person vs the other… tired of y’all trynna just make shit up… https://t.co/tipj4vLxin
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 12, 2019
Mitchell did good as one of the team’s leaders, clarifying that there’s no bad blood between the two guards. It takes away from the fact that the Americans are still in the tournament and are trying to get some consolation by beating Poland in their final game.
Mitchell has done everything to help this iteration of Team USA integrate and play well together. He took the initiative, texting teammates to get together and have team dinners on the regular.
His teammate, Rudy Gobert, was on the right side of the French victory. However, the Stifle Tower believes that his teammate will only grow from the experience given to him by international basketball.
“I think this experience is going to make Donovan better,” Gobert said, per Aris Barkas of Eurohoops. “We have to go hard when we go for the national team, but we also have to go that way with Utah. I’m excited for both.”
Once the tournament is over, it’s now off to the NBA for Team USA players. For Mitchell, his aim is to take his Jazz deep in the playoffs, maybe even an appearance in the Conference Finals.
He will surely use the experience he gained in the contest to bring the Jazz up a level.