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#pounditSaturday, September 18, 2021

Jazz reporter: Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell will work things out

Donovan Mitchell

The Utah Jazz were at the center of the coronavirus pandemic when center Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for the virus. That happened in March and led to the immediate suspension of the league’s season.

Not only did Gobert’s positive test lead to the suspension of the season and many other pro sports events to suspend play as well, but it caused an issue within the Jazz.

Gobert’s teammate, Donovan Mitchell, also tested positive for the virus and seemed to be ticked off at Gobert about it.

Even though a report said the relationship between the two was not salvageable, the two players spoke and seemed to work things out.

On top of that, The Athletic’s Tony Jones wrote in a mailbag published Monday that he believes the team and players will make it through this.

Enough time has passed since both players had the virus, and each of them have been cleared. If they can’t work things out — and if Mitchell can’t forgive Gobert more than a month later — than he has some serious maturity issues to overcome.

The Jazz were 41-23 and emerging as one of the better teams in the West prior to the season’s suspension.


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