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This season, Donavan Mitchell was a participant in the NBA All-Star Game, but fell ill on the All-Star weekend and instead of playing games or attending celebrations, ended up watching it all on TV from his hotel room in Cleveland.
Mitchell said his non-COVID-19 illness was not a bad thing – a cold rather than another. He now feels good and ready to return to the game, but on Thursday he joked that perhaps he should have played the game, if for no other reason than just to weaken some of his Western Conference enemies such as Stephen Curry or Devin Booker, who played in the All-Star Game.
“The league didn’t think it was a good idea if you didn’t feel great to come, and I also didn’t think it was reasonable,” Mitchell said before joking about being 20-20. . “Looking back on it, if you could find a way to make Steph sick and the Book get sick … nahhh, I’m playing. … It just didn’t make sense to go out there, it would be selfish on my part. “
Aside from laughter and jokes, Mitchell was disappointed to be unable to attend the NBA’s 75th anniversary celebrations, where many of the greatest players in NBA history were in the arena at the same time Sunday night.
“Just being perfect is huge,” Mitchell said. “I have never physically met Michael Jordan. … You kind of get FOMO (fear of missing out) a little bit ”.
Look, Mitchell initially thought he would be drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, a team owned by Jordan. He was almost told that was true. He was supposed to return to Charlotte for a second training session before the draft that Jordan was going to attend, but that second training session did not take place, and then Mitchell was drafted by the Nuggets and sent to Jazz on call.
Mitchell, like most basketball fans and basketball players, is very respectful of Jordan, and he is one of the many players Mitchell idolized in growing up. So it stung me very badly when Mitchell saw Jordan come out on the field during the All-Star Game break and then shook hands with many of the players present. Mitchell wanted to be one of those players.
Maybe next time.
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February 21, 1993 John Stockton and Carl Malone were named co-MVP of the All-Star Game, which took place in Salt Lake City at the Delta Center. Twenty years from now, the 2023 All-Star Game will return to Utah and take place at the Vivint Arena.
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