Cleveland – Utah Star Match Guardian Jazz Donavan Mitchell will not play on Sunday night’s 2022 Star Match due to upper respiratory tract disease unrelated to COVID.
Mitchell was in Cleveland but felt unwell on Saturday and missed morning practice for all-star teams. At the time, he was not ruled out for a demonstration Sunday night.
On Sunday afternoon, Mitchell issued a statement through the NBA in which he expressed gratitude for being selected to the All-Star Team for the third season in a row, and regrets not being able to play in the game.
“It’s a great honor, and I’ve always dreamed of being named one of the NBA’s stars,” Mitchell said. “Unfortunately, I will not be able to play at today’s All-Star Game … The whole weekend of all the stars is a holiday of the basketball community, fans and the sport I am happy with. I’m focused on getting better and getting back on the court. Thank you for all the wishes of recovery. I can’t wait to see the game later today. “
Mitchell has participated in all-star celebrations every season since joining the league. As a newcomer, he won the Dunk competition in 2018 and participated in the Rising Stars game in his first and second years in the league before making his All-Star debut in 2020. He was selected as a reserve all-star team for three consecutive seasons.
Teammate Rudy Gobert, who is also performing for the third time in a row at the All-Star Game, will play Sunday night for Durant’s team at the All-Star Game, which starts at 6pm MST on TNT.