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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell joins The Woj Pod to discuss his breakout rookie season, his battle with Ben Simmons, learning how to become a franchise player, Quin Snyder, and why he believes he can be a recruiter to bring star talent to the Jazz.
1:38: The whirlwind of the last two months for Mitchell, including leading Utah’s playoff run.
2:52: How much has changed for Mitchell after being doubtful whether he should turn pro last year.
3:58: The Jazz going on a phenomenal run once Rudy Gobert returned from injury
5:01: Mitchell’s relationship with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who gave him more responsibilities throughout the season.
8:21: Leaving Louisville before the program became entangled in controversy.
9:03: Mitchell’s Jazz teammates helping him in his transition to stardom.
10:43: Learning the responsibilities of being a star player, including the ferocity and energy it requires each game.
16:53: The Jazz not thinking about rebuilding after losing Gordon Hayward.
18:22: What Mitchell learned from growing up around the Mets clubhouse about how young players should interact with veterans.
19:56: Attending Greenwich Country Day School and the benefits of being a late bloomer on the court.
23:21: Going to the EuroLeague playoffs in Serbia and seeing how much the entire country loves the sport.
26:48: Mitchell emulating the mentalities of Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook.
29:46: With Mitchell and Gobert in place, the Jazz being an attractive destination for free agents looking to win.
31:46: Staying the same person after achieving success.
33:25: The adidas sweatshirts trolling Ben Simmons and his Rookie of the Year candidacy.
38:19: Other players being willing to answer Mitchell’s questions about the league.