The same warmth that was formerly reserved in this neighbourhood for his basketball hero was extended to Donovan Mitchell. After growing up wondering what it was like to support Cleveland from afar, the New York youngster got his first taste of what it was like to be LeBron James.
It “blew me away,” he said. Two weeks after being acquired from Utah in a trade that stunned the NBA and caught the three-time All-Star guard off guard when he was out playing golf, the Cavaliers showered Mitchell with a thunderous reception when they presented him on Wednesday.
After hearing the trade rumours for months, Mitchell was cheerful he was joining his hometown team. Being near to his mother, Nicole, and reuniting with family would have been lovely. Instead, he became the newest member of the growing Cavaliers in Cleveland, who doubled their win total before just missing the playoffs the previous season.
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The cancelled homecoming, in Donovan Mitchell’s words, “would have been great.” But the moment I realized I had been traded and what we were dealing with, that was the best part for me. Being here and a part of this environment makes me genuinely happy.
When he jumped out of a van while sporting a Browns baseball cap and a Cavs hoodie, the team welcomed fans to meet him when he arrived at Burke Lakefront Airport. Donovan Mitchell was greeted by team members at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse before most of the company’s employees got together for an opening news conference that felt like a late-night TV talk show without the music.
Donovan Mitchell, who averaged 23.9 points over his five seasons with the Jazz, has always felt at home in Cleveland. James had captured his heart, as many young people do. Despite being a LeBron fan, I backed Cleveland. Ahmaad Crump, the arena’s host, was pointing and yelling, “Cleveland Cavaliers!” I was saying that at home, he said. Life has a remarkable way of accomplishing that.
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Donovan Mitchell and his new teammates have already begun to click on the floor during practice. At the press conference, All-Star backcourt player Darius Garland sat in the front row with forward Caris LeVert as a sign of solidarity. The game will be a work in progress, so there is no guarantee that the Cavaliers will immediately establish themselves as a serious competitor.
Ups and downs, triumphs and losses are all part of the lengthy season’s many surprises. Mitchell is the best person to understand it. He was a member of a talented Utah team that fell short of its potential, so he is grounded in reality.
There will be expectations and noise, but how can we function as a team to the fullest extent? Donovan Mitchell tacked on. Play in basketball is five-on-five. No matter how many onlookers or cameras there are, nothing changes. Work hard, do the little things, and you’ll keep improving.
It’s basketball five-on-five. The Cavaliers head coach smiled in reaction to Donovan Mitchell’s claims that the trade was made while he and his staff were planning for the upcoming season. It was a bit of a shocker, Bickerstaff said after it happened.
We organized a coaches’ retreat and came up with a plan, but we still needed to make some changes. We’ll work it out, though. Donovan Mitchell must expect changes in his life. However, having played in Utah, he is unconcerned about Cleveland’s terrible winter.
He was honest when he said, “I love the cold.” I think I will dress better in the cold. If his warm greeting is any indication, he fits in perfectly in Cleveland. He is well aware of how popular the Cavaliers are outside the state of Ohio.