Donovan Mitchell is used to hearing the disrespect for his Utah Jazz and to be honest, he doesn’t care for it.
Utah’s reputation has been a talking point of late, fueled in part by comments made by LeBron James during the All-Star draft about why the Jazz don’t get the attention and respect their 27-9 record would seemingly command.
“There’s no slander to the Utah Jazz,” James said with a laugh. “In video games growing up we never played with Utah, even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton was we would have never picked those guys in video games, never.”
Mitchell reacted to that comment, making clear that he and his teammates aren’t seeking James’ approval and anyone else in or out of the league.
Mitchell and the Jazz aren’t really seeking attention or approval around the league. They’re simply going to take it.
The best way Mitchell and Jazz can deal with their critics is to keep winning. In the second half of the season and in the playoffs, the Jazz can hand teams, like the Lakers, some receipts for taking them lightly.