Donovan Mitchell Doesn’t Anticipate Another Bubble But Says ‘You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do’

Oct 5, 2020, 10:40 AM | Updated: 10:41 am
Donovan Mitchell Arrives (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)...
Donovan Mitchell Arrives (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)\
(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell joined NBC’s TODAY with his mother, Nicole, Monday morning to discuss the pandemic, the NBA bubble and world teacher day.

When asked about he thinks next year’s NBA season will look, Mitchell didn’t rule out a bubble but also doesn’t expect that to happen again.

“I don’t think we will, I mean, you never know,” Mitchell said when asked if he was nervous about another potential bubble,”That’s my personal opinion … I think the season may end up starting later … but if we end up being in the bubble you gotta do what you gotta do.”

The NBA season usually starts sometime in October, but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the 2020-21 season likely won’t begin until 2021.

Donovan Mitchell’s COVID-19 Diagnosis & Self-Quarantine

No sports fan will soon forget the moment that spurred the shutdown of sports and the country down when the Utah Jazz’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was canceled after Mitchell’s teammate, Rudy Gobert, tested positive for COVID-19. Soon after, Mitchell also tested positive.

Mitchell quarantined in his mother’s basement and confirmed he was asymptomatic the entire time.

“It was a weird and scary situation, but I’m glad I had the support of everybody and especially being home with my family,” Mitchell told Craig Melvin, co-host of TODAY.

Nicole Mitchell On World Teacher Day

Nicole Mitchell was a long-time pre-school teacher, her last of year of teaching was last year, when she taught virtually. Teachers and the teaching community are important to the Mitchell family.

In honor of World Teacher Day, Nicole and Donovan announced they would be sending gift baskets with Donovan’s Adidas x Crayola shoes to a school in the Bronx and a school in Connecticut.

“They are going to receive a nice gift package, with lots of Crayola products for their pre-school,” Nicole told the TODAY Show hosts, “Teachers, as we all know, are so underrated, underpaid.”

Nicole talked about what it was like to teach through the pandemic.

“It was hard, it was challenging, but we made it happen and now these teachers are teaching the full year with this cloud over their head and we just need to make sure we give thanks to them … thank your teachers, they are now essential workers,” said Nicole.

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Donovan Mitchell Doesn’t Anticipate Another Bubble But Says ‘You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do’