Dennis Lindsey’s Response To The Gobert And Mitchell Feud

May 7, 2020, 2:01 PM | Updated: 2:03 pm
Dennis Lindsey, Utah Jazz general manager, talks to members of the media at the Zions Bank Basketba...
Dennis Lindsey, Utah Jazz general manager, talks to members of the media at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The Utah Jazz season ended with Wednesday's loss to Houston in the playoffs. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)
(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey spoke to the media for the first time in nearly two months. The Jazz season has been on hiatus in mid-March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the team has experienced an unfamiliar amount of attention surrounding the difficult relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. In the latest “Jazz Notes” Podcast, Ben Andeson and Sarah Todd address Lindsey’s response to the Gobert and Mitchell feud and the rest of his statements on the team.

Gobert and Mitchell Feud

“They are ready to put this behind them, move forward, act professionally,” Lindsey said. “The COVID-19 night of March 12 was really unprecedented. It brought a microscope to our team.” 

While both Anderson and Todd agree that this episode of the Gobert and Mitchell feud has run its course, there is likely more to the story.

“If there are lingering problems between Donovan and Rudy, then there were problems before any of this,” Todd said.

Both players will be asked about the relationship when the team fully reconvenes. Until then, Lindsey says both players have done their part to fix the issue.

“They’ve said their piece to each other,” Lindsey said. “They’ve both visited at the ownership level and management level at the coaches level with each other. They are fully participating in our zoom workouts.”

The Second Unit

Lindsey discussed the growth of the team’s second unit just before the league was shut down.

“I was really excited about the chemistry we were getting with our second unit that Quin [Snyder] had found,” Lindsey said. “With Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Joe Ingles, Georges Niang, and Tony Bradley. That group was showing very serious chops offensively. We really liked how they were playing together and I think we were really finding ourselves and our second unit.”

Anderson argued that it is the second unit of a basketball team that defines its identity.

“It did look like that team had figured out what its second unit was,” Anderson said. “It does seem like team identities are set by their sixth man, or what their depth looks like.”

Todd agreed.

“You have to give your stars and your starting unit a rest,” Todd said. “That unit was starting to come together.”

Reopening Practice Facilities

The NBA is allowing teams in states with looser stay at home orders to reopen their practice facilities Friday. While Lindsey wouldn’t commit to one date, he said the Jazz planned to open their doors to its players.

I think that we’re excited about the opportunities to bring our players back here safely,” Lindsey said. “Take the first small step towards returning to play whenever that happens.

Todd argued that getting the players back is a vital step towards the season returning.

“Anybody that has played on [an outdoor hoop] knows there’s a huge difference between that and playing in a regulation gym,” Todd said.

Click here to read Lindsey’s entire thoughts on the Gobert and Mitchell feud.

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