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The Downbeat: Donovan Mitchell is taking over NBA Summer League

Donovan Mitchell is getting shoe deals and demanding national attention.

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I’m finally over it, guys. Gordon Hayward aka Benedict Hayward aka Betrayward aka The Boston Flee Party is gone. Okay, I may not be over it yet, but some amazing things are happening with the team, a lot of it having to do with Donovan Mitchell. Let’s get started with my first ever downbeat!

In case you missed it, which is possible because the NBA did what they could to hide the Jazz with a 2:30 MST tipoff, Donovan Mitchell exploded for 37 points and 8 steals!

He was incredible and the NBA took note...

Even Mark Jackson had nice things to say, which made me feel strange emotions, but I’ll take it. It’s time to start believing the hype, guys. Donovan is for real. And that’s why...

Adidas just signed Donovan Mitchell to a shoe deal!

Who says you can’t make a name for yourself in Utah?! How poetic would it be if Mitchell rises from the crater left by Gordon Hayward’s decision and not only fills the gap, but makes us even better? Is that possible? I think so!

A week or so has gone by since the Hayward decision and we finally get to hear from Joe Ingles, Hayward’s supposed best friend on the team, about his departure.

Ingles isn’t as angry as the headline leads you to believe. And even though he says they’ve spoken and they’re still friends, when Boston comes to town I’m fascinated to see if he does anything to get under Hayward’s skin. When do tickets go on sale again?

Rudy Gobert spoke with reporters and talked about Hayward, the Utah Jazz and his future.

I don’t know what’s more amazing, Gobert’s on court domination, or his quotes to media. I recommend going to Jody’s twitter and reading everything (I plucked some of the most interesting quotes) because Rudy provides more honesty and humor than any player I can think of.

Rudy is also saying the types of things that will eventually have a statue built next to John and Karl. Long live the stifle tower!

There were so many amazing Jazz things going on, but I wanted to end with something that really touched me.

Got to hold her when she was just a few minutes old!! Sure love & Gonna miss you sweet Charlie!! Happy 1st bday!!

A post shared by Becky Lindsey (@becky6916) on

Yesterday was Charlie Hayward’s birthday and she’s a really cute little girl. We all saw that Gordon posted the picture on social media and, surprise, surprise, there was wide array of reactions, some good and some not.

But to see Becky Lindsey, a woman who has taken Robyn in and done everything she could to make Gordon and his family feel at home, share this picture was incredible.

In a recent article in the Boston Globe, Hayward’s father said this about what Gordon has shared about his decision to choose Boston...

Even though Hayward is intimately familiar with Stevens’s style, seven years have passed since he last coached him. Hayward is a much better basketball player now, and as he sat with Stevens, it became more obvious that Stevens was a much better coach.

“Gordon said to me, ‘Dad, it was impressive. It was amazing,’ ” the father said.

Hayward, who has two young girls with his wife, Robyn, told his father that the Celtics’ family focus had stuck with him, too. For example, Stevens allows players to bring their spouses and children on the team plane during road trips.

It may not be intentional, but this could be taken really badly if you’re Quin Snyder and Dennis Lindsey. Snyder and Lindsey were integral in helping Gordon become an all-star and it’s brushed aside from one sit down with Stevens. And for Gordon to talk about “family” because of open plane rides? My guess is that if Gordon wanted his family on the team plane, the Lindsey’s aren’t telling him no. How easy would it be to take this badly, for them to air dirty laundry or tell some stories about Hayward he wouldn’t want shared? It would be hard for me not to.

But after all of this, after Gordon did not show a bit of courtesy because of his need for a self-serving blog post and a refusal to communicate with Jazz brass during and after the decision, the Lindsey’s have shown incredible class and integrity.

There is nothing fake about them. This isn’t some sort of PR spin like the Hayward camp is putting out, it’s real. I’m proud at how they’ve represented the Jazz and Gail Miller and I’m sure that Larry Miller would be proud too. Something tells me Gordon finds out how special they are a few years down the road...