Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert will add a very special piece to their legacies tomorrow night as they take the floor as NBA All-Stars. They both took some time today (and this weekend as a whole) to bask in the All-Star spotlight and talk about how much it means to them to be NBA All-Stars.
Rudy Gobert: “Utah is a great state — those guys embraced me and my family since I got here. ... I’m excited to represent.”— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) February 15, 2020
And on his All-Star goals: “I just want to have a good time, hopefully inspire all the kids from France ... and try to get a win. Might as well.” pic.twitter.com/sX7oRn9Gr0
I asked Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert at #NBAAllStar Media Day what it means to the @utahjazz to have two players selected as NBA All-Stars. #TakeNote @KSL5TV @kslsports https://t.co/mswkFujxtrhttps://t.co/qxt9jioRyj pic.twitter.com/2xlF5legBP— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) February 15, 2020
You really couldn’t have picked two better guys to represent the Utah Jazz. Both of them have been very vocal in terms of how much they want to represent for good the Jazz, the organization, and it’s fans. Although the Jazz don’t have any players participating in any All-Star festivities tonight in the Skills Challenge, Dunk Contest, or Three-Point Competition (Bojan Bogdanovic should be there smh), Rudy and Donovan will surely be in attendance to get a front-row seat at tonight’s action.
The All-Star game itself will go through a bit of a makeover with different rules and format of play. Here’s an overview of the new format, as well as rosters for both Team Antetokounmpo and Team LeBron.
When: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 • 6:00 PM MT
Where: United Center • Chicago, IL
What to watch for
All-Star DPOY in the House
For the first time in three years, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year will be in the All-Star game. How will Rudy defend in tomorrow night’s game? You can’t really expect him to be contesting every single dunk (because there’s going to be like 500), but it’s going to be really interesting to see how the game changes when Rudy comes in. Knowing his competitive nature, it’s hard to imagine him playing any differently in the All-Star game tomorrow night.
We’re going to see some insane dunks in tomorrow night’s All-Star game. How many of them will come from Donovan Mitchell? Remember what he did the last time he participated in a game during All-Star weekend?
Here’s a couple highlights from some of the Utah Jazz All-Stars over the years.
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