Rick Pitino has been in the news lately saying he’d like to make a return to the NBA. Probably not surprising, Pitino visited the Jazz/Raptors game and one of his most famous former athletes, Donovan Mitchell.
Pitino made the rounds in Utah, visiting different schools and programs, but what he said about Donovan Mitchell will help Jazz fans forget about the recent tough stretch of basketball.
Rick Pitino just now talking about how Donovan Mitchell is a unique individual because of his loyalty (said emphatically) "Donovan will not leave the Utah Jazz I can tell you that." @spidadmitchell @utahjazz pic.twitter.com/wXlFzUY9MO— Sean Seastrand (@seasublime) November 7, 2018
It’s always nice to hear insight like that from someone who knows Mitchell very well. What did Jazz fans do to land such a great lead star?
Georges Niang was part of a turkey giveaway for struggling families in the area.
Here is a glimpse of Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang’s turkey giveaway at Utah Community Action Head Start. “This is super important to me,” Niang said. pic.twitter.com/b2NAuS9gJt— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) November 6, 2018
The Utah Jazz, and its players, do a great job of not just connecting with the community but really helping those who need it.
Also at the event was fan of charities and Jesus stunt double, Ricky Rubio. Rubio’s not had the greatest start to the season, but no one can say that Rubio isn’t a blessing to whatever community he’s a part of.
The Golden Griff, Darrell Griffith, is going to make an appearance tonight as the Utah Jazz face the Dallas Mavericks.
Darrell Griffith to Make Jazz Alumni Appearance pic.twitter.com/EeSKLInLPX— Utah Jazz PR (@UtahJazzPR) November 6, 2018
There’s so much great history with the Jazz and so it’s nice to see the team keep that history alive.
At the Jazz’s most recent game (we’ll just forget about the score .... how about we forget the game altogether) they held a moment of silence for Maj. Brent Taylor who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
The other most recent moment of silence was for Lauren McCluskey. Hopefully we don’t have to have any more of these for any reason, but it’s nice to know that the Jazz help keep things in perspective when tragedies occur.
Good news for Jazz fans. Donovan Mitchell is listed as probable for tonight!
Donovan Mitchell is probable to play tomorrow versus Dallas.— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) November 6, 2018
Donovan is at least participating in shootaround today pic.twitter.com/G9dvAThVe4— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) November 6, 2018
If there’s one thing the Jazz need right now, it’s a healthy Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell has played well so far this season, but hasn’t quite been to the level he was in the playoffs. When he hits that level, things should take off for the Jazz.