‘Played My A** Off’ – Former NBA All Star Defends Donovan Mitchell Against Shaquille O’Neal’s Criticism
Donovan Mitchell has been fantastic this season. The Utah Jazz guard has been one of the best players in the NBA, and has been the driving force for the Jazz as they established the best record in the NBA. Currently, the Jazz have won 19 of their last 20 games, and Mitchell has been playing at an MVP level throughout this stretch.
Kenyon Martin defends Donovan Mitchell
Former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin spoke recently to BasketballNews, where he defended Donovan Mitchell from the criticism he’s been receiving recently. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has been very critical of Mitchell, and Martin believes Shaq owes Mitchell an apology. Shaq is not privy to the amount of work that Donovan Mitchell has been doing to help his team.
“I would’ve had a rebuttal and they would’ve had to go to commercial,” Martin said. “I would’ve told Shaq exactly what he can do… Yeah, it would’ve been bad. Like, straight up: I just played my a** off out here and you got [something negative to say]? You don’t know the work I put in.”
Shaq is very critical of Mitchell
Martin criticized Shaq for sitting behind a desk and taking shots at Mitchell on TV. As a former player himself, Shaquille O’Neal should know the effect it can have on someone’s psyche. He believes that Shaq doesn’t need to motivate Donovan Mitchell, and he can do that himself.
“You don’t know what I’m doing to enhance my game or make my team better. That’s the problem, these dudes just be on TV (saying anything)… I don’t need you to motivate me, Shaq. I can motivate myself. He basically told him he ain’t getting it done.”
Can Donovan Mitchell lead the Utah Jazz to the NBA Championship? Currently, the Jazz are the best team in the NBA. And if they continue on this spectacular run, they will be the first seed in the Western Conference. Given the struggles of the other teams in the Western Conference, the Jazz can capitalize and try to defeat them all to go to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1998.
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