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June 20, 2018 | 6:29 pm EDT Update
The 21-year-old rookie star of the Utah Jazz – who’s in Manila for the first time – made his recruitment pitch to incoming free agents LeBron James and Paul George in a special press conference at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig on Sunday, June 17. “I’ll make [my pitch] to Paul George right now,” said Mitchell. “We want to win, we’re not selfish. If he comes in, it’s gonna make life a lot easier on the offensive end. He’s also a great defender.” “We have talent, we have a crowd that sells out every night,” he continued. “Our coach [Quin Snyder] is probably the Coach of the Year and we have [a] Defensive Player of the Year [candidate in Rudy Gobert].”
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Donovan, though, had a way simpler response on whether he also wants to bring LeBron James on board with the Jazz. “Would I want to [play with him]? Who wouldn’t?” he said. But he also made it clear that the challenge of facing against the 4-time MVP feels better than playing with him. If I had a choice on playing [with] him or beating him, I’d rather beat him,” said the reigning NBA Slam Dunk champion. “But if he wants to play with the Jazz, then we’ll take him of course.”
Such development has include his time in North Carolina under the tutelage of Wallace, the former Detroit Pistons standout. “I’ve known Rasheed since my junior year of high school,” Adebayo said. “We’ve worked out and just kept getting better. It’s not the first time me and Rasheed worked out. His workouts are pretty short and sweet. They’re to the point. “I knew some people that knew him and, boom, I’m working out with Rasheed Wallace.”
Young is listed at 6-2 and 180 pounds, but he’s considered slight. He’ll turn 20 in September. Several teams, according to one league source, have major concerns about him defensively, especially in the pick and roll. First, there is the issue of getting over ball screens and sticking onto his man. Beyond that, there are the 1-3 and 1-4 screens, where Young might be switched onto a wing player in a gross mismatch of pure strength and physicality.