Salt Lake City – Donovan Mitchell may have refused to defend his Slam Dunk Contest title this year on Charlotte's Star Weekend, but it will still appear.
The second-year star was selected to participate in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge on February 15 at the Spectrum Center.
Mitchell will be joined by players like Ben Simmons, Kyle Kuzma, Luca Doncic and Lonzo Ball.
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Kirill Irving from Boston (US team) and Dirk Nowitzki from Dallas (world team) will serve as honorary trainers.
Mitchell scored seven points (3-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt), seven assists, two rebounds, five steals and two blocks in last year's Rising Stars Challenge in Los Angeles. He provided a small preview of his performance in the Dunk Contest during this game, throwing an alleyway puck from the back of his tomahawk punch.
Mitchell decided to abandon the docks competition this year so he can rest better throughout the season.
“It's difficult for me, because this is my favorite event for the whole weekend,” said Mitchell earlier this month. “But I just wanted to be ready mentally and physically for my team. Obviously, in the year we spent, we did not soar from the very beginning as we thought. So, we need the second half of the season. For me and my teammates, I think it would be better if I rested and focused on the psyche in the second half. ”
Jazz coach Quinn Snyder said: “A break for all the stars is a time to recharge, but you do it. That's what we need to do. ”
Kyle Korver didn’t see them, but he made a mental note to go in search of a recent ad for his teammate Vivint Smart Home.
A treat awaits him. Among the commercials is the singing Ricky Rubio, Rudy Gobert, who collects pictures – himself and the cat-lover Donovan Mitchell.
“This is talent,” said Gobert. “I'm trying to make it funny. It's fun. They did a great job setting everything up. ”
There are three advertisements (for now at least). One shows Mitchell trying to convince his teammates that he is not a “feline guy.” One depicts a wall of paintings of Gobert about himself. And the one that came out this week tells of the secret pop star Rubio
“Everyone was laughing, his hair was down and sang,” said Royce of Neil, who appeared in the latest commercial. “It was a fun ad. I think I'm better than an actor – they gave me only a small role. ”
So what's his next role?
"Maybe I will become a hero of an action movie, go save the day – who knows," said O'Nil.
Depending on what he is looking for, Korver may stumble upon his own ad that he shot when he first played in Utah. Korver starred in an ad for the now defunct Evo Energy Drink – and this is a bit more fun than the famous Rubio Meow.
“Yes, I will take a commercial. Of course, energy drink, come on, ”said Korver. “I just ran through the mountains.”