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Damion Lee And The Phone Call That Changed His Life

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Cardinal Forever, Damion Lee, sat down with the Player’s Tribune recently to talk about all he has overcome to get his shot in the NBA. Resiliency does not come easy for everyone, but it has become part of Lee’s DNA – and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Donovan Mitchell Joins NBA On TV To Talk Draft, Rookie Season And More (Video)

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A year ago, nobody was even sure if Donovan Mitchell had made the right choice by declaring for the NBA draft. Today, we know, he chose wisely. Last night, he joined the set of NBA TV to talk all things draft class, rookie season and he even gave out some words of wisdom to the 2018 draft class.

Donovan Mitchell On The JJ Redick Podcast

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Donovan Mitchell recently sat down with JJ Redick to discuss all things NBA. How was his draft day experience? Why Donovan is so determined to continue to give back? Take a listen below to find out more!

Donovan Mitchell Named Top Rookie In Players Voice Awards

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The people who know the game the best, have spoken. Donovan Mitchell was named “Leader of The New School” (aka Rookie of the Year) by his peers in this year’s Player’s Voice Awards. Now we just wait to see the media follows suit.

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No Moral Victories For Donovan Mitchell

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Donovan Mitchell had the rookie season most players can only dream of. While he took the league by storm and quickly became the face of the Utah Jazz, it wasn’t enough. He wanted to bring a trophy back to Salt Lake. Below, you will find an open letter he wrote to Jazz fans courtesy of the Players Tribune. As expected, it is wonderful.

Donovan Mitchell Rookie Season Highlights (Video)

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Thanks to the Utah Jazz, we can all sit back and watch the awesomeness of Donovan Mitchell’s rookie season. He was also named to the all-rookie first team in the NBA.

Take a look below!

Damion Lee Joins Middays With Marques Maybin

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Former UofL player, fan favorite, and current Atlanta Hawk Damion Lee joined Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage on Middays with Marques Maybin on Friday.

He discussed a myriad of topics with Marques and Steve, offering a lot of honest insight. Some of the topics discussed were his recruiting process as a grad transfer, his time at UofL, his time in the G League, his NBA call up, UofL’s future with Chris Mack, among other topics. You can listen to the entire Damion Lee interview below.

Donovan Mitchell Breaks NBA Rookie Record

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Donovan Mitchell continues to wow everyone with his amazing rookie year with the Utah Jazz. Tonight, he just broke a record previously owned by a talented guard by the name of Damian Lillard.

Donovan now owns the record for most made 3 pointers by a rookie at 186. He still has the potential to add to the record before the regular season concludes. Here is a video of the record-breaking shot.

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Donovan Mitchell Throws Major Shade At Ben Simmons

Is it Rookie of the Year or Shade Thrower of the Year??

Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons are in a head to head battle for the NBA’s coveted Rookie of the Year award. And neither are going down without a fight.

It’s been the biggest NBA feud we’ve seen since Russel Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Honestly, Donovan and Ben’s feud is highly entertaining.

The two have taken shot after shot. If it were a three-point contest, Simmons would be hitting 0%.

Simmons did an interview earlier in the week in which he stated he should 100% get the Rookie of the Year award. I mean, he has a good case. But, then, Simmons threw some MAJOR shade saying nobody else is even close.

Excuse me, sir, but, there’s this dude in the Western Conference tearing it up.

Donovan Mitchell clapped back with the following tweet:

But, on Tuesday evening, Donovan threw storm cloud level shade. The TRUE rookie walked into the arena with a clear message on his hoodie.

He ain’t play. And we’re all here for it.

* insert popcorn gif here *

Edit:

How do you watch this clip and not love Donny Buckets??

Draymond Green Says Donovan Mitchell Should Get Rookie Of The Year

It’s been a heated Rookie of the Year battle between Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell.

Simmons and Mitchell are the two clear front runners for the award. Some say both should get the award.

But, Draymond Green thinks Donovan Mitchell is the true ROY.

Donovan thanked Draymond by ending his career.

I only hope he yelled, “THAT’S FOR RUSS,” when Draymond hit the floor.

Deng Adel Declares For NBA Draft

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Deng Adel announced today that he has hired an agent and will remain in the NBA draft. He has endured some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows during his time at UofL, but he did it all with a smile on his face. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him the best of luck as he follows his dream to be come a professional.

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Donovan Mitchell Breaks (Another) Jazz Rookie Record

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Donovan Mitchell continues to have break out game, after break out game. He has made his mark on the NBA and won over the hearts of Jazz fans in just a few short months. Last night marked another milestone in his early career,Donovan Mitchell has posted 20+ points in each of his last 10 games, marking the longest 20-point streak by a rookie in Jazz history. Keep it up Spida!

The Bond Between Darrell Griffith And Donovan Mitchell Goes Beyond Basketball

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The day before the NBA Dunk Contest, the Utah Jazz called and offered to pay for Darrell Griffith to come out and watch. While Dr. Dunkenstein couldn’t accept because it was so short notice, he was shocked to see that Donovan Mitchell was wearing his jersey during the contest. It made his evening. Marc Spears with The Undefeated sat down with Darrell Griffith and Donovan Mitchell to talk about their bond and when it all started.

Donovan Mitchell Graces The Cover Of SLAM Magazine

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Donovan Mitchell continues to shine in the NBA. He is currently on the cover of SLAM Magazine and he looks mighty comfortable in the spotlight. He talks in the interview with Adam Figman that he knows that all of this can be taken from him in a flash, so he is not letting it get to his head. All Donovan wants is for his Utah Jazz to make it to the playoffs.

Donovan Mitchell Will Debut Custom Louisville Dame 4s

He’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Donovan Mitchell tweeted a photo of a pair of custom red, Louisville Dame 4s.

The rookie, who tweeted his support for Louisville after the NCAA denied its appeal, has been a fantastic ambassador for the University of Louisville.

Hey, Donovan, can I get a pair??

Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks As A Jazz – So Far (Video)

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Donny Dunks. Spida. NBA Rookie of the Year. NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Champion. Here is a compilation of his best dunks of the year….so far. Enjoy!

Donovan Mitchell’s Biggest Supporter (Video)

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Donovan Mitchell won over Louisville fan’s hearts during his two years as a cardinal. It did not take long for him to win over Utah fans and he continued to win over the rest of the NBA fan base this weekend. Donovan talked to the media about why it was so important for him to include his sister, Jordan, in one of his dunks during the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest.

Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks At UofL (Video)

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Donovan Mitchell is set to compete in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest tomorrow night as a rookie. WLKY put together a video of some of his best dunks while wearing the UofL uniform. Take a look below!

NBA To Louisville Update

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Here is the latest on the NBA to Louisville movement:

Sports Illustrated Q&A With Donovan Mitchell

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“365 days ago I was watching All-Star in my dorm room. And now my teammates are texting me ideas on what to do in the dunk contest. Its been a whirlwind. Im truly blessed and truly honored.” – Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell was selected 13th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Draft. Now, he has been selected to play in the Rising Stars Game presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart and the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest all while participating in community events throughout the break as well. The Jazz are currently on a 10 game winning streak – with a big thanks to Donovan. While Donovan maintains his pace to be Rookie of the Year in the NBA, his biggest goal is to make the playoffs with his teammates. You can read the full interview with The Crossover below.