Kyle Korver defended Donovan Mitchell's playoff performance against the Houston Rockets, saying that he's never seen a young player accept his leadership responsibility like Mitchell has.
Mitchell is shooting just 32.8% from the field and 63.6% from the free throw line against the Rockets. He missed a potential game-tying 3 pointer as the Jazz went down 3-0 in the series.
After Korver wrapped up his post-game interview following their loss, he called the media back to discuss what he sees in Mitchell.
“I have never been around a young player like Donovan Mitchell. I have never seen someone so young take ownership of a team, take ownership of his play, do it with charisma, do it with class. Never seen that in my 16 years in the NBA. He missed a tough shot tonight, but it’s going to be part of his story. If you’ve played any meaningful basketball in the NBA, you have a shot like that. If you don’t that means you haven’t played in any meaningful games or you haven’t been trusted by your teammates and coaches to take that shot. I don’t care who it is in history, everyone has a shot they want back. This is going to be part of the story at the end of the day. For a young guy, 21 years old or whatever he is, that’s really special. He is on a great path in the NBA. At the end of the day, this is just going to be part of his story, part of his journey. He’s just going to keep building on it," said Korver.