Rudy Gobert Says He Spoke to Donovan Mitchell, Calls Relationship 'Far From Perfect'

Despite their issues, Gobert says he and Mitchell are both focused on winning.


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Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell during simpler times.

Since the closure of the NBA (and, really, all sports) was sped up after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, an interesting plotline emerged about the impact Gobert's alleged reckless actions had on his relationship with his Jazz teammates. 

While several members of the team had gripesDonovan Mitchell also tested positive, which reportedly caused a rift between the two stars.

While you might think it's usually irrational-but-understandable to be angry at somebody who you think got you sick, Gobert made headlines for not taking the virus seriously. He has since apologized. is Rudy touching all the mics following Mondays shoot around that has some people concerned... #TakeNote #utahjazz #CoronaVirus

— Dave Fox (@Davefox2) March 12, 2020

NBA insiders went so far as to call their relationship "unsalvageable." 

"[T]he Jazz are fortunate that they don’t have to get back together and start playing games again right now," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski told Scott Van Pelt back in mid-March. "There is a lot of work to do to repair relationships – not just between Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, but others in the locker room. There’s a lot of frustration with Gobert."

Mitchell appeared on Good Morning America recently, and revealed that it "took a while" for him to "cool off" following the unfortunate diagnosis.

That whole recap brings us to Sunday, when Gobert talked to Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks about where he and Mitchell stand now. 

"It is true that we didn't speak for awhile," Gobert said after Rooks asked him about the alleged rift. "But we did [speak] a few days ago and, like I said, we're both ready to go out there and try to win a championship for this team. It's all about being a professional and everyone's got different relationships. It's never perfect. People who are married, it's never perfect. So me and my teammate, it's far from perfect. But at the end of the day we both want the same thing. It's winning. We're both grown men. And we're both going to do what it takes to win." 

Gobert reiterated that reports on the two have been overblown. Quotes without body language are often difficult to interpret, so you can watch his answer and read into it as you will: 

Snippet from the conversation with Rudy Gobert addressing media speculation about his relationship with Donovan Mitchell:

— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) April 12, 2020

Furthermore, Yahoo's Chris Haynes tweeted out that the conversation was a sign that the relationship was at least getting a little better:

Sources: Both players had issues with one another stemming from the developments of the COVID-19 positive results that they ultimately recovered from. There’s more work to be done, but the chat is a good sign they’re working on turning the page.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 13, 2020

The phone conversation between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell occurred Saturday and it went well in the first step toward repairing their relationship, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Gobert revealed the talks on his IG Live with @TaylorRooks.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 13, 2020

Let this all serve as a hand washing PSA. 

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