Donovan Mitchell receives a standing ovation and a touching video tribute on his return to Utah
Donovan Mitchell receives a standing ovation and a touching video tribute from the Utah Jazz as he loses 46 points on his return… but it’s not a triumphant homecoming for the star as the Cavaliers suffer a narrow loss
- Donovan Mitchell received a warm welcome to Salt Lake City on Tuesday
- Mitchell was traded from Utah to Cleveland ahead of the 2022-23 NBA campaign
- In his first game back in Utah, ‘Spida’ starred and scored 46 points in the loss
- Utah outlived the Cavaliers, winning 116-114, overcoming its slump
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The Utah Jazz gave Donovan Mitchell a hero’s welcome on his return to the Vivint Smart Home Arena with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Once a centerpiece of the jazz franchise, Mitchell was traded to the Cavs during the offseason and had not played at his former home arena as of Tuesday night.
He was duly honored for his five years of service in Utah with a touching tribute video and a standing ovation from the fans.
Before the Cavs’ lineup was announced, fans showed their love for the franchise’s former star, with thousands clapping and some even bowing.
The Utah Jazz gave Donovan Mitchell a hero’s welcome upon his return to Salt Lake City
Though the Jazz team wouldn’t budge in the face of Mitchell as they broke a two-game losing streak by beating East No. 4, 116-114.
‘Spida’ spent 2017-2021 with the Jazz after Denver picked him 13th overall in the 2017 draft before being immediately traded.
In the tribute video, Utah showed Adam Silver announcing the election that took Mitchell from Louisville to Salt Lake City, before flashing to highlights during his glory days in a jazz uniform.
Mitchell had 46 points, six rebounds and five assists in his first Utah appearance
Unsurprisingly, Mitchell slashed on his return, dropping 46 points, grabbing six rebounds and adding five assists.
In the trade that saw Mitchell go to Cleveland, Utah acquired Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji and three first-round picks before a pick swap occurred.
Markkanen was the top pick, scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and one assist.
“Spida” spent five seasons with the Salt Lake City franchise after being drafted by the Nuggets
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