While in his home state of New York for two games this week with the Utah Jazz — Wednesday against the Knicks and Friday at Brooklyn — Mitchell took the time to play Santa Claus for a special woman in his life.
Christmas came early this year for Mitchell's mom.
On Thursday, the Jazz rookie surprised his mom, Nicole, at the Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, by giving her a new vehicle — a white mid-size Audi SUV with a pretty pink bow on the hood.
The sweet moment was captured on video.
"Words can’t describe how happy I am to be able to give you this car!" Mitchell wrote on his Instagram account (@spidadmitchell). "I remember listening to a song walking around Louisville after being in the gym at 2 am and I texted you and said I’m gonna make sure you never have to work again! This is just the beginning! I love you so much thank you for everything you have done for me ❤️"
Mitchell has received an outpouring of positive feedback for the kind gesture.
"This is what it's all about! Respect!" @calvy_cao wrote on his post. "So happy to have you in Utah."
"Way to be at @spidadmitchell!" @jholbrook045 wrote. "Mothers are great blessing. What a great example."
"Good man," @17mattyice wrote. "Good momma."
Mitchell is in the process of getting his driver license, but the 21-year-old recently bought himself a new car in Utah. His is a black mid-sized SUV.
"Had to check up on my baby today!!" he wrote. "Will be with you soon 😂😂"
People who claim the Jazz don't get any national love won't be able to make that claim for a while. Three prominent members of the organization — Quin Snyder, Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles — were interviewed by high-profile media members this week.
And ... Quin Snyder was interviewed by Yahoo Sports writer Chris Mannix:
"What's up with so many podcasts with Jazz players?" one Detroit Pistons fan (@pistonsfan215) asked Lowe on Twitter. "I've seen Gobert, Snyder and now Ingles!"
"Because," Jazz fan Thatcher Olson responded, "they're awesome."
Well, that settles it.
While the Snyder and Gobert podcasts are worth your time, no doubt, here are some of the highlights of the Ingles interview:
• After Lowe introduced "Utah Jazz swingman Joe Ingles" on his podcast, the amusing Aussie joked, "I thought actually you were going to say superstar not swingman (but) I'm down with swingman." Lowe laughed. "Swingman's all right? I can go with superstar."
• Ingles on Australians preferring to get their photos taken with his wife, Renae, who was a famous netball player there before recently retiring. "Why would I (or anyone) want a photo with a skinny white guy who’s going bald? You’re not going to stick that on your fridge or on your wall."
• Ingles on asking to do the podcast live from New York at 8:30 a.m. the morning after a game at Madison Square Garden. (Most players apparently would've enjoyed the New York nightlife and requested a later interview.) "I’ve got 15-month-old twins," Ingles said, telling Lowe that his family is on this East Coast trip. "I can’t go out."
• Ingles informed Lowe that the Jazz still have one of Boris Diaw's espresso machines. It goes in the locker room at home and on the road (not unlike Bronco Mendenhall's toaster). Ingles said Diaw, now playing in France after leaving the NBA following his one-year Utah stint, gifted him a coffee maker, too. "I don’t know what his deal with espresso is, but he got me a machine."
• On Ingles getting grief from fans at Madison Square Garden and giving one New York guy one of his classic glares after he made a shot a few minutes after the front-row spectator talked some trash to him. "I get it everywhere, 'Look at the math teacher. Look at the science teacher.' I get it everywhere I go, which I can kind of enjoy. I don’t mind a bit of banter on the court. (One) referee told me to not speak to him after the first quarter. ... I just gave him a little (look). I have a bad habit of doing that, especially in front of the opposing team's bench. ... I get emotional. I get into the game a lot and I enjoy it a lot."
• On giving Rudy Gobert a hard time on Instagram. "I unfollowed him for awhile because it was the only way for me to stop doing that," Ingles said, chuckling. "So I had to unfollow my teammate, which I didn't like because he’s a good dude." Ingles said Gobert needs to tuck in his shirt when he's wearing suits like he did Wednesday, though. (You can't tell from this photo, but Ingles said the black shirt went halfway down Gobert's long legs.)
• On Gobert and Enes Kanter: "One of them (Derrick Favors or Kanter) got injured and Rudy got to play a little bit, and it was like, 'Oh, we need to find more minutes for this guy.' Then Enes ended up requesting a trade anyway and I was like, 'Well, catch ya later because we've got Rudy.'"
• On Kanter's ungraceful exit from Utah and the Turkish center's tendency to talk: "He doesn’t say the best things at the right time. Utah has got unbelievable fans and for him to say stuff about the fans and the organization (after being traded to OKC), it's like, 'Dude. That's just not even true.'"
Not to be the bearer of bad news, but the college football season is wrapping up and the prep playoffs conclude today. Keep your chin up, though. The NFL still has a few months left.
A look at what's on tap in the local pigskin department this weekend:
At Rice-Eccles Stadium
• 4A title: Orem vs. Mountain Crest, 10:55 a.m. (Preview and stream.)
• 6A title: Bingham vs. East, 2:30 p.m. (Preview and stream.)
• 5A title: Skyridge vs. Lehi, 6:30 p.m. (Preview and stream.)
• UMass at BYU, 1 p.m. (If you aren't going to LaVell Edwards Stadium — and choose to give up the chance to rush the field for a possible fourth BYU win — you'll be happy to know the Cougars' final home game of the season will also be televised on ESPN3 and BYUTV.)
• Hawaii at Utah State, 1 p.m. (The 5-5 Aggies can wrap up a bowl-eligibility gift for their fans with a 'bow — OK, that was bad — if they beat the Rainbows. The game will be streamed live at watchstadium.com and televised by Spectrum Sports.)
• Idaho State at No. 14 Weber State, 2 p.m. (The Wildcats are billing this as "Rivalry Week" — sorry, SUU. WSU is still in the hunt for the Big Sky championship, so this is a big game. Click for livestream.)
• Northern Arizona at No. 15 Southern Utah, 2:30 p.m. (The T-Birds can win the Big Sky title — they own the tiebreaker over Weber State by virtue of their victory earlier this season — so this is a huge game for the Cedar City crowd. Fun fact: This game is billed as the Grand Canyon Rivalry, and the winner claims ownership of the national park. Or they get a trophy. Probably the latter. Click for livestream.)
• Utah at No. 16 Washington, 8:30 p.m. (We can only hope this lives up to the #Pac12AfterDark tradition, a phrase that's much easier to write when you're not the sports writer trying to make a tight print deadline. Good luck, Dirk Facer! An upset would clinch a bowl berth for the Utes.)