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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell gets a hug from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony following NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

Like LeBron James, Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell sent out a tweet this week to congratulate Carmelo Anthony for becoming just the 21st NBA player to reach the 25,000-point mark.

Spida's message was sincere. It was a thoughtful gesture, coming weeks after Anthony told reporters that Utah has something "something special" in the kid from Louisville.

The best part of Mitchell's tweet was the photo he attached. It showed him playing one-on-one against Melo on a basketball court inside of an exquisite white room with elegant pillars and a lovely fountain. It certainly wasn't your gym at the local rec center or in a carpet-covered cultural hall. The beautiful decor looked more like something you'd find in the Salt Lake Temple or maybe in the Caesar's Palace Hotel lobby.

Responses to Mitchell's tweet were hiliarious as fans had fun trying to guess where Mitchell and Anthony had played. Some of the guesses:

"You guys playing Buckingham Palace???" — @jayjazz3

"It's called Bucketham Palace." — @jazzed29

"Is that like ... the court of court?" — @mmueller88

"The Supreme Court." — @fernetpapi_

"This is the richest court I've laid eyes on." — @CodyMcChicken_

"Is he playing in the Pantheon?" — @hoopbeastco

Mitchell didn't divulge where the court was, but multiple people tweeted out the answer in the thread. It is the Jordan Terminal 23 court at the Hotel Pennsylvania's Cafe Rouge on Seventh Avenue in New York.

Jazz teammate Royce O'Neale was among those who replied to Mitchell, joking, "I know he gave you a bucket here."

Hayward's status TBD

Gordon Hayward continues to progress in his rehab from a gruesome leg injury that happened minutes into his first game with the Boston Celtics last October. Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, said the former Jazz star is doing more things to regain his full range of motion, which is encouraging. "But," Ainge said, "this next month will tell a lot."

"He makes a lot of shots standing still," Celtics coach Brad Stevens recently said as reported by MassLive.com. "I mean, a lot. Like, he's a heck of a standstill shooter now. And he's really good in a chair too. But nothing new. We don't anticipate him being back this season."

Hayward posted a blog this week, detailing his workouts and giving an update on his life.

The Boss

Salt Lake City's Nathan Chen is favored to win the men's ice skating gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. NBC put together a minute-long ad for this Sunday's Super Bowl, featuring Chen's skating and James Brown's "The Boss" song, that gives you a good idea why.

Here's a good story on Chen accomplishing his Olympic goal written by Deseret News sports writer Amy Donaldson, our gold-medal writer who'll be covering the Games.

And finally, the weekend sports planner:


NBA: Jazz at Phoenix, 7 p.m.

G League: Stars vs. South Bay, 7 p.m.

ECHL: Grizzlies at Idaho, 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball: Utah at Colorado, 7 p.m.; Westminster vs. Western State Colorado, 7:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball: Westminster vs. Western State Colorado, 5:30 p.m.

Gymnastics: Utah State vs. Boise State, 7 p.m.; SUU at Central Michigan

Men’s volleyball: BYU vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.


NBA: Jazz at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

G League: Stars vs. Rio Grande Valley, 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball: SUU vs. Idaho State, 12:30 p.m.; SLCC vs. Snow, 5 p.m.; USU Eastern vs. CSI, 5 p.m.; Weber State at NAU, 7 p.m.; Westminster vs. Colorado Mesa, 7:30 p.m.; BYU at Gonzaga, 8 p.m.; Utah Valley at Seattle, 8 p.m.; Dixie State at Hawaii Pacific, 10:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball: BYU vs. Gonzaga, 2 p.m.; Weber State vs. NAU, 2 p.m.; SUU at Idaho State, 2 p.m.; USU Eastern vs. CSI, 3 p.m.; UVU vs. Seattle, 3 p.m.; SLCC vs. Snow, 3 p.m.; Dixie State at Hawaii Pacific, 4 p.m.; Westminster vs. Colorado Mesa, 5:30 p.m.

Gymnastics: Utah vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m.; BYU at Denver, 6 p.m.

Men’s volleyball: BYU vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.


Women’s basketball: Utah at Colorado, noon

Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots, 4:30 p.m.