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China: USA's Mitchell 'blocked' Jazz teammate Gobert ahead of France QF

China, Dongguan
September 11, 2019 at 09:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

The US national basketball team trained in the Chinese city of Dongguan on Wednesday ahead of their FIBA World Cup quarter-final against France.

The match will pit the US's Donovan Mitchell against fellow Utah Jazz star and the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.

Mitchell says there has been no contact between the two Jazz players in recent days. "No, not at all, no contact. I blocked him," he laughed. "Blocked him until after the game."

France have other notable NBA players including the Hornets' Nic Batum and the Magic's Evan Fournier.

The US team has cruised through the China FIBA World Cup with five victories so far, four of them by double digits.

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The US national basketball team trained in the Chinese city of Dongguan on Wednesday ahead of their FIBA World Cup quarter-final against France.

The match will pit the US's Donovan Mitchell against fellow Utah Jazz star and the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.

Mitchell says there has been no contact between the two Jazz players in recent days. "No, not at all, no contact. I blocked him," he laughed. "Blocked him until after the game."

France have other notable NBA players including the Hornets' Nic Batum and the Magic's Evan Fournier.

The US team has cruised through the China FIBA World Cup with five victories so far, four of them by double digits.

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M/S Brook Lopez training

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SOT, Donovan Mitchell, Basketball player: "We don't care what people say about us, we're here as a team. I know we have 12 fairly talented guys who are in the NBA, who compete every day, and that's what I need at the end of the day. You know, hard work is one thing that remains consistent. You know, talent can be talent but for us, we're all talented guys, you know, we don't worry about people saying we're not as good, we're not this or that. We focus on winning games, we do what we can."

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M/S Brook Lopez

SOT, Donovan Mitchell, basketball player: "I think we always want to compete, that's why we joined, you know, it wasn't just to be a part of it, just collect the gear and go home. I think for us it was just continuing to build not only ourselves but to build as a team and build this country."

Journalist: "Are you and Rudy [Gobert] texting at all, today or yesterday?"

Donovan Mitchell, basketball player: "No, not at all, no contact. I blocked him. Blocked him until after the game."

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SOT, Donovan Mitchell, basketball player: "I think China's, you know, been huge since I've been, you know, a kid. You know, I think that's, the merger, I should say, between NBA and China has been huge since I've been a kid and it can only take off from there. You know, all the guys, when we play, we have nothing but exceptional things to say because the passion and love is so strong."

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