- The Utah House of Representatives passed Resolution 3 honoring Donovan Mitchell and dissing Shaquille O’Neal.
- The resolution says that Shaq’s comments on Mitchell are less accurate than O’Neal’s 50.4% free-throw shooting.
- The Jazz have wo nine consecutive games heading to Wednesday.
The Utah House of Representatives truly represents its people.
With Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell getting grilled by the TNT crew led by Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley after Utah’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans last Thursday, Utah’s lawmakers have come to Mitchell’s defense.
Mitchell scored 36 points in that game while leading the Jazz to a seventh consecutive win. But instead of giving Mitchell all the praise during the postgame interview, Shaq and Sir Charles didn’t think the Jazz were in the same class as the Lakers and the other elite NBA teams and O’Neal went on to single out the young superstar.
In the live conversation, Shaq told Mitchell that he was a fan but said that Mitchell didn’t have what it takes to get to the next level. Mitchell felt awkward and wasn’t quite sure how to respond.
“I’ve been hearing that since my rookie year.”
Spida responds to Shaq’s criticism. pic.twitter.com/F5pkBGCMdA
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 22, 2021
But while Mitchell responded quietly to Shaq’s comments, Utah’s lawmakers didn’t take the Lakers legend silently. In a lighter moment during Tuesday’s legislative session, the Utah House of Representatives voted 67-5 to pass a resolution honoring Mitchell for the incident that happened between him an O’Neal.
House Resolution 3
Up in the House, @BradWilsonGOP is wearing a @utahjazz jersey, and @KeraBirk, wearing a ref’s shirt, has a resolution to back @sidadmitchell and rebuke Shaq #utpol #utleg https://t.co/A5kLnXC57k pic.twitter.com/4bVn3FANYr
— Katie McKellar (@KatieMcKellar1) January 26, 2021
House Resolution 3, authored by Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland of Morgan, sought to recognize the “exemplary service of Donovan Mitchell to the Utah Jazz and the Utah community, and suggests the making of “Spida”- Mitchell’s nickname, as the official state arachnid”.
The resolutions states “ in Utah, we support our players when they face awkward abuse during postgame interviews disguised as pep talks.” It also says that Shaq’s claim that Mitchell does not have what it takes to the next level is “less accurate than his 50.4% playoff free-throw percentage”.
After taking a shot at O’Neal’s movie “Kazam” which had a 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and making fun of his “Shaq Fu” video game, Resolution 3 agreed with Shaq that Mitchell is an elite scorer, given that in just his third NBA season during the 2020 playoffs, he became only the third player in NBA history to have at least two 50-point game in a single postseason series. Then after noting Mitchell’s offcourt accomplishments, the resolution ended with “Aight. That’s it.” to echo Mitchell’s response during the said TNT interview.
Nine Straight Wins
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— utahjazz (@utahjazz) January 27, 2021
NBA betting sites are currently listing the Jazz as the odds on favorite to win the Northwest division. Online sportsbook Bet365 has Utah as a -130 odds on favorite to claim the division title with last season’s Western Conference finalists Denver Nuggets second in the latest odds board at +175 and the Portland Trail Blazers third at +450. Utah also has the 7th best odds to win the 2021 NBA title at +1600 behind the Lakers, Nets, Clippers, Bucks, Celtics, and Sixers.
The Jazz are currently at 13-4 and on top of the Northwest Division while also holding second place in the Western Conference, just one-half game behind the defending champions Lakers. Utah has won its last nine games with Mitchell averaging 24.5 points per game on 46.5% FG and 43.4% 3PT shooting in his last 10 games played.
There’s no question that Mitchell is the leader of this young Utah team. He’s been the one ever since his first game in Salt Lake City. The Jazz wouldn’t be who they are right now without Spida Mitchell and that’s a fact. If Shaq has any issues with that, well, that’s his problem.