Dwyane Wade and Donovan Mitchell Don’t Have a Normal Ownership Group Member-Player Relationship: ‘This Is a One-Of-One Kind of Relationship That Donovan and I Have’

When Dwyane Wade purchased an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz in April 2021, it allowed him to be closer to Donovan Mitchell, the franchise’s All-Star shooting guard. The Miami Heat legend is one of Mitchell’s mentors. In fact, before the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Mitchell spent time shadowing Wade in South Florida.

The Jazz are hopeful that Wade can help Mitchell become a bonafide NBA superstar and lead them to a championship. Most players don’t have a rapport with ownership group members, but Wade and Mitchell are different.

Dwyane Wade: This is a one-of-one kind of relationship that Donovan Mitchell and I have

During an interview with Deyscha Smith of SLAM Magazine, Wade spoke about his special bond with Mitchell, who has regularly been compared to the Heat icon since his arrival in the NBA out of Louisville. Just because Wade is part of the Jazz’s ownership group now doesn’t mean he’s going to stop advising Mitchell. In fact, Wade is going to pass down even more knowledge.

“We’ve had, since he came into the NBA, a pretty good relationship,” Wade said about Mitchell. “He was one of those young guys who reached out and wanted more knowledge. We have similar attributes in our game, so we just kind of connected from there. I’ve always been an open book, not only to Donovan but to any player in the NBA. I love being a mentor, and now, not only am I a mentor and a big brother, I’m part of the ownership group in Utah now, so our relationship now has went to a level that, it doesn’t happen often. Like, this is a one-of-one kind of relationship that Donovan and I have. We both reach out and ask each other questions about things.”

Mitchell is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He has career averages of 23.4 points and has led the Jazz to the playoffs every season he’s been with them. However, Utah has yet to reach the Western Conference Finals since it drafted Mitchell.

Wade, who won three championships with the Heat, has been giving Mitchell all types of advice. However, the main thing he focuses on is championship quality effort.

Dwyane Wade tells Donovan Mitchell to carry himself as a champion

Mitchell has dealt with heartbreak a few times in the playoffs. Since he knows what the youngster is going through, Wade wants Spida to maintain championship habits so that when the Jazz do reach the promised land, the two-time All-Star will know how to act.

“Make sure you carry yourself as a champion so that when you become one, when you get that opportunity, it’s not foreign to you,” Wade said. “You know how to act, you know how to do it, you know how to respond to it. I’m excited that I get that front-row seat courtside to watch him try to accomplish something that not many great basketball players have been able to accomplish.”

It’s been fascinating to watch Wade and Mitchell become brothers. The two first met during the 2017-18 season, and Mitchell made sure he got Wade’s number after the Jazz faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once they connected, the chemistry was built instantly.

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Wade loved the fact that Mitchell went at him when the Jazz and Cavs played in 2017-18. Sometimes, young players shy away from going after their idols, but Mitchell didn’t.

“He went hard at me, man,” Wade said. “I was a little older, and he went hard at me. I love that about him.”

The Jazz have zero championships in franchise history, thanks to Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Jazz in the 1997 and 1998 Finals, with Jordan winning both Finals MVPs. While Wade was happy to see the Bulls beat the Jazz since he grew up in Chicago, he’s now rooting for Utah to win a title with Mitchell leading the way.