They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
But you can still learn new tricks from old dogs, and that’s exactly what Donovan Mitchell plans to do with Kobe Bryant.
Mitchell, the biggest Jazz sensation since Louis Armstrong, was the focal point in Bryant’s latest episode of Detail this week, an ESPN series which features the Mamba himself breaking down game film.
And the star rookie was among the first to tune in.
“I’ve watched it twice already,” Mitchell told reporters on Wednesday.
“There were times when he was basically saying, ‘That can’t happen. This can’t happen.’ And I was laughing because he was right; they can’t push me off my spot. The way he broke it down made so much sense.”
Mitchell averaged 20.5 points in 33.4 minutes per game during the regular season, before upping the ante in the playoffs with 27.4 points per game in 38.6 minutes so far.
But he knows there’s still plenty of improvement to come, and so does Jazz coach Quinn Snyder.
“…The fact Kobe’s breaking the game down is a good thing,” Snyder said. “It’s a compliment to Donovan. And there’s probably a lot of things he’s suggesting that we need to look at doing, some of which we probably are. But again, I have to watch it.”
Bryant’s previous episode featured DeMar DeRozan and was released on April 14.