Mitchell says Jazz eager for start of next season

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Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz aren’t the only team experiencing regret from how their tenure in the NBA bubble ended. Some, though, will be content for the offseason time off to disconnect and regroup before the start of another season.

Not Mitchell.

“We’re ready for the season to start, next month if it had to,” Mitchell said Friday in an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump. “I think we’re fired up, and I think that’s the proper mindset to have.”

Because of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic — which resulted in the NBA having a four-month break in the middle of its schedule and the NBA Finals taking place during what typically is the league’s preseason — next season is unlikely to begin until January, at the earliest. But because of the way Utah’s season ended, Mitchell said the Jazz are eager to get back on the floor.

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“I think for myself and a lot of the guys on the team — all of the guys, I should say, and coaches — we’re ready to go,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell and the Jazz have had more than five weeks to process their

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