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2022 NBA All-Star Game: Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell to miss star-studded display due to non-COVID illness

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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell will miss the 2022 NBA All-Star Game due to upper respiratory illness, he announced in a press release Sunday evening. Mitchell, who also missed Saturday’s All-Star practice, does not have COVID-19. With Mitchell’s announcement coming hours before kickoff, the NBA is unlikely to name a replacement for his team, Team LeBron.

“It’s a great honor and it’s always been my dream to be selected as an NBA All-Star,” Mitchell said. “With remorse, I will not be able to play tonight’s All-Star Game due to upper respiratory illness (not related to COVID). All-Star Weekend is a celebration of the basketball community. -ball, the fans and the sport I am blessed to play. Focusing on my recovery and my return to the field. Thank you for all your well wishes for recovery. I look forward to seeing the game later today.

It’s good to hear Mitchell is free of COVID, but even so, there was no reason to push him for an exhibition game. Hopefully that will be a minor issue and he can return to the field for the Jazz‘s first All-Star game, which is Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.

It was the third straight All-Star appearance for Mitchell alongside teammate Rudy Gobert. Together, they are the first jazz players to appear in as many consecutive All-Star Games since Karl Malone played three in a row between 2000 and 2002.

Despite this setback, Mitchell is preparing for another terrific season. Currently 10th in the league in scoring, he was averaging 25.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 5.2 assists per game heading into the break. His importance to the Jazz was also made clear when they went 2-6 as he was sidelined with a concussion in January.