Q&A With Donovan Mitchell

Q&A With Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell doesn’t mind being the underdog. And he isn’t interested in joining a super team. He’s focused on forging his own path. It’s that mindset that made him one of the most electrifying rookies in the league last season. He’s an elite talent that’s been overlooked his whole life. But not anymore. Mitchell put the whole league on notice last season, and now that he’s gotten everybody’s attention, he’s ready to take things to the next level in his second season. Donovan Mitchell is just getting started, so get to know the man who is about to take the basketball world by storm.

We sat down with him to discuss his journey and the road ahead.

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What’s the coolest thing you got to do in year one in the NBA?

Mitchell: “The coolest thing that I did this year was probably Game 6 of the playoffs. Just going against a guy that I looked up to a lot of my life, Russell Westbrook, and being able to win that series with a team effort that we kind of lacked in game 5, to coming back in Game 6 was pretty special.”

What’s the best thing about being an NBA player that you didn’t know came with being an NBA player?

Mitchell: “The best thing about being an NBA player that I didn’t realize is the amount of connections you make with people off the court whether it’s music, business, video games, other sports. That’s pretty cool.”

Let’s flash back to last season – you came in as a rookie and had such a great first season with Utah. Most of the season you looked like a veteran out there. Was there anything in particular that surprised or challenged you during your rookie season? If so, what was it and how are you working this off-season to make sure you’re more prepared for that this year?

Mitchell: “A lot of this kind of took me by surprise. I was doing well, but I was wondering when the opponents would make adjustments – I didn’t take into account the adjustments I was making with my coaches and teammates to make me better.”

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Despite the great start to your career, you recently said you’re looking to take your game to a whole new level in year two. What types of goals are you setting for your sophomore season?

Mitchell: “Going into year two, there’s a lot more attention to detail with the little things. Forgetting what happened last year because it won’t be relevant to the rest of my career. I think I’m coming into this year with the same mindset, but different expectations, and if I continue to work I think I’ll be in good shape. Some of my goals for this year are to become a better defender, make better reads throughout the game, and slow the game down for myself.”

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It takes a certain level of confidence and swagger to join the upper echelon group in the league. Talk about the mindset that you bring when you step on the court, whether that’s in games or during your workouts.

Mitchell: “Just try to be the best player on the floor. There are a lot of things that took me by surprise last year, but now it’s no longer a surprise. Now it’s the expected. If I continue to build and build and build, I’ll be in good shape.”

One of the things great players always talk about is consistency. It’s one thing to be great for a year or two, but quite another to be great for 10. What are you doing right now in terms of training and preparation to ensure you’re really good for a long time?

Mitchell: “To maintain that longevity, I just like to watch film. You can’t really kill yourself by working out all season, so watching film of all those guys like Kobe, DWade, Westbrook, Chris Paul, Dame Lillard, seeing how they get to the basket, how they get off shots, that’s key to my longevity. I want to keep my body up by not tearing it down, so I focus on the mental aspect and watching film.”

The NBA is so much different now than it was in the ’80s and ’90s when there were intense rivalries between players. Today, a lot of you guys are friends and have grown up playing against each other for years. You seem to have some of that old-school mentality where you want to beat the best and not necessarily just join them. Can you talk about that mentality a little and what you love about going toe-to-toe with the best players in the league?

Mitchell: “I have a lot of friends in this league. We can be friends, but when it comes down to it I’m here to win. There are a lot guys joining forces, and right now the best team in the league has 5 all-stars. I understand the move, but I’d rather beat them than join them.”

 

 

7.13 RELEASE REPORT:  ULTRA BOOST ‘MULTICOLOR’ DROPS SOON

7.13 RELEASE REPORT: ULTRA BOOST ‘MULTICOLOR’ DROPS SOON

Each week, we’ll showcase the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this week:

ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST ‘MULTICOLOR’ – JULY 15 AT 10 AM ET

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It’s no secret that the Ultra Boost is one of the hottest shoes in the game right now. Its comfortable feel and streamlined silhouette offer the perfect summer style. Add a multicolored upper for a pop of color and the Ultra Boost ‘Rainbow’ colorway just might be one of the hottest Ultra Boosts yet. For Boost fans, this is a definite must-cop. Men’s $199.99, Grade School $179.99.

NIKE KD X ‘CONNOISSEUR’ – JULY 14 AT 10 AM ET

NIKE KD X ‘IGLOO’

KD is cold on the court. He’s locked in like never before, and if his performance on basketball’s biggest stage is any indication, the man has got ice in his veins. The KD X ‘Connoisseur’ is iced out with a grey upper and light green accents for a fresh look. The KD X also offers some of the best on-court performance of any shoe out there right now, so you’re getting the best of both worlds. Men’s $149.99, Grade School $124.99.

ADIDAS DAME 3 ‘STATIC’ – JULY 14 AT 10 AM ET

ADIDAS DAME 3 ‘STATIC’

Following up on the success of past iterations, the new Dame 3 will also get outfitted with the ‘Static’ colorway this weekend. Damian Lillard has been doubted his whole career. Dame blocked out the noise and rose above it all. Now, he’s a certified superstar, and one of the most lethal players in the game. Likewise, the Dame 3 is one of the top performing shoes in the game. Men’s $114.99, Grade School $84.99.

RELEASE REPORT: THREE JORDANS DROP THIS WEEKEND

RELEASE REPORT: THREE JORDANS DROP THIS WEEKEND

Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:

JORDAN RETRO 13 OG ‘WHITE/BLACK/RED’ – FEBRUARY 18 AT 10 AM ET

The Retro 13 silhouette returns with a classic OG Chicago colorway this weekend. The Retro 13 is inspired MJ’s cat-like reflexes, featuring a sole that’s molded after a panther’s paw and a hologram by the ankle that represents a cat’s eye. Jordan wore the shoe while winning his sixth title making it a favorite among sneakerheads. Men’s $189.99, Grade School $139.99.

JORDAN RETRO 6 ‘ALL-STAR’ – FEBRUARY 17 AT 10 AM ET

In honor of the upcoming All-Star game, the Retro 6 silhouette drops in a special ‘All-Star’ colorway. The Retro 6 features an upper that changes colors when light hits it at different angles, which is why the colorway is also nicknamed “Chameleon.” The Retro 6 combined with the cool colorway and All-Star Game tie-in make this one of the weekend’s hottest shoes. Men’s $224.99, Grade School $179.99.

JORDAN AJ XXXI ‘ALL-STAR’ – FEBRUARY 16 AT 10 AM ET

The AJ XXXI also gets the All-Star Game treatment this weekend. The shoe features a Hornets-inspired look with an iridescent midsole and icy outsole. There is also a hornet logo on the inside of the tongue to tie into the theme. Men’s $184.99, Grade School $159.99.

ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST – FEBRUARY 16 AT 10 AM ET

Two Ultra Boosts drop this weekend, both in a cool grey colorway. The regular Ultra Boost and the Ultra Boost Uncaged will both be available for those who are looking to add to their shoe rotation. The Ultra Boost always brings the heat, so make sure you pick up one of these sleek shoes. Act fast, because these are likely to go fast. Men’s $199.99

ADIDAS DAME 3 – FEBRUARY 17 AT 10 AM ET

 

The Dame 3 drops in two new colorways this weekend. Damian Lillard’s third signature shoe features a custom lacing system for maximum lockdown while also delivering a unique look that was inspired by a milk crate design. An all-black colorway and a clean grey-and-white colorway drop this weekend. Men’s $114.99.

UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 3 ‘BRASS BAND’ – FEBRUARY 17 AT 10 AM ET

The Curry 3 gets a new look ahead of the All-Star Game in NOLA. The Curry 3 ‘Brass Band’ features a black mesh upper with metallic copper detailing and reflective accents on the side. Let us know what you favorite All-Star shoe is in the comments section below! Men’s $149.99.

Release Report: Two Retros and More!

Release Report: Two Retros and More!

Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:

GIRLS’ JORDAN RETRO 6 ‘HYPER PINK’ – JANUARY 14 AT 10 AM ET

The iconic Jordan Retro 6 gets a new look with this weekend’s release. The new colorway is a girls’ exclusive with pink accents, reflective side panels, and an icy outsole. It’s a fresh look that will have plenty of guys wishing it wasn’t a girls’ only colorway. Girls’ $139.99.

JORDAN RETRO 12 LOW ‘MAX ORANGE’ – JANUARY 14 AT 10 AM ET

The classic Retro 12 returns this weekend in a luxurious low-top look. The shoe features a black suede and leather upper with Max Orange accents completing the look. The Retro 12 is a fan-favorite among sneakerheads, and this version provides another option for those who love Jordan style, but want a low-top feel. Men’s $169.99, Grade School $129.99.

UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 3 – JANUARY 14 AT 10 AM ET

Stephen Curry is one of the most innovative players the game has ever seen. His new shoe is also innovative with dynamic Threadborne technology that delivers the ideal mix of support and breathability. Simply put, this shoe is made for MVPs. Men’s $139.99, Grade School $124.99.

The Year In Review: Eastbay’s Top Launches Of 2016

The Year In Review: Eastbay’s Top Launches Of 2016

At Eastbay, we pride ourselves on offering the hottest shoes from the best brands. We are your go-to destination for all the biggest releases. As 2016 comes to a close, let’s look back at the shoes that took the sneaker world by storm.

adidas Originals Yeezys

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This year’s Yeezy season was hotter than ever. We restocked the popular ‘Pirate Black’ colorway of the Boost 350. Later, Kayne West and adidas shocked us with the release of their 350 Boost V2 in the Beluga colorway, followed by the release of not one, not two, but three V2s at one time! And we can’t forget about the 750 Boost in the light brown colorway either. That wasn’t all — one of the biggest hits for this Yeezy season was the Boost 350 Cleat and the black/white V2s. With instant sellouts and surprise releases, the Yeezy made 2016 a year to remember for all of us at Eastbay.

adidas Originals NMD Runner

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One of adidas Originals’ biggest hits this year was the release of their NMD Runner. Every colorway we dropped sold out almost instantly. Why was this shoe such a big deal? It was new and unlike anything we’d seen before. The striking combination of shapes, angles, and materials redefined the shoe game as we know it. Toward the end of 2016 we saw some updates to the NMD with the addition of fabrics, cages, and more. Will it be just as hot next year? I guess we’ll have to wait and see what adidas Originals has up their sleeve.

adidas Ultra Boost

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One of the hottest kicks on the planet in 2015 carried over to 2016 and shows no signs of slowing down. The adidas Ultra Boost craze has reached a whole new level this year. The minimalist look and undeniable comfort give this shoe the effortless cool factor that everyone craves. And just when we thought they couldn’t get any better, adidas brought us the first colored Boost in its Uncaged models, making it an obvious choice for our top launch list. We saw red and black Boosts at the end of this year, unlocking so many opportunities for 2017.

Jordan Retro 11 – ‘Space Jam’  

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The most anticipated Jordan Retro 11 dropped this year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie “Space Jam.” Fans everywhere remember how Michael Jordan wore this shoe as he defeated one of his toughest opponents: the Monstars. This sneaker is considered one of the greatest Jordans ever, partly because of its connection to the film and because of its out-of-this-world look. Dedicated Jordan fans were able to get this hot sneaker and all of the Jordan Space Jam hookups, right here at Eastbay.

Jordan Retro 12 – ‘French Blue’

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The Retro 12 hit big this year with two major releases. Jordan lovers waited a decade for the release of the AJ 12 ‘French Blue’ and they finally got it. The silhouette, comprised of white tumbled leather and French Blue overlays, had everyone swooning, making a perfect pick for our 2016 list.

Jordan Retro 12 – ‘Flu game’

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Another Retro 12 dropped this year that brought back all of the nostalgia for Jordan fans. Everyone remembers the playoff series game when MJ put up 38 points, grabbed seven boards, and dished out five assists, all while sick with the flu. These shoes brought back that memory of MJ’s will to win and sealed this sneaker’s spot in our top launches of the year.

Jordan Retro 1 OG – ‘Banned’

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The ‘Banned’ AJ 1 originally stormed onto the scene during Michael Jordan’s rookie season and returned this year, making our list of top launches. The black-and-red color scheme violated a league policy, resulting in a $5,000 fine each time MJ stepped onto the court in the sneakers. Like Michael Jordan himself, the ‘Banned’ AJ 1 defied expectations and norms making it an obvious choice for our top launches of 2016.

Jordan Retro 3 – ‘True Blue’

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Rounding out our top launches of 2016 is the Jordan Retro 3 ‘True Blue.’ This sneaker became famous when MJ returned to the NBA to join the Washington Wizards. This highly-anticipated launch dropped on Black Friday after not being available since 2011. The all-white leather upper with cement grey detailing with blue and red accents complete its classic look Jordan fans crave.

Well there you have it — our top launches of 2016! If you hadn’t noticed, our list was dominated by two brands: Jordan and adidas. Will next year be the same? Can we expect more from Yeezy? What will Jordan be retroing next? Stay tuned in 2017 by checking our release calendar and our blog for the latest and greatest launches.

Happy New Year!