Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell made sure to show some love to his former Utah Jazz coach and now Atlanta Hawks tactician Quin Snyder following their teams’ meeting on Wednesday.
Snyder got the last laugh in the Cleveland-Atlanta showdown, as his Hawks narrowly edged the Cavs 120-118. While the Wine and Gold could have benefitted from the win amid their chase for the third seed in the East, Mitchell doesn’t have any ill feelings towards his former coach.
In fact following the game, Mitchell went at Snyder and shared a heartfelt moment with him, hugging and dapping the veteran tactician. The Cavs guard was all smiles, clearly happy to see Snyder on a new team and thriving.
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It’s certainly a really wholesome moment. Despite the fact that they are competitors, it is also true that Donovan Mitchell and Quin Snyder are good friends who have a great relationship. They spent five years together in Utah and have had plenty of success together–at least in the regular season–so it’s not a surprise why they remain so close even after parting ways.
Mitchell had a big game for the Cavs on Tuesday, making Snyder miss him with a monstrous 44 points on top of five rebounds and five assists. Unfortunately for Cleveland, even his efforts weren’t enough to beat his ex-coach.
The Cavs and Hawks no longer have a meeting this 2022-23 season. But hey, maybe the two teams can face each other in the playoffs if Atlanta does make it past the Play-In.