Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is in town to face the Knicks this week, but the 22-year-old spent some time on Tuesday reminiscing about growing up around the Mets.
Mitchell's father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., has worked in the Mets front office for several years and is their director of player relations and community engagement.
Mitchell spent a lot of his time growing up around his father and at Shea Stadium, where he recalled one of his favorite memories -- the Mike Piazza home run after 9/11.
"Mike Piazza was my guy. I met him once. He was the guy I wanted to be like," Mitchell said. "The home run he hit after the 9/11 attacks really sticks out to me. Just because it was so memorable. I didn't realize the correlation between that and the 9/11 attack and everyone going crazy over it, I was like it barely got over the fence, but I realize now how big of a home run and how big of an impact it had on the city."