• Former Laker Jim Jackson said Rudy Gobert was already unhappy with Jazz prior to coronavirus issue
  • Donovan Mitchell reportedly still mad about Gobert's carelessness about safety precautions
  • Jackson was once infected by a flu together with former teammate Jason Kidd and singer Toni Braxton

A former Los Angeles Lakers guard said that he knew Rudy Gobert was unhappy with his Jazz teammates prior to the coronavirus issue with Donovan Mitchell.

The NBA was one of the global leagues that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Jazz center Gobert was the first reported positive case in the league and due to the circumstances, and many also believe, the virus apparently spread and infected his teammate Mitchell as well.

The pair eventually survived and are now cleared by medical experts. However, Mitchell was reportedly still unwilling to bury the hatchet with Gobert.

Evidently, Mitchell was blaming Gobert for the life-threatening experience as The Athletic reports "Mitchell remains reluctant to fix what might have been broken" between he and his teammate.

Prior to being infected by the killer disease, reports claim that Mitchell and Gobert had been spending a lot of time together. The article also pointed out that to this day, it is still unclear who had been infected first between the two. Still, Mitchell is reportedly pissed at Gobert for not taking the safety precautions seriously. It will be remembered that Gobert even jokingly touched a bunch of microphones and recording devices in front of reporters in an effort to mock social distancing.

While the gap between Mitchell and Gobert’s relationship could solely be pointed to the coronavirus, former Dallas Maverick and Los Angeles Laker Jim Jackson revealed a different angle about the issue.

In a recent phone interview with ESPN’s “Speak For Yourself,” Jackson, who turned out to be once infected by a flu along with former teammate Jason Kidd and famous singer Toni Braxton back in the 90s, was asked to share his thoughts regarding the Mitchell-Gobert case.

According to Jackson, though Mtichell and Gobert’s issue has a bit of a resemblance from his back then, he pointed out that no one in the league has confirmed yet how the sudden beef between the two really started. The NBA journeyman even revealed that he was told Gobert was already unhappy with some of his teammates prior to being tested positive with coronavirus.

“What is interesting about this is that throughout the course of the year, even late last year, Gobert was unhappy at times with his bros. How this leads to the whole dynamic about Donovan Mitchell? We really don’t know. I always say just be careful about what he hear to what we know,” Jackson said.

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Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert #27 talk against the New Orleans Pelicans during a game at the Smoothie King Center on January 06, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Jazz are reportedly trying to convince Gobert and Mitchell to get it over with, but sources told The Athletic, "It doesn't appear salvageable."