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Donovan Mitchell is officially a Clevelander.
The new Cleveland Cavaliers guard was recognized as “Captain Doug Pound” at the Browns’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, and he fired up the crowd just before kickoff.
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Mitchell, wearing a Browns jersey with his No. 45, took a Steeler-designed guitar and strummed it into the Browns’ amplifier.
Guitars and amplifiers pay tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located next to FirstEnergy Stadium.
Mitchell was recently traded from the Utah Jazz to the Cavaliers after months of ongoing trade talks.
Mitchell admitted that he thought he would return to his hometown and play for the New York Knicks, but the Cavs sent Lauri Markkanen, Colin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji and three first-round picks along with two pick swaps.
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Browns legendary offensive lineman Joe Thomas had the honor of becoming the first Doug Pound captain before the Browns’ Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets. Thomas provided good mojo for the first 58 minutes of that game, but the Browns blew a 13-point lead in the final two minutes to lose 31-30.
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The AFC North rivals entered Thursday night at 1-1.