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Isaiah Mobley relishes culture of NBA competition with brother Evan

Isaiah Mobley Relishes Culture Of Nba Competition With Brother Evan

Isaiah Mobley knows how good Evan Mobley is. That doesn’t mean Isaiah is going to accept that permanent reality in Cleveland with the Cavaliers.

If there is a good reason to think Isaiah Mobley will succeed in the NBA, it’s not just that he has a comfort zone playing alongside his brother with the Cavs. More than that, Isaiah will challenge Evan on the court.

Most of all, Isaiah will challenge himself and constantly work to reach the standard his brother has set.

Seth Davis of The Athletic talked to Isaiah Mobley and began his story this way:

The question is so obvious, and has been asked so often, that Isaiah Mobley is neither surprised nor offended by it.

“I don’t feel any type of pressure to live up to him,” Mobley said during a recent telephone conversation with The Athletic. He was referring, of course, to his younger brother Evan, a 7-foot forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers who was selected to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team in May.

“I’m happy for him, he’s been doing well. We have different journeys, so the comparison doesn’t bother me.”

A moment later, however, Isaiah throws a sharp-elbowed reminder that he’s still the big brother in this equation. “But I’m also a competitor,” he says. “I plan on trying to beat him out.”

No one — not even Isaiah Mobley himself — thinks the rookie will outperform Evan Mobley in 2023 or at any point in these brothers’ pro careers. Yet, if Isaiah is even 35 or 40 percent as successful and productive as Evan is, that means he’ll have a solid, decade-long NBA career and set himself up for life financially. That wouldn’t be a bad outcome.

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