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Game 28 of 82: Utah Jazz at Charlotte Hornets (8-20)

December 21, 2014


Game summary: The Jazz broadcast showed a Big Al highlight reel in the final minutes of the game.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
I think our start hurt us. You know, we let Al Jefferson catch the ball way too deep, and they, a couple easy buckets early, even, just a little, made us a little more tired. And w–that said, we, you know, we cut it to 10 with eight minutes in the fourth. But we were searching to find some juice all night.
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s performance
He had some energy. I think, you know, he seemed like he had some bounce and some freshness, and you know, he came in and really helped us–I won’t say get back in the game, but helped us get a little momentum with, you know, his, the defensive job that he did on Jefferson. He just made it harder on him.

** Gordon Hayward on the game
I think you have to recognize it’s the fourth game in five nights for us, but you know, we’re professionals. We gotta be able to handle that…We’re a young team, so I mean, you’re gonna have nights like this for sure. We’ve had plenty of ‘em already, and hopefully we can learn.
** Hayward on Big Al’s performance
I think the key for them is Big Al. And especially when he gets going, I mean, you watched that in Utah for a number of years. He’s tough to play one-on-one, and they did a great job of spacing the other guys, cutting the other guys, so when you do double, they hit cutters. He’s a pretty willing passer, too, out of the post, so you know, I think that’s where it all starts.

big al fav.

** Al Jefferson on Derrick Favors’ development
Oh man. Well, Favors, you know, that’s my guy, man. You know, but I’m a little disappointed in him, though. He went for my ball fake the first two plays of the game. That’s something that very shocked me. But you know, he’s becoming, he be coming into it, you know? When he was a rookie, I knew he was gon be something special. You know, and you could tell. You could tell. You could see it, and he’s just getting more and more comfortable, more and more, you know, he been working. You can tell that he getting more comfortable with his game and understanding the type of player he can be. You know, he always gon have a face-up jumper, and I think he understanding the block now. He always been a great defensive player, rebounding too. So, [he is] just coming into his own, and you know, we gon see a lot of him in years to come.


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Enes Kanter miss: Kanter would like to get started. He misfires.
** Boler: If you get hit on something that’s been strained, or sprained, or bruised, it may take a minute or two for it to kind of get the feeling back.
** Ron Boone on Quin Snyder substitution: I saw him get up and grab Alec.

Red denotes most recent game.

Two streaks continue: The Jazz are 0-9 with Johnnie Bryant doing the halftime interview and 0-4 with Boler and Booner on the call.

game 28

Utah Jazz at Charlotte Hornets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

December 21, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: At the Hive.

God the Jazz set like a million screens per possession
by JDeLong42 on Dec 20, 2014 | 7:22 PM

Favors getting every call. MKG clean block.
by Sneedle Vision on Dec 20, 2014 | 7:25 PM

That’s a jump ball!?
Gobert just rolled MKG over to get to the ball

by JDeLong42 on Dec 20, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Go home, Gobert.
by Sneedle Vision on Dec 20, 2014 | 7:32 PM

Who is Joe Ingles?
by JDeLong42 on Dec 20, 2014 | 7:40 PM

Rudy Gobert is rather large
by JDeLong42 on Dec 20, 2014 | 7:55 PM

We look like an NBA team

by AJZero on Dec 20, 2014 | 8:28 PM

And a good one at that
As long as we don’t blow it again.

by JDeLong42 on Dec 20, 2014 | 8:29 PM

I dont want us to know we are up

by AJZero on Dec 20, 2014 | 8:30 PM

ive never heard of this ingles guy
by plasmasnake on Dec 20, 2014 | 8:54 PM

MKG smothering Hayward…
by Sneedle Vision on Dec 20, 2014 | 8:59 PM

jazz have steve novak?

by plasmasnake on Dec 20, 2014 | 9:00 PM

MKG killed hayward (bit exaggerated…but yes he outplayed hayward)
as I said he woul

by Championships on Dec 20, 2014 | 9:05 PM

Lance just tickled Al’s ear…lmao
by Sneedle Vision on Dec 20, 2014 | 9:09 PM

Nice win
(Against a tired Utah team)
Lol. J/k. Win is a win. Main thing is to build off this and keep it up.
by D.W.G. on Dec 20, 2014 | 9:09 PM

Game 27 of 82: Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic (8-19)

December 20, 2014

Win streak. It’s aliiiiiive!


Pre-Game Quotage
** Trey Burke, asked how Quin Snyder is doing as a coach
He’s doing great, man. Obviously, it’s his first year as a coach, and you may not see it, you know, from a fan’s view, but he’s definitely, he’s keeping us accountable. He’s on us hard every single day, and making us work. So that’s all you can ask for, you know?
** Burke on Tyrone Corbin being named Kings interim head coach
That’s good for him, man. You know, I think, that’s something that, you know, I really won’t speak on a lot, but you know, I think he’s a gr–he’s a good enough coach to be a head coach. You know, obviously, you know, he got let go from here last year, but you know, now that he’s the head coach of Sacramento, you know, I wish him the best. (The Trey Burke Show; 1320)

enes tests

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game
No one gave us anything tonight. I thought, you know, Gordon [Hayward] had a terrific second half. Everybody defended. You know, Enes [Kanter] did a great job defensively on some perimeter players, and I thought everyone together–it’s really, it was, as they say, a team effort. … [Derrick Favors] protected the rim so well. And Rudy [Gobert] did it also when he came in the game. And especially in the second half, Derrick being willing to come across the lane and leave his own man to give support, and we’re getting better at helping each other.
** Snyder on learning through experience
One of my favorite plays all night was when Trey Burke came up off of, you know, Gordon had the ball in pick and roll, and Trey slipped out. And he missed, but you know, him being able to do that and make that read. And then Derrick hit a couple really big pull-up jump shots, you know, by facing up when they dropped off him, and you know, we have confidence in him making that shot.

** Derrick Favors on the Jazz’s defensive effort tonight
That’s something we talked about as a team in meetings, in practice. You know, we just want to be a better defensive team. You know, we thought we were giving guys too many easy baskets in the paint, in transition, so you know, we came together as a team to say, you know, we just gon start taking it personal, playing man to man, guarding guys and making guys take tough shots. If they hit it, they hit it, but you know, we want to be a tough defensive team, especially in the fourth quarter.
** Favors on the Jazz’s next game
Charlotte’s a good team…Big Al [Jefferson], you know, he got all the post moves in the world. So you know, we gon come out there, continue to play as a team, try to improve on the defensive end, try to improve on offensive end, and try to get another win.
** Gordon Hayward on Jazz players’ improved understanding of rotations
There’s still a lotta room for improvement and we still have breakdowns, but I think for the most part, the communication’s getting a hell of a lot better. Guys are helping each other out, and that’s what coach talking about. We gotta be able to have each other’s backs so we can trust each other.
** Rodney Hood on practices/shootarounds transferring to the floor
That’s the biggest thing, is carryover. You know, coach been preaching carryover, and you know we just been playing hard. I mean, competing. You know, we not worried about where we’re supposed to be on the court and all that. We just competing, and doing that for every single night…To have carryover, see that at work, you know, it only brings confidence with us as players.

poor-kidPoor kid.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Craig Bolerjack
** People competely butchering Nikola Vucevic’s name without a thought to glancing at their readily available pronunciation guide: Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring
** This is possibly bigger than the Jazz’s win streak, and yes, it’s real (H/T @DJJazzyJody):

stockton shorts

** Meanwhile, in Boise:

jerry stampede

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: That’s how you go aggressive to the hole. (H/T @edwin_nba)
** Craig Boler on Trey Burke losing a shoe: He blew a tire. He got a bicycle pump?
** Boler, after Harpring reveals Boler said off-air he could beat Bubba Watson: Thanks for letting the cat out of the bag.
** Boler on Channing Frye miss: Kanter got there just in time to put a hand in his face.
** Boler to Gordon Hayward, post-game: You start slow…but then you find your own rhythm. And then you came again, for the second straight game.
** Boler to Hayward, post-game: Is it good to play again tomorrow night, when it’s feeling good?
** Hayward on the Jazz’s next game: It’s always fun going up against Big Al. You know, and I told Turk [Enes Kanter], if he can’t can’t get up for this game, I don’t know what game he can get up for.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 27

Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

December 20, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Orlando Pinstriped Post.

I just don’t see the Magic being so much better than Utah that they sweep the season series
Especially after the disaster in Boston. Taking Utah.

by MoveThoseChains on Dec 19, 2014 | 6:18 PM

It’s only a two game series…
We deserve to be favourites for this one, and we’ll win.

by Robot42 on Dec 19, 2014 | 6:41 PM

Looking forward to seeing Exum and Joe Ingles play well in a Jazz loss!
by Robot42 on Dec 19, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Some gross play from the Magic so far.
6 TOs, poor shooting, and allowing the Jazz to hit 70%FG in the 1st.

by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Dec 19, 2014 | 7:37 PM

Derrick Favors is killing us.
by Dunkmachine1313 on Dec 19, 2014 | 8:21 PM

So is Channing Frye.
by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Dec 19, 2014 | 8:27 PM

The Magic really stink lately.
Not that they were good in the first place, but they’ve really stunk lately.
I know the game isn’t over, but I’ve got no confidence.

by Tim333 on Dec 19, 2014 | 8:52 PM

Well, it was a pretty good try at a comeback.
Shouldn’t even have been in that position. It’s frustrating.

by Tim333 on Dec 19, 2014 | 9:22 PM

It’s a shame…
Losses like this one should not be. I think our team is better than this at this time to be losing at home to the Jazz.

by finals or bust on Dec 19, 2014 | 9:25 PM

Get to Know: Jeremy Evans

December 19, 2014
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From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series; recorded around September


Childhood snapshot: Outside playing games, wearing athletic gear (shorts/T-shirt). Pretended to be Michael Jordan when playing basketball
Childhood room: Cleanest room in the house; artwork and posters up on the walls
Best Christmas present ever: Probably a puzzle
Best basketball moment ever: Winning a tournament in college in my home state, with family and friends there
Worst basketball moment ever: Playing a high school game while under the influence of hydrocodone after a root canal
Favorite class: Math
Least favorite class: Science
How do you treat yourself? Purchase something. Maybe a car. Into old cars
Why do you wear No. 40? Wanted No. 22 in high school, but it was taken and the only number left was No. 40
Most scared ever: Not the most scared, but going to a mall in the Bahamas with a buddy and it looked like everyone wanted to eat us up
Worst job or chore ever: Don’t have one. I love doing everything
Superpower: Invisibility
Killing time: Draw and paint
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Michael Jordan, Martin Luther King and mom

Five most frequently used apps on your phone: Pandora, Bejeweled, Safari…
Top five Pandora stations: Canton Jones, Lil Wayne, Usher, LeCrae and Maroon 5
Top five video games of all time: FIFA, Far Cry, Grand Theft Auto, 2K and Smash Bros.
Top five non-NBA athletes: Michael Phelps, Randy Moss, Brett Favre, Tom Brady and Muhammad Ali
All-time NBA starting five: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett
Five things you can’t live without: Phone, wife/family, art materials, basketball and house

Mom: Strong, tough, loving in ways, will tell you straight up what she thinks. She was in the military, and I think it shows a lot.
Good day in the house when: When we got to go outside and play without getting whooped or spanked
First person that recognized your talent: No question, my mom. From Day One, she told me I could play in the NBA
“If that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be here today” moment: If a foot injury in high school hadn’t healed properly

First basketball team: Boys and Girls Club
First buzzer beater: In junior high while playing for the high school team
First dunk: Eighth grade at a high school gym with a soccer ball or volleyball
First pair of basketball shoes: Nikes
First time your ever saw yourself on television: College game
First video game: Sonic
First nickname: Sticks
First car: ’81 Benz
First CD: Usher
First jersey: Grant Hill
First autograph: Scottie Pippen
First big purchase: Camaro
First time you ever got in trouble: Fighting with little brother
First pet: Dog named Butch
First time you got dumped: Never. I never really had a girlfriend until my wife.

Favorite NBA arena: EnergySolutions Arena
Least favorite NBA arena: Milwaukee
Favorite food: Pizza
Least favorite food: Watermelon
Favorite athlete growing up: Michael Jordan
Least favorite athlete growing up: Didn’t have one
Favorite musical genre: Gospel
Least favorite musical genre: Hard rock
Favorite thing you do every day: Paint
Least favorite thing you do every day: Wake up early
Favorite personality trait in people: Honesty
Least favorite personality trait in people: Lying

Word Association
Utah Jazz: Karl Malone
Defense: High Hands
The greatest: Jordan
Australia: Kangaroo
Breakfast: Lunch
Life: Death
Bananas: Apples
Derrick Favors: 15
Jesus Christ: Holy Ghost
Bart Simpson: Marge
Cleveland: LeBron
Los Angeles: Lakers
William Shakespeare: Play
Monet: Painting

Game 26 of 82: Utah Jazz at Miami Heat (7-19)

December 18, 2014


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the importance of communication
The biggest thing, for me, that we’re trying to impress on Gordon [Hayward] is just his communication on the court. You know, he’s an intelligent player. He’s got a lot to give his teammates, in addition to his ability, you know, to make baskets and get rebounds and things. And the more we can hear his voice, I think it really has a positive impact. And from the very beginning of the game–you know, we’re in front of our bench defensively–and you could hear our guys talking to each other. You know, there was a connectivity on defense that we’ve been looking for.
** Snyder on the Jazz holding off Heat runs tonight
We’ve tried to maintain our composure. A lot of times, we’ve let people make runs on our mistakes. There was a couple moments where that happened, but it didn’t happen, you know, three or four times. It happened once or twice, and we were able to respond. So, you know, those are things I think as we mature as a group, that we’ll be better at. Some of it, you know, you learn from experience, and some of those, the sting from having that happen to you, you know, last night and the previous game, makes you a little more aware.

#rudygobert #utahjazz #eurooooooo

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** Derrick Favors, post-game
I feel good to get a win, basically…To finally get one, you know, felt good.
** Favors on Enes Kanter’s performance
He out there hooping, man. He hitting open shots, doing what he do on the offensive end. And he improved a lot on defense, too.
** Enes Kanter, asked how he got through the game despite fatigue and being asked to do more than he’s ever been asked to do
Just fight through it. Like I said, I was tired and I’m sure a lot of people were tired. But just fight through it, and I think we were focused. And after the last, from last night, then we just focus and we just have to do what we have to do. And we just, everybody give theirself 100 percent, and we were ready.
** Kanter on his effort on the glass
I’m trying to touch every rebound, you know, because my teammates, even if my teammates miss any shots, I wanna give them confidence too, you know, just up there, and try to rebound. And just, not just me, you know? Just Fav or [Trevor] Book[er] and Rudy [Gobert] and Jeremy [Evans], you know, we try to get the rebounds so they can shoot with the confidence.
** Dante Exum, asked if the game is slowing down for him
Yeah, and I had a play tonight where I had the ball for most of the possession, and you kn–I think at the start of the season I would’ve freaked out and just given the ball up. But you know, I played patient and calm through it, and you know, I found Rodney [Hood] for an open shot.

dickThings that catch your eye

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: Hayward with a little wiggle, Hamilton bodying him up.
** Craig Bolerjack on the Jazz’s hot start: I tell you, I think it’s a testament to just what the Jazz think about Quin Snyder, honestly. The disappointment was large last night.
** Harpring, in response to Boler talking about eating fried chicken: Boler, I wouldn’t guarantee anything at your age.
** Boler: Hayward, finding the sweet spot. You betcha.
** Harpring: Saw Booker last night make a nice move down low, deep in the game.
** Harpring: It’s coming in spurts, and that’s what’s happening with this Jazz team.
** Harpring: Kanter is such a load down under. (H/T @New_OrleansJazz)
** Harpring: Wade, at his age, what a finish.
Boler: He went for 36 minutes in Brooklyn.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 26

Utah Jazz at Miami Heat: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

December 18, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Hot Hot Hoops.

Man this form at home needs to get better
by mrkevmario on Dec 17, 2014 | 7:57 PM

Why do we suck at home? I don’t get it.
by bibbit on Dec 17, 2014 | 7:59 PM

This team is such garbage
Are we really that much worse against the crummy Jazz even on the back end of a back to back!

by anypoint on Dec 17, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Without Bosh? Without McRoberts? With Wade fighting illness on the second night of a back to back?
Should it really surprise anyone that we might struggle? I mean, Haslem, Hamilton, and Sean Williams are getting the majority of our frontcourt minutes right now.

by jnicho20 on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:02 PM

anyone going to give some credit to Jazz??
they’ve been playing really nice so far
we should play better D though

by NenadBM on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:03 PM

we beat these guys a few days ago, right?
by XmikeX on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:04 PM

we had bosh and mcbob then, right?
by XmikeX on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:05 PM

by crosshanger on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:06 PM

and they have like who?
by NenadBM on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:06 PM

they have some guy who looks like a shorter dunleavy … and some dude from turkey, i heard
by XmikeX on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:09 PM

UD got some balls
Kanter is a beast, he would kill most people on a charge like that

by anypoint on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:11 PM

I think the Jazz had turnovers on four out of five possessions…. and still expanded the lead.
by jnicho20 on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:14 PM

YEEEESSSSSSSSSSS….a made basket!
by anypoint on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:16 PM

and three
for them…

by NenadBM on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:17 PM

hahah hayward really needs to stop with that hairstyle and all that playing with it.
by crosshanger on Dec 17, 2014 | 8:44 PM

Today marks the 1 month anniversary of the last game Cole made 2 three pointers.
He has made 2 since then.

by jnicho20 on Dec 17, 2014 | 9:09 PM

Their center shoots better than all of our pg’s!!!
by anypoint on Dec 17, 2014 | 9:14 PM

I would take Kanter in a Heat uni
Kid is ripping us two games now and has nice game.

by mrkevmario on Dec 17, 2014 | 9:16 PM

Kanter would be a nice complement to our team…can we trade Cole and Reggie Williams?
by anypoint on Dec 17, 2014 | 9:16 PM

yay.. let’s keep missing FTs …
by XmikeX on Dec 17, 2014 | 9:47 PM

hayward with the wtf 3
by XmikeX on Dec 17, 2014 | 9:48 PM

looks like the arena is emptying out
by crosshanger on Dec 17, 2014 | 9:53 PM

Mike Conley would look good in Heat red in 2016
If Bazz does not pan out by then. Love Bazz and want to see it work out though.

by mrkevmario on Dec 17, 2014 | 10:03 PM

Game 25 of 82: Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans (6-19)

December 17, 2014

dante 1217

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
There were so many good things about the way we played tonight. Not just how we played, but the way we did it. We really connected, and had exchanges, and possessions where a lotta things that we’ve been working on, we were able to execute on both ends. And then, you know, they turned it up, and a couple players on their end made some great plays, had some big-time efforts…There’s been a lotta right, you know, and I think we have to be certain to show [the players] that.
** Snyder on Enes Kanter’s performance
You mentioned, you know, light on his feet and energy, and it shows up when he doesn’t have the ball. And then when he gets the ball, you know, we know he’s capable of, he’s a very skilled player. But to see him energetic and active defensively, to me, is really commendable. It’s something, you know, it’s not easy to put your defense in front of your offense…To see him doing that was satisfying.

** Enes Kanter, asked how close the Jazz are to breaking out
I think this team come a r–along really well, you know, ’cause of, and I’m not even just talking about basketball. I’m just tal–I’m talking about, like, friendship and chemistry. And I think once the, this team learn how to play together better and especially on the road, this team’s gonna be really well, ’cause I think we have really something special, and we just have to use that.
** Dante Exum, asked how close the Jazz are to breaking out
I think, you know, it’s, everyone’s coming closer together as a team, and I’m starting to get more and more comfortable with the guys, and I’m pretty sure they’re starting to get more comfortable with me. And it’s just about get–finishing games and I think once we learn to do that, you know, we’ll be better.

Can’t even begin to express how much I love this out of Rudy Gobert, most likely candidate for our future (and desperately needed) vocal leader:

rudy tweets

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring
** Joe Ingles: Bazinga!


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: This is the best seven minutes Trey has put together.
** Harpring on Jimmer Fredette’s minutes: It’s hard. It’s hard when you’re in and out.
** Craig Bolerjack to Harpring on ticket package: Hey, you have time to stuff a stocking, Matty.
** Boler: Hayward muscles it in between Cunningham and Rivers.
** Boler, trying to sell tickets: Come on down, have some fun.
** Boler: Anthony Davis is banged, and banged hard by Kanter.
** Quin Snyder on doing the right thing, post-game: It’s just a question for us of doing it more, doing it longer, doing it with more force. And tonight, we did it longer. You know, we did it with more force.
** Boler to Enes Kanter, post-game: I know you’re disappointed. It was a banger out there tonight.
** Boler to Dante Exum, post-game: You did explode and it looked like you had a different attitude tonight.

Red denotes most recent game.


Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

December 17, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Bird Writes.

Beat ‘em up
Take our name back and send ’em back to Utah.

by whentheleveebreaks on Dec 16, 2014 | 6:21 PM

damn, Burke is going off already
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 7:13 PM

defensive fail, getting broken down ugh
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 7:22 PM

damn, Trey Burke thinks it is the ncaa finals again, letting it fly–is hitting though…
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 7:25 PM

he was not moving, huh? fuck these officials.
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 7:34 PM

Anderson’s “hot/cold” seems set to “toasty” tonight
I like it. Now if we could only get a few more stops…

by Icebird on Dec 16, 2014 | 7:52 PM

Kanter playing bully ball well; good low post scorer, uses that size well
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 7:53 PM

garbage refs, consistent garbage so far
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 8:22 PM

terrible…just letting them get point blank shots….this team’s strength should be defense
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 8:24 PM

This team can’t guard
it’s own shadow. OKC will vault past them soon and that will be it for the playoff talk. This roster needs to be reconfigured. Might as well start now.

by dstamp337 on Dec 16, 2014 | 8:28 PM

AD needs to stick with Canter, went for the steal there, Canter is getting too many easy looks
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 8:29 PM

moving fucking pick, garbage
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 8:33 PM

Good god
guard somebody! Good teams do not lose at home to teams like the Jazz. Anybody who thinks this is a playoff caliber team is delusional.

by dstamp337 on Dec 16, 2014 | 8:33 PM

A coach
and a reconfigured roster. That’s all this team needs!

by dstamp337 on Dec 16, 2014 | 8:45 PM

get a motherfucking stop
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 8:57 PM

Wooo, perfectly executed there
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 9:16 PM

by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 9:16 PM

played like shit most of the night, but got to it toward the end of the fourth on defense…or at least better, got some inside and on the break too…
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 9:18 PM

good win. beat the roxs
by njccc on Dec 16, 2014 | 9:20 PM

Good lord you are one dedicated commenter.
87 matches for your username.

by ayevee on Dec 16, 2014 | 9:24 PM

We need him
Unlike other teams, the game threads here can get pretty quiet.

by Icebird on Dec 16, 2014 | 9:29 PM

Get to Know: Enes Kanter

December 16, 2014
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From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series; recorded around September


Childhood snapshot: Going to school, tall guy wearing school uniform
Childhood room: Shared room with younger brothers; slept on the floor (brothers got the beds). Wasn’t anything special
Best present ever: Friendly hug
Best basketball moment ever: Hitting a game-winner against Greece at 15 or 16
Worst basketball moment ever: “Oh, whole last–uh, I don’t know if I can answer.” Probably one of the games last year when I was frustrated, we were losing and everybody was just down
Favorite class: P.E.
Least favorite class: Math
How do you treat yourself? Probably travel to see my friends
Why do you wear No. 0? Before I got to the NBA, my mom told me even if you’re the best ever, you have to stay humble
If you were an actor, what kind of actor would you be? Probably scary movie. Or Spiderman or Hulk
Most scared ever: I was scared of dark when I was young, so probably when it was dark
Superpower: Probably control people’s brain
Dinner with three or four people, dead or alive: Probably Barack Obama, FBI president, and CIA president. I’ll talk to them, see what’s going on

Five most frequently used apps on your phone: Twitter, calendar, WhatsApp, Viber. That’s it, four.
Top five video games of all time: Mario on Atari, Sonic on Atari, NBA basketball, soccer and NCAA basketball
All-time NBA starting five: John Stockton, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon*
Five things you can’t live without: Friends, basketball, family, religion and “…one more. No, I don’t need my phone that much. No phone. Lifting. No, not lifting, man. What’s lifting? Okay, lifting.”
Five favorite meals: Turkish doner, Turkish kebab, Turkish manti, salmon and pasta

* Enes knows his audience.

Mom: Because I’m so far away, she’s worried what I’m do if I’m hungry. Whenever I call or Skype, she’s always asking, “What did you eat? Do you have anything in the fridge?” … As kids, me and brothers was so crazy, so she was always protecting from my father, ’cause my father was always chasing us.
First person that recognized your talent: P.E. teacher in hometown of Van
“If that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be here today” moment: If I would’ve stayed in Turkey, I probably wouldn’t be here right now. I would be somewhere in NBA, but it would’ve been harder because of contracts and buyouts.

First time your ever saw yourself on television: Or Youtube? I think I when I was 15 or 16
First video game: Mario
First nickname: I don’t wanna say that one. I’ll say the second one. Underkanter.
First car: I leased one from Miller, so it’s Lincoln
First time you ever got in trouble: I knocked down the yogurt and then I blamed on my brother. That was the first time I lied, and I still regret it
First pet: I had a lot of pets. Lot of birds, cat, fish
First time you got dumped*: I don’t wanna answer that, ’cause my mom will listen this maybe.

* Locke UDQM: “Are you ready? Here’s the big one.”

Favorite NBA arena: L.A.
Least favorite NBA arena: Golden State
Favorite food: In America, salmon
Least favorite food: Well, I don’t eat pork, so…
Least favorite musical genre: The ones that’s so hard and the cussing words in it
Favorite musical genre: Anything no cussing
Favorite thing you do every day: Being with my teammates or going to games and being out there with the fans
Least favorite thing you do every day: Bad practices
Favorite personality trait in people: Good locker room guys. Always happy, never down, make teammates feel up
Least favorite personality trait in people: Just put his head down, and just say “Oh man, how am I gonna do this? How I can do this?” I know, ’cause from myself, from last year.


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