How are you dealing with this season?
Well, you just manage it, you know? It’s not the ideal situation to be in. We are where we are. You know, we talked about this end of last su–during the summer last year, and talked about, you know, once they decided to make the change into what the season could be like.
And now we’re here. We’re at the end of the year. It’s been a long year. A lot of ups and downs, a lot of learning for different guys in different roles. A lot of questions about everything that’s going on, and it was to be expected.
I said right from the beginning, when they decided to go down this route, in no way this is good for the coaches. Because in the, you know, you get questioned about everything going on with young guys. So, we are here. I, you know, it’s not completely a surprise, but then again, you know, you hope for the things to go a little different, and then they have. But we are where we are.
Has this been the most frustrating season of your basketball career?
In coaching, it has been…
It’s been a little bit more frustrating because the ups and downs, the peaks and valleys. You, you know, you have guys out in the beginning of the year, you hit a stride, you going along pretty good, and you, maintaining those things and trying to find out what you’re gonna get from different guys on a consistent basis.
And we just haven’t been able to get a consistent group together for a long period of time and get the same performance…That’s to be expected with young guys in this league.
What effect has “outside voices” had on the team this year?
Well, it’s, you know, it’s been a task managing that all year. Right from the beginning, you talk about young team, and then this whole tanking thing became popular because of where you are and what some other teams are doing. …
I thought last night, you know, with all the talk last couple of days, and I don’t listen to a lot of it. I just kinda heard, they briefed me on something about, you know, how it’s better for where we are now to lose games. And that’s difficult for players, especially young guys, to understand.
How critical is it for young players in this league to listen to the right voices, when sometimes the people that happen to be talking to them are people they trust in their basic real life?
It’s huge. I, you know, I was a young player in this league, and you know, I have family and friends that just talk about what’s best for me.
And my coaches may be saying different things than what role they’re looking for me to play, and they’re the ones who control it, and they’re the ones who dictate how much I will play on the floor. And if I’m not on the floor, how I get a chance to expand my role.
So you have to make sure you’re listening to the right people. You have to make sure you understand and honest with who yourself, and who you are and what you do well to help your team win, and you to get an opportunity to get on the floor, so you can expand your game by being on the floor.
And that’s one of the biggest tasks in this league that guys got to fight against, and coaches have to deal with, because all these guys have inner circle who’s telling them what they wanna hear and not necessarily what they need to hear. (1280)
From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series.
First team ever played on: Park and recreation team in Columbia, S.C.
First buzzer beater: With the Hawks in a game against the Sixers.
First dunk: Jumping off a chair in my old neighborhood.
First pair of basketball shoes: Can’t remember.
First time you ever saw yourself on TV: When I was in an elementary school math competition.
First nickname: Cornbread.
First CD: Still waiting to buy one.
First video game ever played: Pokemon.
First day off in Utah: I was here with Coach [Jerry] Sloan so I probably slept all day.
First poster: Ice Man. The one with him sitting on an ice cube seat.
First sports jersey owned: Probably one of my older brothers’ that I took from them when they were done with it.
First autograph: Probably a Larry Bird autograph that I took from my mom when I played in Atlanta.
First time you ever got in trouble as a kid: Probably when I put my hands on some money that wasn’t mine. I remember getting that beating.
First pet: Probably a goldfish. I’m not a big pet guy.
First kiss: That I want to talk about, was with my wife.
Best game ever played: Basketball? High school state championship game.
Worst game ever played: Freshman year of college when we lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Best place ever traveled to: The Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Best meal ever: I’m a big-time eater. I love my mom–my wife’s a great cook. I love my mom’s cooking. Imma go easy, and go spaghetti with the South Carolina sauce that my mom and wife make. And some cornbread.
Maddest you’ve ever been: Probably when somebody was messing with my kids.
Earliest you ever woke up to work out: Probably just after I went to sleep about 1 a.m.
Best friend in the league: Let’s say, right now, Sidney Lowe.
Best movie ever: Lean on Me.
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Jesus; Martin Luther King; Barack Obama.
What’s your mom like? The wisest, most consistent, most honest person that I know. She’s more of a lover now, but she was, when I was a kid, a very, very, very, very good, strong disciplinarian.
You knew you were in trouble when… You were in trouble first. She would swing and talk later.
You made your mom most happy when… Graduating from high school, and then graduating from college, and in there were so many moments of achievements that she’s been excited about for me.
Good day in the house when… When the weather was bad outside and we all had to stay in the house.
Last sport played besides basketball: Golf.
Last vacation: I go on trips, but my wife don’t really call those vacations…I hear it all the time, trust me.
Last item bought: We remodeling our house in South Carolina, so it’s been many items.
Last music downloaded: Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Last time you were scared: What time is it?
Last time you were incredibly happy: My daughter graduating in June.
Last book you read: That I read completely? Just finishing up John Wooden’s book. Can’t think of the name of the book.
I’m sure you’ve all seen this everywhere already, but I still have to post it. Karl Malone, scene stealer.
This is how the Lakers’ night went:
And this play is representative of how the Jazz’s night went:
The thing is, I don’t think anyone on the Jazz from top to bottom was trying to lose this game…
** Tyrone Corbin on finishing the season strong
You are your brand, and you wanna make sure every night you step out there on the floor, you try and put the best foot forward, in your effort, first of all. And then the game will follow from there. So, we wanna make sure we come out and play a certain way.
** Corbin on the Burkcourt
In the last two games, one of the two guys have gotten in early foul trouble because of anxiety or whatever, the flow of the game, we’ve had to get away from it to come back to it. But, they’ve grown from the beginning of the year, during the course of the year to being able to now to start the game with them.
Bits from Dennis Lindsey Appearance on the Broadcast
** Can Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors co-exist as starters?
I think as you’ve, as we’ve seen especially the last month, the, clearly those guys can play together. Enes is a good shooter; Derrick’s very good on the roll. Derrick can anchor, you know, our defensive schemes. You know, they both need to improve in several different areas. You know, I think Derrick’s a step or two away from being fully who he can be. You know, I think a lot of that has to do with energy and activity, something that we’re gonna coach him hard on in the off-season. Clearly, with Enes, you know, we have to improve him defensively, but there’s no question they can play together.
** What is Step 2 of “the plan”?
There’s multiple parts to it. You know, clearly, the salary cap [lends] flexibility, so we can react to a bunch of different alternatives. Look, if the right free agent wants to say yes, you know, the Millers are fully committed to, you know, funding this team all the way up to the luxury tax. And we have great ability to do so in the off-season with, you know, even with Gordon [Hayward]‘s contract coming up, the ability to get him a number or match a number. And then, still have maximum flexibility…And then from there, the draft. It’s been a much talked-about draft. There’s a lot of strategy around there. Look, you know, we’re not married to any three of the picks, although all three are very good picks.
How To Make Your Boss Notice Your Hustle 101:
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
These guys have been through a lot this year, man, with all the talk about where we are and what y–what’s going on and what you’re trying to do, and it wears on them. And I thought tonight, we gave in to the talk a little bit…I thought we gave into it a little bit tonight.
** Corbin on what he’s taking away from the season
It’s been an interesting year, and you know, I have a lotta evaluating to do, that I wanna do for myself, and figure out what’s my next step.
** Trey Burke, asked if the team bought into “outside voices” tonight
No, I don’t think so. You know, I don’t think we bought into that. You know, we know what type of team we are. We know, you know, our strengths and our weaknesses. You know, we, bottom line is, we didn’t get stops…Nick Young got hot, and they ended up winning the game.
** Enes Kanter, asked if the team bought into “outside voices” tonight
People can talk. They can say whatever they wanna say, but you know, I think this team has a lot of friendship, and this team gonna stay together, I think. And you know, I think for next season, we gonna be more exper–we have more experience time, and for next season, we gonna be more focused, and gonna do better.
** Gordon Hayward, asked what he would say to the fans if this were his last home game in Utah
You know, thanks for all the support. I mean, it’s still, you know, we’re done, this is the last home game. We’re clearly not in the playoffs, and the fans are still out there cheering us on. I mean, that’s pretty special…So, just thank them for all the support they’ve given, and you know, we really appreciate it as a team.
** Hayward on what factors will affect his decision this off-season
I mean, it’s not, I mean, it’s not really up to me. I mean, it’s, you know, my agent, and then the front office. Hopefully we can get something done. You know, I will cross that bridge when we get there.
** Hayward, asked what he learned about himself this year
You know, I learned that I can be the guy. Just have to be more consistent, you know, so. I think that’s kind of a theme for our whole team.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Brandon Rush tweeted this earlier in the day, and then deleted it.
Rush is definitely the Jazz’s deleted tweets leader.
** A combination of awesome photography and the stars aligning, via @DJJazzyJody:
** I love Trey’s parents.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: If I’m Enes Kanter right now, or Derrick Favors, and I got Kelly guarding me, I’m licking my chops right now.
** Harpring to Craig Bolerjack: You give me vertigo sometimes.
** Dennis Lindsey on the draft: It’s always where you sit.
** Lindsey on the draft: Frankly, we like the players that we’re slotting.
** Bolerjack to Lindsey: You wanna take Matt’s spot, Dennis? Just move him on out of here. Lindsey: We can swap. Boler: Yeah, we’ll swap. Harpring: Oh, man.
** Harpring on having Lindsey on the broadcast: We can go all night. Boler: All night. Interesting stuff there from Dennis.
** Steve Brown on the first half: Nobody should read any lack of desire there at all.
** Harpring on Nick Young: He celebrates on every single shot he makes. He’s got the goggles. He’s got the tongue. You know, he’s got a lot of stuff, but sometimes you just gotta act like you’ve done it before.
** Boler on Nick Young taking a three-pointer with the Lakers up 17 and 1:49 remaining: I know what you’d probably do, is put Nick Young on his backside. Harpring: Absolutely. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.
God Boston sucks.
by LadyAlannya on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:09 PM
Ugh clear path.
Come on Philly you know your tank is stronger.
Utah obviously wants to lose this game.
by LadyAlannya on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:15 PM
Jazz miss both clear path FT attempts AND then turn over the ball
Fuck this, they’re trying to throw the game.
by PatRaillyFTW! on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:18 PM
Rondo just threw away the game for Boston
by alphax91 on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:22 PM
Lakers showing the Jazz that they can tank too.
by LadyAlannya on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:28 PM
The tank is strong with Boston. (glares at Rondo)
Just for that minus 500k from your future contract with the Lakers sir.
by LadyAlannya on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:29 PM
The tank is revving up
by Lakerchariot on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:43 PM
Jazz had the stronger tank
help us Silver, pls
by sumo390 on Apr 14, 2014 | 9:06 PM
I will never speak harm against Silver if he helps us out.
Lakers should put a statue of him outside Staples Center if we get the #1 pick.
by Cobra123x4 on Apr 14, 2014 | 9:08 PM
At this point in reading the game thread, my browser crashed. When I tried to reload the page, the game thread had been deleted.
These last few comments are from the game recap:
I’ll say it again. I LOVE this team.
I don’t think I could stand to watch a team tanking on purpose. I appreciate the fight in these guys. There are no guarantees in the draft, so I like the guarantee of effort that this bunch of previous cast-offs brings to the court. They’re wearing the Lakers logo on their chests and it apparently means something to them…as it should.
by Lkrs4eb on Apr 14, 2014 | 9:27 PM
Yes it’s great that these guys play to win every night
I just can’t say the same for our tanking rivals, the Celtics & Jazz. And if they snag the top prospects right under our noses, it’ll feel like they got rewarded for cheating & the Lakers got punished for playing honestly.
by PatRaillyFTW! on Apr 14, 2014 | 10:21 PM
Has there been a most surprising night of the year for you?
[Stephen] Curry. The night Curry went for 44. It was just, like, he couldn’t miss. You know, and he was shooting mostly jump shots; it wasn’t like he was just breaking us off the dribble and getting in the paint. You know, it was, like, some of those shots he was making, was good defense. It was nothing we could do about it.
And I think that was the night they had acknowledged Coach [Jerry] Sloan, and you know, all the old players had came back. So it was kinda like, man, they just seen Curry just basically kill me, you know?
And that’s something I’m not really used to, is another guard going at me the way that he did. And you know, they won the game as well, so I keep that in the back of my mind. You know, but I’m a competitor, so I didn’t let it get, you know, get on, I didn’t let it get me down too much.
Why are you so good with the media and interviews?
Well, I think when I first got to Michigan, well, and Northland [High School], that’s where it started, where I was getting interviews, and we was, you know, getting national attention so a lot of the local media was interviewing us. And I would get so nervous before I did a interview, and it was just like, I don’t wanna mess up; I don’t wanna stutter.
And I think, just doing it so much, you get used to it. You start predetermining answers. You know kinda what you’re gonna axe, or going into that interview, you try to, you know, think about what you’re gonna say. And I’ve had a lot of practice with it too.
I can say that, you know, the Jazz has helped me out a lot with media coverage, and especially Michigan. My two years there, you know, they made sure we were, you know, on point when it came to media, and that we weren’t, you know, embarrassing ourselves.
What has been your defining moment so far this year?
I would say, if I could think of one at the top of my hair right now, would be the Miami game, because, you know, I don’t feel like I had a, the best game that game, but you know, when it came down to that last shot and it came down in the fourth quarter, you know, I was ready to take that shot. I was ready to, you know, whatever the team needed me to do, embrace that moment, just because I played on that stage before.
You know, this is defending na–or the defending, you know, champions in the NBA with LeBron [James] and all these superstars, and you know, a lot of guys wouldn’t take that shot. For me, I, you know, I wanted to embrace that moment and show, you know, show everybody that I’m willing to take that shot.
You’d shot 12-50 in the five previous game, but you still had the pelotas to rise and fire with the game on the line…
I learned that, you know, it’s all about confidence. You know, I think when I was shooting that way, I started losing confidence drastically. It was like, man, can I make a shot? You know, I went from National Player of the Year to not knowing if, you know, who I am now.
And you know, I think something that really gave me a lot of confidence, you know, coach [Tyrone] Corbin would pull me to the side, and you know, be like, “Look, just play. Just go out there and play basketball. You know, don’t, you’re putting too much pressure on yourself.” … I think that gave me, you know, an incredible amount of confidence because this was coming from my head coach.
What’s it like to have your dad as your agent and your mom so engaged?
Man, it’s actually giving me goosebumps right now, ’cause it’s, it means a lot, man. It really does. You know, my dad being my agent, you know, that’s rare, you know? …
Coming into the league, I didn’t really know who was gonna be my agent. I knew my dad, you know, had the knowledge and had the, you know, type of connections to be my agent, but at the end of the day, I felt like, you know, he was the guy I could trust more than anything. He had my best interests, so I ended up going with him.
And then my mom, man, she’s so supportive. You know, sometimes I have to even tell her, “Mom, just calm down on social media. Don’t say nothing during the game. Don’t say something about playing time. Like, just, you know, people are watching you too.”* That’s just her passion for the game. You know, she’s always been like that, ever since I’ve been playing. You know, you gotta love her for it. She supports me 100 percent.
Is that too much though? Wait, let me rephrase that. [reference to Trey's pregnant girlfriend] Are the back-to-back 2-11 shooting nights worse than they would be otherwise because so much else is involved?
Yes, I think so, but they, even if I have a bad game, they’re gon be supportive, obviously. But for me, I think when I do have those type of games, honest, that gives me strength for the next game. When I go 2-11, or just shoot awful, knowing I can play better than that, you know, that makes me, you know, wanna really play good that next game or wanna, you know, show that I’m not that type of player.
* I hope Trey’s mom doesn’t take his advice. Love her tweets. :)
How will you approach your off-season differently based on what you’ve learned this season?
First and foremost, Imma take a one- or two-week break right after the season and just let my body fully recover, because, you know, I can get fast breaks now and just feel like I cannot dunk. In college, you know, I had legs to get up there and dunk. You know, I haven’t even had a dunk this year, and I can just tell that’s ’cause my lower body’s tired.
You know, I’m going approach it, after that little break I take after the season, you know, I’m gonna approach my lower body hard. You know, my explosion; getting quicker; obviously, shooting the ball. It’s gon definitely be a different approach for me. It’s gon be one of my hardest working summers, ’cause I know what it, you know, what you have to do to be a good guard in this league.
How do you plan to incorporate rim-finishing and the free throw line into your game?
I think that’s something Imma have to, you know, work on a lot this summer. You know, I feel like I got to the line, you know, much more in college. You know, but there are giants down there now. And it’s like, them refs are not, you know, even if you may get nicked, you know, me, I’m not gonna get that call. I’m a rookie, you know? So, it’s something Imma have to continue to work on, which is getting to the line.
You know, going off of one foot, you know, is critical. A lot of guys don’t under–or a lot of fans don’t see that. You know, if a small guard like me goes off of two foot, two feet, you know, the big has an opportunity to time it up. But for me, if you watch guys like Tony Parker, they go off that one foot, you can’t time it up. And that’s something Imma work on a lot. (Locked on Jazz)
The Jazz’s new slo-mo camera being put to good use
** Tyrone Corbin, asked what went wrong in the fourth quarter
They made shots. We didn’t. You know? They made shots, and at the crucial time and situation, we made a couple rotation mistakes. They made the plays down the stretch, and we couldn’t.
** Trey Burke, asked if he and Alec Burks felt fatigued
A little bit. You know, I don’t think it affected us though. I think coming off the bench, I kinda got cold a little bit. And then with the altitude being a little higher here, you felt it a little out there. But I don’t think it affected us. I think we just were a little, a step slower in the third and fourth quarter, and then allowed them to go on a run…I just think that they wanted it more at the end.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Enes Kanter “Inez Kanter”: nba.com recap girl
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Ron Boone: Kanter and Favors just wearing ‘em out.
** Booner: Kanter is just eating their big men alive.
** Craig Bolerjack: Moments ago, I had the chance to go one-on-one with Jazz assistant Sidney Lowe.
** Boler: I think Trey’s actually got an inch on Brooks.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.
I sure wish the refs would call a foul or two…
by john.kobbeman on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:41 PM
Been begging the same…
by Mike Olson on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:44 PM
Favors is being a bitch
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:47 PM
I hate the Jazz even when they’re terrible.
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:48 PM
Lou Williams with the dagger!! AND THE KNICKS WILL MISS THE PLAYOFFS!!
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:46 PM
What that means is that Nuggets will get pick #11
Thank you Knicks
by TakeFive on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:50 PM
Hopefully Silver doesn’t know that the New York pick belongs to Denver and gives them the lottery miracle.
by Mancar on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:53 PM
remember how everyone was all up in arms about our passing on Gobert
he’s in the game now. watch as he gets owned by Moz over and over.
by InboundingLobPass on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:00 PM
How bad our shooting is…
Utah’s made zero three pointers, won’t get to 50, and lead us by double digits at the half.
by Mike Olson on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:07 PM
Go fuck yourself Jazz
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:05 PM
How the fuck is there no foul on that? For fuck’s sake, Burke grabbed him!
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:05 PM
So, why can the Jazz grab players with impunity and not get a foul called?
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:38 PM
I take back all the bad things I said about Mozzy and his beet hands
by SDcat09 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:38 PM
by nuggetsrule on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:39 PM
This is one soft game
By the refs tonight, lets jazz hack away. Call nuggets for every touch foul
by alex47666 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:41 PM
And another touch foul called on the Nuggets, while the Jazz hack away.
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:42 PM
WTF?!??!??! Good God! Fours mugged and zero call.
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:45 PM
He shoved him from behind the back
and you do nothing, go fuck yourself ref
by alex47666 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:46 PM
Are the refs trying to help the Lakers by helping Utah win?
by nuggetsrule on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:48 PM
Nuggets versus Utah and the refs?
I’m still taking the Nuggets in that fight
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:49 PM
yeah its still ivan drago vs. dustin diamond
by nugznazty on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM
OK…this is getting just ridiculous.
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM
damn that was another blaitnt no call? wtf refs
by InboundingLobPass on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:51 PM
How the fuck is that not a moving screen?
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:52 PM
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?? GOOD GOD! CALL THE GAME FAIRLY!
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:54 PM
shut up jazz players
by alex47666 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:55 PM
Mozzy has to go up stronger
He got bailed out by the call
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:08 PM
Not a bail out…he was fouled.
But he should go up stronger.
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:08 PM
Foye still can’t drive in the lane and make a layup
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:11 PM
he got fouled
and he didn’t get the call. That’s not his fault
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:11 PM
Oh it’s party time
by The Ghost of Marv Throneberry on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:14 PM
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:14 PM
Nuggets win, Hawks win, we get a lottery pick, Carmelo missed the playoffs
Could this night get any sweeter? The basketball gods are smiling down at us tonight
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:26 PM
** Tyrone Corbin, asked what the team is working on in practice at this point
Working to get better. Yeah, working to get better. We have Portland tomorrow, we gotta understand what it’s gonna take for us to have a chance against these guys. We gotta get back in transition. They’re posting guys more on ours. They’re playing for a playoff run and we’re trying to get better. So, we’re still trying to make sure we understand how we have to continue to prepare for each and every opponent….We wanna try and make sure we’re working to get better in these last four games, and see what we can improve on in this situation, and get the guys ready for the summer work, to be ready for next year.
** Corbin on integrating Erik Murphy
You know, we don’t have a lot of practice time. We can’t bang the other guys a lot. He’s ex–happy to be here. He’s been working one-on-one a little bit. Just tryna get him a couple plays, and get him the feel for those couple plays…But you know, we’ll have time. We’ll try and see how we can finish up the year with him, and then, you know, we have the summer.
** Richard Jefferson on being able to show NBA teams he has plenty left in the tank
I can’t thank coach Corbin enough. I remember the first day I showed up here in September. He kinda gave me a phone call early, after I got traded, and then when I got here, they were like, “Hey, we want you to play. We want you to play. I don’t care what happened last place, or what’s been going on, you know, we want you to play.” And, you know, just from that very beginning and even giving me the opportunity to start early in the season, it really gave me the confidence that I needed…Coming into this season, I didn’t have starting, I didn’t have how many points. My only goal was to play 82 games.
** Derrick Favors, asked what is the team’s motivation in the last few games
Just, coming out there, just playing hard, and you know, just trying to get wins right now
** Favors on defending LaMarcus Aldridge
Just hope he miss the shot. You know, you know he gonna do the turnaround jumper, or, and shoot pick and pop jumpers. So you know, best thing to do is just hope he miss it.
Quote of the Night
Matt Harpring at 1:15 in the first quarter, after Enes Kanter threw down an alley-oop to put the Jazz up 27-21: Where has this team been?!
** Tyrone Corbin, asked how the game got away
Well, they made some shots…You know, give ‘em credit, they made some plays down the stretch.
** Corbin, asked why the starting lineup change, and if Alec Burks has earned a starting job
Well, we just wanna look at some different things at this point. You know, Richard’s done a great job for us. We still need him to continue to play minutes for us.
Will this be the starting lineup in the last three games?
We’ll see. We’ll see.
Is there anything you didn’t like about that lineup?
You know, there are some things. We still lost the game.
** Trey Burke on the starting lineup
We went out there confident, and I think we played well together. … I think [the lineup's advantages are] we can get out in transition. You know, Alec’s ability to get to the rim, it opens up the perimeter shooting. With Enes [Kanter] down there, you know, he hit me two times in a row, and I hit, knocked down threes. So, it’s a whole bunch of different looks. I think the most important thing is we get out in transition to score…I think we got a lot of good young talent, and the future’s bright.
** Derrick Favors on Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert’s development
You know, they, pretty, they young, and you know–I’m young too. I don’t know why I said that, but (laughs) I feel like I’ve been in the league forever. They good, man, you know? Enes a good player, and Rudy, you know, he’ll come in and surprise people. You know, he can play, man. He can rebound, block shots and he’s getting better on the offensive end. He kinda remind me of myself when I first came into the league.
** Gordon Hayward, asked how much it helps this group to play together more
Playing together, you get that experience. You get chemistry. And you can’t teach that.
What’s the difference between game experience and practice experience?
Totally on different ends. You know, there’s nothing like playing in a real game. Even if you go hard in practice, it’s still just practice…There’s nothing like playing in a game.
** Enes Kanter on his rebounding
Offensive rebounds, I mean it’s just, it’s natural. But defense, you know, I’m just trying to work hard.
** Rudy Gobert on learning patience while waiting for a chance to play
That’s the hardest part, you know? Like, st–keep working hard, and when you waiting, you know, for your opportunity, like, people outside, like, they say you’re not good enough to play yet. But you know you can play. And that’s the hardest part, but I can’t, I’m used to it now, so.
** Gobert, asked whether he’s thinking less now on the court
I just understand, like, when I go, like, almost nobody can block me when I go straight to the rim. I got long arms, I just gotta use, you know? If I’m scared, of course people gonna block me, or, you know? I just gotta play my game. I know I can do it, so.
** Gobert on the future
I just thinking about the future, and I can’t wait, you know, to be a big part of this team. That’s why I work hard, and I hope in a couple next year, I’ll be a big part of this team.
Random Stuff, etc.
** In case anyone is interested, Favors’ favorite cartoon growing up was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and he was a Donatello guy.
** The Blazers had never swept the Jazz, until this year.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Rudini” with an assist from the truck: Matt Harpring
** People that later changed “Rudini” to “Godini”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Alec Burks “Trey, Alec Burke that is”: Craig Bolerjack
** Raja Bell said something about no one wanting to play in Utah on Jim Rome’s show a few days ago (I haven’t heard the interview; just saw tweets about it). Have it on good authority Harpring recently said the same thing during a Jazz “Chalk Talk” event.
** This was said on 1280 The Zone’s Saturday show last Saturday:
[Erik Murphy was] born in Lyon, France. So maybe he speaks French and can hang out with Rudy Gobert a little bit. Who, by the way, the feeling I get around the team is that he’s not liked all that much. Rudy Gobert. Maybe it’s ’cause he’s a rookie. Maybe it’s ’cause he doesn’t speak fluent, complete English. I don’t know what the deal is, but he’s kinda had a disconnect there with his buddies on the team.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack to Matt Harpring on #JazzTV: We didn’t take a picture at halftime. What’s up with you?
** Boler on Dorrell Wright three: Trey, a little late coming out.
** Harpring: I’d love to get you on a Bucket Chart, Boler. That’d be a good case study. You need to come to my camp, in the summertime.
Boler: You’ll buy, uh, a little tasty chicken afterwards?
Harpring: Well, I’ll give you a free ride to camp, instead of paying for it this year. I know you’ve paid for it in the past.
Boler: Thanks a lot, yeah. You know, I’ll sneak in the backdoor there, and you won’t even know I’m there. (H/T @bjcseven and @slcdunk)
** Boler: Kanter on the reach around. (H/T @5kl, @SurlyMae)
To close: Can’t embed it here, but here’s the Rudy Gobert block on one end and bucket on the other.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.
There’s an actual chance that, by the end of the night, we’ll be talking about which Blazers who can rest for a week.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 5:00 PM
If we win and Rockets lose, do we still play the last games full boar?
by BlazerRoddy on Apr 11, 2014 | 5:11 PM
Plus, HOU owns the tiebreaker against us
by thankyouforblaze on Apr 11, 2014 | 5:35 PM
PA is the richest owner in sports
It’s naive to think he can’t simply buy the tiebreaker back.
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 5:40 PM
I didn’t even bother setting up a second half thread tonight.
Friday night game against the Jazz. Meh.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:07 PM
Utah fans clearly miss Wes.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:22 PM
They should know better than to have an undrafted rookie have a break out season that we want to be on our team
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:24 PM
Poor darlings. Aww.
by occassia on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:25 PM
I do like Utahs slowmo cam.
by dingleberrys on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:28 PM
dangit, these bozos are trying to beat us.
by RipCityLifer! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:29 PM
Robinson looks frustrated, he can’t buy a foul call tonight.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:31 PM
PA is the richest owner in sports
It is naive to think he wouldn’t buy foul calls for his players on a team he owns.
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:32 PM
dang gobert is huge
why did we again skip on him? lol
by CroRupt on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:33 PM
I don’t understand why Gobert doesnt get more minutes
Every time I see him on the floor he makes a difference. Is Ty Corbin mad
by Calgus on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:37 PM
To be fair, when you see him he’s playing us.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:38 PM
Nic thought we should draft him…
by occassia on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:39 PM
We need a spark, put CJ in.
by Chuck Norriss on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:40 PM
We don’t need a spark we need a SHARK
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:41 PM
Let’s snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:41 PM
That would be fintastic
by saitamaman on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:42 PM
Rudy is very impressive
wonder why he doesn’t get any minutes
I would have loved if we got him
by CroRupt on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:42 PM
When I hear “RJ”, Richard Jefferson is definitely not the first name that comes to mind.
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:48 PM
did Barrett just say “Same diff?”
haven’t heard that since 1986.
by RipCityLifer! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:50 PM
I want to rec this 1000 times
by BlazersDiaspora on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:55 PM
Rec it once, or 1000 times.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:56 PM
Why am i still watching this lol
by dingleberrys on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:54 PM
We’re terrible, like really, really terrible
by Darn you, darn you to heck! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:54 PM
Wow we’re soooooo lazy. Why don’t they care?
by BlazersDiaspora on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:54 PM
i just want them to take this utah team seriously that’s all.
by toddthebodd on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:59 PM
It might prove helpful if the Utah front office took this team seriously though…
by allthebacon on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM
made me lol irl
by Roadblazer on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:01 PM
How are we leading??
by Blazing Chargers on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:59 PM
Jeez Lillard! Focus!
by pdxthomastran on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:24 PM
Looks like Dame hit the Mormon clubs too hard last night.
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:24 PM
that 3.2 is killer
by Roadblazer on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:26 PM
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:33 PM
Oh my. Kanter got drilled.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:34 PM
Four Blazers just stood and watch as Kanter almost gets the rebound.
by PDXLink on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:34 PM
Utah commentators are so boring.
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:34 PM
Their broadcasts always feel so dead to me
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:35 PM
Knew I should have started Trey Burke
by Calgus on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:40 PM
lillard looked at his box score
by SNewtn on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:50 PM
by pdxthomastran on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:50 PM
Dame we never doubted you…lol.
by lightskin350 on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:58 PM
by SNewtn on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:00 PM
OH ME OH MY
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:00 PM
wow a flagrant?
what about the other end braindead refs?
by SNewtn on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:03 PM
It’s a flagrant 2 on the floor?!?!?!? WTF????
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:03 PM
Buck Williams and Karl Malone are like “THAT’S a foul?”
by RipCityLifer! on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:04 PM
Damn Harpring finish your comment about youth already
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:04 PM
Harpring is harping on!!
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:05 PM
I didn’t realize this is Matt Harpring
I liked him as a player . Hard nosed. He’s a decent color commentator too.
by Corwin71 on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:06 PM
I am a Ga Tech fan, I love me some Matt Harpring.
by lightskin350 on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:07 PM
Lillard took one of those harder than it has to be layups.
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:09 PM
he needs to just go through people
by CroRupt on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:10 PM
He’s not Indian food, CroCro!!
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:13 PM
by Blazing Chargers on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:11 PM
by occassia on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:11 PM