From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series with Jazz players.
First team ever played on: St. Quentin, at age 12
First buzzer-beater: I had a buzzer beater. Three[-pointer]. Not a game-winner, but a buzzer beater.
First dunk: At 14 years old.
First pair of basketball shoes: When I was a kid. When I was young.
First time you ever saw yourself on TV: 18 years old. Basketball. In Cholet.
First car ever driven: French car. Peugeot.
First video game ever played: Super Mario or maybe Zelda.
First day off in Utah: Sleep.
Other players’ jerseys owned: Amar’e Stoudemire when I was young. I think that’s the only one.
First autograph: Professional player in France.
First big purchase: Car.
First time ever getting in trouble as a kid: When I was very young, I stole some stuff.
First pet: My sister had cats. Me, no.
First kiss: I was 13.
Do you remember who it was? Yeah.
Best game ever played: I was 17. 35 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks.
Worst game you’ve ever played: I never did like really bad, like 0-10. I would say the worst game like 20 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds.
Best athlete ever: Usain Bolt.
Best meal ever: Something good. A lot.
Hardest workout ever: Lots.
Most famous person you’ve ever met: Tony Parker.
Best movie ever: A lot. I like Django Unchained. 300. Harry Potter. Lord of Rings.
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Barack Obama, French president, Michael Jordan.
What’s your mom like? Very nice. Protective. Very stressed for nothing. Gave me a good education. Strict when I do bad stuff.
You knew you were in trouble when… Oof. Many times.
You made your mom most happy when… When I was good at school. When I got draft. Many times, but mostly school and basketball.
Two wins in a row! The win streak is alive!
Marvin Williams’ dagger:
And it’s worth watching this shot go down a second time for Trey Burke’s reaction:
** Trey Burke, asked whether the way team has won the last couple of games, er, last two games, reveals the toughness and fight of the team
Absolutely. And I think that’s who we are becoming as a team. You know, hard-nosed team that is gonna compete, you know, for 48 minutes. You know, we understand that, you know, we have to play with each other. You know, we have the right pieces to compete in this league, to win.
** A very sniffly Marvin Williams on the impact of getting Trey Burke back
It’s been huge. It’s taken a lot of pressure off guys, especially Gordon [Hayward], I feel like. You know, Gordon was our primary playmaker when Trey was down, but now that Trey’s back, he can make plays and take a little bit of the pressure off Gordon and let him score more.
** Marvin on his chemistry with Richard Jefferson and whether they knew each other before
No, I didn’t know anything about RJ before, you know, we became teammates. You know, obviously playing against him, we played against each other many times when he was in New Jersey and I was in Atlanta. So you know, just older guys that have played basketball before, so you know to play, it’s easier to play with ‘em when you play with guys that know how to play basketball.
** Enes Kanter on whether he celebrated Thanksgiving
I didn’t celebrate…no turkey for Turkey.
** Kanter on his new role coming off the bench
You know, whatever, you know, coach give me. You know, come off the, came from the bench, or came the starting five, don’t matter. You know, you’re, in the end, you play for the Jazz, so.
** Kanter on whether he plans to trash talk Omer Asik in Turkish
No, no. I don’t, come on man. I don’t speak trash. I don’t speak trash.
Will you speak pleasantries to him on the court?
What does that mean?
Just nice stuff.
Someti–I say hi to him. But you know, on the court, there’s no friends, so.
** Kanter on whether it’s fun to play against other Turkish players
Yeah, definitely. Definitely. You know, you, it’s really, always good to see other, you know, other Turkish player on the court, playing in NBA. You know, it’s really, you know, to represent the country, it’s really important. (KALL)
** Tyrone Corbin on sharing the ball
As we continue to grow as a group of guys here, and see what we get in different situation, we share the ball the way we did tonight, we’ll continue to grow.
** Corbin on Trey Burke
You know, he’s getting more and more comfortable, you know, and the guy’s learning a lot, man, that, is, I’m excited for the success that he’s starting to have. But he has a lot to learn. He’s getting better™ every night he step out there on the floor. We’re throwing a lot of stuff at him. We’re putting a lot of responsibility on him, but he seem to be able to handle it, so as we continue to get better™, and he continue to get more used to what we’re looking for for him to do for us, we’ll continue to get better™.
** Corbin on the lineup that started the second quarter
We talked about them getting aggressive. They had their hands on us a little bit, and we got out of our offensive sets some. And they had us scouted a little bit there. So we gotta get better™ there. And you know, where we changed the rotation of how we subbed in the second half, but you know, we wanna be able to give guys a rest and get guys some minutes in different groups. And we gotta get better™ there. We didn’t, in that second quarter, I thought we struggled a little bit.
** Corbin on the same group finishing tonight as in the last game
Well, you know, it’ll change. The guys are playing well. I mean, that group finished well tonight, and you know, we look for everybody to be ready to go. And we’ll see how, what, how the game develop and what lineup give us the best chance to compete at the end, and the guys have been tremendous. They just gotta take what they get, and working as hard with the minutes they get, and that’s how we’re gonna continue to get better™.
Derrick Favors playing a game of grab-ass…with himself.
** Trey Burke on staying poised on the floor
The position I play, it’s critical for me to stay poised…I just try to stay poised, you know, make sure I’m confident in all my calls on the offensive end, you know, and try to execute.
** Alec Burks on what he learned about this team tonight
Nothing I already knew, you know? We play right, we gon play our game, you know, we get a win. We can play with a lot of people.
** Marvin Williams on guarding bigger guys
I spent time here and there at the “four” when I was in Atlanta, but not for an extended period of time. So this is my first time really, really playing that position. It’s difficult, man, but I feel like I’m a big, strong guy so I can kinda hold my own with a lot of those guys down there.
** Gordon Hayward on getting out of his shooting slump
Well, it was good to see the ball go in the hoop. I mean, that’s been bugging me recently, and just try to go out there and attack and play with confidence, and got going early, and so, I mean, that gives you a rhythm, and you know, just played freely out there. So that was good. (KALL, 1280)
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Trey Burke and Alec Burks “the Burke Brothers”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Trey Burke and Alec Burks “T&A”: Matt Harpring
** People Matt Harpring stole “T&A” from: Me
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Alema Harrington
** People calling Alec Burks “Al”: Steve Brown
** People calling Alec Burks “Trey Burke”: nba.com video content person (H/T JFFR)
** People calling Gordon Hayward “Haywood”: nba.com video content person
** 4:50 in the 4th. The Jazz had taken and missed three mid-to-long jumpers on three consecutive possessions and the Rockets were within two. Sidney Lowe tells Ty Corbin to call timeout (H/T @bjcseven):
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Trey Burke: You know, we understand that, you know, we have to play with each other. (H/T JFFR)
** Steve Brown: JJ Redick, don’t know what the problem is, but guys got their hands in the wrong places, apparently.
** Matt Harpring on Dwight Howard: He prefers to get back to his left hand.
** Craig Bolerjack: Harden goes hard in the lane.
** Rockets announce Bill Worrell on Trey Burke: He’s got some big titties [tennies] to fill…Stockton here for so many years. (H/T @shao_tai)
** Harpring, apparently describing Harden’s O-face and O-body: There’s always contact with Harden. It looks like any time you touch him, he makes his head go back and his body jerks.
** Boler, not content to let Harpring do all the describing: He hides the ball as good as anyone, around his waist. And again, as you said, he throws his head back…
** Boler: If you got ‘em, use ‘em. Click ‘em. Buckle up.
** Boler: Harden muscles in. Burks covers up. Now, he starts the motor.
** Boler comparing Alec Burks to a Subway pastrami sub or something: He’s a big pastrami!
** Marvin on his mask: When I’m able to take it off, you better believe I’m taking it off.
** Marvin on his 3-point dagger: You know, I’m glad I just stayed there and I’m glad I stayed ready, ’cause I really thought [Hayward] was gonna shoot it. He was really going.
** Boler on the post-game show: Don’t touch me, Harpring. Oh, he’s bringing me a little “refreshment.” Thank you so much. I thought he was going to pull the “hankie” out of the pocket, looking for the “rabbit.” I don’t know where it’s been, Harpring. I’m not trusting you a bit.*
* All quotation marks found in the last UDQM are possibly editorialization. Also, Phil Johnson then says he doesn’t know whether Harpring washes his hands.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Dream Shake.
i swear if i have to listen to Matt Harpring tonight…
by TexansAddict on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:08 PM
I already do :(
by Michael 2k on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:10 PM
Hey, Wake da fuck up….eh?
by chuckiepoo on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:16 PM
well this isn’t good
by Rockets7 on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:16 PM
It’s Been a Long Time……
….since I’ve seen a lot of empty seats at a Jazz home game………..
by tkrieger on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:18 PM
you mean earlier this month?
by Michael 2k on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:19 PM
Matt Harpring, there’s very few things you actually know
by NVP on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:26 PM
energy solutions sucksss
by Rockets7 on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:28 PM
I assume Harden is (poorly) guarding Hayward
by SDsportsjunkie on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:23 PM
Put a frickin body on Hetward, eh?
by chuckiepoo on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:30 PM
Somebody please guard Hayward!!
by SDsportsjunkie on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:31 PM
Hayward Looked Like Harden……….
by tkrieger on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:32 PM
Fuckin’ Hayward on his way to a 60-point game
by SDsportsjunkie on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:33 PM
Miami change their Uniform to say Jazz?
by Astro#1fan on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:33 PM
God I knew Gordon Hayward was going to have a good game, but we’re making the dude look like an all star
Lord, somebody stay in front of that guy, and for god sake, don’t leave him alone with Harden
by NVP on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:35 PM
36-23 1st Quarter
To the Utah Jazz? Hayward, 15 points in a quarter? Who is on him? Let me guess, Harden?…
by kaleick.pullam713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:35 PM
And to make this worse
Matt Harpring is giving me a stroke with his commentating
by Michael 2k on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:36 PM
I hope we can turn it around.
Start fucking defending Hayward, Harden. Lazy ass.
by kaleick.pullam713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:37 PM
for fucks sake dunk that shit asik
by TexansAddict on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:44 PM
god, dunk th fucking ball
by NVP on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:44 PM
Refs don’t let Dwight do ANYTHING
by Michael 2k on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:53 PM
Every mofo breaks their scoring droughts against us. Oh, and fuck Matt Harpring.
by dxtehsecks on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:57 PM
Another foul on Howard.
by kaleick.pullam713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:57 PM
these offensive foul calls are ridiculous
by NVP on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:57 PM
Welcome to Utah
by Bobbythegreat on Dec 2, 2013 | 9:58 PM
Why does Mchale not run plays to end the Quarter, run a play
by TONYBOI08 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:00 PM
because howard will get a offensive foul if he touches the ball
by HFL21 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:01 PM
by kaleick.pullam713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:01 PM
MOAR BAD SWITCHES
Good God Beverley.
by RollingWave on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:17 PM
Jones is playing
by Bobbythegreat on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:17 PM
Harden-Dwight pnr is stupid good
by TexansWin2013 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:18 PM
Bev is a beast
by Bobbythegreat on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:18 PM
Garcia is not a beast.
by Bobbythegreat on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:18 PM
Essentially our entire team
is awesome except for Garcia.
by Bobbythegreat on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:19 PM
Hayward and Harden can’t stop each other.
by Bad Horse on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:26 PM
by HFL21 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:26 PM
harden switch but forgot his man
god damn you Harden
by HFL21 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:29 PM
Harden’s D is almost as annoying
as Matt Harpring
by Michael 2k on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:30 PM
Rockets have given up
by Michael 2k on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:40 PM
Are we curse or our Defense suck
Every team we face they never miss a shot
by HFL21 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:40 PM
This is bad.
This game is as bad as Harden’s D. He will be James “Haren” until he finds some D.
by batman713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:42 PM
Womp womp womp,
the Jazz fans are upset, even though Harden’s on the floor. Tough t***, people.
by TexasBornAndRaised on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:44 PM
Yeah that was a flop
by Bobbythegreat on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:44 PM
What a flop
by Michael 2k on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:44 PM
Harden for Oscar ^^
by easygoing on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:45 PM
Nba refs are terrible, just fall down and u get a call lol
by TONYBOI08 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:45 PM
by Bobbythegreat on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:45 PM
I thought Clyde was horrible at commentary
Matt Harpring is worse than him, by far.
by batman713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 10:50 PM
Please someone save us from a loss to this team.
I can’t take a loss to the Jazz. I just can’t.
by batman713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:05 PM
what a shitfest
by TexansAddict on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:07 PM
It wouldn’t hurt as much
if it were against any other team. Why the fucking Jazz?
by Michael 2k on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:08 PM
Why the fuck was Asik ever in the 4th Q
by TexansWin2013 on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:09 PM
Cannot get a FUCKING stop to save our lives.
by kaleick.pullam713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:10 PM
wtf is AB doing
by TONYBOI08 on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:10 PM
Way to erase a statement win with a statement loss Rockets
the defense in this game is a disgrace
by NVP on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:11 PM
What a pathetic ending
by TexansRocketsStros on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:13 PM
This game was pathetic.
We were missing 2 key pieces (And Smith), but still, we lost to the Jazz, THE JAZZ. Ewww
by kaleick.pullam713 on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:20 PM
Burke from utah is very talented
by davidmoore on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:23 PM
cause of the screen of there big and the one guarding him in the 4Q
Is brooks not BEV
by HFL21 on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:24 PM
I just signed up to say
fuck this sh*t. And it’s my birthday tomorrow. =(
by jasonmagbanua on Dec 2, 2013 | 11:27 PM
The Utah Jazz are no longer road win virgins!
P.S. Trey’s momma is a proud momma ;)
** Tyrone Corbin Richard Jefferson’s performance
Oh, he was huge. He was huge. I, you know, he’s been, he and Marvin [Williams], you know, the veterans on this club, man, have been huge for us all year long. Doing whatever we axe them to do. You know, Richard, from the day training camp started, you know, in all the drills, he didn’t try to sit out or anything. Just trying to get himself back into game shape, and get his rhythm back, and it’s paying off for him now. And as we come out of this struggle, out of our struggles, he’ll be a huge part of what, how we d–how we are, going forward.
** Corbin on Trey Burke’s performance
He’s getting better™. He’s getting better™. He’s gonna understand, you know, he’s understanding more about what we’re looking for in a point guard. He’s a scorer by nature, so we trying to get some, you know, his scoring ability mixed in with the play-making ability some. And he’s growing. He’s growing every night. He’s learning…We just gotta make sure that he understand when and where those shots [at the end of games] come from, and a time for ‘em, so that they’re not too soon or too late in clock situations.
** Marvin Williams, post-game
The biggest thing is, man, I really enjoy playing with these guys, ’cause you know, even though our record isn’t what we want it to be, you know, we still come in and work hard. We still have fun with each other. And that’s the biggest thing for me, it’s what’s most important.
** Trey Burke, post-game
We have good players, and we have good enough talent to win in this league.
** Burke on nastiness
If you’re not nasty in this league, then you know, you’re just gonna get ran over. And I think we’re starting to notice that. (1280)
Trey Burke’s reaction to Eric Bledsoe’s flop, as requested by @1tobeamup
Trey Burke hits the trey to put the Jazz up eight with 1:13 left to go in Q4. Jeff Hornacek calls timeout; Jazz huddle up. When the buzzer sounds, Gerald Green subs in for Marcus Morris. Also on the floor for the Suns are Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker and Channing Frye.
A) Along with Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward and Marvin Williams, Derrick Favors heads back out to the floor.
B) Trey Burke is called back to confer with Sidney Lowe as Tyrone Corbin watches from afar.
C) Lowe rushes back to Corbin and tells him something as play is about to start on the floor. Lowe and Corbin turn to the bench…
D) The inbound is delayed as Richard Jefferson subs in for Derrick Favors.
In regards to the Jazz’s screen and roll defense, @JazzBasketball1 wrote yesterday, “[The coaches] truly expect their bigs to show out hard 20-feet from the basket and then race back and recover on the screener before he has a chance to score or pass.”
Poor Sidney Lowe. He’s under just as much pressure. He’s expected to run over to the scorer’s table and give players last-minute instructions and then race back and recover to make last-minute substitutions before the inbounds pass is thrown.
Anyway, all very reminiscent of this.
Side note: While all this was going on, Craig Bolerjack was talking about how honestly, it speaks volumes for Ty Corbin that the Jazz were in the game and how that showed the team is still locked in to Ty Corbin.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Trey Burke and Alec Burks “The B & B Brothers”: Craig Bolerjack.
** People calling Tyrone Corbin “Ty Coach Corbin”: Matt Harpring
** People calling the Utah Jazz “the really bad Utah Jazz”: nba.com recap guy
** Hot Rod Hundley (and his lady friend) in the house!
** Diante Garrett tweeted this after last night’s game (H/T @dianaallen):
This may or may not have anything to do him logging two minutes last night and a DNP the game before that.
Meanwhile, he got the nod over John Lucas III today. JLIII did not get on the court.
I like to think Lucas and Rush were sitting next to each other on the plane during this tweet exchange. Gotta love the camaraderie. (Remember Rush’s birthday present to Lucas?)
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: Favors has the ball stripped, then picked up by Williams.
** Matt Harpring: Hayward’s getting to the rim. He just can’t finish at the rim.
** Harpring on Frye: He’s a big guy that doesn’t like to go inside.
** Boler with the PPxP (porno play-by-play): Morris, double pumps, puts it up, too strong, tipped out, Jazz have it, four to shoot, Burks penetrates, in the paint, left-handed SHOT!
** Harpring: Marvin just trying to open up Hayward.
** Boler: He’s a penetrator, much like Alec Burks. (H/T Louis Allen)
** Boler regarding Harpring: If I’m going to put a fork in him, he’s done.
** Boler on Burke: The rookie pumps it up, BANG!
** Boler on Bledsoe: He drove it right up the back of Favors.
** Harpring: Core youth. Trey Burke, coming up huge.
** Harpring on Frye: Doing damage on the inside.
** Tyrone Corbin on the Suns: We were able to, because they were small, do some different things there.
Nonsensical Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine of the Night
** Boler on Favors: I mean, he was on a blanket. They put a coat on him and rode him out of town.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.
Remember that time when Favors blocked Gortat about 100 times in the same game
by The Solution on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:16 PM
by Cold Bleded on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:17 PM
Anyone else having trouble finding the Suns broadcast on league pass?
Both home and away streams are giving me Utah’s announcers. Matt Harpring.. ugh.
by brian13 on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:20 PM
I couldn’t find the Suns feed on LP either.
But luckily, I found the mute button on my laptop.
by Sreekar on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:21 PM
Man Favors seems to be in the right place at the right time this game
by Swishblade on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:24 PM
This is the ugliest
I have seen this team play…
by Cold Bleded on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:40 PM
This is pretty ugly lol
by Thabirdie on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:40 PM
Diante is embarrassing to watch right now
by Swishblade on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:41 PM
This is terrible
by The Solution on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:47 PM
The officiating is horrible tonight
by Swishblade on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:54 PM
This game sucks
by The Solution on Nov 30, 2013 | 7:59 PM
This thread is dead
by The Solution on Nov 30, 2013 | 8:26 PM
Just like how the Suns are playing
by Thabirdie on Nov 30, 2013 | 8:28 PM
Just like US Airways Centre
by jack’s complete lack of surprise on Nov 30, 2013 | 8:29 PM
We are playing
Like shit. Pick it up! BTW these refs are horrible.
by SUNZ FASHA on Nov 30, 2013 | 8:32 PM
Seeing Diante playing on another team
Makes me realize how much of a douche he is
by Swishblade on Nov 30, 2013 | 8:57 PM
It took you that long?
by suns68 on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:00 PM
We’re about to lose to the freakin Jazz
by SUNZ FASHA on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:03 PM
We are losing to a team quarterbacked by Diante Garrett?
by Mike Lisboa on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:03 PM
yeah can’t believe they are gonna lose to the Jazz lol
by Thabirdie on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:08 PM
Man, things are just not going our way
by DragonBlade on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:13 PM
damn this is frustrating
by Swishblade on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:13 PM
well this is over
by Thabirdie on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:13 PM
okay we lost. lol
by DragonBlade on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:13 PM
We could’ve drafted Trey Burke :’(
by The Solution on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:13 PM
Gordon Hayward doesnt look good at All
Just checking in and i see the boxscore, another mediocre performance. No thanks
by Andrew Wiggins on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:15 PM
If the team wants to make the playoffs, we can’t lose to teams like the KINGS AND THE JAZZ ffs
by The Solution on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:25 PM
Just a lack of effort here tonight. When you lose to the worst you become the worst. Back at the bottom..
by grego85 on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:25 PM
Pathetic loss at home to the worst team in the NBA who haven’t won a game on the road. Absolutely pathetic.
These kind of losses really piss me off.
by SUNZ FASHA on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:26 PM
Joke joke joke.
My pillow will be soaked in tears of humiliation tonight.
by Hamil on Nov 30, 2013 | 9:35 PM
** Jeff Hornacek on what has enabled him to be successful as a coach
Obviously, you gotta put the effort in there. And you know, with the guys we have, it’s just, you know, when I went out to hire the assistant coaches, I tried to figure out the best guys I could possibly get, you know, that could lend different strengths. And you know, I think I did that with [defensive] and offensive coaches. Really, all my coaches, I want them to know everything, but if they are particularly good at one thing or another, we try to find that balance. And you know, that’s helped tremendously.
** Tyrone Corbin, post-game
We didn’t give our best effort tonight, I didn’t think.
** Corbin on the Jazz getting beat down the floor after made baskets
Well, that’s what [the Suns] do. But we gotta get back.
** Corbin on how he’s simplified the offense
Right now, we cut the offense down a little bit where we can run because we’re getting so many new guys in, and we’re moving some guys around. But we gotta be able to get down the floor quicker, get to your spots and execute whatever we’re running.
** Corbin on thinking
Well, we, you know, we, ’cause we have, this is the first time since training camp we’ve had all the guys on the floor. So it’s, you know, it’s gonna be a moving, we have some things move around for a little while, but the five guys on the floor has to play. And we’ll put five guys out there, in the positions that they can play, and try and match up to some teams. Try and force our matchup on teams at different times. But we have to play. And you know, where we’re thinking, we gotta get the thinking out as we work our way back into shape so we can just play. ‘Cause the game is too fast. And if you’re thinking and trying to just think your way through it, you’re slowing the game down for us.
** Corbin on whether he was pleased with the Jazz’s shot selection tonight
Well, I wasn’t pleased with them making all their shots. We didn’t make all ours. (1280)
My favorite shot of the night
Random Stuff, etc.
** Regarding Corbin’s assertion on Nov. 27 that the Suns have been winning games due to experience:
For what it’s worth, the coaching experience tally reads Jazz/Corbin 192 games; Suns/Hornacek 15 games.
** Low point of today’s commentary: Thurl Bailey saying that attending the School of Tyrone Corbin helped Jeff Hornacek out a lot.
** Rudy Gobert was the only Jazz player that got a DNP-CD. (Ian Clark and Mike Harris were inactive.)
** Jerry Sloan, in the house and shown on the broadcast!
** How the “Green Out” turned out:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)*
** Steve Brown: Left-handed hooker off the mark. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Brown: It’s a two-edged sword, having all these bodies available.
** Brown: Favors wanted the ball down low. He’ll have to change the angle on him, ’cause Plumlee had him from behind.
** Brown on Dragic: It really has seemed, just grinding with that left hand and using the bigger body against Trey Burke.
** Matt Harpring: A lot of doctors don’t like you. Brown: I know, but your wife, she thinks I’m okay. Harpring: Easy. Easy.
** Brown: May have heard Tyrone Corbin yell, “That’s too easy” as Markieff Morris got inside and scored.
** Brown: Well, how about that! How did that go in? …The lesson for young players is, get it up!
** Brown on Burks shot: He doesn’t care! Just shoot the thing, and it goes in.
** Brown on Jerry Sloan’s influence on Jeff Hornacek: That must be the inner Jerry that he tapped into that night.
* It says “unintentional,” but I’m pretty convinced Steve Brown’s DQMs are fully intentional.
To close: At least Utah is pretty.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.
All feeds on the net seem to be for Utah. Figured at least 1 out of the 5 would be for the team not at the bottom of the NBA standings
by AcucracK on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:08 PM
OK. Enough of this. Bring in Bledsoe!
He should be well rested.
by suns68 on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:13 PM
how are the jazz making everything lol
by boredoftheflies on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:15 PM
This is uhhh
by Vikaask on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:15 PM
Dragic schooling Burke.
by atkammoh on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:19 PM
Jeff probably said
“Goran, take it at this rook”
by AZBengal18 on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:20 PM
Heck, I said Goran needs to take it at the rook in my preview.
by Jacob Padilla on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:21 PM
Not that you’re not a powerful man in the basketball world, but it might mean a bit more coming from Horndog. ;)
by suns68 on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:23 PM
“Horndog.” Is that what the cool kids who have Horny as their coach are calling him these days?
who is this Marvin Williams fellow?
by Vikaask on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:24 PM
Its quite crazy how much more efficient we score this year
Last year, I didnt even watch the Suns play. This season I plan my schedule around Suns games haha
by AZBengal18 on Nov 29, 2013 | 7:56 PM
Hi checker inners. Thread’s a bit slow tonight. Combination of post-holiday blues and a Utah game, I guess.
by suns68 on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:00 PM
by sunnydays on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:01 PM
Yeah. Utah’s looking like last years Suns so far
by Swishblade on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:02 PM
good comparison lol
by sunnydays on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:02 PM
Dragic just abusing the rookie!
Love it! And Bledsoe and Markieff have been fantastic. One more half to go!
by iceythril on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:03 PM
Utah’s D is just highschoolish
So many bad rotations and open men.
by MMotherwell on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:03 PM
Morris has been open on so many plays and making them pay
by AZBengal18 on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:03 PM
That’s why they kept Ty Corbin this year
Tank. Everyone in Utah wants him out.
by KC_Suns_Fan on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:04 PM
Dragic is absolutely man handling Burke
by Swishblade on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:21 PM
by sunnydays on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:22 PM
Dragic drawing and passing
by sunnydays on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:23 PM
Great rotation passing!
by Swishblade on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:23 PM
wow plumlee finishing!
by sunnydays on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:23 PM
by atkammoh on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:24 PM
by sunnydays on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:24 PM
hayward lookss like su ch a goober
by 2NASHTY on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:28 PM
He looks like the guy that goes to the Y everyday to join pickup games
by Swishblade on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:30 PM
THAT’S NOT JERRY SLOAN RIGHT?
WTF he’s aged so much?!
by jack’s complete lack of surprise on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:30 PM
Jazz will do that to you.
by suns68 on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:31 PM
Man, the Jazz are bad
I mean really really bad
by Chafid Ahmad on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:33 PM
or we are actually doing alright.
by sunnydays on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:34 PM
This time last year the Jazz looked to be very prospective with all the talents they had..
What happened? I seriously think if Horny stayed put and got promoted.. he’d make the Jazz look as good as we do now
by jack’s complete lack of surprise on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:36 PM
They did lose like 60 points a game when you combine th playrs who left.
But I agree that Jeff would have this Jazz team looking much better.
So glad he’s on our side.
by SunKing on Nov 29, 2013 | 8:38 PM
Foul on the 3 pointer….SO GOOD.
by sunnydays on Nov 29, 2013 | 9:02 PM
Biedrins is on the Jazz?
by atkammoh on Nov 29, 2013 | 9:05 PM
No PG for Utah
I like this lineup for them.
by MMotherwell on Nov 29, 2013 | 9:05 PM
Hey Jazz, you already lost, go sit down
by grego85 on Nov 29, 2013 | 9:08 PM
by Juac on Nov 29, 2013 | 9:17 PM
On the Bulls game
We missed shots. You know, they’re a good defensive team, and I thought we did a good job on the defensive end by defending their players so they really didn’t make a lot of shots either.
On what it means to be getting Brandon Rush and Andris Biedrins back from injury
Well, more bodies. You know, more bodies. More options. Brandon being a guy that can make shots on the perimeter for us, so he can help us space the floor and stay out. He can shoot out to the 3-point line.
Andris is a rebounder, experienced guy who knows what to do on the floor there, and help us on the defensive end. So, and then offensively, he’s a really good passer for a big man, so you can put the ball in his hands on the elbow, let him make some shots for us. But again, they’ve been out for an extended amount of time, so now finding a rhythm with those guys back in there is gonna be a chore for us.
On having several days off
We need the rest. We need the practice. We need the repetition with the guys. We got so many guys that’s come back from the time we started, at the beginning of the year, to the middle of the sea–to the middle of the November, and now, to where we are now.
So to be able to get on the practice floor for a few days to be able to get some more repetition and some more things that we’re trying to put in. And it’s hard to do it on the fly with the guys. We tried it some and had some successes, had some fallbacks. But now we get a chance to get some repetition with our players.
On Gordon Hayward having traveled more distance on the court than anyone in the NBA according to SportsVU data
Well, the minutes. Yeah, and I, you know, because of where we’ve been, you know, starting off with 12, 10 guys, and now, you know, with guys working their way back into shape, and he being one guy we can put the ball in his hands at different positions that he play for us, I’ve had to increase his minutes on the floor.
So now, hopefully as we get more healthy, we can manage a little bit more of how much time he’s out on the floor.
On what the veteran presence of Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams does for a young team
Oh, huge. Huge impact. It’s a calming effect for ‘em because those guys have been through it. So they watch and see where situations get intense, where the more physical you can be. How much more in tune to what’s going on on the floor you have to be to have a chance to win tight ball games.
On the success the Phoenix Suns have been having this season
They, you know, they have more experience. And Jeff [Hornacek]‘s done a good job with them. I’m not taking nothing away from what they’ve done with the guys. And they’ve followed him into a situation where they make shots. And you know, they speed the game up and if you try and play at their pace, they’re very good at how they play.
Tyrone Corbin on Andris Biedrins, unintentional dirty quote machine
This will be his first full run, and we’re gonna monitor him a little bit and see how it goes. If he go, respond to the first part, we’ll go to the second part. And we’ll see how much contact he can have.
On the frustration of being injured in a contract year
Of course it’s on my mind, you know? And that’s why this injury was so frustrating, because I thought I was in really good shape before I sprained [my ankle], and so it’ll take a lot to get it back, but I’m ready for it. I know it’s my last year, and I’ll do everything to succeed.
What are you doing to stay sharp?
I still talk to the coaches a lot, and still watch the practices, and make sure, you know, you still know all the plays. What we’re running, what we’re doing on defense and offense.
Andris Biedrins on watching but not taking part in practice, UDQM
So you’re still in there. You just can’t do it, you know? (KALL)
Odds and Ends
** Love this so much! Via @Paulmillsap4: Always good seeing my good friend @RonnieBrewerJr
** Per @tribjazz, Rudy Gobert’s dad, Rudy Bourgarel, had a cameo in “Coming to America.” This is possibly Rudy’s dad (No. 40 in the red jersey):
** Ron Boone Thanksgiving update:
** And finally, a few Thanksgiving Day practice updates:
On how the coaching staff has done a wonderful job making the players grow as human beings
I’ll have to s–I’m happy also that our coaching staff reached out and really got behind [the Jazz's Thanksgiving event]. And this is one of those events that is not a mandatory appearance for our players.
And to see our coaching staff, to have then, also, a number of our players, in one of their few off-days, come out and be able to participate, and do these things, it’s warming to me to see these people. ‘Cause it’s also growing experiences. And I appreciate our coaching staff encouraging our players to grow not only on the court, but also off the court.
You know, we also did that last week. Last Friday, we had a day off on the road, and I, [Jazz Executive Director of Basketball Operations] Richard Smith put together–with Coach Corbin–a trip when we were in Dallas to actually go, and it was the day before, actually, the 50-year anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
And that’s another experience that I’m happy to see that we’re trying to create experiences for all of us to grow as human beings and not only just as sports fans.
The fans are embracing the direction of the team
Our fan base is really well-educated. We’ve been very clear of explaining and men–and telling everyone what our strategy is. And our fans have embraced it…
And it’s kind of interesting to now hear fans actually saying to us, “You know what? I’m watching more collegiate games than I’ve ever watched before. And I’m interested in seeing how the [Andrew] Wiggins and the [Jabari] Parkers and the [Julius] Randles, how all these different players are doing.”
‘Cause they, and it tells me they understand the strategy that we’re trying to do to really build a team and not just be in the middle. We want to be able to help re-develop a team that can be a long-term team that can compete for us, and, for the next, hopefully, 10, 12 years.
** Randy Rigby on not being milquetoast, unintentional dirty quote machine: Sometimes, that means doing the hard things that’s gonna make us have a little bit of pain. And we’ve been going through some pain here…We’re still gonna go through some of that pain as we go through this, you know, it, we’re seeing some hard times as we’re young, and growing, as we’ve been injured and growing. But you know what? We’re willing to take that pain. And our market has been behind us.
** The non-UDQM rest of the quote: We all see the long-term benefit that’s gonna, hopefully, come out of this as we continue to make right decisions.
On the differences between Kevin O’Connor and Dennis Lindsey’s respective managerial styles
Well, that’s one of the real advantages that we, I was, was very important for me, that as we retain and we keep Kevin engaged and involved.
And I’ll tell you, he’s very much engaged and involved in it, because Kevin had some great skillsets that I think, from that traditional, I shouldn’t call it “old school,” but a traditional, and he’s had to go through being a general manager when you didn’t have all the various tools, and you had to use, really, not only instinct and gut, but also historic, just, perspective, that you build up yourself. And Kevin has that rich heritage, and knowledge.
Dennis has a new fresh approach that has also, that brings out much more communiticative,* and much more collaboration, and so we have the rich kind of know–deep knowledge that Kevin has that challenges, that asks the hard questions that he’s constantly had to ask himself.
And Dennis has, I think, done a very good job of helping us organize a young group of, also, sports gurus around Dennis and around our basketball operations that is buil–that is bringing more analytics, that is bringing a lot of communication. A lot of video. A lot of, a lot more analysis and analytics, to us as well, and has a really great ability, he has a real great ability of also identifying tools that can help us be a better basketball team, also, with medical and with different sources that he has, over his, now, 25-plus years of being in this league, been able to utilize and see.
And so, we’ve got that two blends, and it’s working very well together.
* Not a typo.
** Randy Rigby on Trey Burke, UDQM: It’s hard to just take it, just get it from watching.
On Trey Burke
It’s gonna take patience from Trey. It’s gonna take some patience from us, that let him still get some time to continue to learning. But I’ll tell you, the young man has a great desire, of really being competitive, of really wanting to be a leader at the point guard position.
And I think at the Chicago game, I don’t, I shouldn’t say “I think.” I know, at the Chicago game, I saw a number of moves that were very NBA and quality moves, and I said, “Hey, this kid has got what it takes to keep, to be a leader for the Utah Jazz.”
On Jeff Hornacek
You know what? I’m happy for Jeff. He’s worked hard. He’s earned the right to be a head coach in this league, and I wish him well. But I don’t wish him well on Friday night. (1280)
The Jazz’s win-loss record should be ignored based on the makeup of this team, the ridiculous schedule, and having to play the best teams in the NBA multiple times. Are you happy with the development and progress the team is making?
We have to understand where we are, and we’re working through a lot of different things. We had 10 guys on the roster active for awhile. We’re getting guys back in the lineup, and they’ve been out, the guys that’s coming back was out for an extended amount of time, so we had to manage some guys’ minutes as we work ‘em back into game shape.
Also, getting them familiar with each other again from being out such an extended amount of time, so there’s been a lot of things going on….
And we’ve had, you know, we’ve talked about it, at the beginning of the year, we had 18 games the first, one game in October, I mean, the first of October, end of October, and 17 in the month of November.
So it’s going to be tough, with six back-to-backs added to that, so we understood what the schedule was, and being shorthanded didn’t help it. But we gotta continue to work, and I expect to win games, and fight as hard as we can. And we wanna play a certain way to have a chance to win those games.
On Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams
Well, they’re great, great role models for the young guys on this team. As we go through our, we’ve been going through our struggles, these guys have really stayed consistent about working, communicating to the guys, talking ‘em through situations.
Reinforcing the things we as coaches are talking to the guys about, letting ‘em know why we’re saying certain things and how it’s gonna help not only them but help the team have a chance to win. So they’ve been true, true professionals for us.
On Alec Burks
Well, you know, he struggled a little bit last night. He got a little anxious. You know, guys are r–you know, as you struggle, guys wanna make shots that happen right away. I thought he rushed a little bit.
It’s just part of going through the process. Figuring out when you’re not going well, when it’s not going well for you or your team, how do you stay consistent and fight your way through it?
** Tyrone Corbin, unintentional dirty quote machine: Rudy [Gobert] came in and did a good job of being big on the inside, you know, clog down the middle, get his hands on some balls.
What is Carlos Boozer’s legacy in Salt Lake?
Well, it should be on the floor. What he did for his teammates on the floor, the guy he was in the community. I thought he did a great job of, he’s a good human being, and I really enjoyed coaching him.
And unfortunately, he was injured for an amount, a lot of the time he was here, but you can’t control injuries…But the time he was on the floor, and the person he was, I thought he did a great job for this organization. (1280)
The segment ends with one of the 1280 guys concluding that Tyrone Corbin must be a smart guy with brain power because he was a computer science major in college (or in his exact words, “a freaking computer programming expert or whatever.”)