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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 14, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

a little concerning
It is preseason and the games don’t count, but I’m starting to get concerned. We are playing terrible. This first quarter and start of 2nd quarter is really really bad.

by thePiatkowski3 on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:42 PM

I’m trying to stay optimistic and keep in mind that “it’s only pre-season,” but I can’t help but think the team will continue this mediocre play into at least the first game of the season
by Clipperade on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:42 PM

I know it is preseason
But it is a bit worrisome how badly we are playing on both ends.

by SurfinQ00 on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:45 PM

Complete garbage right now.

by Clipshow3 on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:49 PM

let’s step away from the ledge.
it’s preseason. they’re not even trying. Doc ain’t even coaching.

by shabazz.comics on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:59 PM

you have to ask, why aren’t they trying? i mean, they don’t have to be going all out but this team never had any problems playing ok in preseason before.

by Parkemoon on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:04 PM

I don’t really know…
If I had to guess, I think Doc is really just compiling their errors for teaching purposes.
I mean normally, especially with the lapses on perimeter D, Doc would be livid.

by shabazz.comics on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:53 PM

So hard for me to not like Hayward
Just look at his face.

by peterghost on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:43 PM

Exum is nice
by peterghost on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:50 PM

I know it’s preseason
But our bench defense leaves a lot to be desired.

by peterghost on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:57 PM

exactly what i was just thinking

by socal-clip on Oct 13, 2014 | 8:05 PM

We suck!!!
by Alex562 on Oct 13, 2014 | 8:21 PM

Eh. The Spurs lost to a team that’s not even in the NBA
by Jonee on Oct 13, 2014 | 8:46 PM

Preseason Game 2 of 8: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (2-0)

October 10, 2014


Pre-Game Quotage

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Post-Game Quotage

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Random Stuff, etc.
** Steve Novak and Carrick Felix took a bike ride in Portland.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
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Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 10, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.

this season’s Jazz may be last season’s Suns
by BlazersConga on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:33 PM

Except without the talent
by KingWes on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:34 PM

I don’t know the score but it looks
like we are being dominated by the Jazz………AGAIN

by skott75 on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:31 PM

do the jazz score on every possession
by adapt on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:32 PM

Sheesh, do these Jazz miss or just not when playing the Blazers? Preseason “defense”
by Carthage on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:32 PM

man cj can’t beat anyone off the dribble
not even dahntay jones. sad

by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:45 PM

when did either of the burks become good?
by skott75 on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:46 PM

Freeland in
by BlazerFanSince1970 on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:54 PM

Before Leonard?

by T Darkstar on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:54 PM

Meyers might as well tell his agent to start scouting at rental homes in another city. I could see him as a Faker next year
that way when he washes out he can be a model or get into daytime soaps

by Carthage on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:56 PM

Oh did I miss a dunk?
by Mortimer on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:05 PM

by your face on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:08 PM


by Mortimer on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:08 PM

Looks like at least our guys are playing tonight? Preseason I’m not as big on winning as at least playing well
by Hermistonmelons on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:24 PM

i mean if we played well against utah we would win by default right
by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:26 PM

by LaMarvelous on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:27 PM reply

by LaMarvelous on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:28 PM

by occassia on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:29 PM

by LaMarvelous on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:32 PM

This is exciting and all, but the Jazz are terrible.
by Acab on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:34 PM

yeah, well, losing to the same crappy team twice sucks worse, so winning will be cool.
by nawesemo on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:34 PM

LA is making Kanter look like
Meyers Leonard….. /sigh

by Treyblaze on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:37 PM

This is getting pretty hilarious.
by Acab on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:37 PM

No one with hairline as unnecessarily low as Kantor’s will ever be good
Book it.

by Mortimer on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:40 PM

Wow, that Jazz backcourt passing, huh? What’s that like fifteen turnovers in five minutes?
by Acab on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:44 PM

Nic told us to draft Gobert…
by occassia on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:46 PM

Does anyone remember that Nic wanted the Blazers to draft Rudy Gobert?
by annthefan on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:47 PM

Is it just me, or does “Dante Exum” sound like the name of an X-box game.
Something about space marines fighting their way out of purgatory.

by HowlinJoeWolf on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:51 PM

we are out jazzing the jazz
by Name’s Ash on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:03 AM

If our third stringers can’t beat Utah’s starters in a preseason game

by tp90 on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:10 AM

Man that Gobert guy has LOOOOONNNGGG arms!
by tblazers127 on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:24 AM

For cryin’ outdoors…
by Ilikeemall on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:24 AM

damn rudys
by Name’s Ash on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:24 AM

Well, that sucks……..good thing this is pre-season.
by LaMarvelous on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:26 AM

Trade everyone
by Chuck Norriss on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:26 AM

Darn you Hulk Bieber!!!
by Respect_these_years on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:27 AM

Well… That’s it!..
…Our third string can’t beat the Jazz starters. ALL IS LOST!!!

by Ilikeemall on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:28 AM

refs screwing us
by KingWes on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:28 AM

by LaMarvelous on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:30 AM

stupid refs. reffing up the whole reffing place!
by eloi on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:30 AM


by Mortimer on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:30 AM

DUMPSTER FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:31 AM

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 10/8

October 9, 2014
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How J.P. Gibson’s one-day contract came about
Richard Smith, in our basketball operations, is connected with a group that is involved in baseball, and, in, locally, and he wa–became familiar with a friend who was a friend of the mother, Megan, and was aware of this story that they were actually trying to do, of kind of giving him a snapshot of kind of some sports dreams.

And they had asked, he’d talked with them about maybe them coming over and doing a little autographing, or kind of a signing of a contract, being part of the Jazz team; doing something very simple.

As we then, as Richard then brought it to our basketball operations people, and then also to our PR group, they started saying we can do a little more. And this little more became one step to another step to another, and all of a sudden the team wanted to get involved in it, and what they could do to help, and as you watched how the team interacted with him, and we decided let’s do a little bit of a press conference.

You know what? Maybe since this is just an inter-squad scrimmage, let’s maybe let him come in and be a part of it. And it just kind of, this ballooned.

What did you like in the first preseason game?
Our guys have worked very hard. They’ve come, volunteering, to our open gym the early part of September, and did some things on their own, and in some things in conjunction with our coaches…

To me, our players looked in better shape and with better energy level than the Portland Trail Blazers. And I attribute that to them, number one, working hard in the off-season; number two, the open gym. And then, they’ve worked really hard in training camp. We had good energy. I was very happy to see that.

I thought our offense, of Quin [Snyder]‘s desire, of, you know, let’s play with the pass, and you saw a lot more passing and moving. And I liked seeing Quin, as there were issues, as guys were coming off, he would take time to walk over and talk to them and really coach them from the sideline and working with our players.

I thought we had some really good moments there against their starting lineup, where our guys really held their own. And we’ve got some work to do, on the offensive side, I think. But I was very encouraged.

I thought our defense was much more active and much more aggressive at getting back and defending against that transition defense, and agit, against, actually, you hear Quin talk about “form a wall.” Stop ‘em from being able to get inside the paint, and that’s very important for us, and so we’re making good progress.

When Jerry Sloan’s teams won, he talked about the things the team did well but tried to temper expectations. When they lost, he took the blame on himself. Is there some of that in Quin Snyder?
It is much like Jerry. I mean, Jerry tries to keep it at an evil, even keel, and I know that’s the one thing that our coaching staff has talked about here, is, “Hey guys. Let’s not get o–our expectations too high. This is, was one game.”

And he’s done a very good job of, I think, of keeping a balance in this, and, ’cause this is, this game, and a season, is a long, it’s not a sprint. It is a marathon, in, really, those 82 games.

And so, you want to temper these g–what you’re trying to accomplish, and they, and I think it’s natural for coaches to also recognize a lot of the things they do wrong. Ca–you know, they’re living with it everyday, and realizing we’ve got a lot of room for improvement, and that’s a good thing, but to also give ‘em some kudos along the way. And I saw both things happening with coach Snyder and the whole coaching staff, with the team, in tho–in both sides.

Gordon Hayward was asked to do far too much last year. Will Quin Snyder’s system take the pressure off him this year?
Well, one of the things I know that Quin and Dennis [Lindsey] has talked about is, that, they’ve talked about this new offense, and Gordon and his abilities. And one of the things was to play more into Gordon’s style, and his, and Gordon Hayward’s strengths.

And Gordon has grown and developed, and I think this is going to, I think, play very well into who Gordon Hayward is. In my conversations with Gordon, he is very happy. Happy to be here, happy to have the issues of a contract away, and focusing on, really, making himself a better basketball player and a better leader in, on our ball club.

And he’s really excited. He’s excited about the coaching staff and how things are coming together. So, I see a Gordon Hayward who is starting to really blossom…

A little fun side note, by the way, is, you know, i–you went in the locker room, Gordon used to have a seat that was pretty much to the very, to kind of the side, in a little more of an obscure area. And Gordon’s locker is front and center in the middle of the locker room [now], and I’m happy to see it there, and happy that, ’cause Gordon needs, that’s where Gordon needs to be in the mind of, also, his teammates, to be more a leader.

Will Alec Burks have the freedom to utilize his strengths in Quin Snyder’s pass-first system? Was he going rogue last night, or was that part of what Snyder finds acceptable?
I think he went rogue. I think you’ll see more that he’s going to be, let’s play this offensive system that we have. Now, if all of a sudden you’re down to four seconds and we’ve gotta make a shot, that’s one thing. But I think the discipline, as soon as you have players that start kind of doing their own thing, it starts breaking down and now everyone’s just gonna stand around.

And Quin is very strong-willed in saying, “We are playing with the pass. We’re playing as a team.” Now, I think they’ll find ways to help Alec find his little, maybe, moves that will, he can finish to,* but I think it’s very important that we believe in a system. We play the system together as a team, and we’re not altering, this isn’t the Alec Burks offense.

This is the Utah Jazz offense, and we’re gonna play together with that offense as a team, and we’ll, they’ll find ways to adjust it, to tweak it a little bit to play into Alec, but Alec’s got to buy into the system.


With regards to the NBA’s new $24 billion TV deal, what do you say to people predicting or expecting a lockout in 2017?
That is a wonderful deal, and it sends a message. It should send a message to everyone, of the strength of the NBA, of this being an international game, and the power that it means, in the fans, and into the communities, and the population’s mind, of the importance of this game.

Not only internationally, but locally and nationally.

And so, that’s a real positive. The positive thing the l–the players need to understand: We have a great CBA, that they get 50 percent. So as the pie gets bigger, they’re getting their bigger piece of the pie. It’s a great formula. It is making everyone successful.

They are, there is a good CBA, and I think sometimes players don’t understand the math enough to realize, hey, as this gets bigger, that who–that, the growth doesn’t just go to the pl–owners, and the teams. That growth goes to every–they’re getting their 50 percent part, and it’s going to be a great benefit to them. (1280)

Preseason Game 1 of 8: Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers (1-0)

October 8, 2014

enes-3-f ÜÇLÜK!!!

Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on why he moved shootaround to the practice facility
There’s more baskets. It gives us a chance to get more shooting. We’re here all the time anyway, so in a lot of respects, it’s, you know, it’s an easier routine. You know, a number of reasons. We wanted to go at 11 [a.m.], so we don’t have to be off the court right away at 11 when the visiting team comes in, so there’s just some conveniences. Not that we’ll always use the whole hour, but it gives us some flexibility.
** Snyder on Gordon Hayward
One of the most important things for him is to have perspective, and understand that, you know, his opportunity, to me, lies in something as simple as passion. He’s got so many different types of skills. If he just lets it out, and is not afraid to make a mistake…Instead of having a list and saying, “Gordon, do this, do this, do this, do this,” just play with passion. Not just hard, but, like, play with juice. Like, if people were watching the game, let’s let them say, “Man, Gordon loves to play.”
** Snyder on Alec Burks and Derrick Favors
Alec is a guy, he’d be the other guy, along with Fav, that I feel like has just shown a thirst.

snyder tendrilDid Quin Snyder intentionally and meticulously place this tendril of hair? Yes or no?

** Gordon Hayward on how this team will play with injuries mounting and only 17 guys available
Who’s injured?
Rodney [Hood]; Ian [Clark]; Carrick [Felix].
Oh, okay. Yeah. I mean, that’s what happens in training camp. You know, people get bruised up a little bit. You know, it’s unfortunate, but they’ll get better. We’ll be all right.
** Hayward, asked if he’s still the union rep for the team
I don’t know about tha–we haven’t talked about that. Last year, I was the backup or whatever, so. I don’t know…They were trying to groom me for the role.
Do you have any thoughts on the new TV deal? Were you involved in any talks to prepare players?
I was not really involved in any of that, so. Maybe Dahntay Jones or Steve Novak might’ve been more involved.

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** Trey Burke on how much of the offense has been installed, or has the focus been completely on defense
Yeah, I think, you know, they’re emphasizing, you know, both sides of the court. Mainly defense, though. But I think on the offensive end, we’re playing with much more pace, so you know, a lotta times we’re playing, you know, out of our reads. It’s not just a stagnant offense, or you know, it’s not robotic. You know, we’re going off of what we see out there, so you know, it should be exciting tonight to see where we are. You know, Portland’s a good team, and you know, I think we’re ready for the challenge.
** Burke on what he personally worked on the most this off-season
I think just getting in the paint more. You know, developing my shot, or, allowing it to be more consistent. Getting in the paint, making reads for myself and for others, and I think the more that I get in the paint and not settle for jump shots, the more it opens, you know, things up for other guys and you know, myself at times. So, as well as attacking in transition. You know, not being as conservative as I was last year, but attacking; trying to get in the paint.
** Burke on Quin Snyder
He’s a coach you can relate to. You know, he comes to me a lot after practice, during practice and sometimes calls me just to let me know what he sees and things that I can work on and that I con–can continue to improve on. So, he’s definitely a guy I can relate to and you know, I’m excited playing for him.


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
I thought we were a little nervous at the beginning of the game…I thought that we definitely played hard, particularly at the beginning of the second half, and I thought we tried to do a lot of things we’ve been talking about. You know, it’s not realistic to expect too much right now, to be honest with you, but I think there was a real focus to try to play the way we want to play.
** Snyder on how well the team played defense
Adequate. You know, I think there was a real effort. Again, I don’t wanna, you know, I’m pleased with much of what we did defensively. It’s just, you know, it’s a long road, and we reminded Rudy [Gobert] that we’re in a slightly di–he’s not supposed to be up on the floor like he is with the French national team. I want him back near the basket where he’s blocking shots…Rudy had a great summer. I’m kidding, obviously. And you know, he’s an impactful player around the basket, and did a good job changing shots. He’s a perfect example of a guy that, I mean, his habits will continue to improve. I think that’s true of all of us as a group.
** Snyder on Dante Exum’s performance
I thought he was a 19-year-old rookie. You know, there were some good things. You know, I liked his spirit. I felt like he didn’t get discouraged about anything that, there, you know, he got challenged by some guards that are quick, physical. You know, Steve Blake’s been doing that in the NBA for a long time and is a heck of a defender. So, for him to have to play against that is great.
** Snyder on how the team shared the ball
I felt like we were unselfish. We just didn’t, maybe we didn’t make some shots that, you know, off the assists. There was a number of plays I thought that we didn’t convert. There’s one that comes to mind when Trey drove and you know, he and Enes [Kanter] connected and Enes was in a great position, spacing-wise, that he really hadn’t been in previously. So I think when we continue to find those situations, we’ll get more efficient executing, and I thought Trey did a terrific job running the team.

kaman tweet

** Derrick Favors on what Enes Kanter’s range can mean for this offense
Get me more assists…I told him I was gon do it, you know, if I get the ball on the pick and roll or anything, you know, if they guy, if their guys come in and try to take the roll away, you know, I’m always looking at the corner, always looking out the corner of my eye to the perimeter, just trying to find the open guy. And you know, Enes guy came in and helped. So I saw him in the corner, and I just hit him with the pass, and he hit the shot for me, gave me the assist.

** Enes Kanter on the win
I know it’s the preseason, but just getting that game, winning that game and come in this locker room and just seeing the smiles on people’s face, it’s just priceless.
** Kanter on being in a happy locker room and getting to play basketball again
Oh man, I want that feeling long time…I think we have some–really have something special here. I mean, this team can get along really good and can be a really, really good friends, and that friendship can, we can show them on the court. So, I think it’s really important. I mean, all the basketball stuff, okay, it’s important…but friendship and the communication I think the most important thing. And then I think we gonna have really good friendships in this team.
** Kanter on his new defensive focus
[Last year], I was really focused on [offense]. But now this year, with coach Q’s, you know, defensive mind, I’m really focused on defense because, I mean, somebody’s gonna score the ball…But I think the most important thing, just going out there, and just stop that ball. So, like, gives you a really good feeling.

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** Gordon Hayward on his comfort level in the new system and if he enjoys it
Yeah, it’s getting there. There’re times where it’s fun out there, and you know, when you play with the pass and you’re running and it’s easy, that, you, the, I mean, when you have an open guy make an open pass, and cut through and he makes another pass, and somebody gets a layup, a dunk, a wide-open shot, it makes the game a lot easier. It slows it down even though you’re going fast.

** Trey Burke on his performance
The game has just slowed down a little for me. You know, I tried to find my shot out there tonight. You know, it was a little off, but you know, I think the shots that I took were good shots. But it’s slowed down for me. It’s not as fast as it was last year. You know, I’m not in such a hurry out there, and I can see, you know, I can make plays for others as well as myself out there at a higher level.

** Dante Exum on his first taste of [preseason] NBA basketball
Came [in] a bit nervous. You know, I came in and tried to, I think I held my own. You know, just still finding my feet a bit and where I can get my opportunities, but you know, I’m always trying to do as much effort as I can on the defensive end.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Toure Murry “Torrey”: Craig Bolerjack (H/T @5kl)
** I’ll take “Images That Are Unrecognizable as Utah Jazz Ticket Ads” for $200, Alex.

lbj ticket

** Armless Al may be no more, but his armless crew has grown:

** Meanwhile, in Louisiana, Karl Malone got his first kill of the season (via @mamail):

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Media on off-season and other teams being in the playoffs: You’re eager and anxious for this thing to get going.
Gordon Hayward: I am.
Media: Did you watch? I know some guys don’t want to watch.
Hayward: It’s one of those things where a lot of my friends watch, so I’ll go over to somebody’s house…It’s like a social thing, I guess.
** Quin Snyder on Rodney Hood’s injury: Yeah, he did something to it last night. Had a little pull.
** Matt Harpring: McCollum’s a nice player that can go both ways with his hands.
** Steve Brown on Rudy Gobert losing a contact lens: That’s what it was, was the ball hitting him in the eye.
** Harpring: I’m not sure if Steve Blake was outside that restricted area.
Craig Bolerjack: Goes back to the muscle, though, right here.
Harpring: Well, he was outside. I thought he was moving though.
** Harpring on Quin Snyder: He’s gonna fill–fit in nicely here in Salt Lake.
** Boler: You have to push through the hump. (H/T @5kl)
** Snyder on his post-game interview setup: I’ve got a nice seat and a big mic.
** Dante Exum on not overthinking: It’s, you know, it’s getting hard, but you know, I’m trying to work through it and it’s working for me, so.

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 8, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.

This game is televised on Root Sports in Utah.
Why are we not going to be televising the games but Utah is?

by Mattco26 on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:03 PM

I would like to know this as well.
I can only assume the answer is greed.

by heybabydrinkyourmilk on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Jazz trying to pull Lopez out of the paint in the early going by letting Favors/Kanter shoot 15-footers.
by Roy Wonder on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:13 PM

They using a tractor?
by occassia on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:14 PM

Very sloppy start by the Blazers.

by Roy Wonder on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:17 PM


by nawesemo on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:17 PM

now the story about the Jazz signing the ill kid, very classy
by BlazersConga on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:23 PM

It was just because the Bobcats forced them to match tho
by Mortimer on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:24 PM

How many blocks does Gobert have?
by Y5k on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:32 PM

by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:32 PM

3 and to the 4
by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:32 PM

4 blocks 3 blocks 2 blocks 1
Your blocked he’s blocked no blocks none

by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:32 PM

This guy ain’t no mother freaking frenchie
I know everything he’s gonna do against me!

by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Wow and they call our announcers homers
that guy just compared Alec Burks to Jordan…

by BlazersConga on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:43 PM

Kaman just made Turkish play-doh out of Kanter.
by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:48 PM

How is Turkish play doh different from normal play doh
by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:49 PM

by Y5k on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:50 PM

That’s the one.

by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:50 PM

by Mortimer on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:51 PM

The Jazz bigs have funny ways of walking
Derrick Favors his right leg
Enes Kanters

by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Jazz announcers really like talking crap about the Blazers, they are at it again! lol
by BlazerSkins on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Hope they are still talking crap when we play in the regular season
And we are 27-7 and they are 3-24

by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:02 PM

and paying Hayward’s max contract
by BlazerSkins on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Wow that was terrible defense.
by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:06 PM

And a terrible call
by tyeforshee on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:07 PM

man we look terrible on both ends
by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:06 PM

Burks is really a headache
by bowdown on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:06 PM

bad bad bad bad bad bad bad
by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:24 PM

oh my god
it’s the jazz

by WillBartonMVP on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:33 PM

Hayward is gonna try to justify his max contract in the preseason
He will go back to sucking in the regular season

by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:37 PM

by WillBartonMVP on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:38 PM

Blazers didn’t look good in preseason last year either
by tp90 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:40 PM

Exactly. And don’t forget tv adds 10 lbs too
by Slinger81 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:40 PM

by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:41 PM

My wife calls Meyers Pretty Boy. But I don’t Big Sexy will stick with her for Kaman.
by BlazerFanSince1970 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:43 PM

Kaman’s an acquired taste.
Give it time.

by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:45 PM

My wife liked Przy
She thinks Meyers looks like a child in a huge body.

by Eat Politicians on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:45 PM

is booty banned in Utah?
by nawesemo on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:43 PM

No. John Stockton inspired short-shorts are very much encouraged
by Slinger81 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:46 PM

Is that slang for caffeine?
by Timmay! on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:47 PM

everything is banned in Utah
by Eat Politicians on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:46 PM

You can have all the wives you want …
by Berkeley on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:52 PM

Also guns
What could possibly go wrong?

by occassia on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:54 PM

And apparently you can trade one for the other in some circles
by Slinger81 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:55 PM

these comments are the only good part of this game
by HJprobs on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:43 PM reply

Matt Harpring:
“Let me tell you my top 8 but not in order. I’ll start with the eighth seed, then the first, then the third, then the fourth, then the seventh, then the second, then the sixth, and then the eight again.\n\n

by sabonis11 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:47 PM

“Damon Lillard”
by sabonis11 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:48 PM

“CJ McCullum”
by Reasonable Approximation on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:49 PM

“Will Beer-toon”
This is fun!

by Corwin71 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:50 PM

Is Harpring illiterate? How can you possibly make that mistake?
by KingWes on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:51 PM

Kaman great drive. Whoops I mean Big Sexy
by BlazerFanSince1970 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:50 PM

I wonder if Kaman hunts elk like he posts up.
by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:51 PM

Are we calling Kaman “Big Sexy” now?
Cause the dude is kinda ugly. Going for an ironic thing?

by Corwin71 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:51 PM

He has a beautiful soul.
by annthefan on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:53 PM

isn’t that guy like 50 years old?

by Eat Politicians on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:01 PM

Ugh…god damned streaming site auto-downloaded malware on my computer…
by WillBartonMVP on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:02 PM

The Utah Announcers?
by tyeforshee on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:03 PM

Well done.
by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:04 PM

Why does Stotts hate Claver so much?
by sabonis11 on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:03 PM

Tapas killed his parents

by Eat Politicians on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:04 PM

Where’s Biedrins? He plays for Utah, yes?
by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:03 PM

Oh well
Maybe next season guys and gals!

by Mortimer on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:18 PM

Oh thank God it’s over
by sabonis11 on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:20 PM

We lost a pre-season game. We’re doomed!
by BlazerFanSince1970 on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:20 PM

we’ll show ‘em on Thursday!
by BlazersConga on Oct 7, 2014 | 8:20 PM

Bits from the Open Scrimmage

October 7, 2014
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One. Alec Burks for president.


Two. People calling Utah “great city of Utah”: Dante Exum

Also, people following in the footsteps of the great Karl Malone: Dante Exum

Three. Is that…


Four. 4A and 4B here.

4A is Gordon Hayward trying to get Quin Snyder into the rookie dance-off (Hayward was rejected).

dance off tweets

4B is the dance-off itself. Real talk: No rookie dance-off can ever live up to the legend that was Kyrylo Fesenko vs. Kosta Koufos. This one, so poorly orchestrated by the vets, doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath. *sad face*

Five. Perfect end to the game (scrimmage):

Post-Scrimmage Quotage
** Quin Snyder on Gordon Hayward’s invitation to him to participate in the dance-off
It was very kind of him, but I had to politely decline, so. Appreciate him thinking of me.
** Quin Snyder on whether he anticipates playing a lot of guys in tomorrow’s game
Yeah, I think it’s important right now to, you know, we, not at the expense of our growth, but you know, there’s, it’s the first game, and you know, we’ll try to get a good feel, and, but you’ll probably see some other people get an opportunity to play.

** Derrick Favors on adjusting to Quin Snyder’s transition defense
When he came here f–at the beginning of the year, and he said he want us to get back on transition defense and wanted the bigs to go after offensive boards and get back, I was like, “Coach, that’s a lot.” But you know, repetition, doing it in practice, and you know, it carried over to tonight, and hopefully it can carry over to tomorrow in the game.

** Gordon Hayward on where the team is at right now
I think we’re definitely better than when we first came in. You know, I, there’s still, at times out there where, this is what, the first time for us to be in front of fans, and s–you can s–you can tell some of that. We didn’t, we weren’t as sharp as we are in practice. Guys forget where they need to be. You know, we’re not executing like we should. And I think that’s to be expected. So I think hopefully we can learn from that today and be better tomorrow. You know, this preseason will be a chance for us to really grow and maybe get all the kinks out.
** Hayward on the dance-off
This is the weakest dance-off I think I’ve ever seen. It was terrible. But, the fact that JP was in it and won, makes it a little better, so.

** Dante Exum, asked if he was holding back on his best dance moves because he didn’t want to outshine JP
Yeah, yeah. You know, like, when he came on the court as well, I didn’t want to go too hard at him, but nah. It was just good fun. I know Rodney [Hood] was over there shy, so I didn’t want to go full out.*
Were you really holding back, or are you just saying that?
Oh, I’m just saying that. Definitely.
** Exum on where the team is
I think we’re in a good place. Coach has put in a lot of good stuff,* and throughout the training camp there’s been so many times where different players show, like, highlights of their game, and you know, if we all put our, put that together, and put it in our games, then we’re gonna have a really good season. (KALL)

Were Trey Burke’s nude pictures really “old pictures”? (SFW)

October 6, 2014

“They were old pictures.” — Trey Burke on Media Day, regarding his nude pictures.

trey mirrorvia RomeIsBurning

How old is old? Let’s follow the ink trail.

As seen below, Burke did not have the Michigan block “M” with the “96” behind it at the time of the rookie photo shoot (July 2013), but was sporting it by the time Media Day (September 2013) rolled around.

via Getty Images

In the second pic, there’s a clear area below the M-96 tat.

That clear area was still there during the last game of the 2013-2014 season. Three weeks into the off-season, the area was filled with new ink.

trey se via Getty Images, @tb614_

Conclusion: The leaked/hacked/whatever pics are no more than five months old (four months at the time they were posted on Tumblr). Of course, “old” is relative.

P.S. You can’t say this whole thing has not affected the team. Take a gander at how covered up Enes Kanter, who in summers past was not shy about showing skin, has become (RIP Fun Enes):

never nude enes

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 10/3

October 6, 2014
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On good shots, open shots and passing up shots
If you honor the kick-out off the penetration, guess what? The next time you drive in there, you’re gonna have even more space. But there is a dilemma that we have be very aware of, of the not taking an open shot, a good shot. The ball swings, and it swings to a guy that has, now, the ball in a late-clock situation with an NBA defense closing on him.*

There’s something cast up; poor, long rebound and they’re running downhill atcha. It’s, in effect, when you do not take a good, open shot, in my opinion, it’s just like not getting back on defense, ’cause that’s really what it leads to: numbers going back the other way.

So, to have a young team have that pulse of when the right shot appears, and the ball finding the right guy, is, there’s a little magic there and we’re going to certainly have to grow that.

* i.e. the most common explanation for Gordon Hayward’s low shooting percentage last year, and C.J. Miles before him.

How can this team improve schematically under Quin Snyder on the defensive end?
I think Quin has got an audience right now that’s really motivated to listen, ’cause they all understand the need for not improvement; for great improvement in those areas. And so then, with Quin specifically, it’s been clear-cut.

If you do not run back, you won’t be in the game. And not that you won’t get back in the game, but you’ll be told that you didn’t ro–run back and wall to the ball, if you will, if you’re a big guy. And so, there’s just going to be some non-negotiables, if you will, that it will be very understood that the accountability on the defensive end is gonna be really high.

We may be disorganized because of our youth, but we won’t be disorganized and discombobulated because of our effort.

When going up against tough, veteran clubs, can this team answer the physical challenge?
Certainly, there’s times where last year, a few of our young guys got buried in the paint. And when you do not have the experience to deal with that, there, it’s just, it’s fight or flight. Are you going to, are you gonna fight? Are you going to back down? And so, that’s going to be a real personal question…

Frankly, our, it’s become a pick-and-roll league, where there’s 70, 80 pick and rolls, many times, run in a game. And so, a lotta times, the physicality, it has to do with the point guards just getting hit.

And so, one thing that we’re really emphasizing here, where we’re actually using this terminology, is, “How hard are you going to compete after you get hit with a screen on a pick and roll?” And really, that resolve, our ability to compete after the screen, will largely determine how much we’re able to improve this year defensively.

This is in no way, shape or form a knock on Tyrone Corbin at all, but how difficult is it to unteach “traditional” basketball learnings?
Yeah, I’ll stay away from that, ’cause, look, you know how it is. And we try to be very classy with our decisions.

Cavaliers coach David Blatt said today he plans to rest LeBron James at times this season to prepare for the playoffs. The Spurs have done this as well. Where is the line between competition and entertainment, when fans may be buying tickets to see a specific player play?
I’m actually glad you asked the question, because, look. The public needs to hear internal rationale on this issue, in my opinion…

[Former MLB manager] Jim Leyland came and spoke to a lot of us in Chicago at a coaching clinic a few weeks ago, and he addressed this. And he had a philosophy that he was gonna give many of his Sundays off in baseball, and to his veteran players, he’d give ‘em those players off ’cause he felt like their energy would be low. They would appreciate the day off and the guys that weren’t the primary players, they would be hungry.

So he felt like the results were very good inside of that situation for a lotta different reasons. And he’d say, “Hey, look, I did get asked by fans and media–” And he said, “All I can do is apologize that you’re not getting to see Barry Bonds, maybe, on that particular Sunday in Pittsburgh.”

But you have to keep the long-term interest in mind, even, so there’s, for one, your player health. Mental health, physical health, and there’s not ever been a player that has played any sport that doesn’t need time off. Time off to reflect, decompress, physically recover.

And frankly, that’s one of the best things that Gregg Popovich does. I was just talking–we had management meetings–and Pop understands the difference between zero hours off and 24 hours off, and 24 to 48. And many times he’ll schedule an off-day–Jim Leyland would do the same thing–before they would have a day off. That way, he could have a 48- or a, you know, a 60-hour window of rest and recovery.

And what you get from your players is, is “Hey, this guy is thinking about my health, and my well-being.” So you get a very motivated player coming back that really believes in the message, but more importantly, believes in the person, because he’s taking care of him.

So, you, it’s always that struggle, and look, it is very regrettable that the night that you bring your young kid to a game–I’ve been there with my sons–that a player is hurt or resting. But if you’re looking at it from a coaching standpoint, pro-active health management, if you really study it at deep levels, works.

So by giving him off strategic dates, you can say, yeah, he’s missing those dates so you’re not as competitive and the father and son don’t get see that player perform. But what if, and I think you can prove this a little bit, that it saves a player on the backend of the season or the backend of his career a la Tim Duncan?

No one’s ever played basketball at 38 like Tim Duncan** has, in my opinion. And now, there’s 200 dads and sons that get to see Tim play longer. Or John [Stockton] and Karl [Malone] play longer. What did Coach [Jerry] Sloan do [with] John Stockton at the 8-minute mark? He was coming out. Well, believe me, Gregg Popovich studied that, and replicated that, and I think with good rationale. (1280)

* Hopefully after this, Jazz-owned media can stop their holier-than-thou complaining at every given opportunity about Pop resting players.
** No CENTER, maybe. Click to enlarge:

tim vs karl

P.S. Note these are Tim Duncan’s stats as a 37-year-old. Let’s revisit this at the end of next season.

Enes Kanter for 3! Assist, Brad Jones.

October 5, 2014
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enes-3.3 H/T @DJJazzyJody and @tribjazz

P.S. Enes was nowhere to be found when the team went to a haunted house later in the day…unless he went in costume (via @dee_bost).



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