** Quin Snyder, asked if he’s seen growth and development in the last few weeks (UDQM)
For sure, I mean, I think that’s, we’ve approached it that way, where we wanted these two, three weeks to be about that. And you know, our staff has done a great job kinda pulling that out of ‘em here, while we’re in Vegas. I felt like we got to, got a lot done in the practices before we left. I was excited for them to get a chance to kinda feel me and what that was going to be like. And then, the games helped us as well.
** Snyder on what is “playing with the pass”
Just the idea, you know, the ball moves. I think, you know, if you run 100 feet and I pass 100 feet, I’m gonna win. You know, the ball moves faster than people’s feet, and when you play with the pass, hopefully it keeps the defense guessing and on the move.
** Snyder, asked whether he knew Rodney Hood could put the ball on the floor and finish at the rim
I think Rodney’s, you know, more ball-skilled, maybe, at least than I thought. That’s probably my fault for not watching as much, you know? Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] told me that.
Rodney said he was not asked about his mid-range or ball-handling one time.
Interesting. Well, we’re glad we have him, and I think, you know, he’s got a great feel for the game and is capable of putting the ball on the deck and obviously, his mid-range game showed tonight.
** Snyder on what it’s been like observing rather than coaching summer league games
I had the team for all the practices, and that to me was more important than the coaching of the games. And you know, [with] Brad [Jones]‘s experience, I knew he was gonna handle all that. You know, obviously, he did a terrific job. You know, you saw the team. I’ve let go, got out of the way. They were probably all grateful for that at some point. I never felt I’d be, like, you know, a backseat coach. But they, you know, our staff, Brad in particular, did a really good job, you know, helping these guys, looking at video, trying to help them get better throughout the tournament.
This edition of “Who wore it best? (Quin’s Deep V)” is again brought to you @Mac_Jazz.
** Trey Burke on his relationship with Quin Snyder
It’s been great, man. Coach Snyder, he sees our mistakes. He shows ‘em to us, but he lets us play through ‘em and tells us what we’re doing wrong. So, as a player you want that from your coach. You know, you just wanna continue to grow through your mistakes.
** Burke on playing in the summer league
I think, playing in the summer league, you know, a lot of people ask why I was playing, but I think it’s gon help me out, and you know, every time I have an opportunity to play against, you know, NBA talent, I’m gonna take that opportunity.
** Burke on being a leader on the floor
I definitely think [guys like Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum], their ears are open, you know, when I have instruction. You know, that’s my job, is to lead them on the court, you know, hit them in their spots. Set them up where they’re best at. You know, I think I can continue to grow, you know, learning this new offense. I can do a better job at doing so, but I think we’re on the right path.
** Dante Exum on having the ball in his hands
I just want to get the ball in my hands as much as possible. I didn’t get it a lot in my hands throughout these last couple games, and, yeah…Coach’s system, like, it’s open, but you know, it has been so many times that I just got away from the ball and let Trey take it, but, yeah, so.
** Rodney Hood on playing in an offense that is not predominantly iso
It’s fun like that, you know, especially for guys, you know, who are, like, role players, you know, like myself, you know, get a chance to touch the ball. You know, on the other end, it makes you that much more engaged when you get to touch the ball, and you know, playing with unselfish guys, that’s even mo–, that what make the system works. Guys moving the ball and sharing it. (Utah Jazz, Tim Montemayor)
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Rudy Go-Go Gobert”: Vince Cellini
** Exum is leaving for Australia on Sunday.
And for those of you that couldn’t make a decision on who wore it best, here’s another look:
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Pounding the Rock.
wish we could swap ayres for gobert
by tphi31 on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:12 PM
He’s French, we can get Tony to negotiate the deal.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:45 PM
exum looks legit
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:26 PM
He’s gonna be crazy good.
by play_splitter on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:29 PM
That kid Hood
by Suave Groove on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:35 PM
Gobert is a fouling machine.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:41 PM
Daye is an airball machine
by kenshinsama on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:42 PM
daye is the new icy hot
by tphi31 on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:48 PM
OH sh*t Daye-rant
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:48 PM
Daylight has arrived
by Suave Groove on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:49 PM
daylight has been blocked :V
by kenshinsama on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:50 PM
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:50 PM
AUSTIN DAYE STOP TEASING US !!!
by Skip Bayless Loves The Spurs on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:49 PM
Chance we get Andrew Bynum and sign him for a cheap deal ?
by Skip Bayless Loves The Spurs on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM
by Suave Groove on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM
by nicolaspursfan88 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM
by Chris Itz on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM
I rather have jeff ayres……and thats saying A LOT
by kenshinsama on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:10 PM
Would rather have Oden or Ayers or Sam Bowie.
by Cole_Miner on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:16 PM
Daye as an inefficient volume shooter. How unspursy.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:41 PM
Swap him for Hood
by hurts2bgood on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:42 PM
Watched Anderson play a few days ago.
I am worried his lack of speed is going to really hurt his chances at being a productive NBA player…..
by alamobro on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:45 PM
I have heard the Boris comparisons, but Kyle makes Bobo look like Usain Bolt.
by alamobro on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:49 PM
by nicolaspursfan88 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:47 PM
Spurs in elite summer league 8.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:47 PM
We the best!!!!!!!!!!!!! Summer spurs ftw!!!!
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:47 PM
I hope the heat win. so we can give the boot once more
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:48 PM
Were there conversations with Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams about bringing them back?
Yes, with both of them. Absolutely. They both were, played very well last year, and were even better people, and even better leaders as well. So w–there was a bunch of conversation, and we’ll have some veteran presence. We have a little bit of that with Steve [Novak].
On Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward as leaders
I think we also have to be mindful that, now that we’ve made commitments to Gordon and Derrick, that we have to give them space to lead the group.
And Derrick’s been unbelievable. I’ve just, I’m jumping out of my skin with excitement. If you r–guys really want to talk about a player, I mean, he went to summer league training camp with us.
Our new coach had an hour-and-40-minute video session the night before Game One in the summer league, and Derrick was there and sat through the whole duration. As you guys have seen, Derrick is, was on the bench Game One in support of his teammates.
Gordon, when he gets clarity with USA Basketball, making the team, in, that would be a great win for him and for the program, but if he doesn’t make the team, he and his young wife* have already talked about being a permanent part of the community from a living standpoint and quickly getting back to Salt Lake. So I think the conversations that Gordon and I have had, it’s apparent that he feels even more responsibility to lead our group.
And again, I think Steve will add to that mix with his humor and his intelligence and his experience.
* “Young wife.” Lol.
On Rudy Gobert
Rudy really used his, last year wisely. He worked. He worked very hard with the coaches, specifically Alex Jensen. He worked hard with Mark McKown and his staff. His body’s improved. I think he’s put on eight pounds of very good weight.
I’ve been up late at the practice facility quite a bit this summer, and occasionally I’ll see Rudy in there, working. He’s, it didn’t show the other night, but he’s really worked hard on his free throw shooting…He’s worked hard on his jump hook, his strength…
The mental maturation has probably been greater than the physical. He’s more comfortable with the language. More comfortable in his own skin to make jokes and be part of the group, and we’re thrilled with where he’s at.
But he has a long way to go. He’s got to, he’s gotta get to spots offensively quicker, and we’re, he’s got to to–catch tough passes better. He’s got to play up and through contact. The free throw shooting’s obvious. But even though he didn’t have a game to his standards in Game One, you guys saw and everybody felt the impact that he could have.
When did you know Quin Snyder was the one?
I think the things that stand out is his commitment to the game. His ability to communicate effectively. His ability to touch players and help them develop…Before players know what you can do for them from a technical standpoint, they need to know that you care, and I’d say Quin really cares.
And so, there’s obvious, you know, charisma, intelligence, but those are really secondary to that he really cares about what he’s doing.
On Dante Exum
As we really got to know him, we liked his makeup just as much as his physical characteristics. Now, it’s a long process, and in some ways, the kid is handling what happened maybe in a more mature way than what, the, where the public’s at, in excitement.
You saw tonight that Dante got tired, and is going to be tired until he gets stronger. And so, that’s our charge, is just to systematically grow him up…and we really look forward to those efforts, ’cause we think he could be special with time.
Did Enes Kanter’s comments about valuing offense over defense during locker room cleanout shock you?
Look, we all have had moments where we say things…As Enes’, does he have an offensive bent? Absolutely. Is there, “Hey, if I can score more opp–than my opponent and get the win,” is there that view of the game? Sure.
When you have someone like Enes’ ability to be able to score and offensive rebound, that part of the game is clearly very important to him. So it’s not surprising to me that he would say it, and, because that’s a reflection of his game.
Now, it’s our job to say, “Hey, it’s also important to move the ball. It’s also important to sprint back and load up on defense, and then rotate hard, and then hit back to a body.” And we’ll make sure all those priorities on the defensive end are well-communicated.
Where are you with Raul Neto?
With Raul, we’re, we had a good two weeks with him in Salt Lake. Johnnie Bryant really had some great development sessions. We were doing some things with his shot, and he really made some progress. And we wanted to help him train, so we brought him to altitude in Salt Lake.
He’s got two national teams that he’s trying to make in Brazil. We’ll see as the summer goes on…but Raul’s going to be a big part of the Utah Jazz going forward.
We love his character. We love his ability to pass the ball. We like his pace, and it really fits into Quin’s vision. Now, when the right time to bring him to the program, we’ll see. (1280, 1320)
The Jazz are going to the [Vegas Summer League] playoffs!
** Quin Snyder on the Jazz’s defensive effort
Well, I thought we came out, we weren’t quite as aggressive and physical as we’ve been. It’s something we actually talked about, just kind of replicating even in summer league how we’re trying to play. But we responded. You know, I thought our bench gave us really a good lift, particularly Ian [Clark] coming in and just kind of picking up the energy.
** Snyder on how much of a difference Rudy Gobert makes defensively
You know, he protects the rim, obviously. I think our, you can begin to rely on him too much, and I thought that showed up today. I didn’t think we were as aggressive in the pick and roll defense. But we did get back. You know, I think that we didn’t give ‘em any easy baskets.
** Trey Burke on missing Rudy Gobert
It was different because he, you know, he’s seven foot and he’s in the way down there, you know? And you know, on the offensive end, you know, you have to guard him ’cause he can finish. He’s getting much better. So without, with him not playing, I feel like, you know, we kinda got up and down the floor a little better, but at the same time we didn’t have that presence under the rim that, you know, we have with him.
** Burke, asked if he feels he’s a better regular season player than summer league player
I mean, I don’t know. You know, I think summer league is kinda, you know, it’s not as structured as the regular season. You know, in the regular season, I’m a little more comfortable if that’s what you’re asking me. You know, out here it’s kinda like, s–I wouldn’t say it’s like an open gym, but…it’s different because you know, everybody’s playing so hard. It’s like you’re playing 100 miles per hour, and you’re not really, it’s not as relaxed as a regular season game. So for me, I’m just trying to, you know, make the right decisions, not trying to do too much.
** Burke on whether he’s surprised by the success the Jazz have had in implementing a new system
Not really, because we’re moving the ball. You know, I think that’s, coach Snyder, he’s doing a really good job of, you know, showing us film and showing us how we’re successful, and that’s from moving the ball. You know, when we get out in transition, and you know, play with the pass–[that's] what he calls it–you know, I think that’s when we’re really good and everybody can kinda showcase their talent. So, I’m not too surprised about, you know, this type of success we had.
** Malcolm Thomas on Quin Snyder’s system
Guys like me, Erik Murphy, and all the other big guys, it’s a good system for us, ’cause we can just, you know, roll, half roll, make passes, you know, and it’s just a system that fits us, and I like it. (Utah Jazz, @prodigyjf)
Random Stuff, etc.
** The Jazz have signed Trevor Booker to a two-year deal.
** Dante Exum on experiencing his first earthquake in L.A. in March
I was just sitting watching Netflix, and just the whole building starts to shake, and I was freaking out. I thought it was spirits.
Yeah, like, ghosts. And then everything started shaking, so I jumped up on my bed, and, like, I just froze for a second. I didn’t know what to do. And then my TV was about to fall, so I grabbed that…And then your heart’s just beating after that.
** Rodney Hood on the $50,000 watch he borrowed for the draft
Yeah, I was nervous. You know, me, you know, I’m not a jewelry type of guy. I don’t wear watches. But you know, [other guys in the draft] said to [borrow a watch] for the draft, and when I did it, you know, every single second, you know, when I was shaking people hands, I was looking sure every diamond was there. (TrueHoop TV)
Signs Your Team is Young
** Your 21-year-old point guard [Burke] who is three months removed from his rookie season is talking about being “that leader” and “the voice on the court, you know, for the young guys.”
** Your just-turned-23-year-old captain [Derrick Favors] addresses his just-turned-22-year-old teammate as “young fella.”
** Your new 26-year-old player [Booker] says he’s looking forward to being “a leader as an older guy.” (CSN Washington)
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Vince Cellini on Malcolm Thomas: He’s tough inside. He sticks his nose in there.
** George Karl on the coaching aspirations of his son, Coby: He knows that if he tries it with me, he’s at the bottom.
** Cellini: Rodney Hood, just couldn’t get up.
Mateen Cleaves: Good try. Good try.
Cellini: Love the idea.
** Cleaves on Dante Exum sucking air: That’s something I always tell young players. Don’t grab your shorts. Gotta have a poker face. You gotta fake it.
** Cleaves: David Lighty with the nice tip.
** Quin Snyder: When Rudy’s back there, whether it’s consciously or not, you know, people kinda think, you know, you can make a mistake and he’ll clean it up.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.
Harris v Exum is gonna be fun to watch
by teensonacid on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:40 PM
Our “bigs” aren’t very…
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:54 PM
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:55 PM
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:55 PM
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:55 PM
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:55 PM
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:56 PM
george karl going to talk about the nuggets
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:00 PM
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:01 PM
lame dunk exum
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:02 PM
pretty clean pick, though.
by Russscot on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:04 PM
he’s got long arms
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:04 PM
That he does.
by Russscot on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:05 PM
You know that they say about long arms?
Better chance for steals in the NBA
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:05 PM
You know what they say about guys who gets steals in the NBA
by nugznazty on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:07 PM
Their adjusted plus/minus is superior
as well as win shares and PER
by nugznazty on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:16 PM
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:19 PM
GET KARL OFF THE FRICKING SCREEN…. WE HAVEN’T SCORED SINCE HE HAS BEEN THERE!!!
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:09 PM
Offense went downhill this quarter
by DomP on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:10 PM
karl cursed them
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:11 PM
All the bricked 3s
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:12 PM
lol Nuggets getting rejected everywhere
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:16 PM
Karl is a witch
we’ve been awful ever since he showed
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:39 PM
Hey guys, let’s take a metric shit tonne of 3s, since we’re shooting them at under 10% right now and we should really take advantage of that..
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:56 PM
I sense this might be sarcastic
by Russscot on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:57 PM
Did Harris just make a three?
by Russscot on Jul 15, 2014 | 10:02 PM
yup… 1 for 754.
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 10:05 PM
That was uh, bad.
by Pozz303 on Jul 15, 2014 | 10:09 PM
Please welcome guest recapper, Derrick Favors:
Too many highlights to .gif!
Just watch these, courtesy of @memoismoney:
** Quin Snyder on Rodney Hood’s performance
I thought he did a good job playing defense, staying in front of his man. We want him to shoot when he’s open. In fact, the best thing about [his shooting night] is he didn’t hunt his shot…I was just as happy with him the other night, ’cause he took the same shots.
** Snyder on Trey Burke
I was really, really pleased with Trey, the way the ball moved. You know, he set the example…[Leadership] is something that we’ve talked about, all the little things, you know, all the little things that go into it. Helping his teammates, whether it’s on the court, off the court, in film. You know, he had a couple comments in the film session the other day about pick and roll spacing, and where he needs people to be so he can find them. You know, that’s the kind of stuff we need from him, and we need guys to listen to him, ’cause he, I think he has a really good understanding of the game.
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s development
He’s putting himself in position to make more plays defensively. I think when the ball is in front of him, you know, he’s long and tall and he’ll block some shots. I think he’s doing a better job protecting his teammates. Hopefully, he’s got confidence that when he leaves to come over and block a shot, that, you know, his teammates are gonna crack down on his man and [can] help rebound.
Can you see him playing a bigger role this year?
You know, if he plays like that and defends like that, you know, he’s got the opportunity to help our team. You know, we got a number of guys that we wanna rely on. We wanna have a bench. We wanna have a good bench. I wanna trust the bench. And you know, I think Rudy can be a part of that.
** Sndyer on Dante Exum’s performance
I want him to keep attacking. You know, I thought there was a couple times when he could’ve caught and drove the ball, where he was, just kinda, he was pausing for a second. And you know, part of it’s that he’s so unselfish, and he knew what kind of night Rodney was having. He was trying to move it, which, you know, we’ll take that any time. And you know, I thought he attacked the other night. We just gotta keep, he’s gotta know that that’s okay to go at it all the time, ’cause I have confidence in him that when he does that, he’ll find open people as well.
** Rodney Hood on his game tonight
First game…all the shots felt good, but you know, I tried to, I wasn’t holding my follow-through. I was just shooting it. And today, I felt way more relaxed. I got open shots, you know, from Trey and Dante, especially with Rudy playing like he was playing. The floor opened up, and you know, after practice, I j–I mean, I always been a confident shooter. You know, some days I’m gon have bad games, and some games I’m gonna have, like, games like tonight, so it’s just part of it…Today, I told myself I was gon start off going to the basket and get into the lane. First couple shots were in the pla–or, mid-range shots. And once I felt comfortable–Trey got mad at me for passing up a couple, but at the same time I had to get comfortable. And I was trying to, you know, pass the ball, do other things, defend, and then my shot will come.
** Hood on what he wants to show during the remainder of summer league
Just trying to win. Every single game, we trying to win. You know, obviously everybody wanna play good individually, but at the same time, you know, everybody know we can play. So, it’s just about winning.
** Rudy Gobert on how different his role is under Snyder vs. under Tyrone Corbin
I mean, every coach love when I block shot for sure, but it’s just a different, like, different basics, you know? Like, every coach got his own way of coaching, and I really like the way [Snyder] put me in confidence. And he help me a lot. (Utah Jazz)
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Kyrylo Fesenko “pretty much an apartment complex on his own” yesterday: Minnesota – Washington announcer
** And your nightly Fes moment:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Dante Exum: There’s talent inside that young man’s body, and I’m anxious to see how it grows.
** Boler on Rudy Gobert: Impressed a lot of people down there. I heard a lot of rumbling of excitement of how he’s handled himself.
** Boler on Malcolm Thomas: They like his body. They brought him, remember, in off waivers in late January and never really got a chance to find a role under Ty Corbin.
** Mateen Cleaves: Rudy Gobert, once again, he goes there. Rudy Gobert, he goes.
Vince Cellini: Over and over.
** Cleaves: Look at guys like Paul Pierce. Look at Carmelo. They’re not muscular guys. You don’t see muscle just popping out everywhere.
** Cellini after Hood checks back in and hits a shot: Hood is back in and doing THAT!
** Boler after Hood checks back in and hits a shot: Hood, after a rest, is back and the rhythm is still there!
** Jared Greenberg to Hood after the game: Honestly, how good did it feel to do it with Jabari on the other team?
Hood: Nah, I mean, it felt good.
** Quin Snyder, post-game: I don’t want our guys to think about positions. I want ‘em to think about each other.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Brew Hoop.
Mmmm, those Exum highlights look nice.
Hope there aren’t any more tonight. :-) Or are overshadowed by the Bucks’ play.
by snik75 on Jul 14, 2014 | 8:45 PM
man exum just blew by giannis
by Rare Monkey on Jul 14, 2014 | 9:44 PM
Who is this monster on defense for the Jazz?
by 3k3 on Jul 14, 2014 | 9:51 PM
Wow, those Exum highlights. Yikes.
by surfacedroid on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:15 PM
man gobert is destroying everyone going to the hoop
by Rare Monkey on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:25 PM
I’m not looking at the stats
but I’d guess Rudy Gobert is like +20 right now
by CheesePlease on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:41 PM
hes got like 5 inches on our tallest player
by MBucks1988 on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:45 PM
Man, Hood is feeling it
by MBucks1988 on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:46 PM
Tip your hat
Not much you can do with that…….
by CanadaBucks on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:47 PM
All the duds on the court
by CanadaBucks on Jul 14, 2014 | 11:13 PM
I gotta keep reminding myself that Sanders fouled out of a summer league game
and then proceeded to earn a 44 mil paycheck the next season. SO I WONT WORRY THAT DOUG MCBUCKETS IS GOING HAM WHILE JABARI GETS A MODEST 14
by Kevin Williamson on Jul 14, 2014 | 11:16 PM
One. Contrary to what the announcers of yesterday’s game said during the broadcast, Dante Exum (along with fellow rookies Rodney Hood and Niels Giffey) had to sing “Happy Birthday” to himself during practice today:
Two. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines: The Rookie Edition
** Dante Exum on this being his second time in Vegas: First time I came, it was all about going on the Strip, looking at everything. And it was a cool experience, but it’s good I had that, and now I can come and I don’t have to do any of that. I can just enjoy the experience.
** Exum on being one of the most-talked about or most-criticized draft picks of 2014: It’s in my hands, and I’m the controller of that.
** Rodney Hood on how he played yesterday: I was too antsy yesterday. Wasn’t patient. You know, I was trying to hit a home run every time.
Three. Rudy Gobert was asked whether the coaches talked to him about getting a technical foul yesterday:
“No, coach talked to me about the play before. He want me to dive on the ball. And he said, I mean, he don’t really care about the technical, but it’s easy points for other team, so just gotta be careful.”
Four. Speaking of Rudy: