Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:19 PM
Saw kobe gamble and then not get back into the play.. following offensive possession.. jordan hill peels off the kobe pin down of which he set a shitty pick and kobe couldn’t get open off of, thus Jordan hill takes a 20 foot jumper. He misses.
Decides to play nba 2k15. Later.
by John DoughDoe on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:19 PM
Im started to get worried about Kobe
he hasn’t beaten defenders up the dribble consistently going to the rim.
by madmaxx350 on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:20 PM
No ball movement once Kobe’s out. It’s painful.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Actually there was not ball movement with Kobe there eithr
But there’s no one who can create his shot
by Theisertau on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:32 PM
So it is Kobe bail us out offense right now. SMH
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:36 PM
On pace to score 80 points woopie
5 long 2s and 3 attack the basket.
your not getting what you say you want to get Byron
by RollingWave on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:38 PM
Damn that Gobert looks good
by Theisertau on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:42 PM
and he plays basketball well too :)
by BaldBilly on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:44 PM
I don’t know what I expected. Starting Ronnie Price for goodness sake.
I think I’d rather have Marshall.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:45 PM
wtb Offense, cause this is offensive.
Oh Kobe, save them.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:47 PM
Holy shit not even Kobe’s shots are going down now.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:49 PM
The Hill-Boozer combo is AWFUL.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:06 PM
Boozer needs to concentrate on what he’s good at
Carrying Steve Nash’s luggage
by JUYED AWK YACC on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:16 PM
Obviously he’s not good at that either.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:18 PM
by smart_guy on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:29 PM
this is Mike Brown era except worse all over again.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:32 PM
I cant take this! It’s the Jazz!!!!
by BoltUp23 on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:34 PM
How long till Kobe gives the middle finger to this offense?
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:35 PM
Byron is going to get fired after this season, I’m calling it right now
by smart_guy on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:39 PM
Your right about the Mike Brown comparisons
only Kobe seems to be able to excel in the Princeton, everyone else looks like sh*t.
by Capt’n Shugg on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:46 PM
Kobe really doesn’t need a system lol .. Not worried about Kobe, just worried about him having to do it all AGAIN which would be unfair.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:48 PM
This is going to be a long painful season
by WiiTarded on Oct 16, 2014 | 9:04 PM
Boozer just doesn’t rebound.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 9:13 PM
He’s short and can’t jump.
Not much hustle either.
by George Krontiris on Oct 16, 2014 | 9:18 PM up
Screw the damn Princeton! It didn’t work with Mike Brown and it sure as hell will not work this season !!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 9:22 PM
Quin Snyder on what game film revealed about Rodney Hood’s defense and Dante Exum’s turnovers (UDQM)
You know, I think the, that’s the key thing on the turnovers, is, you know, how is [Exum] getting ‘em, you know, are they things, if you look at it, how can you fix it. One of the things he did a better job is he didn’t penetrate quite so deep. There was one possession where he got in there and he kept his dribble alive, and then he got out.
Making quicker decisions, where he doesn’t get boxed in. At that point, his strength, you know, becomes a little more of an issue, getting banged around down there.
So, you know, Rodney had some good challenges. Rodney, pick-and-roll defense and pick-and-roll offense is probably better than my expectation at the beginning of the year. And he obviously had a really tough cover in J.J. Redick.
We hadn’t worked on covering pin downs yet, either. It, there aren’t that many great pin-down players in the NBA. It’s a unique, unique guy that you can go to, ca–we had one last year in Atlanta, Kyle Korver. You know, obviously Ray Allen. There’s a few others, but it’s a tough cover, and it requires more than just one person.
Snyder on what he looked for in candidates for his coaching staff
Good teachers, you know? And passion. You know, I’ve, in one sense I’ve got a lot of experience coaching. You know, been doing it a long time and been a head coach in a couple different levels, but this is my first time in the NBA. So, I mean, I think that said, I think experience for us wasn’t weighted as heavily as some of the teaching stuff, and I think a lot of our work is done right now, as you see.
And as far as the game preparation situations, you know, been around enough people that are good at that to try to prepare and you know, outwork, you know, as much as we can in those areas.
But, when you’re a team, I mean, anticipating us having some growing pains, I think when those things come, to have a staff that can maintain an enthusiasm and a passion for the game is really important for young players to see. You know, to not be discouraged, to kind of continue to compete through adversity and get better. So, those are the two main things.
Snyder on what he took away from Kobe Bryant during his time with the Lakers
So much. I, he was teaching me without knowing what he was doing. I was just watching, and listening. I know he didn’t wanna hurt his ankle, but by the end of the year when he was getting healthy, you know, I got to sit by him on the bench. He was about, you know, a foot and a half taller than me ’cause he was on a high chair, but I learned a lot just watching the games and listening to him talk to his teammates.
And you know, there’s players that have higher basketball IQs than coaches, and we, you know, it’s our job, but you can learn, you know, a lot of players, you can learn so much from watching players. A lotta times, they’ll tell you, you know, different nuances of how to execute, and they discover things in the moment. And [you] just try to pay attention.
Trey Burke on how the team can improve chemistry
Well, I think it starts in practice. You know, just building habits as a team. You know, knowing who we want to be as a team, and then off the court, you know, going out to eat. You know, just spending time with each other off the court.
And we’re around each other every single day, so the chemistry’s gonna automatically build. But you know, we got a lotta guys on the team who are easy to get along with. You know, we hold each other accountable, so it’s gon continue to build from here.
Gordon Hayward on what he’s expecting in the next four games
Two experienced teams. You know, a team we’ve already played, so they’re obviously gonna probably make some adjustments or keep doing some of the things that they did well. And that’s something that we need to get better at, especially their little pin-down action they killed us on in the third quarter. Hopefully, we can defend Blake [Griffin] a little bit better too.
But I think we’re just going into the road trip trying to get better as a team. Try to keep improving on the things coach wants us to improve, you know, and we’ve taken steps to get better this preseason, and hopefully we can continue.
Hayward on what he likes about the new coaching staff
I think everybody’s on board. I like that. I like that everyone’s committed to what coach is trying to do. You know, it can’t just be us players. It’s gotta be the whole staff, and I know they’re working super hard for us. They’re here before us; they stay after us. You know, they’re trying to help us get better, and the staff has been super committed, and that’s been something that’s been really, really cool to see.
How different is this season from last season?
I think for the most part, we’re all more comfortable. The pace of this offense this year is much higher, and coach [Quin] Snyder, he’s allowing us to play, you know, through mistakes and he’s allowing us to play, you know, more freely. And I think that’s giving everybody on the team confidence.
You know, we’re still a young team, and you know, with this new coaching staff, it’s still gonna take time for us to all the way, you know, mesh together as a young core. But I think, you know, right now, we’re, you know, we’re showing, you know, a lot of promise.
Are you excited to have the opportunity to play in a “free” offense?
Absolutely. You know, I think the most, for the most part, it’s, our transition plays [are] much different than last year. Last year, a lot of our offense was just half-court offense, and sometimes, you know, we’ll get stagnant out there.
And you know, this year, coach Snyder, he wants us playing much faster. He wants us getting out in transition and making plays, you know, within the first, you know, five to 10 seconds of the shot clock. And you know, I think that’s allowing, you know, or it’s playing towards all of our strengths on the offensive end. You know, so I think, you know, for the most part, you know, we’re all more comfortable with this offense and you know, it’s easier for us to, you know, bring out our strengths.
Rudy Gobert is a monster.
Yeah, Rudy’s at, Rudy’s in the way out there. He’s, on the defensive end, he’s definitely always in the way. You know, if one of us gets beat, you know, by our man, and you know, he gets to the rim, Rudy’s right there to clean it up.
On the offensive end, you know, we can rely on Rudy to, you know, go up for a oo–for a alley-oop or a, you know, to get putbacks. So you know, Rudy’s a young player who’s just gon continue to learn. His potential’s through the roof. You know, we just gotta continue to work with him.
Is Enes Kanter working hard on his defense?
Absolutely. We’re pushing him every day. We know that, we know what type of player he can be. You know, if he puts as much energy towards the defensive end as he does on offense, then, you know, we’re pushing him every day on that in practice. You know, he’s just gon continue to become a better defensive player going up against guys like, you know, [LaMarcus] Aldridge and Blake Griffin.
But I think it’s more of a mindset with Enes. You know, once he decides that he wants to, you know, be that type of defensive player or that type of defensive stopper, like he can be, then I think that’s when, you know, we’ll see that on the defensive end from him.
What was your reaction when you found out Gordon Hayward was staying with the Jazz?
Nah, I was definitely excited. It wa–I wasn’t surprised. I really didn’t know what he was doing. I kinda tried to leave that decision to him, you know, because that’s a tough decision, and you know, I’ve never been in that situation, you know, in my career yet. So, I don’t know what he was feeling in that situ–or, you know, with that decision.
Then I think, you know, when he came back, well, I know, I was really excited. And, you know, we needed a player like Gordon to come back, because he’s definitely a leader on our team. He’s been here, you know, for four or five years, and it was only right for him to come back and you know, help lead this young team.
On being a leader and mentoring Dante Exum
I think the most important part about summer league for me was going out there, you know, showing the, you know, the young guys and the guys that were trying out that, you know, I wanna be a leader of this team, and that I’m gonna be one of the leaders of this team as well.
And you know, it seemed like I was in that position last year, where Dante and Rodney [Hood] is right now. You know, games were moving fast. Come into the NBA and you don’t know everything. You have to make adjustments. So you know, I tried to be there for them and tried to be there specifically for Dante ’cause he plays, you know, my position, and the shooting guard.
So you know, I kinda know some of the struggles he was facing during summer league, and you know, I felt like, you know, a lotta people, you know, they look at it, they’re all, “You a–but you and Dante are competing against each other.” But I didn’t want to look at it, you know, like that.
I wanted to, you know, make sure, you know, I was there for him when he, you know, went through some of those trials that I faced last year because there was definitely guys like John Lucas who, you know, was [playing] my position, who was, you know, putting his arm around me and you know, telling me to continue to, you know, fight through when I was making mistakes.
So, it was a goal of mine, just to show my leadership [by playing in summer league] and to continue to grow as a leader as well. (1320)
This system and this team are so fun to watch I find myself not even keeping track of the score or caring about the final score. It’s time to just enjoy the ride (IDQM).
** Quin Snyder on what he’s been most happy with in the preseason so far
It’s effort, I think. Guys trying to do what we want ‘em to do. You know, we’re a little confused at times. There’s just so many new things, and you know, we could try to prepare for the short run, or we could prepare, you know, for a process that can have a foundation. And that’s what we’re doing.
** Snyder on the process of Derrick Favors extending his range
It’s a process. You know, just, he’s probably 15 to 18 [feet] right now. And what I, you know, my feeling, he and I haven’t talked about it in a whole lotta detail. It’s not like he’s feeling like he wants to go out and shoot threes. You know, and we’re comfortable with him taking open shots. I mean, I think that’s, keeps people honest, and you know, it allows him to attack in other ways too.
** Derrick Favors on extending his range
I extended my range on my jumper. You know, coach helped me out a lot on that…[During the summer,] I tried to extend it out to maybe 18 towards the 3-point line and just tried to keep working on it, keep making shots, and you know, keep showing that I can extend my range so hopefully in the future, you know, I might move out to the 3-point line…Imma try to do it in a couple years.
** Derrick Favors on extending his range, continued
I took a lotta jump shots on this off-season. That was my whole plan this off-season, was work on my jump shot around the area around the free throw line, area around the baseline. You know, just try to add that to my game so guys can respect me more. So I think it can help me out on my driving game. But you know, during the summer, I probably took maybe, probably around 500 shots a day, every day.
** Favors on what he’s seen from the team in the first two preseason games
That we’re an unselfish team. You know, we go out there; we share the ball a lot. A lotta guys out there playing hard, you know, on the defensive end and on the offensive end. And we’re being very unselfish.
** Rodney Hood, forced to discuss how he liked Kobe Bryant growing up and how much he watched him
I mean, just going back to, you know, the, before the Lakers’ run around 2000, 2001, 2002, right around there, you know, just watching him. And you know, he’s been one of my favorite players. You know, him, T[racy]-Mc[Grady], you know, all those guys were, during that era, you know, I always watch.
Are you excited to see Bryant on the court this year?
Yeah, I’m excited just to play against the Lakers. I won’t say Kobe. You know, that’s a different monster right there. But I’m just excited to get a chance to play. You know, I’m, that’s all I’m really focused on right now.
** Hood on shooting competitions with Steve Novak
Just trying to get up to his level, you know? He been in the pros a long time, and just trying to learn as much I can from him…He just, you know, tell me little things. You know, when you fatigued, you know, always keeping your form. You know, when, you know, the ball doesn’t come right to you, or you know, just adjusting to shooting the same way every single time. And it’s helped me a lot.
** Quin Snyder on the game and whether he was impressed by the win
I think what was impressive for us tonight is we, you know, we shared the ball. You know, it’s the preseason…That’s not to say that, you know, [the Clippers didn't] compete. They’re just in a different place than we are, you know? They’re contending for an NBA championship, and we’re trying to, you know, grow and get better, and play the right way. So, I was proud of our guys. I don’t look at it in any way that, the win to me is not, you know, that’s just kind of a by-product that happened, of us playing well. And I’m really pleased with how we played, too. Don’t get me wrong. But if it’s a regular season game, you know, it’s a little harder. Let’s not kid ourselves.
** Snyder on spacing
Our spacing was good. I think it takes time to understand the importance of spacing. It just doesn’t seem always, for players, like it’s that big a deal, you know, whether you’re six feet to your left. It’s like, “What, six feet?” No, it’s the difference between someone being able to see you, changing an angle on a closeout, being able to drive again. It’s just a huge thing, and tonight we were better spacing.
** Snyder on Trevor Booker extending his range
He’s really been working on it. I mean, he’s after practice every day shooting threes. And I really, I want him to shoot it from the corner. That’s the shot that I would like for him to hit, and tonight he had a few open from the top. You know, I think he’s dangerous driving the ball from up on top, but if he can make a shot, that helps too.
** Snyder on Dante Exum’s performance
I think it was a good experience for him [to play Chris Paul], in spite of the mistakes and the turnovers and learning, you know, you can’t put your hands here; you’re gonna get–you know, all those little things that you have to experience to learn. You know, and the one thing about Dante is that he’s hungry to learn. You know, he’s a sponge. You tell him something, he soaks it up and he’s processing it. And he doesn’t need to think too much. He just, if he just goes out there and competes, you know, he’ll make some things happen.
** Derrick Favors, asked if unselfishness is helping build chemistry
It definitely is, man. That way, no one get mad ’cause they not getting shots. You know, the ball swing to you, you got an open shot, take it. If you don’t, you know, try to make a play and keep the ball moving. And that way, everybody, everybody’s out there on the floor is involved in the play.
** Favors on taking a three tonight
I’m still working on it. You know, coach just, you know, drew a play up, and you know, he just want to see me shoot one. But you know, hopefully, you know, within, towards the end of the season maybe or next year, hopefully I add that to my offensive game.
** Trevor Booker on players holding each other accountable on defense
I mean, that’s the main thing that’s, that coach has been stressing so far this preseason, is just getting back in transition. So, I think it’s instilled in our brains right now. So if we don’t get back, then it’s gonna be a lotta running in practice.
Karl Malone would be proud of the way Rudy Gobert was sprinting the floor. If all our bigs could do this all the time, that’d be pretty great.
** Rudy Gobert on where he improved the most from last year to this year
Just confidence. Confidence. That’s all…You know, coach, like, coach ask to the guys to throw me the ball, to give me the ball. He told me I’m a good passer, because–I knew, I always knew I was a good passer, but you know, last year I was always scared to turn it over, and when I turned it over, I was coming out the game. And, it’s just confidence. Like, when the coach trusts you and give you confidence, I just feel good on the floor…[He] talk to me a lot, and I can feel that he really believe in me, and he really trusts me, and he just give me some more motivation, you know, to show him that, to give it back his trust, and to show him that I can be good.
** Gobert, asked how important winning is for confidence, even in the preseason
Of course, just confidence and you can see that what coach ask us defensively and offensively is working, even if it’s only preseason. We play, like, with freedom, and build confidence, and we play to–we move the ball…It’s just very fun to play, offensively.
** Gobert, asked what the team needs to work on
I would say toughness. You know, when they start putting their hands on us in the third quarter, and we got a lot of turnovers, and–just toughness. We know we got a lot of young players, and it’s gonna come with time.
** Trey Burke on the team’s chemistry
The chemistry’s growing, you know, each and every day. You know, it’s, this is a new team, with the exception of six or seven players from last year, and with a whole new coaching staff. So we just gotta, you know, continue to find our identity. I think we’re starting to. You know, we’re playing much faster, with much more pace than we were, you know, in the past. So you know, I think it’s playing to our strengths. You know, we trust each other out there, so the chemistry’s, you know, can only grow from here on out.
** Dante Exum on the offensive effort tonight
Yeah, you know, Quin said at the start just to get multiple actions in the paint, and you know, I think that’s what we did. You saw Trey and Gordon [Hayward] getting in the paint a lot, and finding those open. I think we had, in the first half, 17 assists from 23 made baskets. So you know, just sharing the ball and you know, one of the key things that we’ve kinda stressed this year was obvious unselfishness, so.
** Rodney Hood on what it felt like hitting his 3-point shot
Sigh of relief. You know, I was a little anxious, a little nervous, and when that went down, I just, you know, relaxed a little bit, and you know, it came to me.
** Snyder on Rodney Hood’s performance
He was good, offensively. And he worked defensively at times. Some breakdowns there. It’s hard to chase J.J. Redick; that was good for him to have to do that. I thought a couple times he ran into screens. Couple times he got discouraged and didn’t keep pursuing and compete after the play, but those things are gonna happen. We just try to minimize it and clearly he, you know, he had an impact on the game with his ability to space the floor.
** Snyder on what he was talking to Hood about
Yeah, it was about a defensive rotation where he rotated to the big who had popped and left his guy, and he knew. He needs to stunt and get back. You know, we can’t, he can’t just do h–what he does. We gotta do what we do. And he’s been great with that stuff too. He’s taking a lot of pride in it.
** Hood on what Snyder wanted from him defensively during the game
Yeah, I, it was a lot of possessions where I did my job, and then the few possessions I didn’t, you know, he got onto me about contesting shots, even when I feel like I’m out of the play. So, it’s something that we can, in practice, we’ll take care of it.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Matt Harpring “my partner”: Craig Bolerjack
** People that are impressed with the “floor generalship” of Trey Burke: Matt Harpring
** The pink grandmas are back!
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on J.J. Redick: When he gets his shoulders squared, that’s a money shot.
** Harpring on Rodney Hood: Lotta nerves from Hood right now. I guarantee ya that.
Craig Bolerjack: Yeah, there’s nerves. Yeah.
Harpring: I’ve been in that position. You’re excited, you’re anxious all at the same time.
** Harpring to Boler on Blake Griffin’s performance at Laugh Factory: You wouldn’t even know how to begin to get up in front of people.
Boler: You and I oughta put a show on. What do you think?
** Steve Brown, in response to Johnnie Bryant saying the Jazz have to keep stopping the Clippers in transition in the second half: Keep it up, huh?
** Boler on Gordon Hayward’s shoe coming off: Gordon blew his shoe.
** Boler on Glen Davis’ foul on Rodney Hood: Hood puts it on the floor, and he takes a high, hard one by Big Baby.
** Boler: Boy, they’re pushing and sharing. (H/T @mac_jazz, @allthatamar)
Intentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (IDQM)
** Matt Harpring (H/T @mac_jazz):
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
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
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
by BlazerFanSince1970 on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:54 PM
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
GLAD I MISSED IT THEN
IT PROLLY WAS A GOOBERY DUNK ANYWAYS.
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
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
THEN OUR SEASON IS OVER!!!!!!!
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
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
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
THESE REFS SUCK!!!!
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
HAVE A GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE
SORRY OUR TEAM IS HUMAN GARBAGE
by Mortimer on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:30 AM
by LaMarvelous on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:31 AM
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)
** 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.
** Gordon Hayward on how this team will play with injuries mounting and only 17 guys available
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.
** 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.
** 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.
** 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.
** 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.
** Armless Al may be no more, but his armless crew has grown:
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.
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
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
BIG SEXY KAMAN
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
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
“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
by sabonis11 on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:48 PM
by Reasonable Approximation on Oct 7, 2014 | 7:49 PM
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
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
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