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Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

July 13, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Liberty Ballers.

Dante is just cute as a button
by DnY on Jul 12, 2014 | 7:06 PM

So uh, Noel isn’t playing tonight. Eff everything
by iladelphia on Jul 12, 2014 | 8:10 PM

what a joke
done with this organization

by InDougWeTrust on Jul 12, 2014 | 8:49 PM

Well my Saturday night is ruined
by Eric Wise on Jul 12, 2014 | 8:43 PM

First round picks on the floor:
Jazz — 4
Sixers — 0

by yosoysean on Jul 12, 2014 | 10:42 PM

All I know is we’re starting people that 5 of our grandmas are better than and we’re winning
by iladelphia on Jul 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM

We are a summer league powerhouse. Feels good
by DnY on Jul 12, 2014 | 10:53 PM

Exum looks legit
by AB2016 on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:13 PM

I love how the Jazz have a bunch of white players even during summer league.
by JHG722 on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:03 PM

Rudy Gobert = 7 feet 9 inches of softness
by Patrick Bateman VP on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:08 PM

i think if Exum pulled it out
these announcers would get on their knees

by no1pipelayer on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:12 PM


These announcers have some sort of bias against the Sixers
by Philly Sports All Day on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:20 PM

They absolutely love Malcolm Thomas. It’s ridiculous.
by secondroundpick on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:21 PM

knick fans. I hate Frazier.
On another note. I love hood. Would have liked to have seen him with the sixers just so I can yell out where the hood at during sixer games

by AI3 on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:22 PM

Exum looks pretty polished. If it wasn’t his jump shot selection, he would be close to perfect.
by secondroundpick on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:24 PM

He can’t shoot at all. The announcers were saying during the one shot. “That was right on…just short” so were Gobert’s free throws. Seriously get off your knees guys…
by jayofdajungle on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:27 PM

Credit to GhostofGeorgeLynch:
BRANDON DAVIES PLAYER PROFILE
CONS: Basketball.
PROS: He’s had sex.
OVERALL RATING: B+/A-

by DnY on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:29 PM

I was nervous for Exum going in to summer league, but sounds like he’s holding his own.
by briztoon on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:44 PM

crowd is SO behind him, it’s like almost annoying. no love for tim frazier and jordan mcrae.
by Michael Levin on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:44 PM

Davies strip!
by Michael Levin on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:45 PM

[gets suspended from BYU again]
by kill the action on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:47 PM

You’re adorable, Trey, but you’re no Dante.
by DnY on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:49 PM


This guy would literally marry Malcolm Thomas.
by JHG722 on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:54 PM

Lol. Feel like I’m watching a super homer Utah jazz crew.
by Iversonian on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:31 AM

Damn you Exum
by iladelphia on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:26 AM

What is with this crowd. Like seriously. WTF is your problem.
by BrokenSquirrel on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:28 AM

Utah is geographically pretty close — i’d imagine a lot of Jazz fans
by bradptbn on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:29 AM

isn’t Vegas to sinfull
for those Mormans

by no1pipelayer on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:31 AM

Did not know this. I AM Australian so it’s kinda weird I’m pissed at these guys showing some love to Dante.
by BrokenSquirrel on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:31 AM

Can’t stand this crowd or the announcers…
by Blasphemizer on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:28 AM

announcers still d-riding all the jazz players
by Bubbachuck383 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:34 AM

Dude really loves Malcolm Thomas. Like stalker level love.
by JHG722 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:35 AM

Literally every time he got a board or got a bucket it was “i’ve been watching him for soo long, he’s a future HOF’r”
by Bubbachuck383 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:37 AM


these announcers really want the Jazz to win, WTF
by el tortuga on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:34 AM

Wow
We are sitting everybody…Noel, KJ and Casper…they have Exum, Burke and Hood…
And we win.
Gotta love it.

by bebopdeluxe on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:34 AM

You can’t beat Summer Sixers.
by Justin F. on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:34 AM

Can’t stop these Sixers
by iladelphia on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:35 AM

they’re just kids. they don’t know any better.
by kill the action on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:36 AM

be careful, WINNING can be contagious
by el tortuga on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:35 AM

#DYNASTY
by DnY on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:36 AM

trophies
by illmatic0000 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:36 AM

boys…
it looks like we have a juggernaut on our hands.

by no1pipelayer on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:36 AM

Dante is still cute as a button
by DnY on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:37 AM

Of course they interview Exum from the losing squad
by illmatic0000 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:37 AM

Bits from Summer League Training Camp Open Practice

July 11, 2014

(*In grandfather from The Princess Bride voice*) The arena was filled as never before to hear the announcement of the great coach Quin Snyder’s Jazz-to-be.

BsOjyzbCcAI4HNH.jpg largevia @utahjazz

Okay, not as “never before,” but it was more filled than during games last season.

quin tweets

A couple of plays:

trey-jones

rudy-slam

exum-to-hood

Note Brad Jones’ reaction on the Trey Burke shot. From what I saw–little though it may be–Jones was very active on the sideline, constantly popping out of his seat, talking to guys, directing guys, etc…

jones exum


snyder
** On Dante Exum
Obviously, he’ll shoot the ball better. I think he’s nervous. He got tired. And, but again, both he and Trey [Burke are] passing the ball. I mean, they can get it into gaps, and they make plays for other people.
** On Rudy Gobert
If Rudy embraces the things that he’s good at and the things that our team needs, he’ll have an opportunity to play and really have an opportunity to succeed. If he continues to run like that, we’ve created a lane for him to run, okay, and we call it the “alley.” He’s an alley big, where he’s the trail big. And if he can do that, they’ll throw him the ball. Our guys are good about sharing it. And obviously, on defense he’s a presence down there. We’ve asked him to come out more right now. We’ll be smart about, you know, keeping him in a position where he can impact the game. And again, if he’s focused on the right things, you know, he’ll be impactful.

people callingQuin Snyder already has a leg up on everyone on the previous coaching staff and everyone in the front office.

** On Rodney Hood
I think it’s true of a lot of shooters. It just takes a little to get your legs, you know, relaxed and you can see even when he missed, that he’s got a good stroke. I liked him too, he’s down in a st–I like seeing our guys in a stance.
** On Trey Burke
I think part of the summer league, for him to lead, for him to have a presence. I’ve been on him maybe more than anybody, about making defensive–one of the best plays tonight was he got up in his guy on the pick and roll, and he tried to go over the top and he drew a foul. And if he can keep doing that stuff on the ball and really set an example, that’s a big thing to me.
** Can we keep a mic on you every game?
I was afraid of the microphone. I got the handheld just ’cause I didn’t know, you know, you gotta be careful. Didn’t want to turn the fans off right away.

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burke
** How big is this summer in terms of your personal growth?
It’s really big. I think for me, I just want to be the, be that leader. The voice on the court, you know, for the young guys, and for, you know, the guys that’s coming in, you know, for summer league. So, I think today was a, you know, a good, like, preview, going into Vegas. You know, I think we all were kind of shocked and surprised with how many people was out there. I think the biggest thing is we all played hard. I’m glad my team got the win.
** What are the offensive differences between this year and last year’s coaching staffs?
I think we just got a little more freedom…[Quin Snyder] lets us just go. He lets us play in the pick and roll. There’s more drag screens. And I think that kinda opens up the court more, and I think a lot of you could see out there, you know, we were just playing. We weren’t really as stagnant as we was last year, and I think that’s going to be to our advantage.
** On Derrick Favors being in the house
Well, we need him around. He’s one of our leaders…It was good to see him out there. You know, I’m glad, I know the crowd was glad to see him, you know, still being here even though he doesn’t have to. So, it was good seeing him. I think we needed to see him.

exum
** Were nerves a factor?
No, I didn’t think so. Like, coming in the changing room, I was fine. I knew it was gonna be a lot of people, but I think when they started clapping for me it was kind of, it kind of hit me a bit.
** Did it take awhile to feel settled in the scrimmage?
Yeah, when you get in and your adrenaline’s up, you just wanna run, run, run, and it kind of took me a bit just to kind of settle down and just start playing my game. My shots weren’t falling tonight, but you know, it was just about getting my teammates involved and I think I did that well.
** Were your legs an issue?
Yeah, the legs are always gonna be [tired] from practice, but you know, I’m going into an 82-game season, so that can’t be an excuse. And it’s just something that I have to work on.
** How do you think you played in the pick and roll?
It definitely, when the offensive end isn’t working for me, I look to go into the defense and make a difference there. And I f–I made it my mission to play as hard as I can on the ball, and definitely the pick and roll. And [Snyder] has emphasized pick and roll defense is something that we really need to work on, and I, so it was just about playing hard and getting over screens.

hood
** On 10,000 fans showing up to watch the practice
Man, that was crazy. You know, I got chills just walking out there on the court. I mean, I just appreciate our fans coming out.
** On nerves
I had a little jitters, just going out there for the first time, and, me and Dante both. But once I got going, you know, it was good. I got a little rhythm.
** On keeping the floor spread
Spacing. That’s what coach been preaching, you know? All the time, just spacing. It gives him room to operate, and it gives us a chance to, you know, make a play or knock down shots. So it’s been great for me, especially, because I can shoot.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Quin Snyder on Trey Burke and Dante Exum’s passing ability: They can get it into gaps.
** Snyder on Rodney Hood: It just takes a little to get your legs, you know, relaxed and you can see even when he missed, that he’s got a good stroke.
** Snyder on Burke: I’ve been on him maybe more than anybody…If he can keep doing that stuff on the ball and really set an example, that’s a big thing to me.
** Snyder on being mic’ed up: I got the handheld just ’cause I didn’t know, you know, you gotta be careful. Didn’t want to turn the fans off right away.
** Exum on nerves: Coming in the changing room, I was fine. I knew it was gonna be a lot of people, but I think when they started clapping for me it was kind of, it kind of hit me a bit.

Bits from Summer League Training Camp, 7/9: Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood and Quin Snyder

July 10, 2014
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gobert

** How’s the appendix?
It’s gone. It’s gone, so I feel good.
** First impression of the new coaching staff?
Great. I really like the new coach philosophy, the way he want us to play defense, and the way he want us to move the ball. So, I think it gonna be great.
Do you feel like Quin Snyder can help your game?
Of course. He already helping me, and he put me in confidence. So, that’s great for me.
How has he helped you?
Just tell me to play simple, and he communicate. I like to communicate, so talk to me, and I just learn.
** From what you’ve seen, do you think Snyder’s system will benefit your game?
Yeah. Yeah, I think that would be better, because I play with less pressure. And we just play, you know, every team plays with freedom, always better. So I think it’ll be good.
Did you feel like you were under pressure and didn’t have that freedom last year?
I was, yeah, I was really under pressure. Little bit more. And I was a rookie, so that was even harder.
** Have you talked to Gordon Hayward at all?
Just talked about the French national team. We didn’t talk about basketball.
** Are you bigger? You look bigger.
Yeah, I’m bigger.
How much more do you weigh?
I got, like, 10 pounds, but I just lost five because [of the appendectomy], so I’m, like, 245 right now.
You look taller.
No, I’m just bigger.

hood

** Quin Snyder said you looked a little tentative on the first day and he talked to you. What did he say?
Just be more aggressive. You know, not to try to ease my way in. You know, he know I can play. Everybody know I can play. Just go out there and be more aggressive. And today, I did that. You know, I was handling the ball more. You know, I wasn’t giving it up and just running. I was handling the ball more and getting to the basket, things like that.
** What has the coaching staff been emphasizing? Defense? Shooting?
They actually been surprised by my defensive ability. You know, the thing with me is making it consistent. And you know, I been, you know, playing on a NBA level, I think I can get more steals…just making read. You know, sometime I might gamble too much but at the same time, they like the effort I’m putting up.
** What do you like about this offense for your game?
‘Cause it’s space. You know, ‘specially when you got guys like Trey [Burke] and Dante [Exum], who’s able to get into the lane and make things happen…Just do my job, knock down shot.
** What has been Trey Burke’s role in these practices?
He’s pretty much been the leader. You know, he’s been out there, going first in all the drills, teaching us, showing us different things about the NBA game. So he’s been really good for us…You can sort of tell from guys, see if they got that quality. He has that quality to be a really good leader.

snyder
** Do you have any comment on the Gordon Hayward offer sheet?
It’s probably not the right time for me to react to any of that…At this point, you know, it’s probably best for me to talk about the guys that are on the floor right now.
** On Trey Burke’s leadership
One of the things as you see him out here is he’s verbal. I think he’s getting more verbal, which will help his ability to lead. But he’s definitely got a presence.
** What have you seen from Rodney Hood?
He was a little tentative yesterday, which is natural. And I kinda gave him, ribbed him a little bit this morning in front of the group when we were putting in a few little plays. You know, and I, he responded. He came out and shot the ball. I, at this point, I’d rather have him, you know, miss a tough shot than pass something up.
** Is there one thing that you just want to put your stamp and let these guys know what is up?
Since I’ve gotten here and even before I arrived here, one of the things, the themes that you hear is accountability…We all, you know, as human beings, we have a level on our own, and then someone encourages us, pushes us, challenges us, hopefully we can raise our level. So that’s something we wanna start doing right now.
** What have you seen from Dante Exum?
The thing that I’ve enjoyed seeing, and that we were giving him a hard time, when he was playing in Australia–not with his national team, ’cause he competes with his national team and is in the stance–but it’s good to see him against better competition and be in the stance and really focus on defense and play a passing lane. And I think that’s where some of his speed, he’s figuring out how to use it with the ball, or excuse me, without the ball on the defensive end, and dishing on the offensive end.
** On how the summer league gives the coaching staff the chance to get used to each other and work together
When I came to Atlanta last year, you know, I coached the summer league team. You know, [Mike] Bud[enholzer] wasn’t around as much as I am right now. Its h–you know, I tell Brad [Jones] it’s, you know, I apologize ahead, in advance when I jump on the floor and try to say something. But we’re a young team, and I think all the teaching and things that we can get right now is important. We’ll spend a lot of time meeting, you know, preparing practice as a group, because I think each minute we have with them right now can be impactful. (KALL)

Notes
** Kyrylo Fesenko, windmill dunk at the Minnesota Timberwolves’ open scrimmage (original video via @BCookMN):

fes-windmill

** More from the T-Wolves scrimmage. Fes, throwing his wristbands into the crowd while the rich folk in the front row give him a nice, polite golf clap (via @JBHoopsFan):

jbhoopsfan

** Jazzmen, watching the World Cup (via @utahjazz):

BsKDeGeCMAAouM4

Bits from Summer League Training Camp, 7/8: Dante Exum, Trey Burke and Quin Snyder

July 9, 2014
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exum

** How was the first practice?
It was good, you know? We started just running up and down, and the high altitude got to me a bit, so, but I had the coaches on the sideline stressing defense, so I was trying to stay locked in and get through the practice.
** What was the first experience playing with Trey Burke like?
It was good. It was, like I’ve said, with our Australian team it’s whoever gets the ball, and we had Ian [Clark] as well playing the point with us. We had all three of us on, and it was, if he got the rebound, he goes. If Trey got it, he goes. So you know, it wasn’t a problem for me, and it’s good to get off the ball sometime and let someone else run the show.
** What are your summer league goals?
I just wanna go in and play hard. Coach [Quin Snyder] has stressed defense a lot and I know a lot of people have knocked me on my defense, but people haven’t watched me play in awhile. So I wanna go out there and play as hard as I can. Try and help my team on the defensive end and turn defense into offense, and I know coach Snyder has stressed that a lot, and all the coaches. So yeah, it’s just about working together on the defense, and we’ve been doing drills, and everything in preparation for that.
** What is your impression of Quin Snyder in a practice setting?
I think he’s a great coach. He knows the team, and I think that’s important, because coming in, running the plays that we’re running, he knows that we’ve got two point guards that can run the show. So it’s not this kind of set offense. It’s kind of a free flowing-type offense. So I think that benefits us a lot. For him to notice that and be able to adjust to that in coaching style, I think it’s been great.
** On the present he got from Derrick Favors
Second day there and I’m already getting gifts, so the veterans aren’t too hard on me…He gave me Aussie shampoo, which I actually haven’t seen before. So, about to go hit the showers and test that out.
** You posted a picture on Instagram of John Stockton’s autobiography on your shelf. Is he someone you look up to?
It’s actually funny. My dad roomed with him at the Portsmouth Invitational, and so my dad’s talked about him and how he didn’t, how he got into the league…He kinda worked his way up, and you know, you look at him and ho–and what he’s done over his career, and definitely as a point guard and what he’s done, you definitely look up to that. And it’s an interesting book, so yeah. I hope I get to talk to him and the Jazz bring him in and [he can] teach me a few things…I’m sure he’ll be happy to come in and help the Jazz out in any way possible.

burke

** What is your first impression of the new coaching staff?
I’m excited, man. I think they’re giving us a lot more freedom, and they’re emphasizing defense a lot and you know, that’s one thing that I think myself and everybody that was here last year, you know, was concerned about, you know? The coaching staff coming in, you know, what they would emphasize and what they wanted out of us. And you know since Day One, since we’ve been here, they’ve been emphasizing defense a lot and kinda getting on us about making that a priority. So that’s good.
** How has the Trey-Dante relationship gotten off?
It’s going good, s–thus far. You know, I didn’t know him before he got drafted, but he’s really a good player. He has a lot of potential. Still young, but his work ethic is, you know, is gonna allow him to continue to grow and get better in this league. So, I definitely think we can play together. You know, I like how coach allows me to bring the ball up, and then sometimes he’ll tell me to just go to the corner, let him bring the ball up and kinda play off the ball. So, you know, it’ll be interesting to see how it works.
** On whether he’s feeling more comfortable now than he did at this time last year
Much more comfortable. You know the game’s slowed down, you know, a lot for me. You know, I’m seeing things, you know, quicker out there. Slow in the mind, fast on the court. So I feel good right now. Just looking forward to continuing to get better.
** Have you been able to get a sense of Quin Snyder’s personality?
Yeah, I’ve already, you know, built, a personal relationship with him already, you know? He br–he pulls me to the side, gets on me about being that leader out there, you know, being that voice that the team needs to hear. So you know, I’m excited to play for him. Very excited.
** Have you talked to Gordon Hayward at all during this process?
A little bit. You know, I texted him, you know, a couple months back, you know, when he got married…If he decides to come back, that’ll be great. If not, then, you know, I wish him the best of luck.
** What do you want to work on during summer league?
I think, first and foremost, being the leader. You know, I think that’s something that I, you know, gotta continue to grow it, specifically at this level. You know, I was used to it at Michigan, going into my second year, and now I’m tryna, you know, get all the way used to it now going into my second year here. So, I think that’s one thing. And then just being confident out there. You know, not second-guessing anything. You know, playing aggressive, and you know, doing what it takes to win.
** What are the biggest differences between this year’s coaching staff and last year’s coaching staff?
Well, you know, I think last year’s coaching staff was good as well, you know? As much as, as much negativity as they got from, you know, the fans or whoever, you know, threw negative things at ‘em. You know, I think, you know, they knew what they were doing. I think we were just a young team and it was a rebuilding process for us last year. You know, now with the new coaching staff, I think they’re giving us a little more freedom on the offensive end, allowing us to, you know, play more and you know, bringing that potential out of everybody even more, so. And then on another note, you know, I think both coaching staffs really emphasize defense, and that’s one thing that I really like about this new coaching staff as well, ’cause coach Snyder and you know, all the other guys are really on us about, you know, being in our spots, talking, and we’re gonna need that, you know, coming up for this next season.

snyder

** How did the first practice go?
It’s kinda half empty, half full. You know, there’s things you can get excited about, and there’s always things you feel like, you know, you wanna do better, so. A lotta new habits. I think the main thing is you want ‘em to embrace those things, and I feel like that’s, you know, probably haven’t embraced them as much as we want, but there’s definitely an effort.
** What is your first impression of Dante Exum?
He’s fast. I think, more than anything, he really looks like he knows how to play. And you say that, you know, you have to illustrate situations, but he knows how to play in pick and roll, he kicks the ball ahead, you know, willing passer. It was fun to see him and Trey interact…Clearly, they’ve done a really good job teaching him in Australia, and he knows how to play. I also, you know, there’s an aptitude that sometimes guys that just, you know, the game comes easy to ‘em, and he’s one of those guys. The neat thing is, he loves to play. And I think you could see his personality come out when he played.
** What were you looking for as you assembled your staff?
Wanted to get guys that can really coach. You know, it’s just a premium on guys, and when I say “coach,” that can teach, that are capable of organizing…Obviously, we got a couple D-League guys with D-League experience in Brad [Jones] and Alex [Jensen]. And Mike Wells has, you know, been coaching a long time. He’s probably had every job in the NBA except head coach. Tony Lang’s been a head coach in Japan. Talk about trying to communicate, you know, he’s learns Japanese. And Johnnie Bryant, you know, is very good. You know, he’s been here teaching everyone from Paul Millsap to Trey Burke.
** What have you seen from Trey Burke in the last few days?
Yeah, you know, he, there’s a willingness from him, right away. I mean, you talk to him; he’s engaged. You know, I wanna see him get over screens. I wanna see him defend pick and roll and the ball. And he’s, you know, you can tell it’s important to him. That gets me excited. I think, you know, offensively, he’s got a great tempo. You know, he just has a really good feel for the game and pick and roll…I think, you know, there’s gonna be a pride that we all have in defense, and specifically pick and roll defense. That’s gonna be an emphasis. And it’s not easy, you know, especially in the West.
** What are your impressions of Rodney Hood?
Good. He’s bigger than, you know, any time I’m around him, I’m like, “Yeah, you really are 6-9.” So, you know, I think Rodney’ll be a good piece for us this year. Like all our young guys, he’s got a ways to go, but again, there’s a willingness to learn and I [think] that’s what you want.
** How involved will you be in the summer league?
I’ll be involved in practice. You know, like I am now. If I see something, I’m gonna go talk to the coaches about it. Maybe, you know talk to one of the players as we’re going, and, or do something afterwards if we feel like I need to. But once we get to Veg–you know, I, again, Brad’s terrific, and he’s gonna coach the team, and you know, we’re, we feel comfortable, you know, with me not distracting them. (KALL)

Notes
** Gordon Hayward and the Charlotte Hornets have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $63 million offer sheet.
** Alec Burks is celebrating his 23rd birthday on July 20 and he wants you to be there:

burks bday
** Dante is finally getting some real fan mail:

dante fan mail

The captain is already spoiling the rookie

July 8, 2014
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Enes Kanter got hazed; Dante Exum gets presents. :)

favors exum

A quick jaunt through the comment section of Trey Burke’s Instagram

July 6, 2014
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Trey Burke (@_burke614) posted this selfie a few hours ago:

A sampling of the 200+ comments on this post:

trey ig comments

And the winner is… (H/T @SurlyMae):

trey ig comment winner

Dante Exum and Rodney Hood throw out the first pitch(es) at Salt Lake Bees game

July 6, 2014
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exum-pitchvia @utahman130, H/T @5kl

hood-pitchvia @saltlakebees, H/T @utahjazz

Welcome Steve Novak and Farewell Diante Garrett

July 6, 2014

novak


garrett

David Locke Talks Gordon Hayward

July 4, 2014
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Will Quin Snyder be able to get through to Gordon Hayward in a way that Tyrone Corbin just couldn’t? Could they have a bond or chemistry that’s way more positive?
Well, it might be as important as just being far enough removed from Brad Stevens, right? I mean, Gordon had this incredible relation with Brad Stevens, and a really good relationship with Jeff Hornacek. And you know, I think, just maybe the door closing on the possibility of playing for those two and moving forward may be as important for Gordon as anything else.

But I think there’s definitely a hope that, you know, Quin can relate to Gordon. Gordon’s not an easy one, though. He’s a natural doubter…His first instinct is to not necessarily believe what you’re telling him, and he’s not an easy one to coach in that regard…

I think that it’s not an easy task that you’re asking for Quin with Gordon, but I do think hopefully he’ll be more successful. [Hayward] and Ty just, for whatever reason, they never clicked, and that was obvious. You know, it could simply just be as simple as circumstances, that Ty takes, you know, he’s post, he’s still, shortly removed from Brad Stevens. The Jerry Sloan-Deron Williams thing happened, and it’s just kind of a mess, and Gordon just never was connected to Ty the way he needed to be.

You’ve shared a lot of Subway sandwiches with Gordon. Does he want to come back to Utah?
I think so, and I think he wants to come back more with Quin than he did with Ty, frankly. I think that relationship wasn’t great. Nothing sinister; I just don’t think that they ever really connected…

They just didn’t connect. They just, and Gordon didn’t feel as though, you know, Ty put in a bunch of stuff later in the year and it opened some things up for Gordon, and that’s where he started to have some success. But you know, Gordon really likes to play the space, and not a lot of stuff for our wing players create space. Snyder’s whole offense is based on space.

Last year was not a good year for him, both emotionally, he didn’t play particularly well. He didn’t deal with it particularly well…[but] he was bothered by the losing on a year when, in which he very easily could’ve just been totally numbers-oriented.

On living up to the expectations that come with a big contract and the next step
I like Gordon an awful lot. He’s, frankly, just as surly as Deron in some other elements in the kind of personality that make him at times difficult. The key is, he is a good person who’s very conscientious of things around him, and I’m concerned on him [in terms of the mental pressure that comes with] a max contract…

He’s gotta find a way to be more charming than he is with the media. That’s a step in his career.

But I would also say, I’m gonna jump to his defense for a second. He’s [improved]…He has taken himself from a bench-playing, you know, wing player into a formidable piece that clearly a franchise in the NBA has deemed important enough to roll out stupid money for.

Another one of Hayward’s frustrations last year was…
Locke: [Another thing] that Gordon was really frustrated with last year…was we never broke the system for a matchup. There are guys out there that Gordon thinks he can beat, and he never got to do it. Think about that. We never do that, right? Have you ever seen us change what we were running for a mismatch?

Craig Bolerjack: Dennis [Lindsey] let Ty just work, and try to bring these guys along. But yes, I think that’s probably some of the frustration that, and again, you can’t speak for, I won’t speak for Dennis, but from my observation, there wasn’t nights when change was made for matchup purposes.

Locke: Let’s make sure we understand that we’re not necessarily being critical of Ty, because there was a, there’s a philosophy behind that…I’m just sharing an individual player’s frustration.

Boler: Don’t you agree though, David, that at times they did run it to perfection, but the shots just weren’t made?

Locke: Yeah, you know, it was interesting when I was doing that research last night, we had three of the 10 worst catch-and-shoot players in the NBA: Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward and Marvin Williams.

One possible reason Hayward’s stats were the way they were last year
I don’t see a lot of scripts right now where free agency’s adding a lot of wins to us. I think the wins are gonna be in growth from internally, and if Quin Snyder somehow has a modernized offensive system that matches our players better than we had last year, and, which we, you know, really played l–incredibly methodically…

We used the most possessions of any team in the league in the final 12 seconds of the shot clock, which is very difficult to do when you don’t have guys that can make plays.

That’s part of the reason why Gordon’s numbers are where they are. If you can push Gordon’s possessions earlier into the shot clock with a little bit more space, I think you’ll have a much more successful player. (1280; H/T @clarkpojo and @theshums)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines
** Spencer Checketts: What’s up, man?
David Locke: Not much. Sorry. My apologies for not connecting last segment. And you know, I’m already, would be scared to spend three hours trying to hold my own with Spence, Boler.
** Checketts to Locke regarding FantasyCon: It would be right down your alley.
Locke: Yeah, ’cause I’m an out of the box guy. I mean, that’s who I am, I’m, you know, that’s…
Checketts: That’s what I’m saying.
Craig Bolerjack: Out of the box.

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 7/2

July 3, 2014
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rigby

On Dante Exum and Rodney Hood
We’re really excited about these two young men. I think, not only did we get players that, I think, for us of where they were on the board, that we moved up significantly, but also we got players that are of Jazz caliber, and they have, come from wonderful families, and I think they’ll, our Jazz fans will be extremely happy with who they are on and off the court…

They speak well. They’re very polite. They’re very appreciative. And, but you can see where it comes from. Their parents are very, very quality individuals, and they’ve taught their children to, also, be respectful and so I think our fans will really enjoy who these players are, and you know what, they have a little passion for playing the game of basketball, and we really hope so.

On the state of negotiations with Gordon Hayward
Well, the conversations go between Dennis [Lindsey] and the agent, and those conversations are being discussed, are open and alive, being very open in our discussions. We’ve said all along that Gordon is a Jazz-caliber individual, that we like Gordon. We like what he does.

We think he has a lot of upside and a lot of potential, and so, for those reasons, we feel very strong that it, most likely if the situation’s, continue, that a match would be something that we’re looking at.

I’m not, that’s Dennis’ role. I respect him in making those final decisions, that, and recommendations, I should say. But having said that, you know, we’ll, we’re gonna just wait and kinda see what the market actually bears and what happens on this whole arrangement…

[Hayward] was one of our first calls that we was made, to his agent, to tell them that, “Hey, we’re serious about Gordon,” and he’s part of our long-term plans, that we would like to see being a Jazzman.

Match or not match, Gordon Hayward’s situation is completely different than Andrei Kirilenko or Wesley Matthews
We’re in a very good place financially, and with our cap room, and with our space, to really make wise, prudent decisions on how we want to continue to build this team, to, and put the necessary pieces in place, that, are, we’re giving a chance to really succeed, and co–and to grow.

And I think, again, our messaging to our fan base is, continue to help us, understand, we are committed to this. We’re in a great place. So many teams would be very jealou–are very jealous of where we’re at financially, that gives us those, that kind of flexibility. And we don’t wanna misstep that.

The same time, we want, also, the players to realize, when you take on certain responsibilities there comes with it, at, or, certain that, even dollars, it comes with that. Certain perceived responsibilities from the fan base, and fr–and even the team. And so, we wanna make sure that the players understand what the, that role is, and what the consequences could be in taking on certain roles.

When do you start talking with Enes Kanter and Alec Burks’ camps?
Well, we’ll start that very similar to the same time period that we did with Gordon and with Derrick [Favors]. And again, it’s gonna be a preference of what that i–that player and their agent and families may choose. I think it’s, I, the one positive thing that I’m happy about is we’ve made it very clear, based on what we did last year, that we’re not afraid to go either direction.

If they want to sit down, and we can structure what we think and they think would be a win-win, then we could sign, and that’s what we did with Derrick, great. If they have higher expectations and we feel it passes our threshold, we’re also very comfortable to say, “Let’s see how they end up performing and let’s see what the market, then, will bear for the future as well.”

You can use your cap space to go all-in on your young players, sign free agents outright, or do another Andris Biedrins-Richard Jefferson-Brandon Rush-type trade. Which are you looking at more?
For the listeners to understand: There is limited dollars that you have to spend. And there’s limited time that you have to give to athletes on the floor during the season or during a game.

And so, when you actually, then, make the decision to add in some key veterans into that mix, those veterans are gonna come in, of a s–of, that are veterans of a high caliber, they’re looking to say, “Okay…[I] want to use a lot of my time and be out there a lot, to help us to win.”

And so, right now, when we’re still developing these younger players, if you bring in these top-notch veterans, they’re gonna want more playing time, which means that we’re, then, gonna be taking away from the development of these younger players.

And our strategy, from last year continuing in this year, I think you will continue to see us stepping that up. But I th–the same time, we need th–we just now picked up two more young players. And they need time to really develop, a–so that they can become serious NBA players. And that doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes some time. And so, I, we want to be patient. We want to continue to l–give time for these players to grow.

* Like I’ve said previously, it’s hilarious how the Jazz are pretending the last few years never happened, like we haven’t spent the past three years being repeatedly told that the young guys couldn’t get more playing time because:

–You can’t give young guys playing time because they’re like children and they’ll become spoiled and entitled
–Player X played the same number of minutes in his third year in the NBA as Tim Duncan did his senior year at Wake Forest and Duncan developed just fine
–Game minutes =/= development because development happens in the gym or weight room
–John Stockton didn’t start until his fourth season
–Players A, B, C and D are only W, X, Y and Z years old
–22-year-old Player X would be a beat up 26-year-old if he got 35 minutes a night in his first few seasons
–Players have to earn their playing time so they’ll appreciate getting more minutes, if they get more minutes
–etc.

Who will be on the Jazz’s summer league team?
We’re gonna have, on the team this year, in fact, eight players. Two of our ne–our two first-round picks, then six, also, of our players that were on the roster last year with us, from [Rudy] Gobert, Trey Burke, and we also have, you know, Diante Garrett, and a number of our other, our players as well. So, we’re gonna have some very good players on there that we’re really looking at and seeing how they’ve developed their’s off-season.

On the upcoming “open” scrimmage
That is definitely happening. We’re going to be having that, which, gonna actually be a week from Thursday, on July 10. We’re going to have, the doors will open here, we’ve actually moved it over here to EnergySolutions Arena, so that we can actually have more fans be able to s–watch that open practice. Doors open 6 o’clock.

Coach [Quin] Snyder will then talk. We’ll have some Q&A and introductions of the players, and then at 7:30, we’re actually gonna have about an hour of an open practice.

And we wanted the fans of Salt Lake City and of Utah* to have the first opportunity to watch these young draft picks and our young team in their, you know, kinda debut going out into the NBA. And so, it should be an exciting evening…We’d really invite everyone to, who would like to see these young players, come out and watch this open practice.

* As originally conceived by the Jazz front office, this “open” scrimmage was open only to “our good sponsors, also our season ticket holders–another plug, by the way, of why you should be a season ticket holder.” Good to see the definition of “fans” has been expanded to, you know, all fans.

Randy Rigby, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine
** On studio headsets: I know that Austin’s really pulled out the number one for me.
** Jake Scott on Lindsey not being afraid of other people’s opinions: You’ve got a guy in this market you can, you know, tap a little bit.
Rigby: As we sat in the video room the weeks leading up to it, and I’ll just jump in from time to time, but I loved to watch kinda how the room works, because they’re watching and analyzing it. And they’ll be taking just one position and one player at a time…
[Dennis] does it not only with the Walt Perrins or the Justin Zaniks, but he’ll also reach down and say, “Bart Taylor”–Bart’s been in this for a couple years now, but still relatively young–“Bart, what’s your feelings on this?”
** On negotiations with Burks and Kanter: We’ve made it very clear, based on what we did last year, that we’re not afraid to go either direction.
** On weighing the pros and cons of possible moves: We’ve been doing it for some time, and measuring it.
** On the summer league: I think we’re, every night, in Thomas and Mack.* (1280)
* Thomas & Mack is the arena where Vegas Summer League games are played.

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