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Alec Burks talks family, God-given ability and contortionist moves

April 11, 2014
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** Are you better than you used to be, or have you just gotten more of a chance to show what you can do?
I feel like I have more chance, you know? Learn from my mistakes out there. You know, last year, you know, we had a lot of vets on the team, so you know, you couldn’t learn as much as I am learning right now. So, I feel like, just learning.

** Were you too confident early on in your career and naive about the amount of work there was?
No, I didn’t. I don’t say that. I feel like I always had to have the confidence in my game, you know, ’cause if I don’t, who will, you know? But you know, I don’t think, I think the work ethic’s just coming along with it.
What is the work ethic?
Just learning how to work, like it’s your job, you know? I learned that when I first got to the league, and I’m learning that now.
Was the game easy for you as a kid?
I wouldn’t say easy, you know? I worked at it, but you know, just God-given ability, you know? I use that a lot more than, you know, working out.

** Do you realize that your body contorts and does things that no one else does?
Yeah, I’ve heard that before. You know, a lot of people have told me that.
Has it always been that way?
I feel like when I got to college, just, I think that’s where it really started. I just, more athletic people, you know? In college, I mean, in high school, I could just get around everybody. But in college, you know, I really had to learn to finish around people, and with contact.
So in high school, you were just blowing by guys?
Yeah, high school, just blowing by guys. Nobody really wanted to challenge me, you know? So, you know, and in college, everybody wants to, you know, make it to the next level, so you know, everybody’s playing a lot more defense.
And now?
It’s the NBA. I gotta figure out a way, how to get to the rim. That’s all it is.
Is it just crazy how fast it closes?
Yeah, it is. It is crazy, you know? Just some of the shots I make, I mean, I surprise myself, some of the things I do.
Could you explain what you just did right after one of your contortionist moves?
Not at all. I have to see it on the Jumbotron…Just God-given ability, man. I can’t say nothing else about it.

** Do the veterans teach you more about defensive off-the-ball stuff or on-ball, on-the-floor stuff?
I feel like, more off the ball. I feel like my on-ball defense is real good, but I feel like off the ball, just knowing where to be at, you know, just ’cause this league is athletes, you know? They just cut at any time, so I just feel like off the ball, [Richard Jefferson]‘s helping me a lot. Marvin [Williams]. I feel like [Gordon Hayward]‘s helping me a lot too, so I feel like they help me every game.

** What do you do to pass the time on the road?
I’m usually on my phone, somewhere, or I’m at the mall, you know, with Jeremy [Evans] or Ian [Clark] or Trey [Burke] or something. We at the mall, you know? There’s so much time, you know, you gotta do something with your hands, but I ain’t really doing much. Just chilling, you know?
Talking or texting on your phone?
Texting. Whatever it is, you know?
Is it boring?
Nah. It’s not boring. I don’t think it’s boring at all. If I was bored, I go to the mall.
Who are the guys you’re chilling with?
Just depends on who, you know, lotta people have different situations on different road trips, you know? So, just depends who it is. I go eat with anybody. You know, everybody’s around my age, so you know, we eat. I’m cool with everybody.

** Tell us about the relationship you have with your brother.
You know, that’s my big brother, you know? My, you know, it’s who I wanted to be when I was younger. That’s why I picked up the game of basketball, you know? Just, he quit his job and came and worked with me–come live with me, you know? So, and I appreciate him for it…He just there, you know, make sure I don’t bump my head nowhere, you know? That’s it.

** Who do you talk to you when you have a bad night?
Probably, I don’t know, who it is. I usually talk to one of the coaches. Maybe Johnnie [Bryant], you know? Or my brother might say something, you know? Just, you know, that’s probably it. Ain’t nobody else outside of that.

** What do you like most about the NBA world?
Like the most? Just the dream, you know? Accomplishing your dream. I feel like that’s the best thing.
What do you like the least?
The least? The traveling schedule is unbelievable, you know? The miles we get in that plane, it’s crazy.

** What do you do on the plane?
I watch a movie. Watch TV. I sit next to Marvin, so we usually talk about basketball, or life or whatever we are at the time, you know?
Marvin is a pretty good mentor for life.
Yeah, he is. He’s a great dude, you know? He’s just real, you know? He’s honest with you, you know? He tell you the truth whether you like it or not, and I like that about him.

** Is it hard to stay grounded with an NBA paycheck?
Nah. I feel like, just being from Kansas City, you know, if you don’t get humble, that city will humble you, you know? That’s how I was raised, you know? And that’s just, that’s why I go back every summer, ’cause you know, that’s humbled me every time I go back.

** What did your mom and dad do for work?
My mom, she had a couple jobs. She worked in Social Security. My father worked in a factory, a laundry factory, you know, in Kansas City…Everything was tough, you know? My brother worked, you know? Everybody worked but me, you know, when I was growing up. So you know, it’s just, you know, we made, we did, we had to do what we had to do, you know, to get the job done, you know?

** Do you feel like you’re here to carry your family?
Aw yeah. I wouldn’t be here without my family, you know, so I feel like every time I pla–go out there, I play for them, you know?
Is that heavy?
Nah, not at all. I feel like, they, it was heavy, they was doing it when I was younger, when I was just running behind them. They had to take care of me, so you know, I feel like it’s nothing at all. They got it done, and I can get it done.

** What would you be doing if you weren’t playing basketball?
I have no idea. I don’t know. Hopefully something productive, you know, but I have no idea.

** When did you say, “I’m going to play basketball for a living?”
I really didn’t know probably ’til my freshman summer in college, you know, when I really started getting a lot of attention, and people was really telling me that NBA people was really talking about me. And I was going to camps against other NBA prospects, and I was really playing well. I feel like that’s when I really, really knew that I really was gonna make this move to the NBA.

** Is there a player you pattern yourself after?
No, not at all. I feel like I just wanna be myself, you know? That’s why I don’t pattern my game after nobody.

** You’re not a particularly loquacious fellow. Do you feel like you wish people knew who you are, or do you not care about that?
Nah, you don’t gotta know me at all. Just know, you know, Imma play hard every night. That’s it. And I’m a good guy, you know? I ain’t gonna do no knucklehead shit, you know?

** Are you having fun?
Of course. Of course. Course.
Has the grind, travel and losses ever made it not fun?
Nah, not at all. If it’s not fun, I shouldn’t be doing it, you know? I think everybody complains about schedule, but they wouldn’t have no other job in the world, you know, that good. (Locked On Jazz)

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 4/9

April 10, 2014
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What did you learn about the Jazz this year, that you didn’t previously know?
Well, I think we’ve learned a number of things. Number one, that this, we have young players, which we knew we’ve have young players. But we’ve also, I think, the young players, our coaching staff, our front office have recognized that they have, still, a lot of deficiencies, that they have a lot of things that still, they still need to learn, and really need to improve on during this off-season.

I think we’ve also learned that this team still has some additional pieces that we need to our puzzle, to continue to help us in our pathway towards being an NBA championship-caliber team.

And, but what is exciting for me, is the fires are burning very strong with our owners, with our front office, with all of us in that commitment, in going forward, and we feel, still, I think we’ve learned that we’re in a very good place, also, financially; strategically, with our picks, with our cap room, with our positioning that we’re at with players and selection process, to be able to continue with the moves that we know we need to make, to continue to be better.

Why should fans buy tickets for the remaining two home games?
Number one, you’re still coming to watch the best of the best. You’re watching NBA basketball. It doesn’t get any better, and so, come, if you love sports and you love competition, come out and watch, because Portland is positioning themselves as they’re trying to get, really, positioning for, and ready for the playoffs.

And you got one of the best point guards who, actually, a lot of people was able to enjoy Damian Lillard up at Weber State. So, you got a young man that played here, and now is gonna be back here, and his game is quite, very impressive.

People enjoyed Wes Matthews in here, and so, there’s some pretty good players that we’re playing against with Portland, and come out and see how they’re improving and how their game is developing. And then see how our guys respond to the final two home games of the season, and show ‘em your support. And show ‘em, and our pricing, of our tickets, continue to be very attractive, because of how the season’s been. But come out and enjoy the game.

Do you feel you have players on the roster that will be among the best in the league in a few years?
I’ll say this. It would be interesting for all of us to have been able to have watched, if John Stockton would’ve had to step into the same shoes that Trey [Burke] has had to in his very first year, coming out. And now, even i–John, John was gonna be w–came out as a senior, and so we’re asking, you know, a 19-, 20-year-old to really step in after one year of college, and play at the level of the NBA.

And so we, I think we’ve really seen that Trey has, still, a very steep learning curve, but I am encouraged. His passion, his drive is there. Historically, all of our research has shown that this is a young man who, in facing challenges in his past, in being, coming out of AAU, to high school, to college, he has seemed to really thrive on those kind of challenges, and has performed to continue to improve.

So, we’re expecting, and we th–feel that he is going to, we’re gonna continue to see that kind of growth. And I think he has the potential for us, to get where w–he needs to get. He’s still got a lot of hard work in front of him, but we’re expecting that.

On the guy that hit a halfcourt shot and won $2,500 during the Mavericks game
The interesting part is, my son is sitting next to me, and he said, “Man, only $2,500? That oughta be a lot more. That’s a tough shot.”*

And all of a sudden, the guy shot the shot, and all of a sudden, my son Nathan and I, we hugged each other and we were just screaming loud, and, like everyone else was, and to see the guy all of a sudden nail that shot and make $2,500 for he and his wife, was really kinda fun. (1280)

* Per @chang_max, a guy in Sacramento hit a halfcourt shot on the same night and won a car. A guy in Phoenix hit one last week and won $77,000.

Game 78 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks (24-54)

April 9, 2014

bucket chart

Pre-Game Quotage
** Gordon Hayward on Jeremy Evans the artist
He’s really talented. I like to challenge him and hype him up and say, “You can’t do this or that.” And he gets all riled up and then does it. And then I get to see, you know, a pretty cool piece of art, so. He did one the other day coming back from Golden State, just on the trip home, that was just, like, on his iPad, just in an hour and a half, that was incredible, so.
** Hayward, asked if Evans has ever done one of him…that he knows of
He did one of me at a Noodles, or somewh–no, Macaroni Grill. The place where you get to draw on [the table]. We went to dinner, and he drew a picture of me, like a caricature. Yeah, with crayon. So, it was pretty good, for just, like, a at-dinner, crayon doodle.
** Trey Burke, asked if he’s ever seen any of Evans’ artwork
Yeah, I actually was watching him draw on the plane on the way back from Golden State. He was drawing me. I kinda laughed, ’cause he kept, him and Gordon kept looking back, and I was wondering why they was looking back at me…He has a app where he can draw, and it looked just like me. You know, it was kinda cool.

** Jeremy Evans, asked if he’ll show everyone the portrait he drew of Trey Burke on the plane
Ooh, I wish I could. I’ll do another one, but I deleted that one ’cause, actually I was just, you know, drawing.
** Evans, asked if he should have gotten more credit for his painting dunk in the dunk contest, and many people not realizing he painted the painting himself
Yeah, I think so. And plus, I don’t think a lot of people recognized how big the canvas was. It was pretty big. And taller than a couple of you guys.
** Evans, asked if art is something he will focus on after his basketball career is over
Oh yeah, of course. When this is over, that’s probably what I’ll be doing. Spending my time also with basketball, but also with doing art. I’d love to do both.
** Evans, on the picture he drew of Coach Jerry Sloan when he was a rookie
Wasn’t proud of it, but I, you know, did it in maybe two hours…[He was] very surprised, but he knew who it was, so that’s the good thing.

via @utahjazz

** Hayward on what he wants to accomplish in the last five games, as a team and individually
Well, we wanna get wins. At least, I wanna get wins. And I think we wanna get better as a team, ‘specially defensively, so. We’re not very high up in the rankings defensively, and I think try to improve in these last five games.
** Burke, asked if there are personal goals he wants to achieve in the last five games
Yeah, absolutely. We just wanna continue to get better. I think that’s the most important thing. You know, as a team and then individually, I think we all wanna, you know, continue to develop, you know, as players, you know, for next season, and going into the off-season, we wanna basically go into the off-season and finish off strong, so I think that’s the number one goal. You know, obviously we wanna win these last five, or, you know, have the opportunity, or be in the, be in those la–be in these last five games. So, we just gotta play hard.


Post-Game Quotage
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
Give them a lot of credit, they shot the ball extremely well. I don’t know, I, it didn’t seem like they were missing any shots in that first quarter, and then after that we did a better job of staying closer to ‘em. They gonna make some shots, and Dirk [Nowitzki] is tremendous and Monta [Ellis] is tremendous.
** Corbin, asked if he could shed any light on why he elected to go with Alec Burks over Richard Jefferson in the second half
I just decided to go with the change-up.

lowe suitAnother classic Sidney Lowe suit

** Trey Burke on the biggest difference between the first half and second half
Well, they just made shots. I don’t think we just played awful defense. They made, they hit open shots. Dirk hit shots, you know? We expected him to make some tough shots, but they shot 94 percent after the first quarter, so I don’t think it was a lot on our defense. I just think they made some shots tonight.
** Jeremy Evans, asked if he wanted to play this many minutes
Oh, of course. Yes. Just to go out and try and, you know, do my assignments, you know, it was big. But I feel like I have a long way to go, and a couple mistakes…I helped a little too much and you know, coach just told me not to do that. I feel like, you know, those mistakes were huge down the stretch.
** Evans on his blocked dunk that would have cut the lead to nine with 5:28 remaining
I just feel like, you know, I let everybody down, just because I feel like, you know, that play right there, it’s huge, and I didn’t really jump as hard as I could have…I feel like, you know, defensively, I was okay, but I could’ve had, like, the worst offensive game of my career.
** Enes Kanter on how the Jazz continued to fight
Yeah, definitely. I mean, everybody, you know, everybody I think played pretty hard. And you know, I’m, I mean, I wan–I especially wanna say, you know, how about Jeremy? Coming from the bench, and he just playing those minutes and giving his best. I think he did a really good job, and I think he just, you know, played one of his best game.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alex Burks”: recap guy
** People calling San Antonio “San Antone”: Craig Bolerjack (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** While Enes Kanter was doing his post-game interview, Rudy Gobert (three lockers over) said “Salaam Alaikum” to Enes, and Enes replied “Alaikum Salaam.”
** Diante Garrett posted a picture of himself on Instagram earlier in the day. Later in the day, he tweeted:

garrett tweet

See if you can deduce why he had to delete it…


** Poor Erik Murphy didn’t get the hand slap he was expecting.


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Ron Boone: That was just too hot to handle for Dalembert, and Gordon was the recipient there.
** Booner on Alec Burks charge: Alec went just a little too far.
** Craig Bolerjack: Joey Crawford has two fingers up. (H/T @shandonfan) <—- UDQM of the night!
** Booner on Dirk Nowitzki: When the contact is made, it’s made on the lower part of his body, because he’s leaning back, and the lower part of his body’s in front. Watch how he’s leaning back…He’s fading away, and he gets that shot off with ease.
** Booner on Nowitzki’s ascent on the all-time scoring list: He’s getting in that area, Craig, where he’s gonna start knocking some guys off.
** Boler on Hayward: He was ridin’ him; Calderon lost the handle. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Hayward on the second half: We got them to do things they didn’t want to do.
** Kanter on his game: I mean, I’m just trying to go out there and try to touch every ball. You know, just try to touch every one, you know, just try to help my teammates out.

To close: A deleted scene from Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks, Apr. 8, 2014:


Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 9, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.

by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 7:54 PM

oh good no matt harpring
by dimitriouss on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:02 PM

lol great start not
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:12 PM

lmfao defense
by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:15 PM

LOL comical start
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:15 PM

Da hell are we doing?
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:16 PM

pretty hilarious that a team still starts Richard Jefferson.
and vince is making him look good….:(

by Dynomite on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:25 PM

93.8% shooting. Holy crap
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:32 PM

mavs are 15/16 LOLOL
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:32 PM

WOW 94%??
utah is bad

by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:34 PM

is the second guy’s name boner?
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:38 PM

kanter is dominating
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:51 PM

He has really improved
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:52 PM

i would love to get him or favors
but i doubt utah would let them go lol

by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:54 PM

im scared guys
the jazz are getting a ridiculous amount of open 3s that they’re missing

by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:24 PM

same. but luckily they suck
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:25 PM

i noticed that too, seems like that corner 3 is always wide open for them.
by Dynomite on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:25 PM

man dirk is 2 pts away. tantalizingly close
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:30 PM

Vince scores like eating peanuts
so effortless. Him and Dirk make it look so easy when on a groove

by g3n3 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:30 PM

Peanuts aren’t effortless to eat
by mtobo on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:32 PM

peanut out peanut in
how hard is that?

by g3n3 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:34 PM

I dunno
You have to crack open the shell, take the nut out, etc

by mtobo on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:35 PM

lol kids these days complain just about anything
good thing we have mcdonalds

by g3n3 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:38 PM

I’m just saying
As far as food goes, there are more effortless ones

by mtobo on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:39 PM

by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:40 PM

by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:40 PM

Dirk 10th baby yeah
by jprage on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:41 PM

no comeback shenanigans please. just shut them out
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:49 PM

mavs rebounding is SO BAD
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:54 PM

they rebound?
by Dynomite on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:55 PM

dirk dagger
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:56 PM

dirk with the basket to remind them that the jazz are terrible
by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:56 PM

Why is Dirk still in?!
by Mavs Guy on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:03 PM

to catch kareem faster
by go87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:04 PM up

why the hell did the jazz even bother fouling..
by Dynomite on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:06 PM

lakers on national TV again
why the hell does this d league squad get so much air time???

by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:07 PM

Anyone know when Kanter will be a free agent?
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:07 PM

Bits from Practice, 4/7

April 8, 2014
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** Tyrone Corbin on why the Jazz claimed Erik Murphy
He’s a young guy, big guy who can shoot the ball. He works hard. From a good basketball background at Florida, so we’ll get him on the floor here and see how he can mesh with these guys.
What have you heard about him from Dennis Lindsey?
Just that. Hard worker. Smart player. Can shoot the ball for a big. And he’s a young guy that can get better.
** Corbin, asked if Murphy’s presence and integration slows down practice
Well, it would, you know, if we were trying to, you know, get him a lot of stuff in, and try and get him into a lot of different sets, it would. But I, at this juncture, it’s not a lot of time to get him, with the guys we have, the games we have. We developing some other guys right now, so tryna interrupt that process would put you behind a little bit.
** Corbin, asked why Andris Biedrins didn’t work out
You know what, I think he’s better suited, it just di–kinda where we are, for us, you know, with Derrick [Favors] and Enes [Kanter], and we have Rudy [Gobert]. You know, we h–early on, he was a veteran guy, but you know, our mission all along was to develop the young guys, and play the young guys more. So, and he was great. He was a great guy to have on the team. He was great about the situation he knew he was in, and he was ready, when we had a chance. He was coming off a couple years, he hadn’t played much. He’d lost some confidence. But he came in with an open mind. He came in in great shape, and you know, we just didn’t get an opportunity to get him on the floor a lot with the guys that we have.
** Corbin, asked for his thoughts on the length of the season
I love it. I grew up in it. I expect it to be what it is. So, I never thought it was too long. I enjoyed playing basketball. It’s what I do. So, it’s a grind. And I’m not saying it’s easy. But it is what it is. That’s what make the NBA what it is, man. That, you have 82 games, and you travel a lot, and you have a different opponent every night, you get four games in five nights, and who’s tough enough to fight their way through those things, and you know, I was blessed enough to be able to do it for 16 years. It is what it is.


** Erik Murphy on the last few days
It’s a stressful couple of days…talking to your agent everyday, and trying to figure out what’s gonna happen. But you know, I’m just, I’m excited to be here. Grateful for the opportunity from the Jazz, and you know, getting ready to work right now.
** Murphy, asked what he brings to the team
You know, I think I’m a bigger guy that can, you know, stretch the floor and shoot the ball. Provide some spacing on offense. You know, I’m gonna, you know, play hard every possession. I’m gonna, you know, I’m gonna defend, I’m gonna rebound, I’m gonna work hard in all those areas, and I’m just gonna do whatever I can to help a team win.
** Murphy on his basketball background
Basketball’s kinda in my blood. My dad played, and my mom played over for the Finnish national team when she was younger, and you know, I think, it’s just, I’ve always been around the game, so you know, I grew up, you know, falling in love with it, and, ever since I was young, you know? Just always been around basketball and it was, it’s something that I, you know, I’ve always loved.
** Murphy, asked if getting claimed off waivers eased the pain of Florida’s loss
No. No, it did not.

Note: This article postulates that the Murphy signing was the result of the Jazz returning a favor to the Bulls for the Boozer sign-and-trade deal. (H/T @JazzingItClark)

Game 77 of 82: Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors (24-53)

April 7, 2014

luhm tweet


** Enes Kanter, on being afraid to make mistakes on the court and overcoming that
I think I just, it just confidence and experience. You know, I was really afraid of making mistakes, and you know, I was, like, scared of always, I gonna do some mistakes, that coach gonna take me out…So, that’s what I was afraid of, you know, my first two years. But now, this year, I have, you know, much more confident.
** Kanter on Turkey
One of the coach, assistant coach Alex Jensen, you know, he played in Turkey six years, I think. And you know, me and him was talking about it, and you know, and other players was, you know, kinda interested too…This summer, even, Jeremy [Evans] wants to go to Turkey. So I take him with me.
** Kanter, asked by Thurl Bailey what new skill or move he’s going to bring back next year
Probably shooting threes.
Bailey to camera: Coach, I hope you’re not watching this.
Bailey to Enes: Don’t do it!


** Tyrone Corbin, asked what kind of body language he saw from Jazz players
Well, you know, I didn’t like it at the end. I thought that group, well, the very end, I thought that group came back and fought. You know, we, when they made some shots, we were like, we were a little bit defeated. You know, they’re good. Give them credit. They made some tough shots…I thought the group at the end, at least they came out and tried to execute and fight hard.
** Corbin on leaving Trey Burke on the floor
His numbers are good, but I thought, you know, he has to get better a little bit, but I thought, I liked the way he fought back, and continued to stay in there and fight.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling basketball consultant Jerry Sloan “a diamond in the rough” asset: Matt Harpring
** This is the first time the Warriors have ever swept the Jazz in a season series.
** This was also the first time Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have ever scored 30 each in the same game. (H/T Diana Allen)

In Today’s Edition of “Who Dressed Him?!”…


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: Big hammer. (H/T @bjcseven)
** Boler: Kanter, playing with Bogut. Six to shoot. Rises.
** Boler: Trey Burke, nice job running the O tonight.
** Boler: Thompson, deep! In and out. And Matty, you can see they play together.
** Sidney Lowe, halftime: We have to be up a little closer to our man, and let him see two bodies when he comes off. You can’t let him get open like that.
** Boler on Alec Burks: That time, the Magic is denied as he went hard, inside. (H/T @RxMike12)
** Boler: And the Warriors, still banging away, physically. (H/T @caseygreer2)
** Boler on Alec Burks free throw: Missed the front end.
** Boler on #JazzTV submission: Looks like a little man cave action down there. Harpring: Little.
** Matt Harpring: Just let Jeremy Evans finish.
** Ric Bucher to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson: What is happening that allows you to both get off? (H/T Diana Allen)
** Phil Johnson: A lot of guys had spurts during the game.

Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 7, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Golden State of Mind.

Good thing no Beans
Scheduled this as a loss when they were saving Beans against us all year for this specific game.


Waive Beans before game = Guaranteed Tank
by emphasyze on Apr 6, 2014 | 2:29 PM

That was actually a sweet move.
by Hno1 on Apr 6, 2014 | 3:08 PM

that was one of the funniest moments in Warriors history
by ZooMass on Apr 6, 2014 | 3:09 PM

those were 2 of his 9 pts all season (including preseason)
6 of those 9 came during the preseason (including this move)

by Bobbita on Apr 6, 2014 | 3:11 PM

I wish we could somehow snatch Alec Burks from the Jazz…
I really like his game. If they somehow end up with Wiggins or Parker would he become expendable?

by iHypeTV on Apr 6, 2014 | 5:43 PM

What kind of starting lineup is Utah throwing out there…
That looks like the lineup you throw out the last game of the preseason just to give your players rest before the opener.

by iHypeTV on Apr 6, 2014 | 5:59 PM

The Revenge of Richard Jefferson
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:10 PM

Curry 3!
by yoshifan on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM

curry 3!!!
by AJC3317 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Oh yeah that’s right, the Jazz have no idea how to play Curry
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Thanks Corbin
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Did someone get the license plate # on that sportsjacket one of the Jazz’s assistants is wearing? It’s like…yellow and plaid patterned and horrid.

by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Curry is ON FIRE
by IQofaWarrior on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Warriors should run a Bogut screen for Curry every time I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Jazz defend it correctly
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Harrison Barnes wishes he was as good as Marvin Williams
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Too Soon LOL
by iHypeTV on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:24 PM

he just needs to spend 8 years being overpaid and derided before he finds his niche
must be a UNC thing

by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:24 PM

klay 33333333333
by bigkino217 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:26 PM

Good at 3′s.
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:26 PM

Oh man
They’re going to 3 them right out of the building.

by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:26 PM

klay and curry kill’emmmm
by richstyle on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:27 PM

Man, imagine if the Jazz were tanking……………
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:27 PM

by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:28 PM

I’m pretty sure Speights’ foot was inbounds there too
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:43 PM

His brain, though…back in the locker room
by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:44 PM

knows no one will steal it
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:44 PM

It’s shaped like a pile of rocks
by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:45 PM

Jackson blaming the players for the collapse, of course
by AJC3317 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:48 PM

by AJC3317 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:50 PM

You solve it.
by sam23 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:53 PM

that is one ugly tat one RJ’s arm
by Wreckonized on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Wow Curry needs to retire
You just got your ish pushed in by RICHARD JEFFERSON

by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Richard Jefferson has quietly been pretty decent this year
by sam23 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Curry just got some of RJ’s decentness all over his face
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:58 PM

by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:58 PM

Bogut got away with a moving screen
by IQofaWarrior on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:07 PM

Non-boxscore contribution
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:08 PM

Bogut gets away with moving screens*
by Dreamcatcher on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:08 PM

every single time he sets a screen
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:08 PM

All Utah jokes aside, I really like Burks, wish he was on a playoff team (in the East, of course)
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:15 PM

We got this game
Too easy

by IQofaWarrior on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:40 PM

Absolute snooze fest
by YeahKlay on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:41 PM

B Rush
what happen to that guy

by mykelala01 on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:56 PM

Gets no minutes but he’s healthy
Corbin is a douche

by dandubz on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Jazz scores 100 points
by yoshifan on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:12 PM

Wha-? This is the first time the Warriors swept the Jazz?
by yoshifan on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:14 PM

Malone Stockton
Boozer Williams

by mykelala01 on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:15 PM

Mo Jefferson
by mykelala01 on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:15 PM

Wtf when did Burke put up 24/15
by Nasty Nas on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:15 PM

Farewell, Andris Biedrins.

April 6, 2014

We’ll always have this play (which, by the way, produced one of the best opponent game threads in history).


This may or may not be about Biedrins, who knows…

rush tweet

And a welcome to new Jazzman Erik Murphy, who took this selfie so we know he’ll fit right in.


Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 4/4

April 6, 2014
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How do you get superstars?
You draft your core, you trade up when available, and parlay up, and then you augment in free agency…

Part of our job is to tell the story of Salt Lake, you know, that everybody’s, you, torn up by this Arctic blast, and we’ve had this…relatively mild winter, and great weather, and good people, and arena full of people, and great fans.

So, you know, there’s no running around the fact. We haven’t said any one of our young players, you know, is a John Stockton, Karl Malone franchise player. With that said, neither was John or Karl the first couple years.

So, you know, some of our young players will have the first bite at the apple to develop, you know, into core and franchise guys, and then we’ll evaluate that, and we’ll continue to draft, and we’ll look at, again, parlaying up via trade, and we’ll tell our story to free agents, and we have a job to do.

And you know, if it’s a model like the Pistons had where you have five really good starters that make you a contender, then that means it’ll be our model, if we’re not going to be star-driven like a LeBron James or a Kevin Durant. So, there’s many ways to team-build.

What do you think of the one-and-done rule?
In many cases, you know, I’d say I prefer, I’m more old-school that I’d like more looks at a guy, and more maturity coming into the league. But I certainly understand players’, parents’, agents’ point of view that you do have a right to work.

What are your thoughts on how the Jazz are playing of late?
You can’t run away from the record. They, we’ve struggled. You know, we’ve struggled in a couple of different areas. You know, and there’s no question that the season’s getting on our back from a load standpoint.

You know, Trey [Burke] hasn’t played anywhere close to this number of games. You know, Gordon [Hayward] is in a much different role being one of our primary players. Derrick [Favors] has adjusted from, you know, being a part-time “four,” part-time “five” to more of the anchor at the “five.” You know, Enes [Kanter] has [bounced] back and forth between positions. He’s currently, you know, dealing with a, you know, some mild tendinitis in the knee ’cause of the increased minutes.

So you know, I didn’t have expectations. I just wanted to evaluate the season for what it was, what it is, and you know, what we’ll finish up to be. And then, you know, evaluate Gordon in a new role.

And Alec Burks, this is by far the most minutes he’s ever played. He’s done, he’s played in a much different role as our primary offensive substitute off the bench. You know, I think Ty[rone Corbin] has given him, and all of really our primary ball-handlers more space to operate and drive. And there’s times when there’s flashes of brilliance and, you know, at the rim, and getting to the free throw line, and then at times there’s, you know, driving into the pack and too many turnovers.

So you know, hopefully we’re learning our lessons. They’re tough lessons, and you know, we’ll add it all up at the end, and make a bunch of value judgments. (1280)

Game 76 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Hornets (24-52)

April 5, 2014


Pre-Game Quotage
** Derrick Favors, asked to summarize his season
I think I had a pretty good season. You know, had a couple up and downs, and you know, people say this and that or whatever. I think, personally, I think I had a good season this year…I got better offensively, you know, past three years I been here, and I showed a lot of new stuff that y’all didn’t see that I had, and I think I got a lot better.
** Favors, asked whether he feels like he has go-to moves now
Yeah, I got a couple moves. You know, I can do, just the point of getting the ball in the right spot, and just having patience, and you know, just getting to the move and finishing.
** Trey Burke, asked what specifically this team needs
I think first and foremost, we need to find our identity as a team, and you know, move on from there.
** Burke, asked for his thoughts on Utah
I definitely plan on being here for as long as, you know, this organization wants me to be here. I’ve embraced it a lot since I’ve been here. I didn’t really know how I would adjust when I got traded on that, on draft night, you know, for the simple fact that I had never been to Utah. I didn’t know anyone, not one person in Utah, and you know, it was kinda like my first time ever moving that far away from home. So it was a little intimidating at first, but you know, the fan base, they’ve done a great job of embracing me, you know, through the good and bad…I love it here.
** Gordon Hayward on what he hopes to accomplish in the final seven games
Oh, just to get better. I mean, just to, try to improve on our mistakes. And win some basketball games.

Another look, because one isn’t enough:


Post-Game Quotage
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
I thought the guys, for a stretch, they were executing the offense really well. I thought we were a little better defensively tonight. We made a few turnovers there…we had 17 turnovers for 21 points, but you know, we gotta continue to get better there.
** Corbin, asked how the game changed when Anthony Davis returned
We play our game. Anthony Davis is their problem. It’s not ours. We play, we call our plays and sets and we wanna be able to attack inside. I mean, he made some plays in the first half. I, you coach against the guys on the floor. You gotta axe him how the game affected them with him out there on the floor.
** Corbin on what the team needs to do
Well you know, we talked about just being able to finish games, and you know, we still, you know, we have to have the energy to have a chance to compete, you know, from where we are with our development. And you know, it’s been a long year for these guys, man. They’ve been through a lot and you know, we just gotta make sure we stay on the same page, that we are who we are right now, and we have to have everybody focus on what we need to do to have a chance to be successful and finishing strong. We’re not just try and come out here and get the games over. We wanna try and make sure we continue to develop.

brown america

** Derrick Favors on the third quarter
You know, we just wanted to come out with a lot of energy. I mean, myself included, you know, I played like crap in the first half, you know, and I owed it to my teammates to come out and play with effort, play as a team, you know, just, and get this win.
** Gordon Hayward on Favors
He did a great job for us. He was a monster in the first half, defensively too, with those blocks, and we need him to do that…Derrick’s a monster, like I said. You know, he’s tough to deal with, so we need him to play like that every night.
** Hayward, asked about Alec Burks’ acrobatics (by Craig Bolerjack, obviously)
You just gotta watch him, when he has some ups, up-and-unders, Houdinis, like you like to say. And it’s fun to watch, man. He’s a good player.

grandmasPink grandmas on the Jumbotron! Via Diana Allen

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke,” twice: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Al-Farouq Aminu “Alf, Al, Amino”: Tyrone Corbin
** Most of the players showed up for the Leapin’ Leaners event dressed like this (posted on Instagram by every player in the pic):

Richard Jefferson, meanwhile, hilariously wore this (via @dlocke09):

Unintentional Dirty Video Captions of the Night


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: Trey Burke is in search and destroy mode, and he goes down low.
** Boler on Richard Jefferson’s career: RJ is not finished.
** Boler: Derrick Favors, just eating it up in the third.
** Boler: Marvin, pulls off Aminu for the rebound.
** Boler: Down goes Burks, and a hand up from Morrow.
** Boler on Trey Burke foul: Put his hand around Roberts, to try to slow him down.
** Boler: Aminu, on a pivot, soft touch, and puts it in.
** Boler: Evans got a piece of him. You can tell, Davis is stiff. Doesn’t have a lot of motion in that body tonight.
** Gordon Hayward on Derrick Favors: He’s a monster down there.


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