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Bits from Jeff Van Gundy Interview, 12/4

December 5, 2014
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Jeff Van Gundy

What does it say about a team that needs a wake-up call or alarm clock to suddenly start playing well when they’ve gotten down by 20?
If you need that supposed alarm clock, then you got the wrong guys. You got the wrong guys. I mean, it’s a first quarter league as much as it is a fourth quarter league. That’s been proven over and over and over again. I have never seen low energy players be competitive.

So if you have low energy guys that start out consistently lethargic, you got the wrong guys. You have to have an energy and an urgency and an aggressiveness. That has to be a part of your DNA. No coach is going to change that.

This idea that this guy’s a great motivator or that guy’s a great–there are no such things as great motivators. You can’t motivate the unmotivated. You can help in certain situations with a guy’s habits. You can help with his routine.

But if you have to be the one trying to consistently prod a guy to play with energy and assertiveness and aggressiveness and fire and passion, you got the wrong guy and you gotta move on.

The Jazz have lost seven straight. What are some possible remedies?
The game has changed. It’s so hard, it’s so much harder now than five years ago or 10 years ago to get stops because of everyone shooting such, the volume of threes. They’re putting four 3-point shooters on the floor, and that’s where the Jazz are a little bit different right now, right, ’cause they’re still relying on the two-big approach of [Enes] Kanter and [Derrick] Favors, even though Kanter, you know, wants to step out there and shoot some threes.

Listen, it’s hard. And so, you have to, the ideal situation would be big, be big in the guard area, so you can do some switching of pick and rolls, and have bigs who have great lateral quickness. When I watch Utah, obviously, Kanter is less than mobile. He’s a good offensive player; defensively, more challenged. So, they have some issues defensively.

I do like how they play offensively. I love watching ‘em play, the way they move it and they share it…

To me, their growth will be tied directly to [Trey] Burke, and he’s had some good moments and some struggling moments. And if he can become really good, I think they can have a real shot. If he can’t, then all they are is small in the backcourt. And they need more consistency from [Gordon] Hayward and Favors, and [Alec] Burks.

I mean, they’ve invested in all those guys, and now, you know, hopefully they’ve got the right horses…[Hopefully, they] see that their improvement is going to be tied directly to the defensive end of the floor, [and] they have got to take the defensive, their defensive games, as serious as they take their offensive improvements.

Common thread tying losing teams together
You look at all the teams that are losing, their point guard play has been–let’s keep it kind–inconsistent.

Would you make any changes to the replay/Secaucus process?
I would board up that room and never have anyone enter it again. I am so tired of replays, I can’t stand it. I can’t st–in all these sports. You wanna talk about killing the momentum and flow of a game? To go over there and, like, it, I loved the initial, I was for it. …

Now, there’s so many triggers, it just seems endless. And I know they’re just trying to get the call right–I understand that philosophy–but it’s gonna be a slippery slope where it’s never-ending, where we’re going to be going to more and more calls…

I think everything has to be done so that the game has more flow to it, and I think replays started out with the best intentions, and now, if I never saw that room again during a review to see everyone looking at all these screens and angles and all that, I w–I could, I would be so happy.

Quin Snyder is in the process of trying to get his players to buy into his defensive philosophy. What would you tell him, based on your own experiences?
Well, I would say this. If you truly have to try to sell the importance of defense to your team, like sell it, like, or beg it out of them, you got the wrong guys. It, I never one time had to sell defense to the core of guys I had in New York. They wanted to win; thus, they understood that they were going to have to play really good defense in order to win games.

And so, there’s one thing that you’re a young team, and you’re just not there yet with your reaction time or you don’t have your schemes down. But the first part of it is, you gotta have the commitment of the best players that, yes, it’s important to us because we care deeply about winning. If you have that, eventually they’ll get it.

So, this isn’t about Quin Snyder being able to sell it to his team. The players already know it’s important to winning. Now the question is, is winning important to them? Because if it is, they’ll commit to this long process of becoming a good defensive team. It’s not gonna happen overnight, particularly for young players. The experience of seeing different NBA actions over and over again helps you with that.

But the commitment to the importance of defense and the seriousness of trying to improve on that end has to already be there. And that has nothing to do with Quin Snyder trying to sell something. You don’t con NBA players. Either they want to win, or they don’t.

Kentucky vs. the 76ers
You know what I don’t like, though? I don’t like the idea that people say, “Oh, Kentucky could beat [the 76ers] in a game.” I mean, Philadelphia would drill them every game…It’s mind-boggling to me how the average fan thinks that because a team is gonna have some [future] pros on it…that they could beat a whole team of pros.

Spencer Checketts: No, I completely agree. One hundred percent. [changes topic]* (1280)

* Let’s rewind to just 10 days ago, when Checketts asked Dennis Lindsey, “The real question, Dennis, obviously now that you’ve seen ‘em play is, would Kentucky beat the Philadelphia 76ers?”

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 12/3

December 5, 2014
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Are players more positive after losses this year than last year?
I see, and feel, as much seeing as what you also can feel from the players. There’s still a sense of confidence, of camaraderie, and hope, and belief in one another.

And th–and I think they’re also seeing in Quin [Snyder], the coaching staff is doing an excellent job of really highlighting and pointing out to the players what they’re doing, when they’re doing things right, and how, the results of those things.

And saying, “Guys, we can do this. We just need to be consistent. We need to be more communicative. And we need to be, really come in with that type of an intensity at all times. And then we can play and compete with anybody.”

What do the Jazz need to do to start winning games?
I think we need to come out of the gates with the intensity that we had there in the second half of the Denver game. We need to have that type of intensity at the very get-go of this thing, and have a firs–a firm resolve.

We’re gonna come out and stop these guys defensively, and really–it starts at the defensive end, and I think we need to c–really come out with a tough mindset that we’re going to stop teams of being able to exercise their offense that they want to exercise, and really play tough, strong defense…

I think it starts on the defensive end. It starts by putting together good communication from your team, and I think that’s something w–that we’re working better on as well as opening up our mwouths* and communicating to one another so that we can prepare one another for what’s happening on the floor in the offense and on the defensive end.

* Not a typo.

If you’re good enough to come back from a 20-point deficit, shouldn’t you be good enough to not fall into a 20-point deficit?
That’s a frustrating, and that’s the frustration that the coaches, coaching staff continue to have. And that’s the point of where these players need to come in–I don’t want to justify this. See–age really helps.

A, John Stockton and Karl Malone, veteran players, I think understand the intensity of this game night in and night out. And the importance of having that intensity for 48 minutes. And having the tough-mindedness and the tough heart to be able to give it, at that, at the very start of the bell, and have that same intensity throughout that whole 48 minutes.

And that’s where some of our younger players have got to get, they’ve got to get to that point.

What is your message to Jazz fans if the Jazz win fewer than 30 games this year?
Well, I think our fans, we have smart fans. Our fans, even though we’re going through a, now, six-game losing streak, our fans still have a great, the, respol–remarkable enthusiasm. They’re engaged in this. They have not lost hope, in, from our fan base. …

This building process is taking place. I think we’re seeing the little sparks, of, at which, some of those wins, but also some of those second-half victories, of seeing how this team can play as we continue to commit ourselves, and it’s going to just get better. …

Our fans are saying, “I’m really enjoying coming out to Jazz basketball games. And it’s a different s–feel, it’s a different style, and I’m really liking it.”

Shoutout to Enes Kanter
I gotta give a shoutout real fast to Enes Kanter for two things. Number one, I was proud of Enes, stepping up for Alec Burks, also, in that incident there. I’m proud to see a little toughness…

Enes also had over 30 kids over Build A Bear yesterday making some kids out of Neighborhood House’s Christmas dreams come true. It was darling, and he was great. (1280)

Bits from Antoine Carr Interview, 12/3

December 5, 2014
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Big Dawg in front of his childhood home (via @antoinecarr55)

What are your thoughts on superteams?
Well, I mean, if that’s the way you can get your championship, okay. You know, it’s, I mean, when we were coming up, you always wanted to go against the best guy. It was never, “Well, I want the best guy on my team” ’cause you wanted to prove that, hey, I’m just as good as him. So you know, for me, that’s one of those, okay, if that’s what you need to get a championship, then go do it.

But if you gon be a real baller, you really out there, go out there and do the job and make the players that you get on your team better, a la [Michael] Jordan, [John] Stockton, [Karl] Malone, those type of guys. Probably also I would say Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

Some say the traditional center is going away. Do you see that the position is morphing?
Well yeah, if you gon play ballet basketball. You can’t touch anybody…Why would you need a center? Then you got all them guys, the 7-footer, they can put their tutus on and go out and shoot 3-pointers.

You know, it’s just, I mean, it’s a joke to me, for real. I mean, why would, the center position is the greatest position on the floor. It is the only position besides the guard that can dominate a game.

On the Jazz’s Finals years
For me, it was a great time. You know, I was able to really connect with my fans. The fans got really pumped up and I think that is what really made us be able to go those two years back to back against the Bulls. Without our fans, you know, we’ll’ve been doing what Utah had been doing for years: get the first round and out.

But you know, with those guys, you know, you had a different attitude…When you’re playing the Utah Jazz, we had a chip on our shoulder at every moment because no one wanted to give us credit of how good we were.

What do you think of guys today missing games due to small issues like a bit of stomach flu and or a little shoulder inflammation? Did you take pride in being tough men?
Well, for us, we always had that attitude that we’re tough men. You know, a lot–especially with that team, you know, we’re country boys, and country boys tend to get up regardless of the situation and get the job done.

You know, you can sit around, go “oh, my toe hurt” or “my stomach hurt” but when you’re out in the country and you got to bring in the crops or you got to do something, you don’t have a choice. You have to get up, and I think a lot of the guys at that time had that type of attitude.

Do you look at salaries today and think to yourself, “I was born 20 years too early”?
(laughs) Yeah, I definitely do. You know, and especially when you see these guys can only go on one end of the floor. You know, you’re paying a specialist US$ 20 million because he can score, but he can’t stop anyone.

What would the Big Dawg Antoine Carr be like in the NBA today?
They will probably have me as a role player. You know, backing up one of these guys who’s soft and doesn’t really want to get in there and bang. And I would have to come in and do all the banging work, and the real work, and then he’ll come in and get his millions for doing nothing, and maybe averaging 17, 18 points because no one else is working hard against him.

So you know, for me, what you get out of me is the same thing you’ve always gotten out of me. A big guy that’s coming to bang, that can shoot the ball, and keep his teammates and the fans in the games.

What does it take to be a great defender and a great defensive team?
Attitude. It’s strictly attitude and willing to work. You know, do the proper techniques, and work. And that’s where it all is. To me, basketball mostly is effort. You can learn the techniques. You can learn all that.

But if you’ve got the effort, a lot of times the guy who’s not as talented will beat out a guy because he had more effort. So that, for me, that’s the biggest thing. If you’re giving your strong effort on defense, you can cut a lot of guys off, or you can look at the other fact. I’m gon wear this guy down until the fourth quarter. Come the fourth quarter, he has no legs; I’ve done my job.

Can Quin Snyder create that attitude in his players, or do the players have to already have it in themselves?
Oh, I’m sure [Quin Snyder] can create it, and I, but it’ll have to be one of the guys, not him. It’ll have to be one of the guys on this team, that says, “Look. We’re gonna work out. We’re gonna lift weights. We’re gonna do these things in order to make ourselves stronger and better.”

And that, you know, that was kinda John Stockton’s and Karl [Malone]’s thing. We come in. We come in early. Everybody’s going to the weight room. We’re gonna be stronger. We’re gonna be able to outrun guys. And that was the whole idea behind what we did.

What is a day in the life of Antoine Carr like?
I get up, about 5:30, 6 o’clock. I double check with all my guys, make sure everything is good. We go out, we do a demo job or a painting job or construction; whatever we’re doing that day. We knock those things off. Usually done about 5:30, 6 o’clock, if we’ve got a good day.

After that I come home, put my feet up, get a little something to eat, and call back here to Witchita to find out how my mom’s doing, and my sister and family, and that’s about it. And of course, next day, same thing: back to work.

What did Jerry Sloan mean to your career?
Coach Sloan was just, he was a added piece to make me a whole player. He was one of those guys that, “Antoine, we need you to do this. We don’t need you to start. We need you to come off the bench. We need a tough guy. We need those type of things.” And that’s what I tried to give him.

And I think that was, I was able to keep years on me because I was able to see what the coach wanted, and tried to do that. So, he taught me how to play the game as a real player, as a country boy. Get in, get your work done, relax afterwards.

Prayer request
My mom just got diagnosed with cancer, so if the fans there in Utah and all around would just please pray for her, I would appreciate it. (1280)

Game 19 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors (5-14)

December 4, 2014


Pre-Game Quotage
** Derrick Favors on staying positive after losses
We learned from last year. You know, we lost a couple games last year, we start, you know, being negative towards things. And you know, and a lot of stuff just happened. So I mean, we learned a lot from that last year. So this year, you know, we losing a couple games, a couple close games, so we just try to stay focused, stay positive, stay together, and you know, try to get a win for the next game.
** Trey Burke on staying positive after losses
Just gotta stay focused. You know, obviously we feel like we could’ve won some of them games that we lost, you know, in the past, but you know, we have to get better every day, continue to grow. Coach [Quin] Snyder, he’s staying on top of us, you know, to hold each other accountable on both ends of the court. So I think the level of focus that we come out with tonight will be important.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
We were there, but we weren’t there. You know, I don’t think they, you know, on a shooter, but not aggressive enough. You know, many of these guys are, you know, they don’t feel you if you’re in the area. I mean, you’ve gotta impact the ball. … I think we need to compete harder, really, in the, on the defensive end.
** Snyder, asked if there’s one thing defensively that troubles him more than others
I think it would be naive of me to say, “Hey, it’s this. If we fix this, we’re gonna all of a sudden be where we wanna be.” I think it’s, you know, it’s hard, you know, when you feel like you can’t stop a team. It’s, you know, it hurts. But it’s, you know, you keep going. And there’s a lot of things, you know? We’ll do the same thing. We’ll go back and look at the tape, figure out where we can be better, work on it, and hopefully come out and impact shooters more than we did tonight. Be more v–you know, more aggressive in our contests. I thought that was a big thing tonight, if we’re talking about one thing in this game. It felt like that, to me, that we weren’t as, you know, we, you go into the game with them and you, think they’re, I think they’re second in the league in free throw attempts. And we, you know, we showed, we had seven different clips of guys shot-faking us, falling on ‘em last game. So then you’re a little bit afraid to foul, and all of a sudden, you know, you’re there but you’re not really there. So, there’s a balance there, and you know, we gotta do a better job of finding it.
** Snyder on keeping players positive after losses
I’ve said from the beginning, you know, the, we can’t fixate on our record. Certainly, it’s, you’d like for it to be different, but it’s, you know, it’s reflective of where we are right now. I don’t, there’s no magic pill, that all of a sudden, boom. You know, we’re a young team…and I don’t want them to get down. You know, I want them to wanna get better, but I w–I don’t want them to be despondent about the record. I want them to feel despondent about how we play, and want to play better. But I don’t know that our record reflects our commitment.

** Gordon Hayward, asked if the losing streak shows what guys are made of
Yeah, we’ll see who’s got some fight in ‘em for sure. And I think for the most part, all of our team, the guys aren’t gonna quit on anything, so. It’s just one of those things where it’s frustrating, you know, so.
** Hayward on the difficulties of a young starting group
I mean, it’s just a little bit of a lack of experience. But I mean, that’s, to me, there’s enough of us out there who’ve played in big time moments that it doesn’t, shouldn’t matter.
** Derrick Favors, asked what is the biggest issue on defense
You know, I think, you know, we communicating well out there. You know, we following the game plan, but you know, I don’t know. I think it probably just mental breakdowns sometimes. You know, coming out, you know, play good defense, and a guy hit a shot. You know, I think guys just get down from that. So I think it just mental focus. It just mental, I think.
** Rodney Hood on the Raptors’ 3-point shooting
Yeah, I mean, sometimes it’s deflating. You know, you playing hard. You know, you getting stops. You get a little bit of juice, and they hit, you know, tough shots. But you know, we just gotta control what we can control, and hopefully it works out for us.

sad bench

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Media member to Trey Burke at shootaround: Good to have the big guy, one more big guy behind you when you play?
** Craig Bolerjack: Quickest release is former Jazzman Kyle Korver.
Ron Boone: Yeah, that’s as quick as I’ve ever seen. I mean, he just, he’s just flat out ready to shoot.
Boler: [Jeff] Hornacek had a pretty good release himself.
Boone: And very accurate too.
** Booner on Kyle Lowry: Look at that backside. I mean, he puts that on you and he knocks you off balance.
** Boler: Booner, the MO of this Jazz team’s unreal. Dig yourself a hole, and then mount a comeback.
** Boler: Trey Burke goes inside with the left hand. Kanter misfires.
** Boler on Lowry shot: I saw the official put up the two fingers.
Booner: So now he has a career high.
** Steve Brown, asking Rodney Hood about game speed: Do you feel that’s coming slowly?
Hood: Yeah, I mean, it’s coming slowly.
** Steve Brown to Trey Burke on the losing streak: Is it tough to put it out of your mind when you go out to play, or is it now in the back of your mind and it gets bigger?

Red denotes most recent game.

game 19

Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

December 4, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Raptors HQ.

Amir is clearly out of it and our defense is struggling because of it.
In other news, I have 75% of the comments. This place is dead.

by hotfuzz on Dec 3, 2014 | 9:19 PM

OK offensively, this is just fun.
by Ustation on Dec 3, 2014 | 10:01 PM

Even im enjoying it
Sure a lack of closing out isn’t helping but my god raptors are hitting freaking everything

by JazzFanDonny on Dec 3, 2014 | 10:03 PM <— Jazz fan

Sorry, but your team’s D sucks
I thought we were bad.

by hotfuzz on Dec 3, 2014 | 10:05 PM

Lol no sorry necessary
It’s pretty damn bad.

by JazzFanDonny on Dec 3, 2014 | 10:22 PM <— Jazz fan

Gobert should be a beast though!
by teedotaj on Dec 3, 2014 | 10:46 PM

lots of empty seats there
by unknown guest on Dec 3, 2014 | 10:48 PM

anyone ever watch “The other Dream team”?
Young Sabonis = wow

by unknown guest on Dec 3, 2014 | 10:50 PM

My dad was a coach in Soviet Union in the 80’s, working with both male and female teams out of Minsk and even serving as technical (read stats) coach for a national teams around first Goodwill games time. Since I was 10, I used to help him record the events at local “tours”. First time I’ve seen Sabonis he must have been 21, and you knew immediately he was something special. Super nice guy too. His handle and vision — just wow. Unstoppable. Father used to say that if Arvidas wanted, he would have been the best point guard in Europe.
by madrush on Dec 3, 2014 | 11:51 PM

Raps making it a game late in the 4th!
by unknown guest on Dec 3, 2014 | 11:02 PM

even UTA is subbing guys out
by unknown guest on Dec 3, 2014 | 11:11 PM

alright, night folks!
by unknown guest on Dec 3, 2014 | 11:15 PM

Get to Know: Rodney Hood

December 3, 2014
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From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series; recorded around September


Childhood snapshot: Always had on a Penny Hardaway jersey. Always dribbling a ball.
Where did you play most of your basketball as a kid? Boys and Girls Club
Mom: Hard-working, caring, always does her job, always there, very fun to be around, very good teacher
Good day in the Hood house when: Dad comes in b-boxing (“He grew up a long time ago, so he loves to b-box.”)
Best basketball moment ever: Watching the clock tick down and throwing the ball up in the air in the high school state championship game
Worst basketball moment ever: Losing to Mercer in the NCAA tournament
Why do you wear No. 5? Five people in my family: mom, dad, sister, brother, myself
If you were an actor, what kind of actor would you be? An extra. Don’t like the spotlight.
Best superpower: Fly
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Sylvester Stallone

Five most frequently used apps on your phone: Twitter, Instagram, Candy Crush, Angry Birds and Snapchat
Top five musical artists: Jay-Z, J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Eminem
Top five video games of all time: NBA Jam, any 2K, Call of Duty, Sonic and Pac-Man
Top five non-NBA athletes: Peyton Manning, Ken Griffey Jr., Serena Williams, Derek Jeter and Cappie Pondexter
All-time NBA starting five: Penny Hardaway, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal
Five things you can’t live without: Family, phone, food, car and mall

First basketball team: The Blazers; city league team
First buzzer beater: Junior year of high school, game-winning tip-in in an All-Star game
First dunk: Eighth grade
First pair of basketball shoes: Chris Webbers with spinning wheels
First time your ever saw yourself on television: Ninth grade, on the news
First video game: Donkey Kong on Game Boy
First nickname: Lil Hood
First car: Van passed from older brother
First CD: Ludacris
First jersey: Penny Hardaway
First autograph: Joe Johnson
First time you ever got in trouble: Didn’t really get in trouble
First pet: Dog named Roxy
First time you got dumped: Ninth grade. “It was kinda a mutual thing, you know, so I wouldn’t say dumped.”

via @hoodie5

Favorite food: Cabbage
Least favorite food: Squash
Favorite team: Duke
Least favorite team: North Carolina
Favorite athlete growing up: Penny Hardaway
Least favorite athlete growing up: Bill Laimbeer
Favorite musical genre: Hip hop
Least favorite musical genre: Opera
Favorite thing you do every day: Play basketball
Least favorite thing you do every day: Cleaning
Favorite fast food: Five Guys
Least favorite fast food: Hardee’s
Favorite personality trait in people: Fun and energy
Least favorite personality trait in people: Grumpy about simple things
Favorite class: Ninth grade English class with favorite teacher Miss Michaels. She was always perked up and wanting to teach.
Least favorite class: Science

Word Association
Utah Jazz: Greatness
Defense: Hard
Australia: Dante
Jay-Z: Greatness
Breakfast: Pancakes
Derrick Favors: Atlanta
Instagram: Fun
Life: Short
Jesus Christ: Our Savior
Bart Simpson: Funny
William Shakespeare: poetic

Game 18 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets (5-13)

December 2, 2014

alec ouch

Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, asked if he’s happy with where the team is
I don’t think I’ll ever be happy with where we are. I mean, you always want more. That’s just, you know, I feel like that’s my job, to want more. That said, you know, you can still recognize the efforts of your team and the progress that’s been made. You know, I think, you know, we’re better than we were a month ago.
** Snyder, asked if he’s concerned about the bench’s lack of offensive production
You know, I think it’s a overreaction to get, you know, too concerned about any one thing. You know, there’s always gonna be something, and you know, certainly we want that more from our bench, but our bench is also playing really, they’re really active defensively. You know, so hopefully we can generate some stuff. You know, when you play a few rookies off the bench…there’s gonna be some growing pains. But I believe in our bench, and I believe in playing a bench and developing a bench.
** Snyder, asked if he’s had thoughts about changing the starting lineup
We talk about any way you can get your team to play better. I think it has more to do, for us, with when we substitute, who we substitute out. I’m not, you know, I’m not sure that the starting lineup is as impactful as it is, you know, who you start affects who you sub, and it affects combinations.

thats so pop

** Trey Burke on what is the team’s biggest defensive focus
I think the biggest thing is just communication. You know, I think we all know where we’re supposed to be, you know, on the defensive end. You know, we just have to get to that point where we’re trusting each other as much as, you know, so much to where we’re communicating with each other. You know, if a guy is getting iso’ed or posted up, you know, the more we’re talking to each other, the, you know, the better we’re gonna be defensively as a team.
** Burke’s assessment of the first month of the season
I think we’ve came far, a long way. You know, I think we’re further along than what we expected to be, you know, with the new coaching staff and the new guys coming to the team. But you know, obviously it may not look like that, you know, being on a four- or five-game losing streak, but I think, you know, we’ll snap out of it.
** Gordon Hayward on whether losing streaks this year feel different than last year
It doesn’t feel the same. I think we’re learning from ‘em a lot more this year, and we’re watching a lot of film, I think, both as a team and individually with, through some of our assistant coaches. And we’re getting there, you know, so hopefully we can shut this losing streak down tonight.


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game mix tape
I think for us, it’s less about, you know, tweaking [the rotation] and making little adjustments as it is about big picture. Understanding who we are, building our identity, whoever’s on the floor. … What I felt was we were playing faster [in the second half] because of our defense. And when you get energized, everything moves quicker. … I thought we executed down the stretch as well as we have all year. … I felt like we did enough things to win.
** Snyder on Gary Briggs’ technical foul
I’m fortunate to have him as a trainer, with all his experience, and you know, it was probably my fault for not calling the 20[-second timeout], you know, not realizing the situation. So you know, whatever–I don’t think it’s a situation where you can place blame on anybody. That’s about as inconsequential in my mind as anything. But I know the question was a good one. But you know, I think the world of him, and now we both got one T.
** Snyder on communication
For me, [communication] is the next step for this group. You know, I wanted us to be unselfish, and we’ve been unbelievably unselfish. I think that’s kind of become part of what we do and who we are. And the next thing, you know, we gotta communicate, in every, you know, it’s a skill. It’s something, you know, that doesn’t just, I mean, some people are, it’s easier for than others. But you gotta know what to say too. You know, so, but that’s, [communication] is a really important word for our group.


** Trey Burke on his last 3-point attempt
It was a tough look. I definitely thought it was going down. You know, every time I get a shot like that, you know, late in the game, I have a lot of confidence it’s gonna go in. And it looked good when it left my shot, or left my hand even though I was fading to the left. But it was definitely a rushed shot. It was only four seconds on the shot clock, so you know, next time hopefully we can get a better shot.
Did Quin Snyder call for a 3-point shot during the timeout?
Well, whatever, he said whatever’s available…But I felt like, you know, the hand-off right there, I had a, I could see the rim. You know, I had an open look. You know, it looked like it was gonna go in. It just didn’t.
** Burke on what’s causing the slow starts or second quarter issues
It’s communication and concentration. The two C’s. You know, we definitely have to, we have to fix that…We’re not as focused as we should be, collectively…Someone’s not focused out there, it’s gonna mess up the whole team.
** Burke on guarding Ty Lawson
I tried to do everything [Quin Snyder] told me to do…There was a couple times where he beat me…and the help wasn’t there, so. You know, it was definitely a, you know, a tough matchup, obviously with how fast he is.
** Gordon Hayward, asked what was the issue defensively in the second quarter
I think lack of communication was the biggest thing. It’s ha–it’s so hard when you’re guarding a guy and you kind of feel like you’re on an island and nobody’s talking to you. You don’t know where the screens are coming. You don’t if there’s a screen. And we kinda left Trey out there on an island a little bit, and ther–once they get into the paint, you know, it’s tough.

enes-afflaloLove you Enes.

** Alec Burks on Arron Afflalo’s flagrant foul
I mean, it is what is, the game of basketball. You know, we grown men out here. You know, grown men are physical. It is what it is…You know, he did what he had to do.
** Burks on Enes Kanter standing up for him and Gary Briggs coming over to check on him
It’s a family here. You know, it was, see one of your brothers down, you know, you gotta go just check on ‘em. You know, just stick up for ‘em. And that’s what we all did. You know.
** Enes Kanter on his performance tonight
My teammates and my coaches give me that kind of confidence, and I’m just, you know, shooting the ball. And I really appreciate it, you know, my point guards, my, you know, coaches and my teammates.
** Kanter on standing up for Alec Burks after Arron Afflalo’s flagrant foul
He’s, you know, my, I’ve been playing with him for four years now. He’s my brother. I mean, nobody can, you know, foul him like that. I mean, I don’t care if I get, you know, technical foul or whatever. I’m just gonna go at, I mean, just, he’s my brother. So I’m just gonna go stood up for him.

quin rudy

In the words of @5kl, RIP Rudy (Vine via Tyler Gibbons).

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring
** People calling Enes Kanter “Ee-nis”: Nuggets announcers
** Always have to go watch opponent broadcasts to see Jerry. >_<

jerry 1201

** Also in the house tonight: former Jazz trainer Mike Shimensky (his son is the current Nuggets’ trainer):


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Jazz superfan John Sudsbury: I came to the games. I got on players. I had fun, and you know, I obviously must’ve done something right, because as the old players come back with their [new] teams, they always come over and say, “Hi Big John, how you doing?”
** Matt Harpring: Watch the pressure. Nate Robinson is going to get all over Dante Exum…Nate’s giving up about seven inches.
** Harping on Rodney Hood being in and out of the rotation: Just seems like Hood is finally comfortable. And it’s hard.
** Craig Bolerjack, Subway ad: For a limited time, try the big, hot pastrami (melt). (H/T @5kl)
** Gordon Hayward on Rudy Gobert: He’s huge for us, especially when he’s focused and making sure he’s in the right position. He’s just such a big guy.

game 18

Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

December 2, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.

There is a utah jazz blog that always reads the opposing team’s game thread and pulls out comments to shar with his jazzites. You are all being watched

by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Fingers crossed for win #20 in Utah… ever.
by john.kobbeman on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:08 PM

whoa their coach is horrifying
by nugznazty on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:11 PM

that hair
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:11 PM

what do you guys think gordon haward buys with his max contract?
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:12 PM

by Russscot on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:12 PM

a nice computer to play league of legends on
by nugznazty on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:12 PM

Ha… I was gonna say the best Magic the Gathering cards he can find.
by john.kobbeman on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:18 PM

hair product
by Greywing on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:13 PM

an ATV to go hunting with his DADDY
by InboundingLobPass on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:14 PM

Kanter reminds me of Kendrick Perkins
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:16 PM

useless hunk of mass?
by CombatChuk on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:17 PM

pretty much
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:17 PM

Hayward’s hairstyle is 1950s cool
by CombatChuk on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:18 PM

their arena looks empty
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:24 PM

why do you keep falling for kanter fakes?
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Kanter’ s a blur
by Plea for Intelligence on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:25 PM

by InboundingLobPass on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:25 PM

Stay down on him.
Let him pirouette as much as he wants.

by Russscot on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:27 PM

don’t fall for his fakes
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:29 PM

Am I being punk’d?
How the hell is Kanter hitting all of those jumpers?

by derrickrcobb on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:28 PM

rudy looks like a fake person made in 2k
by nugznazty on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Who’s Utah’s coach?
I thought it was Corbin?

by CombatChuk on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:48 PM

the ghost of xmas past
by nugznazty on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:49 PM

Kato Kaelin
by john.kobbeman on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:49 PM

by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 7:50 PM

I loved the Mailman
Karl Malone one of my favorite players of all time

by CombatChuk on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:05 PM

me too
by Plea for Intelligence on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:05 PM

The Mailman could deliver…
postage via Stockton…

by mtnmagic22 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:14 PM

Just got home stiffs any cliffnotes?
Judging from the box score it looks like the bench came in and really turned it up.

by JoeKnows23 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:05 PM

So… much… Kanter
by DomP on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:09 PM

I really want to see nurkic vs kanter
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:23 PM

not playing basketball though…wrestling
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:23 PM

greco roman style!
by InboundingLobPass on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:24 PM

scary ass front court with gobert and kanter there
by nugznazty on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:24 PM

Potentially scary
Practically funny

by CombatChuk on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:25 PM

C’mon the fuck on Nuggets..
by RockyMountainWay91 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:28 PM

get your shit together nuggz
by nugznazty on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:29 PM

why did the Jazz change from their unis from a few years ago
those were so much cooler than these ugly pieces of shit they have now

by PurpleToPurple on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:35 PM

because that is the ONLY thing new that ever happens in utah
by nohoops4u on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:37 PM

wheels coming off
by RockyMountainWay91 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:42 PM

oh no it’s just a 12 point lead.
by Japheth:the.other.kind.of.asian. on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:42 PM

interesting refs interesting
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:42 PM

The Jazz coach looks insane waving on the sidelines all the time
by nuggetsrule on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:42 PM

Gobert killing us of course
by RockyMountainWay91 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:44 PM

the officiating is ridiculous right now
by nugznazty on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:46 PM

Burke is killing us again
by RockyMountainWay91 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:49 PM

Fire Shaw?
by RockedUp on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:54 PM

This is pathetic
by 5baker5 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:54 PM

20 pt flushed down the toilet.
by BarryG on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:55 PM

someone made half time adjustments
our opponent really isn’t a computer

by bearpigman on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:56 PM

Yeah and somebody didn’t!
by Kandy303 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:59 PM

Gobert has been a fucking mosnter this game
by PurpleToPurple on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:58 PM

From up 20 to down by this much?
unreal, just stunning.

by RockyMountainWay91 on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:58 PM

Refs with some good ass home cooking
by CombatChuk on Dec 1, 2014 | 8:58 PM

afflalo ejected, bullshit
by 5baker5 on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:08 PM

by CombatChuk on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:08 PM

Afflalo was ejected? That’s bullshit
by PurpleToPurple on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:08 PM

by Kandy303 on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:09 PM

Fuck the Jazz and their refs
by RockyMountainWay91 on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:09 PM

Happy refs?
You just gave the game to Utah in a bs call

by Mr Duffman on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:10 PM

oh shit Gobert in the game
by PurpleToPurple on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:14 PM

Gordon Hayward on this years All Star team
by BarryG on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:26 PM

No way
by nuggetsrule on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:26 PM

is utah in the east?
by TyLawesome on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:27 PM

You have to beat Utah by “11” to beat them by 1 thanks to refs in Utah.
by margabelle on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:26 PM

by mtnmagic22 on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:30 PM

by Mr Duffman on Dec 1, 2014 | 9:32 PM

Shaw is a wuss..
Just saw the interview. He is so thankful we won. He should have been pissed as Popovich and slapped a newsman. He is too timid. To be a champion you have to have a champion coach. Relentless, blood thirsty, unforgiving. Ty and Chandler have the eye of the tiger. So did Jordan. Look at Kobe. You think we can play like that and develop a championship team? Shaw should have slapped the ref for throwing AAA out. This has to become a man’s game. Do you really think Shaw has a chance against Portland? What does he say? “Duh, we just haven’t been able to figure them out”; instead of, ” we are going to kick their skinny asses off the boards, and run them into the ground at home.”

by Charles R. Murray on Dec 1, 2014 | 10:04 PM

Coming soon to bookstores everywhere…

December 1, 2014

I hope everyone enjoyed reading “My Fair Hayward“!

Happy to announce the next book in the series is finally here. Have a romantic Sunday! ♥

the bull rider

Game 17 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers (5-12)

November 30, 2014


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
[The Clippers] put you in more positions where they, you know, your inconsistencies and your mistakes just become more visible. We started poorly…That’s unfortunate. Because when you’re playing from behind all game, it’s tough to generate emotion and enthusiasm. And that’s what we need, to make up for some of those [inconsistencies and mistakes]. We’re gonna have that. We’re young. You know, gotta keep going. But the emotion and energy and the intensity, I think, can, you know, can mitigate that somewhat.
** Snyder on whether he might play Derrick Favors with Rudy Gobert more in the future
I’m not sure, to be honest with you…It seemed appropriate [tonight]. We’re trying to figure out a way to give ourselves a boost. And you know, it gives us a very different look offensively. So, you know, Derrick’s all of a sudden guarding out on the perimeter. Ch–you know, he’s pretty good inside too. I mean, he’s, I think it just depends on who we’re playing.

quin on dante

** Gordon Hayward, asked what’s the cause of the slow starts
I don’t know. That’s a good question. It’s something we’ve been struggling with. Hopefully, we can figure it out…We have another day tomorrow where we can try to get better.
** Hayward, asked whether commitment or execution is lacking defensively
I mean, it’s mental mistakes. Mental fa–mental loss of focus…We’ve run up against some very good offensive teams that know how to exploit things, and we make one mistake, you have a couple guys that don’t do their job, and they make you pay. … It’s a process for sure, but I feel like we’re deep enough into this that some of the mistakes is just unacceptable. And we keep talking about ‘em too, and gotta be better, man. At some point in time you just gotta be better. We gotta be able to look at ourselves in the mirror and say, “I didn’t do my job, and I gotta be better.”…Something happens, [players need to say] “I need to do my job on this possession,” every possession.

** Derrick Favors, asked what’s the cause of the slow starts
Tell you the truth, I have no idea. Something we just gonna have to work out, and get better at.
Are you overthinking on the floor when the other team takes away what you want to do?
No, not really. Just, teams just come out hot against us in the first quarter. You know, we come out. We take shots that we normally make, but we miss ‘em, and you know, the team, the other team just come out and ju–they make open shots. So it’s just something we gotta fix.
** Favors, asked what this team is lacking defensively
I think guys just gotta buy into it. You know, just give they all on the defensive end of the court. You know, give they all effort, 100 percent effort on the defensive end of the court.

** Enes Kanter, asked what does this team need more than anything
I mean, we just have forget about this game. We have a lot of teams coming up, so we just have to, you know, to just keep getting better.
** Kanter, asked if he’s more focused this year than last year, and if he feels he is as consistently focused as he wants to be
Yeah, definitely. I mean, I want to get, I wanted to be better. But you know, it’s gonna get, it’s gonna take some times. And there’s some, there’s gonna be some games, downs, up–downs and ups. So, just can’t worry about it. Just keep playing.

jerry 1129

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Johnnie Bryant “Johnnie Ryan”: Steve Brown
** Tonight, we learned that Matt Harpring’s facial hair does not grow evenly on both sides of his face.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on a replay: Watch [Jamal] Crawford come right here in the middle of your picture.
** Harpring on Ty Lawson: When he’s healthy, he can be a Top…[long pause]…you know, 7 point guard, maybe a [Top] 5.
** Harpring on Gordon Hayward: He’s been a one-man show this quarter.
Steve Brown: He kept that dribble alive. Just kept probing, probing ’til finally he found a little gap.
** Harpring: You gotta love it when guys play both ends.
** Harpring on Crawford: This guy has a knack of getting body contact and foul and be able to finish.
Brown: That was just amazing, that he finished. (H/T @CS_Larsen)
** Quin Snyder, post-game: When you’re down early, it’s difficult.

game 17

Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 and @chang_max for the assist on the W-L record tonight.


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