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Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interviews, 7/14

July 17, 2014
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Were there conversations with Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams about bringing them back?
Yes, with both of them. Absolutely. They both were, played very well last year, and were even better people, and even better leaders as well. So w–there was a bunch of conversation, and we’ll have some veteran presence. We have a little bit of that with Steve [Novak].

On Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward as leaders
I think we also have to be mindful that, now that we’ve made commitments to Gordon and Derrick, that we have to give them space to lead the group.

And Derrick’s been unbelievable. I’ve just, I’m jumping out of my skin with excitement. If you r–guys really want to talk about a player, I mean, he went to summer league training camp with us.

Our new coach had an hour-and-40-minute video session the night before Game One in the summer league, and Derrick was there and sat through the whole duration. As you guys have seen, Derrick is, was on the bench Game One in support of his teammates.

Gordon, when he gets clarity with USA Basketball, making the team, in, that would be a great win for him and for the program, but if he doesn’t make the team, he and his young wife* have already talked about being a permanent part of the community from a living standpoint and quickly getting back to Salt Lake. So I think the conversations that Gordon and I have had, it’s apparent that he feels even more responsibility to lead our group.

And again, I think Steve will add to that mix with his humor and his intelligence and his experience.

* “Young wife.” Lol.

On Rudy Gobert
Rudy really used his, last year wisely. He worked. He worked very hard with the coaches, specifically Alex Jensen. He worked hard with Mark McKown and his staff. His body’s improved. I think he’s put on eight pounds of very good weight.

I’ve been up late at the practice facility quite a bit this summer, and occasionally I’ll see Rudy in there, working. He’s, it didn’t show the other night, but he’s really worked hard on his free throw shooting…He’s worked hard on his jump hook, his strength…

The mental maturation has probably been greater than the physical. He’s more comfortable with the language. More comfortable in his own skin to make jokes and be part of the group, and we’re thrilled with where he’s at.

But he has a long way to go. He’s got to, he’s gotta get to spots offensively quicker, and we’re, he’s got to to–catch tough passes better. He’s got to play up and through contact. The free throw shooting’s obvious. But even though he didn’t have a game to his standards in Game One, you guys saw and everybody felt the impact that he could have.

When did you know Quin Snyder was the one?
I think the things that stand out is his commitment to the game. His ability to communicate effectively. His ability to touch players and help them develop…Before players know what you can do for them from a technical standpoint, they need to know that you care, and I’d say Quin really cares.

And so, there’s obvious, you know, charisma, intelligence, but those are really secondary to that he really cares about what he’s doing.

On Dante Exum
As we really got to know him, we liked his makeup just as much as his physical characteristics. Now, it’s a long process, and in some ways, the kid is handling what happened maybe in a more mature way than what, the, where the public’s at, in excitement.

You saw tonight that Dante got tired, and is going to be tired until he gets stronger. And so, that’s our charge, is just to systematically grow him up…and we really look forward to those efforts, ’cause we think he could be special with time.

Did Enes Kanter’s comments about valuing offense over defense during locker room cleanout shock you?
Look, we all have had moments where we say things…As Enes’, does he have an offensive bent? Absolutely. Is there, “Hey, if I can score more opp–than my opponent and get the win,” is there that view of the game? Sure.

When you have someone like Enes’ ability to be able to score and offensive rebound, that part of the game is clearly very important to him. So it’s not surprising to me that he would say it, and, because that’s a reflection of his game.

Now, it’s our job to say, “Hey, it’s also important to move the ball. It’s also important to sprint back and load up on defense, and then rotate hard, and then hit back to a body.” And we’ll make sure all those priorities on the defensive end are well-communicated.

Where are you with Raul Neto?
With Raul, we’re, we had a good two weeks with him in Salt Lake. Johnnie Bryant really had some great development sessions. We were doing some things with his shot, and he really made some progress. And we wanted to help him train, so we brought him to altitude in Salt Lake.

He’s got two national teams that he’s trying to make in Brazil. We’ll see as the summer goes on…but Raul’s going to be a big part of the Utah Jazz going forward.

We love his character. We love his ability to pass the ball. We like his pace, and it really fits into Quin’s vision. Now, when the right time to bring him to the program, we’ll see. (1280, 1320)

Who wore it best?

July 16, 2014

Where “it” = blindingly bright shirt.

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This Quin Snyder Deep V is brought to you(r notice) by @Mac_Jazz.

Vegas Summer League Game 3: Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets

July 16, 2014

The Jazz are going to the [Vegas Summer League] playoffs!

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the Jazz’s defensive effort
Well, I thought we came out, we weren’t quite as aggressive and physical as we’ve been. It’s something we actually talked about, just kind of replicating even in summer league how we’re trying to play. But we responded. You know, I thought our bench gave us really a good lift, particularly Ian [Clark] coming in and just kind of picking up the energy.
** Snyder on how much of a difference Rudy Gobert makes defensively
You know, he protects the rim, obviously. I think our, you can begin to rely on him too much, and I thought that showed up today. I didn’t think we were as aggressive in the pick and roll defense. But we did get back. You know, I think that we didn’t give ‘em any easy baskets.

jerry game 3

** Trey Burke on missing Rudy Gobert
It was different because he, you know, he’s seven foot and he’s in the way down there, you know? And you know, on the offensive end, you know, you have to guard him ’cause he can finish. He’s getting much better. So without, with him not playing, I feel like, you know, we kinda got up and down the floor a little better, but at the same time we didn’t have that presence under the rim that, you know, we have with him.
** Burke, asked if he feels he’s a better regular season player than summer league player
I mean, I don’t know. You know, I think summer league is kinda, you know, it’s not as structured as the regular season. You know, in the regular season, I’m a little more comfortable if that’s what you’re asking me. You know, out here it’s kinda like, s–I wouldn’t say it’s like an open gym, but…it’s different because you know, everybody’s playing so hard. It’s like you’re playing 100 miles per hour, and you’re not really, it’s not as relaxed as a regular season game. So for me, I’m just trying to, you know, make the right decisions, not trying to do too much.
** Burke on whether he’s surprised by the success the Jazz have had in implementing a new system
Not really, because we’re moving the ball. You know, I think that’s, coach Snyder, he’s doing a really good job of, you know, showing us film and showing us how we’re successful, and that’s from moving the ball. You know, when we get out in transition, and you know, play with the pass–[that's] what he calls it–you know, I think that’s when we’re really good and everybody can kinda showcase their talent. So, I’m not too surprised about, you know, this type of success we had.
** Malcolm Thomas on Quin Snyder’s system
Guys like me, Erik Murphy, and all the other big guys, it’s a good system for us, ’cause we can just, you know, roll, half roll, make passes, you know, and it’s just a system that fits us, and I like it. (Utah Jazz, @prodigyjf)

Random Stuff, etc.
** The Jazz have signed Trevor Booker to a two-year deal.
** Dante Exum on experiencing his first earthquake in L.A. in March
I was just sitting watching Netflix, and just the whole building starts to shake, and I was freaking out. I thought it was spirits.
Yeah, like, ghosts. And then everything started shaking, so I jumped up on my bed, and, like, I just froze for a second. I didn’t know what to do. And then my TV was about to fall, so I grabbed that…And then your heart’s just beating after that.
** Rodney Hood on the $50,000 watch he borrowed for the draft
Yeah, I was nervous. You know, me, you know, I’m not a jewelry type of guy. I don’t wear watches. But you know, [other guys in the draft] said to [borrow a watch] for the draft, and when I did it, you know, every single second, you know, when I was shaking people hands, I was looking sure every diamond was there. (TrueHoop TV)

Signs Your Team is Young
** Your 21-year-old point guard [Burke] who is three months removed from his rookie season is talking about being “that leader” and “the voice on the court, you know, for the young guys.”
** Your just-turned-23-year-old captain [Derrick Favors] addresses his just-turned-22-year-old teammate as “young fella.”

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** Your new 26-year-old player [Booker] says he’s looking forward to being “a leader as an older guy.” (CSN Washington)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Vince Cellini on Malcolm Thomas: He’s tough inside. He sticks his nose in there.
** George Karl on the coaching aspirations of his son, Coby: He knows that if he tries it with me, he’s at the bottom.
** Cellini: Rodney Hood, just couldn’t get up.
Mateen Cleaves: Good try. Good try.
Cellini: Love the idea.
** Cleaves on Dante Exum sucking air: That’s something I always tell young players. Don’t grab your shorts. Gotta have a poker face. You gotta fake it.
** Cleaves: David Lighty with the nice tip.
** Quin Snyder: When Rudy’s back there, whether it’s consciously or not, you know, people kinda think, you know, you can make a mistake and he’ll clean it up.

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

July 16, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.

Harris v Exum is gonna be fun to watch
by teensonacid on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:40 PM

Our “bigs” aren’t very…
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:54 PM

by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:55 PM

by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:55 PM

by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:55 PM

nba ready?
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:55 PM

by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 8:56 PM

george karl going to talk about the nuggets
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:00 PM

how awkward.
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:01 PM

lame dunk exum
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:02 PM

pretty clean pick, though.
by Russscot on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:04 PM

he’s got long arms
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:04 PM

That he does.
by Russscot on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:05 PM

You know that they say about long arms?
Better chance for steals in the NBA

by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:05 PM

You know what they say about guys who gets steals in the NBA
by nugznazty on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:07 PM

Their adjusted plus/minus is superior
as well as win shares and PER

by nugznazty on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:16 PM

by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:19 PM

by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:09 PM

Offense went downhill this quarter
by DomP on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:10 PM

karl cursed them
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:11 PM

All the bricked 3s
by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:12 PM

lol Nuggets getting rejected everywhere
by CombatChuk on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:16 PM

Karl is a witch
we’ve been awful ever since he showed

by TyLawesome on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:39 PM

Hey guys, let’s take a metric shit tonne of 3s, since we’re shooting them at under 10% right now and we should really take advantage of that..
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:56 PM

I sense this might be sarcastic
by Russscot on Jul 15, 2014 | 9:57 PM

Did Harris just make a three?
by Russscot on Jul 15, 2014 | 10:02 PM

yup… 1 for 754.
by john.kobbeman on Jul 15, 2014 | 10:05 PM

That was uh, bad.
by Pozz303 on Jul 15, 2014 | 10:09 PM

Vegas Summer League Game 2: Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks

July 15, 2014

Please welcome guest recapper, Derrick Favors:

favors recap


Too many highlights to .gif!

Just watch these, courtesy of @memoismoney:


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on Rodney Hood’s performance
I thought he did a good job playing defense, staying in front of his man. We want him to shoot when he’s open. In fact, the best thing about [his shooting night] is he didn’t hunt his shot…I was just as happy with him the other night, ’cause he took the same shots.
** Snyder on Trey Burke
I was really, really pleased with Trey, the way the ball moved. You know, he set the example…[Leadership] is something that we’ve talked about, all the little things, you know, all the little things that go into it. Helping his teammates, whether it’s on the court, off the court, in film. You know, he had a couple comments in the film session the other day about pick and roll spacing, and where he needs people to be so he can find them. You know, that’s the kind of stuff we need from him, and we need guys to listen to him, ’cause he, I think he has a really good understanding of the game.
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s development
He’s putting himself in position to make more plays defensively. I think when the ball is in front of him, you know, he’s long and tall and he’ll block some shots. I think he’s doing a better job protecting his teammates. Hopefully, he’s got confidence that when he leaves to come over and block a shot, that, you know, his teammates are gonna crack down on his man and [can] help rebound.
Can you see him playing a bigger role this year?
You know, if he plays like that and defends like that, you know, he’s got the opportunity to help our team. You know, we got a number of guys that we wanna rely on. We wanna have a bench. We wanna have a good bench. I wanna trust the bench. And you know, I think Rudy can be a part of that.
** Sndyer on Dante Exum’s performance
I want him to keep attacking. You know, I thought there was a couple times when he could’ve caught and drove the ball, where he was, just kinda, he was pausing for a second. And you know, part of it’s that he’s so unselfish, and he knew what kind of night Rodney was having. He was trying to move it, which, you know, we’ll take that any time. And you know, I thought he attacked the other night. We just gotta keep, he’s gotta know that that’s okay to go at it all the time, ’cause I have confidence in him that when he does that, he’ll find open people as well.

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** Rodney Hood on his game tonight
First game…all the shots felt good, but you know, I tried to, I wasn’t holding my follow-through. I was just shooting it. And today, I felt way more relaxed. I got open shots, you know, from Trey and Dante, especially with Rudy playing like he was playing. The floor opened up, and you know, after practice, I j–I mean, I always been a confident shooter. You know, some days I’m gon have bad games, and some games I’m gonna have, like, games like tonight, so it’s just part of it…Today, I told myself I was gon start off going to the basket and get into the lane. First couple shots were in the pla–or, mid-range shots. And once I felt comfortable–Trey got mad at me for passing up a couple, but at the same time I had to get comfortable. And I was trying to, you know, pass the ball, do other things, defend, and then my shot will come.
** Hood on what he wants to show during the remainder of summer league
Just trying to win. Every single game, we trying to win. You know, obviously everybody wanna play good individually, but at the same time, you know, everybody know we can play. So, it’s just about winning.
** Rudy Gobert on how different his role is under Snyder vs. under Tyrone Corbin
I mean, every coach love when I block shot for sure, but it’s just a different, like, different basics, you know? Like, every coach got his own way of coaching, and I really like the way [Snyder] put me in confidence. And he help me a lot. (Utah Jazz)

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Kyrylo Fesenko “pretty much an apartment complex on his own” yesterday: Minnesota – Washington announcer
** And your nightly Fes moment:

fes hanging

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Dante Exum: There’s talent inside that young man’s body, and I’m anxious to see how it grows.
** Boler on Rudy Gobert: Impressed a lot of people down there. I heard a lot of rumbling of excitement of how he’s handled himself.
** Boler on Malcolm Thomas: They like his body. They brought him, remember, in off waivers in late January and never really got a chance to find a role under Ty Corbin.
** Mateen Cleaves: Rudy Gobert, once again, he goes there. Rudy Gobert, he goes.
Vince Cellini: Over and over.
** Cleaves: Look at guys like Paul Pierce. Look at Carmelo. They’re not muscular guys. You don’t see muscle just popping out everywhere.
** Cellini after Hood checks back in and hits a shot: Hood is back in and doing THAT!
** Boler after Hood checks back in and hits a shot: Hood, after a rest, is back and the rhythm is still there!
** Jared Greenberg to Hood after the game: Honestly, how good did it feel to do it with Jabari on the other team?
Hood: Nah, I mean, it felt good.
** Quin Snyder, post-game: I don’t want our guys to think about positions. I want ‘em to think about each other.

Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

July 15, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Brew Hoop.

Mmmm, those Exum highlights look nice.
Hope there aren’t any more tonight. :-) Or are overshadowed by the Bucks’ play.

by snik75 on Jul 14, 2014 | 8:45 PM

man exum just blew by giannis
by Rare Monkey on Jul 14, 2014 | 9:44 PM

Who is this monster on defense for the Jazz?
by 3k3 on Jul 14, 2014 | 9:51 PM

Wow, those Exum highlights. Yikes.
by surfacedroid on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:15 PM

man gobert is destroying everyone going to the hoop
by Rare Monkey on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:25 PM

I’m not looking at the stats
but I’d guess Rudy Gobert is like +20 right now

by CheesePlease on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:41 PM

hes got like 5 inches on our tallest player
by MBucks1988 on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:45 PM

Man, Hood is feeling it
by MBucks1988 on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:46 PM

Tip your hat
Not much you can do with that…….

by CanadaBucks on Jul 14, 2014 | 10:47 PM

All the duds on the court
Bed time

by CanadaBucks on Jul 14, 2014 | 11:13 PM

I gotta keep reminding myself that Sanders fouled out of a summer league game
and then proceeded to earn a 44 mil paycheck the next season. SO I WONT WORRY THAT DOUG MCBUCKETS IS GOING HAM WHILE JABARI GETS A MODEST 14

by Kevin Williamson on Jul 14, 2014 | 11:16 PM

Love this :)

July 15, 2014

Summer League Off-Day Odds and Ends

July 14, 2014

One. Contrary to what the announcers of yesterday’s game said during the broadcast, Dante Exum (along with fellow rookies Rodney Hood and Niels Giffey) had to sing “Happy Birthday” to himself during practice today:


Two. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines: The Rookie Edition
** Dante Exum on this being his second time in Vegas: First time I came, it was all about going on the Strip, looking at everything. And it was a cool experience, but it’s good I had that, and now I can come and I don’t have to do any of that. I can just enjoy the experience.
** Exum on being one of the most-talked about or most-criticized draft picks of 2014: It’s in my hands, and I’m the controller of that.
** Rodney Hood on how he played yesterday: I was too antsy yesterday. Wasn’t patient. You know, I was trying to hit a home run every time.

Three. Rudy Gobert was asked whether the coaches talked to him about getting a technical foul yesterday:

“No, coach talked to me about the play before. He want me to dive on the ball. And he said, I mean, he don’t really care about the technical, but it’s easy points for other team, so just gotta be careful.”

Four. Speaking of Rudy:

lucas rush

Five. :)

highkin jerry

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 7/12

July 14, 2014
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Any regret that you’re paying Gordon Hayward more now than if you’d been able to come to terms last summer?
You always review things, but at the end of the day, we knew it was going to be a big allotment. And look, Gordon’s a restricted free agent, and he tested the market, and he did very well. But again, relative to our salary cap structure, it will not do anything to impede our ability to keep our team together and continue to build. …

Again, we got out ahead of the rebuild by a year. We decided to go extremely young, and again, it was in anticipation of signings that were larger signings, and offer sheets that were larger offer sheets, and so, we’ll stand by those decisions and own ‘em, and we’re very comfortable with where we’re at as a team right now.

Is Hayward worth this contract, and do you believe he is ready to live up to the expectations that come with the contract?
A couple things. All ships raise with a rising tide. And so, the NBA is doing very well. The collective bargaining agreement is a strong one for teams and players. The cap has moved up. And so, the amount that Gordon signed isn’t the, proportionally the same as it was seven years ago. So again, we’ll continue to be able to build our team, keep our team together as our young players improve and as they justify extensions.

Relative to Gordon and the dollars, look, we’re very comfortable with who he is. We’re very comfortable at the age that he’s at. He just underwent a physical. He’s got pristine health. So, 24, versatile, athletic, compliant, hard-working.

It just sounds like a natural fit for the Utah Jazz, and it’s not like we had to go out and visit with other free agents to know who Gordon was. And we’ve said all along that we wanted to keep him.

On restricted free agency and players flirting with other teams
It’s familiar to me. I wasn’t my wife’s first choice either. So yeah, you know, things happen.

Seats at the “decision-making table”
Now that Gordon, the commitment that we made to him, the one thing that we talked about is, you know, he’s gonna have a key seat at the decision-making table. You know, we’re going to include Derrick [Favors] and Gordon about the things that we’re gonna do going forward, whether it’s style of play or who we add to the team going forward.

On Marvin Williams signing with the Charlotte Hornets
We’re just ecstatic for Marvin. He, in so many ways, the last two years, led our group. He kept a very young group together. Look, it’s difficult when you’re 28 years old to hear from ownership and management that there was going to be a rebuild, but not only did we do that, we re-positioned Marvin from a “three” to a “four.” And I think that’s been good for his career.

I think Marvin appreciated that. And he’s grown very close with several of us on staff. In particular, our medical staff as well. And we hope we’ve been a positive in his career, and Marvin and I’s last conversation is, “Hey, things come full circle,” and the way he comported himself, we can see him back in Utah as a player. And certainly he has the intelligence and the makeup to be in management or as a coach. …

We were thrilled that he got a good contract with a good team.

Did you make Marvin an offer?

Yeah, no comment. (Utah Jazz)

Vegas Summer League Game 1: Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers

July 13, 2014

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Nah. Let’s just overreact away over plays like the ones below :)



The first gif, by the way, was Dante Exum’s first NBA (summer league) career basket and it would appear that the Trey Burke-Dante Exum backcourt is off to an auspicious start.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder’s assessment of the game
Well, we got down early. I think we turned the ball over, and they were really aggressive defensively. And then it was good to see us, we defended as well as we have. You know, it’s almost, it’s nice to see that, you know, in a game where there’s a lotta other things that aren’t going your way.
** Snyder on what the team could have done better
Timing and offense, at this point in the summer, with, you know, three days of practice, I just wanna see ‘em play together. And as long as they’re unselfish–you know, that’s the only mistake, in my mind, they can make right now. Bad shots and not making the extra pass.
** Snyder on what he’s been able to learn from Jerry Sloan
We’re getting to know each other, and it’s just, it feels good for a young coach to be able to have someone with [his] level of experience and you know, wisdom about the game…We haven’t spent that much time together, but the time we have spent together, you know, it’s an opportunity for me to just listen, and you know, we’re, I don’t think anyone’s forcing anything. It’s just been a natural process, and it’s just great that he’s here, and I think it’s good for our players to see that the organization and Coach Sloan is, want to see ‘em succeed.

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** Trey Burke on Dante Exum
I talked to him before the game. You know, I could tell [during] warmup, he was kind of nervous. You know, and it’s natural. I was nervous last year, my first, all of my games in the summer league, ’cause this is, was my first taste of the NBA. You know, so I just told him to go out there and play. Play your game, and you know, don’t try to do too much, but just play hard and compete.
** Dante Exum on the game
Coach Snyder has told us to make sure we keep up the pace, and I don’t think we executed that as much as we wanted to. This game, I know at some points I did get tired and slowed the ball down, and it’s just a matter of thinking to myself, just saying that I need to push it.
** Exum on what surprised him the most about the NBA game
I knew it was gonna be physical, but you never know until you actually get out there. And just driving into the lane and getting those bumps, you kind of feel it. It’s different coming off screens as well. It’s just, yeah, just the physicality.
** Rodney Hood, asked how important it is to keep shooting
Very important. You know, I feel like all the open ones [went] in and out, you know, right down the line. It felt good, so I just gotta continue to have faith in my shot. I mean, that’s what, that’s, you know, why I’m here, to shoot the ball. So I’m not down on myself because they all were good shots. So I just gotta continue to work hard on ‘em. (Utah Jazz)

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Random Stuff, etc.
** The Jazz have matched for Gordon Hayward.

hayward tweet

decision table

** Marvin Williams will be reunited with Big Al Jefferson in Charlotte (2-year, $ 14 million deal). That could very well be the best locker room in the league with those two guys.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Go-burt” (rhymes with “yogurt”): Walt Frazier. Pretty hilarious how the other broadcaster Joel Meyers kept doggedly trying to hint to Frazier that that wasn’t how you say it, no matter how many times Frazier kept going back to “Go-burt.”
** Per the broadcast, tomorrow is Exum’s 19th birthday. As the only other rookie on the team, Hood will have to sing “Happy Birthday” to him. After the game, Exum got to celebrate with The Starters, who gifted him with a cake and a rousing rendition of the Essendon Bombers club song:

bday dante

** Not that we need another reason to love Rudy Gobert, but here’s another one (tweeted yesterday):

rudy heat tweet

Elsewhere in the Summer League
** Earlier in the day, the Minnesota Timberwolves played a game. This may be too much awesomeness all in one .gif, but here’s Kyrylo Fesenko, in a (probably special order) T-shirt jersey, sinking a free throw:


** Also earlier in the day, the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors played. Some familiar Jazz faces in the game, including new Warriors assistant coach Jarron Collins (with shirt neatly tucked into sweats of course) and David Stockton:

collins stockton

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Derek Harper (Minnesota game): If you’re not gonna go hard, you might as well do something else.
** Harper: How do I put this? If there’s two guys in a room and one bone, my money is on Ivan Johnson to get that bone. I guarantee it. He did it for Atlanta for a long time.
** Other guy (not Harper): Fesenko at 7-1, and plenty of meat down low.

Thanks to @tribjazz for the reminder that photographic evidence of said “plenty of meat down low” exists:


** Walt Frazier on Rudy Gobert: Listen to the crowd, man. They’re aroused by the effort by the big man. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Frazier on Tim Frazier: Surprising the big guys as he penetrated inside.
** Frazier: Gobert’s dominating the game the last few minutes, creating havoc inside against penetrators…Can’t be a Sunday driver against Gobert. Gotta come with some intensity when you penetrate.
** Quin Snyder on Brad Jones coaching the Jazz’s summer league team: I’m comfortable with him doing it, and me watching. I’ve done it. I did it last year.


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