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The Charlotte Bobcats are campaigning for Big Al Jefferson to make the All-NBA team in the best possible way

April 4, 2014
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This is amazing!  And wonderful! Go Big Al!

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 4/2

April 3, 2014
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On the top prize of this year’s Leapin’ Leaners auction
This year, I’ve added a new component to [the auction] as well, and I’ve enjoyed being able to go out pheasant hunting with Jerry Sloan. And so, I was able to get the pheasant-hunting company to donate an opportunity to go out pheasant hunting with the president of the Jazz [i.e. Rigby], and the legendary coach, Jerry Sloan.

Now, on top of that, I was able to also, since, when we retired Jerry’s number, we gave him, for his home, a jersey with “1223″ “Sloan” on the back. I had one other one made, and we’re gonna take that one and have it autographed by Jerry, with also the John Deere hat that was, a limited number we gave away.

You’re gonna be able to auctio–buy, if you are the top bidder, be able to get that hunting trip with also those autographed items from Jerry Sloan. I mean, sump’n really special, so.

Click here for a fantastic Jerry Sloan hunting story.

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Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are the two best scorers in the game. What lessons can you learn from playing them back-to-back?
Well, I know that, one of the things that Ty[rone Corbin] is constantly saying to our players in there is, is that, “You’re here. We’re doing everything we can to help you learn and to help you compete in this league. And you oughta be watching what these other teams do to be able to not only play, but at a certain point, step up their games.”

And we’ve seen that at New York. We saw, all of a sudden, that team, and veteran players, how veteran players can play at a level, but when they know they need to, and as they prepare for the playoffs, they’re working to step up their game.

And that, we’re trying to teach our players, “You know what, guys? You need to learn how to do the same thing.”…We’ve gotta continue to improve and be in that same level.

Tyrone Corbin plans to individually talk to all the young players
I had an opportunity yesterday to also talk with Ty a little bit, and you know, he told me, that, you know, one of the things he’s gonna be doing is sitting down with the, our players, our younger players, and really, even though we’ll have exit interviews, we know that’s pretty short, those exit interviews.

He wanted to take opportunity to also be wor–talking to them one on one in the next couple weeks about their game and about what they’re doing, at, with, when he has a, since he still has a little more time, about how they need to work. And I appreciate what Ty said to me.

And this is not, in any indication at all. But he says, you know, and, “I don’t know where this season ends up necessarily, where we’re gonna finish up, as it relates to my own career. But this is the right thing I need to do for the good of their careers.”

And I think that speaks to who Ty Corbin is, of the character he is, of caring about these players, and doing his job that he committed to, all the way through the 82 games.

How fluid is your draft board right now?
We have to be ready at all times, to really be looking at every player, or every scenario, and you know, when we put together that list, we’re literally looking at our top 60 players. And not only 60 players, ’cause you’re drafting 60, right? There’s 60 potential. But you’ve also got that list of those that you’re gonna be inviting to your camp.

So, we’re looking at that whole list of potential, that we anticipate could be potential, and then those that end up being the, actually those that are available for the draft. And measuring, and where we’ve made, ranked them, on a list, and our guys are working feverishly, in really putting that list together, analyzing it.

Every time I walk into our, we have a theater room, that we, it’s kinda our draft central, that Dennis [Lindsey], Justin [Zanik], and I know we have a lot of our interns and support, that are in there. They’re in there, breaking down film constantly.

And then they’re going out on the road and looking at this, of getting ready, and making sure that we’ve done all the necessary homework, and prepared for every scenario in case a player comes off that, or something happens, that we’re ready for any potential that we have to change.

Has this season been what you expected?
It’s been as tough as I had anticipated, but every bit as t–as difficult, as we anticipated with it. And there’ve been some stretches that have been hard. There’ve been, thank goodness, a few wins that have made it very satisfying, and our fans, we all needed those wins when we needed them.

Because it’s tough. No one likes to lose. This is a, you’re competing and you’re wanting to be able to win, and you take it personal, you know, when your team loses, I think. And so it, there’s been moments where it’s been hard, but you know what, I’ve been very gratified that our fans have stayed with us, have been very supportive.

They’ve seen it. They’ve been supportive of the plan. I think the plan is very much alive and well. It’s working well. I think we’re excited about the potential of what this draft means for us and what we can do. We’re excited about the development we’ve seen with our players…

And we’re in, financially, a very good place, to continue to be better, and to put the pieces together to see this team continue to make nice strides to be where we want it to be. (1280)

Bits from Sidney Lowe Interview, 4/1

April 2, 2014
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What happened in the second half of the game against the Knicks?
Well, one, we didn’t make shots. You know, we had some open looks, some open situations, and we didn’t make shots. And then they made shots. And Carmelo [Anthony] came out and made some shots, and J.R. Smith made some tough shots…They got the momentum going in their favor, and you know, they were able to go on and win the game.

** Gordon Monson asking Sidney Lowe about losing, #UDQM: Can you address that a little bit, in what you try and do to pump guys up a little?

Lowe: Well, you know, one, you’re glad to see that they, you know, that they hurt. But, and I think part of it is because, you know, these guys have continued to play hard…It’s just frustrating when you’re, you know, you’re working hard at it and working hard at it, and you just can’t seem to pull the, pull the win out.

This is not a leading question, but how complicated is it to get more transition and fast-break baskets? Do you have to have the personnel to accomplish that?
I think it’s a combination of things. You know, certainly, you know, personnel can dictate that, but I think, just, you know, if we can get stops. You know, get stops and then get out and run. We certainly are a different team, and at times we’re effective when we can get out and run.

When we can, you know, we get stops and we push the ball down the floor, and get some easy baskets. That’s very beneficial for us, because of, you know, some of the guys we have…We don’t do it enough, you know, consistently.

We don’t look to push that ball, and you have to get some easy baskets in this league, expecially* when you’re playing against, you know, experienced teams that just execute you to death. You know, you can’t beat ‘em in the half-court game, so, but some of that starts on the defensive end, and that’s getting stops, and then being able to run.

* Not a typo.

What is the usefulness of the remaining seven games?
Well, you know, to continue to play. I mean, you, you know, you’re still trying to win games and you’re still trying to, you know, one of the things with teams is, you try to learn how to win.

You have to learn how to win down the stretch. You have to learn how to win games. It’s not gonna be a lot of blowouts, and sometimes it takes teams a little longer to get it. But you know, you just need those few, to win, to get that attitude and that feeling that you’re never out of a ball game.

Why did Marvin Williams start over Enes Kanter against the Knicks?
Well, I think that was based on the match-up situation. Once we found out that [Amar'e] Stoudemire wasn’t playing and that Carmelo was gonna be starting at “four,” C♥ach decided to start Marvin to match up a little better with Carmelo.

So, you know, going forward, I’m not sure, you know, it’s C♥ach’s decision what he’s gonna do with that. But I know that that certainly had something to do with it last night.

You are a veteran coach that has been around the block. What is the human side for you as a coach to be with a team that’s only won 23 games so far this season?
You know, it’s tough. I mean, it’s very tough. You know, I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been with some good teams and I’ve, you know, I’ve been with teams that have gone to the Western Conference Finals. I’ve been with Detroit, gone to the Eastern Conference Finals. You know, we’ve had four All-Stars in Detroit. We had two, three All-Stars in Minnesota.

So, yeah, you know, it’s difficult. It’s difficult because you know the other side. And obviously, as a competitor, I hate losing. But at the same time, you know, we, you have to be realistic in a sense of looking at your team and finding other goals. Winning is always the most important thing, but you also have to look at the other things.

You have to look, again, you know, are we getting better? Are the players getting better? Are the younger guys, are they improving, in different areas? Are they better defensively? Individually, are they better? Offensively? Are they better as a team? Working, collectively?

So you know, you look for those things, and as you talked about earlier, you know, you look for the guys who can finish games for you. What guys are capable of making plays for you?

So you know, there’s so much still to learn from these losses. There’s a lot to learn, and you find the character of your guys. You know, I’m one, I like to look at players after a loss. I want to see the reactions. I want to see, right after the game, I want to see, after the game, after we get on the bus, after we get on the pla–there’s certain things I want to look at to help me as a coach, to tell me a little bit about players.

So, because I’ve been around guys that have won. I’ve been with winners, and I know how you should feel, I guess, what I think you should feel, and how you should react. (1280)

Game 75 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks (23-52)

April 1, 2014

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Quotage
** Sidney Lowe at halftime
Unfortunately, they play small. So, we’re not accustomed to playing small. But you know, I thought our guys did a nice job matching up.

** Tyrone Corbin on the third quarter
Missed shots. You know, we, you know, we were right there…They went on a, I think it was a 12-2 run to finish that quarter, and that’s, you know, that’s the difference in the game. And they got, you know, six or eight free throws in that stretch, and we turned the ball over a few times. And you know, we, it’s happened to us last few games. We hit that little lull, and we just can’t score, and it’s the difference in the game for us. So, it happened again tonight. We just gotta keep fighting and try and get better.
** Corbin, asked how Marvin Williams did defending Carmelo Anthony
Made him work. I mean, that’s all you can really axe from a guy like him.
** Corbin, asked what he can do to improve the offense
Well, it’s where we are, you know? Before Friday? We gotta go, just keep working…We are who we are for now, so I mean, we have to work with what we have.

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** Gordon Hayward, asked what was the biggest problem in the third quarter
Execution offensively. For whatever reason, we didn’t figure out the way they were guarding all our plays. And too many turnovers, so.
** Trey Burke on the game
Tonight, it felt like we had another opportunity to win the game. You know, I didn’t have my best game, personally, and we didn’t play as good as a team, so, or as good as we know we can as a team, and then coming off the loss to Oklahoma City yesterday, you know, it’s frustrating. It definitely is, but we gotta persevere through this time.
** Marvin Williams on “growing pains”
We’re super young. You know, we’re super, super young, and any time you go really young like that, you’re gonna have some growing pains. And that’s exactly what you call ‘em. I think guys are really excited about the progress that we’ve made, you know, each month, throughout the season.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alex Burks”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Alec Burks “Trey, er, excuse me, Alec”: Matt Harpring
** People calling Jerry Sloan their “nemesis”: Knicks commentator Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

The Knicks broadcast showed Jerry in the crowd and Frazier started talking about how Jerry was his nemesis in college when they played against each other for, respectively, Evansville and Southern Illinois. The Knicks broadcast also showed video from the ceremony honoring Jerry. (H/T Diana Allen)

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Derrick Favors’ foul trouble: You know, there’s banging, Boler, and you try to hide it. You can’t extend the arms out, and that’s a technique he’s gotta pick up.
** Harpring: I told you, I had that feeling, Boler.
** Harpring on Favors’ foul trouble: Kanter is going to have to come in, and Chandler has great length. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Harpring: Kanter doesn’t have the length of a Favors. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Harpring’s non-stop talking: I appreciate you giving me a minute.
** Boler on an officiating call: Matt Boland was right on top of it.

To close: Marvin left a dudebro hanging.

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Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 1, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Posting and Toasting.

The Sixers are actually beating the Hawks
If we don’t win this game vs the Jazz tonight….

by Spades17 on Mar 31, 2014 | 8:23 PM

I forgot Richard Jefferson existed
OKAY SHUMP

by GAx on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:13 PM

Chandler was limping because he got hit in the ear?
by BJabs on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:19 PM

this
by Knickslexia on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:21 PM

Aldrich’s play really highlights how little of a shit Tyson’s been giving this season
by GAx on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:26 PM

Aldrich is playing better than Chandler on defense no question.
by SamUNCNYK on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:26 PM

It’s simple
He’s trying. That’s basically it.

by HighFlyers28 on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:27 PM

Cole doesnt have fingers
by ibnyc on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:31 PM

If we fucking lose this game..
by GAx on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:34 PM

This Burke Burks thing is annoying
by BJabs on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:44 PM

Seriously if we lose this game..
by GAx on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:45 PM

Oh my god, Sixers just GIVING this one away
Fuuuuuuuck

by BernardKing’Speech on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:46 PM


This Kanter character looks like he has Lego hair
Like it just snaps on and off like a helmet

by BernardKing’Speech on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:53 PM

holy SHIT the Jazz are so bad
by GAx on Mar 31, 2014 | 9:56 PM

why is woodson bothering drawing up plays
by JRmyth on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:05 PM

cuz phil is watching
by Bronx Chica on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:06 PM

Pacers imploding
I love it

by DiscountTripleCheck on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:15 PM

Me too. Hibbert calling out his own team and PG no longer the golden darling. They have everything to lose and we have everything to gain.
Also fuck Vogel. but also fuck Woodson too. conflicted.

by foiegrastyle on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:19 PM

Shumpert is pretty useless this game
by lololol on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:24 PM

felton
jesus youre not allowed to pull up from 3

by JRmyth on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:26 PM

Blocked by RJ?
cmon Tyson

by rcnt123 on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:32 PM

Another one of our draft picks used against us. Hayward could have helped this team.
by CircleL4 on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:39 PM


I actually like this Jazz team
They need more talent, veterans, and a new coach but they have some good kids on the roster. They could be good with a little more direction.

by allzingers on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:39 PM

me too
by Seth on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:39 PM

me three
by DiscountTripleCheck on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:39 PM

Got league pass on, the Utah local commercials are incredible
relative to how horrid the announcing is league-wide, these guys are actually decent

by BernardKing’Speech on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:40 PM

Funeral home commercial actually shows an old WWII vet
sitting in his leather chair, with his WWII hat on, then cuts to a shot of cemetery, and talks about how they’ve always taken the best care of our nation’s veterans lol

by BernardKing’Speech on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:42 PM

Kanter isnt very good
by ibnyc on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:42 PM

I’d kill for Kanter to be on our team
by Spades17 on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:47 PM

Marvin Williams is fouling Melo every possession this quarter
by abe88 on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:41 PM

lololol
Jazz are Mauling Melo
That is so dumb

by lololol on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:44 PM

Jazz going full stupid
by foiegrastyle on Mar 31, 2014 | 10:44 PM


GOLDEN SNITCH!
Game over

by DiscountTripleCheck on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Felton floater! Game over!
by CircleL4 on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:00 PM

FELTON FLOATER!
Fucking disgusting..

by Rubbercons on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Snitch caught
Shut it down.

by allzingers on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:00 PM

It’s so demoralizing. A Penguin dropping a floater on your team
by foiegrastyle on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Good effort, Tyson … you asshole.
by RenaldoStoleMyCheetos on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:03 PM

When Melo actually tries he’s a good defender
by allzingers on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:04 PM

Raymond with a pull-up J? Alright then.
by RenaldoStoleMyCheetos on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:08 PM

Felton making those shots only encourages more Feltonian play.
by CircleL4 on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:08 PM

nah. hayward sit down. u got J’d by felton. nah bro. nah
by JRmyth on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:08 PM


TYSON! WHAT THE FUCK DUDE!?!?
by Rubbercons on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:09 PM

Stepped right out the way. Talk about fuck winning.
by Rubbercons on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:10 PM

The end of bench people should never enter any NBA game ever again
The whole lot of them

by BJabs on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:11 PM

This is only 2 people
Murry and Tyler. Maybe Tyler should enter a game, but it’s borderline

by BJabs on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:12 PM

Only the Knicks
could still make you feel nervous when they’re up double digits with 2 minutes left against the 29th offensively-ranked Jazz.

by Knuxter on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:13 PM

Yes, we need Shannon Brown to do his grandpa trot out to the court.
by CircleL4 on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:13 PM

Victory cigar
by lololol on Mar 31, 2014 | 11:13 PM

Game 74 of 82: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City (23-51)

March 31, 2014

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Post-Game Quotage
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
A lot of jump shots, we missed jump shots, and they were running the ball out on us, and you know, during that first quarter I thought we were, hung in there and fought, but you know, this is what good teams do…I like the way our guys fought back. We didn’t play our best game, but we fought back after that first quarter, and made somewhat of a game of it.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Gordon Hayward “Butler”: OKC announcer (H/T Diana Allen)
** Kendrick Perkins was wearing a shirt made from a thrice-recycled wedding dress from the 1980s:

dressed perkins

** The Jazz production team had a little fun with Matt Harpring, via @JazzGameNight:

harpring okc

Geography Mis-Education with the Utah Jazz

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Kendrick Perkins’ white shirt and tie: I don’t know, Boler. I stain too many of my clothes. Craig Bolerjack: Me too.
** Harpring on #JazzTV: The hottest segment on live television.
** Boler on Caron Butler shot: Sets his feet and down she goes.
** Harpring on Hayward: He goes into Adams just to get a little contact.
** Boler on Burks: Brings another element to the game for Ty. Penetration, baseline magic.
** Harpring: You just can’t get down so early.
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert block: Oh! Rudy giving him the shake of the head! Boler: And Adams stuffs it the other end.
** Alema Harrington: Jazz were in a deep hole. Hard to get out of that.

To close: Enes Kanter sucking on a water bottle.

kanter-water

Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder : Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 31, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.

This was the entire game thread.

don’t get sloppy guys
We’ve got the Spurs coming up, let’s keep this winning thing real.

by J.A. Sherman on Mar 30, 2014 | 7:18 AM

Game 73 of 82: Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans (23-50)

March 29, 2014

The Jazz are the first Western Conference team to hit the 50-loss milestone…and their 50th loss came against a team that was without Anthony Davis (injured four minutes in), Eric Gordon, Brian Roberts and many others. Those three guys alone, however, account for nearly 50 points a game.

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Post-Game Quotage
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
I thought the guys played hard. They made shots. The guys came in, they made shots. We turned the ball over 19 times for 33 points. They played the better game. They made the shots they had to make.
** Corbin, asked how different the Pelicans are without Anthony Davis
I’m not worrying about their team.

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** Gordon Hayward on staying focused in the final nine games
I think you gotta have a sense of pride. I mean, it’s a new game every night, no matter what your record is. And for me at least, I don’t want the other team to win and get the better of me that night, so. I mean, you gotta just have some type of pride within you as an individual, and you know, just do your job. It is our job, and we’re professionals, so you gotta turn on that switch.

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The Tyrone Corbin Wikipedia Page Affair
Perhaps more interesting than the game was changes made to and reversed on Corbin’s Wikipedia page during the game.

Around the time the game tipped off, Corbin’s page was edited to read:

Corbin played in the NBA at small forward from 1985 to 2000. As a player, Corbin was frequently benched in favor of younger, more talented players. Out of jealousy and bitterness, Corbin has used his head coaching position as an outlet to punish young up-and-coming players.

This has led to rather bizarre outcomes, such as useless veterans Josh Howard, Raja Bell, Randy Foye, and Marvin Williams obtaining far more playing time than their more talented counterparts, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward. Richard Jefferson, despite his inefficiencies on offense and general ineptitude on defense, has still manage to play roughly the same amount of minutes as Alec, who is the undisputed next Dwayne Wade.

The Jazz will undoubtedly strike lucky in the lottery and draft future Hall of Famer Andrew Wiggins, only to watch him notch negative minutes in his rookie campaign in spite of winning Rookie of the Year without a second of playing time outside the Rookie-Sophmore game, winning the dunk contest and having no challengers in the Skills Challenge.

(Screencap, via Diana Allen)

The edit was mentioned on both JazzFanz and SLC Dunk. Within minutes–88 to be exact–the changes were reversed.

One year ago on Mar. 11, 2013, a similar edit was made to the page:

As a player, Corbin was frequently benched in favor of younger, more talented players. Out of jealousy and bitterness, Corbin has used his head coaching position as an outlet to punish young up-and-coming players. This has led to rather bizarre outcomes, such as useless veterans Josh Howard, Raja Bell, Randy Foye, and Marvin Williams obtaining far more playing time than their more talented counterparts, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward. Al Jefferson, despite his inefficiencies on offense and general ineptitude on defense, has still manage to play roughly the same amount of minutes as future superstars Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors combined.

This revision was deleted after 12 hours, and then put back and deleted seven times in the next half hour before editing restrictions were placed on the page.

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Hayward pass: Kanter couldn’t handle it, and it goes off the hand of Tyreke Evans.
** Boler on a jump ball: Up high goes Gordon, and the Jazz grab the tip. Ron Boone: It’s all about timing. Guys like that, you have to step on their foot before you jump. Believe me, it works.
** Boler: Kanter’s had a coupla beauties these last few games.
** Boler: Trey, hard, drive to the rack.
** Boler to Hayward, post-game: What do you do to stay up? (H/T @5kl)

Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 29, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Bird Writes.

This was the whole game thread. Shoutout to Oleh.

Hope AD is ok
by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:18 PM

Sounds like an ankle injury that happened prior to tonight’s game
Per David Wesley, he gave it a go and something just wasn’t right, so Ajinca came running into the game as if he knew to look for it.

by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:24 PM

No AD… Let’s see what u got Monty!
by fshabazz on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:35 PM

A boatload of Tyreke
and umm…who’s up?!

by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:37 PM

Tyreke could go for 40+
against these guys.

by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:41 PM

AD is done for the night
by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:47 PM

At least Evans is still playing
until he steps on someone’s foot……I dare the Gods to use that against me.

by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 8:14 PM

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 3/26

March 28, 2014
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Which Jazz player has impressed you the most this year?
I will say this, that I’ve been impressed with, and he’s, but again, he’s not one of our younger guys, and I think that’s how you learn how to do this. I felt Marvin Williams has been a stronger player for us this year, and provided more leadership for us, which I’ve appreciated this year.

But he’s a veteran player, and I think he realizes that he needs to also provide that role more, ’cause of these younger players. And so, you know, our younger guys, still, I think they need to continue to see some, I want to continue to see some maturity from them, and we need to see, continue to see some more toughness.

I want, I’m hoping we can s–keep seeing some more toughness from our guys. I, you know, I talked with our coaching staff a little bit after the [Detroit] game.

I wanted to see, I thought there was a hard foul in that last game when Gordon [Hayward] got almost a breakaway call, and then got a hard foul underneath the basket. And he, and it was a hard foul from the Pistons.

And I was hoping to see a little more toughness as Gordon got up and, wou–I’d’ve liked to see him in their face, where, or our other players get in their face a little more and say, “Hey, you don’t do that to our players, in our building, you know, like this.” And it’s not, it hasn’t happened yet.

How do you delineate between blowout losses to bad teams and competitive losses to good teams?
[The Detroit] loss was a hard loss, and I’ll tell you what. I know it left a bad taste in all of our mouths. And you know, I ran into Gordon [Monson], in fact, out in the hallway after that, and Gordon says, “Man, it looked like a morgue in there.”

And you know what? I’m glad that our, it, as I thought about it, by the way, all night, I’m glad it felt like a morgue, because I want our players to leave those bad feelings in their stomach, and hopefully all of us say, “You know what? Now let’s see how we respond and come back from that thing, and compete a lot better.”

That’s not Jazz basketball. That’s not who we are. Our fans, you know, deserve better than that And you know, unfortunately, I think you, sometimes you have those type of games…

You know, and you can make excuses. But they’re excuses, and we, you just have to say, we’re gonna, we’ve gotta learn from it, and get better, and do better.

Are you watching to see which players are checking out, with off-season decisions in mind?
I have not seen, really, any indications from our players that, from any of our players that they’ve checked out. I, did they stumble hard [against Detroit]? Yes, but I have not seen an indication from any of them that there’s a sign of checking out, a sign of disconnect with our coaching staff, and any of those type of things.

It was just a loss, and I think, I will say this. Again, we have a young team. This is a long, grueling season. And I think, particularly, as you get closer to the end of a season, it can get hard and wearing on you, and it takes a real, not only physical toughness, and, but a mental toughness as well. And if you haven’t been conditioned to playing it to that level, it’s, I think, it can hit you pretty hard…

I think, you know, and if you’re not watching it every game, it doesn’t take much for, all of a sudden, you to f–to be off-kilter a little bit. And I’ll tell you, this league and these teams can get after ya, in an easy wa–in a quick way. And I think that’s what we saw happen [against Detroit].

On lessons to be learned from the ’83-’84 team
It was fun for me on Saturday night to introduce to our team these players from the ’83-’84 season. And I was very emotionally touched when I introduced them to ‘em, to make them, those players realize, what these men, coaches and players, had done for this community and for this franchise, to really make us from being pretenders to contenders, and to really establish us as, we’re here in Utah to stay, because of the efforts that those men had provided as a team, and come together as a team.

And the messaging I wanted our players to also hear from them, is a gratitude for them, number one, and it’s saying, “Now it’s, now that mantle is on us.” But number two, to also say to themselves, “They did it, and so can we. And we’re going to do it.”

And to really s–feel that rich tradition and history and be proud of it, and be part of it, and really take it inside their soul, and have ‘em add to their spirit, to want to be better.

We’ve been talking on the show about how some judges have a middle initial that they use. Do you have a middle initial?
Well, I’m honored that it’s, my middle initial is “L,” f–as it’s, I get it from my father, who was named, his name was Lawrence “Rex” Rigby. So it’s, the “L” comes from Lawrence “Rex” Rigby…Randall L. Rigby.

Gordon Monson: That sounds very judge-like.

Spencer Checketts: Or very president-like, quite frankly.

Monson: Yeah, yeah! Or very general authority-like…Now, I don’t want to take it too far… (1280)

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