Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Grizzly Bear Blues.
Jazz are going to come out strong at home because they’ve been averaging a really high attendance.
by Chris Faulkner on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:05 PM
If only we had some players that could dunk
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:07 PM
Z-Bo dunked last game. Unfortunately he’s reached his dunk quota for the season.
by Okitech623 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:08 PM
by robdjq on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:08 PM
Why the hell are we 8 down after 1 in Utah??
by robdjq on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:10 PM
throw it down big guy
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:14 PM
So…3 secs maybe?
Kanter was in the paint so long I thought he was a statue cemented to the floor
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:17 PM
Dammit! TA keeps freestyling off of Jefferson. That’s his second 3 of the night.
by Okitech623 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:22 PM
we’re leaving him wide open.
we cannot keep doing this.
the guy is a dinosaur.
by asif74 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:22 PM
dinosaurs are younger
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:23 PM
TA is really pissing me off
missing layups and leaving old ass jefferson wide open….guard your damn player. No doubles
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:22 PM
Kanter with another moving screen
Does he have some sort of invisibility cloak on…the refs are not seeing anything he is doing
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:25 PM
Jumping Jesus Christ
Do we really need to triple team Haywood?
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:31 PM
Worst half of the season
In the context of our opposition, the situation, and the playoff picture–I submit that this is the worst half we have played this season.
by asif74 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:40 PM
Bro did you even watch the Nets game?
This game is like mental masturbation in comparison.
by themidget428 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:41 PM
That was smelly
by BenJr69 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:41 PM
What is this shit?
Losing to the worst fucking team in the conference
by Vincent Torello on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:42 PM
Gordon Heyward has a fucking gay haircut.
by missing_mike_batiste on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:04 AM
I’m so done
They leave Jefferson open again. Same result. Also, they’re offense looks like complete crap. No point in staying up late for this trash.
by josh_fleming on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:05 AM
Another wide open 3
might want to double back to the airport, I think they might have lost their defense on the flight there.
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:06 AM
No don’t double!
If they double to the airport, Richard Jefforson will surely be open!
by josh_fleming on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:15 AM
we could sub out for the Baylor women’s starting 5 and not be any worse for the wear
by missing_mike_batiste on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:16 AM
I hate you prince
i hate you so much…stop shooting, you are making the entire city of memphis cry
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:18 AM
Yes, because bending over calathes, and fucking him while driving to the basket counts as at tie up.
by themidget428 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:30 AM
And then Koufos gets all ball and it’s a foul of course.
Are you a Center for the grizzlies? did Kanter Breathe on you? Clearly that means you fouled him.
by themidget428 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:31 AM
At least the referees are consistent to one side…
by BenJr69 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:32 AM
you know this game is a big crap fest
when the two big men on the jazz are the stars of the night
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:34 AM
why won’t the refs let us play?
they call everything for a foul
by asif74 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:43 AM
but only against the grizz.
Kanter could have a shiv and it’s a foul on us for bleeding on him.
by themidget428 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:44 AM
Miller Time baby!
by Okitech623 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:49 AM
by BenJr69 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:49 AM
come on grizz…it’s my girlfriend’s birthday, win this one for her
sure she’s asleep, but screw it…do it for her anyways
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:53 AM
holy crap..holy crap…holy crap
jumping up and down……big shot zbo, big steal mike….
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:55 AM
by BenJr69 on Mar 27, 2014 | 1:04 AM
CLOSE GAME THERE!
by BenJr69 on Mar 27, 2014 | 1:05 AM
A win is a win is a win is a win is a win is a win is a win is a win… thank goodness
by Kwhittington on Mar 27, 2014 | 1:05 AM
is a win
by Tcampbell395 on Mar 27, 2014 | 1:06 AM
It has to be so frustrating for you as a coach when your players don’t play with energy…
Well, it’s difficult, you know? It’s difficult to coach when you can’t get the energy all up. And you know, the NBA season is a long season, and you’re not gon feel your very best every night out.
And we had a big win the other night [against Orlando]. And not looking to give the guys an excuse because we have to be ready and we have to play with a certain sense of energy and urgency every night we step out there on the floor, from where we are in our development. We can’t wait to get going.
We, it’s difficult for us to play from behind, ‘specially when Alec [Burks] is out, our guy who can come in and give us a lot of energy attacking the basket. The other night [against Detroit], we were relying on a lot of jump shots.
From a coach’s perspective, why do teams come out with low energy?
Well, you, 72 games. 70s-plus games in the NBA season.* You know, you collectively, guys, it’s some nights you don’t feel your best, and so y–some nights it’s one or two guys, you can play or you can coach around that.
But when it’s a group of guys, and you have a key guy out, then where do you go when you try and push the guys to get ‘em through it. And sometimes you start off slow and you can get it going. We just never, last night, couldn’t get a consistent flow going…We just couldn’t get over the hump because we didn’t have a long run of the energy that we needed.
* Not a typo.
Why have you begun starting Enes Kanter recently?
Just where we are in the development, to match up with the guys. We wanna get a g–another good look at [Kanter and Derrick Favors] together, and see where they’ve grown. And as we space the floor with a guy like Marvin [Williams] in there, can we have an opportunity to go in the post with two big guys on the floor at the same time, and be able to attack from the back side, as we have been with Marvin.
How do you approach the final 11 games?
Well, continue to get, try and get better. You know, we wanna make sure that we come out and play hard every night. Play to compete in the games, and see what happen. We’re not here just to try and get through the games. We’re still trying to learn who we are and how we can get better.
Is it difficult for you, coaching in the last year of your contract?
It’s, you know what, it is what it is, man. I’ve been through this, in contract things, as a player, coaching. So, it is what it is. You can’t worry about that until you get there. It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be at the end.
Sidney Lowe said last week that he doesn’t know whether the Jazz have a vocal leader. Who do you think that guy could be?
Well, I think we have a couple guys that could grow into the spot. You know, you look at a young guy, Trey Burke, it’s great to have it if, he is a point guard, being that guy. We’d like to get Derrick Favors a little bit more vocal. We’d like for Gordon Hayward to be more vocal in those roles.
Marvin Williams has been a great leader, young gu–older guy with this young group of guys, saying the right things when he speak to ‘em about getting better. And Richard [Jefferson]‘s done those things for us. So, we’ll just have to keep working at it and see who comes out of the fold. You can’t make a guy that guy. It has to be something in his personality, and it just kinda develop over time. (1280)
Ticket prices tanked to $ 0.26 for this game tonight. Pretty much all you need to know.
Bad, bad game, but at the end of the day we have this early April Fools’ contest from the Jazz to make us laugh! Hilarious! Ladies!
** Trey Burke on fans that want to tank
I mean, I think that’s just selfish, you know, for a fan, you know? We play hard, we practice hard every single day, you know? Why would we wanna go out there and try to lose? You know, I just think, you know, wherever we do land in the dr–in the lottery, you know, that’ll be great for us, but you know, to try to tank games and lose games, I think it’s just absurd…I’m sure if they were in our shoes and experiencing a loss, the [losses] we’re experiencing, and you know, they would wanna win as well. So, I just think it’s just, you know, absurd.
** Gordon Hayward on fans that want to tank
As a player, that’s, that kinda sucks, that they’re kinda rooting for us to lose. But you know, you see where they’re coming from. I think we’re mathematically out of the playoffs, and so, fans just wanna be better for coming years, but you know, as players, we’re trying to win every game. That’s what we go out to do, and so, you know, we can’t think about stuff like that.
** Hayward, asked how much his contract situation has been on his mind
I haven’t really thought about my contract since we were talking about it way back in September or October, or whenever we were talking about it. So, I mean, it’s, once it was done, I put that down, and you know, you can’t worry about that ’til the summer, and then, you know, talk with my agent and front office, and we’ll move from there. But you know, as of right now, I’m just playing basketball.
** Hayward on what improvements can be made in the remaining 12 games
[long pause] Again, just getting better at execution, both offensively and defensively. We’re really harping on defense, and being in the right spot, guys being in the positions they need to be in on the weakside, and these are excellent opportunities for us to get better, and learn, and you know, try some new things.
** Richard Jefferson on young guys at the end of the season
It’s not that guys aren’t playing hard. They’re just kinda running out of steam. And we’re fighting. We’re in a lot of games. We’re just not being able to fi–we’re not finishing ‘em off. And then, that’s what happens towards the end of the season…All these guys, they’re just kinda running out of steam because they’re exhausted, they’re tired, they’re going through it for the first time. So, it was good to kinda see our effort show up in a win. But we’re gonna continue fighting, and we believe that we’re gonna finish the season strong.
We miss you, Alec!
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
We came out right from the beginning like we were running in mud…I thought we would be a little better [defending the paint]. Give their young guys credit. I thought [Andre] Drummond was really good in there, and [Greg] Monroe got it down, he pounded and was able to get some shots…We didn’t do a good job of taking any[thing] away. I thought they got paint touches, they got 3-point shots, and they got drives to the basket. Had too much of what they wanted.
** Corbin, asked if the Jazz’s defense or lack of defense was just effort
*shrug* What are you asking?
What was the problem with the lack of defense?
They got open.
** Enes Kanter on the game
I think, you know, we start the game really bad, and we play really bad, and we finish the game really bad.
** Gordon Hayward on the game
It’s frustrating, especially playing at home. You know, we just didn’t come out with energy for whatever reason, and that’s disappointing, ’cause we have such good fans that always provide us with energy. And you know, for whatever reason, we didn’t have it tonight.
** Trey Burke on the game
You could say a thousand things about the game tonight. I think the most important thing is, you know, they had more energy than us early on, and when we did try to make a push, it was, you know, it was kinda too late…The Pistons, you gotta commend them. They did a great job rotating early off that pick and roll, and they were better defensively than us tonight.
** Burke, asked whether the Pistons’ Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontcourt changed the Jazz’s offensive plan
I don’t think it changes up our offense. I think it changed our defense a lot. We didn’t make adjustments quick enough…It’s tough, you know? We have to be locked in. We have to early-rotate, and I don’t think we did a good job of that tonight.
** Marvin Williams on Corbin playing him at small forward with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter in this game
Yeah, we never even did that in practice…Very rarely have we seen that lineup that was out there today.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Speaking of Jerry Sloan, thanks to Jeremy for the link to this Grantland article. In Jeremy’s words, “Although about Phil jackass, there is a nice comparison to our mutual hero, Jerry Sloan.”
Love the contrast of the Zen BS to plain ol’ frill-free Jerry. The part about him never getting a call isn’t true, but the rest of it is a good read.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Richard Jefferson
** Jazz moms in town for an outreach event:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Gordon Hayward: He’s penetrating big time of late. Matt Harpring: Nice awareness.
** Harpring on Enes Kanter: He’s finding his way inside.
** Steve Brown to Sidney Lowe at halftime: Is that really all that needs to change, is you just gotta stop them going inside?
** Boler: RJ, cups it.
** Harpring to Boler on the Bucket Chart: What, you’re not going to bring it on? (H/T Diana Allen)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Detroit Bad Boys.
Shoutout to Detroit Bad Boys, the birthplace of opponent game threads.
GO TREY BURKE GO
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 7:50 PM
GO TREY BURKE!
Give us a career high in pts and/or assists!
by thizaum on Mar 24, 2014 | 8:39 PM
I’d rather have the Jazz win and Trey Burke play bad. I don’t want to listen to all the Trey Burke dickriders say how Trey Burke is so much better than KCP and Joe should’ve drafted him instead.
by Justin Lambregtse on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:04 PM
I still like Siva better than Burke.
Remember the championship game? It seemed like Trey was making all of his shots and played a good overall game. But Siva… He had that intangible talent. It was like Trey played a better game, But Siva willed his team to victory. That is Detroit basketball. I so hope that this franchise doesn’t “ruin” the kid.
by soufpaw on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:58 PM
with any luck, he’ll get moved to the Spurs
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:03 PM
too painful to acknowledge as true
by jayod on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:03 PM
He’ll enjoy playing with Greg Monroe there.
by Kriz on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:13 PM
remember Andris Biedrins?
by awesome.hog on Mar 24, 2014 | 8:43 PM
I remember him
In 2K10 that guy was a nightmare, he could drop a 10-15-10 like it was nothing.
by Kellen Moore Our Savior? on Mar 24, 2014 | 8:58 PM
TREY BURKE, GUYS!
by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:06 PM
C’mon Richard Jefferson, stop missing.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:12 PM
How can Josh Smith make a three pointer? Jerk.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:13 PM
Hopefully that will encourage more chucking.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:13 PM
Curse our talented big men!
by Kellen Moore Our Savior? on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:14 PM
I’m rooting for Dre to dominate and every other Piston to suck it. Sorry, team! Fantasy is all I have left this year.
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:14 PM
And I’m posting from Linz, Austria!
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:15 PM
by alaskanpistonsfan on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:17 PM
Austria, not Australia.
by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:17 PM
by alaskanpistonsfan on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:18 PM
Don’t worry, I used to mess up India and Indonesia.
Niger and Nigeria, too.
by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:21 PM
I mix up Indonesia and Singapore, and they sound nothing alike!
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:23 PM
I thought Argentina was a famous woman
by alaskanpistonsfan on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:24 PM
And what the hell is the difference between Tennessee and Arkansas
by alaskanpistonsfan on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:27 PM
Nothing, as far as I can tell.
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:28 PM
Austria is the one in Europe.
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:18 PM
Throw another shrimp on the barbie!
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:19 PM
Really disappointed that Dre only has 4 rebs and it’s halfway through the first quarter
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:22 PM
by J Dre on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:23 PM
He might not hit 20 rebounds.
by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:23 PM
Imagine if he’d just practice
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:23 PM
His practice is just chasing down all the rebounds when Jennings/Smith are practicing jump shots.
by J Dre on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:25 PM
Imagine how difficult this would be
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:26 PM
It would be exhausting.
No wonder Dre’s such a beast.
by J Dre on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:27 PM
I have never heard of Diante Garrett.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:31 PM
He sounds Canadian, come to think of it.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:32 PM
by Taiwanese Tora on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:43 PM
This game TREY BURKE! yet?
by Kriz on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:45 PM
Someone remind me how we
Lost to this team
it’s terrible. I mean worse than the pistons
by bonerici on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:47 PM
It’s a tradition.
It’s pretty much the opposite of a rivalry – Utah just always beats us. Team quality on both sides is irrelevant.
by jayod on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:49 PM
The jazz are fucking AWFUL!
by IamPAP on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:52 PM
Holy crap, I’ve been watching the game but never actually noticed the score…the tank is sad
by Justin Lambregtse on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:54 PM
Signs of a Piston Fan
Has learned to watch the game without noticing the score
by jayod on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:21 PM
Pistons fans are evolving to fit in their natural climate.
by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:25 PM
I get a chubby from KCP 3s
by Justin Lambregtse on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:00 PM
Hey, I get a chubby from moose jumpers.
by IamPAP on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:29 PM
There fuckin better be a collapse coming.
This “try against the terrible teams” shit needs to stop.
by IamPAP on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:01 PM
Well this sucks that we are winning
by I Got Munnyz on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:06 PM
by Goose15 on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:13 PM
We literally suck at everything
Winning and tanking
by Goose15 on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:18 PM
** Your passing is so much better than it used to be…
Actually, I always been a good passer, to tell you the truth…I could always pass. It was just, you know, I think coming into the NBA, you know, I was trying to be a little too selfish. You know how it is when you a young guy. You wanna come in, you wanna get your shots, get your numbers.
** On defense
I take my defense very personal. You know, when I guard my guy, man, I take it personal…If my guy score on me two or three times in a row, Imma tell coach, “Don’t switch me off on him. Let me guard him. You know, he ain’t gon score no more.” So, I take that kind of stuff very, very personally.
** Why didn’t you bring your friends from Atlanta out to Utah, and how hard was that?
Man, you know, I got different kind of friends, man. You know, they got they own life. You know, one of my friends right now, he got a kid on the way…My other friend, you know, he working, you know, tryna get his life together. You know, so, I mean, they understood, like, yo, you know, this your life. You know, we’ll be here in the summertime, or whenever you call us, you know, we’ll be here for you, but you know, this your life, we got our own life. You know, we gotta do things on our own. And you know, that’s why I really appreciate them. …
It was time for me to grow up anyway [when I got traded to Utah], you know? My mom was like, you know, “If you want me to come out there with you, I’ll come out there with you. But you know, you gotta be a man now. You 18, 19 years old, you know, I can’t hold your hand forever. You know, you gotta go out there, you know, and just become a man, you know? Start taking care of your own business, start learning stuff, start meeting new people, you know, and just time for you to grow up.”
** Why are you so comfortable just hanging and being by yourself?
I don’t have low self-esteem. You know, I’m cool with myself. You know, I got my friends back in Atlanta. You know, I know I got a strong family. I got a strong support system. And you know, I’m comfortable with myself, you know, I know my limits or whatever. You know, and I know what I can do. You know, just comfortable with myself. That’s how I grew up.
** Has the season gotten in the way of your history reading?
It’s kinda tough, man, ’cause when you read history, you gotta be really paying attention. You gotta have your whole focus into it. So it’s been kinda tough during the season. But you know, during the summertime, and before the season, man, I try to read history books and look at the History Channel. Just read stuff so I can just learn.
** Is not getting invited to join the USA team motivating you?
Tell you the truth, man, I was kinda heartbroken…’cause I really wanted to go back. You know, I knew I had a bad showing last time, ’cause I messed–I don’t know what I did to my back, man. It was like a little freak accident. All I did was ran down the court and turned, and I don’t know what happened. But you know, I wanted to go back, but you know, it is what it is, man. You know, they picked they roster or whatever, and you know, Imma keep working hard and hopefully I get invited to the next one.
** Who is the toughest cover for you in the NBA?
For me, I hate saying it, but for me, you know, the toughest guy that I have to play against is probably Zach Randolph. Every time. You know, he just one of those guys, you know, he not athletic at all, you know, he just low to the ground; big, thick-bodied guy; strong. You know, it’s tough to guard.
** Which NBA player did you look up to as a kid?
I always wanted to be like Kevin Garnett, for some reason. You know, I used to love Kevin Garnett coming up. You know, him and Tim Duncan was my favorite two players.
You recently dropped 28 points on Duncan…
Duncan getting old down there…I mean, I’m not trying to diss him. You know, he’s still a great player, but you know, I was actually proud of that game. I was like, man, I just dropped 28 on Tim Duncan. A guy I looked up to coming up, and you know, I learned a lot from him just by playing against him.
** In retrospect, would you have stayed another year in college before entering the draft?
Me personally, you know, I was kinda undecided what I wanted to do. You know, I wanted to come out because obviously, you know, it was everybody dream to come, go to the NBA. And you know, they were saying [I was going to be a] high draft pick. So you know, I was like, “Yeah, I’ll come out.”
But you know, right now, I kinda wish I would’ve stayed another year, just for the experience. You know, just being a college student, being a kid before you come to the NBA. Now, all of a sudden you gotta be a grown man, gotta handle business, where in college, you know, you could still be a kid, still kinda learn. You know, that’s something I regret a little bit right now. I wish I woulda stayed another year.
** How has Karl Malone helped you grow as a player and as a person?
You know, as a player, you know, he helped me grow. You know, we was in the gym during the summertime, probably two weeks, I think. You know, every day, man, we just, he was just tryna make up drills to go harder. You know, different kind of drills to do. And you know, me and him, we would talk after practice, or before practice.
You know, he would always be in my ear about, you know, working hard, you know, staying in shape, you know, thinking about stuff to do after basketball, and you know, just trying to help me grow as a man…The main thing he always told me, just, you know, don’t matter what the stat sheet say or anything. You know, just go out there and play hard. You know, whether you score or not, it don’t matter. You know, just go out there and play hard, you know, and try to get a win.
** Can you and Trey Burke become the vocal leaders of the team?
Yeah, we can. I mean, it’s just the point that me and Trey gotta come in and do it first. You know, we gotta set the example first. And Gordon [Hayward], too. You know, we gotta set the example first. You know, come in camp in shape, you know, go out there and play hard every night, and practice, you know, go hard in practice, you know, and just set the tone from the beginning.
** Do you feel the guys are looking to you for leadership right now?
I think some of the guys are. You know, guys like Rudy [Gobert], Enes [Kanter], Jeremy [Evans], those type guys, you know, they look at me as the leader of the bigs, really. You know, they follow my lead. You know, if I go hard in practice, you know, they watching me, so you know, they pick up their intensity. So you know, every day in practice, you know, I can’t slack off.
Or in games, you know, I think Enes and Marvin [Williams] and all those guys feel comfortable with me out there, because they know I got they backs if they mess up on defense or mess up on offense or something, they know I have their back.
** What do you need to do to evolve from very good player to superstar?
The next step for me is probably being a little bit more vocal in the locker room. You know, just getting guys ready for the game and making sure guys doing what they need to do to be ready for the game, whether it’s, you know, getting they rest, they mindset, or in practice, you know, make sure they lift, get a lift in. Making sure they taking game shots or whatever. You know, I think that’s the next development in my career.
** What’s this season been like for you?
It’s been, I don’t wanna say new, but it’s been different, from the past seasons because I’m not a second-string guy no more. I’m finally a starter, and you know, it just been learning on the fly, really. Just learning how to take care of my body, learning how to get ready for games. I mean, I been having up and down games all year, but you know, it just a learning process for me right now. [The hardest part has been] getting ready for games every night.
You know, one night you might play Philadelphia, then the next night you might play the Clippers, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Portland. Then you might play Milwaukee, so it’s just getting up for those type of games, just having your body ready physically and mentally, and just being ready to go from the jump. …
Some nights where, you know, my mind saying, you know, “I can do it,” but my body saying, “Nah, I ain’t got it tonight.” But like I say, it just one of those things that you gotta prepare for…I’m learning that, you know, I gotta be mentally ready for it, every team and every player because the NBA, you know, everybody’s good. Everybody can play.
** Is the season easier because you got your deal done?
A lot easier. You know, that’s a big monkey off my back, man. I don’t have to worry about that. You know, I know I got my deal, and you know, now I can just focus on basketball and getting better. You know, just trying to get back to the playoffs. (Locked on Jazz, 1280)
If you recall, Mejri played for the Jazz’s summer league team in 2012, also wearing No. 50 as he does for Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB.
Never mind Gordon Hayward’s travel lol.
** Tyrone Corbin on how much getting heavy minutes in his rookie year will benefit Trey Burke in the future
I think it’ll be great. I, you know, just playing the minutes. I think how we’re playing, and what he’s been able to do and learn from the things that he has to do individually and what he has to do for his team to be effective. I think they were, they would grow a long way to him developing to be the player that he’s gonna be in this league.
** Corbin, asked where he sees the biggest growth from Trey Burke this year
** Corbin on talk of tanking
It makes your skin crawl. It makes your skin crawl as a competitor, personally. But it seems to be a popular thing nowadays with some people, but you know, if, media, whoever drives it, drives it…As a coach, you tell the guys, “Look, this is who we are. You know, work as hard as you can to be as good as you can be now. And you can’t always look past the now, because you gotta get through now.”
** Corbin on what he’s most pleased about with the team
They seem to have stayed together as a team, understand what we’re trying to do on the floor, and try and get better there. And everybody has an opinion about what they should be doing, what we should be doing, but they don’t have any idea of what it takes to go through this. They talk about it from the sideline, they talk about it wherever they’re from, but it’s difficult. If you compete, you trying to have a chance to win every night. You know, it’s a tough thing. But these guys have shown that they, they’re, they understand where we are.
** Corbin on playing the Magic
These guys are who they are, where they are. And we are who we are, where we are. And you have to compete, and we can’t think we can show up and win the game.
** Trey Burke on what he’s heard or knows about the 83-84 team
Well, I wasn’t born, so it was before my time. But you know, from what I hear, you know, they were, you know, pretty much like the turning point in this franchise…goes to show what type of guys they were, what type of culture they built.
** Richard Jefferson on fans that want to tank
It’s stupid. It’s like, urban legends. You know, it’s like, those things do, but how many times do you see a top three pick not pan out? How many times do you see a number one pick not pan out? You know, how many time–you know, at the end of the day, you need to develop the guys that you have, you need to build a winning tradition, and you need to build winning habits starting within your organization. You know, just ’cause you get the number one pick or the number two pick, doesn’t mean that all of a sudden you’re getting Tim Duncan. It doesn’t mean that you’re getting Michael Jordan. …
You have to build a winning attitude for the young guys that you have in your organization. You know, any fan that thinks they’re better, team is better off losing, you don’t understand. You’re gonna teach Alec Burke* and, you know, and Trey Burks*, and Gordon [Hayward] that, oh, we want to lose right now so we can get a better player? Well, if you do get a better player, and you teach these guys losing habits, where’s your organization gonna be then?
* Not typos.
** Darrell Griffith, asked by Ron Boone if he still keeps in touch with the guys from the 83-84 team
** Oh absolutely, Boonie. I talk to Rickey [Green] a lot. I talk to Thurl [Bailey] and Mark [Eaton], and JJ [Anderson]. I was just able to get John Drew’s number. That’s another person I wanted to talk to, hadn’t talked to him in awhile. And I talk to [Adrian Dantley] occasionally.
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
We didn’t shoot the ball well in the second half. I thought in the, you know, in the second quarter, and some of the first half, we were starting to get things going, and then we got out of it there in the second quarter, like we were running in mud…We just settled for jump shots, we didn’t create the pace we wanted to. But again, I think the way we finished the game, the poise they showed down the stretch, was really good for this young group.
** Trey Burke on what Corbin drew up for the last play
Coach told [Gordon Hayward] to just get to the rim, try to get a quick two. But you know, I think we were down two, but you know, the three was open, and G did his job. He found me, and I made the shot.
** Burke on the team effort
Tonight, it was a ugly night for me. You know, I had some turnovers, and I owed it [to] my teammates for, to make that shot.
** Derrick Favors on the game and Burke’s shot
It was a hard-fought game. You know, Trey made a big shot for us. You know, he saved me because I turned the ball over earlier…I appreciate that, man. I turned the ball over. Y’all would’ve been down my throat.
** Richard Jefferson on Trey Burke’s shot
Well, Trey saved me. After missing that free throw, missing the free throw, then missing that open three in the corner, I re–I’m glad he hit that shot, ’cause I would’ve had a sleepless night had that not [gone down]. But there are certain players that just, when they catch that ball, and it’s, you know, 30 seconds left, under 30 seconds, they just have a knack for zeroing in and hitting shots.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Worst of the Night: Craig Bolerjack deciding to talk over Dan Roberts while he was introducing the members of the 83-84 team between the first and second quarters. I mean, WHY would you talk right then?
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke” and Trey Burke “Trey Burks”: Richard Jefferson
** People calling Ron Boone “Boonie”: Darrell Griffith
** RJ outscored the Magic 17-16 in the first quarter.
** Karl Malone did not go to bed hungry. Via @mamail32:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Ronnie Price: He is on your belt buckle like a bad cold.
** Boler: I’m a two-fisted McFlurry man. (H/T Diana Allen)
** Sidney Lowe: Obviously, Afflalo’s gonna try to get off in the second half.
** Ron Boone on Trey Burke: He has such a great release. Very soft.
** Steve Brown to Burke on the game winner: Was that freelance, with G going underneath, and let’s see what happens?
To close: Ron Boone busted out the earrings for 80s night, because “It was okay to wear earrings back in the 80s.”
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Orlando Pinstriped Post.
Utah color guy on Victurn’s first turnover: “That’s a candidate on Shaqafoo”
by HeyRiles on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:13 PM
I guess this is the game where Jefferson turns into Pat Garrity.
by Eric9321 on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:20 PM
Jefferson has 14 points in 8 minutes
D-League got 2 fouls in 25 seconds
by HeyRiles on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:24 PM
Okay, just whatever Jefferson.
Go back to New Jersey already.
by Eric9321 on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:25 PM
Well that escalated quickly…
by Eric9321 on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:25 PM
it’s been a long time since I’ve watched the Magic play on a tv
man, we REALLY suck
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:48 PM
I’d rather us play bad in the first half, and catch up in the second.
Seems like that’s happening now.
by KWilly on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:50 PM
I’d rather us always play well
but, you know, pipe dreams an’ all that
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:51 PM
Bring back SVG, please.
by Dunkmachine1313 on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:52 PM
my dad wants to give Vaughn a chance
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:53 PM
Tell your dad he’s a good man.
by KWilly on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:54 PM
he wants to give Vaughn a chance…
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 9:55 PM
Man, we suck.
by Dunkmachine1313 on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:01 PM
and yet we’re only down 5
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:05 PM
Well, I mean, the Jazz aren’t the Heat.
by Dunkmachine1313 on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:06 PM
have the Magic scored yet this quarter?
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:27 PM
by KWilly on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:28 PM
Hayward had a crazy block on Oladipo. It was a goaltend, but man, that’s gonna get Utah rolling
by HeyRiles on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:30 PM
good for them
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:31 PM
Richard Jefferson is immortal
by zakchi on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:40 PM
my dad’s been complaining about a headache for the last hour, but refuses to take some ibuprofen!
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:48 PM
Tell your dad to stop watching the game and the headache will go away.
by zakchi on Mar 22, 2014 | 10:51 PM
Tie game 3 mins left. Could it be less exciting?
by BlueHoosier on Mar 22, 2014 | 11:09 PM
son of a bitch
by TheGiantSquid on Mar 22, 2014 | 11:10 PM
by HeyRiles on Mar 22, 2014 | 11:10 PM
Imagine Oladipo makes the winning basket of the game.
You were so happy and screamed till your lungs burts then you look at the boxscore then you get depressed and proceed to just go to sleep.
Numbers ruin the moment.
by zakchi on Mar 22, 2014 | 11:24 PM
so this is exactly how Jazz fans feel right now? lol
by BlueHoosier on Mar 22, 2014 | 11:26 PM
One loss closer to the draft
by HeyRiles on Mar 22, 2014 | 11:29 PM
On Derrick Favors’ development
There’s still, to me, at least two more levels that Derrick can hit. You know, we’re gonna continue to push Derrick, you know, in every area. You know, he’s been literally, you know, touched by the hand of God with, you know, some of his physical gifts.
And you know, just 22 [years old], but I think of late you’ve seen a good stretch of Derrick’s post play that he’s been working on. I think as he continues to work, you know, at game speed, that will really continue to improve.
You know, I haven’t been around the team, but watching it from the road, I noticed there was even a subtle adjustment to his free throw shooting, where he’s starting the ball, you know, chest-high instead of waist-high, so taking the arm out of it a little bit. I know our assistant coaches and development coaches have been working with Derrick a great deal on that.
And I think we’ve seen some recent progress and, as well, and again, you know, he’s a great kid and he’s of the right makeup. You know, his mom and family raised him well, and we think, you know, the future’s great for him, and we wanna pull, you know, 100 percent of his potential out of him here going forward.
Do you already have a draft big board going, or do you wait until the last minute?
Yeah, yeah. A little bit of both. So, you know, Walt Perrin really leads our process. The Millers have allowed us to add significant scouting talent around the country, around the world as well. And so, we’ll compile a list, running list. What we don’t want to do is have that, those lists become circular and be regurgitated…
What we try to stay away from is a herd mentality. You know, don’t really like, you know, to share a lot of my thoughts with our guys during the year, ’cause you know, we don’t need the scouts to line up behind, you know, what I feel or Kevin [O'Connor] feels or Ty[rone Corbin] feels.
We need those guys to come up with the right points, the right arguments and fight us for, you know, something that they believe in because many times, they’re on the ground doing the work…You gotta listen to ‘em, ’cause many times they’ve done the most work.
Will you be watching to see which players finish the season the “right” way?
I take notes on every game. Ty and I just met, you know, about these last 13 games, and you know, what we wanna accomplish. And you know, every game matters. You know, every practice, every shootaround, every video session, ’cause those are all building habits.
And you know, I’ve said it a thousand times…Enes Kanter’s 21. Four years from now, he’s gonna be a very, still be a very young player. Of now, we can, you know, we’re trying to instill, you know, good habits, whether they’re dietary, or you know, playing habits, or you know, how he watches video, or how he approaches his recovery.
So you know, really, all those lessons are learned now, and you know, and I think collectively, you know, I would hope that our guys continue to stay together, and you know, treat these last 13 games, you know, with competition respect that they should. (1280)
The news also broke today that the Jazz will be playing in the Vegas Summer League this year instead of Orlando.
This means either:
1) The Jazz have gotten over the Vegas Summer League supplanting the Rocky Mountain Revue*; or
2) Dennis Lindsey decided the Jazz should be over it.
[The Jazz] will field a team for the first time when the NBA Summer League tips off its 11-day run July 11 at the Thomas & Mack and Cox Pavilion for what will be its 10th anniversary season of competition.
Utah had been competing in the Orlando Summer League. …
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said it is important for the Jazz to develop its young talent closer to home.
“Having our training camp in Orlando was difficult for us, and we felt it was time to move forward,” Lindsey said. “We feel there’s a natural tie-in with Las Vegas, and it’ll be great for our fans to follow us and be able to see our young players. We’re very excited about the move.” (Review Journal)
Although the Rocky Mountain Revue has not been held since 2008, some within the Jazz front office are still holding out hope it can be resurrected.
Randy Rigby last July:
As I watch what’s going on here in Orlando, I keep saying, “You know what? People really liked our summer league.”
And so, I’m gonna make another run at this, in the next month or so, see if we can get a handful of teams to really come and enjoy our great state and our great fan base, and see if we can get summer league back in Salt Lake.
And Lindsey today:
* Via the Trib: “When the Rocky Mountain Revue folded in 2008, Jazz brass vowed not to play in Vegas, blaming its emergence for the RMR’s dissipation.”
Is being the number one option that different?
It’s different, as far as, you know, a lot of teams kinda focus on you a little bit, and they try to take you out of what you like to do. So, a lot of my shots this year have been extremely different.
Defenses are different, as far as they’ll stay on me or they, like, last year I would get a lot more spot-up shots. And this year, it’s like they’re just not even gonna leave me to rotate to a wide-open, another wide-open guy. They’ll just let him shoot it. So, that’s been different.
How do you combat it?
You gotta do other things, try to get yourself involved. You look at the best players in the league, and team–we try to do that to teams too, so, and they still find ways to be effective, and impact the game. So, we just gotta continue to not let them do that to you and find other ways to help your team.
On chase-down blocks
That’s one of my favorite plays to do, is the chase-down block. And that’s, a lot of that is just timing, and hustle and stuff. But guys don’t, for whatever reason, guys still don’t think that I’m gonna try to block it.
Maybe that has to do with, like, the white thing,* or whatever. I don’t know what it is. [Maybe] they don’t see a lot of Utah games, but yeah, that’s definitely one of my favorite plays.
* No maybe about it.
** On his sister, gross UDQM: I was probably a pain to her. Her favorite word was “Stop.” So, I was always pestering her, and you know, touching her, and trying to tickle her, you know, just get on her (nerves).
On his parents
My dad is definitely consumed with, you know, how I play and how the Jazz play and stuff. You know, kinda just like I am. My mom kinda keeps, tries to keep me a little bit sane in that, you know, this is basketball and there’s other things that are important. …
It’s difficult for them too because they see how I am and they were out this past week, and you know, they see how it is, so.
And they, my mom gets frustrated with me, ’cause she doesn’t think I’m being happy all the time. And she keeps telling me, “Relax, be happy. You know, you’re in the NBA, and you’re getting engaged, and life is good.” And I’m telling her, life is not good. I can’t throw it in the ocean if I was standing on the beach.
Has your contract situation bothered you during the season?
No. It hasn’t bothered me. That’s just how, it was just a business decision, and that’s just how the NBA works, so. It hasn’t bothered me.
Would your season be going better if you had signed the deal the Jazz offered?
No. I don’t think so. I mean, it’d still be the same, because for me, I mean, the whole contract, I mean, I’m not a guy who’s going to, like, I’m not a stat guy or a selfish stat guy or something like that. So it wouldn’t, I mean, the whole contract thing doesn’t really affect me. I think I’d be playing the same regardless.*
* Raise your hand if you still associate the word “regardless” with Carlos Boozer.
What has been Richard Jefferson’s value to the team?
He says a lot of things in-game that are pretty valuable, and, just different cuts or different reads that you can make. And he’s been really good with that, of kinda pulling younger guys aside and saying things. And, defensively, where we should be at, or offensively, let’s do this, or we can get this, or, different things like that. So, that’s kinda what I’ve learned from him. (Locked on Jazz)