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Bits from Steve Novak Interview, 7/14

July 22, 2014
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How did you find out about the trade?
Honestly, it was crazy. I’ve been traded before, but this [time] was definitely craziest for me, I think mainly because it happened on the Fourth of July, so I just didn’t expect, I guess, now that I think back, obviously I was with a team out of the country in Toronto, so it made sense. But on the Fourth of July, I just didn’t assume the GMs were even doing anything.

And I got a, I was actually at a restaurant on the Fourth getting some ice cream with some friends, and I got a text from Kyle Lowry, who was our point guard in Toronto. And he just texted me, “Damn.” And I texted him back, “Damn what?”

And I had just been texting with him back and forth, because the day, a day or two before, ’cause he had just signed his contract extension. It was, we were joking with each other, so I didn’t know if that was, like, got delayed, or he just had something else to say.

And then he texted me back, “You just got traded to Utah.” And so I called him right away, ’cause I was like, “Come on, stop.” Like, this is the Fourth of July, don’t mess with me.

And next thing you know, I was talking with Dennis Lindsey and got a call from [Raptors GM] Masai [Ujiri], and my agent called, and I knew it was a done deal.

Summary of his career
I’ve been in some very different situations. I think when I was younger, it’s just, you’re s–you’re learning so much and trying to figure out if you’re good enough and trying to figure out, you know, what’s next and all that kind of thing. And then, for me, it really was kind of, like, a five-year journey to get to New York.

I went through Houston for two years, the Clippers for two years, and then I split my fifth season between Dallas and San Antonio. And then after that year, going into my sixth year, I went to New York, and I ended up spending two years there. That was really, for me, r–my opportunity that I finally got to, I felt like, really prove who I was.

It was a system that was really good for me, under Mike D’Antoni, and you know, we had some, we had a lot of good things going at the right time. I think, you know, J.R. Smith played his butt off during that time, and obviously Jeremy Lin had Linsanity, and we just had a great group. So for me, that was kind of my proving myself, my coming-out party.

And then, you know, going to Toronto, I didn’t play as many minutes. And I feel like now, you know, this is an opportunity for me to prove, like, “Hey, you know, that New York stint for me wasn’t just an accident.” You know, it was something I can do.

And I think under Quin Snyder, the way he plays, and I played against him when I was at Marquette and he was at Missouri in the NCAA tournament, and then I also played against him when he was in the D-League with the Austin Toros, and I just think we’re gonna be a much, much more up-tempo offense. In the last year, we were, like, 25th in pace, and I think this year we’re gonna be, you know, much, much faster pace that that.

Is the veteran leader role something you embrace at this point in your career?
It is. It’s something new for me, and I think it comes out quickly for most NBA vets, because, I mean, we still feel young.* … I just turned 31, and I guess I don’t consider that very old.

But two years ago when I was in New York, I was the third youngest guy on the team. It was, like, Iman Shumpert, Chris Copeland and me, and then there was 12 guys older than me. And then I got traded to Toronto, and it was like, I was literally the oldest guy on the team before we made a trade for, you know, Chuck Hayes and John Salmons and those guys.

So, it happened for me, like, crazy quick, where all of a sudden you’re a security blank, [where] all the guys who you look to and have had more experience are gone, and now that becomes you. So for me, that happened in Toronto, where I really felt, that was the first time I felt like, you know, a vet. Like, I should have a greater presence in the locker room in terms of being vocal and, you know, talking to the young guys, because you realize you actually have been through a lot more than they have. …

Talking with Dennis Lindsey, you know, he talked about that a lot, and I think that will be a big part of my role here.


What number will you be wearing?
I have requested–I think it’s a lock–No. 16, which was, I was No. 16 in New York and Toronto, and I’m gonna keep “16” here.

On what Linsanity was like
That really was, like, I mean, I’m religious as well, and to me, it felt like it was something, you know, there was like a greater power going on. It was, I mean, it really was special. I think the, Madison Square Garden was like, the energy there was incredible, when you come off of warm-ups and, like, the whole building is there and the court is, like, lined with people.

And it’s like, you know, we’re playing the Lakers that night, and Kobe [Bryant]‘s talking trash about Jeremy Lin, saying he doesn’t know who he is, and it’s, like, Saturday night at the Garden, and Jeremy goes out and gets, like, 38 and 15 on the Lakers…

It just kept going, and I mean, there was something really, really special about it, and [Lin] played so well, and I think we as a group just clicked. And I’ve never experienced anything like that playing basketball, and I’ve never had more fun than that was. I think just the attention it drew was crazy, and New York and the country just, like, was paying full attention, and it was just fun to be a part of.

At that point, did you feel like you would be a Knick for life?

Yeah…I signed my contract the end of that year, and so once I signed that deal, yes, I did think that–you know, obviously, I mean, you look around the league and guys that play well in certain places, you know, that’s, usually they try to keep them there or that becomes a home for them.

And I had bounced around, and so it felt to me like, okay, I’ve bounced around, but now I felt I’ve found a home. And so, I mean, honestly, I hoped it was. I really did. I absolutely love New York and I thought that that was a home for me, ’cause that was the longest extension I had ever signed.

It was four years, and, but a year after I signed, I was traded. And I mean, I knew that that’s how the business worked, obviously, but…it was very much a surprise for me, ’cause you assume they give you an extension, they want you there. But you’re still kind of a poker piece sometimes.

** Has a wife, a four-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.

Are you an outdoor guy? Do you like to fly fish, snow ski, water ski, hike, mountain bike…?
I wanted to get a scooter this summer, like a literal scooter. It would’ve been pretty hilarious, like the ones you see little kids on…I saw one at the New York Auto Show that was, like, battery-powered. It went, like, 20 miles per hour. I was like, “There, perfect. I can ride that with my son. It’ll be awesome. I can cruise around if I want.”

And I just ran it by the team, ’cause I knew, like, no motorcycles and stuff, so I just wanted to be sure. And they were like, “No way. Like, it falls under the, Paragraph 12, ‘You are not allowed to have that.'”…We’re not allowed to do anything. No skiing, no paragliding, no jetskiing, no running too fast. (1280)

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 7/18

July 21, 2014
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Takeaways from the summer league?
We’ve had some positives with ball movement, connectivity. I think our players have, especially the young ones, have been able to absorb a little bit more what Brad [Jones] and Quin [Snyder] and our coaches want than maybe we originally realized and gave them credit for.

I think last night, we had a good initial defensive effort, but the officials started calling the game close, especially in the third, and I thought we lost our discipline with body position and reaching and fouling, and so the Spurs were able to get us late basically because of the free throw differentials. …

There’s good, there’s bad and there’s ugly, but I think we’re getting a lot accomplished this past week.

“Playing with the pass” is a great way to play basketball, but you have to be able to take advantage of the open shot.
It’s really why you need to have shooters at every position, and, so they have shot confidence to take an open shot. Not taking an open shot in basketball, in our opinion, is basically the equivalent of not getting back on defense, ’cause that’s really what happens.

You don’t take the open shot, NBA athletes on a short clock recover, you lose your advantage, you force up something poor d–without defensive balance, long rebound, long outlet, numbers going back at you. So, one way to, and really the first way to play good defense is to be very well organized on offense. Don’t turn it over, take the open shot, don’t take bad shots, go back with good balance defensively, and then be able to set your defense…

Specifically with the ball movement, that’s, we’re gonna have non-negotiables. And we feel like with our personnel, with our team, the ball cannot stick. And the great thing about that is, is the Utah Jazz fan base has been used to seeing the ball move.

Now, it may be in a point guard-dominant system like John [Stockton] or like when Deron [Williams] was at the height of his career, but really, we wanna play with the pass. We want five guys who are all either weapons to create situations, or threats to shoot it, and we think it’s a good way to play basketball, a great way to watch it, but [in] many ways with our personnel, the only way we can play.

Who will you be counting on to be knock-down shooters next year?
We’ll find that out. I think Enes [Kanter] certainly, and, in particular spots, the four spots, we will try to increase his range at least to corner threes, but there’s the high-quadrant three that we’ll find out if that’s within his capabilities. And in a short time frame, we’ll let practice and scrimmages dictate whether Quin and the coaches will allow that. But Qu–Enes has already showed the ability to have great touch in many areas, most areas on the court, but, and certainly from long two in the high quadrant, we’ll set some things up for him.

Derrick [Favors] has really showed and improved proficiency from the high-low area in the short corners. When we put him on the roll last year, he, his finishing was excellent, and I think he winded up shooting 53 percent from the field.

Trey [Burke] really has to take a step forward with his open shooting. I think, to be fair to Trey, rookie year, broken finger, he, I think his natural touch is much, at a much higher level than what he showed, especially with his open shooting. Clearly, his mid-paint finishing, we’re working on some things, and he’s shown some progression, but that’s something that we wanna move forward.

Certainly Gordon [Hayward]‘s open shooting, we have to get back to that, in past standards. Year before last, I think he shot 41 percent, and there’s no reason why, given good balance that Gordon can’t shoot it.

Rodney Hood can shoot the ball, but look, he’s a rookie.

Steve Novak, I think, will provide a big shooting quotient. It’s nice to have one guy on the floor that all the guys are looking towards, the “Hey, let’s get him a shot,” kinda the Kyle Korver effect, if you will. To, it, what it does is, is not only does the ball go in when great shooters shoot it, but there’s a little bit of a psychological component, I think, that goes along with greater shooters and teams, that everybody else is able to take the collective deep breath with a great shooter on the floor, even if it’s a role player like Steve.

What is the practical implementation of earning playing time at the defensive end?
So, that standard for Derrick is going to be slightly different than Rudy [Gobert], even though both of ‘em have great defensive capabilities. Derrick’s strength and experience and so, we, maybe the non-negotiables and the standards for Derrick will be altered slightly.

W–but with Rudy, clearly, there’s some unique lengths and mobility at his size, and just a willingness to put his body and arms in the way of the opposing offense, and so we quickly need to capitalize that, on that.

And so, in, I don’t know what the time period–four months, eight months, twelve months–is, are his standards going to be as high as our standards for, as they are for Derrick? Certainly.

How do you ensure that competition brings players closer together rather than making them worried about who’s going to take their time away?
Boy, it’s real hard…It’s like raising a family, where every member has their natural spot, inclination and there’s birth order, right, and then there’s those that provide the intelligent quotient and the humor quotient and the energy quotient and I’m leaving out all the negative descriptions at, that we all have in our family as well.

But, and then, so what y–the, we’re all human being, right? So, the, you have those natural tendencies that humans haves, whether it be not to communicate, or to be selfish, or to think about yourself first before you think about the group.

And so you, just really, like raising a young family, you have to address those, and you can’t give your young kids or your young players everything that they want exactly when they want it, or you raised a spoiled and entitled child, or in our case, player. So there’s real art to that.

I think you have to be willing to have confrontation, but respectul, respectful confrontation, where you say, “Hey, look. This is unacceptable inside of the culture that we’re trying to build and bring in.” And that’s, again, one of the reasons why we want to communicate well. …

If you got a team that really passes the ball, you, things can improve exponentially, in our opinion. And that’s one of the things that we really want to teach our young group, is how to communicate with each other, help each other on defense, and how to play with the pass.

And if we think, if we’re able to accomplish those two things [and] nothing else, those two things, I think we’ll be able to surprise even ourselves with some of the results.

On Spencer Checketts’ advice not to hit Justin Zanik in the head with a croquet ball as Gordon Monson once did to his sister
With as much grease as he uses in the hair, we may have to throw away the ball.

“It seems like Dennis is saying ‘Enough of that. That is not gonna happen. The youngsters are gonna get their shot.'”
Gordon Chiesa was on 1280 before Lindsey. The above comment is in reference to the comments from Chiesa below:

They’re doing the right thing [with the youth movement]. They should’ve done that last year…It made no sense to play Richard Jefferson-type people last year. The team won 25 games, so it didn’t work. They were the worst record in the NBA, as far as in the West. …

I’m sitting here, and I’m saying to myself, “Why are we playing–” I, “we” meaning, ’cause you know, I worked for the Jazz for 16 years. It was absolutely great…and so, I want what’s best for the Jazz. And I’m saying to myself, from a basketball standpoint, from a coaching standpoint, “It makes no sense.”

Let’s just fast-forward it right now. If Steve Novak, who we all like, he’s a, you know, he’s a one-dimensional shooter, which is good. But if Rodney Hood is equal to Steve Novak, you gotta play the young guy over Novak. …

If someone’s dramatically younger and is almost in the same range, you gotta play the young guy then. So it made no sense last year of playing “x” amount of these guys. I mean, John Lucas or Diante Garrett, it made no sense business-wise. …

So now, with that said, with a new coach in Quin Snyder–oh, by the way, he’s a very good coach, and he will do a good job–they’re gonna play different. No more inside-outside. They’re gonna play outside-outside and try to take you off the dribble. So Gordon Hayward will flourish in this system, and so will Trey Burke and Dante Exum.

And so, anybody that can shoot and has a handle is gonna play that…I want to see right now how Derrick Favors takes to all this, and Enes Kanter, ’cause they’re gonna be, instead of posting up all the time and begging for the ball, they’re gonna be in short corner spacing, and they’re gonna try to get interior passes for angle dunks.

Dennis Lindsey, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine
** On fouls: If you reach down, there’s a good chance that the official’s going to blow his whistle.
** On keeping spacing: We don’t wanna creep, where we creep into each other’s areas and the lane becomes clogged.
** Defensive advice to Dante Exum: If you make a mistake, make it going really hard with great intensity. (1280)

Vegas Summer League Game 5: Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers

July 19, 2014


The Jazz set a new Vegas Summer League record for fewest points in a quarter, with four points on 1-19 shooting in the first. And then they won the game. Word is the bidding war for the movie rights is on.

Post-Game Quotage
** Brad Jones’s overall assessment of summer league
I think it’s been an important week and a half, two weeks going back to when we started two-a-days…Coach Snyder’s put us in a lot of positions to get to know what he wants. We’ve done probably more, we treated this more like a regular season than a, you know, a summer league with our staff. One, because we have a whole new, brand new staff, so we worked hard at it…It’s a terrific week. We challenged [the players] today to continue to play the right way. The right way is what we’ve talked about the whole time, and I thought we did that. So, kinda, today kinda put a button on the, you know, the two weeks of what we’ve been doing.
** Jones on Dante Exum
Hopefully, now he has a level of understanding of what he has to do everyday to be successful, ’cause there were some times he showed some brilliant, brilliant things this, these last week. But then again, there’s been some times where he’s, you know, he’s been kicked in the rear end a little bit. So, hopefully he’ll take this process and come back in the fall, you know, ready to go and help us, ’cause we think he’s got a bright future.
** Jones on Malcolm Thomas
I thought he had a really good week. You know, maybe consistently, I mean, one of our most consistent players, which is good. You know, once again, we talked to him about, “Hey, you know, been to three summer leagues now, you know, and it’s, you need to be that guy and have a great week.” And I really thought he stepped up and did that for us, and really at times when we may have struggled a little bit, he gave us some big baskets.

** Dante Exum on what he learned the most from summer league
I think it’s just to enter the game playing slow. When you’re overthinking and trying to play too rushed, it’s gonna, you’re just gonna make bad decisions. So it’s just about getting into the paint, making the right decision and playing slow and thinking the game through.
** Exum on how different the competition in the summer league was from what he’s used to
Yeah, like, the last games I played was high school games, and you know, I’m one of the bigger guys out there, that can push guys around. And here, I get into the paint and I’m getting knocked over. So yeah, that’s definitely just one of the biggest [differences].
** Exum on which aspects of his game he needs to improve on
Yeah, I think, just my shooting. I came in the game and was just rushing the shots. I had a couple wide open, and instead of getting my feet set and trying to take the shot, it was just thinking about the end result. So, it’s just about getting used to it, and being able to knock down open shots. But you know, it’s just, talking about the pace and playing with pace, and learning how to control the tempo of the game. So, I’m starting to adjust to that a bit more. (Utah Jazz)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Brent Barry: Rudy Gobert, hard to deal with not only because he’s so wide, but so long.
** Barry: Malcolm Thomas is showing some nice things. Very active down low.
** Rick Kamla: Murphy wanted to go down low to Gobert. Too much traffic.
** Kamla: Brackins tried to feed McCollum, but put it a little bit too far out in front of him.

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

July 19, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.

Fingers crossed Meyers gets double-digits rebounds.
But I’d settle for more than 0.

by thankyouforblaze on Jul 18, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Exum is unbelievably quick for a guy that big.
by Roy Wonder on Jul 18, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Yeah it’s going to stink that he’s in our division.
by Timmay! on Jul 18, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Sitting ThRob because of a “booboo” on his hand is just more evidence of the way they coddle players these days
Wes Unseld played 17 years with 2 broken hands.

by Mortimer on Jul 18, 2014 | 5:50 PM

He’s no Willis Reed.
by Roy Wonder on Jul 18, 2014 | 5:51 PM

Willis Reed performed his own ACL surgeries
But nooooo now we have “doctors” doing it. Soft.

by Mortimer on Jul 18, 2014 | 5:52 PM

What’s the SL record for fewest points in a game?
by Roy Wonder on Jul 18, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Things I dislike seeing in Summer League: Will Barton “creating” shots.
I mean, if it’s going to happen, this is the time. But yuck.

by Timmay! on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:03 PM

The Mo Williams school of pg play
by Epimenides on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Oh man, it just hit me that Barton could play the “Mo role” off the bench this year.
by Timmay! on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Sick of Brown
He’s like Mo Lite

by Calgus on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:14 PM

Somehow we’re behind.
by Roy Wonder on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:20 PM

Utah has increased their scoring by almost 600 percent since the first quarter.
by Blazing Chargers on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:20 PM

Damn Gobert is having his way with Meyers
8 pt and 11 reb, Box that guy out!

by Brycen22 on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:26 PM

How do you box-out a guy who can touch both rims simultaneously?
by MiledAnimal on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:27 PM

Give me sudden death or…..death.
by ParticleAccelerator on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:37 PM

how does Utah score 4 points in the first quarter and we are down 9 now.
This does not bode well for my confidence in the youngins

by agregs_and_odens on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:41 PM

It’s the Blazers Way
by MiledAnimal on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:44 PM

by dyshooter182 on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:43 PM

No defense.

by ParticleAccelerator on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:53 PM

We got Exum’d.
by ParticleAccelerator on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Keep shooting Bobby, you’re only, what, 0-8?
by thankyouforblaze on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:53 PM

by Mortimer on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:54 PM

I wonder if Appling’s nickname is “Granny Smith”
by ParticleAccelerator on Jul 18, 2014 | 6:58 PM

Or “Turnover.”
by Roy Wonder on Jul 18, 2014 | 7:00 PM

That’s more clever

by ParticleAccelerator on Jul 18, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Malcolm Thomas, you need to stop.
by Blazing Chargers on Jul 18, 2014 | 7:07 PM

Argh darn you Exum
by dyshooter182 on Jul 18, 2014 | 7:13 PM

Vegas Summer League Game 4: Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs

July 18, 2014

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Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, asked if he’s seen growth and development in the last few weeks (UDQM)
For sure, I mean, I think that’s, we’ve approached it that way, where we wanted these two, three weeks to be about that. And you know, our staff has done a great job kinda pulling that out of ‘em here, while we’re in Vegas. I felt like we got to, got a lot done in the practices before we left. I was excited for them to get a chance to kinda feel me and what that was going to be like. And then, the games helped us as well.
** Snyder on what is “playing with the pass”
Just the idea, you know, the ball moves. I think, you know, if you run 100 feet and I pass 100 feet, I’m gonna win. You know, the ball moves faster than people’s feet, and when you play with the pass, hopefully it keeps the defense guessing and on the move.
** Snyder, asked whether he knew Rodney Hood could put the ball on the floor and finish at the rim
I think Rodney’s, you know, more ball-skilled, maybe, at least than I thought. That’s probably my fault for not watching as much, you know? Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] told me that.
Rodney said he was not asked about his mid-range or ball-handling one time.
Interesting. Well, we’re glad we have him, and I think, you know, he’s got a great feel for the game and is capable of putting the ball on the deck and obviously, his mid-range game showed tonight.
** Snyder on what it’s been like observing rather than coaching summer league games
I had the team for all the practices, and that to me was more important than the coaching of the games. And you know, [with] Brad [Jones]‘s experience, I knew he was gonna handle all that. You know, obviously, he did a terrific job. You know, you saw the team. I’ve let go, got out of the way. They were probably all grateful for that at some point. I never felt I’d be, like, you know, a backseat coach. But they, you know, our staff, Brad in particular, did a really good job, you know, helping these guys, looking at video, trying to help them get better throughout the tournament.

q b2This edition of “Who wore it best? (Quin’s Deep V)” is again brought to you @Mac_Jazz.

** Trey Burke on his relationship with Quin Snyder
It’s been great, man. Coach Snyder, he sees our mistakes. He shows ‘em to us, but he lets us play through ‘em and tells us what we’re doing wrong. So, as a player you want that from your coach. You know, you just wanna continue to grow through your mistakes.
** Burke on playing in the summer league
I think, playing in the summer league, you know, a lot of people ask why I was playing, but I think it’s gon help me out, and you know, every time I have an opportunity to play against, you know, NBA talent, I’m gonna take that opportunity.
** Burke on being a leader on the floor
I definitely think [guys like Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum], their ears are open, you know, when I have instruction. You know, that’s my job, is to lead them on the court, you know, hit them in their spots. Set them up where they’re best at. You know, I think I can continue to grow, you know, learning this new offense. I can do a better job at doing so, but I think we’re on the right path.
** Dante Exum on having the ball in his hands
I just want to get the ball in my hands as much as possible. I didn’t get it a lot in my hands throughout these last couple games, and, yeah…Coach’s system, like, it’s open, but you know, it has been so many times that I just got away from the ball and let Trey take it, but, yeah, so.
** Rodney Hood on playing in an offense that is not predominantly iso
It’s fun like that, you know, especially for guys, you know, who are, like, role players, you know, like myself, you know, get a chance to touch the ball. You know, on the other end, it makes you that much more engaged when you get to touch the ball, and you know, playing with unselfish guys, that’s even mo–, that what make the system works. Guys moving the ball and sharing it. (Utah Jazz, Tim Montemayor)


Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Rudy Go-Go Gobert”: Vince Cellini
** Exum is leaving for Australia on Sunday.

And for those of you that couldn’t make a decision on who wore it best, here’s another look:

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Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

July 18, 2014

Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Pounding the Rock.

wish we could swap ayres for gobert
by tphi31 on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:12 PM

He’s French, we can get Tony to negotiate the deal.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:45 PM

exum looks legit
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:26 PM

He’s gonna be crazy good.
by play_splitter on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:29 PM

That kid Hood
Can shooooot!

by Suave Groove on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Gobert is a fouling machine.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Daye is an airball machine
by kenshinsama on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:42 PM

daye is the new icy hot
by tphi31 on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:48 PM

OH sh*t Daye-rant
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:48 PM

Daylight has arrived

by Suave Groove on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:49 PM

daylight has been blocked :V

by kenshinsama on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Total eclipse.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:50 PM

by Skip Bayless Loves The Spurs on Jul 17, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Chance we get Andrew Bynum and sign him for a cheap deal ?
by Skip Bayless Loves The Spurs on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM

no thanks
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM

Chances? 100%
Desire? None.

by Suave Groove on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM

by nicolaspursfan88 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM

by Chris Itz on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:08 PM

I rather have jeff ayres……and thats saying A LOT
by kenshinsama on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:10 PM

Would rather have Oden or Ayers or Sam Bowie.
by Cole_Miner on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Daye as an inefficient volume shooter. How unspursy.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:41 PM

Swap him for Hood
by hurts2bgood on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:42 PM

Watched Anderson play a few days ago.
I am worried his lack of speed is going to really hurt his chances at being a productive NBA player…..

by alamobro on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:45 PM

I have heard the Boris comparisons, but Kyle makes Bobo look like Usain Bolt.
by alamobro on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:49 PM

by nicolaspursfan88 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:47 PM

Spurs in elite summer league 8.
by Badpierre on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:47 PM

We the best!!!!!!!!!!!!! Summer spurs ftw!!!!
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:47 PM

I hope the heat win. so we can give the boot once more
by ThePrune777 on Jul 17, 2014 | 6:48 PM

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.

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** 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


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