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Derrick Favors talks self-esteem, reading, staying in college, leadership and Karl Malone

March 24, 2014
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** 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)

Salah Mejri pays homage to Karl Malone

March 24, 2014
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Via @chernykh:

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.

Game 70 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic (23-47)

March 23, 2014

Never mind Gordon Hayward’s travel lol.

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Pre-Game Quotage
** 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
Experience.
** 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.

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** 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.

In-Game Quotage
** 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.

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Post-Game Quotage
** 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.

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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?

83-84 teamVia the Salt Lake Tribune

** 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.”

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Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 23, 2014
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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

idk man
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

No.
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

men, honestly
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

TRRRREEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYY BUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRKKKKEEEEEEEE
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

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 3/21

March 22, 2014
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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:

lindsey rmr

* 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.”

Gordon Hayward talks family, contract situation and being a number one option

March 21, 2014
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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)

Game 69 of 82: Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies (22-47)

March 20, 2014

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Post-Game Quotage
** Tyrone Corbin, asked whether it was a little bit of a hangover from the last game
I don’t, I, you know what, I just think that we, you know, this is a good team, and they came out and they put their hands on us early. And we didn’t respond to, I thought in the second half, we played with a lot more energy.

fouls vs minutes

** Gordon Hayward on the game
It’s hard when you get down on the road to come back and then hold off somebody. And you know, they’re good at what they do. They have two extremely big guys that are, you know, special players. They pass the ball well, and they feed off each other, so. They had, what was it, like, four or six quick points on us after we tied it, and you know, we just couldn’t come back after that.
** Trey Burke on what the Jazz can accomplish in the final few games
I would say it’s just, you know, developing, you know? Not only as a team, but individually. You know, we understand that, you know, the playoff picture is out of it, out of reach, you know, but you know, in this game you gotta go out, and you know, leave it on the court for 48 minutes every single night or you’ll get embarrassed. So, this is our job and you know, we know what we signed up for. We just gotta be w–be ready to play every night.

Random Stuff, etc.
** Craig Bolerjack asked Hayward in the post-game about a “half-dollar or a dollar-size strawberry on your hip.”
** Matt Harpring’s (@mharpring15) successful #JazzTV submission:

** This Alec Burks shot happened during Trey Burke’s post-game interview:

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It was so amusing to Alema Harrington and Thurl Bailey that they replayed it after the Burke interview.

Harrington: He’s trying to get the waves going there!
Bailey: Waves, baby! Making me seasick!
Harrington: Hahahahahaha!
Bailey: Hahahahahahaha!
Harrington: Alec’s gotta know where the camera is!

Geography Mis-Education of the Night

geo misedH/T Diana Allen

To close: A gif for old times. THE KOOF!

koof-bucket

Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 20, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Grizzly Bear Blues.

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Gordan Hayword = Female Steve Nash
by jetpilot.jones on Mar 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM

I love the smell of trap games in the evening.
by jetpilot.jones on Mar 19, 2014 | 7:08 PM

3 pt line defense. We’re gonna get murdered in the playoffs if we can’t figure that out in the next 15.25 games.
by Okitech623 on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:50 PM

Gordon Hayward can ball.
by Okitech623 on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Must..stay..positive
So hard…..

by The_Arub on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Time for KK and gasol nicknames
by The_Arub on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:54 PM

I stand Firmly By BEARDY and BALDY
by themidget428 on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:57 PM

Marc is Big Spain. KK = Big Greece?
by Okitech623 on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:55 PM

Why are we trading buckets?
We should be blowing them out!

by BenJr69 on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:57 PM

Why is this game close?
by robdjq on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:58 PM

I’m not Really Wishing any Bodily Harm To Tayshaun or anything….
But an All Expenses paid space expedition to Pluto would be awesome.

by themidget428 on Mar 19, 2014 | 8:59 PM

HERE WE GO
A BLOWOUT!

by BenJr69 on Mar 19, 2014 | 9:19 PM

Hammer meet nail meet coffin.
by Okitech623 on Mar 19, 2014 | 9:20 PM

Bits from Sidney Lowe Interview, 3/18

March 19, 2014
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What about San Antonio makes them so effective? Why can Gregg Popovich interchange pieces and still have the same level of success?
You know, I don’t, I mean, they, I mean, Pop does a great job obviously, you know? You know, we, there’re great coaches in this league. There’re a lot of good coaches in this league, and you know, but with those good coaches, you know, you have to have good players. And Pop has that.

And he’s done a great job, though, of instituting the pieces, as you say, as you said, that fit to what they’re doing. And then the second thing is, I think that there’s an accountability factor there. You could see it. Those guys know that they have to do the right things. They have to play the right way. They have to play hard, or they’re gonna get it.

They’re gonna hear it, whether it’s from Pop, whether it’s from Timmy [Duncan], [Manu] Ginobili or Tony [Parker]. Especially Timmy and Tony. Those two are very vocal leaders, and Pop doesn’t have to say much. So, that’s a major factor. …

When you have that type of leadership from within, where the other guys respect you, then it really almost doesn’t matter who you bring in, because they’re gonna have to play the right way or they won’t be there. And that’s a major thing. That’s a big factor.

Are there players on the the Jazz’s current roster that are likely to develop that kind of vocal leadership? Which player is best-wired to do that?
You know, I don’t know. I don’t know. You know, because it’s a situation where you have to be willing to separate yourself from the friendship. You have to be willing to separate yourself from it being your best buddy. And you have to be willing to tell that guy that that’s a bad play or he’s gotta move the ball or he’s gotta defend or you’re not doing something or you have to rebound. You know, you have to be willing to do that, and I don’t know if we have anyone that’s like that. …

It’s a born, it’s something that’s in you. It’s just in you. And so, I don’t know if we have that guy yet, and I’m not saying it can’t happen. I’m sure it can, but I’m not sure if any of the guy–

Trey Burke, if I had to say one. If I had to say one, I would say Trey Burke might have that quality, that characteristic in him, where he’s not concerned that if he say something to one of the guys, even if he’s thinking they might talk back. And that’s where you can’t be afraid.

Are you disappointed that your answer is “I don’t know,” 68 games into the season?
You know, when you look at our team and you look at the experience or lack of experience, you know, there’s a guy, maybe there’s a guy in there that’s, maybe he’s afraid or uncomfortable right now because he’s too young, and you’re giving too much respect to guys that have been in the league before him. I mean, I’ve seen that happen. So no, I’m not disappointed in that at all, that I said that. But, you know, it’s just a fact. It’s just the way it is.

Is that type of leadership in Derrick Favors?
Derrick Favors is gonna be a very good player in this league. I don’t think Derrick Favors is the type of guy that would be comfortable speaking like that. I think he does his more by example, with his work. But I don’t see him–you know, it’s hard to get him to talk now, as it is. So you know, getting him now to take on that role, I don’t see that.

Teams are shooting very well against you, but you’re playing some very good teams. What are you trying to do on defense lately?
Well, I think, number one, you, first of all, you said it, you know? The last few teams we’ve played have been very, very good teams. And they are getting geared up, you know, for the playoffs. And that’s, unfortunately, that’s what happens. And when you have a young team and you run into situations like that, unfortunately you might have a few games [like that]…

We have to continue to stay focused on our assignments. And that’s not blaming anybody or any players or anything like that. But you know, we made a lot of mistakes last night, especially in that pick and roll coverage where guys didn’t do what they were supposed to do.

And now, I’m not saying that’s why, you know, we lost as we did, but we have to do a better job there. We have to get our assignments down, stay focused on our assignments and what we’re supposed to do and everybody stay on the same page.

Lowe’s recap of the John Lucas III-Francisco Garcia scuffle
I was looking down the court, but I was looking at some other players down there. And then I saw John coming with the ball, and then he passed it, and he was, you know, he was right by our bench. And Garcia just elbowed him. I think he elbowed him, like, in the ribs and knocked him, you know, out of bounds.

And then John pushed him, and you know, my first reaction was to get in between these guys because it just, you know, certainly didn’t want that to happen. So I just tried to get in and prevent anything getting out of hand there, and so I just kinda pushed Garcia back and had my hand on Luke a little bit and just tried to separate those guys…

So you know, it was an unfortunate thing, but yeah, I was trying to get in the middle so, hoping that no one was gonna throw a punch.

Would have you preferred it if Lucas had just allowed Garcia to run out the clock?
Well, you know, normally, you just let the guy run the clock out. I mean, that’s what normally happens…

So, you know, but I don’t, you know, either way, I mean, you know, like I said, there’s been, it’s happened before. But most of the time, guys just let the clock run out, and get the game over with. So, I don’t know which way I feel. I cert–I don’t think I would’ve done it, but I don’t know, you know?

On losing
I’m not good after losses. I don’t talk after losses very well. So you know, you want your players to feel that. You know, you don’t want it to be one of those things where they say it’s just a game, or just another game. Or we’ll play tomorrow. Well yes, we know we’re gonna play tomorrow, but you know what, you just lost.

And it’s unfortunate that, you know, you do have players out there like that, where losing is not important. So I understand [Lucas'] frustration, and especially when you’re in the ball game like that, like we were last night. …

I think our players have done a great job of staying with it, and continuing to play hard, and I think it shows the character, you know, of those guys. So you know, and I think that’s what you build on. You build on the character. You build on them continuing to work hard.

You know, there’s never, it’s never too late, really, to improve when you’re talking about young players. It’s never too late to look and you know, you can, we can improve something in 14, 15 games. (1280)

Coming soon to bookstores everywhere…

March 18, 2014

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