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

July 16, 2014

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

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

jerry game 3

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

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

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

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

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

Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 15, 2014

Please welcome guest recapper, Derrick Favors:

favors recap


Too many highlights to .gif!

Just watch these, courtesy of @memoismoney:


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

jerry game 2

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

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

fes hanging

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

Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the duds on the court
Bed time

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

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

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

Love this :)

July 15, 2014

Summer League Off-Day Odds and Ends

July 14, 2014

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


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

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

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

Four. Speaking of Rudy:

lucas rush

Five. :)

highkin jerry

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 7/12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did you make Marvin an offer?

Yeah, no comment. (Utah Jazz)

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

July 13, 2014

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



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

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

jerry quin fred

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

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

hayward tweet

decision table

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

bday dante

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

rudy heat tweet

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


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

collins stockton

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

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


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

Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

July 13, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Liberty Ballers.

Dante is just cute as a button
by DnY on Jul 12, 2014 | 7:06 PM

So uh, Noel isn’t playing tonight. Eff everything
by iladelphia on Jul 12, 2014 | 8:10 PM

what a joke
done with this organization

by InDougWeTrust on Jul 12, 2014 | 8:49 PM

Well my Saturday night is ruined
by Eric Wise on Jul 12, 2014 | 8:43 PM

First round picks on the floor:
Jazz — 4
Sixers — 0

by yosoysean on Jul 12, 2014 | 10:42 PM

All I know is we’re starting people that 5 of our grandmas are better than and we’re winning
by iladelphia on Jul 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM

We are a summer league powerhouse. Feels good
by DnY on Jul 12, 2014 | 10:53 PM

Exum looks legit
by AB2016 on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:13 PM

I love how the Jazz have a bunch of white players even during summer league.
by JHG722 on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:03 PM

Rudy Gobert = 7 feet 9 inches of softness
by Patrick Bateman VP on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:08 PM

i think if Exum pulled it out
these announcers would get on their knees

by no1pipelayer on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:12 PM

These announcers have some sort of bias against the Sixers
by Philly Sports All Day on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:20 PM

They absolutely love Malcolm Thomas. It’s ridiculous.
by secondroundpick on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:21 PM

knick fans. I hate Frazier.
On another note. I love hood. Would have liked to have seen him with the sixers just so I can yell out where the hood at during sixer games

by AI3 on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:22 PM

Exum looks pretty polished. If it wasn’t his jump shot selection, he would be close to perfect.
by secondroundpick on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:24 PM

He can’t shoot at all. The announcers were saying during the one shot. “That was right on…just short” so were Gobert’s free throws. Seriously get off your knees guys…
by jayofdajungle on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:27 PM

Credit to GhostofGeorgeLynch:
CONS: Basketball.
PROS: He’s had sex.

by DnY on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:29 PM

I was nervous for Exum going in to summer league, but sounds like he’s holding his own.
by briztoon on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:44 PM

crowd is SO behind him, it’s like almost annoying. no love for tim frazier and jordan mcrae.
by Michael Levin on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:44 PM

Davies strip!
by Michael Levin on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:45 PM

[gets suspended from BYU again]
by kill the action on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:47 PM

You’re adorable, Trey, but you’re no Dante.
by DnY on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:49 PM

This guy would literally marry Malcolm Thomas.
by JHG722 on Jul 12, 2014 | 11:54 PM

Lol. Feel like I’m watching a super homer Utah jazz crew.
by Iversonian on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:31 AM

Damn you Exum
by iladelphia on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:26 AM

What is with this crowd. Like seriously. WTF is your problem.
by BrokenSquirrel on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:28 AM

Utah is geographically pretty close — i’d imagine a lot of Jazz fans
by bradptbn on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:29 AM

isn’t Vegas to sinfull
for those Mormans

by no1pipelayer on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:31 AM

Did not know this. I AM Australian so it’s kinda weird I’m pissed at these guys showing some love to Dante.
by BrokenSquirrel on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:31 AM

Can’t stand this crowd or the announcers…
by Blasphemizer on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:28 AM

announcers still d-riding all the jazz players
by Bubbachuck383 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:34 AM

Dude really loves Malcolm Thomas. Like stalker level love.
by JHG722 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:35 AM

Literally every time he got a board or got a bucket it was “i’ve been watching him for soo long, he’s a future HOF’r”
by Bubbachuck383 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:37 AM

these announcers really want the Jazz to win, WTF
by el tortuga on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:34 AM

We are sitting everybody…Noel, KJ and Casper…they have Exum, Burke and Hood…
And we win.
Gotta love it.

by bebopdeluxe on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:34 AM

You can’t beat Summer Sixers.
by Justin F. on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:34 AM

Can’t stop these Sixers
by iladelphia on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:35 AM

they’re just kids. they don’t know any better.
by kill the action on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:36 AM

be careful, WINNING can be contagious
by el tortuga on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:35 AM

by DnY on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:36 AM

by illmatic0000 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:36 AM

it looks like we have a juggernaut on our hands.

by no1pipelayer on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:36 AM

Dante is still cute as a button
by DnY on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:37 AM

Of course they interview Exum from the losing squad
by illmatic0000 on Jul 13, 2014 | 12:37 AM

Bits from Summer League Training Camp Open Practice

July 11, 2014

(*In grandfather from The Princess Bride voice*) The arena was filled as never before to hear the announcement of the great coach Quin Snyder’s Jazz-to-be.

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Okay, not as “never before,” but it was more filled than during games last season.

quin tweets

A couple of plays:




Note Brad Jones’ reaction on the Trey Burke shot. From what I saw–little though it may be–Jones was very active on the sideline, constantly popping out of his seat, talking to guys, directing guys, etc…

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** On Dante Exum
Obviously, he’ll shoot the ball better. I think he’s nervous. He got tired. And, but again, both he and Trey [Burke are] passing the ball. I mean, they can get it into gaps, and they make plays for other people.
** On Rudy Gobert
If Rudy embraces the things that he’s good at and the things that our team needs, he’ll have an opportunity to play and really have an opportunity to succeed. If he continues to run like that, we’ve created a lane for him to run, okay, and we call it the “alley.” He’s an alley big, where he’s the trail big. And if he can do that, they’ll throw him the ball. Our guys are good about sharing it. And obviously, on defense he’s a presence down there. We’ve asked him to come out more right now. We’ll be smart about, you know, keeping him in a position where he can impact the game. And again, if he’s focused on the right things, you know, he’ll be impactful.

people callingQuin Snyder already has a leg up on everyone on the previous coaching staff and everyone in the front office.

** On Rodney Hood
I think it’s true of a lot of shooters. It just takes a little to get your legs, you know, relaxed and you can see even when he missed, that he’s got a good stroke. I liked him too, he’s down in a st–I like seeing our guys in a stance.
** On Trey Burke
I think part of the summer league, for him to lead, for him to have a presence. I’ve been on him maybe more than anybody, about making defensive–one of the best plays tonight was he got up in his guy on the pick and roll, and he tried to go over the top and he drew a foul. And if he can keep doing that stuff on the ball and really set an example, that’s a big thing to me.
** Can we keep a mic on you every game?
I was afraid of the microphone. I got the handheld just ’cause I didn’t know, you know, you gotta be careful. Didn’t want to turn the fans off right away.

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** How big is this summer in terms of your personal growth?
It’s really big. I think for me, I just want to be the, be that leader. The voice on the court, you know, for the young guys, and for, you know, the guys that’s coming in, you know, for summer league. So, I think today was a, you know, a good, like, preview, going into Vegas. You know, I think we all were kind of shocked and surprised with how many people was out there. I think the biggest thing is we all played hard. I’m glad my team got the win.
** What are the offensive differences between this year and last year’s coaching staffs?
I think we just got a little more freedom…[Quin Snyder] lets us just go. He lets us play in the pick and roll. There’s more drag screens. And I think that kinda opens up the court more, and I think a lot of you could see out there, you know, we were just playing. We weren’t really as stagnant as we was last year, and I think that’s going to be to our advantage.
** On Derrick Favors being in the house
Well, we need him around. He’s one of our leaders…It was good to see him out there. You know, I’m glad, I know the crowd was glad to see him, you know, still being here even though he doesn’t have to. So, it was good seeing him. I think we needed to see him.

** Were nerves a factor?
No, I didn’t think so. Like, coming in the changing room, I was fine. I knew it was gonna be a lot of people, but I think when they started clapping for me it was kind of, it kind of hit me a bit.
** Did it take awhile to feel settled in the scrimmage?
Yeah, when you get in and your adrenaline’s up, you just wanna run, run, run, and it kind of took me a bit just to kind of settle down and just start playing my game. My shots weren’t falling tonight, but you know, it was just about getting my teammates involved and I think I did that well.
** Were your legs an issue?
Yeah, the legs are always gonna be [tired] from practice, but you know, I’m going into an 82-game season, so that can’t be an excuse. And it’s just something that I have to work on.
** How do you think you played in the pick and roll?
It definitely, when the offensive end isn’t working for me, I look to go into the defense and make a difference there. And I f–I made it my mission to play as hard as I can on the ball, and definitely the pick and roll. And [Snyder] has emphasized pick and roll defense is something that we really need to work on, and I, so it was just about playing hard and getting over screens.

** On 10,000 fans showing up to watch the practice
Man, that was crazy. You know, I got chills just walking out there on the court. I mean, I just appreciate our fans coming out.
** On nerves
I had a little jitters, just going out there for the first time, and, me and Dante both. But once I got going, you know, it was good. I got a little rhythm.
** On keeping the floor spread
Spacing. That’s what coach been preaching, you know? All the time, just spacing. It gives him room to operate, and it gives us a chance to, you know, make a play or knock down shots. So it’s been great for me, especially, because I can shoot.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Quin Snyder on Trey Burke and Dante Exum’s passing ability: They can get it into gaps.
** Snyder on Rodney Hood: It just takes a little to get your legs, you know, relaxed and you can see even when he missed, that he’s got a good stroke.
** Snyder on Burke: I’ve been on him maybe more than anybody…If he can keep doing that stuff on the ball and really set an example, that’s a big thing to me.
** Snyder on being mic’ed up: I got the handheld just ’cause I didn’t know, you know, you gotta be careful. Didn’t want to turn the fans off right away.
** Exum on nerves: Coming in the changing room, I was fine. I knew it was gonna be a lot of people, but I think when they started clapping for me it was kind of, it kind of hit me a bit.


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