Three of the Jazz’s five losses have come at the hands of brand new NBA coaches: Jeff Hornacek (no NBA head coaching experience; second game as head coach); Brad Stevens (no NBA coaching experience; fifth game as head coach); and Jason Kidd (no coaching experience; second game as head coach).
The team is also now off to the worst start in Utah Jazz history (though this team has a ways to go before matching the New Orleans Jazz’s worst-ever start of 0-11 in their inaugural season). Even more impressively, the Jazz brought an end to Boston’s 290-game sellout streak tonight.
More fun: The Jazz/Tyrone Corbin were both Stevens and Kidd’s win virgin sacrifice. And once again, the worst record in the league is solely ours.
I stand by what I said (tweeted) during this game, though:
** Tyrone Corbin: Tough loss. Eight points in the second quarter. I thought we came off to, we got off to a pretty good start. But eight points in the second quarter cost you the ball game…I liked the fight at the end, but the focus in that second quarter really hurt us.
** Corbin talked about being short-handed on four separate occasions in his 2:42 post-game interview.
** Gordon Hayward: Whatever it is, we gotta figure it out. ‘Cause Chicago’s gonna be no different, Toronto’s gonna be no different, and each team will look to bury us. So, we gotta figure something out.
** Hayward on Brad Stevens: Coach, that’s one thing that he always did, when I was in college, you know, we moved the basketball from side to side, and usually when you do that, you get a good shot. You know, they ran out on us there in the game a little bit, and you know, we dug ourselves too deep a hole. (1280)
A look at Trey Burke and Jeremy Evans’ respective sideline styles:
Random Stuff, etc.
** People still calling Alec Burks “Alex”: Matt Harpring. (H/T @5kl)
** Ron Boone is probably the most unintentionally funny dude in Jazzland:
Unintentional Dirty Image of the Night
What is going on behind BFFs Trey Burke and Jared Sullinger?!
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Boler: Gobert gave Kanter a blow. (H/T @RxMike12)
** Harpring: There’s nothing wrong with trying out new moves and figuring out how to score.
** Harpring: It’s not Ty’s fault. There’s nothing he can do.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: CelticsBlog.
No, it’s coo. You guys go and get that win.
by AllThatAmar on Nov 6, 2013 | 4:00 PM <—– Jazz fan
no no we insists lol
by craziness@analltimehigh on Nov 6, 2013 | 4:21 PM
Pssh, naw man.
You totally thought about the win first. It’s yours.
by a tommy point on Nov 6, 2013 | 7:29 PM
Haha this game is going to be straight up competitive
by GreenCeltics on Nov 6, 2013 | 5:22 PM
I di9dn’t even know he was still alive.
by Eric M VAN on Nov 6, 2013 | 7:41 PM
What have we learned so far.
by Eric M VAN on Nov 6, 2013 | 7:48 PM
Woah! That is one ugly streak of missed shots.
by mmmmm on Nov 6, 2013 | 7:49 PM
Thank god! Some shots finally went into our hoop!!!
ANd WALLACE MADE A SHOT!!!!
CALL THE MEDIA!
by mmmmm on Nov 6, 2013 | 7:52 PM
No need, he’ll call them himself after the game.
by Rattling Bones on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:00 PM
We are playing too well!
by Rhyso on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:10 PM
dude. I was thinking the same thing. Stevens needs to pump the breaks.
by Boborino on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:12 PM
Clippers losing to Orlando
I hope they lose You suck Doc
by eddiefabricio.jacome on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:26 PM
the Jazz are bad
by Scuba Bleeds Green on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:31 PM
i think i smell a Victory for us tonite :)))
by eddiefabricio.jacome on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:31 PM
No pass bass is back!
by leftywamu on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:50 PM
Crawford with the ball is like a squirrel running through traffic
by tstorey1 on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:52 PM
57 year old Richard Jefferson has 11 points
by Eric M VAN on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:55 PM
Up by 22 time to put in the subs!…wait a second…these are the subs
by tstorey1 on Nov 6, 2013 | 8:56 PM
I was just joking, but it really looks like No Pass Bass is back!
by leftywamu on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:02 PM
Im liking Ollie
by Boborino on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:10 PM
but who is slower Bird or KO
by eddiefabricio.jacome on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:11 PM
Bird seems quick now.
by Boborino on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:12 PM
Good offense, good passing but…
vs a non defense jazz… except for hayward
by Rajon33 on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:15 PM
Uh … Hayward isn’t exactly known for his defense
So ‘not sure why you are ‘except’ing him there.
by mmmmm on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:16 PM
bring on the Heat
by eddiefabricio.jacome on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:18 PM
by leftywamu on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:19 PM
OK we got this… win #1 here we come
Assuming we don’t collapse of course.
by GreenCeltics on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:20 PM
Clippers and overrated new coach lost to magic just now yesss
by eddiefabricio.jacome on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:28 PM
So how much do we have to be up by to not lose?
I’m thinking 40
by GreenCeltics on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:32 PM
this is clearly our year!
…. for a #1 lottery pick.
by spinz on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:36 PM
Thank gawd Utah likes to turn the ball over.
by mmmmm on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:44 PM
It’s happening guys! We are gonna win.
by GreenCeltics on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:45 PM
now.. all we gotta do is..
keep playing against winless teams.
by spinz on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:45 PM
This really has been the toilet bowl tonight
It’s a battle to see who’s just a little bit crappier
by Eric M VAN on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:45 PM
UTAH HAS THE STRONGER TANK!!!!
by omitasub on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:48 PM
by Boborino on Nov 6, 2013 | 9:49 PM
Did the Jazz almost win? Nope.
In fact, this was probably the closest thing to a Jazz highlight there was:
That, or getting to see the rare footage of Matt Harpring bopping to the beat:
Brandon Rush did check into a game for the first time in over one year, and make his Jazz debut during this game for what that’s worth:
** Zach Lowe had an “unpleasant interaction” with Tyrone Corbin at shootaround today:
Here’s what happened with Ty Corbin. I asked him, that I, I said I watched your team the other night in Houston. It seemed like, you know, I asked him a question about their pick-and-roll defense. Basically, it seemed like Derrick Favors and [Enes] Kanter were coming out pretty far on pick and rolls, and is that their strategy every night? Are they gonna change it by opponent?
And he looked at me, he’s like, “What, you ask me to tell you our scouting report? What, are you, what are you crazy?”
And I said, “Well, some coaches are willing to talk X’s and O’s with me.”
And he, then he just said, “Well, why don’t you talk to those other coaches then? Don’t talk to me.”
I said “Okay, see you later coach!”
It did not go well for me and Ty Corbin today. It was, it did not go well.
Here’s @JazzBasketball1′s take on it. As noted by JBB, it’s too bad that “questions” like “Well, you guys lost but you played hard” or “Tough loss but you never stopped fighting” or “What are the positives you take from this loss?” will have to suffice.
These may or may not be Ty’s reactions to seeing Zach Lowe in the arena during the game:
** Tyrone Corbin: You know, it, losing hurts. It should hurt, you know? It’s four losses for us, out of the first four games. But you know what? Nobody’s gonna feel sorry for us. We gotta come out fighting and keep working and try and get better™ and win a game.
** Gordon Hayward: I think we had moments where we are, you know, we had bright spots during the game. And too many times, though, lack of execution. I think, lack of intensity. And you know, especially against a team like, a veteran team like the Nets, I mean, they’ve been in this league, and you know, they’ll bury you. So, that’s what they did to us tonight.
** Brandon Rush on how it felt to be out there: It felt great out there. I know I gotta shake out the rust. Got a little nervous a little bit, and couldn’t catch the ball…[but] it felt great.
** Deron Williams:
** Kevin Garnett, trolling or complimentary? Utah’s well-coached, with players that play really hard, that are NBA players.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Masha Kirilenko and AK’s boy were sitting courtside by the scorer’s table:
During the game, she posted a sideline video on Instagram with this caption:
Brooklyn Nets against my beloved Utah!! Jazz is in my heart forever. It’s unbelievable how grateful I am for those 10 years of my life #utahjazz#brooklynnets#nba#ak47
** Jerry Sloan was on the front page of ESPN during the game:
** LOL at this infographic thoughtfully provided by Root Sports:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Boler: Hayward with a nice spurt.
** Boler on Rush: He had to grab his shorts for a minute.
** Boler: Oh Gobert. So long. Grabs it.
** Harpring: This is the first time I’ve seen Favors manhandled.
** Boler on Favors: Blatche gives him an elbow, and down he goes.
** Boler: How big a difference do you think Trey Burke will make when healthy?
Harpring: With that shirt [pictured above]? Or without the shirt?
Boler: How ’bout without it?
Harpring: A huge, huge difference. There’s no question that the Jazz need him back in a big way.
** Harpring: Kanter and Favors, they’re gonna be a little bit tired, banging against Brook Lopez. When you bang, it’s a different type of style of game. You get really tired. Your legs, you get fatigued quickly, when you gotta be banging all night long. (H/T @bjcseven)
** Corbin on Brook Lopez: I thought he got deep on us. We didn’t move him off the spot.
To close: Towards the end of the broadcast, Matt Harpring talked about this one time
at band camp in Philly when he was forced to wear a headband because the rest of the team was. Here’s a pic (first posted right here three years ago):
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Nets Daily.
Deron dominates Tinsley(which he should) and we control or minimize the boards and we win
Deron doesn’t dominate tinsley(wow) and we get out hustled by favors and kanter we lose
by A Owner on Nov 5, 2013 | 7:04 PM
Good God, if Deron gets outplayed by Tinsley I may quit basketball.
by JimNJuice on Nov 5, 2013 | 7:06 PM
RJ and Favors playing against their former team side by side
RJ probably has more positive things to say about us
by octoberGR8NESS on Nov 5, 2013 | 7:40 PM
Kanter looks like a middle schooler next to Brook
by bronxbombers2 on Nov 5, 2013 | 7:44 PM
Brook ain’t gonna take nothin’ from Kanter!
He must’ve been scared of Vuvecic vs Orlando.
by LopezTonight on Nov 5, 2013 | 7:47 PM
Jazz is playing 3-on-5 basketball like us of the last season.
Tinsley and RJ are just washed up.
by jarkid on Nov 5, 2013 | 7:58 PM
looks like miami is having the same problem as we have
BC they’re having problems with Toronto
by QueenzNetsFan on Nov 5, 2013 | 7:59 PM
So this is why the Jazz are winless
by stenpoint on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:10 PM
by bronxbombers2 on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:17 PM
AK is really good at moving without the ball
by Fr@nkl1n on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:18 PM
Gobert looks like any 7-footer in the NBA, looked 8 feet tall in the draft vids
by stenpoint on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:22 PM
“Go back — Go sit” LOL
by mi2viper on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:24 PM
rj still has some hops
by shane gayle on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:25 PM
doesn’t use them anymore
by Privatetoker on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:25 PM
Back to 10 pt lead.
by Malorkayel on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:26 PM
I like the Nets floor, looks soothing for some reason. Maybe a nice place to nap.
by Malorkayel on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:27 PM
utah playing no defense
and super sloppy with the ball. looking like us in orlando.
by shane gayle on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:29 PM
Good timeout by the Jazz.
by NYche21 on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:29 PM
Best thing they’ve done the past few minutes
by stenpoint on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:29 PM
Utah needs a go-to scorer. Why don’t they just tank? Oh, that’s happening anyway.
by stenpoint on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:30 PM
Just imagine how good Gordon Hayward will be when he turns 11.
— devin kharpertian (@uuords) November 6, 2013
by NYche21 on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:30 PM
Blatche, I love you…
…but you’re bringing me down.
by cprash on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:32 PM
Blatche don’t kill my vibe?
by GMJigga on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:33 PM
he keeps taking wild shots
he’ll be spitting a benchseat freestyle.
terrible? i’ll see myself out…
by shane gayle on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:35 PM
Haha i still love you Richard Jefferson
by bklynbraver on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:35 PM
I want to see Deron penetrate a bit
by Privatetoker on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:35 PM
that doesn’t sound right
by Malorkayel on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:36 PM
by bklynbraver on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:42 PM
Bring back Avery
He can ride on Blatche’s shoulders and make him behave
by cprash on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:43 PM
blatche wtf was that man!?
by doktrj21 on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:44 PM
by Keysta101 on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:44 PM
I don’t know
if any of you are in contact with Blatche, but if you are, please let him know Yellow Pages has mulitple therapists in the database.
by movinthenets.bk on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:45 PM
how many more years until favors is a star? 6? 7?
by Nothing But Nets on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:51 PM reply
He was great the first 3 games
14/11/3/1/1 on 50% shooting. Good numbers and good defense
by infam0us on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:54 PM
Those are basically Kris Humphries best
by NYche21 on Nov 5, 2013 | 8:56 PM
a part of me wants to see jefferson dunk and make his shots
by Netsbuhi on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:00 PM
I really hope RJ gets to a contender
A team like the CLips can really use him.
by Adam Yablonka on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:07 PM
uhh when did Hayward get so good?
by bronxbombers2 on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:05 PM
damn Hayward is killing it
by ohhcomely on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:05 PM
by shane gayle on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:08 PM
i dont even feel like the nets are playing that hard.
by shane gayle on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:07 PM
Liking this a lot
This is exactly what we should be doing to a team like Utah
by J Kidd to VC on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:10 PM
omg Brookie Monster you beast!
by ChickenParmCuse1129 on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:11 PM
utah just can’t handle brook
by ajv9307 on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:11 PM
Seems kinda unfair as we are so hot….Olympic team against middle school team
by cheergirl on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:16 PM
We’re basically seeing what the first half of the Jazz’ season is going to be
Not pretty. And I’m not sure Trey Burke is going to completely fix it.
by NYche21 on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:19 PM
Riggin for Wiggins
by Privatetoker on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:20 PM
i’m so glad us fans don’t have to suffer anymore like theirs do
by Netsbuhi on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:20 PM
for god’s sake knock on wood we’re 1-2
by bklynbraver on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:21 PM
This team is gonna be scary, scary in a month or two
by mzBKnets on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:34 PM
they should be but this Utah team is so bad I can’t draw much from it.
by skaye19 on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:35 PM
So were the sixers
by Nicknj93 on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:36 PM
If somebody is worse than this team then that is horrendous
by skaye19 on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:37 PM
by NYche21 on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:41 PM
Reggie on Kanter
by hkm on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:42 PM
the easiest layup reggie ever made
by shane gayle on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:43 PM
making plumlee and evans look like robinson and duncan. sheesh.
by shane gayle on Nov 5, 2013 | 9:50 PM
Brook just took the entire Jazz frontline to the wood shed.
by NYche21 on Nov 5, 2013 | 10:01 PM
by MeatSandwhich on Nov 5, 2013 | 10:04 PM
** What do you want to see from the team on this road trip?
Well, focus. We gotta make sure we understand each and every game, the opponent. It’s four games in five nights. You know, for this young group, learning how to, we have to compete on the road to be effective. And for 48 minutes.
** Was the first half against Houston your best half so far?
Well, I thought that, you know, the first half against Houston was pretty good. We executed. We pushed the ball down the floor. I thought we took it to ‘em defensively. And then that third quarter, we came out and we didn’t have the same sense of urgency about ourselves. And you know, we talk about being young, talk about having a back-to-back, but you gotta, you know, you wanna get through these things as soon as you can and not keep kicking yourself in the butt about not doing the right things.
** On Kevin Garnett, and Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter
You have to play through [Garnett's trash talking and mind games], and they’re getting a lot of lessons. I mean, these two young guys are getting a full dose of it, man, every night. And that’s what this league is about for them, and that’s what, you know, we wanna make sure they getting their lessons now. Learning and getting better™ every night, going out there.
** Do you feel you like have a go-to guy at the end of games?
You know, I think right now, where we are in our development, we’re developing guys. And you have to grow into it, man. The guys think it’s easy and they think they’re ready for it, and then you see in games, and you see a guy like [James] Harden and [Kevin] Durant and those guys, and you see what those guys do in those moments, and it’s a difficult thing in this league. And right now, we have to do it by, with the team, more so than counting on one guy. There’s a lot of pressure on a guy that think he can carry the load, and we’re just not there.
** As an opposing coach, how do you defend Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko?
You know, you have to make sure, you know, especially on the pick and roll with D-Will, you know, you gotta make sure you giving him bodies. The guy on the ball has to make sure you taking something away from him. If he have choices, he, he’ll th–he’ll play with you. You have to go on both ways. You’ll have a big guy on the wrong side of the ball because he can set you up one way and go the other way, so you have to make sure you make him use the screen, as much as you can. With AK, you have to match his energy. He’s gonna be all over the floor. You have to know where he is on the defensive end. He make plays on defensive end from behind the plays to get him some more possessions. Open court, you gotta find him because he’s a smart cutter.
** Injury report
We need the bodies to get back, but right now I’m not sure. They’re able to do a little bit more everyday, but getting them on the floor, I’m not sure of the time frame just yet…Marvin [Williams] and Brandon [Rush] are getting closer, I think. Jeremy [Evans] still have, I think his date is the 11th. I’m not, 9th or 11th is his date to, for his time to be healed. Trey [Burke] still has couple of weeks and Andris [Biedrins] is still working on his ankle.
** How did you feel getting major minutes for the first time in awhile?
It was excitement. Sometimes it takes a little bit of rhythm and the one thing that I, fortunately, coach gave me the opportunity to keep playing on the floor to get that rhythm. And that’s what happened. That’s when, when you’re able to to get, you know, 20-plus minutes a night, you know even if your first five minutes aren’t smooth, you have confidence that he’s gonna come back to you. So, it’s easier to brush off a turnover. It’s easier to brush off two or three missed shots, because you know it’s a long game. And that’s something that comes with experience.
** Does it mean anything extra for you to go back and play the Nets?
Not anymore. It did, probably my rookie year and second year, but not anymore. I’m over it now.
** You previously said you felt you were given up on and that it fueled and motivated you.
It still do. You know, I got traded halfway through my rookie year, so I mean, it still does, but you know, I’m over the, you know, having hard feelings about it.
** Do you want to be the go-to guy at the end of games?
Yeah, I definitely want to be that guy, man. That’s what I’m working towards. I’m working on my offensive game, just working on everything. So fourth quarter come around, I’ll be one of them guys that coach can trust to be on the court.
Do you feel like yourself, Gordon [Hayward], Enes or Alec [Burks] can become the go-to guy?
Yeah, I think it can be either one of us. You know, either one of us, I mean, either one of us do different things. So you know, it’s just really just earning coach Corbin trust. (KALL)
Gordon Hayward on Jeff Hornacek
** From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Like Hornacek, Hayward called the prospect of seeing his former coach on the Suns’ bench “kind of weird, but only because he worked with me so much — and helped me so much — during my first three years” in the NBA.
“He has a high basketball IQ,” Hayward continued. “He understands the game. He’s able to see plays before they happen and knows how defenses are going to react to different things. He’s really good an anticipating things.”
** From the Deseret News:
Hayward, who’s spent the past few weeks wondering if he’d get that contract extension, anticipated playing against Hornacek’s team. The former Jazzman was a mentor to Utah’s shooting guard since the Butler star was selected ninth overall in 2010.
“I’ve talked to Coach several times. He’s a friend, just asked for advice,” Hayward said. “He’s played the same position that I am in this league. We had a great relationship when he was here in Utah.”
I don’t know if ESPN Headlines invited John Stockton on to solely talk about Russell Westbrook, but all the questions were about Westbrook and the Thunder. During most of the interview, it was Stock talking over Westbrook highlights and the banner on the screen was about Westbrook too.
On how hard it is for athletes to come back after injuries and play at an elite level
It’s different. Your knee is never the same. I think that’s a given. That’s one thing Coach [Jerry] Sloan told me when I had to go in for surgery for my knees, is that the knee will never be the same. You will have to make adaptations and adjustments.
And so, I was prepared for that. I worked very hard with trainers and staff, and I know Russell’s gonna have to as well…He’ll make a nice recovery. I think one of the things you’re worried about, “Do I, have I come back too soon? Have I waited long enough for the surgery to heal?” And that’s a tough question to answer.
How important is it to have that “backbone” of Kevin Durant (or Karl Malone) when you come back?
Well, I think they’re a little bit different. I don’t think they play off of each other as much as Karl and I did. For us, it was absolutely necessary. At least for me. I know that I wouldn’t have enjoyed the success that I did without Karl. But these guys seem to be guys that can take the ball in their own hands and take care of business.
With a 100-percent healthy Westbrook, how far do you see the Thunder going?
There’s so many good teams in the West. Actually, there’s so many good teams in the East too. You just never know on a given night, anybody can beat anybody. They’re certainly capable of winning the whole thing. They’re also certainly capable of missing the playoffs. So you know, I’m not gonna make a guess.
Derrick Rose had a tough game in his return with 5 turnovers to 4 assists. What have you seen from Rose so far?
He’s just one of the most explosive athletes I think I’ve ever seen. I mean, he is, seems calm, seems calm, and then all of a sudden like a rocket he’s on the basket. And so powerful, and his ability to score is really, he really shows his abilities every night. I look at, it’s one game. And obviously it’s against the Heat, a great defensive team. But it’s one game even if it wasn’t against them.
LeBron James is on the path to becoming the greatest player ever. Can you see him becoming greater than Michael Jordan?
I think they’re different. I know I’m gonna straddle the fence here, but I don’t know that they’re the only two in the conversation, first of all. I played with Michael; I played against Michael. Phenomenal player. He’d certainly be one of the top guys I ever played against.
I never had a chance to play against LeBron, nor did I have a chance to play against Wilt Chamberlain and so on. So, there’s a lot of guys that fit into that category, in my opinion. LeBron could certainly write record books from here on forward. He’s a phenomenal athlete and a phenomenal player.
Who is today’s John Stockton? Who reminds you of yourself?
Boy, I don’t know. The, there’s so much attention and there’s so much coverage in the NBA nowadays [that] there’s very few dark horses. And that’s kinda how I pictured myself, a little bit. Kinda behind the scenes a little bit, and try to be an effective player and help my team, and I’m sure there’s a lot of guys that do that. But I think we hear about a lot of them.
Tell us about Phil Ford’s pet bobcat and your 2-year-old Lindsay.
Phil Johnson’s. Yeah, our assistant coach Phil Johnson and his wife, Ann, had rescued a bobcat that had its foot caught in a trap, and they were nursing it back to health. They had it right at their house, and he knew how, Coach knew about my love for animals and stuff. So I went up there first and saw it.
And my daughter Lindsay was sitting right next to me on the couch and the cat never took its eyes off her. She had a red, like a Little Red Riding Hood coat on. So I stared at the cat. It just kept staring at her. So I put my arm out, and I’m protecting her and shield her, and in the blink of an eye that cat was on my shoulder right over the top of her head. And it gave me real insight to the athleticism of the wildlife in the world.
That’s one of the stories where you can tell you weren’t a Laker.
Hopefully, that’s not the only story you can tell.
Your eyes deceive you not. This here John Stockton, raising the roof.
On Gordon Hayward’s extension (or lack of)
We’re very confident in Gordon, and you know, again, it was a credit to Kevin O’Connor’s draft, and Coach [Jerry] Sloan and Coach [Phil] Johnson, Coach [Tyrone] Corbin, their acumen in developing, helping Gordon develop to this point, that we’re very confident that he will be at peace this season and play well. …
[Gordon] sees himself as a member of the community, and the Jazz. And again, it’s a testament to Kevin O’Connor and the staff that, you know, I inherited a group of guys of sound character, of payroll, that is very flexible, and a young group of talented players. And we just gotta go through the process and see this through.
But you know, Gordon will be the first to attest, you know, he’s part of a group. And at the end of the day, the results of the group always is the greatest factor in all this. And you know, again, you know, he won’t be a distraction. He will give us a great effort. We’ll have a very motivated player, and again, we look forward to getting to July to start the talks again.
The Jazz are NOT tanking!
We didn’t do what we did this summer to lose ball games. In the picks that we accumulated, and the flexibility that we have, we can take veteran players, if this young core shows what it takes to be a contender, or the beginning stages of a contender, I should say. So we’re gonna go at this with a pure heart…
Again, the, what we did this summer with letting some of our veterans walk, it was in anticipation of striking deals, of having to match offer sheets. Not with just Gordon, you know. We have Enes [Kanter] and Alec [Burks] coming up in the future. And, before you know it, you know, Trey [Burke] and Rudy [Gobert] will be here as well.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Gorbert”: Dennis Lindsey.
On offensive struggles
That’s going to be a big theme for us this year, is, you know, when we have problems executing offense, are we going to let go of the rope, or are we going to trust Ty and execute even harder?
You know, because we don’t have that dominant scorer like Kevin Durant. You know, when we have the lulls in scoring, are we going to emotionally let go of the rope? When we’re playing defense, are we going to fight through it much like, you know, Chicago did last year absent Derrick Rose?
So I think the first marker, you always wanna get a win. We’re not going to overstate a loss, but I think the first marker was, is that we competed hard. We just gotta compete smarter by not fouling as much.
And I think if we can get good shots even though we might not make, but just don’t turn it over where the other team’s playing downhill at us on numbers on a fast break, I think that could help a lot.
Can the Jazz play good defense without fouling so much?
We hope so. You know, for a couple of years there, we were 30th [in the league in fouls] and 29[th] was a, you know, a good ways away from us. And then last year, we moved it to 24th.
And you know, there’s different philosophies, and clearly, with the way Coach Sloan played the game, that he was rough, and he was a man, and you know, he strapped it on last night, or every night,* and you know, that’s Jazz DNA. And we don’t want to lose that…
And does a prospect have enough of that to be part of our group? And I feel like to keep the integrity, that’s real important. But what you find out is, is a lot of times the guys with physicality but yet play with great discipline, they’re the least foul-prone. And really, we want to move Derrick [Favors] to, you know, where Tim Duncan is…
You know, I’ve visited with Ty a bunch. Again, we weren’t 30th last year; we were 24th. But to be more efficient, you know, we can’t keep put people at the free throw line. (1280)
* UDQM Alert! “[H]e was rough, and he was a man, and you know, he strapped it on last night, or every night.”
Tyrone Corbin was feeling a lil stompy on the sideline.
The good: The Jazz didn’t lose by 50.
The bad: The Jazz currently have the worst record in the league (0-3) and are off to their worst start in 34 years (according to nba.com).
The ugly: One assist in the second half. ONE.
** Tyrone Corbin, post-game
They played with more energy. You know, we gotta get better™. We a young group. We should be en–we should have more energy. You know, so we, we’ll go back to work. And it’s been frustrating learning lessons over and over and over again, but you know, that’s where we are. So, we’ll keep working, and hopefully we’ll continue to get better™.
** Corbin on the young guys
With the young guys, it’s, you know, they have to, you, they think they’re getting it done, and it’s just, you know, it’s at a different pace. And it seemed that way in the second half.
** Corbin’s assessment of the lineup change (Jamaal Tinsley for John Lucas III)
I thought it went well for us. In the first half, I thought Jamaal came in and did a good job for us, getting us organized, getting us where we wanted to go. And Lucas came in behind that, and created the pace and carried the second group.
** Corbin on Gordon Hayward
We have young guys that’s trying to carry the load for us…Teams focus on him, so he got a body on him most of the time, so it’s a learning thing for him, to learn the kind of shape that he has to be in to handle that. And he’s getting better™. He’ll get, he’ll continue to get better™ at it.
** Richard Jefferson, post-game
We take Oklahoma City down to a shot. We take Phoenix on the road down to a shot. You know, we had this team down 16, and we’re tied going into the fourth quarter. Even, you know, last three, four minutes, it’s a dogfight. There’s nothing that we need to do. We just need to continue to battle and continue to get better in the last, you know, five minutes of the game, last six minutes of the game, and then throughout different stretches.
** Jefferson on young teams
When you’re a young team, you’re going to, you know, you’re going to struggle. That’s why, you know, the best teams in this league out-execute you in the last six minutes…They know how to get good buckets. They know how, they know who they want to get the ball. They know who’s gonna take those shots. And they have good floor plans. They don’t give up things, and they don’t turn the ball over…Coach does a great job of putting us in a position to win. You know, we just have to have, we just have to continue trying to execute better.
** John Lucas III, post-game
We’re a young team, and…we gotta build from how we played in the first half, we gotta translate that over to the second half. And that’s not gonna take no time. We should watch film. We gon watch film. Coach Ty is going to go back to the drawing board like he always do. Each and every game we getting better and better.
** Lucas III, optimism
It’s all gon fall into place, and when it does, we gonna shock the world.
** Enes Kanter on the difference between his first and second halves
I don’t know. I have no idea.
Were you tired?
No, I didn’t feel tired. I was fine, but I have no idea.
Did they change what they were doing to you?
No, you know, they went with the same lineup, and everything. I don’t know. I just didn’t, I just couldn’t figure it out. I don’t know what it was.
** Gordon Hayward on fatigue
You really shouldn’t [feel fatigue]. You know, we’re professional basketball players. So, we can’t get tired. This is our job, so whatever we have to do to keep ourselves ready, keep ourselves, you know, at our best, for the games, we gotta do that.
** Hayward on the second half
For whatever reason, though, we came out flat, and you know, they made us pay. … I think that was just lack of energy. I don’t know what the deal was. So, we gotta figure it out, whatever it is.
** Hayward on closing games
We’re right there. We just gotta be able to, like I said, figure out that, whatever it is, that’ll help us push over that edge, and get the w[in].
A look at Trey Burke and Jeremy Evans’ respective sideline styles:
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alex”: Thurl Bailey
** People calling James Harden “The Bearded One”: Tyrone Corbin
** Fantastic Trivia/Conversation/Anecdote of the Night:
Matt Harpring: You know, towards the end of my career, I started wearing–this is gonna sound a little different, but–hip pads. A little pair of pads on the side of your hips just for falls like that. Because when they fall, that’s a couple days, three, four days, where that really pains you. And then when I went to the hip pads, I was back within the next play without any pain.
Steve Brown: Well, you got bone to floor. There’s no padding there at all.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: They want to pull out Howard.
** Steve Brown: Tinsley gave it up to Burks, Burks couldn’t find the handle.
** Sidney Lowe on Dwight Howard: The plan is to bang him. Make it tough for him, not allowing him to get too deep. (H/T @TheJerrbear1, @GrantTBS, @todmanmike)
** Brown: I would imagine that a Kevin McHale tongue-lashing is not a pleasant thing. (H/T @jwinskowski and @bjcseven, who attributes the UDQM to “Captain Terrible”)
** Harpring on Hayward: So many players underestimate his length. (H/T Lou Allen)
** Lucas on coming off the bench: Whatever the coach decide, I’m 100 percent in. I’m two feet in. I’m not one foot in, one foot out. I’m two feet in with this, with the organization, with the team, with the coaching staff, and everybody. Whatever coach wants, I’m gonna go out there and do. If he want me to go out there and play three minutes, Imma go out there and play the hardest three minutes I can.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Dream Shake.
Watch out, world. Mike Harris and the Utah Jazz are here and it’s time for some serious business. Look out for NBA Legends John Lucas III, Jamaal Tinsley and Richard Jefferson. If that line up doesn’t scare you, Rockets fans, I’m not sure what will.
Why did the Jazz mascot
Have a baby in his arms?
by alvinsportsfan on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:04 PM
It’s his newest wife
by Bobbythegreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:04 PM
Wow that intro.
I think I threw up in my mouth a little.
by max1001 on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:09 PM
im too drunk to be patient for dwight howard turnovers
by mtl1986 on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:17 PM
Fuckin turn overs are crazy
by GodFamilyFootball on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:19 PM
wow when you get owned by tinsley
by mtl1986 on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:19 PM
by TexansRocketsStros on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:19 PM
Thank god the
by Bobbythegreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:23 PM
Our interior offense sucks
by SDsportsjunkie on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:26 PM
Our Half Court Sets are Worse…..
by tkrieger on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:27 PM
This is gross
The jazz? The jazz!
by TexansRocketsStros on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:27 PM
Matt Harpring, huh.
by PunkRocket on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:29 PM
my ear bleeds
by RollingWave on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:29 PM
Damn, this Jazz color guy is an asshole.
by alvinsportsfan on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:29 PM
I don’t know what’s worse….
our play or listening to these Jazz a**holes
by shl on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:32 PM
Man one of these Jazz commentators
Is annoying as fuck. I wish I could punch him in the face
by Andrethagreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:35 PM
by maninblack on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:36 PM
Fucking Jazz dick rider
by Andrethagreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:37 PM
can kanter just foul out please
by mtl1986 on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:48 PM
terrible ball movement, terrible defense, terrible rebounding, turnovers.
by TexansAddict on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:50 PM
Matt Harpring as disgusting as he was a player
by NVP on Nov 2, 2013 | 9:53 PM
Losing to the Jazz sucks
by Antho10000 on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:00 PM
Is It Intern Night
on ROOT Sports? these guys are terrible.
by Bayou Burner on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:03 PM
by TexansRocketsStros on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:03 PM
Losing by 17 to UTAH! Hope we come back in 2nd half because right now, it’s just not clicking.
by KLP713 on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:11 PM
Chandler Parsons is playing
by Bobbythegreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:12 PM
He’s playing the least shit.
But still shit.
by alvinsportsfan on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:12 PM
who’s playing well?
by Christopher Dion Harris on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:13 PM
by Bobbythegreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:14 PM
Are you fucking kidding me.
by KLP713 on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:33 PM
Yea…I hate all things Utah
by Antho10000 on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:33 PM
oh fuck you Kanter
by NVP on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:33 PM reply
can we give utah back to russia or whoever originally owned it
by Christopher Dion Harris on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:35 PM
5 point fuck jazz
ok let it 3 point
by HFL21 on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:40 PM
We are winning this..
by blubz on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:41 PM
Outscored the Jazz 15-4 so far this Q
by Carlos_HoustonSportsFanatic on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:41 PM
Chandler is a
turnover waiting to happen tonight.
by Bobbythegreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:46 PM
but hes pretty. does that not give extra points
by mtl1986 on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:47 PM
How ugly is this game?
Lin is the only one on the team that has more assists than turnovers. I am going to play the lottery right now!
by Mark Walston on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:52 PM
well at leaest utah has one hot blonde
by mtl1986 on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:53 PM
she’s still a polygamist…haha
by inquisitiveman on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:55 PM
by PunkRocket on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:56 PM
not so fast we can’t seem to shut down Alec Burks, tied 73-73
by DoubleBogey on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:57 PM
Don’t knock Utah
The night life in SLC is great if you’re from outta town. Seriously.
by Mark Walston on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:58 PM
I hear you get
plenty of sleep when in SLC
by Bobbythegreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:59 PM
i know…ive been there..the college gals are hot…i noticed they dont wear bras that much in SLC…
by inquisitiveman on Nov 2, 2013 | 10:59 PM
Yeah partying in the Mountain cabins sounds like fun.
by Brooklyn go hard on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:01 PM
Parsons just got mauled by favors’s bony arse.
we need motiejunas in there.
wow i said that.
by wwert on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:18 PM
How the fuck do the Jazz keep getting these calls?
by Sugel Mendoza on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:21 PM
It’s in SLC
and they are trailing.
by Bobbythegreat on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:22 PM
Games like these remind me why I hate the Jazz so much, even when they suck
by dxtehsecks on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:21 PM
we’re up 9
by maninblack on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:24 PM
I should feel bad for the Jazz
for turning a 19 points lead but I don’t. Not 1 bit.
by max1001 on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:27 PM
Harpring might be the dumbest motherfu**er on earth
by maninblack on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:26 PM
OMG the Jazz anouncers are awful
by Brooklyn go hard on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:28 PM
Harpring is as big an asshole as an announcer as he was as a player.
by Xiane on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:30 PM
this feels so satisfying
just because matt harpring had to shut the fuck up
by sohum on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:34 PM
do the announcers on the Utah Jazz network have…
GEDs? They are so stupid.
by wwert on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:34 PM
That was the most boring come back ever
by steelblue on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:37 PM
Just a consistent wave of scoring.
With our 1.8ish scorers.
by alvinsportsfan on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:39 PM
Judging from trends, Rockets are going to go 82-0
And each game is going to be ugly with a last minute scoring surge to pull away.
by Lawrence Person on Nov 2, 2013 | 11:47 PM
Did the Jazz almost win? Yes!
Alec Burks in particular was really excited when Gordon Hayward’s second-to-last 3-point attempt went in.
It didn’t go so well for the Jazz after that. Congrats to Jeff Hornacek on an undefeated season so far. :)
Flashback — Randy Rigby said the following on Oct. 16:
Ty really, on Saturday night, after that loss, when a number of our players went over and kind of greeted the Clippers, we were extremely bothered by that. Not as a sportsmanship standpoint, but simply they, that team just handed it to our players. And for our players to walk over and act glad-handed and act like nothing had happened, was a mistake. And we wanted to send that message and teach them really quickly, that’s not how the mindset we should have.
I guess this doesn’t apply to coaches (above) and executives (below) ha.
Practice Quotage (10/31)
** Tyrone Corbin on what he’s seen from the Suns
They’re speeding the game up. They play small a lot. So, we have to adjust some lineups. And being shorthanded, puts a little bit more of a damper on where we are, with our bigs, and being able to match up to where they are. We gotta make sure we understand the personnel for them on the floor, and how we have to defend them, and how we have to change.
** Corbin on whether he’s talked to Jeff Hornacek since his departure
We, we’s, talk. Text. And he’s doing well.
** Corbin on Mike Harris
He’s worked his tail off to get an opportunity, and it was great to see a guy like him, man, come in and get, get a, an opportunity against a guy like Kevin [Durant], and maximize the opportunity. He just, you just root for guys like that, and for them to make the most of the moment, was great.
** Corbin on Alec Burks
He’s gonna play minutes, and he may start for us sometime, sometimes during the course of the season. But, he’s gonna play, and that’s the main thing. I had to try and get him to understand that, you know, you deserve to start. You play like you should be a starter, and you should wanna start. But for where we are right now, you know, the best thing may be for you to come off the bench.
** Trey Burke on his rehab
Just continuing to go to therapy. I’m going to therapy about three or four times a week, and you know, just getting my movement back, and continuing to ice it as well. You know, I sleep with the splint on, and when I’m doing my conditioning and working out, you know, on the treadmill and things like that, I still have my splint on. So right now, I’m just tryna, you know, continue to, you know, get the strength back, you know? It’s almost there. I’m almost in a full fist.* So you know, I’m just gonna continue to work on it.
** John Lucas III on turnovers in the Thunder game
You know, 22 turnovers, hard to win games when you have that many turnovers. And you know, that’s something we’re gonna work on. A lot of it was due t–who knows what it was due to, but we gotta take care of the ball. Myself, I had a crucial turnover at the, in the fourth quarter with the travel. You know, that was crazy. I usually don’t make mistakes like that. But you know, that turnover, then all the other turnovers, it always leads to fast-point breaks.*
* Not a typo.
** Lucas on Mike Harris
I’m proud of Mike, you know? He’s been through the same journey I’ve been through. We played together in China, on the same team in Shanghai. And just seeing him come in and establish himself in this league as an NBA player, you know, it, that’s huge. That’s big.
Gordon Hayward No Extension Quotage
Pre-Game Quotage (10/31)
** Jeff Hornacek: Phoenix has always been an organization where they’ve been flying up and down, get up and down the court. Defense wasn’t really a high priority. You know, they played defense, but we came into this this year saying, “I want to play the, you know, Jerry-Sloan-be-tough-be-physical [type defense].” We have a defensive guy we brought in from Boston that is great at teaching these guys. And you know, we feel that’s our first focus. The offense will come as time goes on, but we’re really trying to establish some defensive principles here. (KALL)
JazzFanatical Injury Report
** Tyrone Corbin: Every loss stings. And you can talk about effort, and growing, but you wanna have some success in it. And you know, it’s, tonight I thought our effort was good enough to, if we didn’t make a few mistakes, we could win the ball game.
** Derrick Favors: It was tough, but you know, we came out, played hard, but you know, we gotta hope we can the next game.
** Gordon Hayward: We gotta be able to execute offensively down the stretch. And too many turnovers, too many, not necessarily bad shots, but they weren’t good shots. And that’s on us to execute our offense better, and you know, make sure down towards the end of the fourth quarter we’re getting good looks. ‘Cause we just, we didn’t get that tonight.
** Hayward on the Jazz’s turnovers: It’s definitely fixable. I think it’s just running through our offense a lot more crisp, a lot sharper. You know, that stems from the way we practice and we gotta be better in practice and sharper in practice. (1280)
** Rudy Gobert:
Random Stuff, etc.
** Rookie hazing alive and well in Phoenix:
** People still calling Richard Jefferson a center: Root Sports (H/T @Dymecoar)
** Ian Clark should stop taking cues from Enes Kanter in some instances, this being one of them:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** H/T @UofUJazz:
** Harpring: That’s Hornacek’s style; the faster the better.
** Boler on the Coors Light stat box: That’s cold and hard and it’s a fact. Harpring: That’s not cold and hard. That’s warm and fuzzy.
** Boler on Mike Harris: He’s got that combo package.
** Harpring on Harris: He enjoyed getting into Durant and making him frustrated.
** Harpring on Favors: 43 minutes. I don’t think he can sustain that.
** Boler on Goran Dragic’s collision with PJ Tucker: Oh my. That’s dangerous, as both players went up high. Dragic took a wicked spill on his shoulder…I tell ya, Matty, it happened so fast…He popped up for a moment and then went right back down.
** Boler: Hayward rides the back of Bledsoe.
** Harpring: Coach Corbin putting in length now.