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Bits from Greg Ostertag Interview, 2/21

February 22, 2017


Supplementary reading:
Where Are They Now: Greg Ostertag (2014)
Jerry Sloan recounts the infamous ice bag incident

On his relationship with Jerry Sloan
You know, I think the one thing I learned now that I’m older and wiser is that all those times Jerry was yelling at me and I thought it was [his] fault, it was my fault.

Who are you most excited to reunite with at the ceremony?
I’m excited to see them all, but (long pause during which Tag gets teary, which in turn gets me going) I’m really excited to see Jerry. Because I love him to death, and I hate what he’s going through. ‘Cause that’s not the Jerry Sloan I knew. And I know it’s tearing him apart, and it kills me.

I try to call him to ca–I try to call him to talk to him on the phone. I can’t, ’cause I get emotional…I know we had our ups and downs, but I love him to death and I, it kills me to see him like that…

The one great thing about Jerry was no matter what happened, most of the time especially with me, he’s, w–no matter what happened the next day, the night before, the next day, he was always like, good morning, you know, and he gave you a high-five. And you know, 99 percent of the time it was over. There are times when him and I carried it over, which, again, my fault.

Best memory of your career?
Probably most likely John [Stockton]’s shot. I mean, that was phenomenal. That was probably the best playoff game I’d ever played for the Jazz, and I fouled out and I was so bummed that I didn’t even watch the last play. I was over there, I had my head down — and not pouting, but just nervous.

And all I — I had to watch the replay to really see what had happened. I just, you know, the, it went in, John hit the shot, and all of a sudden I heard everybody jumping and screaming.

And the one thing I remember most about that replay was Greg Foster and Stephen Howard were sitting next to each other, and when they got up to run on the court, Greg was flailing his arms and punched Stephen Howard in the face. And I just remembered seeing that.

But it was so fun, ’cause, you know, you never saw a lot of reaction out of Jerry, as far as on a win, or something like that. And to see him throw his arms up in the air and with, and be jubilant and excited, and Phil [Johnson] too, and all, and just everybody was, I mean, that was a — and it was funny, because I said in a post-game interview, I said, “We’ll be back at so-and-so time. It’s plenty of time for people from St. George to drive up.”

And I got off the plane, and we were on the, what we on, the, I can’t remember, we were going out somehow at the gate and this, these two guys go, “We drove up from St. George!”…

To see something like that, that Utah had been waiting for since they moved there, to have ourself in position to win an NBA title, was, it was just fun to see the state come together like that and see two guys drive up from St. George…just to come celebrate at 1 o’clock in the morning.

Being older and wiser, I’ve got a lot of regret in my life, and, one of that is not being the player for those guys that I could’ve been and should’ve been, and taking for granted that I was 7-foot, and only being as good as I was at that time and not doing any better.

You know, Bobbye and, Bobbye Sloan and John and Karl [Malone] were always telling me, if he wasn’t yelling at you, he doesn–he wouldn’t care about you. Well, at times I thought he cared a little too much, but you know, looking back, I blew that.

I just, you know, I looked at it like, you know, if things were going wrong it was my fault regardless of who screwed up…I regret it, and I know Jerry only wanted the best for me, and la–you know, as I got older and look back, I, it’s one of those things that I blew, I didn’t take advantage of…

It came down to — I would say I loved playing the game. I’m pa–I’m competitive and I like to win and I hate losing. I just didn’t have the work ethic I should’ve had. That’s essentially what it comes down to, period.

What happened with Shaq?
We had just beat them in the play–in, to go to the Western Conference Finals, I think…[Shaq] was the best big man in the league that time, and they had asked him something in the locker room about, you know, hey, I, something to the effect that, you know, hey, Greg Ostertag had a pretty good game, pretty good two games against you, blah, blah, blah.

And Shaq said something like Greg Ostertag can’t, you know, hold my blah, blah, blah; whatever it was.

Well, it came to me and instead of taking the high road, I got livid and my answer was, well, Shaq’s going home to play golf. I’m going to the NBA Western Conference Finals. So, you know, me being naive, I thought it was over. (laughs)

So we played them, what, first game of the next year, and I walk–we were going out for shootaround and he gets in my face and I mean, we were nose to nose and he said something — he said, “Better watch your mouth,” something like that.

And I said, “You started it!” And all of a sudden, that big giant glove comes out of nowhere. He didn’t hit me. He didn’t slap me. He didn’t pun–he just put his hand on — I wasn’t expecting him to put his hand on the side of my head and fr–and push me down. And that’s all it was.

On basketball today
I don’t watch a whole lot of basketball now because it’s not the basketball I grew up on. It’s not, you know, it’s, they don’t play basketball really the way that we played 20 years ago. You know, if you remember, teams used to…hate to play us because we would actually screen you, and screen you hard.

And we would box you out, and you know, we would run an offense and we would take 20 seconds off the shot clock if we needed to. You know, we’d get a layup on a fast break, y–we’re gonna get a layup. But if we didn’t, I mean, how many times in John and Karl’s career, did we run four up to start the game and John got a layup off that and everybody knew it was coming?

And it’s just, it just comes down to, you know, we just, we would out-execute people, and set screens and box out and get the shot more or less that we wanted rather than what you wanted.

And — I guess I’m just old school. I just don’t enjoy watching the way basketball’s played now. It is what it is. I mean, I know people pay to see those guards run up and down the court and jack up threes and dunk and all that stuff, but I, you know, I’d like to see these new-age teams play against some older teams back in the late 80s, early 90s…

I mean, look at San Antonio. In the big picture, they’re kind of boring. But they’re the best team in the West and they’re competitive every year. They lost probably, arguably, the best four-man — and that’s not a knock against Karl — but the best four-man ever to play the game* to retirement, and they’re still the best team in the West, or se–I’m sorry, second best team in the West.

* Oh no he di’int!

On the urban legend about the time he threw a bag of ice at Jerry Sloan (also, UDQM)
It wasn’t at Jerry. It was just — it was after the game, actually. And I can’t remember — I think it was Houston. And it was one of those deals where, you know, Jerry was riding me and I was just, got to the tipping point.

He was something to me or something, something, something — I don’t know, I, you know what Jerry’s formula was. “Hey Greg,” you know, softly, gently. (laughs)

No, he had said something to me. He was chewing on me, you know, and I said, I just, I turned around and g–I bent down and picked it up and it went flying. And actually, it went, not at Phil Johnson, but past Phil Johnson. So, yeah. I’m not gonna lie. It happened.

** Ostertag to Gordon Monson: I’m out here, I’ve got cows and chickens and donkeys, and I named one of my donkeys after you…It’s the dumb one that always runs into the fence.
** Interview ends with this from Ostertag: Gordon, I’ll take a picture of my ass and send it to you. (1280)

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

February 16, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.

Here’s to a cheat code-less Joe Johnson tonight!
Posted by RipCityREC-kingMachine on Feb 15, 2017 | 5:26 PM

OK Meyers this is you LAST chance to prove your worth now go out there and kick some butt!
Seriously Nukic is right behind you laughing.

Posted by sackataters on Feb 15, 2017 | 5:30 PM

I wanted Rudy so bad in that draft
He turned out pretty good too

Posted by cavejunctionblazer on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:12 PM

Weird, Leonard showed up with a haircut just like Nurkic’s.
Insecure much?

Posted by CanamAldrin on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:12 PM

Has an accent now too
Posted by Mortimer on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:14 PM

CJ lookin’ like the living personification of vomit early on
Posted by AUS2PDX on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:18 PM

We can actually play Nurk and Leonard vs them
Jazz the only team we can get away with that hahah

Posted by Shelvino on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:19 PM

CJ…get it together
they have ingles on you

Posted by skott75 on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:19 PM

Our team looks like a group of kids at summer camp that just wants to go home to their videogames…
Posted by RipCityREC-kingMachine on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:25 PM

This jazz team is just
A weird ragamuffin collective of misfit derelict…and they are beating us. Shameful

Posted by cavejunctionblazer on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:26 PM

this is hilarious
looks like the guys are buying into the tank

Posted by skott75 on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:28 PM

Dang it Favors stop messing with Nurk!
Cant wait to see him play against some regular bigmen not the defensive fortress Utah got

Posted by Shelvino on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:42 PM

woaaa dante exum playing an nba game
never thought i’d see that

Posted by so harkless on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:47 PM

Meyers go away we’re here to watch Nurk.
Posted by Devyn on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:47 PM

I didn’t realize how Exum was so big
for a pg he’s huge

Posted by so harkless on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:49 PM

It’s fun listening to Damian get applause in UTA even while they’re hating on us.
Posted by conspirator5 on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:51 PM

It’s like they don’t get he HATES them and thinks they’re a JOKE
Posted by Mortimer on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:52 PM

“America First Jazz Dancers”????
An interesting axe the Jazz ownership is grinding there considering how unpopular the big T is with M’s in U.

Posted by conspirator5 on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:53 PM

Ingles owns our guards
Posted by Shelvino on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:53 PM

Ingles is a top 5 doesn’t look like an NBA player NBA player
Posted by Farouq it I’m out on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:54 PM

Uh… So do the refs just not call fouls on Utah or something?
Posted by Koosman123 on Feb 15, 2017 | 6:55 PM

This team is so bad…..
Posted by OfficerCosta on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:01 PM

The actual worst
Posted by AUS2PDX on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:02 PM

This team is hard to watch
Posted by Ken N Chmiel Jr. on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:01 PM

we’re not very good
Posted by srsly on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:09 PM

Are these really the best shots the team can get off?
Posted by bluesloth on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:33 PM

Bro we suck!
Posted by Shelvino on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:34 PM

We’re so bad
Posted by pdxthomastran on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:33 PM

Hate is such a strong word. I hate this team.
Posted by AUS2PDX on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:34 PM

Dame just watched Hayward shoot that… Contest it!
Posted by dpnim on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:36 PM

i mean, nice thought, but haywood’s just going to shoot over him
6’3 pg vs 6’8 sf …

Posted by Eat Politicians on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:38 PM

Stockton and Eaton are in the stands
Posted by Mortimer on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:40 PM

I’ve mentioned this before, but I remember as a kid thinking Eaton was the ugliest dude in the world
BUT NOW THAT HE’S OLDER, and maybe cuz I am older, he just looks like a normal dude to me. My tastes in giants had changed!

Posted by Mortimer on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:44 PM

Your eyes are probably just going bad.
Posted by jigglyai on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:46 PM

He grew into his features!
It’s the only hope I have for myself as I age.

Posted by Mortimer on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:47 PM

Nurk is one thick guy, my goodness
Posted by mrsbro on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:43 PM

Nurk post up pimp
Posted by cavejunctionblazer on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:43 PM

Nurk is our Saviour!!
Posted by broyblazers on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:43 PM

Nurkic is making me question my sexual orientation right now
Posted by AP_18 on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:43 PM

Nurklear Explosion
Posted by Blaz3rs on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:45 PM

Nurklear Power
Posted by Blaz3rs on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:45 PM

The Nurkleus of the team
Posted by Blaz3rs on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:46 PM

Posted by AUS2PDX on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:58 PM

We’re losing and I don’t even care
Posted by AUS2PDX on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:58 PM

I only care when Nurkic goes out
Because I want him to come back

Posted by Koosman123 on Feb 15, 2017 | 7:59 PM

RIP Meyers Leonard 2012-2017 hit on the head by a Herzogvinian Hammer
Posted by sackataters on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:01 PM

Watching Nurk and the rest of the Blazers are eating farts in the background because they absolutley suck
Posted by AUS2PDX on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:03 PM

Ingles tonight is what we hoped Babbitt would become
Posted by fanoftrc on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:03 PM

I don’t know how
but he is even a decent defender

Posted by skott75 on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:04 PM

He surprises the hell out of me
He looks like a 45 year old who likes his Budweiser

Posted by Farouq it I’m out on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:05 PM

I was thinking alcoholic electrician.
Posted by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:06 PM

Why are Dame and CJ still in???
Posted by fanoftrc on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:06 PM

Posted by Mortimer on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:07 PM

This is a bad team
Posted by Timmyb1980 on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:08 PM

Beat off the dribble by Joe Ingles…
Posted by Roy Wonder on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:10 PM

Do you think Dame even realises how trash he can be?
Posted by Stephec1 on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:11 PM

Golbert should be a ALL STAR
Golbert and Meyres are the same age, 24. But Meyres plays like he is 12.

Posted by rbdfabio on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:16 PM

Hey, it’s Jeff Withey.
Former future great value second-round pick Jeff Withey.

Posted by Roy Wonder on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:19 PM

Our biggest regret as a franchise
Posted by Mortimer on Feb 15, 2017 | 8:20 PM

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 14, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

Go Clippers!
Posted by Jonee on Feb 13, 2017 | 6:04 PM

Man our thread is so dead compared to opponents blogs….
Posted by DrewsLife1022 on Feb 13, 2017 | 7:42 PM

Finally Clips play Solid D .
And get a win against a pretty good team too. Keep it up Clips!

Posted by BruinAce on Feb 13, 2017 | 8:21 PM

Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 12, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Celtics Blog.

There’s so many Celtics fans at this game haha
by steved24 on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:26 PM

Yeah you can hear cheers every time IT scores.
by GreenCeltics on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:29 PM

Is Utah going to give Hayward a max contract?
by GreenCeltics on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:32 PM

I hope they do. I don’t want him

by GTR216 on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:33 PM

Preseason some folks around here were saying Hayward was a better player than IT.
by Bird Rights on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:35 PM

LOL. Isaiah playing with one arm in his sleep > Hayward
by GTR216 on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:36 PM

If we target anyone from Utah it should be Favours, dude is a Hulk and would be a good pairing with AL.
by Bird Rights on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:46 PM

SMH at Lion King Cam.
by Bird Rights on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:40 PM

Lol they just had a shot of boris diaw taking care of his wedgie hahaa
by Bimbo Coles on Feb 11, 2017 | 10:52 PM

Of course Utah has Simon says as their halftime show.
by GreenCeltics on Feb 11, 2017 | 11:13 PM

Cs dropping like flies
by GTR216 on Feb 11, 2017 | 11:33 PM

Utah is a cursed city
This is where our latest dynasty was ruined when KG hurt his knee in January of 2009

by GTR216 on Feb 11, 2017 | 11:36 PM

by Bimbo Coles on Feb 11, 2017 | 11:46 PM

Utah has got to be getting frustrated
by GTR216 on Feb 11, 2017 | 11:47 PM

by Bimbo Coles on Feb 11, 2017 | 11:50 PM

Is Utah really the best defense in the league?
You’d think they’re the worst based on this game

by GTR216 on Feb 12, 2017 | 12:06 AM

Joe Ingles looks like that weird uncle but he can ball
by Bimbo Coles on Feb 12, 2017 | 12:22 AM

by west coast celtic on Feb 12, 2017 | 12:31 AM

Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 10, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.

Time to get back on track
by Pompelmo on Feb 9, 2017 | 7:33 PM

make it a track meet to wear out gobert
by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 7:34 PM

i’d watch utah’s feed but harpring is too big an ass
fuck harper anyway..

by dimitriouss on Feb 9, 2017 | 7:42 PM

wes needs to wake up from his nap
by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 7:45 PM

get anderson in, bench devin!
by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 7:55 PM

dirk could be warming up
by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:10 PM

He’s looking like he’s finally rounding into shape
by Dynomite on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:12 PM

for fucks sake put Dirk back in
by dimitriouss on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:23 PM

Ingles…. scrub
by Dynomite on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:25 PM

The tank is on
by Bobbita on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:27 PM

And let them score 21…

by Bobbita on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:30 PM

Maybe someone volunteers at halftime
To guard ingles … its awful if gobert has no impact on the game, but ingles is killing us … and on the other side we have one made 3 … ONE!!!!

by madeyemoody on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:41 PM

could we bench wes
by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:54 PM

Should bench curry … he is worthless today …
by madeyemoody on Feb 9, 2017 | 8:57 PM

Its official the Mavs mailed it in
by CardinalAllUpInYoFace on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:02 PM

End of q3, down only 10 … a miracle!
by madeyemoody on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:17 PM

come on mavs, run this game somehow
by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:26 PM

put a guard on ingles of all players
by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:30 PM

It really doesn’t feel like we are this close.
by Dynomite on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:32 PM

3Pt game feels like 10 lol
by raijin.luppi on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:33 PM

1 point game
by madeyemoody on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:35 PM

Fuck you Devin!
Where is Yogi!?!?!?!

by CardinalAllUpInYoFace on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:36 PM

put Dirk back in

by dimitriouss on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:40 PM

if hayward wants to flop for a foul call.. mavs can too if they tried
by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:44 PM

They aren’t assholes
by CardinalAllUpInYoFace on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:46 PM

by go87 on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:47 PM

Attack Gobert and foul him out
by raijin.luppi on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:48 PM

Foul his ass out for revenge from that 25 and 26 game
by raijin.luppi on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:49 PM

Hayward killin us
by BlueNati0n on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:48 PM

gobert foul!!
by BlueNati0n on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:56 PM

Should have fouled Gobert out when we had 3 minutes left
by raijin.luppi on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:56 PM

better now than never
by BlueNati0n on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:57 PM

foul favors he’s terrible
by BlueNati0n on Feb 9, 2017 | 9:59 PM

by raijin.luppi on Feb 9, 2017 | 10:02 PM

OT baby
by BlueNati0n on Feb 9, 2017 | 10:02 PM

by dimitriouss on Feb 9, 2017 | 10:03 PM

Boris Diaw be like since i’m not on San Antonio anymore i don’t have to play defense
by raijin.luppi on Feb 9, 2017 | 10:11 PM

we can beat an almost full squad Utah not necessarily playing great.

by Pompelmo on Feb 9, 2017 | 10:19 PM

Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 9, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Bird Writes.

Pelicans defense
nonexistent thru the first 5 minutes. Jazz have gotten anything they want.

by Oleh Kosel on Feb 8, 2017 | 7:19 PM

First half observations
Notwithstanding scoring 13 points, Jrue Holiday has sucked…sloppy passing and sleepy defense
Solomon Hill has more problems making a simple hand-off pass than anyone I have ever seen
Anthony Davis apparently doesn’t play on Wednesdays
Our team has absolutely no identity. We say we want to play with pace and motion, all I see is a lot of ball-hoggery

by BenDerDonDat on Feb 8, 2017 | 8:08 PM

The Pels are proving themselves to be tank-worthy..
They are literally cheating fans out of their money.. No energy, no effort, no defense

by BenDerDonDat on Feb 8, 2017 | 8:26 PM

Didn’t expect much against the Jazz
But I thought AD would show up. Other then a couple of nice stuffs he’s been fairly invisible.
Well then he puts down a nice and one jam

by S-wilk on Feb 8, 2017 | 8:29 PM

When I see this i want to cry
Gordon Hayward $14.5 million per year
Solomon Hill $11 mill

by BenDerDonDat on Feb 8, 2017 | 8:34 PM

Whenever I just look at Solomon Hill
I want to cry.

by Oleh Kosel on Feb 8, 2017 | 8:37 PM

by Oleh Kosel on Feb 8, 2017 | 8:41 PM

Trade AD
and start over.

by whentheleveebreaks on Feb 8, 2017 | 9:00 PM

No..first things first..Clean house at the management and coaching level, then let the new GM figure out a plan going forward
by BenDerDonDat on Feb 8, 2017 | 9:04 PM

Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 7, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Peachtree Hoops.

watch closely how hayward is reffed
by Revfromtampa2014 on Feb 6, 2017 | 7:42 PM

Hayward is freaking good and I’d give him a max deal in about half a second
by Kris Willis on Feb 6, 2017 | 7:54 PM

dear god, this offense lol. might be a good idea to try to get your hot guy involved. 1 shot no good
by Revfromtampa2014 on Feb 6, 2017 | 8:14 PM

wtf howard? how did george hill grab an offensive rebound on you
by Revfromtampa2014 on Feb 6, 2017 | 9:03 PM

trade howard for brook lopez if he’s on the market
by Revfromtampa2014 on Feb 6, 2017 | 9:03 PM

bruh you high af
by Roger the Shrubber -_- on Feb 6, 2017 | 9:13 PM

death by Bembry
by Revfromtampa2014 on Feb 6, 2017 | 9:14 PM

death by Muscala
by Revfromtampa2014 on Feb 6, 2017 | 9:14 PM

Shitting the bed in a bad way. I blame the idiot Falcons.
by JimTh on Feb 6, 2017 | 9:20 PM

Favors destroyed Muscala. owned him in every way possible lol
by Revfromtampa2014 on Feb 6, 2017 | 9:23 PM

They really need to tear this down.
by edac46 on Feb 6, 2017 | 9:27 PM

This Week in the Utah Jazz

February 6, 2017

One. Gordon Hayward on why the Jazz are winning more close games this year: I think experience. I think being in those situations a lot in the past where we’ve faltered and haven’t had success. I think some of the veterans coming in, playing alongside them with their poise, ’cause they’ve been in those [situations] before and have been successful, and honestly have won us some of those games as well.

Derrick Favors on why the Jazz are winning more close games this year: I think it’s just growth, and you know, adding more players, more veteran players with experience.

Bonus quote from Rudy Gobert on the Jazz acquiring Boris Diaw: I was really excited. That was one of the things I wanted, you know, having some veterans.

Two. Rudy Gobert on not making the All-Star team: I have more chances to make it…The league is how it is, and we can’t control that. So, like I said, I just control what I can control and keep getting better, and you know, I make sure it’s not an option in the future.

Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert not making the All-Star team: I talked to Rudy that night. I just called him in, ’cause I knew he was disappointed. …

The good thing about the season that he’s having is that he’s really found that balance [between improving at the right pace and playing efficiently]. I think, you know, the things that he’s doing…and he likes to show you, right? I mean, he’ll throw a little behind-the-back pass and he’ll, li–almost, like, wink at you and let you know that, you know, that’s on the horizon. And I like that.

You know, I like that he’s challenging himself, and you can see the joy that he has playing the game. And it’s fun to see. I think, you know, I think we’re gonna see more and more from Rudy, and you know, we’re gonna look back at this All-Star Game, you know, I think, and say OK, you’re gonna forget that he didn’t make it one year ’cause he’s gonna make it a lot.

And you know, his drive’s been great. He doesn’t need a lot to drive him. I think he’s back to wanting to win right now.

Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert not making the All-Star team: I’m disappointed. I think he not only deserved it, but deserved it in front of a few people that did make it. And I’m not gonna name names, and — I will say this. I’m much like Quin. I think those guys who did make it deserved it…I just believe that, you know, our guy did deserve it, and deserved it more…

Utah currently leads the NBA in points [allowed] per game at 95 points per game, more than three less than any other team. Ranks second in opponent field goal percentage. Who are we gonna ascribe the yeoman’s credit? It’s a team credit and a team credit to Quin, but Rudy’s quite unique.

He’s the only player in the league with averages of 12.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks. Only player in the NBA currently ranked in the top five in both rebounds and block. Only player ranked in the top three in blocks per game the last three seasons. Ten streaks of 31 games with 10-plus rebounds, the fifth longest streak in — since 1997…Recorded the only 25 and 25 re–points and rebound game, and, this season; only fourth in Jazz history.

Here are the number one — here are the categories that Rudy ranks number one in: total blocks, blocks per games, defensive rating, defensive win shares, true shooting percentage, points per shot, defensive real plus-minus, offensive rebounds.

Here are the categories that — and I know I’m being obnoxious, and yeah, writers, tweet it, frankly — here are the categories that Rudy ranked number two in: field goal percentage, effective field goal percentage, dunks, block percentage, defensive block pe–plus-minus.

Here are the categories Rudy ranks number three in: total rebounds, s–player screens assists, offensive rating. You know, again, his vertical spacing means a lot.

There’s more. There’s all kinds of crazy statistics, and so, you know, I am. I’m disappointed. He deserved it. You know, I think he will use it. You know, that’s good, but Rudy Gobert doesn’t need any motivation. You guys see how he plays every game. …

I wanted to be able to, you know, in more of an empirical way, and then some emotion, express, you know, that we don’t believe in, that he has to, you know, prove his way over a three- or four-year period. If he was all-star quality and deserved it, you know, he should’ve been voted in this year.

Three. In case you’re not keeping track at home, this is what Rudy Gobert’s former and current teammates think he looks like:

Brandon Rush.




Rodney Hood.


Trey Lyles.*


*Lyles’ tweet was in response to this tweet from Gobert:


Four. DJ/PK to Joe Ingles: Do you know, does Rudy [Gobert] read stuff that’s said a–

Ingles: Yes.

DJ/PK: –bout him?

Ingles: Rudy’s one of those guys that — and it’s not a bad thing. I think — a lot of people are different. I think some people like to know what everybody’s saying about them, and some people don’t want to know anything ’cause it can affect them. Some people maybe a little bit here and there. Rudy’s definitely a reader. Yeah, he reads it all.

And I mean, it obviously doesn’t affect him in a bad way, so he can keep doing whatever he needs to do. But yeah, I think i–I think for him it’s a motivation thing. I think he likes to read good and bad stuff, and obviously more the bad stuff motivates him to get better and we’ve seen huge progress from him this year. So, he can k–I’m gonna keep forwarding him every article that I find.

Five. “Two decades later, Spurs’ Popovich still following Sloan’s path.” From the San Antonio Express-News:

When he was a young man at the Air Force Academy, Gregg Popovich would often return home to Gary, Indiana, on break and reconnect with friends at a local watering hole.

If it was basketball season, they would probably watch the Chicago Bulls on television. Popovich’s favorite player was a pugnacious, hard-nosed guard named Jerry Sloan.

“I used to come home on leave and eat fried mushrooms and drink Stroh’s (beer) while I watched him beat the hell out of people on TV,” Popovich once recalled. “He’s more of an idol to me than anything else.”

Sloan, of course, went on to a career as a pugnacious, hard-nosed coach of the Utah Jazz for 23 seasons. Even as Popovich began piling up years and victory totals with the Spurs that would rival Sloan’s, he never considered himself in the same peer group.

Popovich still doesn’t.

“He’s in a different league than me,” Popovich said.

When it came time to truly build the Spurs, Sloan became more than an idol to Popovich.

He became a model.

[Brett] Brown recalls Sloan’s name coming up often in the early days of the Spurs’ dynasty.

From 1988 to his abrupt retirement in 2011, Sloan ruled the Jazz with an iron hand. Along with future Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone, he fashioned small-market Utah into a Western Conference power.

Sound familiar?

“Pop had tremendous respect for Coach Sloan and how he was — the toughness, the defense, the system — the subtle things like ‘tuck your shirt in,’” Brown said. “That was beaten into me from Day 1 in Spur Land.”

Six. Quin Snyder on resting Derrick Favors against the Memphis Grizzlies: After he warmed up, we just felt like it was, you know, he wasn’t, he didn’t have life, and decided to rest him.

Derrick Favors on resting against the Memphis Grizzlies: Just being smart. It’s a little sore, so just being smart. Talking to the trainers, talking to coach, just being smart. Thinking about long term and just, you know, just taking a break, letting it rest, letting it heal. Do all the treatment. Just getting better.

Is there concern this could be a long-term thing?
Nope…Just being smart with it though. You know, I missed a couple of games. You know, it’s been sore here and there, but you know, just taking a smart approach. Think of long term and just being smart with it. Just making sure I’m 100 percent healthy when we need it.

What’s the main issue?
It’s just sore. You know, just being sore from time to time. Not constantly. Just, nah, just here and there sometimes. You know, just want to be safe with it. Don’t want to overwork it, overpush it. Just want to be safe. You know, we playing well, we winning, playing good basketball. You know, just wanna be safe…It’s not pain. It’s just soreness.

Gordon Hayward on Derrick Favors’ injury situation: We’re trying to get him back 100 percent, ’cause when he’s 100 percent, he’s obviously really effective for us, so. We gotta get him back 100 percent.

Seven. Derrick Favors, asked how he deals mentally with not closing games: You know, it’s just the way that [Quin Snyder] wants to do it, and you know, it’s been working for us. And you know, I just support the team, support whoever’s out there. And when I’m out there, I just make sure I do what I can, play as hard as I can. And you know, we winning, so I don’t mind.

Eight. Boris Diaw on the inversion: That inversion. I don’t see anything out my window. I want the inversion to go.

Nine. Quin Snyder on Dante Exum’s performance against the Charlotte Hornets: Yeah, I mean, I think just the way that we’ve tried to make clear that, like, why are we doing this to Dante? Continuing to ask about how he’s doing, how he’s doing. He’s a second-year player, who’s coming off a knee surgery. I know he’s in his third year, but he didn’t play last year and he’s learning.

So, what he’s been doing is really, really working hard, and I think he’s been committed to the process of his development and not getting hung up on, you know, all the things that he can’t control…

He’s worked hard, and he helped us win. That’s the biggest thing. It’s not about Dante. It’s about what Dante did for the Jazz tonight, and he gave us a huge boost.


Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Gordon Hayward on working with Kobe Bryant last summer: Yeah, I mean, I think it was huge for me, for a lot of different reasons. But, really happy that I was able to do that.
** DJ/PK’s suggestion for a nickname for Joe Ingles: Down Under Magic, i.e. the Magic Johnson of Down Under (this was retracted not because of #UDQMness, but because the acronym is DUM)
** Joe Ingles on seeing Australian fans at games: I’ve had a lot of friends and family that have come all over the place.
** Quin Snyder on Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley after the Memphis Grizzlies game: They were men. And they came.
** Alec Burks on his Houdininess: Dennis, Quin, everybody’s on me about my finishing, but you know, that’s what everybody like me doing.
** Snyder on Burks: I think he’s continuing to understand, you know, how he can best be effective sometimes by, you know, going half speed before he goes full speed.
** Snyder on the Burks-Ingles combo: They’ve both got good size. I think Joe’s shooting stretches the floor for Alec’s penetration.
** Dennis Lindsey on the Jazz’s scouting: So we go through and check where our holes are at, and why do we have holes…And so, if there’re holes in any particular area or on a particular player, we’ve gotta get those filled by our scouting consultants and our management people.
** Lindsey: We’ve been very intentional about how we develop players’ bodies.
** Spencer Checketts on Lindsey’s reaction to Rudy Gobert not making the All-Star team: That’s about as strong as I’ve ever heard Dennis come…He was ready to fire today. He came ready, ready to go.
** Quin Snyder on Dante Exum embracing playing through adversity: When guys do that, and they grind, it feels good.

Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 5, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: At the Hive.

Imagine a world where Gordon Hayward played here instead of Lance
I think we would be top tier in the East for sure

by Ocracoma on Feb 4, 2017 | 8:42 PM

If not Panthers, I don’t care
by Ocracoma on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:02 PM

Sad but tonight I am just hoping we are close enough at half time to watch 2nd half
by JeffCor on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:11 PM

Please drop 40+.

by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:17 PM

Clearly Frank found an old pair of Jordan’s sneakers
by JeffCor on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:17 PM

Kill’em Frank
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:44 PM

Getting very sloppy
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:00 PM

It’s amazing that we continue this defensive philosophy of letting other teams take wide open threes to triple team small forwards in the paint
by Kazeller on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:03 PM

Kemba shouldn’t even play the second half. He clearly has no gas in the tank
by JeffCor on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:04 PM

Kemba hasn’t been Kemba since being named an All Star
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:06 PM

Ok what’s the deal with kemba
by Kazeller on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:22 PM

Ingles is shooting all by himself out there. So lucky he is off tonight cause he is wide open
by JeffCor on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:24 PM

Gobert is french for goaltend
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:29 PM

quin snyder doesn’t panic
by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:41 PM

Shit Kemba
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:45 PM

geez Kemba take it easy
by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:45 PM

5 people near the paint

by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:58 PM

Wheels are coming off
by Doug68 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:00 PM

It takes no skill to be a ref
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:01 PM

That’s not true
Officiating basketball is hard as shit.

by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:02 PM

Then why can’t these stooges do it?
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:09 PM

Because it’s super hard
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:10 PM

Wow a call went our way
by Doug68 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:07 PM

lol gobert stiff armed kemba on that last layup
and the refs let it go. kemba is an all star

by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:09 PM

Well we’ve sure fallen apart
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:12 PM

you know what’s sad?
multiple times during the game Nic Batum had either Joe Ingles or Joe Johnson guarding him and hasn’t done squat

by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:13 PM

Been outscored 21-4 in the last 7 1/2 minutes
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:14 PM

12-0 in the last 4 min.
by PoAshton on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:15 PM

hey you know what may have helped the hornets win this game?
a center who was strong enough to seal the lanes for our guards from Rudy Gobert

by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:21 PM

We won’t start winning until we fix our perimeter
If Clifford can’t fix this he has to go.

by Doug68 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:22 PM

Where Are They Now: Felton Spencer

February 4, 2017


When was the last time you were in Salt Lake City?
It’s been a while. I think 2004…so it’s been about 12 years.

What are you up to?
I am an assistant coach at Bellarmine University. It’s a Division II here, school here in Louisville, Kentucky. And I work with at-risk kids for Jefferson County Public School…

This is my first year with Bellarmine, and I’m really having a good time. We got a good group of kids, and the staff that I’m working with, Coach Beau [Braden] and Coach [Scott or Doug] Davenport, you know, they do a really good job, you know, of getting the kids prepared and I’m having a lot of fun…

[Jefferson County is] an alternative school here in Louisville, and what we do is we bring in kids that have, for whatever reason, fallen behind and they, or have dropped out of school, and we bring them back in and we talk to them and just try to help them get, do credit recovery so they can get the credit they need to graduate from high school and get their diplomas.

What was it like playing for a coach like Jerry Sloan?
Playing for Coach Sloan was probably one of the best times of my career. …

He was a great guy to play for. He was a guy that played in the NBA. He knew what it was like to be out there on the floor. He knew what it was like to play back-to-back games.

And he was always very well respected in the locker room, just because of the fact the guys knew he had been there, been through the same battles that we ha–you know, being a little fatigued and still having to get out there and try to play hard and play your best. And he was always very supportive of everybody. …

My favorite guy, you know, it’s, Coach Sloan was always one of my favorite coaches to play for, just because he was very open and candid with you as a player. You know, he didn’t try to, you know, BS you or anything like that. He was just out-and-out blunt with you. If you asked him a question, he was gonna give you a really direct and s–and to-the-point answer.

But he was also a guy who was always in your corner and supported you and wanted to see you succeed and do the best. And you know, I really learned a lot from him, you know, as far as, you know, teamwork and playing hard, playing together, and having each other’s back out on the court. So, I mean, he was a big influence on me.

Do you find yourself saying things while coaching that you used to hear from Jerry Sloan?
All the time. It all comes back to you when you stand there. You know, a guy misses a blockout assignment, you know, I can hear Sloan, you know, “Chief, what are you doing? Get over there!” You know? It comes back to you, and you know, I find myself repeating stuff that, you know, Coach Sloan said. …

I often will [say] stuff that I heard Coach Sloan say. You know, when you’re coaching, you know, you gotta get our guys, you know, just try to motivate them and get them to go out there and play hard for you. So you know, and I remember some of the stuff Coach used to say.

You know, Coach is, you know, he used to put you out there, he’d be like, “Hey,” you know, “You ca–you gotta protect the house.” You know, “You can’t go out there, and, smiling and buddy-buddy with the guys before the game.” You know, he always wanted us to be focused, be serious. And that’s what I try to tell our guys. You know, your preparation is the key thing when you go out to play.

On playing with Karl Malone, John Stockton and the rest of the guys
Utah’s probably the first team I played for where, you know, everybody really got along well together. It wasn’t really a lot of individual, you know, all — you know, it was just let’s, we’re gonna work hard as a team and see how much success we can have and how far can we go and try to win a championship. …

The guys that I played with, I was really comfortable. We had a system that every–that we all knew. And really, it was almost like, you know, you didn’t even have to say anything. Guys just knew if he’s cutting here, then he’s going there. And John always — I think John had four sets of eyes, ’cause he could see everything. …

It was awesome playing with Karl and John, because they made the game so much easier. You know, John, I had to learn to really keep my eyes open because he hit you in the head with the basketball if you weren’t looking, ’cause he was gonna throw it to you if you got open, and he’d know you were open when you didn’t know. So, you had to be aware.

And Karl took so much pressure off of you ’cause of the fact he drew so much attention in the post or out — when we set the high post plays we ran sometimes, that it was easy for me. All I had to do was just kind of stand there and just wait, just catch the rebound if he happened to miss, and he didn’t miss very often. …

When I look back on my career, I had, you know, I got to play with some great guys. I w–got to work for some great organizations. But you know, I, everybody always remembers me as a Jazz guy because — you know, that’s the first thing they say. “I remember you played in Utah!” And I’m like, “Yeah, that’s right!”

What do you think of today’s players resting or coaches resting players?
I could understand coaches and player–they have, I think that the mentality of the way they play the game is a lot different, because we kind of had a “warrior” mindset.

If you could go, yo–tape that thing up. If it was the ankle or whatever, tape it up a little bit tighter and let’s get on the floor and try to help the team win and be successful. Because when you get down to the end of the season, you don’t want to look back and have that game that got away that could’ve been the difference between having home-court advantage throughout the playoff series.

So, we always went after — I mean, I saw Karl and John go out there and you know, twist an ankle and Karl come back with, like he had a cast on his leg, he got so much tape, and go out there and still play. And you know, I think everybody on the team at that time had that same mentality. We all wanted to be out there. We didn’t want to sit on the sideline.

What do you think of players now saying 82 games are too many, or resting and complaining about the schedule?
I don’t think there are too many games. I mean, it’s been 82-game for forever. You know, and I think, and guys dealt with that. You knew that was part of your job, is you got a rigorous schedule. There’s gonna be travel. There’re gonna be nights when you’re playing back-to-back. You might be a little tired, but you sucked it up and you dealt with that.

You know, you prepared yourself for that, and you tried to get off your feet that second game when you knew you had a back-to-back, and be in your room and get rested ’til you c–you’re ready to play.

I don’t think the schedule’s the problem, and I think just the mindset of some of the guys nowadays has changed a lot. (KALL, 1280, KSL)

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