Players on Jerry Sloan
** Jeff Hornacek: The one thing that John [Stockton] and I seemed to do a lot after games was go down to the bar and have a beer with Jerry and kind of, you know, bring up things. “Hey Coach, can we do this?” He goes, “All right, we’ll do it tomorrow.” … To have a coach like that was great.
** Stephen Howard: He’s great. I mean, I love the guy. I mean, so much of what he taught me as a player has translated to other areas of my life, as far as the professionalism, execution, success, the hard work. Yeah, he’s meant a great deal to me in my life, and you know, really, a special person.
** Chris Morris: We know his situation, man. It’s kind of sad. You know, it kind of had me a little bit emotional, because, you know, he gave me the opportunity to come here, and you know, to extend myself as a Jazz player, to get to the Finals, day in, day out, to, you know, just to play. And he gave me that opportunity, and I thank him for that, as well as the Jazz organization, for allowing me to come here and show my talent.
** Bryon Russell: He made me want it. He made me work, and he had faith and belief in me. And it was just at a higher level, and I don’t know how many coaches take time with players at this level, but he seen me. He seen something, and, probably seeing a young Jerry Sloan who was hard-nosed and would get after it…We talked and had great conversations. And like I said, I don’t know how many coaches and players have that kind of connection now. I don’t know if they have that.
** Adam Keefe: Jerry’s a guy that gave me an opportunity. It was interesting. You know, he saw something — he and Phil [Johnson] saw something that no one else did, right? So, I came in — I was drafted as a power forward and played power forward my first two years, and you know, got here and basically never played power forward again. And it’s, you know, they kinda saw that I could play adequately at small forward in the NBA, and found a way in their system where I’d fit in and be able to contribute. So, I, for that I’m always appreciative.
** Antoine Carr: Jerry’s that type of man. He’s just a hard-nosed, old country boy. And that’s the guy I appreciate and I love, for who he is. He hasn’t changed even to this day.
** John Stockton: Jerry definitely is a father figure for most of us. He’s also a mentor. He’s also a teacher. He’s also a guy that eliminated the nonsense; you know, things that you don’t need to worry about. He allowed us to focus on what’s important. And I guess he shared his love for this game and made us understand that it isn’t about us. It isn’t about how much jewelry you can get out of a deal or how many standing ovatio–whatever. It’s about playing, and what happens between those lines.
Would you have had the success you did without Jerry?
I don’t think so. I mean, I don’t think any of us think so. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we all sat around Jerry like, you know, just w–hanging on every word last night.
** Stockton on what’s been the best part about seeing Jerry Sloan: What’s the best part is just being around him. It’s, you know, the twinkle in his eyes, the smiles, the smirks, the comments that he makes. I mean, he still treats us like we’re 30 years old, 25 years old, whatever we were at the time. And it’s always great to be around Jerry. Always.
What made this team so special/successful?
** Howard Eisley: Our camaraderie. We had a bunch of good guys. We all got along and we really enjoyed playing together. Coach Sloan demanded that we approach the game a certain way, and we all was on the same page. You know, that’s the one thing that really stands out — how together we was as a team.
** Stephen Howard: I think it was the singular vision that we had, and of course that permeated because of Jerry Sloan and you know, the way that he ran that basketball team. And I think we came back, on that 96-97 team, and just everyone had that singular focus of what we wanted to accomplish…You could feel that, you know, when we would play and the battles that we would win.
** John Stockton: Well, I think Jerry. You hear these guys talk reverently of Jerry now, and with him sitting there. And that’s neat to see, because he eliminated the nonsense. Guys got to come here from other systems, and the nonsense all went bye-bye… Jerry had us all committed to each other. He had us committed to defense. Had us committed to things that you don’t hear a lot about today, and — to relationships. To communicating on the bus, and caring about the other guy. Those things, I think, made us special, made us a little bit different.
** Bryon Russell: Our mindset was, you better be ready to play against us ’cause we coming. We not holding back on anything, so if you wanna be a part of this ass-whupping, we gon give it to you. So, I mean, we just came ready to play. And I think that, by us being a family, we knew what each other can do. You don’t get that nowadays.
** Greg Ostertag: That was a lot of fun to be a part of this team, ’cause we just went out and just beat people.
Today’s NBA and players resting games
** Stephen Howard: I’m not gonna knock the guys that play now. I think, you know, they’re phenomenal, but I do think that the one difference that we have in our era from the superstars from now, is that it was a much more physical brand of basketball. And so, I mean, you look at what [Michael] Jordan went through, where they would literally pick him up and body slam him when he would go to Detroit. And you get the stars that you have now, and they’re complaining about touch fouls, and the flops. And it was a man’s man game. And that’s, you know, I mean, you look at Antoine. I mean, that’s a man’s man right there. And so, i–that’s where I think — when people try to compare our era to this era where, I mean, you can never do that.
** Antoine Carr: For me, it’s a pride level, OK? Any job you do. I don’t care what it is. Trash man, construction. You put that contract down, you go in there, you do the job. Now, if you need to take some days off, you get docked for days off unless you’re actually truly sick. Other than that, look. I’m gonna call it like it is. I like these young guys. They play hard. My man [Stephen Howard] said it in a nice way, but I’m gonna say it the way the Dawg says it. They’re soft. I’m not gonna kid around with this. Quit messing around. Quit acting like you can’t take some bumps…
Karl Malone, John Stockton, I can name times when these guys had broken bones. They played through. …How many times do you have to go to work — and you’re not playing basketball — and your kids and everyone else is sick, and you’re sick, and you still do it? That’s my point. Have pride in everything you do. Everything we touch. You see another man, make sure you walk up and say good morning. Shake his hand. If you’re not doing that, you’re not being a real person.
** John Stockton: I think — this could get windy. I think a big part of the game is your preparation and your toughness, both mental and physical toughness, and I don’t know that it’s always tested if you’re rested. It kind of rhymed, didn’t it? You know, maybe you’re not as talented as another team, but you can outwork them. And if you can’t outwork them over a short period of time, maybe you can outwork them for a longer period of time when you have extended rest; you have extended time outs. It’s just one factor out of a game that’s taken out. So I don’t like any of that stuff.
As far as the, people missing [games], I remember going to a professional baseball game when I was still with the Jazz, over the summer, and I went to see one guy in particular — I won’t name his name — and he sat out. That was a day of rest for him, and I was incensed. And I, and I’ve never rooted or particularly cared for that guy since. And he — fair or unfair, it’s just what I believe in. I think people pay to see their favorites. They pay to see guys. They pay to have the best competition you can put on the court on any given night out there, whoever that is. If you’re hurt, that’s one thing, and, then the best 11 guys go lay it out there, and anything short of that — I think you can say science, you can say championships, you can say whatever — I think we have a duty to be present and lay our best out there every night…
I hope the league figures out a way to fix it, because I’d be mad if I went, well, and then there’s — told you it might get windy — I’d be mad if I paid to go see one particular guy and the Mailman doesn’t play? That’s just no–I don’t know. That doesn’t sound very appealing to me. And then what if a team is trying to make the playoffs and another team’s trying to make the playoffs, and a great team sits their guys against one; they win. Plays all their guys against the other one; they lose. I mean, where’s the justice in that? So, I don’t really buy into the science part. Sorry for the long-windedness.
** Why Karl Malone couldn’t attend the reunion:
** Antoine Carr, asked if Karl Malone might make a surprise appearance: He might just come in in a helicopter. You know, you never know w–how the Mailman’s gonna deliver. So, we just gonna pray that he comes in. And again, his Dawg is here to protect him if he needs it.
** Carr, some more: That was my guy. I mean, you know, if you got a Mailman, you gotta have a Dawg. That’s just the way it’s gotta go. And I will protect him with my life, even to this day.
** John Stockton: I kept thinking, even to the point where I was talking out there [during the ceremony], that the Mailman was gonna come through the ceiling or something. I just knew he was coming…He’s maybe the biggest part, you know, biggest single guy in this whole franchise history, and it was disappointing. But we’ll get another day.
** Stockton on where he would put Karl Malone in today’s game: You can put him anywhere you want to. He’s more physical than all these guys. He’s every bit as fast. I mean, all the things you hear about athleticism-wise, shooting-wise, he had it all. I know he can guard them. I don’t, I’ve not seen a lot of guys out there that can guard him even to this day.
** Brad Rock on Karl Malone’s work ethic and playing through injury, and the player-media relationship of that era: I could tell you he did [play through sprained ankles swollen like a grapefruit]. I could tell you, I saw him take his shoes off and it looked like a tree root. It was just knotted and gnarled and he would go on — I saw him pull his shirt off. This was during that era. And I saw him pull his shirt off, and he had scratch marks deep enough to draw blood, through his uniform. Somebody had scratched through his uniform and clawed his chest…
And interestingly to me is, they kind of respected the media that covered them every day…They had this sort of grudging, I think kind of a grudging respect and accommodated the people that came to work every day the way they did. … There was some funny stuff, and they were funny guys, and if you happened to be on the team bus, and sometimes I would ride on the team bus when I was a beat writer because I was afraid I would miss a story. And Jerry would let us ride on the team bus, and I thought, well, you know, if something happens and I’m not there…So, I would go on the team bus. You would get their sense of humor there.
** John Stockton on Jeff Hornacek not aging: It is pretty amazing. I think there’s, I don’t know, surgeries or something. Hair dye. I mean, I don’t know what it is, but he looks good.
** Chris Morris, asked who’s aged the worst: I’m glad I shaved…Everybody look good. I was shocked. Everybody was, you know, looking good.
** Antoine Carr, asked who’s aged the worst: Probably me right now. I’m walking around limping right now. I went and trained my son the other day, so, it’s a little tough. You know, we’re all getting thicker. We’re all getting a little grayer. We’re all getting a little bit bent over.
** Adam Keefe: Playing for Coach Sloan, you realize you could probably accomplish that, you know, what [other teams] are doing in six hours [of two-a-day practices], we accomplished in 50 minutes because that 50 minutes was as hard as people could go. There was no, you know, no time for kidding around or joking. It was, basketball practice was practice, and we got after it, and then we got out. And I think that that helped people recover. It helped them improve and be able to rehab from injuries.
And so, the takeaway on one side was, you know, the idea of really working hard, and if you really work hard, you can do just about anything. And I think the other takeaway was, you know, enjoying the people you’re around. You know, to this day, I tell people all the time, it was probably the most enjoyable team I’ve been on. There were no ego conflicts. There weren’t, there wasn’t one side of the group that thought this guy should be playing, or they were on this guy’s side and not this guy’s.* It was just a great group of people.
*cough* Mark Jackson *cough*
** Stephen Howard: The Delta Center, which is what it was called then, was just something that, I mean, the opposition just, it was feared to go into, because once we would get on any type of a run, I mean, it would literally almost erupt.
** Antoine Carr on what made players on that team play through injury: That was a Karl and Stockton thing. I mean, I’ve seen Karl with his ankle blew up like a balloon, his thumbs and hands all messed up. And he still got out there. So, you know — I’ve seen John completely hurt back and everything, get out there and still hit a winning shot. So, it came from our Big Two, and then the rest of us, we brought the rest.
** Carr on Michael Jordan pushing off: I love you to death, Mike, but you know you pushed off two years in a row, brother… You have to own up to it. You pushed off. And you carried the ball…Course, Mike’s gon be like, “I’m gon choke him.”
** Jerry Sloan on The Shot: I don’t even know what happened after that. I was so excited, and excited wasn’t what I was about too much.
** Gordon Chiesa on what happened after The Shot: We’re on the plane two hours later…So, John didn’t see the winning shot until he saw it on my Panasonic — I cued up from, he’s walking down the aisle two hours later; we’re on the plane to go back to Salt Lake City — I showed John his winning shot on my old-school Panasonic that I had to get through Japan. They stopped making them. Richard Smith…he called up Japan, Panasonic in Japan, to order this Panas–order this VCR for me so we could have an extra one in case we needed it during the playoffs. And guess what? We did.
** Gail Miller on Larry H. Miller: He was a sentamentalist, and he would’ve been very happy with this reunion. He would’ve maybe thought of it himself and enjoyed having these guys here…If we played well, of course he was ecstatic. If we played well and won, that was even better. If we played well and lost, that was OK as long as we played hard. But when we didn’t play well [and lost], he always felt bad for the fans. He said, “They’re not getting their money’s worth, and I feel so embarrassed for this product.” But that was rare. But he was just such a purist, and he believed so much in these guys and what they could do, that anything less than their very best was hard for him.
** John Stockton on his statue: I try to avoid the statue. I’m afraid someone’s gonna go by and take a picture of me looking at it. So, I stay as far away from that thing as I can.
** Stockton on his first reaction to the mountain jerseys: I remember Larry asking me about changing jerseys, and I said, “Nope.” You know, I was, I know my opinion. I didn’t want to change anything. I, you know, I, Yankees don’t change their logos, was my kind of attitude, so why do the Jazz have to change theirs? But anyway, he took my advice and put it where it mattered, I guess, and out came this [mountain] logo. And you know, years later, you look back on it, that’s the logo, really, that we went to the Finals in and had our, you know, some of our greatest experiences and memories as players. And so, I’m kinda torn now. But I do like the original. It’s pretty nice.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Reunion (UDQM)
** Chris Morris on Bryon Russell: He’s the jokester of the whole team, but I come right behind him and finish it off.
** Phil Johnson on Jerry Sloan’s coaching staff: It was just a joy to come, because we had a good time. And we had, we enjoyed, we had, there was a sense of humor about it. We enjoyed getting on each other.
** Antoine Carr, asked for his favorite Jerry Sloan memory: Actually, it was probably when he got on me a couple times.
** Carr on his unique relationship with fans: It’s one of those things I’ll never forget. It’s, able to take and do something that’s a little bit different than other guys have ever done, and it grows and grows and grows. And the fans and everybody get together and it becomes of those things that everyone just enjoys.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Posting and Toasting.
they’re still playing these things?
Posted by John Stark on Mar 22, 2017 | 9:33 PM
I can’t stop watching!!! What’s wrong with me?!?!
Posted by StraightOutofComptonandSelfEsteem on Mar 22, 2017 | 9:43 PM
we’re all masochists
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:21 PM
please don’t defend hood and gobert
Need points for fantasy playoffs.
Posted by Du30 on Mar 22, 2017 | 9:56 PM
Why do so many bad teams have to lose when the Knicks are trying to out lose them?
Stop losing! Show some pride and let the Knicks catch up to your losing ways!!!
Posted by Kristropolis on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:05 PM
KP at C again?
Can somebody whack Horny’s head?
Posted by xobserverx on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:30 PM
horny is the nintendo switch to jackson
Posted by normanhathaway on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:36 PM
Phil’s wisdom “injection” lasts about one (or one and half) game.
After this period Horny falls back to his trade mark dumbness.
Posted by xobserverx on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:40 PM
WE STILL WANT TO WIN GAMES BOYS
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:40 PM
fucking horny wisdom
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:41 PM
Don’t you dare win this knicks.
Posted by Du30 on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:47 PM
I have faith we’ll lose this
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 10:58 PM
Why are we getting a normal whistle tonight?
What the fuck is this?
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:11 PM
im 100% sure you have been right all along
Ingles is Quinn Snyder’s weed connect. thats the only explanation
Posted by felinequickness on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:20 PM
explanation for what? Ingles has been freaking great for us.
Unless your talking about the way Snyder and Ingles look? If so then yup. Maybe coke.
Posted by Dunkin’ Idahoe on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:24 PM
ingles has been great this year
it was more about how he miraculously lasted this long
Posted by felinequickness on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:36 PM
I love these refs. They’re calling a ton of shooting fouls in favor of the knicks
Posted by Rookie of the Year on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:15 PM
where the fuck is Donny?
Posted by felinequickness on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:14 PM
debating if I need to run to the liquor store at halftime.
I swear to god Lyles will be the death of my liver.
Posted by Dunkin’ Idahoe on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:16 PM
the answer to that debate is always yes
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:17 PM
On the other hand we have more gin than I initially thought.
Fuck it. Store tomorrow, gin & tonic tonight.
Posted by Dunkin’ Idahoe on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:19 PM
sorry but gin and tonic is fucking disgusting
mix that shit with something else
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:19 PM
excuse me? I will “mix that shit” with some ice and a lime.
gin and tonics is one of the best goddamn drinks out their.
Posted by Dunkin’ Idahoe on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:22 PM
Gobert’s hair design looks fucking stupid
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:21 PM
I kinda like it
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:22 PM
you like that and you hate gin and tonics??? you’re lucky you’re on team Tucker
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:22 PM
are you my 50 year old mom?
who tf drinks gin and tonic?
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:24 PM
classy motherfuckers. And people who need protection from malaria.
Posted by Dunkin’ Idahoe on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:25 PM
is your 50 year old mom a slightly pudgy Indian man with a hairy chest and supple manboobs?
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:25 PM
… I plead the 5th
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:26 PM
Let’s go Jazz!
Posted by Kristropolis on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:25 PM
WHY ARE WE WINNING
Posted by abe88 on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:31 PM
We’ll always be the best at not making any fucking sense
Posted by abe88 on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:35 PM
Stifle Tower save us from ourselves pls
Posted by Willy Hernangorgeous Stole My Heart on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:31 PM
Derrick Rose being human garbage juice still paying off for us
the deep tank
Posted by Willy Hernangorgeous Stole My Heart on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:33 PM
Gobert’s head is distinctly French
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:35 PM
I’m amazed we’re still leading with how much amazingly dumb shit KOQ has done
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:37 PM
not for long
Gobert about to impregnate our face with french babies
Posted by Willy Hernangorgeous Stole My Heart on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:38 PM
Not the worst life, tbh
Posted by Dunkin’ Idahoe on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:54 PM
Why is George Hill’s skin so taut on his face
Posted by Willy Hernangorgeous Stole My Heart on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:40 PM
Gobert is a good body type goal for KP
i dont want KP beefy, but Rudy’s got dem cutzzz
Posted by felinequickness on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:41 PM
aight well ima chill here and watch the West Wing instead
godspeed to our mechanized war machine
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:50 PM
i like that you accused me of being a 50 year old mom
fuck outta here
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:51 PM
Wow, what a reception for Jeff Hornacek. Huge fan favorite here in Utah.
— Jonah Ballow (@jonahballow) March 23, 2017
Posted by JR and the Off-Balance Shots on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:50 PM
Lol why are you surprised by that?
I’d happily trade coaches with them though!
Posted by Muruju on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:51 PM
not sure we want a rumored former coke addict coaching in New York
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 22, 2017 | 11:52 PM
heywood is trash
Posted by jacoop on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:02 AM
Do the Jazz suck?
Posted by Kristropolis on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:02 AM
Gobert is basically KP’s older Black half-brother
Just sonning him
Posted by Muruju on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:05 AM
Utah is picking a bad game to be trash
what is with this perimeter shooting
Posted by Willy Hernangorgeous Stole My Heart on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:07 AM
Gobert is destroying you in every possible way right now.
Posted by StraightOutofComptonandSelfEsteem on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:35 AM
Gobert has 9 offensive rebounds lmao
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:42 AM
Knicks have 8
Posted by Kristropolis on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:43 AM
WE COMING FOR THOSE PING PONG BALLS!!!!
Posted by Kristropolis on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:44 AM
just slack through it Derrick
tank is strong
Posted by Willy Hernangorgeous Stole My Heart on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:45 AM
Utah fans are like a whole other level of white
Posted by Willy Hernangorgeous Stole My Heart on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:45 AM
Posted by normanhathaway on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:46 AM
For a second I thought I saw a black guy in the front row, then realized it was an assistant coach really far down the bench.
Posted by Frodo BaZuccggins on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:46 AM
Dude in the brown suit, right?
Thought the same thing
Posted by Dunkin’ Idahoe on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:47 AM
Posted by Frodo BaZuccggins on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:58 AM
Smiling Melo in 4Q…
Posted by xobserverx on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:46 AM
Gobert is pooping all over the Knicks faces.
Posted by StraightOutofComptonandSelfEsteem on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:45 AM
Hornacek can fuck off
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:50 AM
Dont forget Phil man
Posted by $100M Contract on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:53 AM
sure, but this is a game thread so idk what Phil has to do with Hornacek doling out minutes like a fucking dickwad
Posted by The Ghost of Kristaps Past on Mar 23, 2017 | 12:53 AM
good fake close L, Knicks
Posted by Willy Hernangorgeous Stole My Heart on Mar 23, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Posted by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 23, 2017 | 1:01 AM
NBA should penalize the Magic for tanking
Posted by LegionofBlue14 on Mar 23, 2017 | 1:03 AM
Antoine Carr on today’s NBA players sitting out games: [Unless you’re playing for your national team during the summer], you should be playing. I mean, that’s what your contract is. You go out there and you play [82 games]. You do what you’re paid to do. I don’t remember a time where I could walk in there and go, “You know what? I’m a little bit tired today. I don’t think I want to play in this back-to-back.”
Adam Keefe on Jerry Sloan’s team rules back in the day: Jerry wasn’t a big fan of headphones on team buses or on the team plane. He liked guys that, had to interact with their teammates, so consequently, you know, when you’re on the team bus…[players] were conscious. They were present with their other teammates, which I think was important.
I think that, you know, one of the biggest rules were, you know, don’t mess up. Like, don’t be that guy. There was no fine system. The other teams had fine systems. We didn’t have a fine — because people weren’t late. People showed up on time. They left early. They planned around contingencies to make sure they weren’t late, that they didn’t let their teammates down.
And you know, really, I attribute it to Jerry kinda running that show, but also having guys like Karl [Malone] and John [Stockton] and Jeff [Hornacek] that didn’t expect special treatment. Like, I’ve been on other teams where the rule was “Don’t be late unless you’re one of these two guys.” You know, those two guys could be as late as they wanted to. You know, in Utah, that didn’t fly.
Chris Morris on Karl Malone’s MVP season: That was the year Mailman was making his run and putting in the work, and no time off or anything like that. It just made us even work harder too, just to see him, that he’s never taken a day off and, for 18 years, and you know, and that’s a long time without taking a day off.
Morris on what it was like playing for Jerry Sloan: He was a tough nut to crack, man. But I think he put a lot of discipline in what we did…The main thing was that he held everybody accountable, you know, on their play, and how they could be that focal point of winning or losing a game.
Morris on the current Jazz team: They still play the way we played, old school…Hopefully, we* can start shooting better consistent shots. Right now, the bench gotta get a little more stronger of being consistent to be able to give the starters some much-needed time to rest, by being consistent. That’s the main thing. That’s the only thing that’s missing right now, is bench play that can be more consistent, to get their time in as well to help win the games.
* “We.” ♥
Morris on today’s NBA players sitting out games: This is a [new] generation…Coaches and organizations don’t want their star players to get hurt, but thing about it though, Karl Malone been a star player for 18 years, and I seen Stockton come back in a game from a small injury, as well as Karl, from where he tore a tendon in his finger and still came back out and played. Didn’t even miss a beat. But this day and age right now — I’ll take the old days over the new days.
Greg Ostertag on how closely he keeps tabs on the Jazz nowadays: I do keep up with the Jazz now a little more than I did in the past. I don’t watch a lot of NBA basketball ’cause I don’t, it’s just, I don’t enjoy the style of play that’s played nowadays…I keep up with them because I consider myself a member of the Jazz family forever. Just the way I feel, and so, and I’m happy for them.
I’m glad they’re getting back to where they’re being competitive in the West, and o–you know, other than Quin [Snyder]’s bad haircut, he’s done a good job with them getting them, you know, getting them back into, to the point, to the middle of, you know, playing for the Western Conference title…as long as they can keep their core together.
Ostertag on frequently butting heads with Jerry Sloan back in the day: I was the turd in that situation.
Bryon Russell on a season of dominance: I wanna say that year we lost three home games that year? I believe it was three games, and I mean, we were whupping some butt. I mean, that comes with training with Karl all summer. You know, the whole team stayed back, and you know, that altitude, it was like, once we got down to sea level, it was running by everybody. And it worked. And kudos to Karl for making us all stay to work out.
Russell on what summer workouts with Karl Malone were like: It was rough. I mean, it was work, work. I thought I was a pretty good workaholic kind of guy. When we trained with him, it was like an animal in a cage. Just wild, and it was nonstop. And I was like, man, can I get a break? “No, you’re too young to get a break. Come on. Come on, boy. Come on.” I mean, we was doing the hills. We was doing biking. We was always like, oh man, you gotta be kididng me. But it paid off.
Russell on team chemistry: The downtime was great time. We pretty much spent, like, we were on the road, the whole team would go out and eat. There wouldn’t be no cliques here, no cliques there. There would be one big group…We were a team that pretty much knew what one through 12 can do, and everybody played their role to the best.
Russell on his relationship with Jerry Sloan: He was the best NBA coach that coached Bryon Russell. Better than Phil [Jackson], better than George Karl, better than Doug Collins and et cetera. He really stressed what I was good at, and that’s defense…He taught me a lot, and I learned everything that he dished out, and I was one of his better guys.
Russell on John Stockton: He would get the ball to you at all cost, and it was times where Stockton would pass up a layup to pass it out to me, and I’m like, “Stock, two points is two points.” “Dammit, I’m giving you the ball. You better shoot the ball.” …
His vision was incredible. You know, han–his hands was bigger than mine, and I’m 6-7 and he’s 6-1. So, I mean, anybody that says he’s not the top two [point guards along with Magic Johnson], something’s wrong.
Russell, asked did Michael Jordan push off: Of course he did…You know the thing he told me? He’s like, “You was off balance. That’s why I got away with that.” I’m like, “Mike, come on. You wasn’t not even a step faster than me, and I wa–I didn’t have the ball.” … He’s always been a great guy to me, and I’ve always respected him and I’ve always said he was the best player in that era, and I liked guarding the best.
Russell on who would win a matchup between the 1997 Utah Jazz and the 2016 Golden State Warriors: Oh, man. We’ll smash them. I mean, all of this Steph Curry running around — getting posted up. I mean, Klay [Thompson] — getting posted up. Who’s gonna guard Karl? [Could Draymond Green guard Karl at all?] Absolutely not. No. That tough ball he’s playing right now wouldn’t work in our era. Very few guys that’s playing now I don’t think could play in the era of the 90s, because it was more physical.
I mean, you have guys sitting out for rest now. If Karl would’ve sat out for rest, or anybody — Jordan would’ve sat out for rest, you would’ve had a fit. I mean, people paid to see us play. Not to knock anybody, but you know, some of these stars go to towns, and you know, kids come to see them play, and they sit out the game ’cause they wanna rest. I mean, we didn’t rest. But it’s a money-driven league now, so you gotta do what you gotta do.
Russell, asked if he enjoys today’s NBA: Absolutely not. I mean, I just think it’s not like what it used to be. I think everything is for money now. It’s not about the love of the game. And when we played, I could’ve played for free because that’s how much I loved the game of basketball. And I’m pretty sure a lot of others who would tell you the same thing in the 90s and the early 2000s.
Russell on Vivint Arena: I’m always gonna say Delta Center, because that was the place where we had that thing rocking.
Russell, asked would Gordon Hayward get small forward minutes on the ’97 team: No. He would have to try to get it from Hornacek.
Russell ends his interview with: Let’s go Jazz. Let’s kick some New York Knicks ass.
Kenny Natt on Jerry Sloan: Jerry projects an image that, of toughness, but Jerry’s a very kindhearted and loving guy. He’s always been that way, and again, it’s those type of lessons that you realize and you s–you noticed how these marquee players all the way down to the last guy on the bench, everyone gravitated to him, appreciated him and the tough image that he projected.
But at the same time, everyone realized that it was all about love with him. And I don’t know of any other coach out there that gives it like that. I mean, Jerry’s a — project that tough image, as I said, but again, he’s a softie-softie. And if Jerry’s listening, I know that you are. Everyone knows you are, those that was with you every day. We know just how soft you were, Jerry.
Kenny Natt, asked how real the stories of Stockton and Malone playing with ankle/elbow sprains the size of grapefruits were: Very real. Those were the types of things that those guys projected every day. I mean, they played through injuries. That was one of the things that they were really conscious about. It’s amazing how they were conscious about not letting the opponents see them, any weakness in them in any way. Those are things that I remember — tape it, hide it, whatever you have to, just get me back out there. I don’t want anyone to underst–to see that I’m suffering in any way, or whatever.
But they played through everything, and they were two of the leading guys that I’ve ever seen in regards to taking care of themself, not only during the season, but even off-season, and it showed in their career, in their career longevity. So, those are the things that I remember. Just get me back out there and let me play.
And even in practices, you would think that they’d want to sit out, right, playing so many minutes and things of that sort. But they would never, never take those days off like that. And that’s, it’s, it showed in the energy of the team, because the other guys picked up on that and they also fought through injuries and things of that sort. So, the expectation was put in place, but it all started from the top with Jerry on down, through Phil [Johnson] and the rest of the guys.
Craig Bolerjack to Kenny Natt, UDQM: Just looking back at how special that “staff” was, you guys had, and how you pulled it off. I mean, you have to look back sometimes with a big f–smile on your face.
Fan question: Favorite memory?
Bryon Russell: What was yours?
Greg Ostertag: My favorite memory? When Michael [Jordan] pushed you.
Fan question: Rank Karl Malone all-time.
Russell: Best power forward of all time. Hands down.
Ostertag: You think so?
Russell: Even without the rings.
Ostertag: What about Timmy [Duncan]?
Russell: Timmy’s just got rings. He’s a finesse four. Power forward says power.
Fan question: I remember when Greg got ejected in LA…
Ostertag: I do too. That was really fast. Jerry [Sloan] was right behind me.
Russell: He protected us, man.
Ostertag: He did.
Russell: He went to bat for us.
Fan question: Could John Stockton dunk?
Ostertag: No, John could not dunk.
Russell: Not at all.
Fan question: Why can’t we have more all-stars on the Jazz?
Russell: They gotta get better.
Ostertag: I love Rudy Gobert. I love the way he plays, runs the floor, blocks shots…I really like the way Rudy plays.
Russell: M-hm. But I would’ve dunked on his ass. I like him though. He’s a Jazz. I’m always gonna love the Jazz.
Ostertag: That’s right.
Fan question: Favorite coach of all time?
Ostertag: Sloan. Absolutely.
Fan question: Thoughts on Mark Jackson?
Russell: What about him?
Ostertag: Yeah, what about him?
Russell: Good guy. Great teammate for a year, I guess. For you.
Ostertag: Yeah. You ever play with him?
Russell: [No.] I was gone.
Fan question: Today’s NBA is too soft.
Ostertag: I would agree with that.
Russell: 100 percent.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Indy Cornrows.
How about showing some fight on the boards tonight.
Posted by HelpIsNotNeeded on Mar 20, 2017 | 6:41 PM
Pretty much the only thing they’ve shown fight on all year is arguing with the refs.. Seems unlikely to change now.
Posted by squidbilly on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:07 PM
Pretty good effort so far
But we know not to get too excited about the first half.
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:19 PM
Some solid passing in this game.
Posted by infinityzero.systemerror on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:19 PM
Amazing how good things happen when you hit threes
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:22 PM
Amazing how good things also happen when Paul goes after loose balls like that
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:24 PM
Who knew that all the Pacers needed back was GHill.
Posted by HelpIsNotNeeded on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:25 PM
Why is Jefferson in the game?
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:34 PM
He used to be good.
Posted by infinityzero.systemerror on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:37 PM
The Pacers bench sucks.
Posted by HelpIsNotNeeded on Mar 20, 2017 | 7:40 PM
Whoa….I expected the exact opposite score. I was getting ready to break something.
Posted by denggoy1 on Mar 20, 2017 | 8:21 PM
I wonder if Hayward would come to Indy. Him, Myles, Paul and an inside scorer/banger/rebounder would be nice. Only thing I don’t like about Hayward is his boy band hair. Maybe I’m just showing my age.
Posted by denggoy1 on Mar 20, 2017 | 8:42 PM
Pretty fantastic quarter after the Jazz cut the game to two.
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 8:46 PM
Pacers playing a dangerous game here letting Utah stick around.
Posted by denggoy1 on Mar 20, 2017 | 8:55 PM
They must really enjoy the adrenaline rush
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 8:58 PM
We’re blowin it.
Posted by Fisticuffs111 on Mar 20, 2017 | 9:12 PM
Big shot, PG
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 9:13 PM
No home whistles these last two possessions…
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 9:15 PM
Posted by Fisticuffs111 on Mar 20, 2017 | 9:16 PM
Save us, Paul
Posted by Nathan S. on Mar 20, 2017 | 9:16 PM
Posted by infinityzero.systemerror on Mar 20, 2017 | 9:16 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blog A Bull.
Rooting for the Win, don’t mind the L
by YouBlewwIt on Mar 18, 2017 | 8:13 PM
and Hoiberg still shuffling the lineup. Man I dislike this dude.
by yungfella85 on Mar 18, 2017 | 8:19 PM
I hope the Jazz can make some noise in the playoffs and win a couple rounds
by YouBlewwIt on Mar 18, 2017 | 8:24 PM
every time i see a pic of utah’s coach
i’m like who the fuck is this guy? i can never remember him, lol.
by Jaina on Mar 18, 2017 | 9:11 PM
so the bulls are doing exactly what zach lowe said they would
sticking around the playoff picture and being annoying.
chicago better not F this up and make the playoffs. i got zero interest in watching bulls/cavs in the 1st round.
by mikeymoney on Mar 18, 2017 | 10:15 PM
Denzel and Portis
With pretty good games against a West Playoff team. Alright, alright. Lol
by JustWhyMan on Mar 18, 2017 | 10:17 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Fear the Sword.
FIRST BLOOD drawn by the Cavaliers of Cleveland!!
by PyroKinesis on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:11 PM
I love the way the Jazz go about attacking switches (giving it up and getting it back with a running start)
by New Zealand Basketball on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:15 PM
Hey we can rebound again
by David Zavac on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:19 PM
Joe Ingles gonna get more or less than Delly this summer?
by New Zealand Basketball on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:23 PM
by mikeytp on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:24 PM
You’d max him, wouldn’t you
by OPace on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Meh, I’d max Hill. I’d give Ingles like 12-13 per lol. Almost an old max?
by mikeytp on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:32 PM
Limits their upside and makes them super expensive tho. Gobert max, Hayward max, Hill max, Hood about to get maxed
by New Zealand Basketball on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:43 PM
Yea but how are they going to replace Hill with anything close to Hill? Like what other option do they have? They can either be what they are by maxing those three and getting something for Favors. Then they will contend for the next 3-4 years. Or they can let one of them go, not get anything close to as good to replace them, and be worse than they are now.
by mikeytp on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:45 PM
by New Zealand Basketball on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:46 PM
Idk. I just think Hill is so much better than Exum is ever going to be. You’re taking a huge step down at PG and I really believe that core can seriously contend especially if all those guys get better. It might not be enough if your PG situation sucks.
by mikeytp on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:55 PM
You’re realistically getting rid of Hood tho if you wanna max Hill
by New Zealand Basketball on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:57 PM
Yea. Also doubt Hood will ever be as good as Hill is though. Idk they’re probably going to follow your plan but I doubt the team will be as good as they kept everyone. It’s gonna come down to ownership.
by mikeytp on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:03 PM
Jazz have so many nice pieces
by New Zealand Basketball on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:29 PM
Shame so many of them will be gone
by mikeytp on Mar 16, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Cavs shooting 39.6/23.5/50….yuck
by OPace on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:05 PM
by PyroKinesis on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:24 PM
by Kid_From_NE_Ohio on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:26 PM
This team refuses to fight over any screen/pick vs anyone sans GS, just lazy shit.
by Young Eagle on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:27 PM
Shump out there attempting murder
by TheDellavaliers on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:37 PM
Gobert getting away with it
by GaiusGracchus on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:37 PM
Gobert is officially my least favorite player in the NBA now
by GaiusGracchus on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:41 PM
Aggressive acting by Burks on that one
by jjco on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:44 PM
Diaw, the original and more portly Draymond Green.
by Kid_From_NE_Ohio on Mar 16, 2017 | 7:51 PM
frye is so bad on defense that everybody on utah team tries to get a defensive switch from him.
by Michael Philips on Mar 16, 2017 | 8:15 PM
He’s our very own Steph Curry
by OPace on Mar 16, 2017 | 8:17 PM
by PyroKinesis on Mar 16, 2017 | 8:20 PM
by jjco on Mar 16, 2017 | 8:21 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Detroit Bad Boys.
Lets get this dub
by The Notorious S.V.G on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:33 PM
I just wish the Jazz could rest all their good players
Unfortunately they are fighting for home court advantage
by The Notorious S.V.G on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:33 PM
I’m rooting for not falling behind by 10+ in the first quarter
by mumblesaurus on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:42 PM
Are we the only team that doesn’t realize the 3 point line exists
It’s a fireable offense
by Goose15 on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:43 PM
Obligatory down early
by DennisGER on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:47 PM
Run some offense
Van Gundy can’t call plays for shit
by Goose15 on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:51 PM
Hayward is handsome and good at basketball
by Goose15 on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:53 PM
by The Notorious S.V.G on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:54 PM
so much for not going down 10
by mumblesaurus on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:55 PM
Wow we suck
by The Notorious S.V.G on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:55 PM
this team is pathetic.
good line up switch SVG
by LIKEaBAAS on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:57 PM
by Makeithappen19 on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:57 PM
by mumblesaurus on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:57 PM
Horrible offense, porous defense
by DennisGER on Mar 15, 2017 | 7:58 PM
As frustrating as it is against us, jazz playing beautiful unselfish basketball
by mannie32 on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:04 PM
this is gross basketball
by mumblesaurus on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:11 PM
sad how people can get shooters and we can’t
by Makeithappen19 on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:12 PM
this ingles dude is working us
by mumblesaurus on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:16 PM
this L is on SVG
Everyone turn this mess off. Do not waste any more of your time. This is simply pathetic. Ill see y’all in the next game thread
by LIKEaBAAS on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:25 PM
This is legit embarassing
by sje on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:31 PM
by dimes5 on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:32 PM
Boo the shit out of them
by Makeithappen19 on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:31 PM
5 Assists in a half?
by Revenga! on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:27 PM
1 three in a half?
by DennisGER on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:35 PM
Not a good team
This is just not a good team.
SVG couldn’t get laid in a whorehouse with a fist full of C-notes the way he has gotten this team to not perform this year.
by TyrusTheGreat on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:33 PM
I thin the Jazz have significantly better players than us
Gobert > Drummond
Hayward > Morris
Hill > Reggie
The rest of the roster is debatable. But their two best players are better than anyone on our roster. And I think everyone agrees that Hill is better than Reggie.
by BigBensFro on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:49 PM
Hill is way way better than Reggie
Hill is an all star and tremendously underrated.
by Goose15 on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:50 PM
If Hill is significantly better than reggie and Gobert is significantly better than Dre we are fucked for a loooong time lol
by RipHamiltonTUR on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:50 PM
Gordan Heyward, Jimmy Butler, Paul George
I’m not sure Heyward is definitely the third-best player in that list. He’s damn good.
by sje on Mar 15, 2017 | 8:52 PM
Jazz making Pistons look like a D-League team
and they’re not even title contenders
by sje on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:01 PM
Bright spots tonight.
None. There are none.
by Crosseyed on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:04 PM
How are we so bad
by The Notorious S.V.G on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:06 PM
Jazz are playing some beautiful basketball
I’m gonna stay tuned in just to watch that and dream about our Players having even a fraction of the Basketball IQ that they have
by tile on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:07 PM
This is worst than AIDS.
by Portuguese Piston on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:07 PM
Also joe johnson always seems to fuck us over
by mannie32 on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:25 PM
makes Rudy Gobert look small. Crazy.
by shags on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:27 PM
This team kinda sucks ass.
by IamPAP on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:29 PM
I’m beginning to wonder if Quin Snyder is secretly Jerry Sloan’s son
because that guy also knows quite well what he’s doing with that clipboard.
by Christopher Saucier on Mar 15, 2017 | 9:41 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.
plz use this one to find your way back to the dominant winning ways.
Posted by O_OO on Mar 13, 2017 | 2:07 AM
(no comments between 1st and 4th quarters)
Utah crowd going wild
Posted by KillaClip on Mar 13, 2017 | 7:54 PM
Going another difficult first round series if Utah can maintain home court and health
They have length, girth, athletes, youth, veterans, good coaching, amazing home crowd eager to return to the playoffs and looking to prove something. Going to be experience (Clippers) vs better overall talent and fit (jazz)
Posted by KillaClip on Mar 13, 2017 | 8:00 PM
Posted by ianbaron on Mar 13, 2017 | 8:25 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.
damn…we lookin shit hot!!!
crashing boards, scoring inside, kicking out and dropping 3’s…
…keep this up fellers!!!
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 2:53 PM
is that a rash all over hayward ?
no..it’s just roberson gettin busy!!!
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 3:02 PM
no gobert = no defense
…they runnin scurrred!!!
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 3:03 PM
7-15 on 3’s…
…at the half
shoulda been better…
but westbrook gonna westbrook!
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 3:09 PM
i see the kylebot…
…has dropped off the end of the bench
ain’t nothin like some singler playing garbage minutes in a blowout!!!
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 3:28 PM
tickets please for the thunder express…
…next stop WINSVILLE
C’mon ride it…
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 3:52 PM
Russ going 1 on 1 … stupid … run the offense Russ
Posted by Sammy1 on Mar 11, 2017 | 4:04 PM
SWEET BABY JEEBUS RUSS…
WTF was that shot ?
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 4:05 PM
“I’m sick of our team not being able to close out games without me.” shot
Posted by D Sizzle on Mar 11, 2017 | 4:08 PM
Team ball got the lead, why go away from that
Posted by Tumekeheke on Mar 11, 2017 | 4:09 PM
WE DONT CHOKE!!!
…in russ we trust!!!
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 4:11 PM
i would not like to be on the wrong side…
…of a quin snyder tongue lashing
dude looks straight out of American Psycho!
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 4:15 PM
russ with the exclamation point…
Posted by RingoKid on Mar 11, 2017 | 4:23 PM