Game 11 vs. NJN: ESA, you can do better
Per Jody Genessy, it was exactly two years ago that Sundiata Gaines hit the second biggest shot in Utah Jazz history to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ah, the good ol’ days.
Don’t have much in the way of recapping. For most of the night, I had difficulty focusing on the game because I was so distracted and frustrated by the booing every time Deron touched the ball.* I knew he was going to get booed during player intros, and while I was not for it, if you had to get that out of your system, ok, whatever.
It got way out of hand, though, as the booing continued all the way into the second half. The fans made themselves look bad, and it was embarrassing. Nights like tonight make it hard for me to comprehend how the Jazz have a reputation for having “the best fans in the league.” And of course the fans looked even worse with Deron spending time signing autographs for fans during shootaround and being all classy in his post-game.
*This is coming from someone who believes Deron contributed to (I didn’t say “was responsible for”) Jerry’s resignation.
** Chris Carrino (Nets play-by-play): When the team is not playing well, it’s obvious how Deron feels…we pointed out on the air a few days ago that he was getting obviously frustrated and showing it on the floor, and it’s not a healthy thing for your teammates when you do that. The Nets coaching staff actually addressed that with him, and that was a major thing they went over with him. (2)
** Al Jefferson: Memo, good guy man. Miss him. He was a great leader. I know the fans gonna welcome him with open arms. He deserves it. He’s one of the best guys I know. (1)
** Deron, on whether he can see himself playing in Utah again: “No. That chapter in my life is over.” (DN)
** Al on first time he was traded: Me leaving Boston was kind of sad, because Boston was the team that drafted me and I’ve still got mad love for them. But at the same time, if I was Danny Ainge, I would’ve traded me for Kevin Garnett, too. (Trib)
** Devin Harris on Derrick Favors: He’s doing a lot more talking. … He’s starting to open up a little bit. Maybe three [-word answers] if you’re lucky. (Trib)
** Memo Okur: I kind of felt [getting traded was a possibility] because I was going to be free agent, and I was oldest guy on the team. We had too many big guys…So I was preparing myself, but sometimes I felt like this gonna be my career-ending team. So I just, you know. I was shocked, kind of disappointed, but now I moved on and I’m happy where I am. (3)
Random Stuff, etc.
** This conversation took place when the following was shown:
Boler: Double date?
Harpring: Are we making her choose?
** Poor Steve Brown. Threw up on his tie, but had to go on camera before he could change:
** P3 posted this new video of Al working out over the summer, but it looks like he’s dancing:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night
** Harpring: You’re going to have Memo and Deron coming at you hard.
** Boler to Harpring: You were a banger. Did you ever consider wearing protection? (H/T @_alexisholt)
** Harpring on Deron: When he’s got his desire, he’s up there.
** Hapring: I don’t think there’s a bigger nose for the ball than Millsap in the NBA.
** Harpring: You know I get up quite early.
** Boler: Deron goes inside Humphries. (It was actually “Deron goes inside. Humphries…” but Boler failed to pause in between.)
** Boler: “Kanner” handles that ball nicely.
** Al Jefferson, post-game: Paul more of an inside-outside guy. I’m more of an inside guy.
** Al Jefferson (H/T @BWightman84)
** Brian T. Smith:
Unintentional Dirty Image of the Night (Trib)