Pre-season Game 1 of 8: Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors (1-0)
It’s early yet, but this could very well be Play of the Pre-Season:
Jazz basketball is back! And fun basketball is here!
P.S. You know what I love about this?
The shot didn’t go down, but you can see Karl Malone ALL. over. that.
** Trey Burke on whether most of his minutes have been with the starting unit or whether he’s bounced around:
It’s been random. You know, real random. Coach Corbin, you know, splits us up, and you know, you don’t really know who’s you know, on what team.
** Burke on how important starting is to him:
Not important to me. You know, it’s just, all I want to do is win. So I think that’s what everybody’s goal, you know, on the team is, is to win. Try to win games, and you know, I think that’s a good way to look at it going into a game.
** Derrick Favors on whether he feels the need to personally set the tone defensively:
Yeah, I have to. You know, they all mention they look for me to do it. Coach Corbin look for me to do. So Imma have to go out there and set the tone early.
** Favors on whether he’s looking forward to the chance to get more minutes:
Yeah, I’m excited about that, you know? I worked hard the past few years and you know, I’m ready for my opportunity.
** Favors on whether he sees a difference in Gordon Hayward’s approach to the game this year:
He come in a lot more serious this year. You know, last year, he kinda, me and him both, kinda took the backseat to Al [Jefferson] and Paul [Millsap], but you know, this training camp, you know, we came in as the leaders. And you know, Gordon came in, he was vocal, he was serious about it. You could tell.
** Gordon Hayward on it finally being the young guys’ time:
Been talking about it, you know, since training camp. You know, time is now for us younger guys, and you know, I think we’re ready.
** Hayward on being a leader:
Have to be a leader, like I said. Making sure guys are in the right spots, and providing a little bit of a calming presence, ’cause a lot of us haven’t been in the situation playing a lot of minutes. So that’s what I’m gonna try to do.
** Hayward on how many guys he’s yelled at so far:
Had to yell at Turk yesterday, but other than that, not very many.
** Enes Kanter on it finally being the young guys’ time:
Now, it’s finally my and other young guys’ opportunity, just go out there and just show themself to, you know? Show all the fans and everybody that, you know, we here.
** Kanter on why Gordon Hayward yelled at him yesterday:
I missed the last box out yesterday. So that’s why.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Richard Jefferson started and John Lucas III was our leading scorer. Let that sink in. (I’m not incensed or anything; it’s just funny.)
** Per @jazzpatty, Jerry Sloan was sitting in his usual seat ~10 rows behind the Jazz bench:
** People calling Trey Burke “Burks”: Matt Harpring
People calling Alec Burks “Alex Burks“: Steve Luhm (H/T @jstuart87)
People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: the guy who does the nba.com recaps
** In case anyone was wondering, Enes still keeps his mouthguard behind his ear:
Who Dressed Him?!
One possible explanation:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Boler on the bench: How deep does Ty Corbin go?
** Boler on Hayward: That’s one of his patented moves. Strong to the hole.
** Harpring on malfunctioning shot clock and Trey Burke: This break right now really helps him out, and probably everyone on this court right now. I’ve been there where you’re just so, you go up and down a couple times, and all of a sudden you, the saliva leaves you. And then you’re just gasping for air and you need a break.
** Harpring on Burks: His body control, when he gets up in the air, is so good.
** Boler: Ty Corbin, trying to watch this young team come together.
** Boler on Kanter: Karl Malone said, if this kid can go outside and do damage inside, he’s going to be trouble.
** Harpring on Kanter: He shoots that with no hesitation.
** Harpring: Hayward does a great job of giving it up.
** Derrick Favors: I’m not quiet. I’m not really quiet, man. I’m not as quiet as y’all think I am.
** Boler on Hayward: He holds his own down low.
** Harpring, asked which Jazz player is most similar to him: I can see myself in a couple of players.
** Boler: What would they be looking for on the replay? A high, hard one, above the shoulder?
** Boler: Oh-ho. Look at that motion. Lucas is rocking it tonight.
P.S. If you’re wondering what good ol’ Karl was doing back home in Louisiana… (via @kylee_annie32):