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This Week* in the Utah Jazz

November 14, 2016

* Or in this case, three weeks.

One. Dennis Lindsey on the impact George Hill is already having: After the Portland preseason game, the, and then going to Phoenix, we had a tough practice. And there were a couple defensive transition drills that we were doing that, in years past, Quin [Snyder] would’ve had to address where the mistakes were.

And George just stopped everybody and was 100 percent spot on, and said, “Hey, look. This is where we have to be better.” And so, I’m happy for Quin that allows another voice to echo the things that he’s saying.

And then, little touches. Things that he’s already done in the community. His camp…Joe Johnson and George both had a thing for military support. So, on Nov. 3, those guys and myself and a few other people are gonna go and do a military initiative that’s near and dear to George’s heart…Even though it’s early in his Jazz career, his voice does carry a lot of weight already.

Two. Way better than a picture of a pink backpack:

@bolomboy21 doing his rookie duty singing happy bday to our coaches!!! #takenote

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Three. Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert’s extension: Rudy was really in the mindset that he wanted to stay in Salt Lake and Utah and stay with the Jazz organization…He told [his agent] Bouna [Ndiaye] that he wanted to find a deal that was fair to him and wanted to find a deal that allowed us to keep him and other core players going forward. …

The three objectives through this negotiation and really going forward, we’ve honored these three things, that we literally put them down on paper. We want Rudy to become as a, safe an athlete as possible. So, many times availability is the best ability, and especially with someone like Rudy that just impacts a game off presence. So, we wanna make him safer. And so, a lot of things that we put into the agreement, I think honor that.

And then we wanna make him stronger. And he’ll complete each of his roles that he currently has at a higher rate if he’s stronger. And by definition, I think if he’s a stronger athlete, he’s a safer athlete. He doesn’t put himself in bad positions.

And then we wanna make him more skilled. And so, there’s — and not all of a sudden where he’s, you know, taking [Hakeem] Olajuwon turn shots. I think that would be an unfair goal to place upon him.

We wanna work on offensive skills, but that could be pivoting to make better decisions with his passing. He’s always been a willing passer. He’s now more of an able passer but we have to enable him more with better footwork, so he has better vision. Working with his stance so he’s able to catch the ball better, quickly get it to the rim and in a strong fashion, finish.

So, really what we told Rudy in private was, is we’re committing to you as a core piece of our team because you’re a defensive presence, because of your shot-blocking, because of your rebounding, and because of your finishing.

And if those things all — if we can make you safer, stronger and more skilled so you’re able to do it more and better and more efficient, then the goal’s been accomplished. Let’s not take the contract and try to turn you some–into something that you’re not…Rudy is quite realistic, as his agent is, that we can have a deal that makes sense.



Five. Traveling at the time this #UDP of Dante Exum appeared (H/T @5kl) and this was the best I could do with the devices on hand. Rudy appeared to enjoy it, though.


Six. Joe Ingles, asked who he would save if DJ and PK were both dangling from a cliff and he could only save one: Oh no, I’d just walk off and go get some dinner or something.

Ingles on the World Series: I had dinner with [Dante Exum] last night. He begged me to come and watch the World Series or whatever it was called…It was entertaining. I’m glad I saw the last bit of it, I guess. And I’ll tell my kids one day that I watched [the Cubs] win it after 100-and-whatever years. That’s a lie. I’m not gonna tell them that.

Ingles*, making Gobert proud by making fun of Trevor Booker’s hairline:


* Ingles himself is a victim of hairline jokes by Dante Exum.

Seven. #nomakeup #nofilter #wokeuplikethis


Eight. From the deleted tweet files:


Nine. So stop asking.

#317 #Indy #PlainAndSimple #SoStopAsking #TakeNote #Jazz

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Ten. Quin Snyder on the status of Derrick Favors’ body: I don’t think he’s 100 percent yet. It’s, you know, Derrick’s situation — we forget Derrick, you know, Derrick hurt his back last year, and it’s just been a process for him, you know, getting healthy.

And it’s kinda gonna go on — it’s gonna be ongoing where we’re — I guess it’s not so much a minutes restriction as us really being aware of his body and physically trying to keep him fr–really, you know, it’s, in some respects it’s how we are with every player, but a little more conscious of that with Derrick because of his size and his physique and how much, I won’t say how much pounding, but how much energy and effort and physicality goes into his game.

Eleven. Meanwhile in Russia…


Also watching his son play: Jazz-hat-wearing Karl Malone.


Twelve. Derrick Favors, asked if he’s thinking about his upcoming extension: I’m not really thinking about it right now. I’m just worried about the season…Of course I want to be here, you know, but you know, it’s a business too. But of course I want to be here, and I love being here.

Thirteen. Jerry sporting all that Jazz gear ♥♥♥


And one more Jerry Sloan appearance along with a classic Frank Layden story:


Fourteen. Quin Snyder, asked for his thoughts on the election results in light of what Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr have publicly said: Frankly, it’s, for me personally, it’s not something that I’m inclined to talk about…

I respect the fact that Pop and Steve Kerr both have taken a point to speak their views, but it’s not something right now for me personally that I want to share with everybody that’s listening.

Fifteen. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Rudy Gobert’s lost contact: The ball boy came out and wiped it up with a towel.
** Boler on Gobert: I just like the confidence in his hands. Able to just grab it and go.
** Quin Snyder on Joe Johnson on the block: He was able to be really efficient down there, and that’s something, you know, you could just tell, there wasn’t a lot of dialogue…We did it, you know, think pretty quickly and he didn’t have to say much. But he knew what was going on.
** Snyder on George Hill: I think some of the things that he’s doing, you were hopeful that he’d do, but you’re equally pleased that he’s doing them.
** Joe Ingles on what he’d do if DJ and PK were dangling from a cliff: I might tease you. I might grab you and then like, “Yeah, I got you,” and then let you go.
** Snyder on what he wants defensively from Trey Lyles: Sending the signal that, you know, when he gets out there this is gonna be — “I’m gonna be a pain in the b–you know, pain in the butt for you to play against, ’cause I’m gonna play hard and I’m gonna make you uncomfortable.”
** Matt Harpring to Boler on the Where Are You Watching contest: You’re not on my staff.
Boler: No, no. No, no. I’m just part of your, well, I’m part of the staff because I’m here with you.
** Dennis Lindsey on Kevin O’Connor: He and I like to give each other the business.
** Lindsey on negotiations with Rudy Gobert: As all good deals are when they’re consummated, you know, both sides were able to lay out what was important to them. And sometimes even there, then, there’s a gap. Even though there’s two willing partners, there’s just a gap that exists…A lot of things lined up, and we’re certainly glad we have him in the fold.
** Snyder on the loss to San Antonio: If you don’t hit first, if you don’t shift, if you don’t wedge, if your guards don’t get in there, their size takes over.
** Harpring on Nicolas Batum and Gordon Hayward: I mean, Batum is all over creating contact…Hayward this time gets angry and says, “You know what? Fine. I’m gonna go all the way in.”
** Harpring on Nicolas Batum and Gordon Hayward, Part 2: They’re trying to get physical with Hayward. And Batum — they’re saying, “Let’s get up into him during crunch time to see how he reacts.”
** Snyder, asked for his assessment on how Dante Exum is playing: I’m going to give Dante a blow.
** Harpring on Derrick Favors defending Nikola Vucevic shot attempt: He rushed it because he thought Favors was coming.
** Harpring on Rodney Hood: He says, “You know what? I’m gonna pull it out. OK, everyone get out of the way.”
** Boler to Harpring during a McDonald’s promo: You’ll take it all PLUS your nuggets! (H/T @stvnprk)
** Boler on Dante Exum: Quin Snyder’s gonna ride him as long as he can.
** Harpring on Hood: Hood’s length at that position is great.

Bonus Bit. Yeah, Boler tucked it in.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. GO JAZZ permalink
    November 14, 2016 1:51 pm

    i’ve been waiting for this!!!

  2. Jeremy permalink
    November 15, 2016 2:10 am

    Did you not catch Boler in the Magic or Heat game talk about underhand free throws? “Between the legs, up and in.” hahaha

    • November 15, 2016 5:34 am

      Oops, I missed posting that one and “Rick Barry hit it the old-fashioned way,
      underneath, right?”

  3. Diana permalink
    November 17, 2016 1:07 pm

    For Seven- #messyhairdontcare


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