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These Weeks in the Utah Jazz

February 1, 2017

One. Quin Snyder on the toughness of players who have played overseas: I’d like a few — yeah, I told Igor [Kokoskov] we’d send a few of our guys to Red Star or Partizan and let them play in Serbia. Let them play in Belgrade for a year and bring them back.

And — I think it’s, as much as the crowds, it’s just the, there’s a monotony to it. There’s a, two practices a day. You know, no — you don’t fly, you don’t charter. Like, you’re f–you know, you’re traveling commercially. You’re, you know, the locker rooms that you’re in, there’s no glamor. You know, there is in the Euroleague Final Four, and there is in certain places. I was fortunate to be in CSKA, which was one of the big-budget teams.

But you better love the game. I mean, you play for the sake of the game, and Joe [Ingles] felt that in Barcelona. And you also learn how to be a part of a team. I mean, people aren’t playing as extensive minutes. You know, the game itself is very much, I think, is more about the group. It’s more about matchups; guys kinda facilitating their team’s success.

You know, there isn’t the media coverage that you have here, where y–the, you know, there’s other things and people that are lending, you know, enthusiasm to what you’re doing. You better find the joy of the game in the game, and it’s a healthy experience.

Just, it’s, you know, it’s why it’s great, you know, in baseball you have, you know, great potential players that go play in the minor leagues. And they learn how to hit a certain pitch, and they get reps. You know, I mean, let me figure out, you know — and then go back to batting practice and work.

Two. Hair did:

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Three. Things you only hear on 1280:

DJ/PK to Joe Ingles on a school event he attended: Did you sign some autographs? You sign them in Australian? I don’t know if they have different penmanship down there. They sound funny. Maybe they write funny.
The other one of DJ or PK: You think he writes it upside down?
The first one: I don’t know. I’ve never been there. They’re down under, so who knows?

Four. Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert’s care factor: There were a couple of moments that we noticed with Rudy before we got him, that i–we felt like he really cared. That’s a big deal, especially when you couple it with the type of tools that typically NBA players have, and then the plus-plus tools that Rudy has.

So, the initial season, even summer league before our season, he showed signs that he could be a very good NBA player. But he wasn’t quite strong enough. I think there was a little bit of a langrid–language and a speed-to-the-game barrier that he had to overcome.

But that first year, even though — I think if you were to ask Rudy and give him some real truth serum, was he had to deal with a great deal of frustration, or maybe he felt like he could help us more than he was able to show. And let’s just say that’s of argument — and it’s not clear one way or the other that the playing time he got was exactly right.

But with that said, I do think we gave him enough playing time and D-League minutes, NBA minutes, an–especially when you couple that with, he really, the biggest goal for us is t–for him to get stronger. And so, I still think that we might have got lucky with that balance, with maybe if there — in some universe out there, there were too many minutes, that wouldn’t have allowed him to address his body, needs.

And so, I think we, by and large, struck a very good balance…A lot of [Gobert’s edge and competitiveness] is just innate. Y’wish we could get a DNA chip and insert that into every player that we deal with. And so, there was something innate about Rudy where he clearly had something to prove to himself and the rest of the league.

Five. 😍😍😍😍😍😍

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Six. Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert: I don’t know that there’s a guy that likes to compete and play more than Rudy, which is pretty interesting.

You know, he just loves the game, and he loves to play and he loves to play out there. And he’s never nervous. He just is excited about playing basketball, and you can feel that when he plays.

And he’s, his, you know, I don’t, it’s good that we have all the analytical tools we do now, because maybe — Rudy’s probably underappreciated as it is because the box score doesn’t say all the things that Rudy does.

You know, the graphs that shows his face over here in the upper quadrant and everybody else over here with his rim protection,* and then, you know, all the things that he’s doing that are special — he’s having a special season.

It’s an unconventional season in some ways because of his productivity. His productivity and his impact is different than a typical player that you look and say they’re having a great year.

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Seven. β™₯β™₯β™₯

I’m just going to assume Bill Hanzlik doesn’t use “pipe” the way J.R. Smith uses “pipe.”

Eight. We now have possibly one-seventh of the team calling for the purple mountain throwbacks to be brought back. Derrick Favors was ambiguously the first vote, during his takeover of the Jazz’s Twitter account in July.

Trey Lyles agrees:

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Nine. I’m traveling and way behind on everything. I just figured I should publish this before it becomes even more irrelevant with its days-old info.

Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: I’ll tell you what gets hard… (H/T @5kl)
** Harpring on Dorian Finney-Smith: I think he’s an up-and-comer.
** Harpring on Joe Johnson: Slow, methodical, but just will drill you.
** Harpring on elbow stingers: I’ve done this many times. Just goes dead on you.
** Harpring on Dirk Nowitzki miss: He just needed one more inch. (H/T @5kl and @seanp33)
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert: They stretch you out, Gobert’s forced to come on the perimeter.
** Harpring on Craig Bolerjack’s inability to say the word “shimmying”: You just hurt your jaw?
Boler: Oh my.
** Dennis Lindsey on the Jazz being outplayed by the Suns: I wanted to give [Suns GM] Ryan [McDonough] a little bit of love and validation that he’s doing the right things. And again, I’ve been in that position.
** Lindsey on his relationships with other GMs: They’ve kinda seen what we’re trying to do, even though we’re not doing it maybe as quick as what we want or you guys want, certainly. Last year, we got quite a bit of love internally, but I’m not gonna go and mention that.
** Boler: That standard is still rocking. A lot of action on top of the rim. (H/T @5kl)
** Ron Boone on George Hill and-1 and Seth Curry: We saw George Hill do this last night against Curry, and Curry ends up riding him.
** Booner on George Hill and mouthpieces: He wants a thin one. He doesn’t like the, you know, I guess the real thick ones.
** Spencer Checketts with one of the worst UDQMs ever: Gail Miller is live in studio. We are live on Instagram. This is only the second time I’ve done this. The first time was with George Hill, and now it’s with Gail.
Gordon Monson: Did it work the first time?
Checketts: Um, I think so. I, you know, it’s just kind of a strange thing. Like, I feel kind of weird holding my phone and, just right in front of Gail. But you’re used to the cameras. You were on there today, and you did a fantastic job.
Gail Miller: Thank you.
** Greg Miller on Quin Snyder: He’s comfortable coming to us and saying, “Hey, could we try this?” Or, “What if we did that?” And he’s just, it’s really, it’s almost casual. I don’t know that that’s the best word to describe it, because —
Gail Miller: It’s comfortable.
Greg Miller: It’s very comfortable, yeah.
** Quin Snyder on Gordon Hayward, and the rest of the team: We’ve ridden him, and ridden him. All those guys were a little drained.
** Snyder on George Hill and Steven Adams: George got tied up with Adams, and wasn’t able to get off his body.
** Boler on the bench: Quin Snyder is not afraid to go deep.
** Boler on Hayward stepping behind the 3-point line: Hayward wants it, pops out behind.

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