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Utah Jazz Introduce Jonas Jerebko and Thabo Sefolosha

July 19, 2017
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On signing with the Jazz
Coach [Quin] Snyder called me and you know, obviously expressed interest, and the interest was very mutual. And just his playing phis–philosophy and just the roster that they had here and guy that they brought in and obviously Rudy [Gobert] in the middle, and just all-around great guys, unselfish guys, it made this decision easy, to be honest.

Especially with the roster being international, playing with Thabo [Sefolosha], Ricky [Rubio], you know, Rudy, and Joe [Ingles] and Dante [Exum], and you know, just everybody, it’s, I’m really looking forward to coming here to Salt Lake and just keep building on what they did last year.

On growing up a Jazz fan
It started every other summer growing up. My dad is American. He’s from Buffalo, New York, so every other summer I used to go play, just random basketball camps all over Buffalo. And went in the [Champion] store and Karl Malone jersey was there. Picked it up and wore it proudly for the next few years, and that’s what made me a Jazz fan. Always picked them when I played my video games.

You know, you, in Sweden, you don’t get, you can’t watch the games. So, I tried to just keep up there on the video games and obviously I’ve seen the great runs they have. So, that’s what made me a fan, really.

Do you know any Jazz players?
Joe and I was at the Euro camp, so I know him from there. Ricky, obviously, European, and you know, I’ve played in the NBA for eight years, so a lot of these guys I’ve, I know off the court and on the court. Thabo obviously played in Italy a year before me, so we kinda got history together. So, I followed him to Italy and I followed him here to Utah.

On Rudy Gobert
I’ve been on the wrong side of things, and you know, when you trying to get to the hole and you see a guy like Rudy under the basket, he’s gonna make you think, and he’s most likely gonna make you pass.

So I mean, it’s gonna be a great thing for everybody on this team to just know that you have Rudy back there. It’s kind of like an insurance, you know, to play around that, and to be able to have a shotblocker and somebody that can tec–can contest shot like he can, not a lot of teams in the league are lucky like we are.

Jerebko’s first tweet as a Jazzman

On Andrei Kirilenko
AK-47 was one of my player–favorite players growing up. And you know, just watching him play, I tried to simulate my game to his. …

Karl Malone made me into a Jazz fan. Bought a jersey growing up, and then obviously being a huge fan of AK-47, and you know, just admiring his game growing up, I’ve always been a Jazz fan.

On Boston
I am not gonna miss it. I’m excited about the future and what we have going here, so I’m definitely not gonna miss it. We had a great run, but I’m excited for the future.

On Jazz fans looking forward to games against Boston this year
So am I. I can’t wait. So am I.

** Languages: Swedish (native tongue), English and a little Italian.
** Grew up playing hockey, soccer, floorball, handball and golf, but parents and sister played basketball so he fell into it naturally.
** Hobbies: golf, fishing, being outside, mountain biking, gaming.
** Golf handicap: Used to be 6, probably 12 right now.

Why Utah?
I had a great conversation with the coach. Great conversation with the GM, Dennis [Lindsey], and you know, the way they explained it to me was that, you know, they needed somebody on the defensive end that’s gonna come and show the young guys also how it’s supposed to be done. Be a veteran leader. And so, you know, conversation with the coach and the GM, that’s what made me come here to Utah. …

The conversation [with Snyder] so far has been really open and honest, so you know, it’s a great way to start.

On how the Jazz’s style fits his game
Defensively, you know, it’s a team that really pride itself with Rudy and everybody, you know, at being tough on the defensive end, and that’s what I, that’s what my game, you know, it’s a lot about. Other than that, you know, I think moving the ball, playing that European style of basketball, you know, will fit my game.

Are you close with anyone on the team?
I know Rudy already. We spoke, you know, in Atlan–before I came here. I know Jonas pretty well, so — we played in the same team in Europe.* Not at the same time, but with the same team, so that’s some similarity there. Other than that, you know, I just, for the rest of the guy, I just know them, you know, playing against them.

* Pallacanestro Biella in Italy

On Jazz fans
I used to hate playing, you know, here against the team, so I’m excited, you know, being here and hearing those fan cheering for us, you know, for a change. It’s gonna be great.

** Languages: French (native tongue), English and a little Italian
** Favorite food: Rice and chicken, provided the chicken is grilled the right way.
** Hobbies: spending time with his children, watching soccer, Call of Duty, biking.
** Wearing No. 22 because 25, 2 and 5 were all taken. Next choice would have been 18. (Birthday is 2 May.)
** Idol growing up: Michael Jordan
** Favorite teammate(s) of all time: Kevin Durant and Joakim Noah
** Biggest influence(s): Mom and dad. Both artists who taught him at a young age to believe in himself and follow his dreams.
** Thabo Sefolosha, unintentional dirty quote machine: It’s exciting to think about, you know, Gobert being in the back. I can be a little bit more loose and be more aggressive on my man knowing that, you know, Gobert is there in the back taking care of things.

P.S. Congrats to Joe Ingles on this great troll job with his Paul George shoes:

Where Are They Now: Bobby Hansen

July 18, 2017
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** Currently a color commentator for the Iowa Hawkeyes. “I just enjoy life. I’m a grandfather three times over. My wife Mary and I, we’ve been married 30 years and our children are grown. Two of them are in Chicago, one in Des Moines.”

On who inspired him to get into color commentating
[When I come back], I think about Hot Rod Hundley. You know, we lost Hot Rod and he’s the reason I got into radio, was Hot Rod seemed to have fun at what he was doing and I’m like, “Hmm, maybe I’ll try this when I get done and have as fun as Hot Rod had.”

What was the transition from All-Stars Adrian Dantley and Rickey Green to Karl Malone and John Stockton like?
Amazing time led by an amazing man in Frank Layden, who had a vision as president, general manager, coach. Frank was everything. You know, and he saw, I think, the draft and tha–they didn’t get lucky. They just had an incredible scouting department that saw the talent…

They drafted John, and I think it took them about a week in training camp to realize he was not gonna be the backup, that he was probably gonna be the starter. And then they moved Rickey Green to Charlotte. And there was only room for one on the low block, so Adrian Dantley was the odd man out. Karl assumed that, and the rest is history. Those guys are hall of famers.

On Larry H. Miller and how the Jazz became rooted in the community
I think where it kinda all came together was in, I think in 1988, maybe, when we took the Lakers to seven games. That’s when it really became, like, unified. Th–it was Salt Lake against the rest of the NBA, and to be on the verge of knocking off the world champions at that time, the Laker–it was just an incredible time…

[The organization] found stability in the Miller family. Larry Miller, Toyota dealer in town, and he was real involved. I mean, Larry was in the locker room. Larry was encouraging. He was, you know, challenging you.

And then, he’s the main reason — the Miller family is the reason why the team is here and will remain here probably forever, I would think, with — I mean, the guy bought it for $20 million. I mean, what’s it worth now? Yeah, close to a billion dollars…

You move forward [from losing Gordon Hayward]. You move on, because this franchise has survived many, many things over the years, and because of that loyal fan base, it will thrive in the future.

You’ve played for Frank Layden, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Lute Olsen, and Dick Motta. Who was the best?
Frank Layden. Yeah, just because of everything that he is. He wasn’t a guy that would go up there and draw plays up, you know, and — he hated that, to be honest with you. He was more about motivating you, playing together as a team, taking care of each other, and competing. Just giving it everything you got every time you’re out there. And he really cared about you; you knew that…

If you ask me who my favorite, who the best coach that I — it’s Frank Layden, as a professional…He took the heat off his players and he put it on himself. He shouldered a lot of that burden, and as a player, it was great.

On Jerry Sloan
Jerry just got the best out of you. Jerry challenged you every single day to, you know, never take a moment off. Just to be the ultimate competitor, and that really elevated my game. …

[Michael Jordan] was a great teammate. If you knew that anything broke out on the court, he was a lot like Jerry Sloan. I always knew if you got into a fight on the court or something, Jerry was gonna probably be the first one on the court. With the Bulls, Michael was gonna be that type guy. They had that similar type of personality.

Summer League Gleanings
Paid a lot of attention to Donovan Mitchell. Sitting over there with Coach Sloan and Phil Johnson and Kevin O’Connor and the scouting staff. Just kinda, just, you know, picking their brain a little bit. I really like that kid. He reminds me of an NBA player right now.

I mean, people talking about Damon* Lillard; you know, Marcus Smart. He’s got that man’s body. He’s a willing defender. He made one play — I was sitting behind the bench behind Alex Jensen over there — and he stole the ball, and right in front of their bench, he saved it, flipped it behind his back for a layup. It was a phenomenal play, and I said, “That’s an NBA play right there.”

So, I think the Jazz are in great shape. You got great young players. Jerry was talking about Rodney Hood. He likes him to pick up the scoring slack. I thought Dante Exum was better last night than he’s been in the past. Phil Johnson talked about when he first got here, he wouldn’t take the ball to the basket. Now he’s going to the basket hard, getting to the free throw line.

So, you’re in great shape. And yeah, it’s always tough to lose a — your star, your all-star, but the cupboard is not bare here with the Utah Jazz. (1280)

* Not a typo.

Bonus reading: Here’s a Bobby Hansen story Frank Layden told a year ago.

Michael Jordan told me when Bobby Hansen went to Chicago the last year of his career, he said to me, “Coach, thanks for giving us Bobby.” He says, “He used to give me fits.”

You know? He was — yeah, I used to say, “Bobby, when you come into the huddle, I wanna see blood on your uniform. I want to see Michael Jordan’s blood.” And so one day I come in and see [that he has] blood down, running down the front of his uniform. I said, “That’s it. I love that. I love seeing blood.”

He goes, “Coach, it’s my blood.” He said, “Michael–” he says, “Michael’s beating the shit out of me.”

Bits on Gordon Hayward from Rudy Gobert and Dennis Lindsey Interviews and Gordon Hayward Celtics Introductory Presser

July 15, 2017
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One. Rudy Gobert on what he likes most about the post-Gordon Hayward team of players that do want to be a part of the organization: You got guys that are not scared. You know, guys that are competitors, and that want to keep getting better, and that’s what we need. You know, that’s why I’m not worried. We gonna keep getting better, and we gonna keep — we gonna show people that, you know, we’re a very good team.

Two. Gobert on playing in Salt Lake City: I mean, first of all it’s probably the best or one of the best organization in the NBA. You know, we really put the player first. We try to — right now, we, I mean, remodeling all the arena, the practice facility. We invest a lot in all that. And you know, maybe it’s not the best city to party. Maybe, you know, it’s not the best city to have fun, but I think to win and to get better, to improve, to develop, I think it’s the best — I think it’s one of the top cities, top in the NBA.

** “We.” “We.” “We.”

Three. Dennis Lindsey on how the Jazz move on from Hayward: With a dose of enthusiasm and a level of competitiveness where we set our jaw and make no excuses and have an unbelievable culture and do that with what we stand for, what we wanna stand for, which is great defense, tough play, unselfish play, growing players in their larger roles.

I think if we, you know, move back to who we are, how, what we have to be, how we have to do it here, there’s gonna be a real fundamental resolve top to bottom.

Four. Lindsey’s vision for the next iteration of the Utah Jazz: I’d love for every team to come to Salt Lake City and feel like they’re going to the dentist, who is the biggest hack, and who’s — it w–it takes an hour operation, and he moves it to four hours, it, where it’s gonna be long and painful. So, I’m OK with [a final score of] 71 to 69.

Five. And with this, Joe Ingles’ ascension on everyone’s Favorite All-Time Jazzmen lists continues. The best part about this is the We(s)t Willy happened two years before Ingles joined the Jazz.

Six. Gordon Hayward on his decision to sign with the Boston Celtics: There was just something different about Boston, and different about being a Celtic, and it was just a special feeling when talking about, you know, being a Boston Celtic and that ultimately, you know, won me over and, decided to join the Boston Celtics.

Seven. Hayward, asked if he was surprised by the reaction to his decision in Utah: I can definitely see where these fans are coming from. You know, I think the, it’s disappointing to see some of the threats and some of the violent responses, especially towards my family, and things of that nature.

Eight. Hayward on Brad Stevens: We get to Boston and it’s late at night, and we’re greeted at the terminal with, by, my wife and I are greeted by Brad and [former Butler assistant and current Celtics assistant] coach [Micah] Shrews[berry] and, you know, it’s immediate, immediate familiarity, and comfort. And it brought back memories of when I was being recruited in high school by coach Brad, and so it started out like that and that was just a really cool feeling to kind of be doing it over again, this time at the next level. …

Brad has talked a lot about [players playing multiple positions and me playing with the ball and without the ball] and using a lot of guys that we have on the roster in different ways, and I know he’s a genius when it comes to that stuff, both offensively and defensively. …

As soon as, you know, you get off the terminal, you know, it’s just instant familiarity. Just a comfort level with Brad, and what he does, and how he goes about things. And you know, it was easy. It was really easy. …

He’s a great, great coach, great guy, and you know, just was a friend to me during those times when he wasn’t my coach. I mean, he came to my wedding. Any time I needed anything, he was there for me. And this is when he’s busy, you know, getting ready for his second national championship run; when he, you know, finally decides to go to the Celtics [and] he’s got a whole agenda on his plate. …

Then, to be reunited, and like I said, just the familiarity and the comfort when he’s, finally is allowed, without, you know, tampering with rules or anything, he’s finally allowed to just talk to me and recruit to me, recruit me, it was kinda like deja vu.

Nine. Hayward on his new teammates who traveled domestically to meet with him: [At Fenway Park], they had the real cool video and Isaiah [Thomas] was there. Al Horford was there. And that meant a lot to me that, you know, they showed up, took time out of their schedule. You know, the offseason for us guys is precious time; precious, precious moments. So, for them to show up was really cool for me. …

I’m thrilled to get a chance to play with those guys. You know, they did a hell of a job last year and you know, got to the Eastern Conference Finals, No. 1 seed in the East, and so I’m, you know, a huge fan of their ga–their basketball games…

And so, I’m more than ecstatic to play with those guys. I think it’s gonna be a great fit. I think we can complement each other extremely well. Really, really looking forward to playing with those guys.

Ten. Hayward, asked if he’s talked to Gail Miller yet: (pause) Yeah, so, Gail actually sent me a text after the decision was made. A very, very nice text. And, sent it to me first, and so, and also sent one to my wife as well, Robyn. And we both replied to her…And so, you know, I think that’s all that we’ve said and done.

** “And we both replied to her.”

Bits from Dennis Lindsey, Sam Amick, Rodney Hood and Gordie Chiesa Interviews

July 11, 2017
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On the impact of the time it took Gordon Hayward to “write his blog”
As it did drag out, were there things that were moving real quick? Absolutely. But we had gone as far, this far, so we wanted to, you know, get to the very end. And, you know, right or wrong, you know, I’ll be judged on that and then we’ll move forward. …

We were really concerned when he decided that he was gonna take visits, really on two matters. One, you know, there’s a ceremonial thing, a parade thing that we weren’t going to be able to have just ’cause Gordon and, was familiar with our situation.

So, if we show him the practice facility renovation or the renovation that’s going over at Vivint Smart Home Arena, it’s like, well, you’re not showing me a lot that [I haven’t] seen a thousand times. Or, even the plans on the renovation. So, there was a little bit of that.

But the overriding point is, in life timing means a lot. And so, just the fact that that, that it took time to go visit cities — and again, I don’t begrudge anybody who’s making an occupational decision to go and see the actual city and where they’re working and who they’re working with. It only stands to reason.

But we knew when — originally we were told they were gonna take meetings, and then it shifted to traveling to a couple cities. We knew that those 72 hours were gonna be really, really critical and that we could be letting a few things go off the board because of it.

On Rodney Hood’s role going forward
We have to lift him as a primary wing now. When Rodney Hood was out without Gordon Hayward on the court, his usage went up and in an odd way — and I don’t know if this is anecdotal evidence or not — his efficiency went up.

It was quite impressive to actually look at Rodney and Rodney’s performance, moreso because Rodney needs the ball to contribute. He’s a good pick and roll player. He’s a good player off the dribble.

And so, our talk to Rodney is, is reliability [and] availability will be the two best abilities regarding Rodney Hood. It’s not basketball skills. It’s not character. It’s not intelligence. It’s not knowing how to play. It’s just now he’s moving into a primary role, and we think he’ll be able to handle it. But he’s gotta be able to prove that.

When did Hayward first decide he was going to Boston?
I’ll say this much. The, you know, the idea that he was really torn and the Jazz pulled at the heartstrings and had him really considering Utah the night before, that, you know, I’d be, I have not heard that from Gordon’s mouth personally.

So, the stuff that you have, you know, that I had heard firsthand that, you know, was supposedly coming from Gordon, was a lot of noise about Boston. The whole day before, a lot of teams, a lot of rival agents definitely thought it was Boston. Like, 100 percent.

You know, you — beyond that, I don’t know. I think, the other stuff I’d hear that I don’t have total clarity on is the George Hill factor, and the fact that they — there was a lot of noise that once George was clearly not coming back [to Utah], that Gordon was out of there.

And that was, you know, that intel was kind of hard to decipher, because I know a lot of folks said that the [Ricky] Rubio deal was, you know, was good enough for Gordon, and that that was gonna get the job done. But it was puzzling, because George was under the impression that Gordon was out of there if he wasn’t back. I, you know, that much I know. And next thing you know, you know, they’re doing Rubio and then he’s, Gordon’s going to Boston. …

Gordon is also a guy, I mean, there was a ton of noise obviously about his wife and what she wanted. And so, that part, you know, everybody’s who’s married kinda gets the fact that, you know, it’s a 50-50 deal and everybody weighs in with their opinion. And so, you know, maybe it’s true that she was looking for a change of pace.

On what happened the day of the announcement
What I know is this, that Gordon was telling a lot of people around him that it was Boston. And obviously that got out, and you know — and even more specifically, there was a lot of noise that when the story had been first broken by Chris Haynes of ESPN, that the announcement was coming, you know, within 20 or 30 minutes of that story having broken.

And then at that point — here’s where it gets complicated and here’s where I can’t provide all the answers, and it’s a longer conversation, but the Players’ Tribune component has really complicated things when it comes to breaking news, not only because the players are trying to break it themselves, but because you have a business relationship between the website and the athlete…

Next thing you know, we’ve got ourselves a delay, of hours. …

The article itself, it really seemed like, “OK, you know, y–now we’ve got the piece ready for Boston, and let’s add in a couple of graphs, throw in a few slights at the media” — which I thought was unnecessary.

And you know, listen, I don’t think anybody’s reputations were negatively impacted by this. I think if anything, it just doesn’t make, you know, kinda his camp look very good. Only they know why they played it the way they did.

Did you have a sense in San Diego that Gordon Hayward was going to Boston?
I didn’t know. You know, we had a really good conversation, you know, after he met with the Millers and Dennis Lindsey and coach. And you know, it was a good conversation. We didn’t know. He did a pretty good job of hiding it.

Do you feel you’re the guy now and have to up your scoring average to 20, 22 points a game?
Yeah, I mean, I gotta get a lot better, you know, and I’ve been doing that this summer. You know, I’ve been gearing towards that, and you know, I think everybody has to improve. You know, once you miss a guy like that, everybody has to get better and help with that…

I mean, I need to [up my scoring]. I know it’s easy to point towards me, but like I said, everybody needs to, you know, up their play. You know, e–from me, myself, Rudy [Gobert], to you know, Ricky coming in, Joe Ingles; everybody has to do more than we were expected to do last year.

On how the Gordon Hayward situation was handled
Troubling. Yeah, I wish he would’ve told the Jazz what he was thinking much sooner, so the Jazz could quickly pivot.

By “sooner,” do you mean on Tuesday when he made the announcement, or Monday when the Jazz were visiting him?

Monday. Sunday…From the Jazz point of view, they did everything possible they could to have their best foot forward, including Gail Miller, God bless her, go down to San Diego for one more “sales pitch.”

I mean, I have a hard time [with] after seven years being there that you have, the owner has to go down and give you one more sales pitch. That’s troubling to me…[The Jazz] found out where they really stand, and that’s, again, that is very alarming.

Bits on Gordon Hayward Departure from Dennis Lindsey, Mark Bartelstein and Trevor Booker Interviews

July 8, 2017

One. Dennis Lindsey, asked if his contingency plans in the event of Gordon Hayward’s departure are still feasible given the amount of time it took Hayward to “write his blog”: Timing has been problematic. Timing has been problematic. …

It was problematic…Certainly, there were multiple things that we let pass in the hopes to retain Gordon…You’re running into a time crunch with the way that things were set up and the indecision around that towards the end…

We knew going into the process it could be problematic, and it was. And maybe a little bit more problematic than what we would’ve wanted it to be in an average situation.

Two. Lindsey on replacing Gordon Hayward: Certainly, having wing size and getting that replacement would be very key. Again, there’s not as many prospects left on the board because of the timing, so we’ll take a look at it. We’ll look at prospects at ev–really at every level, whether it be European or some of these summer league prospects, and we’ll find someone hungry that can defend and help us defend on the wing.

Three. Lindsey, asked if he’d ever experienced anything as bizarre as the five-hour period it took Hayward to “write his blog”: Bizarre. There’s probably a few adjectives there. I’ll let you guys describe that.

Four. Lindsey, asked how comfortable he is with the way the situation was handled: How comfortable am I, with the way it was handled. Look, we’ll, that may be a conversation for a later date. How ’bout that?

Five. Lindsey, asked if he has spoken to Hayward since the decision: So, we’ve texted.

Six. Mark Bartelstein on why Gordon Hayward won’t be in a Jazz uniform next year: Well, that’s a, that’s an answer that will take a long time to go through…The Jazz have done everything you could do as an organization to create A) a world-class organization and a winning organization and to treat Gordon in a — everything we could ever hope for, they did.

Dennis in creating a, you know, a foundation and an atmosphere, you know, for winning and high-character players that he’s, you know, he calls it”Jazz DNA” and it’s really what they do. They’re very particular about the kind of guys they bring in.

And Quin Snyder, you know, what he’s done for Gordon, you know, I actually sent him a text today thanking him in detail, because what Quin Snyder’s done for Gordon, I don’t even know you can put a value on it. Just improving his mental toughness, his approach to the game, let alone his skill level, his — the way he prepares for games. Gordon is the player he is today, you know, in large part because of all the work that Quin put in. And the staff — you know, Johnnie Bryant, the entire player development staff.

So, all of that was very much taken into account, but you know, as a player in this league, you only have a few opportunities where you can kind of pick and choose what you do…if you want to see if there’s something out there that might be just more appealing to you.

And so, we had every team in the league, pretty much, that reached out to us and wanted Gordon to come in for a visit and to get in front of him and to make their presentation, and quite frankly, we said no to pretty much everybody, and when I tell you that they literally begged, and begged, for months to get in front of him, that’s what went on. …

When it was all said and done, he just, you know, I think he wanted to kind of challenge himself a little bit to get out of his comfort zone.* I think, you know, Boston is a place th–a storied franchise that’s won a lot of championships…And I think just the concept of going there is a [chance to] you know, compete at the highest level right now and to play for Brad [Stevens]*…

Utah offered everything you could ever want, but I think just the challenge of what he saw in the possibility in Boston,* in his gut he felt that was the right thing for him and this timing was right. And it’s, you know, there’s no one thing. It’s just a gut feeling that he had. …

You can’t imagine how many teams were just exasperated that I wouldn’t allow them to sit down and have a visit with Gordon. I mean, they just could not believe I wouldn’t give them an audience.**

* Going from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference, where you get to compete at the highest level, and to your college coach are getting out of your comfort zone and taking on a challenge. Gotcha.
** 🙏 Dear Lord, thank you for Mark Bartelstein deigning to allow Gordon Hayward to grant the Jazz pitch team an audience in San Diego after he visited Miami and Boston. Amen.

Seven. Bartelstein on Quin Snyder vs. Brad Stevens: You know, sometimes there’s two beautiful girls, but you can only date one. You know, at a time.

Eight. Bartelstein, asked why he was the one that informed the Jazz of Hayward’s decision and why Hayward couldn’t pick up the phone himself: Well, first of all, he — who’s told you he never picked up the phone?

Dennis Lindsey himself, during the press conference two days ago.

I don’t believe Gordon has spoken with Dennis yet. They’ve texted with each other. Gordon has definitely spoken with Quin, and when the time is right and everything and everyone’s settled down, he will absolutely talk with the Miller family, and everyone, you know?

Why isn’t now the right time for Gordon Hayward to call Gail Miller?

Yeah, like I said, he’s gonna do that at the right time. He’s in Boston, you know, right now. He had to fly out there for his physical and to get all that taken care of. Again, there was so much, you know, there was so much emotion after the decision, a lot of things that were said in the Utah market that were really, you know, that were honestly unfair, and so were the criticism, things like that.*

But it’s part of, that’s what makes, you know, that’s why Gordon gets paid the money he gets paid. That’s why players get paid the money they get paid, because people are passionate about sports.**

* Everyone get that? The things you said and your unfair criticism are one reason Hayward has not yet called Gail Miller. I hope you’re ashamed of yourselves.
** So, that’s great that people are passionate about sports, Mark! Seriously, really cool. I have two questions, though, that you didn’t answer: Why couldn’t Hayward inform the Jazz of his decision himself and why isn’t now the right time for him to call Gail Miller?

Nine. Bartelstein on the impact of Hayward’s departure on the SLC community: That’s why this was so difficult for him. It w–not why, it’s one of the reasons why it was so difficult for him, ’cause he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. He doesn’t want to do that. He doesn’t want to disappoint people. Gordon is what I call a “pleaser.” He doesn’t deal well with confrontation.* He doesn’t like disappointing people. And that’s why this was so difficult. This was not easy. This was as hard as it gets…This was as difficult as i–as difficult could be.**

* Lol. We know, Mark. We know.
** Y’all hear that? No matter what you’re going through in your life, it can’t be harder than what Gordon Hayward had to go through deciding where to play.

Ten. Trevor Booker on Hayward’s departure and where that leaves the Jazz: I wouldn’t say that I’m surprised that he left. You know, when I was there, I heard rumors — I don’t know how true they were — but I heard rumors about him wanting to leave…

[The Jazz] were already legit and with everybody growing, all the players growing, you know, around him, they could’ve really made some noise. But I’m not sure if he wanted, you know, if he liked to be that star with all the pressure on his shoulder. So you know, I think that might’ve had something to do with him going to Boston, you know, where he can, you know, rely on Isaiah Thomas and you know, maybe Avery Bradley or whoever else, you know, to back him up and you know, feel — take that pressure off his shoulder.

Maybe Isaiah, because he’s a superstar, where in Utah, you know, he’s playing in the Western Conference and it was a little bit tougher. You know, but with all that said and him, you know, going to Boston, Utah still has a nice core around them in Rudy Gobert; Rodney Hood; you know, Derrick Favors when he’s healthy. I really think, you know, with coach Q and Dennis Lindsey, you know, at the top, those are two great guys that really know what they’re doing. You know, I think they’ll bounce back from it.

Bonus Quote. Booker, asked if he’d consider playing in Utah again: If the opportunity ever came about, you know, I would definitely love to play in Utah again. Their organization is great. The fans are great. You know, my family and I loved it out there. So you know, if the opportunity, you know, came about, you know, I would definitely love to play in Utah again.

Where’s Gordo?

July 5, 2017

So I’ve been sitting on this video for some time. Years, actually, as I listened to front office personnel go on the radio every week and talk up Gordon Hayward and his amazing leadership. Their high praise made me watch games with an eye out for the leadership they kept talking about. His disappearing act during certain situations is what caught my attention about him instead, year after year.

I mean, now’s as good a time as any to post this, right? *shrug*

Off-Season Quotage

June 8, 2017
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One. Frank Layden on Gordon Hayward’s free agency and how he’d pitch Utah to Hayward: I would say look at the success you’ve had here…You know, this is an easy place for you to live. You know your way around. It’s easy to get to the airport. It’s easy to get to practice. We’re changing the practice facilities. You’re the main man.

You know, we might say that [Rudy] Gobert is the one that we need the most, but it’s you. You are that [Karl] Malone, that [John] Stockton, that guy that we’ve got to have. This is your team. Now you go somewhere else, maybe it isn’t quite the same. Maybe you go to, you know, you go to Boston and the people are more interested in the little guy there, who knows? But I would try to convince him that he knows what he has here. …

By the way, remember a couple years ago when the Jazz stepped up and they paid you the maximum? I mean, I don’t think anybody at that time — I didn’t think he was worth it. I think the Jazz, for one of the few times in their history, actually went overboard. And they paid this guy all this money, giving him all that thing, and this was a team that couldn’t make the playoffs!

So I think does he owe something back to the Jazz? I think he does. Does he owe something back to these wonderful fans? I think he does. If he goes somewhere else, is he going to be, get the same coaching or get the same attention and the press and everything else that he gets here, and the comfort of being here? I don’t think so.

So I think it would be in his best — it would be my suggestion, and in his best interests, to stay here and make this a home, and, just as some of the other great Jazz players have. And I’m thinking of, you know, whether it was Malone and Stockton — and by the way, even in the last year, it was a mistake letting Malone get out of here and we haven’t been the same since…

All these guys who made great careers and even stayed here after, couple of them stayed here after and have businesses here. When you think of the investments that John Stockton and Karl Malone have made here, and certainly Thurl Bailey and Big Mark Eaton.

Yeah, I think he could fall into that realm. He may. If he’s selfish, he may go somewhere else and it may not be quite what he thinks of this or what it’s like…I’ll tell you one thing. The Celtics is a tougher team to play for than the, certainly than the Jazz are. Those fans will eat him alive if he didn’t come through and they paid him all that money. They’d eat him alive.

Two. Layden on where the Jazz need improvement if Hayward can’t take them to the next level: Well, I think you gotta do it in slow steps. They’re gonna be better just the fact that they’re gonna be a year older, and a year more experienced and that they know what it takes to get to the playoffs. And I think we also realize that this year that they did have a lot of missed games…

I think what you gotta do is sustain who you are, all right, and I think that, you know, and hope that you have — I think when [George] Hill played — I’ll give you an example: When Hill played, our point guard, when he played, this was a team that was much better than anything else we could possibly do.

Now, when Hill got hurt, maybe we should’ve played the Australian kid [Dante Exum] all the time and just live let him do his mistakes, and maybe by the end of the season he would’ve been a much better player. But however they chose not to do that, and they, the other kid is a good backup, the [Raul] Neto kid or whatever his name is.

But you know, I think that these, the key position is always down the middle. I think not only do they, hei–you can’t get enough big guys. So I would try to get another big veteran player up front, and then I would like to see us, you know, and we can get rid of that kid from California [Jeff Withey] or something else. Our secondary is a little bit soft.

And then I think what we gotta do is, we gotta look for the idea, we can’t count on what’s his name, oh, the guy, [Joe] Johnson, you know, to come ba–come through and give us a few minutes here and there though he’s gonna be very, very good. I think we need another veteran forward and I think if, you know, common sense says can we get, we gotta get a healthy Hill, make sure he’s here. If he’s not, then we’ve got to get another point guard.

Three. Dennis Lindsey, asked if he’d be comfortable with the Jazz’s point guard rotation if George Hill and Shelvin Mack leave: I think it goes without saying that somewhere in the point guard queue that we have to have some experience. And while Dante is, he’s all we th–all the way back from a health standpoint and now he has to develop his skills and develop experience.

And Raul’s still 24, and we have great hopes and ambitions for Raul Neto as well. He’s a great fit for us on and off the court. And then, but, do we carry four point guards like we did last year?…I think we needed all four at various times in the year, especially given what’s happened to us the last two years with all the injuries.

Four. Lindsey on whether Dante Exum is a starting point guard or a 3&D guy in the NBA: It’s funny. I think he has to use his speed, this point guard speed that he has when he’s more at the wing, and he’s gotta use that better going forward. And a lot of that is, is developing the skoo–skills to allow his speed to come out. And then when he’s playing a guard position, he needs to use the unique size — the wing size, if you will — more as a guard…

He has to develop the skills to match his size, and match his speed. We can all see that. There’s a little bit of a duh factor, and that just takes time. He’s 21 and a half right now, or a little bit older than that. Turns 22 in July, so he’s a college-age senior, and we lost a season. So, what we impressed upon Dante is, is his urgency has to match mine and Quin [Snyder]’s urgency for him. I–this plan has to be minute by minute this summer. …

Dante’s gonna have to do the work, and we’ll see where it fits within the team concept.

Five. Dennis Lindsey, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine:
** A lot of what we wanna to do can’t be consummated until early July.
** Many times, you’ll get several teams that wanna do something and be active. They just can’t find anything that intrigues them enough to pull the trigger. So, that one’s typically been hard for me.
** We have great size, length, across the board, positionally. We’ve been intentional there. Not that we wouldn’t take a smaller, talented player with the right characteristics, but one thing that I think you could point to is our unique size. Derrick has that. Rudy has that. Gordon, Joe Ingles, Joe Johnson, Dante Exum, George Hill. We’re big. And that’s something that we felt like if we were big and/or long, that we could build a defense, and Rudy’s both of those adjectives.
** We want PHDs, and it has nothing to do with degrees.

Six. Quin Snyder’s journey from Missouri to Austin: I didn’t anticipate getting back into coaching [after Missouri]. I didn’t have a plan, and that was part of it. And I think that was good, because, you know, I ended up having some changes in my personal life, and suddenly found myself really with an open book. You know, a blank slate.

And, you know, what do you want to do? I don’t know. Where do you want to do it? I don’t know. Well, if you get to that point, it doesn’t matter. Like, you can’t go wrong, right? You don’t know what you want to do and you don’t know where you want to do it, well, how about, you know, the Austin in the D-League?

So, it was empowering that you had that sense of possibility in that sen–to me, that was, the biggest thing for me that you come to is, the thing you can control is your own mindset and how you want to approach something, and you know, I got in a place where I liked what I was doing and put my head down and that was my focus and I didn’t really worry about any of that other stuff that I’d spent a lot of time trying to control or worry about…

Before I got to Missouri, I basically spent my adult life at Duke, and, from 18 to 32. I mean, that’s, I played there, you know, and then gone to grad school there and didn’t think I was gonna coach, and then started coaching and had an opportunity but didn’t have — there’s some things that, you know, experientially that you can think you know, you could maybe know intellectually or rationally, but until you’ve lived through certain things, there’s a level of knowledge and of understanding, whether it’s the profession or even on a personal level, that you just don’t have. Life experience is the only way to acquire some of those things, and whether we call them lessons or adversity or whatever the case may be.

So, one of the things for me before I got to Austin, and I remember, you know, I had multiple conversations with R.C., which is one of the reasons I ended up in Austin. R.C. Buford, that is, who I’ve known, you know, since I was a teenager. He recruited me when I was, he was at Kansas…He [was] someone that I would talk to during that time, ’cause I was trying to figure out what I really wanted to keep doing, and in that sense, for me going to Austin — I didn’t go back to coaching with a complete, kind of clarity that this is what I wanted to do.

I went back to make sure that if I didn’t want to do it, I was comfortable I knew that, and it wasn’t as simple as just, hey, diving in. You know, I was definitely kind of feeling the waters out, and I was forthright with that about, with myself, and I think kind of let’s see how this goes…It was an opportunity to really, you know, down to the nuts and bolts, is this what you like doing, and what I began to kind of find out is this is something I’m really lucky. I’ve got something I like doing. I love the teaching part of it. I like the competition.

The long bus rides and the early flights and the hundred people in the audience in the stands, and none of that really had an impact on me whatsoever because I was doing something that I had found out that I really like to doing. And you lose sight of that. Sometimes there’s so many other things externally, particularly in college, you know, with the other responsibilities. The other things that you’re accountable for, were very different.

In this case, it was just coaching…I got to be a head coach and to screw up a timeout situation and to be hard on myself and fail, so to speak, and learn from it, and have the support of a group and a team…But yeah, I was stripped down to the point where it was raw.

You know, it was, it made sense to me that this is where I wanted to be, and I wasn’t, I got to a point where I was, frankly I didn’t really care if I was gonna be in the NBA or not. I found something I liked doing, and day-to-day life was good. You know, I met my wife. And everything on that level, fundamentally for me, was in a good place and that made me, you know, gave me the opportunity to be better at what I did.

Where Are They Now: Donyell Marshall

June 4, 2017

via @DMarsh42

Where are you now?
I am back in the state of Connecticut. I am now the head coach at Central Connecticut State University. You know, we’re NEC Conference, Division I. It’s a really good conference. Last year was my first year as the head coach. We won six games. We got better.

You know, I got here because one of my former coaches at UConn was the head coach. He retired; I took over for him. You know, had a couple down years but we had a g–a pretty good — even though I say six games, we had a pretty good first year. You know, a really good recruiting class coming in, so things are looking bright.

Was coaching something you always wanted to do?
Towards the end of my [playing] career — I had an AAU team for 15 years, and then towards the end of it I actually started coaching it. And I knew I always either wanted to get into commentating and, or I wanted to get into coaching.

And towards the end of my career, like I said, I coached my AAU team, and when I saw that I could really get to the kids and relate to the kids and that they would play hard for me, I wanted to get into coaching.

I just felt it was my passion. I felt I had a lot to give back. You know, my first couple years in the NBA was a little different, but then once I got to Utah and Karl [Malone] and John [Stockton] helped me, and then, and helped me turn my career around, I felt that, you know, I had to pass along some of my knowledge to the younger kids, and it was something that really interested me and took off.

Who were some of your bigger coaching influences?
I’m not saying this just because I’m on the phone with you guys and we’re talking in Utah, but — I’m sure you can go back and read a lot of articles. I always tell people that Jerry Sloan was probably my favorite coach.

You know, he’s a guy who demanded a lot out of me, and the thing that I respected was, I’ve [played] for coaches that, you know, they let the superstars get away with certain things, where Jerry Sloan didn’t let that happen. He got on Karl and John the same way he got on everybody else, and that, I respected that. And it made you want to go out there and work harder.

He taught me a lot about life, a lot about basketball, how to be a professional, and just how to be a better person and stuff. So, I would say that he was probably my favorite coach in the NBA.

Matt Barnes and #nightlife. What went through your head when you were traded from the Bay Area to Utah?
[The Warrriors] was a struggling organization at that time, so for me, I was very excited because it was a chance for me to get to play with, obviously, John and Karl. It was a chance for me to get to play in the playoffs and play for a very good organization, a team that I was gonna learn to win from. And like I said, I ended up having the time of my life there.

You know, and I think it was different for me. I–you know, it was, it wasn’t, it was a struggling organization and we weren’t winning. Went through a lot of different things, and I just wanted to learn how to win and I just wanted to do things like that. You know, and for me, you know, Golden State — I was young. So, yeah. Did I hang out? Did I [enjoy the nightlife]? Yeah, I did. I was young.

When I got to Utah, you know, the nightlife is different, but it’s also, I was starting to mature. You know, I was, I had my wife. I had my kids. And so, I didn’t even really look to go out because I was, you know, trying to, you know, get my life in order, I, which mean I was learning how to become a professional. Learning how to win, learning how to take care of my body, learning how to eat right.

So, the nightlife wasn’t there for me at that point in time…I would never say that [Salt Lake City] was a bad place. It was a place that I wanted to re-sign when I was a free agent, but things just didn’t work out…I would never talk anything bad about Utah because the two years I had there were great years.

On playing with John Stockton and Karl Malone
Obviously, they were great. You know, I mean, I remember my first practice, getting there and you know, John asks me, you know, where do I want the ball, and I didn’t understand what he was saying. I was like, “Well, in my hands.”

And he was like, “No, like, where do you want the ball? Where is it going to help you shoot better?” You know, “Where do you like the pass?” And you know, just things like that.

If you look at my two years in Utah, I shot 50 percent from the floor. You know, even though John was the guy there, I was the second leading scorer on the team. They looked for me a lot. So, I mean, I learnt a lot. Again, like I said, I learned how to be a professional…and just present myself and hold myself accountable for things.

So you know, I, working with those two, you know, they were definitely like big brothers to me even though that, I had only been there with them a short time. You know, I wish I had a chance to play with them longer, but like I said, things didn’t happen. (KALL)

These Weeks in the Utah Jazz: Last of the Season

May 13, 2017

One. David Locke, asked if the Jazz have done enough to convince Gordon Hayward to stay in Utah long term: I think in the last three years, what Dennis Lindsey and Quin Snyder have done for Gordon Hayward is exceptional. His growth has been there.

The question is, how scarred is he from the first three years? And — he didn’t like the first three years. He didn’t like playing under Tyrone Corbin and didn’t like the rebuild…

Absolutely, [he didn’t like what happened with the offer sheet]. That negotiation did not go well. And so, I think w–the one problem you have when you’re the incumbent team in free agency is you’re the only one who has scars with your player. Right?

So, when, whether it’s Danny Ainge or Pat Riley or Magic Johnson or whomever it is that’s gonna sit across the table from Gordon Hayward in, wherever, Mark Bartelstein’s office in, where, Chicago, is, they’ll have no scars. Right? They have never done anything wrong to Gordon Hayward in Gordon’s mind.

Two. Locke on Hayward’s future if he stays in Utah: He will never have another circumstance like what he has here…If he stays, it’s his town. He will be the most, probably the third most beloved Jazz player in the history of the franchise. He will have a place here forever, which I think’s interesting that none of these players ever consider.

But after watching us have our 20th year reunion of the Finals team and seeing, you know, how many of these guys kind of just don’t have any footing on what they’re doing with life other than just kinda hanging, I think there’s a real value to the fact that you’re gonna retire at 35 to 40, and you’re gonna actually have another 35 years of your life, and sitting on the couch is not actually a good answer.

And if Gordon stays in Utah, he can have whatever job he wants, be it coach, broadcaster, general manager, financial adviser. Whatever he cares to do in life, he will be able to do…He would be king, and it’s his franchise.


Four. Zach Lowe on his appearance on a Utah radio program earlier this season: I went on a radio station in Utah an–after my podcast with Boris Diaw, eating my avocado toast that Boris got me, and i–I just said — and this was in December, so we’re not even 30, are we 30 games into the season? I don’t know, 25, 30. And I just make some remark about, you know, how, you know, last year [the Jazz] were not good in close games.

The offense was not good in close games, LAST YEAR, and that’s an issue that, you know, we gotta monitor or something, going forward.

And I start, these texts start coming in from people with the team, like, “How could you say that?!” “What did you say?!” And I’m like, wait a sec, hasn’t everyone in Utah been writing about this for, like, a year? Like, is this some groundbreaking thing? Everything I read about Utah going into the season was well, they were so-and-so points per possession minus in crunch time last year.

And so, I say that on radio. It’s like, what the hell?! Wha–why is this such a big deal? … They’ve been great [this year], and they’ve been gr–I just, I rattled off the Joe Johnson stats earlier. They’re winning crunch time in this series [against the L.A. Clippers], so congratulations to them. Stop yelling at me for things that are true, that I said on the radio, that are true. And were true. And remain true.

Five. I almost didn’t do this post. This is the reason I had to:

[Pink Grandma] Mori said she recently ran into [Jerry] Sloan, the former Jazz coach, in public — they share an audiologist.

“He said, ‘I know you, Pink Lady,’ ” she recalled. “Then he gave me a hug.” (Trib)

*dies of warm fuzzies*

On the subject of the Pink Grandmas, how awesome is it that the Jazz gave them their own pink playoff T-shirts? (first photo via @pinkgrandmas)

Six. Real question Joe Ingles was asked about his free agency during his final 1280 interview of the season: With you taking off to go to Australia, how will that work, because you’re not gonna be here in person and all that stuff. You just do it via phone or whatever it might be?

Seven. Gordon Hayward, asked if he wants a do-over on the season because he thinks he can do better with it, or was it a good year: Yeah, I don’t think, I mean, you can’t have do-overs. So, I don’t look at it as I’d want to do it over…

But you — we have to be hungry for more. You can’t, you definitely can’t be satisfied with winning one playoff series, getting to the second round. At least I’m not, so. Like I said, I’ll go into this season hungry for more — offseason.

Eight. Andrei Kirilenko is the best.

Nine. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Weeks (UDQM)
** Question asked to Quin Snyder: You wanted to emphasize the thrust and pace. How’d you feel like your team was with that yesterday, and are they getting closer to the level you’d want and expect consistently?
** Snyder’s response: Thrust, I’d like to see us, you know, get into whatever it is we’re doing, you know, quickly.
** Snyder on self-reflection: We’ll do it. Dennis and I will do it. We’ll do it with the players. We’ll do it with you guys. We’ll do it with, you know, upper-level management and ownership and all those things that are out there. It’s a long summer.
** Joe Ingles on Snyder: Yeah, I mean, Quin’s been, obviously, for me, I think I’ve said it a, numerous times, been, has been huge for me. We’ve got a bit of a weird relationship.
** Ingles on taking a break from basketball: Obviously, then after that, we can, we get into the sticky stuff.

Ten. I’ll leave you with this.

San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets: Rockets Game Thread Highlights

May 12, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Dream Shake.

If we lose this
it would be a massive choke
don’t do this to us rox!

Posted by Daniel C on May 11, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Absolutely zero reason to not get a win in this one
Get down to business, blow them out early and get ready for Game 7.

Posted by f22a4bandit on May 11, 2017 | 7:03 PM

LMAO, our lower bowl is pathetic
Posted by goingforthecorner on May 11, 2017 | 7:08 PM

fuck, will we for once play defense ?
Posted by NVP on May 11, 2017 | 7:12 PM

Posted by daopninja on May 11, 2017 | 7:13 PM

we deserve to lose this game
Posted by Daniel C on May 11, 2017 | 7:14 PM

Embarrasing rich pieces of shit . Nba tickets are too expensive

Posted by martymouse on May 11, 2017 | 7:15 PM

Harden isn’t even trying though
just walking it up, picking up his dribble when he doesn’t need to, passing the ball way up court leading to TOs. This shit is pathetic.

Posted by Michael 2k on May 11, 2017 | 7:29 PM

James Harden is has been the Spurs’ best point guard
Posted by NVP on May 11, 2017 | 7:26 PM

Call a fucking timeout.
Posted by KLP713 on May 11, 2017 | 7:26 PM

The ccrowd is completely dead
Posted by VBG on May 11, 2017 | 7:27 PM

WTF is this offense
harden get your #&(& together

Posted by Daniel C on May 11, 2017 | 7:27 PM

What would happen if the Rockets played big?
Put in Dekker, Anderson, Capela, Harden, Ariza. Popovich might die of shock, so that’s a win right there.

Posted by Xiane on May 11, 2017 | 7:29 PM

Ha, Dekker.
Posted by KLP713 on May 11, 2017 | 7:29 PM

MDA playing Dekker, good joke
Posted by goingforthecorner on May 11, 2017 | 7:31 PM

Like D’antoni is going to play Dekker
he’s to scared to play anybody but guys that’s getting paid

Posted by NVP on May 11, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Sam Dekker in!
Posted by VBG on May 11, 2017 | 7:31 PM

Hey MDA, nice going not playing Dekker in Game 5
we sure couldn’t have used a guy who makes 3s

Posted by goingforthecorner on May 11, 2017 | 7:34 PM

Now Mike DA
Decides to play Dekker….. no shit dumbass!!

Posted by LOS34 on May 11, 2017 | 7:33 PM

Wow. This is just flat out shitty play from us
Posted by VBG on May 11, 2017 | 7:39 PM

Call a fucking to wtf
Posted by Dmo_Htx on May 11, 2017 | 7:40 PM

This is embarrassing
What the hell is this shit?

Posted by f22a4bandit on May 11, 2017 | 7:42 PM

I love how Harden screams at the other Rockets players every time he turns the ball over
Posted by VBG on May 11, 2017 | 7:45 PM

Man Harden has been awesome assisting the Spurs
Posted by NVP on May 11, 2017 | 7:45 PM

Harden is fucking pathetic right now
choked his lungs out game 5, now it’s his heart’s turn

Posted by Michael 2k on May 11, 2017 | 7:46 PM

Yup, the team has absolutely no heart as evidenced
by game 5. They are just making sure everyone knows it right now.

Posted by Bobbythegreat on May 11, 2017 | 7:50 PM

We broke 40 before halftime

Posted by caveman8fb on May 11, 2017 | 8:03 PM

Is it July 1st yet?
Time to start looking at FA

Posted by bakerman360 on May 11, 2017 | 8:32 PM

The good news is that there’s no way
anyone can say that the Rockets are close with the core they currently have. It’s time to blow things up.

Posted by Bobbythegreat on May 11, 2017 | 8:34 PM

that’s asinine
we clearly need a 2nd star but we’re not that far away. Just replace Hayward with Ariza in the starting lineup and we’re much better

Posted by goingforthecorner on May 11, 2017 | 8:36 PM

Hayward will have his choice
why come to Houston after this performance.

Posted by tunatango on May 11, 2017 | 8:40 PM

Spurs so bitchy.
Posted by Xiane on May 11, 2017 | 8:36 PM

how come a team of full of undrafted players and old people can play defense and we cant
Posted by NVP on May 11, 2017 | 8:40 PM

James Harden is definitely related to Carmelo Anthony
Posted by Lord Houston on May 11, 2017 | 8:40 PM

James Harden & Carmelo Anthony Comparisons
Harden – Great scorer, Garbage defense, Has no heart, blames teammates on court for his mistakes
Anthony – Great scorer, Garbage defense, Has no heart, blames teamates on court for his mistakes

Posted by Lord Houston on May 11, 2017 | 8:46 PM

Crowd still empty
dont know if they left or ever showed up. I never saw a full stands today

Posted by martymouse on May 11, 2017 | 9:02 PM

Kevin Durant would have been so good on this team
too bad we had to look like the most dysfunctional team ever just before he hit free agency, good job, Rockets

Posted by NVP on May 11, 2017 | 9:02 PM

Even Doc Rivers is thinking
‘at least my team didn’t choke like this’

Posted by NVP on May 11, 2017 | 9:05 PM

James Harden must be seeing Khole Kardashian again.
Posted by Bigstack1980 on May 11, 2017 | 9:10 PM

You know this game is RIGGED
It’s set for GS vs. CLE, BSPN already setting the narrative “the is NEW LAKERS vs. CELTICS” , it’s clear Harden is a mason and gatekeeper. That’s why it appears like he’s a choker #13 itself is a significant number. Remember the Curry airballs in last year’s FINALS those aren’t 3 pt handsigns they throwing up that’s 666

Posted by NiceshotHakeem on May 11, 2017 | 9:13 PM

Jesus the Rockets still at 8 points in the quarter.
Can’t even score on the scrubs.

Posted by Ethan Matz on May 11, 2017 | 9:18 PM

Wow check out this stat.
Aldrige had 16 2-point FG’s.
The Rockets had 9.
NBA record team low 11.

Posted by Ethan Matz on May 11, 2017 | 9:20 PM

We changed basketball though
Posted by VBG on May 11, 2017 | 9:21 PM

so what now? how do we retool this roster? getting rid of anderson is gonna be hard with his contract
would like to see hayward…how about ingles? bring in larry sanders as backup to capela…nene is probably done with rockets

Posted by inquisitiveman on May 11, 2017 | 9:49 PM

Larry Sanders is ah, a dead horse, I think.
Hayward stays in Utah I think. Joe Ingles would be handy – three pt shooting defender.

Posted by Xiane on May 11, 2017 | 9:50 PM

We either need to get Hayward and send Ariza to the bench
Or we need more size in the frontcourt. Nene’s injury for all intents seemed to be what doomed us as it forced that terrible 7 man rotation. We need 4 legit Bigs, not 3.

Posted by TexianArmy3495 on May 12, 2017 | 12:31 AM

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