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Game 54 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers (20-34)

February 22, 2015

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Pre-Game Quotage
** Rudy Gobert on his deleted tweet
I just spoke my mind, you know? Sometimes I speak my mind, so. I don’t think that was this bad, you know? That was just a little bit funny, and I just deleted it because I didn’t know — you know, but, yeah. I’ll be careful next time.
** Derrick Favors on having previously said he was more comfortable at power forward
Yeah, I said it in the past, but you know, I feel like I’m comfortable wherever they play me now. You know, I think I was being selfish at first saying I’m more comfortable at the power forward, but you know, now wherever they put me, I’m fine with that.
** Favors, asked if he’s going to start shooting 3-pointers
Not yet. Not yet. I need a off-season to work on it, but you know, hopefully by next year or year after that, you know, I can extend my range to the 3-point line. But you know, right now, just gon continue to play the way that I always played.
** Dante Exum on what he learned from Steve Novak
Steve was a great guy on and off the court. And he helped me a lot, and, just developing kind of that NBA mindset and how it was to be a professional and handle yourself off the court. And just on the court, I, he, obviously a great shooter…And he had a few tips for me [on shooting], so, yeah.
** Joe Ingles on Rudy Gobert’s defense on LaMarcus Aldridge
To have that agility and the length, obviously, on top of it, and being able to stay down and not go for shot fakes, is pretty impressive for a 7-2 Frenchman.
** Ingles on the trade
Everyone knows me and Steve got on really well…so yeah, disappointed to lose, obviously, a friend and a teammate. But yeah, hopefully he can go win a championship or something. Then, yeah, obviously the same with Enes [Kanter]. Great player, and hopefully he got what he wanted to do.

Sadness. (via @lenmahl)

Post-Game Quotage*
** Quin Snyder on the game
I think we played, like, pure. You know, I think, you know, we made some mistakes, but for the most part guys tried to, they played for one another. You know, and when you’re unselfish like that, and you know, you don’t care what happens and you, they were trying to make each other better, and I just think you get rewarded for that. Obviously you gotta make a shot or two, but I, that was kinda what it felt like to me on the floor, that we just kinda played with a purity.
** Snyder on Trey Burke
He’s working. You know, he’s working on his mid-range, his floater. He’s always had that pull-up. I want him to shoot the ball when they go under behind the screen. That’s the next thing for him, but his reads are getting better. And he’s in there, and he’s trying to make the right play…I just think he’s improving. Tonight, he made it, you know, it’s been coming. Tonight, the ball went in the basket for him.
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s two early fouls
The reality of the thing was, he was probably excited and he left his feet. I know Alex Jensen was angry, ’cause we showed him about 10 clips, and, “Don’t leave your feet.” And it’s, you know, against a player of that caliber, it’s hard not to. But I, you know, I think both he and Trevor [Booker] were c–were really juiced up and they did a good job when they settled down.

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** Rudy Gobert, asked if he feels his defensive toughness has had a big influence on the team
Of course. You know, I think that’s what this team was really needing, you know, some character and somebody that, you know, ready on fight and be ready to fight because that’s what you need to win games. You know, and I think this team really need somebody like that, and I think when I do it, everybody following. You know, everybody playing [with] the same fire.
** Gobert on the importance of communication
It’s very important when you, it’s a five game — I mean, it’s a five-on-five game, so the guard — if the, if I want the guard to be able to play good defense on the perimeter, they gotta know what’s coming, because if they get hit by a screen, they won’t trust me and then they won’t play same defense. You know, so they just gotta trust me and know, like, when I call the screen, and the screen coming and know I’m gonna have their back if they get beat.

** Gordon Hayward on the game
Not a lot of complaints tonight. We played really well on the defensive end; that sparked us offensively. Everybody was taking shots that were open. We were making the right play, making the right pass. It was fun.
** Hayward on Gobert
He’s gonna get better on [the offensive] end. He’s learning the role, and he’s gonna be, you know, better with the ball in his hands. But defensively, you know, he’s, I think he’s already an elite player.
** Trey Burke on Snyder praising his pick and roll defense
I think it’s just a conscious effort, you know, every single possession, you know, on the defensive end. Not relaxing, you know, not getting too comfortable if your man passes the ball. You know, getting to the areas where you need to be at. And it’s just all about, you know, doing your job. You know, my bigs did a great job tonight of talking to me when the screen was coming, and you know, it’s all about competing at the end of the day.
** Trevor Booker on Enes Kanter’s absence
Enes was a big part of this team. He was a big-time scorer, a rebounder. But I think we got better defensively, and I think defensively, it carries over to the offense.

* I was listening to the post-game on a plane, so the accuracy of these transcriptions have a margin of error of plane noise.

Random Stuff, etc.
** Steve Novak and Enes Kanter, arriving in Oklahoma City (via @stevenovak16):

** The Kings have called up David Stockton from the D-League on a 10-day contract.
** Only in Utah: Family Package = SIX tickets.

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** Jazz spelling fail: John Stockton is your all-time seals leader.

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** Quin Snyder said he was giving Rodney Hood a hard time over his new shoes with red on the bottom. So Hood is apparently wearing Louboutin kicks? (This part also has a margin of error of plane noise.)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s defense on LaMarcus Aldridge: He’s just long. And it’s a different — he’s got enough length to make it a little different.
** Dennis Lindsey on Kanter trade: If it weren’t for Enes and his significant basketball ability and age and overall talent, we wouldn’t have received the package that we received.
** Lindsey on Hayward: In years past, he’d miss a shot or have a bad week, and he would shrink.
** Craig Bolerjack to Lindsey: How important, though, when it comes time to make a trade or make a move, when you can say, “I’ll slide in a ‘one’ or I’ll slide in a couple of ‘twos’?”
** Lindsey on jinxes: As soon as you say that, guys, it’s like, bang bang bang, here comes LaMarcus.
** Dennis Lindsey on the Enes Kanter trade: We were able to break Enes up into pieces. (H/T @hessrp)
** Media member to Gobert, post-game: Trey talked about your ability to communicate. Let him know what’s behind him, let him know what’s coming.


Red denotes most recent game.

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Thanks to @UGottaLovItBaby and @j32jam for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 21, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.

Heard loud cheers for our first bucket
by bowdown on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:12 PM

My wife wanted me to give up basketball for lent.
I think not.

by BlazersConga on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:16 PM

That’s cute…
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:16 PM

D-I-V-O-R-C-E
by Lassiie on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:17 PM

If you had to choose between NEVER watching Basketball again or having to divorce her, which would you choose
Type ‘Cacao’ if she’s reading this

by Lassiie on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Cacao
by BlazersConga on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Haha, smart man
by Lassiie on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:20 PM

you are funny. now that she went to bathroom, i would keep her and illegally watch basketball.
by BlazersConga on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:20 PM

I don’t get Ingles. Is he the owner’s nephew or something?
by RipCityLifer! on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:28 PM

You dare mock Big Joe?
by AUS2PDX on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:30 PM <– I think I know from his user name why he is defending Big Joe…


God, Afflalo is playing awful, I can’t believe we traded for him
by Lassiie on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:41 PM

he’s is just invisible on the court.
by BlazersConga on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:42 PM

Cant feel his presence on the court
by JP503 on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:42 PM

Papa Ingles is killing it?
by iamBlackout on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:48

Haywood looks like a Dapper Dan man these days
by iamBlackout on Feb 20, 2015 | 6:54 PM

Hayward looks like he’s channeling a 1940’s farmboy about to join the army.
by annthefan on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:28 PM

This is very accurate, right when you said that I knew it was right
by JP503 on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:29 PM

Who will tend to the corn?
by Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:29 PM

Yes but it’s more like war for oil so he can keep his hair slicked back
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:30 PM

A little dababaldooya.
by annthefan on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:32 PM

Uncle Sam Wants You!
by Blazerfan72 on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:30 PM


18-4 Utah run
by axel360 on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:36 PM

Come on guys, these games don’t win themselves…unless we’re playing Philly.
by Steve The Hedge on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:36 PM

Down double digits
by axel360 on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:49 PM

Shut up…
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:49 PM

UTAH WORLD BEATERS PORTLAND YMCA’ERS
by RoodiePhirnandizz on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:49 PM

We’re starting to look like that arrogant rich kid on the playground who thinks everything should come to them easy
by AUS2PDX on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:51 PM

I hate basketball…
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:50 PM

Ugh
by Waveblade on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:50 PM

37-10 run
by axel360 on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:53 PM

We know dude.
by Timmay! on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:53 PM

hurray!!
We’re only down by 19 now!!
Whoops, make that 22.

by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:54 PM


Utah is playing out of their gosh darn minds right now
by RoodiePhirnandizz on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:56 PM

Jazz really have nothing to play for
and they’re still clobbering us

by axel360 on Feb 20, 2015 | 7:56 PM

25-4 run incoming
Win by 1. BOOK THAT

by RoodiePhirnandizz on Feb 20, 2015 | 8:00 PM

jk
by RoodiePhirnandizz on Feb 20, 2015 | 8:02 PM

I’m embarrassed , my son is embarrassed
future generations are embarrassed just horrific.

by Idog1976 on Feb 20, 2015 | 8:02 PM

Man for all the people who mocked the pick of Gobert
yeah…you were wrong. Dead wrong. You can’t teach length, but you CAN teach basketball.

by Idog1976 on Feb 20, 2015 | 8:03 PM

Batumsie championed him. He said draft Gobert every chance he got.
by annthefan on Feb 20, 2015 | 8:07 PM

But Dame was championing CJ, IIRC
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 20, 2015 | 8:07 PM

And we already had a 7’1″ project…
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 20, 2015 | 8:10 PM

But one without the 20 ft. rubber-armed wingspan.
by annthefan on Feb 20, 2015 | 8:14 PM

Enes Kanter and Steve Novak traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder (Updated)

February 20, 2015
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One. Enes Kanter quietly expresses to the Trib’s Aaron Falk and the Deseret News’ Jody Genessey that he would like to be traded. On the following day, his agent Max Ergul confirms that this happened. (Contrary to some media reports, there was no “public demand” for a trade.)

Two. When the Jazz convene for their first practice after All-Star break, Enes is present. Under NBA rules, he must be made available for post-practice interviews if requested by the media. Falk requests Enes, but the Jazz say no (and will likely face an NBA fine for this.)

Enes, unable to talk to media, walks by the scrum walks and blows a kiss.

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Of course, other players get asked about the situation:

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Three. Adrian Wojnarowski reports:

Jazz management and Kanter’s representative have been working peacefully together on Kanter’s situation, free of acrimony.

Four. The Jazz trade Enes and Steve Novak to the Thunder in return for Kendrick Perkins (will be bought out), rookie Grant Jerrett, rights to Tibor Pleiss (currently Ante Tomic’s backup in Barcelona), a future first-round pick from Oklahoma, and a 2017 second-round pick from Detroit.

It should be noted that Kevin O’Connor would have killed this deal if he were still in charge since it leaked before he could personally announce it.

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Five. Best of luck, Enes! Loved having you on the Jazz and can’t blame you for the frustrations of the last few years. May you tweet freely again at your new home.

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Six. A few hours after the trade, Enes has already begun enjoying freedom from the chains of shackled social media:

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Seven. Quin Snyder on Enes Kanter: You know, I think both Enes and Steve were just really good people, and to have, you know, those guys that — you know, Enes has been here for a few years prior to me, and the contribution that he gave the team and the organization, we’re appreciative of…Enes has gotten better. You know, he just has, and it’s something I think our staff should feel good about. And I think, you know, I think he knows that, and he’s gotten better ’cause he’s worked hard. And he’s applied himself, and I hope that that can — I think he’ll help Oklahoma City for that very reason…We wish him well, and I’ve told him the same thing, and hopefully he’s got a really bright, bright future and career ahead of him.

Snyder on Steve Novak: Steve, for me, was in particular a guy that I felt very strongly about. It’s not easy to be a veteran guy, to come to a really young team, to play very limited minutes, and to maintain, not just a professionalism, but an optimism and a leadership role that really added a lot to our group. I mean, I think some of the progress we’ve made, we don’t make without Steve Novak.

Eight. Enes, asked by OKC media what was the issue in Utah: Uh…I just didn’t see me as a fit there. I just wanted to go to a different team and I’m happy it was OKC. (NewsOK)

Bits from Randy Rigby (2/11) and Dennis Lindsey (2/13) Interviews

February 17, 2015
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On being a farm boy, and Valentine’s Day
I’m the farm boy from Farmington, Utah…One time I went out and I bought this really nice sweater. I thought [my wife] would really like it, and, ’cause it was kind of my style, and, being a farm boy. And she didn’t like all the colored stripes, that she felt it made her look like a colorful rainbow, and it went immediately back to Nordstrom’s.

But the, you know, the thought, it’s the thought that counts.

** People calling Derrick Favors “Derrick Favor”: Randy Rigby. (Well, I think we now know how this happened.)
** People calling Alec Burks “Alex”: Randy Rigby.

What is the dynamic like between Quin Snyder and his players?
Well, you know what, Quin is, I notice a couple of things. Quin loves the game of basketball. He loves and takes seriously his role as being the head coach, and his role as a coach and a mentor. He loves developing players, and he, you know what, he wants the best for all of our players. And he really does.

He, and one of the things that, we have a strong feeling and belief in, and that is that we want quality people in our organization. And when we really analyzed Quin Snyder, I came to realize, and now I’ve been able to really enjoy, here’s a man who has a very good heart. And he really desires the best for our players.

And so, and our players feel that and see that. I mean, he’s tough on them, and they, I think you heard it in an intervak–view recently with Steve Novak, and he calls them out…

The players see that, and r–they respect that, there, he is no respecter of persons. He will demand the best out of each one of his players, but at the same time, he knows they care about him, and he, they know that they can come to him and talk about their game and how he can, and things they’re seeing, and so there’s some very good open dialogue and communication.

There’s very good respect that he has for them, and I think that goes a long ways in the development of what they’re doing as players, and the respect they have for him as a head coach. And it’s very important, so I s–we see that, observe that, and I think that’s a very healthy, it creates for a very healthy, positive environment in a locker room.

And I, you know, we’ve been fortunate with Jerry Sloan in the demanding the respect that people have for him. And Ty[rone Corbin]. But we haven’t had bad locker rooms.

And I’ve heard a lot of stories and know of a lot of bad experiences that are just the alter–the alternative of that, in really bad environments, cancers that are going in there, and problems that are having, from, between coaches and players, and player to player.

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On Enes Kanter’s trade request
I think Enes and [his agent] Max [Ergul’s] comments stand on their own merit…I don’t think it really changes the course of our business. As I’ve mentioned before, we just continue to go about doing what we do, and evaluating value relative to a roster. So, beyond that, we really, you know, we don’t have much comment. Again, I think the comments can stand alone.

If a player doesn’t want to be here, do you really want him here?
It’s a little more complicated than that…My experience, when you have good people on both sides of the aisle, whether it be negotiations or if it’s building a team, usually that will rule the day. And we believe in Enes as a person. We believe in his character and his work ethic, and we like him as a young player.

And so, again, I’ve been in several situations where, when time thickens and heals whatever grievances there may be. Usually, you can use moments like this to grow even closer. So, we’ll certainly, you know, evaluate what we have, but to overreact in our position would be a mistake.

Quin Snyder mentioned that guys often say things they don’t mean after a game where they don’t get a lot of minutes. Is that a possibility?
Oh ho ho. I’d be a hypocrite as an ex-player if I didn’t admit that I had some poor moments with that…I could understand, you know, it was a close, emotional, hard-fought game, and I’ve been there before as a player.

I, there’s been some, you know, post-game things that I’ve said that I’m not proud of. And you grow and you learn, and even Max said this, you know: Enes has to come out and play, and he has to bring it now, like all of our players do if they want more opportunity. …

I’ll say this, we’ve instituted some team meals post-shootaround, and the chemistry amongst Derrick [Favors] and Enes and Rudy [Gobert] and Trevor [Booker] and Steve [Novak], all of our bigs, Jeremy [Evans], has been really good. You know, it’s almost like watching an offensive line gain chemistry on and off the court.

So again, we all, after [losses] it’s like a death. And I don’t wanna, I don’t want to do anything out there to compare a loss to a death, but that mos–that emotion you feel, that post-mortem after the game, that’s real.

And sometimes you say things, and i–that are probably better left unsaid, and heat of emotion, but there’s also a window into motivation and want to do better, and we want all our players to feel that way, just in the context of a team.

If the Jazz season is broken down into thirds, what have you seen and what do you want to see?
Yeah, I think the, certainly the first third of the season, we were rocked and set back a little bit. New system, new coach that the players had to get used to, and vice versa. Certainly, Alec [Burks]’ injury was a setback, and him being in and out of the lineup, just having that athletic ability and someone that puts that much pressure on the rim.

And we had yet to discover Rudy fully at that point in time. Again, we sh–we saw glimpses like we had in the summer, but we frankly didn’t know how to integrate that. And so, that really, I’d say Rudy’s integration into a core piece of what we’re doing going forward, the second third was a dominant theme.

And then as our chemistry has got, improved, our defense has improved. We’ve had some very good offensive output. We still need to be more precise going forward with what we’re doing offensively.

And I would expect the last third of the season, we wanna continue to build upon what we’ve slowly acquired from a young player standpoint. And I think we sit here today and there’s not one person on our roster that I don’t think can, one, improve, but two and maybe more importantly, improve inside of the context of what we’re doing…We want the internal development to be very significant this last third of the season. (1280)

The Greatest Tweet in Utah Jazz History

February 16, 2015
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rudy tweet

As you’d (sadly) expect, the tweet was deleted within an hour or two.

Happy (Just Slightly Belated) Valentine’s Day from Utah Jazz, Part 2

February 15, 2015
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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2012, Part 1
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2012, Part 2

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2013, Part 1
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2013, Part 2
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2013, Part 3

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2014, Part 1
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2014, Part 2
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2014, Part 3

Happy (Just Slightly Belated) Valentine’s Day from Utah Jazz, Part 1

Happy (Just Slightly Belated) Valentine’s Day from Utah Jazz, Part 1

February 15, 2015
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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2012, Part 1
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2012, Part 2

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2013, Part 1
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2013, Part 2
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2013, Part 3

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2014, Part 1
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2014, Part 2
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Utah Jazz 2014, Part 3

Bits from Joe Ingles (2/12) and Dante Exum (2/13) Interviews

February 15, 2015

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Just how big of a supertar and celebrity ARE you in Australia?
Yeah, I’m kind of a big deal. I mean, obviously, you don’t like talking about yourself a lot, but I am a big deal. And it’s just the way it is, so. Dante’s only 19, and Andrew Bogut’s been overseas for so long, there’s no one else they really have to support. So I guess they just, I don’t know, this is my first year actually over here, and I spend a lot of time in Australia, so —

Nah. That’s all a lie. I really don’t, I mean, I think what has helped me with my kind of fan base in Australia is I did play my first three years professionally in Australia, where a lot of other guys have gone to college [in the States], so it has helped and it does, I guess, make a few more people remember me…

[Also,] I’ve represented Australia, have every off-season for the last seven or eight years, so yeah, I’ve got a pretty good fan base in Australia, and hopefully we can keep building.

So are you in the category of, like, a Russell Crowe?

Yeah, maybe just under him. Above Iggy Azalea, and just under Russell Crowe.

On Steve Novak
Yeah, I feel bad. I feel like I’ve been holding him back, ’cause as soon as I was out, he went and made four of five in one game and four of six last night, so I went and apologized to him for holding him back after the game. But I mean, I think everyone knows Steve and what he does and what he does best, and that’s shooting the basketball.

And you know, we’ve seen him in practice. We’ve all shot against him for little wagers and lost. And it’s a pretty amazing thing, really. I mean, I’ve never played with a guy who, literally every time he shoots, it looks like it’s going in.

And I mean, it’s a credit to him to not play for x amount of months, and come out there and — he said he felt pretty terrible the first game, but then the next two, he obviously showed, got his legs under him a little bit and showed what he can do and how valuable he is to this team…It’s a credit to him to stay that professional.

On Gordon Hayward’s hair
Gordon will probably spend the whole seven days working on his haircut and make sure it looks good for when we come back. … It’s terrible, isn’t it? It’s terrible. …

I’m gonna give you a little insight on his haircut, and how long and silly it is…In this last trip, we were rooming right next to each other. Our rooms were basically joined. We had an adjoining door which we opened a couple times to talk to each other. But yesterday, he went to sleep for his little pre-game nap.

I got up, and it was half an hour before we had to leave, and I went to the bathroom and as I was passing through the little corridor to get to my bathroom, I could hear all this noise in his room. And I thought, like, I hope he’s all right. Like, he’s been away from his wife for a while, hope he’s not sad, and he sounds upset, whatever.

And I put my ear kind of next to the window, just — the door, sorry, to hear what it was, and it was the hair dryer going, so. I’ve never seen a man use a hair dryer before, and I knocked on the door to try and see a man use a hair dryer. So, he was in there. I don’t know what he was doing.

I did see the day before that he had, like, seven different hair products and a little comb and the hair, obviously now, with the hair dryer. So, it’s pretty obvious how much he likes his hair. And I think, if you watch during the game, it doesn’t move. I don’t know how it’s possible, but it actually doesn’t move.

What does your fiancee, Renae, like in men’s hairstyles?
She just kinda likes whatever I do. She, the only thing she doesn’t like, which is why I kind of grow it more when she’s not here, is my facial hair. She hates beards, and it’s the only time that I can actually grow it and not get told off ’cause it’s itching her or scratching her or “Don’t kiss me, ’cause it’s rubbing on my face” or whatever, so. She’s away now, so I might, by the end of the year, I might be looking like a werewolf or something.

Is that an Australian women thing or unique to her?

I think it’s just her. Yeah, I wouldn’t know. I mean, I couldn’t tell you what other women like. But I get in trouble by her, and —

She’s not here, Joe. She’s not listening.

Nah, she listens…Someone put [last week’s interview] out there, and she was like, “What are you talking about–” Who were we talking about last week? The actor? Actress, sorry.

Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman. “Why are you talking about Nicole Kidman?” I was like, “Babe, I was just, it was part of the show. I was putting on a show. They were laughing. It was fun.” And then I got told off, so…We’re not talking about women anymore.

** Regarding Enes Kanter not returning to Utah and flying to Pennsylvania after the last game before the All-Star break, Ingles says only three or four players returned to Utah on the team charter after the game.

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What is your relationship with Trey Burke like, especially since the roster change?
You know, we both understood what, you know, this change has been about. And you know, it wasn’t because we wanted to demote him or anything. It was just a strategy and what the coaches saw…and you know, he understood that and I understood that. And that’s, you know, why it worked so well.

What goes through your mind when you hear Enes Kanter requesting a trade?
You know, that’s his business, and what he wants to do. And you know, I’ve got no comment on that. But you know, I wish the best with Enes, so.

What’s your reaction to Joe Ingles saying you idolize him so much you probably still sleep in his jersey?
You know, Joe said that he would, once he’s done with his career, would retire and be my ballboy. So I think he’s kind of idolizing me at the moment.

On his rookie year so far
Well, you know, I obviously knew [my first year] was gonna be hard, you know, going against the best players in the world every night. So, but it’s, you know, it’s just about where I expect it. And you know, I knew I wasn’t gonna come out and, you know, dominate my first year, and it’s gonna take a, take some time and be a process, so. (1280)

Bits from All-Star Friday

February 14, 2015

One. Great concept for All-Star portraits (via @utahjazz):

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Though in reality, this is how they were taken if you haven’t figured it out:

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Two. Rudy Gobert’s game shoes (via @rudygobert27):

Per @jonrinehart, they were custom-designed in France.

Three. Team World, warming up:

The International team is "warming up". I'm sure soccer was their 1st sport. #NBARisingStars @nba #AllstarWeekend

A video posted by jarron collins (@jarronctwin) on

Totally wishing right now that this could be an All-Star event (keeping the World vs. USA format), and I don’t even like soccer…

Four. Our boys (via Getty):

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Five. Stellar job, person(s) who designed center court:

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Six. The game: so. many. highlights.

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Seven. Rudy’s nickname on the team appears to be “Young Rud”:

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Eight. Trey Burke, post-game
I think it was a great game. I think they competed at a high level. They made some s–they made more shots when they needed ‘em. We felt like we could’ve won. You know, we just let it slip. You know, the last five to seven minutes, we were kinda lollygagging. And then we tried to pick it up in the last three to four minutes, but it was a little too late. They caught on to what we were doing.

Nine. Dante Exum, post-game
It was just good energy from the guys, and I think at halftime, we came back in and said, you know, we’re gonna win this game. And you know, that’s the mentality we came back out with, so.

Ten. After the game: Rudy took his “Aussie rook” out for some French food (via @rudygobert27)…

…while Trey hung out with his mom in an extremely flowery shirt (via rondab10):

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The Gloriousness of Karl Malone Talking, 2/11

February 13, 2015
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On John Stockton and competition back in the day
One of the most fiercest competitors I ever played against. When we was getting ready for games, coach would split us up. Stock on one team; I was on the other team. And I had to be ready to play him. Don’t let his size fool you.

[Charles Oakley: Right. Right.]

Trust me. But you know what’s, you know what I remember the most? Like Oak said, every team you played was ready to hand it to you. Now, we go out. We’re talking about where we’re going out after the game. We hugging.

I wanna just dap you. I believe in standing for attention of the flag of the United States of America, right? After that, I want to pound you, because — no, no, no. No, no. I want to give you some dap, but brother, let me tell you something. When it go up, we don’t like each other.

On competition, Part 2
I played what I called the prototypical power forward every night. That’s who I played. Oak. [Charles] Barkley. Buck William[s]. Maurice Lucas. OK? I played those guys. I better have my stuff right, so guess what? You know who made me train? I knew he was training…

When it was over with, we shook hands; I’ll see you next time…When we went to play, we went to play and when it was over with, if you got the better of me, I gotta do some more work…

Two power forwards, I say it now, and I’ve never said it, that I think were one of the s–two of the best that ever played…I thought Derrick Coleman and Chris Webber was two of the most talented power forwards that I’ve ever seen, what they could do with the ball, ok?

But, I wanted to hit them the very first play just to see what I was working with…Derrick got sick a lot. Derrick Coleman got sick a lot…

Those guys there, I think were some of the most talen–and Charles [Barkley]… We hit and we expected to be hit…and if you left there with nothing aching, that was a win whether you won the game or not.

On football
My mom didn’t let me play…I wanted to play football. My mom caught me one time, say “Hey boy, meet me.”

I said, “Yes, ma’am.” So we had this little place we met all the time [where] she bought me food every Wednesday, where she worked at a sawmill…This was a Tuesday. So I’m like, “Yes, ma’am.”

“No, no. You understand? Meet me.”

I said, “Yeah mom, but it’s not Wednesday.”

She said, “I said, meet me in our spot.”

I met her. Sit there. She put the car in park. I’m sitting in the car with her. I said, “Yes, ma’am?”

She said — I can’t tell you, ’cause it’s a family station — she said, “Didn’t you go to Louisiana Tech to play basketball?”

I said, “Yes, ma’am.”

“What is this I hear you’re gonna play football?”

I said, “Yes, ma’am. I want to–” Whop, upside the head…

She said, “You going to play basketball.”

“Yes ma’am.” And that was it. So, I wanted to.

Do you shave your head with a straight edge or a razor?
My pocket knife. And it’s sharp.

Do you use shaving cream?

No, I use oil…No, but look. Mine is a production. I gotta put my smooth grooves on…I gotta light a candle or two, and I gotta get in the moment. Son, you cannot rush perfection, son, right, and it’s a production. I don’t talk…and my shave is about 35 to 40 minutes.

Do you shave your chest too?

No, no. I don’t have hair on my chest.

Did you have a standard pre-game meal?
I love my pasta. And sometime when I have a tough game like the Knicks, I wanted red meat only, OK? Just red meat only…Bring that cow in…No veggies. None of that. I just want meat.

What’s the biggest animal you ever took down?
A lion…I don’t eat carnivores, so I don’t eat bear. I don’t eat mountain lion…but I hunt everything, though. Spear, I use spear. Knife. Bow and arrow, gun. Yes, sir. I’m a jack of all trades.

Have you ever wrestled an animal down?

No, wrestling is far-fetched, but we flipped hogs before, me and my oldest son, and, yes. We flipping hogs when we do that. But, I tell people all the time. I wouldn’t want me hunting me. (CBS Sports)


** Charles Oakley said the first time he met James Dolan was last year at All-Star Weekend, but Dolan wouldn’t even turn around or look him in the eye when they were introduced. The last two Knicks games he went to, he bought his tickets from StubHub. Dolan apparently has a grudge against Oakley for something he said in the papers 15 years ago.

This is all sounding rather familiar. What’s worse, buying tickets from StubHub or scalpers? Also, 15 years? Greg Miller also stayed mad at Karl for being half an hour late to an autograph session for 15 years. Ha.


Do analytics belong in the NBA?
Really? Really? Are we going there? Are you kidding me? Look. Suit up. Stop missing so many game. Now, everybody talk about analytics, right? How about we just play the game of basketball and stop resting so many players? How about the analytics of that? Really?

And how about this? It’s one team out there that I love, the San Antonio Spurs. They have the right from seniority to rest their players. And I love the Spurs. But these young kid need to play, and the analytics, really? You’re gonna tell me a 3-point shot is better than a mid-range game?

Whoever, and whenever you find that person that “invented”* that word, or created that, let’s have a talk about that. Really? Just, you know what, get stronger in the weight room and go down there and impose your will on somebody. Stop telling me about 3-pointers and all that.

You know what? Just play. Just play the game. Analytics is coincide with how many injury we got now. Look. Shoulders, groins, calves, hamstrings, all of that, right? In moderations, plyometrics are great. But you gotta lift your weights with it and all things like that.

So, when you’re talking about analytics, it have done so much to the game of basketball, but people buying into it, right? So the coaches they’re hiring now, oh, “analytics.” OK, that’s great. Do that win ball games? I don’t know, prove to me that that win ball games. (Fox Sports)

* “invented” in quotes because Karl made air quotes when he said it.

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