One. Gordon Hayward on why the Jazz are winning more close games this year: I think experience. I think being in those situations a lot in the past where we’ve faltered and haven’t had success. I think some of the veterans coming in, playing alongside them with their poise, ’cause they’ve been in those [situations] before and have been successful, and honestly have won us some of those games as well.
Derrick Favors on why the Jazz are winning more close games this year: I think it’s just growth, and you know, adding more players, more veteran players with experience.
Bonus quote from Rudy Gobert on the Jazz acquiring Boris Diaw: I was really excited. That was one of the things I wanted, you know, having some veterans.
Two. Rudy Gobert on not making the All-Star team: I have more chances to make it…The league is how it is, and we can’t control that. So, like I said, I just control what I can control and keep getting better, and you know, I make sure it’s not an option in the future.
Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert not making the All-Star team: I talked to Rudy that night. I just called him in, ’cause I knew he was disappointed. …
The good thing about the season that he’s having is that he’s really found that balance [between improving at the right pace and playing efficiently]. I think, you know, the things that he’s doing…and he likes to show you, right? I mean, he’ll throw a little behind-the-back pass and he’ll, li–almost, like, wink at you and let you know that, you know, that’s on the horizon. And I like that.
You know, I like that he’s challenging himself, and you can see the joy that he has playing the game. And it’s fun to see. I think, you know, I think we’re gonna see more and more from Rudy, and you know, we’re gonna look back at this All-Star Game, you know, I think, and say OK, you’re gonna forget that he didn’t make it one year ’cause he’s gonna make it a lot.
And you know, his drive’s been great. He doesn’t need a lot to drive him. I think he’s back to wanting to win right now.
Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert not making the All-Star team: I’m disappointed. I think he not only deserved it, but deserved it in front of a few people that did make it. And I’m not gonna name names, and — I will say this. I’m much like Quin. I think those guys who did make it deserved it…I just believe that, you know, our guy did deserve it, and deserved it more…
Utah currently leads the NBA in points [allowed] per game at 95 points per game, more than three less than any other team. Ranks second in opponent field goal percentage. Who are we gonna ascribe the yeoman’s credit? It’s a team credit and a team credit to Quin, but Rudy’s quite unique.
He’s the only player in the league with averages of 12.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks. Only player in the NBA currently ranked in the top five in both rebounds and block. Only player ranked in the top three in blocks per game the last three seasons. Ten streaks of 31 games with 10-plus rebounds, the fifth longest streak in — since 1997…Recorded the only 25 and 25 re–points and rebound game, and, this season; only fourth in Jazz history.
Here are the number one — here are the categories that Rudy ranks number one in: total blocks, blocks per games, defensive rating, defensive win shares, true shooting percentage, points per shot, defensive real plus-minus, offensive rebounds.
Here are the categories that — and I know I’m being obnoxious, and yeah, writers, tweet it, frankly — here are the categories that Rudy ranked number two in: field goal percentage, effective field goal percentage, dunks, block percentage, defensive block pe–plus-minus.
Here are the categories Rudy ranks number three in: total rebounds, s–player screens assists, offensive rating. You know, again, his vertical spacing means a lot.
There’s more. There’s all kinds of crazy statistics, and so, you know, I am. I’m disappointed. He deserved it. You know, I think he will use it. You know, that’s good, but Rudy Gobert doesn’t need any motivation. You guys see how he plays every game. …
I wanted to be able to, you know, in more of an empirical way, and then some emotion, express, you know, that we don’t believe in, that he has to, you know, prove his way over a three- or four-year period. If he was all-star quality and deserved it, you know, he should’ve been voted in this year.
Three. In case you’re not keeping track at home, this is what Rudy Gobert’s former and current teammates think he looks like:
*Lyles’ tweet was in response to this tweet from Gobert:
Four. DJ/PK to Joe Ingles: Do you know, does Rudy [Gobert] read stuff that’s said a–
DJ/PK: –bout him?
Ingles: Rudy’s one of those guys that — and it’s not a bad thing. I think — a lot of people are different. I think some people like to know what everybody’s saying about them, and some people don’t want to know anything ’cause it can affect them. Some people maybe a little bit here and there. Rudy’s definitely a reader. Yeah, he reads it all.
And I mean, it obviously doesn’t affect him in a bad way, so he can keep doing whatever he needs to do. But yeah, I think i–I think for him it’s a motivation thing. I think he likes to read good and bad stuff, and obviously more the bad stuff motivates him to get better and we’ve seen huge progress from him this year. So, he can k–I’m gonna keep forwarding him every article that I find.
Five. “Two decades later, Spurs’ Popovich still following Sloan’s path.” From the San Antonio Express-News:
When he was a young man at the Air Force Academy, Gregg Popovich would often return home to Gary, Indiana, on break and reconnect with friends at a local watering hole.
If it was basketball season, they would probably watch the Chicago Bulls on television. Popovich’s favorite player was a pugnacious, hard-nosed guard named Jerry Sloan.
“I used to come home on leave and eat fried mushrooms and drink Stroh’s (beer) while I watched him beat the hell out of people on TV,” Popovich once recalled. “He’s more of an idol to me than anything else.”
Sloan, of course, went on to a career as a pugnacious, hard-nosed coach of the Utah Jazz for 23 seasons. Even as Popovich began piling up years and victory totals with the Spurs that would rival Sloan’s, he never considered himself in the same peer group.
Popovich still doesn’t.
“He’s in a different league than me,” Popovich said.
When it came time to truly build the Spurs, Sloan became more than an idol to Popovich.
He became a model.
[Brett] Brown recalls Sloan’s name coming up often in the early days of the Spurs’ dynasty.
From 1988 to his abrupt retirement in 2011, Sloan ruled the Jazz with an iron hand. Along with future Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone, he fashioned small-market Utah into a Western Conference power.
“Pop had tremendous respect for Coach Sloan and how he was — the toughness, the defense, the system — the subtle things like ‘tuck your shirt in,’” Brown said. “That was beaten into me from Day 1 in Spur Land.”
Six. Quin Snyder on resting Derrick Favors against the Memphis Grizzlies: After he warmed up, we just felt like it was, you know, he wasn’t, he didn’t have life, and decided to rest him.
Derrick Favors on resting against the Memphis Grizzlies: Just being smart. It’s a little sore, so just being smart. Talking to the trainers, talking to coach, just being smart. Thinking about long term and just, you know, just taking a break, letting it rest, letting it heal. Do all the treatment. Just getting better.
Is there concern this could be a long-term thing?
Nope…Just being smart with it though. You know, I missed a couple of games. You know, it’s been sore here and there, but you know, just taking a smart approach. Think of long term and just being smart with it. Just making sure I’m 100 percent healthy when we need it.
What’s the main issue?
It’s just sore. You know, just being sore from time to time. Not constantly. Just, nah, just here and there sometimes. You know, just want to be safe with it. Don’t want to overwork it, overpush it. Just want to be safe. You know, we playing well, we winning, playing good basketball. You know, just wanna be safe…It’s not pain. It’s just soreness.
Gordon Hayward on Derrick Favors’ injury situation: We’re trying to get him back 100 percent, ’cause when he’s 100 percent, he’s obviously really effective for us, so. We gotta get him back 100 percent.
Seven. Derrick Favors, asked how he deals mentally with not closing games: You know, it’s just the way that [Quin Snyder] wants to do it, and you know, it’s been working for us. And you know, I just support the team, support whoever’s out there. And when I’m out there, I just make sure I do what I can, play as hard as I can. And you know, we winning, so I don’t mind.
Eight. Boris Diaw on the inversion: That inversion. I don’t see anything out my window. I want the inversion to go.
Nine. Quin Snyder on Dante Exum’s performance against the Charlotte Hornets: Yeah, I mean, I think just the way that we’ve tried to make clear that, like, why are we doing this to Dante? Continuing to ask about how he’s doing, how he’s doing. He’s a second-year player, who’s coming off a knee surgery. I know he’s in his third year, but he didn’t play last year and he’s learning.
So, what he’s been doing is really, really working hard, and I think he’s been committed to the process of his development and not getting hung up on, you know, all the things that he can’t control…
He’s worked hard, and he helped us win. That’s the biggest thing. It’s not about Dante. It’s about what Dante did for the Jazz tonight, and he gave us a huge boost.
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Gordon Hayward on working with Kobe Bryant last summer: Yeah, I mean, I think it was huge for me, for a lot of different reasons. But, really happy that I was able to do that.
** DJ/PK’s suggestion for a nickname for Joe Ingles: Down Under Magic, i.e. the Magic Johnson of Down Under (this was retracted not because of #UDQMness, but because the acronym is DUM)
** Joe Ingles on seeing Australian fans at games: I’ve had a lot of friends and family that have come all over the place.
** Quin Snyder on Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley after the Memphis Grizzlies game: They were men. And they came.
** Alec Burks on his Houdininess: Dennis, Quin, everybody’s on me about my finishing, but you know, that’s what everybody like me doing.
** Snyder on Burks: I think he’s continuing to understand, you know, how he can best be effective sometimes by, you know, going half speed before he goes full speed.
** Snyder on the Burks-Ingles combo: They’ve both got good size. I think Joe’s shooting stretches the floor for Alec’s penetration.
** Dennis Lindsey on the Jazz’s scouting: So we go through and check where our holes are at, and why do we have holes…And so, if there’re holes in any particular area or on a particular player, we’ve gotta get those filled by our scouting consultants and our management people.
** Lindsey: We’ve been very intentional about how we develop players’ bodies.
** Spencer Checketts on Lindsey’s reaction to Rudy Gobert not making the All-Star team: That’s about as strong as I’ve ever heard Dennis come…He was ready to fire today. He came ready, ready to go.
** Quin Snyder on Dante Exum embracing playing through adversity: When guys do that, and they grind, it feels good.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: At the Hive.
Imagine a world where Gordon Hayward played here instead of Lance
I think we would be top tier in the East for sure
by Ocracoma on Feb 4, 2017 | 8:42 PM
If not Panthers, I don’t care
by Ocracoma on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:02 PM
Sad but tonight I am just hoping we are close enough at half time to watch 2nd half
by JeffCor on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:11 PM
Please drop 40+.
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:17 PM
Clearly Frank found an old pair of Jordan’s sneakers
by JeffCor on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:17 PM
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 9:44 PM
Getting very sloppy
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:00 PM
It’s amazing that we continue this defensive philosophy of letting other teams take wide open threes to triple team small forwards in the paint
by Kazeller on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:03 PM
Kemba shouldn’t even play the second half. He clearly has no gas in the tank
by JeffCor on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:04 PM
Kemba hasn’t been Kemba since being named an All Star
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:06 PM
Ok what’s the deal with kemba
by Kazeller on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:22 PM
Ingles is shooting all by himself out there. So lucky he is off tonight cause he is wide open
by JeffCor on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:24 PM
Gobert is french for goaltend
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:29 PM
quin snyder doesn’t panic
by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:41 PM
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:45 PM
geez Kemba take it easy
by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:45 PM
5 people near the paint
by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 10:58 PM
Wheels are coming off
by Doug68 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:00 PM
It takes no skill to be a ref
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:01 PM
That’s not true
Officiating basketball is hard as shit.
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:02 PM
Then why can’t these stooges do it?
by BzCtyKnights on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:09 PM
Because it’s super hard
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:10 PM
Wow a call went our way
by Doug68 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:07 PM
lol gobert stiff armed kemba on that last layup
and the refs let it go. kemba is an all star
by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:09 PM
Well we’ve sure fallen apart
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:12 PM
you know what’s sad?
multiple times during the game Nic Batum had either Joe Ingles or Joe Johnson guarding him and hasn’t done squat
by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:13 PM
Been outscored 21-4 in the last 7 1/2 minutes
by JDeLong42 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:14 PM
12-0 in the last 4 min.
by PoAshton on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:15 PM
hey you know what may have helped the hornets win this game?
a center who was strong enough to seal the lanes for our guards from Rudy Gobert
by adamcawa on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:21 PM
We won’t start winning until we fix our perimeter
If Clifford can’t fix this he has to go.
by Doug68 on Feb 4, 2017 | 11:22 PM
When was the last time you were in Salt Lake City?
It’s been a while. I think 2004…so it’s been about 12 years.
What are you up to?
I am an assistant coach at Bellarmine University. It’s a Division II here, school here in Louisville, Kentucky. And I work with at-risk kids for Jefferson County Public School…
This is my first year with Bellarmine, and I’m really having a good time. We got a good group of kids, and the staff that I’m working with, Coach Beau [Braden] and Coach [Scott or Doug] Davenport, you know, they do a really good job, you know, of getting the kids prepared and I’m having a lot of fun…
[Jefferson County is] an alternative school here in Louisville, and what we do is we bring in kids that have, for whatever reason, fallen behind and they, or have dropped out of school, and we bring them back in and we talk to them and just try to help them get, do credit recovery so they can get the credit they need to graduate from high school and get their diplomas.
What was it like playing for a coach like Jerry Sloan?
Playing for Coach Sloan was probably one of the best times of my career. …
He was a great guy to play for. He was a guy that played in the NBA. He knew what it was like to be out there on the floor. He knew what it was like to play back-to-back games.
And he was always very well respected in the locker room, just because of the fact the guys knew he had been there, been through the same battles that we ha–you know, being a little fatigued and still having to get out there and try to play hard and play your best. And he was always very supportive of everybody. …
My favorite guy, you know, it’s, Coach Sloan was always one of my favorite coaches to play for, just because he was very open and candid with you as a player. You know, he didn’t try to, you know, BS you or anything like that. He was just out-and-out blunt with you. If you asked him a question, he was gonna give you a really direct and s–and to-the-point answer.
But he was also a guy who was always in your corner and supported you and wanted to see you succeed and do the best. And you know, I really learned a lot from him, you know, as far as, you know, teamwork and playing hard, playing together, and having each other’s back out on the court. So, I mean, he was a big influence on me.
Do you find yourself saying things while coaching that you used to hear from Jerry Sloan?
All the time. It all comes back to you when you stand there. You know, a guy misses a blockout assignment, you know, I can hear Sloan, you know, “Chief, what are you doing? Get over there!” You know? It comes back to you, and you know, I find myself repeating stuff that, you know, Coach Sloan said. …
I often will [say] stuff that I heard Coach Sloan say. You know, when you’re coaching, you know, you gotta get our guys, you know, just try to motivate them and get them to go out there and play hard for you. So you know, and I remember some of the stuff Coach used to say.
You know, Coach is, you know, he used to put you out there, he’d be like, “Hey,” you know, “You ca–you gotta protect the house.” You know, “You can’t go out there, and, smiling and buddy-buddy with the guys before the game.” You know, he always wanted us to be focused, be serious. And that’s what I try to tell our guys. You know, your preparation is the key thing when you go out to play.
On playing with Karl Malone, John Stockton and the rest of the guys
Utah’s probably the first team I played for where, you know, everybody really got along well together. It wasn’t really a lot of individual, you know, all — you know, it was just let’s, we’re gonna work hard as a team and see how much success we can have and how far can we go and try to win a championship. …
The guys that I played with, I was really comfortable. We had a system that every–that we all knew. And really, it was almost like, you know, you didn’t even have to say anything. Guys just knew if he’s cutting here, then he’s going there. And John always — I think John had four sets of eyes, ’cause he could see everything. …
It was awesome playing with Karl and John, because they made the game so much easier. You know, John, I had to learn to really keep my eyes open because he hit you in the head with the basketball if you weren’t looking, ’cause he was gonna throw it to you if you got open, and he’d know you were open when you didn’t know. So, you had to be aware.
And Karl took so much pressure off of you ’cause of the fact he drew so much attention in the post or out — when we set the high post plays we ran sometimes, that it was easy for me. All I had to do was just kind of stand there and just wait, just catch the rebound if he happened to miss, and he didn’t miss very often. …
When I look back on my career, I had, you know, I got to play with some great guys. I w–got to work for some great organizations. But you know, I, everybody always remembers me as a Jazz guy because — you know, that’s the first thing they say. “I remember you played in Utah!” And I’m like, “Yeah, that’s right!”
What do you think of today’s players resting or coaches resting players?
I could understand coaches and player–they have, I think that the mentality of the way they play the game is a lot different, because we kind of had a “warrior” mindset.
If you could go, yo–tape that thing up. If it was the ankle or whatever, tape it up a little bit tighter and let’s get on the floor and try to help the team win and be successful. Because when you get down to the end of the season, you don’t want to look back and have that game that got away that could’ve been the difference between having home-court advantage throughout the playoff series.
So, we always went after — I mean, I saw Karl and John go out there and you know, twist an ankle and Karl come back with, like he had a cast on his leg, he got so much tape, and go out there and still play. And you know, I think everybody on the team at that time had that same mentality. We all wanted to be out there. We didn’t want to sit on the sideline.
What do you think of players now saying 82 games are too many, or resting and complaining about the schedule?
I don’t think there are too many games. I mean, it’s been 82-game for forever. You know, and I think, and guys dealt with that. You knew that was part of your job, is you got a rigorous schedule. There’s gonna be travel. There’re gonna be nights when you’re playing back-to-back. You might be a little tired, but you sucked it up and you dealt with that.
You know, you prepared yourself for that, and you tried to get off your feet that second game when you knew you had a back-to-back, and be in your room and get rested ’til you c–you’re ready to play.
I don’t think the schedule’s the problem, and I think just the mindset of some of the guys nowadays has changed a lot. (KALL, 1280, KSL)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Brew Hoop.
Man I effin love what the Jazz have done with roster building
Exact opposite of recent Bucks moves.
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:13 AM
I love Utah’s FO. Theyre everything I want the Bucks to be. Their roster is almost my ideal team….which makes me both excited and worried about Zanick.
Posted by R983 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:26 AM
Blame FO for fucking up everything with nearly unload-able contracts that are way too long.
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:24 AM
Oh I blame the FO, believe me
Posted by R983 on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:43 AM
Bucks are in a great position
Don’t forget that the Bucks core players are still two or three years younger than the Jazz’ core players. In a couple of years this will be the Bucks given how their talent is continuing to develop. It seems like Giannis has been around a long time but it’s still only his fourth year in the league. Patience!
Posted by Bucksball on Feb 1, 2017 | 11:50 AM
Yes Giannis is better than Hayward or Gobert
but the Jazz’s entire roster is SOOO much better than Milwaukee’s, and their cap isn’t messed up by any of it.
Posted by R983 on Feb 1, 2017 | 12:24 PM
Imagine if Exum comes around to his expected talent
I’m terrified of the Jazz then
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 3:12 PM
I know. They’ve got a top pick just waiting/developing on their bench. Plus they have quite a good pick in Lyles who is still developing. and of course Hood is probably still developing.
I really do love the Jazz’s roster. They’re my second favorite team bc I jumped on the bandwagon last year before it was a wagon. I think it’s fine to do that with 2nd favorites haha
Posted by R983 on Feb 1, 2017 | 3:14 PM
And Hood has had an off year
And they have had lots of injuries.
And, and, and – the list goes on.
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 3:16 PM
yep. again, I’m stoked that we have Zanick bc he came from there, but also scared that they let him leave bc he’s not as good as their other guys
Posted by R983 on Feb 1, 2017 | 3:25 PM
Quin is a beast
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 3:23 PM
when we were looking for coaches
Snyder was one guy I was interested in.
Posted by CanadaBucks on Feb 1, 2017 | 3:42 PM
Thon looking good
in first min
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 8:12 PM
Good to see Jabari still looks like crap
Posted by rccola42 on Feb 1, 2017 | 8:13 PM
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 8:57 PM
Being down by 11 to the JAZZ is like being down 25 to other teams.
They are so abrasive on D that for every possession they score it takes 3 possessions for the Bucks to score
Posted by HotSingleMoms on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:00 PM
Posted by HotSingleMoms on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:03 PM
Giving up 61 in a half to Utah is equivalent to at least 70 by other teams
Warriors might score 160 on us.
Posted by rccola42 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:06 PM
I dont understand
why the head coach is necessary?
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:06 PM
Kidd can’t make fine sculpture, his hands grow from ass
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:12 PM
Never seen him before but he looks like he does a lot of blow.
Posted by Ham Slamwich on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:11 PM
Quin entertaining as fuck
And also a good coach
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:13 PM
Utah ball-movement is beatuful
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:21 PM
Kidd sucks dude.
I’m sick of his schemes when I watch how glorious Utah looks
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:19 PM
You I really like how Utah runs their offense
Makes me kind of jealous
Posted by kyle.m.jenkins on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:15 PM
Yeah Utah totally isn’t for real
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:18 PM
Giannis ain’t out playing anyone lately
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:22 PM
There is nothing good or fun about the Bucks anymore
Posted by The Revisionist on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:23 PM
I say Joe Ingles is good
And people tell me I’m dumb.
Fuck you lol
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:24 PM
Even the Bucks 3 point attempts are ugly as shit
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:26 PM
blood flows from my eyes
I can’t see it!
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:29 PM
Lol this team is playing like one of the worst in the league
Bucks are headed for a top pick
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:36 PM
Snider use cocain?
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:41 PM
I think this defense has exhausted the team
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:45 PM
Posted by kyle.m.jenkins on Feb 1, 2017 | 9:47 PM
Beasley really knows how to kill someone’s hot streak
Thon could hit 50 threes in a row, and Beasley would still pop his crappy shots.
Posted by rccola42 on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:04 PM
Beasley had the highest +/- tonight..
Posted by anacondacoil on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:32 PM
C’mon he sucked
Be honest, he sucked
Posted by CanadaBucks on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:38 PM
the whole team sucked be honest, how can he be singled out
Posted by kelvin.phillips.758 on Feb 1, 2017 | 11:02 PM
another “worst game of the season”
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:16 PM
Chill out guys…
At least we’re on a one quarter win streak.
Posted by Winsconsin on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:17 PM
Kidd’s ego is holding this team back. I hope he loses his job like he lost this team.
Posted by Authentecha on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:32 PM
Posted by Prikorm_Zhaket on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:34 PM
Posted by Canzosis75 on Feb 1, 2017 | 10:35 PM
One. Quin Snyder on the toughness of players who have played overseas: I’d like a few — yeah, I told Igor [Kokoskov] we’d send a few of our guys to Red Star or Partizan and let them play in Serbia. Let them play in Belgrade for a year and bring them back.
And — I think it’s, as much as the crowds, it’s just the, there’s a monotony to it. There’s a, two practices a day. You know, no — you don’t fly, you don’t charter. Like, you’re f–you know, you’re traveling commercially. You’re, you know, the locker rooms that you’re in, there’s no glamor. You know, there is in the Euroleague Final Four, and there is in certain places. I was fortunate to be in CSKA, which was one of the big-budget teams.
But you better love the game. I mean, you play for the sake of the game, and Joe [Ingles] felt that in Barcelona. And you also learn how to be a part of a team. I mean, people aren’t playing as extensive minutes. You know, the game itself is very much, I think, is more about the group. It’s more about matchups; guys kinda facilitating their team’s success.
You know, there isn’t the media coverage that you have here, where y–the, you know, there’s other things and people that are lending, you know, enthusiasm to what you’re doing. You better find the joy of the game in the game, and it’s a healthy experience.
Just, it’s, you know, it’s why it’s great, you know, in baseball you have, you know, great potential players that go play in the minor leagues. And they learn how to hit a certain pitch, and they get reps. You know, I mean, let me figure out, you know — and then go back to batting practice and work.
Two. Hair did:
Three. Things you only hear on 1280:
DJ/PK to Joe Ingles on a school event he attended: Did you sign some autographs? You sign them in Australian? I don’t know if they have different penmanship down there. They sound funny. Maybe they write funny.
The other one of DJ or PK: You think he writes it upside down?
The first one: I don’t know. I’ve never been there. They’re down under, so who knows?
Four. Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert’s care factor: There were a couple of moments that we noticed with Rudy before we got him, that i–we felt like he really cared. That’s a big deal, especially when you couple it with the type of tools that typically NBA players have, and then the plus-plus tools that Rudy has.
So, the initial season, even summer league before our season, he showed signs that he could be a very good NBA player. But he wasn’t quite strong enough. I think there was a little bit of a langrid–language and a speed-to-the-game barrier that he had to overcome.
But that first year, even though — I think if you were to ask Rudy and give him some real truth serum, was he had to deal with a great deal of frustration, or maybe he felt like he could help us more than he was able to show. And let’s just say that’s of argument — and it’s not clear one way or the other that the playing time he got was exactly right.
But with that said, I do think we gave him enough playing time and D-League minutes, NBA minutes, an–especially when you couple that with, he really, the biggest goal for us is t–for him to get stronger. And so, I still think that we might have got lucky with that balance, with maybe if there — in some universe out there, there were too many minutes, that wouldn’t have allowed him to address his body, needs.
And so, I think we, by and large, struck a very good balance…A lot of [Gobert’s edge and competitiveness] is just innate. Y’wish we could get a DNA chip and insert that into every player that we deal with. And so, there was something innate about Rudy where he clearly had something to prove to himself and the rest of the league.
Six. Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert: I don’t know that there’s a guy that likes to compete and play more than Rudy, which is pretty interesting.
You know, he just loves the game, and he loves to play and he loves to play out there. And he’s never nervous. He just is excited about playing basketball, and you can feel that when he plays.
And he’s, his, you know, I don’t, it’s good that we have all the analytical tools we do now, because maybe — Rudy’s probably underappreciated as it is because the box score doesn’t say all the things that Rudy does.
You know, the graphs that shows his face over here in the upper quadrant and everybody else over here with his rim protection,* and then, you know, all the things that he’s doing that are special — he’s having a special season.
It’s an unconventional season in some ways because of his productivity. His productivity and his impact is different than a typical player that you look and say they’re having a great year.
I’m just going to assume Bill Hanzlik doesn’t use “pipe” the way J.R. Smith uses “pipe.”
Eight. We now have possibly one-seventh of the team calling for the purple mountain throwbacks to be brought back. Derrick Favors was ambiguously the first vote, during his takeover of the Jazz’s Twitter account in July.
Trey Lyles agrees:
Nine. I’m traveling and way behind on everything. I just figured I should publish this before it becomes even more irrelevant with its days-old info.
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: I’ll tell you what gets hard… (H/T @5kl)
** Harpring on Dorian Finney-Smith: I think he’s an up-and-comer.
** Harpring on Joe Johnson: Slow, methodical, but just will drill you.
** Harpring on elbow stingers: I’ve done this many times. Just goes dead on you.
** Harpring on Dirk Nowitzki miss: He just needed one more inch. (H/T @5kl and @seanp33)
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert: They stretch you out, Gobert’s forced to come on the perimeter.
** Harpring on Craig Bolerjack’s inability to say the word “shimmying”: You just hurt your jaw?
Boler: Oh my.
** Dennis Lindsey on the Jazz being outplayed by the Suns: I wanted to give [Suns GM] Ryan [McDonough] a little bit of love and validation that he’s doing the right things. And again, I’ve been in that position.
** Lindsey on his relationships with other GMs: They’ve kinda seen what we’re trying to do, even though we’re not doing it maybe as quick as what we want or you guys want, certainly. Last year, we got quite a bit of love internally, but I’m not gonna go and mention that.
** Boler: That standard is still rocking. A lot of action on top of the rim. (H/T @5kl)
** Ron Boone on George Hill and-1 and Seth Curry: We saw George Hill do this last night against Curry, and Curry ends up riding him.
** Booner on George Hill and mouthpieces: He wants a thin one. He doesn’t like the, you know, I guess the real thick ones.
** Spencer Checketts with one of the worst UDQMs ever: Gail Miller is live in studio. We are live on Instagram. This is only the second time I’ve done this. The first time was with George Hill, and now it’s with Gail.
Gordon Monson: Did it work the first time?
Checketts: Um, I think so. I, you know, it’s just kind of a strange thing. Like, I feel kind of weird holding my phone and, just right in front of Gail. But you’re used to the cameras. You were on there today, and you did a fantastic job.
Gail Miller: Thank you.
** Greg Miller on Quin Snyder: He’s comfortable coming to us and saying, “Hey, could we try this?” Or, “What if we did that?” And he’s just, it’s really, it’s almost casual. I don’t know that that’s the best word to describe it, because —
Gail Miller: It’s comfortable.
Greg Miller: It’s very comfortable, yeah.
** Quin Snyder on Gordon Hayward, and the rest of the team: We’ve ridden him, and ridden him. All those guys were a little drained.
** Snyder on George Hill and Steven Adams: George got tied up with Adams, and wasn’t able to get off his body.
** Boler on the bench: Quin Snyder is not afraid to go deep.
** Boler on Hayward stepping behind the 3-point line: Hayward wants it, pops out behind.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Grizzly Bear Blues.
This was the entire game thread.
Not bad 1st qaurter griz Good to see Daniels back in the mix. ZBO giving carter a run for his money in the “ageless one” category
Posted by slandrum on Jan 28, 2017 | 8:40 PM
This team is tough. Big enough to where they are hard to bully inside the paint, and dangerous enough to shoot from everywhere else. If they get in this year they are going to be a tough match-up for someone if they stay healthy
Posted by slandrum on Jan 28, 2017 | 8:51 PM
Vintage core four performance
Posted by slandrum on Jan 28, 2017 | 9:05 PM
What we learned
The jazz are still tough
ZBO is a beast
Marc is amazing
and it appears there is a certain back-up point guard that acquired an adderall scrip. (Whatever it takes)
Posted by slandrum on Jan 28, 2017 | 9:49 PM
Conley is en fuego!
Posted by TitansPredsGrizzBulls on Jan 28, 2017 | 10:09 PM
Last night took an L
But tonight we bounce back! #GritNGrind
Posted by TitansPredsGrizzBulls on Jan 28, 2017 | 10:14 PM
Apparently feels a bit “snubbed” tonight and is balling accordingly.
Posted by slandrum on Jan 28, 2017 | 10:21 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.
Mozgov is soooooo ass
by Nance Jr Bacon Burger on Jan 26, 2017 | 7:39 PM
This staring 5 makes me want to puke
by Chiefsdodgerslakers2415 on Jan 26, 2017 | 7:41 PM
What a great young starting lineup we’ve been tanking for the past 4 years.
by Nance Jr Bacon Burger on Jan 26, 2017 | 7:43 PM
Gordon Hayward’s hair is perfect
by Chiefsdodgerslakers2415 on Jan 26, 2017 | 7:45 PM
is this basketball team
by angelswing on Jan 26, 2017 | 7:46 PM
is jazz bench has any difference with starting lineup lol
they were same good
by angelswing on Jan 26, 2017 | 7:48 PM
Only down 3
Jazz should feel bad.
by Chiefsdodgerslakers2415 on Jan 26, 2017 | 7:49 PM
Gobert can push off
but Nance can’t, yup we are playing in Utah
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:16 PM
don’t forget mozgov get 4 foul for nothing
by angelswing on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:18 PM
Lol I’m just so mad at Mozgov
He looks like he doesn’t want to be here. I don’t ever want to see him in purple and gold again
by lakersNchrgers on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:34 PM
wow didnt expect a close game lol
by imposibol on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:33 PM
another competitive loss coming up … the tank keeps gaining momentum lol smh
by Shehzeb Imam on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:33 PM
we have a chance to win this game
Utah is really good but they dont score a lot, we just need a little run from 3.
It’d be a big win, with 4 days off incoming.
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:34 PM
by OC guy on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:34 PM
well Utah still making us look competent so far lol
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:36 PM
Good news is Utah is not the best offensive team.. bad news.. we suck.
by LakerSpartan117 on Jan 26, 2017 | 8:54 PM
we got a call in Utah?
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:00 PM
holy shit Mozgov alive lol
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:01 PM
Mozgov bringing some energy now
Was it the foul or Zubac threatening his minutes that made him play better?
by lakersNchrgers on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:02 PM
Gobert is a defensive monster..
But that’s about it.
by LakerSpartan117 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:08 PM
7’9 wingspan lol
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:10 PM
OMG those were some serious blocks
by lakersNchrgers on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:08 PM
stop lobbing shots to gobert
it’s energizing them…
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:08 PM
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:10 PM
Tank mode engaged
by sumo390 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:10 PM
here comes the tank
by Shehzeb Imam on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:10 PM
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:11 PM
they are running out of gas
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:29 PM
LET”S GO LAKERS!!!!!!
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:40 PM
We’re in position where we might keep the pick but I just can’t root for us to lose
I just can’t do it
by lakersNchrgers on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:41 PM
See what I did there?!
by TankCommander on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:42 PM
Lmao *face palm*
by lakersNchrgers on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:44 PM
here comes the refs in utah lol
clear push off, no call, give them enough possession to score.
by madmaxx350 on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:42 PM
its safe to say, my prediction/hope of a 35 win season is a pipe dream now
by 4ever Lakers on Jan 26, 2017 | 9:52 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.
The Pepsi Center is EMPTY tonight. This could be the worst single game attendance in basketball this year.
— T.J. McBride (@BSN_McBride) January 25, 2017
by AllDayMudiay on Jan 24, 2017 | 6:49 PM
See what happens when your coach gives a giant middle finger to the fans for showing up and rewarding them with Jameer Nelson hero ball?
by DeezNuggs on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:10 PM
the Jazz are good, but there’s nothing that draws crowds
by NurktheSmirk on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:13 PM
lol, Gobert’s offense is literally just dunks
by NurktheSmirk on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:12 PM
Gallo is playing like a selfish dick tonight
by DeezNuggs on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:19 PM
Gallo is a slow hog
by Paul2233 on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:20 PM
Man, this is some ugly, ugly basketball
by TheLogDog on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:21 PM
Jameer should pass into Jokic
by Stiff Miner on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:22 PM
Jameer should pass
by Mitch Lewis on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:23 PM
Well technically speaking Jameer should leave.
by Stiff Miner on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:24 PM
Just no ball movement right now
by Stiff Miner on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:26 PM
We’re getting dominated by their D
by margabelle on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:27 PM
For a team that can’t shoot
the Nuggets sure take a lot of 3s
by TheBulgarian on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:32 PM
The Jazz AA asst. coach just did a double nose pick with his thumb and index finger.
by margabelle on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:37 PM
Nuggets can’t get stops
When the Nuggets get a defense we will be dangerous team.
by Nuggburg on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:40 PM
Utah got length every damn where damn
by Mak P on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:44 PM
Utah is such a good defensive team
by The-Jokic-Hipster on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:47 PM
by Mak P on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:48 PM
And they have such a tight rotation
They are very well coached. Every opening the Nuggets get is filled within a second or two.
by The-Jokic-Hipster on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:49 PM
I don’t know why we’re surprised calls go against Denver
No team is disrespected as much as the Nuggets
by TheBulgarian on Jan 24, 2017 | 7:57 PM
i hope the ref who missed that out of bounds call doesn’t have any young children quinn snyder can eat.
by dynamo.joe on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:00 PM
by Ryan Blackburn on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:02 PM
by InboundingLobPass on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:08 PM
Gobert is a poor’s man Deandre lol
by egaleotti on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:04 PM
His defense isn’t really that skill based
It’s all in his length and the excellent coaching this team has.
by The-Jokic-Hipster on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:05 PM
I’m surprised we scored over 50 that half after that first quarter
by NurktheSmirk on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:07 PM
Jokic >>>>>>>>>>>> gobert
by nugznazty on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:10 PM
He’s even outplaying him on D tonight.
by The-Jokic-Hipster on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:12 PM
Jokic can make shots that are more than 1 inch away from the rim
by NurktheSmirk on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:14 PM
Gobert is a liability offensively
by That’s the Jokic on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:14 PM
Gobert vs Jokic
1/1/1 vs 10/6/2 (last stat is blocks)
by egaleotti on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:21 PM
just had a thought
whatever happened to exum? Is he still in the league?
by NurktheSmirk on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:23 PM
I think i saw he was suspended.
by Stiff Miner on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:24 PM
by InboundingLobPass on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:27 PM
He’s just bad
by The-Jokic-Hipster on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:27 PM
Please no 4th quarter collapse….
Please no 4th quarter collapse….Please no 4th quarter collapse….Please no 4th quarter collapse….
by margabelle on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:34 PM
I guess Favors want to prove he can do something against Jokic
by Mak P on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:39 PM
Making up for Gobert not doing so.
by Ryan Blackburn on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:41 PM
Diaw chubbily effective
by Nuggburg on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:52 PM
Boy, I was despondent halfway through 1st quarter…
… very impressed since.
by margabelle on Jan 24, 2017 | 8:58 PM
… and so it begins.
by margabelle on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:02 P
Damn this is depressing
by The-Jokic-Hipster on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:07 PM
by Thugget on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:07 PM
Blowing another big lead..
by Rocky Mountain Way on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:08 PM
Same old story everynight
by egaleotti on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:08 PM
This is pathetic
by Thugget on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:12 PM
We’re lucky Utah sucks on offense
by NurktheSmirk on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:12 PM
I blame Quin
He’s giving our players the stare. Using his powers
by Nuggburg on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:13 PM
We’re beating a very good Jazz team at their own game
This is a big win for us if we can hold out the final minute
by The-Jokic-Hipster on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:16 PM
hahaha. jameer hero ball bails us out. The basketball Gods are just giving us the finger
by Japheth:the.other.kind.of.asian. on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:14 PM
Go Jameer go!
Up your trade value!
by elhuachi on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:17 PM
Nuggets didn’t lose!!!!!
by moondoggie12 on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:23 PM
this is a sell high moment for jameer and darth. get on the phone with lebron NOW!
by dynamo.joe on Jan 24, 2017 | 9:46 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.
It would be great if our bench guards could defend without fouling
Posted by D Sizzle on Jan 23, 2017 | 8:32 PM
Jazz interior having a block party..Gotta be smarter…
Posted by Marty6600 on Jan 23, 2017 | 8:34 PM
Can we get a bucket please??! Is that too much to ask???
Posted by Marty6600 on Jan 23, 2017 | 8:40 PM
..Gotta make your shots lad..
Posted by Marty6600 on Jan 23, 2017 | 9:29 PM
C’mon stevo, sort ya shit out!!!
Posted by RingoKid on Jan 23, 2017 | 9:31 PM
STOP CHUCKING BRICKS!!!
… please russ
Posted by RingoKid on Jan 23, 2017 | 9:36 PM
Gah our shooting is just so bad.
Posted by Senor Caiman on Jan 23, 2017 | 9:37 PM
Westbrook has now descended into full “piss-shot” mode.
If you find that you can’t get a shot, then run some plays to get your perimeter shot to other players. That will space the floor and causes the defense to pay more attention to the other players, thus freeing you up.
I hope he gets that beaten into his brain for the 4th quarter.
Posted by MagicKeys2010 on Jan 23, 2017 | 9:45 PM
And his teammates have responded by shooting airball 3’s
Posted by D Sizzle on Jan 23, 2017 | 9:47 PM
11 points in the quarter…
…ain’t gonna get it done.
time to quit mucking around and get back to scoring!
Posted by RingoKid on Jan 23, 2017 | 9:52 PM
Jazz are a really good team
Posted by D Sizzle on Jan 23, 2017 | 9:55 PM
Gonna come down to who wants it more..
Posted by Marty6600 on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:18 PM
what a game
and a huge one we need to win for seeding
Posted by bringthethunder on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:22 PM
Posted by Marty6600 on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:24 PM
i hate hayward’s haircut
Posted by bringthethunder on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:24 PM
Posted by D Sizzle on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:25 PM
Posted by D Sizzle on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:26 PM
What was i worried about??? Lmao..
Posted by Marty6600 on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:26 PM
NO MONEY SHOT FOR THE JIZZ!!!
well played thunder coach and team…
Posted by RingoKid on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:27 PM
Making the Thunder great again
Trump’d the Jazz
Posted by Forrest Crump on Jan 23, 2017 | 10:30 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Indy Cornrows.
Hopefully being near GHill makes the Pacers care again.
by HelpIsNotNeeded on Jan 21, 2017 | 8:02 PM
Another back to back
by jonjonNYC on Jan 21, 2017 | 8:02 PM
This seems like the most obvious loss on the schedule
Short of the two Golden State games.
by Nathan S. on Jan 21, 2017 | 8:51 PM
Aggressive George Hill….
by denggoy1 on Jan 21, 2017 | 9:11 PM
He was misused and miscast here pretty badly
They told him to play point guard but to never actually run the offense, part of that was his own personality but as much of it was the scheme where PG and Lance were driving the offense instead.
by faulcon on Jan 21, 2017 | 9:15 PM
Pacers helping both Hayward and Gobert get picked for the ASG.
by denggoy1 on Jan 21, 2017 | 9:24 PM
Pacers in the bottom 5 in FG% at the rim?
by Nathan S. on Jan 21, 2017 | 9:32 PM
The implication is that there are 4 other teams just as bad or worse
Which I really find hard to believe.
by faulcon on Jan 21, 2017 | 9:35 PM
Seemed like they didn’t want to pass the ball to Neto.
by denggoy1 on Jan 21, 2017 | 9:53 PM
If they can keep it at or below 10 points behind by half-time, it’d almost count as a success.
by Hoosiers47 on Jan 21, 2017 | 9:58 PM
Man….has it really come to this? Makes me wish the NFL is having their championship round today so I can watch that instead.
by denggoy1 on Jan 21, 2017 | 10:01 PM
Hill killing us in this run
by Nathan S. on Jan 21, 2017 | 10:32 PM
PG tossed after fouling out
Gonna have some words after the game about the refs.
by Nathan S. on Jan 21, 2017 | 10:58 PM
ARE YOU KIDDING ME
These fast breaks are so pathetic!
by Nathan S. on Jan 21, 2017 | 11:10 PM
Nate tossed as well
Missed an obvious over the back on Gobert and gave him a foul instead. Denari would get tossed if he could.
by Nathan S. on Jan 21, 2017 | 11:12 PM
Toss Teague as well.
by denggoy1 on Jan 21, 2017 | 11:18 PM