Major suspension of disbelief is needed to believe that none of the Jazz/ESA employees recognized Greg Miller (unless there are Jazz/ESA employees out that have never seen even a photograph of Miller), but a good and worthwhile watch overall.
Loved the archive footage of Larry H. Miller saying “The Jazz can’t leave Utah” and of course, the end where Miller “reveals” himself to the employees and tells them how he will be helping them and their families.
Some bits for those unable to watch:
Greg getting his hair, eyes and teeth did, and strapping on the belly:
Greg Miller’s house:
And Greg Miller continuing to work to get better™:
Missed the in-game dunk by just a smidge:
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
Give them credit, they were the aggressive defensive team tonight, and we gotta get better.
** Richard Jefferson on the Jazz’s shooting
We had good shots. We just didn’t, you know, we didn’t shoot well from two…We missed all of our twos and made a bunch of threes. Yeah, it’s just simple as that.
** Trey Burke, asked if there was added pressure playing in his home state
I think a little bit, but you know, I don’t think that’s [what] I thought about when I was playing. You know, I just think shots didn’t fall for none of us.
Imagined Steve Brown Interview with Mama and Papa Burke
Steve Brown: (winks at Benji) So, I hear that Ronda here is so loud you have to relegate her to the basement. Is that true?
Benji: (stares down Brown)
Brown: (tries again) You know, we’ve had a camera on you two all night and you two are so frisky. You just can’t sit still!
Benji: (continues staring at Brown)
Brown: (turns to Ronda) So, you have two daughters but you all are more like triplets!
Ronda: Uh, we’d like to watch our son play if you don’t mind.
Brown: Back to you, Boler.
More “Geography Mis-Education with Matt Harpring and Craig Bolerjack”
Broadcast shows girl in Jazz jersey sitting in the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena (which, to clarify, is located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA).
Harpring: Boler, Jazz Nation, buddy. Worldwide!
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Gordon Hayward against the Thunder: It was a big one, back on Jan. 7.
** Matt Harpring on Kyrie Irving: He’s got potential to be a hot hand.
** Harpring on Irving: He’s special, you see the in and out move, and the left hand finish… (H/T @5kl)
** Harpring: You know what? Next time you steal my promo, Boler, we’re gonna go at it. Boler: Oh, I’ll steal yours.
** Harpring: Deng smiling. He just couldn’t get the ball into his hands quick enough.
** Harpring: What’s my fine? Boler: Dinner. And I’m hungry. Harpring: I already got you dinner last night. Boler: Yes, you did.
** Harpring: I can’t tell you what the size for Hawes does for this team.
** Harpring on “Where you watchin’? #JazzTV”: It’s hard. I’ve tried for five straight games and I haven’t gotten on.
** Boler to Harpring on #JazzTV: Do a photo right now. We’ll send it in, see if we can’t get ourselves back on TV. Harpring: I’m not doing you, Boler. Boler: Oh, a selfie? That’s what you’re gonna do?
Pink handcuffs. Interesting.
** Richard Jefferson on the fan running onto the court: I’ve been involved in some weird things.
** RJ on being distracted by the fan running onto the court: I saw the referee make a beeline one time, like, probably two plays later, and I turned my head, ’cause I, you know, you just see random things, and he was going to go pick up something from one of the dancers, and then Alonzo Gee got behind me. And I told the ref, I’m like, “Man, you distract me.” Like, I didn’t know what was going on at that point.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Fear the Sword.
Let’s beat these Jazzpunks!
by ShamansBlues on Feb 28, 2014 | 5:43 PM
In other news, I hear the Jimmer is most likely going to sign with the Bulls.
by PrentissJames on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:06 PM
Well yeah. We suck. Bulls don’t.
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:08 PM
thibs about to make jimmer all NBA second team. makes sense.
by Dr_B3LL on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:31 PM
FIRST BLOOD to the Cavaliers of Cleveland!
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:42 PM
and so it begins
by Dr_B3LL on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:43 PM
yep jack is gonna suck tonight
by cavvv on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:43 PM
Thompson is slippin. Cmon man.
by AgentAce on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:45 PM
Ughr, horrible horrible start!
by Jamaquack27 on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:47 PM
Here comes the shooting drought. Might as well get it out of the way early.
by AgentAce on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:47 PM
This is awful.
by Soultown on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:47 PM
our offense is so shit
no plays or anything same screens
by cavvv on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:51 PM
Jack can’t shoot. This offense is so ugly.
by Soultown on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:55 PM
YES HE CAN…
every 9 games or so.
by Dr_B3LL on Feb 28, 2014 | 6:56 PM
this game was a lose lose to begin with. either we win, and had to watch a cavs jazz game. or we lose, and lose to the jazz. granted, when everyone is healthy for the jazz they’re like a .500 team.
by Dr_B3LL on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:01 PM
refs screwing us over once again
by patrickgalindez on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:08 PM
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:11 PM
OI OI OI
by Jamaquack27 on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:12 PM
i’m not drunk enough to get pumped about tying it up with the jazz.
give me another quarter.
by Dr_B3LL on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:13 PM
CAVALIERS LEAD AGAIN!!!
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:19 PM
Just saw a bit of Earl Clark in the Knicks game. He did absolutely nothing, but old ass Jermaine O’Neal is shitting on the Knicks lol
by AgentAce on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:50 PM
by Lawyered on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:57 PM
by patrickgalindez on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:57 PM
Ky Ky is takin over
by AgentAce on Feb 28, 2014 | 7:58 PM
Jazz aren’t going away easy.
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:09 PM
One hell of a 4th quarter coming up folks.
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:13 PM
Has Kyrie ever had a triple double? Hes only 3 rebounds away from one right now.
by DannyDaDopest on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:14 PM
they should all box out for kyrie to get a board. he deserves it.
by Dr_B3LL on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:18 PM
EARN THAT NEXT PAYCHECK SPENCAAA
by narrow_minded on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:20 PM
I can’t believe I was initially against getting Hawes. He is Hawesome.
by Yoan Aher on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:21 PM
He not Haweful.
by ShamansBlues on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:22 PM
I said earlier to guard Hayward. I take it back. Shoot it Gordo!
by Soultown on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:22 PM
lol, see now everyone is trying to get Kyrie rebounds, so in turn the
Jazz get easy rebounds.
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:25 PM
i swear if mike brown pulls kyrie…
by Dr_B3LL on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:25 PM
It will happen. Mike Brown gives 0 fucks about records.
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:27 PM
i will set his car on fire.
by Dr_B3LL on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:28 PM
Kyrie just broke his own ankles.
by MrSalty on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:32 PM
5 minutes left for the last rebound.
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:33 PM
THERE IT IS
by PyroKinesis on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:34 PM
by ShamansBlues on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:34 PM
THERE IT IS TRIPLE DOUBLE
by AgentAce on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:34 PM
Sad Burke is sad ):
by Yoan Aher on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:42 PM
Sad Burke makes me happy
by NoVA Buckeye on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:49 PM
who saw that kid get the towel off delly and then start jumping up and down waving the towel around
by cavvv on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:44 PM
I’m 20 and I’d probably do the same thing…
by Yoan Aher on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:45 PM
by cavvv on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:46 PM
Win win for both fanbases tonight. We get to keep our playoff hopes alive, Jazz fans put another loss into the tank.
by AgentAce on Feb 28, 2014 | 8:50 PM
Did you anticipate how successful Jeff Hornacek would be as a coach?
No, I, you know, in fact, as we had talked with Jeff and we looked after the opportunity, and kinda knew what the team went through last year, and kinda what he had, kinda coming down the pipeline, we th–anticipated that it was gonna be a lot tougher season than what has turned out for Jeff, and congratulations to him.
What do you look for in a great head coach? What’s on your checklist?
Number one, their character. And, because to me, character defines everything that they’re doing. If you’re a man of integrity and honor, you’re going to treat your players, your other coaches, you’re gonna treat your organization and your ownership with that same type of integrity, and honor. If you’re trying to beat the system, be it with the players or other things, I think it comes back and it finally comes back and haunts you. And so, for us, in the character of that coach is, I think, one of the most paramount things that we’re looking at.
Then, we’re looking at, also, I think their ability to communicate. I think in today’s world, and in, today, in the NBA, when you’re dealing with young players, developing players, veteran players, foreign players, of multi-culturals, from, you know, from China to, over to Europe, I think you’ve gotta deal with an ability to really communicate with these players, on each of their levels. And with, almost like our own families. You don’t treat one person the same as you might treat another one. And you’ve gotta have that ability.
The other thing in, is critical in today’s world is, is they have to have the ability to also, you can’t just be thinking basketball now. They are, were asked to have them in front of our sponsors, season ticket holders, this community. They have to represent this community. And so you have to have them also people who also see and realize the roles that we expect them to play in also being a promoter of the Utah Jazz and this community. And accepting that role. And that’s an, also, key role.
And then the last element, of course, they’ve got to have a passionate love for the game of basketball, and a desire to keep learning and growing and improving in their own skills and their own abilities.
Do you think Gordon Hayward’s slump is due to not coming to terms with the Jazz last summer?
I’m sure there’s a f–aspect to that. And, I mean, all of us are normal and I’m sure, you’re talking about some pretty serious dollars here. And I think, you know, there’s, there are sure an aspect to that.
And then, as we’ve talked to him, hey, that’ll work t–work itself out. And we’ve got time, and there’s a right time and place to deal with that. Right now, let’s just play basketball.
Are you getting the information you wanted about player development?
I think we are getting the information we wanted, and I think we’re learning a lot. I think our players are learning a lot about who they are and their abilities, and there’s a lot of growth in the development that’s going on. I mean, look at Alec Burks and how he started off the season, and now how he’s come along, and where he’s, his development is moving extremely well. I think the development with Derrick Favors.
And they’ve also had to learn how to now stepping up their game from being, playing 20 minutes to now they’re playing 30-35 minutes, and what that does to your body. And unfortunately, sometimes then, you’re getting those injuries because you’re out on the floor a lot more. And then you’re learning how to play through injuries, or, and also, having, coming back from injuries. …
The psyche in the NBA is very interesting, of how you have to de–when you’re dealing with, you know, coming from, really kind of a role player to being, all of a sudden, a starter. And you look at what we’ve asked Gordon to come from. He’s, he was kind of our third option, and now, he’s really our first option.
That’s a major step, and as I’ve talked to our coaching staff, they’re constantly, as they’re talking with, also, with Gordon, there’s, that’s a real step, and, that you usually see, in the league, it takes years for you to kind of move from those different positions, you know, from being a third option to a maybe a second to then a first. And we made him have to do that in one year, and that, that’s a big jump for a player to make.
And really, some growth that is going on. So, we’re seeing the right kind of growth. We’re very happy with the development we’re seeing from our players. I would say this. I think I’ve heard a lot of our fans comment. Look at the development we’ve seen from even a role player like a Jeremy Evans. He’s gone from being, really, way down on our options, to being a legitimate guy coming right off the bench, and really stepping up and performing.
Would the Jazz have interest in James Taft Fredette?
I’m really glad that I’ve got a great staff with Dennis Lindsey and folks that really, their job is literally looking at every player in the league and measuring them, and measuring them against what we have and what we’re trying to accomplish. And I’m happy to say that I can defer that question to Dennis…
If [Jimmer's abilities, contract and situation] is one that we feel would make the Jazz better, we’ll take the necessary steps to make those, have those discussions. And of course, there’s some ancillary benefits if that was the answer, yes, to this marketplace with his connections with BYU and what he did in this community, which was remarkable. We, I, we, I personally would love to see Jimmer be able to s–have his career keep growing and developing, and so, we’ll see if that means matching up with us or not. (1280)
And on Feb. 26, the Holy Trinity of Dancing Jazz Fan was complete.
Pre-Game Quotage on Jeff Hornacek
** Derrick Favors on Jeff Hornacek
When I first got here, man, I used to talk to him a lot. You know, he used to help me out with my shot, with my free throws, and everything. You know, he helped me out a lot, and you know, I’m happy to see what he doing over there in Phoenix, so you know, I’m happy for him.
He a great coach.
What does he do well as a coach?
You know, he just teach you the fundamentals of things, you know, especially with your shot, with the offense and with basketball overall. Just teach you the fundamentals, and you know, just have you calm down out there.
Was it hard on the players still here when he left?
Yeah. You know, he was one of my favorite coaches and you know, Gordon’s favorite coach and everything. And you know, it was hard to see him go, but you know, you gotta understand it’s a business.
** Gordon Hayward on Jeff Hornacek
Definitely miss him. You know, he was my guy here, and taught me a lot of things about basketball…Just a lot of things that, you know, a younger guy like me needed to know, so. It was good for me.
What makes him a good coach?
He seems to always know what’s going on, what the next play is gonna be. He’s always usually a couple steps ahead. He’s pretty calm and collected. Like I said, he doesn’t get frustrated, or, if something happens, he kinda knows what the counter to that is. And you know, he’s pretty sharp at that type of stuff, so. I think that makes him a good coach.
Pre-Game Quotage, Other
** Trey Burke on what Alec Burks means to this team
Means a lot, man. He’s that guy that comes off the bench–I can’t even think if he starts now–comes off the bench, playing so well. He’s come, comes off the bench, he gives us that spark that we need, and we’re gonna need that from him all year. You know, sky’s the limit for him. You guys see it, just like I do, the way he’s able to finish at the rim, how he’s able to still knock down that jump shot. So, it’s tough to guard a guy when, you know, he can finish and shoot the ball, and defend at the same time.
** Diante Garrett, asked what were his perceptions of Utah before he got here, and have they changed
I thought about it before I left, and I was like, it’s gon be cold out there, and it’s gonna be, like, you know, kinda boring. But it’s been fun so far. It’s some places that I never thought I would go and see, like, the mall that’s outside. The weather’s pretty nice. The sun is always shining. And the mountains are kinda pretty to look at…It almost looks like, you know, a big picture, just driving and looking at it. It looks fake.
** Garrett on whether he sees himself as a member of the Jazz for awhile, or having a chance to test out free agency
I got a good chance of, you know, playing here for awhile if they give me the opportunity. It’s just, you know, just finishing this year off strong and you know, looking to, you know, build my career anywhere and if it’s here, I’d love to be here.
** Tyrone Corbin on the Jazz’s offensive effort
Well, just sharing the ball. Trying to play the basketball game the right way. You know, not having an idea of what you gonna do, just letting the play develop, and making the right basketball play.
** Derrick Favors on being “in the zone”
Everybody can score baskets in the NBA. You know, it’s guys who gon do the little things to help win games, and sometimes, you know, I feel like I’m in that zone defensively where, you know, I can shut my man down or help on the weak side or block shots, control the boards. You know, just do all the little things. Set screens, and you know, when I get my opportunity to touch the ball on the offensive end, you know, I do a good job of scoring. So you know, I get in the zone throughout the whole game.
** Diante Garrett, asked if it was extra special scoring a career-high against his former team
Oh, definitely. Just playing against your former team that you played against, and some of the guys on the sideline that you played summer league with for two years and all year last year. Hearing those guys talk smack on the sideline was fun, and making some shots out there.
** Richard Jefferson, asked how Corbin changed the game plan when the Suns announced Goran Dragic wasn’t playing
Well, they’re still a fast-break team…We knew it was going to be similar to, the game plan was going to be very similar to before.
** Gordon Hayward on his parents being at the game
They don’t get to come out here as much as they would like, and so I try to do my best when they’re here. But it’s just always cool when they can see me play well.
Almost Triple-Double Quotage
** Corbin on Gordon Hayward’s almost triple-double
I left him in a little longer, you know? I wanted, but I, you know, even with the, he still played 37 minutes. And I, you know, maybe a few minutes when I was trying to let him get that last one, but I didn’t want to take a chance with him. And he’s good about it. He had a good game for us, and you know, we luh the guy to death.
** Hayward on his almost triple-double
It was close, but it just didn’t work out, so. Just happy we got the win. … All my teammates told me, you know, get one more assist. So I knew.
** RJ on Hayward’s almost triple-double
You know, there was still plenty of time. It wasn’t like, it was one minute to go and he was out there searching for it. There was, you know, five or six minutes, but, you know, I respect coach Corbin’s decision, as usual, to take him out.
** RJ on whether he missed any shots that could’ve gotten him the triple-double
No. I can think of a couple he missed, a couple times he missed me, that he should’ve passed it to me, that would’ve gotten him [an] assist.
** Favors on Hayward almost getting a triple-double
If I would’ve been out there, you know, he would’ve gotten that assist.
The Return of “Geography Mis-Education with Matt Harpring and Craig Bolerjack”
Harpring: “Ilgaukas.”* What language is that?
* Not a typo.
Harpring: Ha ha ha!
Windmills of the Night
From the Phoenix Suns, Gerald Green:
From the Utah Jazz, Alec Burks:
For the Conspiracy Theorists, Paranoid, Insecure, etc.
** 1) Gordon Hayward listed Phoenix among his favorite NBA cities yesterday.
** 2) Derrick Favors said today that Jeff Hornacek was Hayward’s favorite coach (above).
** 3) Secret smiles.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Gordon Hayward on Derrick Favors: I just think he just has a pretty big presence, you know, figuratively and literally, down there.
** Craig Bolerjack: We’ll go one-on-one with Horny, next.
** Matt Harpring on what Gordon Hayward should do: Get an easy one to go down first.
** Boler: Wow! Harpring: RJ, getting up!
** Boler on making [Dionte] “Christmas” jokes: I can go all night. Harpring: I don’t even want to beat you.
** Harpring to Boler: I didn’t mean to blow…your mind.
** Harpring on the Coach of the Year race: It’s how everyone’s gonna finish…You gotta wait ’til the end.
** Richard Jefferson, walk-off interview: I still got a little bit of bounce, a little bit. Not like when I was 24, but I still got a little bit.
** Derrick Favors on his hip: It’s not as stiff as it was, but you know, it feel good right now.
To close: Jerry Sloan won.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.
RJ sounds so different from what I expected to hear from him.
His voice surprised me!
by Abel Asa on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:21 PM
WOHOOO GREEN HIGHLIGHT, STEAL AND DUNK!
by DragonBlade on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:21 PM
we need to stop the halfhearted slap at people dunking shit
by DragonBlade on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:28 PM
It’s always RJ killing us
by Vikaask on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:29 PM
Got a feeling that Kanter is going to give us a hard time like always.
by jack’s complete lack of surprise on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:29 PM
when Dionte Garret makes a three
by Vikaask on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:30 PM
HOLY FUCK GERALD
by Vikaask on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:30 PM
holy shit green……….
by Swishblade on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:31 PM
HOLY FUCKING SHIT. DUNK OF THE YEAR
by DragonBlade on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:31 PM
HOLY SHIT ARCHIE POSTER
by Vikaask on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:32 PM
ARCHIE WITH THE DUNK DRIVE!!!!!!!
by Swishblade on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:32 PM
OH SHIT NEW DUNK OF THE YEAR LOL
by DragonBlade on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:32 PM
by KC_Suns_Fan on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:33 PM
Archie is still 19….NINETEEN. Dude is going to be a beast.
If you add to trade one of Archie or Len(for, say, Love) who would you trade?
by amazins8669 on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:40 PM
I would trade the Morri first
by iceythril on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:40 PM
I dont think that was the question
by redking90 on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:42 PM
I wouldn’t trade the Morri nor Archie or Len, give them picks but not those young players
by XcasX on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:42 PM
It amuses me to no end that Suns fan call the Morris twins “the Morri.”
We seem to be having a little bit of trouble scoring.
A problem that doesn’t seem to be affecting Utah quite as severely.
by Jim Coughenour on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:46 PM
it’s annoying that Utah is just getting confidence
by XcasX on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:46 PM
keep firing shots over-rated Hayward lol
by XcasX on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:52 PM
Wonder why some people here are so crazy over Hayward.
Parsons is way better.
by IZ13 on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:53 PM
He sucks and is way over rated, I would really hate if the Suns get that guy, I mean one, he looks like a complete douche
And second, he shoots 40% and 30% 3′s. He isn’t even close to Tucker defensively, he would make this team worse if we replaced Tucker with him.
by XcasX on Feb 26, 2014 | 7:54 PM
This ones going the wrong way
by Wichita SunSteeler on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:00 PM
And just like that an 8-0 Jazz run
by iceythril on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:00 PM
This be ugly
by suns68 on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:00 PM
This is unwatchable
When RJ makes those, you know youre shitted
by jack’s complete lack of surprise on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:35 PM
When does Diante Garrett go off on us?
by East Bay Ray on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:42 PM
This is making me sick, freaken Jazz just won’t miss
by XcasX on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:44 PM
Anyone else disappointed that quarter didn’t end in a Diante vs. Dionte scoring duel?
by Wichita SunSteeler on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:47 PM
Evans going off on us.
There’s always that one guy… that one guy.. always
by Shandy Ong on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:47 PM
Fucking diante garret
by Vikaask on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:48 PM
Garrett made a three, nothing is surprising tonight.
by Bkj on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:48 PM
HOW IS THAT NOT A FOUL ON KANTER?
WHAT THE HELL
by Vikaask on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:48 PM
Kanter literally humped Marcus out of bounds…………..
by Swishblade on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:48 PM
This team could use a player like Derrick Favors with a developed jumper.
by Bkj on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:52 PM
of course freaken Hayward goes off against the Suns when he has had mostly less than 10 PPG several times this month
by XcasX on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:54 PM
This is pathetic.
by Alexander Karandreas on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:54 PM
Wow Diante is going tf off lol
by Wichita SunSteeler on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:55 PM
yea well Jefferson was going off too, so I’m not surprised lol
by XcasX on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:55 PM
Fucking Diante Garrett went off against the Suns
where the fuck was that last year?
by Chafid Ahmad on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:55 PM
Dude just dropped 12 in four minutes…
His season high was 13.
by Jim Coughenour on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:56 PM
This is awesome.
We’re getting run out of the gym by Diante Garrett.
by Jim Coughenour on Feb 26, 2014 | 8:55 PM
I picked the wrong day
to stop sniffing glue.
by 610dean on Feb 26, 2014 | 9:17 PM
low point of the season….ugh
by DragonBlade on Feb 26, 2014 | 9:17 PM
If this isn’t proof that Dragic is an MVP candidate, I don’t know what is
with him, sweep the Pacers, without him, blown out by the Jazz.
by rated.ako on Feb 26, 2014 | 9:17 PM
On what he misses about Jeff Hornacek
You know, he played my position, kinda went through the same things. Obviously, a really good shooter, and knows usually what was wrong with what I was doing or he would give me a little tip here or there. But a lot of times just working with me, working on the shot, everyday.
You and Brad Stevens both hate to lose. Who is suffering more this season?
I’d probably say it’s me. He seemed more happy at dinner than I did, when we talked about the losing, so. I’d probably say I’m suffering a little bit more.
Favorite and least favorite NBA cities (can’t pick Indianapolis)?
For obvious reasons, Miami and Phoenix; L.A. We go there a bunch. Places where in the wintertime, you kinda just want some warm weather, those places are nice. I mean, you just kinda feel better when you walk off the plane and it’s sunny. And you know, you get stuck in this cold weather and snow…
Least favorite, I would say, like, especially since I’ve been in the league, probably Cleveland. Cleveland to me is like Gotham City. It’s, like, so dreary, and just, I don’t know, and then ever since LeBron [James] left, I mean, the fans, they’re starting to pick up a little bit more, but I remember my rookie year, there was hardly anybody there.
So, that makes for a tough atmosphere when you have to go on the road, and you know, there’s absolutely no energy given to you, and there’s not even any energy in the building given to them, hardly either, so that’s a tough place to play.
Do you have any individual rivalries in the league?
I don’t know if there’s really individual rivalries yet…But then some of the other guys from my draft class, or guys that I get compared to, you know, I like going against and you know, trying to prove everyone wrong.*
* Translation: Paul George.
On Jeff Hornacek
Man, he worked with me a lot. I mean, he didn’t work with me as much as he did with Gordon [Hayward] and Jeremy [Evans], but you know, I used to always go over there to him when he got done working with Jeremy and Gordon, and you know, just ask him for little techniques or whatever.
What do you miss most about Jeff Hornacek?
He just brings that calmness. You know, going through a season, you know, you have up and down games. You know, he just bring that calmness, like, you know, you’ll be alright.
Is there anything in game film that sheds light on Gordon Hayward’s shooting woes?
His form is good…He just, you know, and I, he miss a couple layups, so it’s something that’s not, you know, the mechanics of it. He’s just rushing, or he, you know, it’s a little something that click, and you just gotta get the click back. That’s all.
Credit to you guys for recalibrating Marvin Williams as a stretch four*. How pleasant has Marvin been for you?
First of all, he’s a tremendous guy, and great teammate. Play to win the game. Play the right way to help his team get better. He work extremely hard to be as good as he can be individually, so he can help his team win. So I’m ecstatic to see the success that he’s having, the excess** we’re having when he play well. And when we have our full core, especially with Derrick [Favors] and him, and Gordon [Hayward] and Richard [Jefferson] and Trey [Burke] on the floor, we’re able to execute things very well.
* As Dennis Lindsey stated previously, Corbin had to be talked into playing Marvin at the four this past off-season and “bought in” “over time.”
** Not a typo.
Was there something you saw in the off-season or early this year that allowed you to recalibrate Marvin the way you did?
Well, it started, I think, last year,* you know, where we talked about, with the guys we had, and being able to open up the floor a little bit more. Then once the change happened and we weren’t gonna have the same roster, we decided to go young.**
What I, what would give us the best chance to be successful this year, and grow these guys together, and see some different things, and Marvin was one guy that we thought if we play Gordon at “three,” have Marvin on the “four” to create some more space as a four man being out and open the floor up some for us to give our p–guards and Trey, the young guy once we got him opportunities to get to the basket. Also, Derrick to be able to dive and have a one-on-one situation with his athletic ability going to the basket.
* According to Dennis Lindsey, the conversations the front office had convincing Corbin to play Marvin at the four took place this past off-season.
** Also according to Dennis Lindsey, Corbin was not overly enthused with the idea of going young when the front office made the decision.
How pleased are you with Alec Burks’ embracing of his bench role?
Well, he’s been super for us, first of all. And I’ve told him several times that he deserve to start, and on some other situations, he would be a starter. But, this, you know, don’t worry about start. You will finish games for us. You gonna play minutes for us. And we need you to play well. And I’m happy that he’s accepted the role. He understand the importance of him playing well for us to have a chance to be successful.
You’ve had such a unique challenge in the last two years. First, the delicate balance of keeping the locker room together with both veteran players and young players on the roster at the same time, and this year when wins are few and far between. You’ve done a great job. Talk about these unique challenges you’ve faced.
I, you know, I’ve had conversations with other coaches who’ve gone through processes, and you know, had to build teams. Nobody has ever been through a situation where they’ve had eight to nine free agents at one time.* And the veteran guys vying for minutes and guys who playing for contracts, and wanna show themself well. And how do you balance that thing. …
And it was a good group of guys, first of all, and they all understood, that, you know, winning would help everything for everybody. So we tried to be as good as we can be with the guys we had and played to win. And have guys understand some nights you’re not gonna get the minutes you want, but you know, you stay in the flow with it, it’ll work itself out through the course of the year.
This year, with the young guys, it’s trying to figure out how we can be as good as we can be now with this group.
* Flashback to the 2008-2009 Utah Jazz.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** Derrick Favors on extending his game: You gotta mix it up sometimes, man. You know, banging inside the whole game will wear you out, so sometime you gotta pull it out. (H/T @DJJazzyJody)
** Spencer Checketts trying to corner Gordon Hayward into playing FIFA with him: Stop dodging. I’m coming at you. (KALL, 1280)
** Brad Stevens on extending Jared Sullinger’s game back to the 3-point line
Well, I mean, we all know that a, you know, a 33-percent 3-point shooter is better than a 47-percent 2-point shooter, so, from long range. And I think that that’s something you have to consider, you have to factor in. He’s not there yet, but he has the ability to stretch it. He can really, you know, him and Kelly [Olynyk], for them to become the best players they can be, they have to eventually make threes at a very, very consistent level.
** Derrick Favors on his injury
It’s very frustrating, man, ’cause one minute it feels good. Soon as you go out there and play, you know, reinjure it again. You know, it’s tough, but you know, I just gotta take care of my body, listen to my body, get a lot of rest, do a lot of treatment, just get it right.
** Trey Burke on his recent shooting woes
I would say, it’s just confidence, and making sure I’m getting the, getting arch on my shot. I think a lot of my shots, you know, when I get tired, are flat. And then it’s short, and then they’re going left or right. For me, it’s just about, you know, making sure I’m getting the proper lift on my shot, and shot selection as well. I think I’m getting much better at that.
** Gordon Hayward on the most important thing the Jazz have to do against Boston
Make sure we come out and start early with a lot of energy. Especially with a team like this, try to put them away. It’s the last game on their road trip, and try to put them away early, and run them out of the gym. So hopefully, we come out with a lot of energy.
Surprising and shocking to everyone, Boler correctly used the word “Hammer!” on this play.
** Tyrone Corbin on the Jazz being the aggressors
I thought early was great, you know? You know, they showed signs that we had to get better from the last ball game we played, and at the end of the game there I thought they were a little bit aggressive and we had to respond to it. And it’s good for this young group to learn, ‘specially this time of year in the second half of the game, how teams pick up the pace defensively and put their hands on you. We gotta learn how to execute during those times.
Morgan Jeweler’s Moni Jazzfanatical’s Play of the Game
** Marvin Williams on Derrick Favors’ return
Just knowing that he was gonna suit up, you know, tonight, was a good feeling. I think that just boosted the morale in itself, just having him back, man. And Derrick’s been huge for us all year, offensively and especially defensively. So just having him back in the lineup, I think excited everybody.
** Gordon Hayward on what he’s doing on and off the floor to not press
Well, just trying to stay mentally calm. I mean, it’s easy to get frustrated, especially with the amount of games that it’s been like this for me. But we’ll see.
** Enes Kanter on the win
We felt really good out there and we had so much fun. And I’m just, we just happy that we won.
Rudy Gobert Gets Popcorned
Rudy Gobert forgot to bring donuts (as part of his rookie duties) to shootaround today.
** Gobert: I knew something was coming. I could feel it. But I didn’t know what.
** Gobert: I guarantee you that the rookies, if I’m here, the next few years, you know, they will get something too.
** Surprising and shocking to no one, Rudy’s Instagram reply to Brandon Rush has been deleted. (H/T @RxMike12):
** Gobert, asked whether he has any suspects: I’m sure it’s Rich. Jefferson…I know it’s him.
** Richard Jefferson on there being a picture of him and Andris Biedrins popcorning Kent Bazemore’s car last year: I don’t, like, honestly, you know, just because you have a prior conviction does not mean that you are guilty of what they had. (Video via KSL)
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** David Locke/Phil Johnson: You should never let the ball get stolen from behind. (H/T @swissbarker102)
** Ron Boone on Alec Burks: I just wonder what kind of body he’s gonna have, 15 or 20 years from now.
** Booner on Enes Kanter: The body ended up making contact there with Bass from the backside.
** Craig Bolerjack: The muscle of Enes Kanter!
** Boston announcer: They usually have trouble scoring but not tonight. (H/T Diana Allen)
** Booner: Derrick really didn’t want to stretch out, and I don’t blame him. You know, you never know what that hip is gonna do.
** Booner on Matt Harpring’s hair: He plays with it enough…he just uses his fingers.
** Boler: Wallace, banging down low outside Johnson.
** Booner on Jazz defense on Jeff Green: Just what they call, just smashing him over there.
** Richard Jefferson on Derrick Favors: Heck yeah. Heck yeah. You always defend when you got a big fella behind you.
To close: My good friend Max Chang (even though I’ve never met him) kicking ass in the halftime competition! H/T @UGottaLovItBaby for the video:
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: CelticsBlog.
another must (not) win game!
by spinetingler on Feb 24, 2014 | 3:26 PM reply
by Natalie617 on Feb 24, 2014 | 9:03 PM reply
Favors looks strong for dem…
we desperately need some more length to this team.
we are so undersized. (twss)
by Scuba Bleeds Green on Feb 24, 2014 | 9:28 PM
Agreed…our big guys play small….and our small guys are small
by tstorey1 on Feb 24, 2014 | 9:31 PM
Yes Yes Yes
Very exciting and encouraging score
Keep going tank!
by playdream on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:00 PM
LOL KNICKS JUST GOT KINCKS-ED AGAIN
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:04 PM reply
Did we just allow the Jazz 59 points in the first half? man.
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:10 PM
Jazz hitting 60%….cheaters
by tstorey1 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:10 PM
AND OF COURSE WE DON’T GET THE BALL INBOUNDS!
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:11 PM
Our offense just plain sucks.
by mmmmm on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:18 PM
What a joke this is
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:12 PM
I hope the 2nd half RR goes into murder mode and just destroys the Jazz by himself. Wishful thinking.
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:28 PM
I hate how all we do is shoot jumpers.
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:31 PM
Why don’t other teams ever go cold against us? smh
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:32 PM
Awful call looks like the refs are mad at Stevens
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:32 PM
I forgot the jazz are one of the best teams in the league
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:34 PM
……………………………. we suck.
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:35 PM
that old guy can jump <——————— RJ
by Scuba Bleeds Green on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:39 PM
I hate him
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:40 PM
He looks just like he did when he came into the league
Maybe his body doesn’t age?
by Celtics4Lifeee on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:40 PM
oh man THESE REFS
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:42 PM
These refs are awful I truly hate the nba
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:42 PM
Sheesh – the Jazz are shooting 61%.
by mmmmm on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:42 PM
Is that Derrick favors or wilt chamberlain
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:43 PM
Total phantom foul call against Green there.
Pathetic refs are the only thing worse than the Celtic’s shooting.
by mmmmm on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:45 PM
This is disgusting
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:46 PM
WTF is this?
by Celtics4Lifeee on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:48 PM
Really looks like a scrimmage…Jazz just working on their stylin’
by tstorey1 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:03 PM
Moving screen if I’m rondo I punch canter
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:11 PM
leave the ball there
lets go home
by Scuba Bleeds Green on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:11 PM
U no u stink when burkes is acting cocky around rondo.
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:14 PM
What’s with Hayward…? Seems like he is just another Jeff green, if he gonna play like this i don’t want him
by Saeed Ghassemzadeh on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:19 PM
He’s shooting 18% in his last ten games from three.
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:20 PM
That’s bad looool!
by Saeed Ghassemzadeh on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:21 PM
Did I just see streamers fall from the sky
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:23 PM
Only thing worse than staying up late for west coast trips is when they lose every game
by Green attack on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:24 PM
How close were you to making a trade?
You never really know, because you don’t exactly know where the other teams’ walkaway is, and how close, you know, at some level it doesn’t matter. It’s, you know, we went through the league a few times, and we just didn’t find anything out there in the market that was compelling enough to, you know, to move our picks or move our young players, move our vets, you know, reduce our [cap] room.
You know, there were avenues, you know, in each particular area, but I think, you know, Kevin [O'Connor], Kevin just did a real good job over the years of balancing, you know, where we’re at, you know? We’ve got some very good young players, and didn’t have to take a lot of lottery teams to do that. You know, he and Bob [Hyde] and Randy [Rigby] have been very disciplined with the salary cap and you know, what am I gonna be, undisciplined to trick it up for a few games? …
I think we got something special and organic going, and we just decided that our hand was the best hand to play, you know, moving into the draft and then to free agency.
Were there thoughts to make a trade not to make the team worse, but to further development this year?
Yeah, if I felt like the development was being interrupted by the veterans we have. But you know, you just, it’s the proverbial “You can’t grow a flower amongst rocks and weeds.” And so, I feel really good about the opportunity that our young guys are getting.
And it’s a balanced opportunity, and it’s an opportunity that is being earned by those guys, not given. You know, Rudy [Gobert]‘s played some minutes of late because of Derrick [Favor]‘s injury, and you know our defensive challenges. And so, he’s had to work to, and fight for that opportunity, and guess what, our defense is better when Rudy’s on the court. And we expect that to go forward as well.
And you know, Alec Burks, you know, has had to earn his opportunity behind, you know, the veterans we’ve had the past few years. Last year [with] Randy Foye, you know, this year, [with] Gordon Hayward and Richard Jefferson, and you know, he’s earned the opportunity to be one of the better, you know, offensive perimeter guys off the bench in the league. And we expect more going forward, and you know, those steps need to be earned.
** Dennis Lindsey does not play golf.
Greats like Hakeem Olajuwon, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were all number one offensive options from the jump. Is this always the case?
Well, I wouldn’t totally agree with that…You’ve seen John [Stockton]‘s evolution. I don’t think anybody would have said his first four years that he would’ve been a primary piece, the primary piece, however you’re looking at it. Hakeem’s development was really late-career development.*
Now, you wouldn’t ever want to bank on that when you look at, you study the historicals. It basically backs up what you’re saying, that if they’re a primary option, they’re a primary option really quick. And you know, look, that’s our challenge. …
This is gonna be tricky going forward, continuing to add young guys to our group, because if you get too many, you might like them all individually, but collectively you can’t win with ‘em because they’re all looking for, you know, the bigger prize and to get paid. …
I think [we have] an interesting mix, and certainly, we’re not perfect and certainly, we need to look for the proverbial franchise player, where it’s, you know, obvious to all of us that that’s the guy, and you know, we’ll continue to look at that while we’re developing the young players that we have. (1280)
* By Stockton’s fourth year, he was a full-time starter who averaged 15 points, 14 assists and 3 steals per game. In his fourth season, meanwhile, Olajuwon was already a four-time All-Star who led his team in minutes, points, rebounds, blocks and steals.