Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.
Not a good first possession on offense
by acommoncreeper on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:11 PM
by Sun Sam on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:15 PM
this game should restore order to the tank
by amazins8669 on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:16 PM
Order is resotred
by Sun Sam on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:17 PM
Team is looking in prime shape to regress back to normal. Book with the hero ball, fouls coming (I’ve said it was a big issue before), and not cashing in on the other team’s turnovers.
by bringo! on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:19 PM
You can smother Utah if you keep defensive rotations, they only really have Hayward to create.
by 8thseedbetterthanchampionship on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:25 PM
I get the suns foul alot
But some of the calls are fake,
Bender got all ball on Hayward
by #PLANETORANGE on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:28 PM
Very true, we get a lot of phantom calls against us, like a lot
by Sun Sam on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:29 PM
Another phantom call on Bend3r
by bringo! on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:33 PM
Bender is getting no love from the refs
by noblevillain on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:33 PM
Oh my goodness, Bender could be special on defense.
by 8thseedbetterthanchampionship on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:33 PM
Not if they call phantom fouls on him
by #PLANETORANGE on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:34 PM
Bender is destroying the tank.
by vagranttoad123 on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:34 PM
After a rocky start, Suns looking pretty good
by Sunscott on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:42 PM
Is Ingles really is a good defender? I dont understand how Book cant blow pass him for a layup
by nathdory on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:51 PM
by acommoncreeper on Jan 16, 2017 | 7:52 PM
We’re going to be good and young by next season.
by 8thseedbetterthanchampionship on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:00 PM
OK, so this can’t be real
How are all 3 of the rooks we picked good at basketball.
Isn’t one suppose to be like super garbage?
by #PLANETORANGE on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:01 PM
Quality half of basketball… 2017 is looking good for the Suns.
by vagranttoad123 on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:04 PM
Lol another phantom call
Hate that we always get fouls called on us when the other player falls all over themselves
by bringo! on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:26 PM
We chuck, we start to fall apart.
by Dragan Nkemdiche on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:33 PM
I knew this would happen with Ingles
Gotta read the scouting report,
Best shooter from downtown in LEAGUE!!!!
by #PLANETORANGE on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:42 PM
Ingles is killing us
by nathdory on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:44 PM
Booker just ended Exum’s career
by Dragan Nkemdiche on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:50 PM
booker too wet
by amazins8669 on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:57 PM
Like seriously, he is
by #PLANETORANGE on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:59 PM
Hill and Hayward had chances to take bender 1 on 1 there, gave it up instead.
What he does for your defense
by acommoncreeper on Jan 16, 2017 | 8:58 PM
That was a beautiful missed dunk
by troglodytes on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:01 PM
Gobert nearly died
by nathdory on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:02 PM
Alot of missed calls refs
by bringo! on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:02 PM
Jazz are so wierd in a good way
They just play basketball
You don’t get cool points on the NBA
by #PLANETORANGE on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:07 PM
How did he make that?
Joe Johnson is still really good. He could even make the hall of fame one day.
by Dragan Nkemdiche on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:11 PM
wtf Joe Johnson… just… how?
by troglodytes on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:11 PM
Joe Cool is full of daggers tonight
Seems like every time the Jazz take the lead it is on a JJ shot.
by Sunscott on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:11 PM
Joe johnson coming back to burn us
After all these years!
by #PLANETORANGE on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:13 PM
we shoulda kept him
by amazins8669 on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:14 PM
A good game
Just probably not a win.
by Sunscott on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:16 PM
tank is secure
by plum4mip on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:17 PM
by amazins8669 on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:17 PM
Gobert’s not human.
by 8thseedbetterthanchampionship on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:17 PM
If anyone but Gobert was the opposition, and Joe Johnson doesn’t hit a miracle shot, Chriss would be the hero making that game winner dunk.
by 8thseedbetterthanchampionship on Jan 16, 2017 | 9:24 PM
One. Marcus Paige on George Hill: One of the first days George Hill got here, I saw him deliver a whole bunch of food to h–some homeless people, and it’s just cool to see. No one asked him to do that. It wasn’t part of a, you know, a organization or a part of — he just felt it in his heart to do that.
Paige on how much interaction he has with Jazz coaches and players while in the D-League: Not so much during the season, but I built a decent relationship with some of the guys through training camp. I was fortunate enough to be with the team through camp, so I still talk to the, some of the players every now and then.
I know Joe Ingles has reached out to me for some advice — or not for some advice; to give some advice…Couple of them come to some of [the Stars] games and talk to us after the games.
And obviously Dennis Lindsey, the GM, has been at our, a few of our games and stuff. But there’s not a whole lot of communication, but just to have the support, to know they’re there, is cool.
Two. Love this so much.
Three. Quin Snyder going into fanboy mode for Gordon Hayward: Oh God, yes. I mean, come on. Gordon Hayward’s, we’re talking about Gordon Hayward as an all-star, and, because he’s played like an all-star, so. If he has a bad game against Golden State without George Hill and Rodney Hood, like, at some point we gotta recognize what Gordon’s doing.
You know, Gordon’s looking around going, oh, he’s out. Oh, you know, who broke down the defense and did something and did something easy for me? Or do I have to do it, again, by myself? And then, do I get evaluated, you know, because I’m trying to beat two guys who are trapping me in pick and roll in the last six minutes of the game? …
From what I can tell, Gordon Hayward’s, like, not only is he having a great year, but he’s dealing with some psychological challenges when you don’t have a lot of help. If you’ve ever been in a situation in your life where you’re like, it’s really hard? When someone asked you to lift 400 pounds, and then said oh, you can’t lift 400 pounds, you’re not strong?
You know, like, really, he’s got a Volkswagen, and he’s trying to lift it, and there’s no one on the other side. You know, and so, he’s doing great.
Snyder on Hayward’s defense: He’s doing it defensively too. Not as consistently on that end as I’d like sometimes, but it’s hard to be too hard on a guy that’s doing everything else, you know? He–every now and then he probably deserves to take a possession off.
Four. Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert’s improved performance: We went to the league with a few things over the last couple years with Rudy and Derrick [Favors] and people checking them, and, when they’re screening and rolling or screening and slipping to the rim, and — illegal plays, if you will. And we were able to make a case that they didn’t have freedom of movement.
And — not that they singled out those guys or us, but just in general big men. And I think it’s a better game when guys can freely flow to the rim, so I think some of [Gobert’s] efficiency is that the league in general is getting better at allowing bigs to screen and move unobstructed to rim.
Five. It’s been too long since Jazz Nation has had a good long panic about Gordon Hayward leaving and his buying a house in SoCal. Fodder, featuring a guest appearance by Mehmet Okur: 😂😂😂
Six. Rudy Gobert on All-Star Game fan voting: I think [fans] should vote, but yeah, I think 50 percent’s a little too much.
Seven. Happy to see Jerry Sloan out and about at so many Jazz and Stars games. Hope you don’t mind the light stalking, Coach.
Eight. Joe Ingles, asked if he’s talked to Dante Exum about his fluctuating minutes: It’s something that I don’t want to kind of force him to talk about. I think at different times we’ve kind of just kind of walked into it and we’ve kind of talked about it as it’s happened, and I mean, it’s obviously something for him maturity-wise, he’s just gonna have to, kind of have to deal with and keep working hard and just wait for his opportunity.
It obviously sucks. You go from kind of starting your first year to being injured your second year and then, I mean, we’ve got four point guards that could all play on a lot of teams in this league. So, those minutes are obviously, there’s only 48 minutes and there’s four of them, so you can’t play them all 10 minutes a game. So, it’s a tough situation.
I think in the long run, I think he knows, he understands he’s still only 21, 20, 21, whatever he is, and still got a hell of a lot of basketball ahead of him. So yeah, it’s something that obviously you just need a good attitude, the right attitude, to keep working hard. It’s not that Coach doesn’t like him or they think he’s not good enough. It’s not that. I think it’s just the situation we’re in.
Obviously, Shelvin [Mack]’s been playing recently well, recently too, and that’s just the way it is…I think for him, just staying ready. And look, you know, the guy–talking to other guys in our team, Gordon didn’t play his first two and a half years in the league, and it took a while. There’s a lot of guys that were like that.
I think the situation that [Exum] got drafted into when we, when they weren’t obviously too sure about Trey Burke and then obviously shipped Trey out of here a couple years later with the trade. That spot was kind of up for grabs at that time.
So, we’re obviously a different team now. We’re fifth or fourth or whatever we are in the West, and trying to win as much as we can. So, I have no doubt his opportunity’s gonna come again this year, and like I said, if he can stay ready and take that opportunity, he’ll be fine and just know to keep working hard.
Nine. Moment censored by the Utah Jazz and 1280 in their uploaded post-game audio/video:
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Weeks (UDQM)
** Quin Snyder on losses: I think you need to let it linger some. It’s just a question of putting it in the right place…At some point you have to put it behind you.
** Snyder on Kyle Lowry: He’s just so good at using his body, and so creative.
** Snyder on the team: We’ve grown, and you can’t grow unless things are hard sometimes.
** Snyder on his wife: I’ve got an unbelievable girl that I’m married to that I’m so, I mean, I’m just ecstatic about that. I’d probably be happy doing about anything with that component, that box.
** Craig Bolerjack on Dante Exum airball: Dante had time. He just misfired.
** Matt Harpring on Rodney Hood shot: He needed that one. He finally got one to go down.
** Harpring: Joe Johnson, never in a hurry. He knows what he’s got down low.
** Snyder on George Hill: There’s other parts of his body probably that, you know, he hasn’t felt in a while that will get fatigued.
** Boler on introducing Kristen Kenney to focus hats: What we gotta do is flip her over like a couple of pieces of paper, or a newspaper.
** Boler: What came out of that mouth? I don’t know. It was a high, hard one.
** Boler: Ingles just took a high, hard one by Chriss. Staggered him for just a moment.
Harpring: Joe’s Australian. He’s used to it.
** Gordon Hayward on his biggest pet peeve: Like, Robyn is always shushing me because she thinks I’m gonna, like, wake up the girls. And that is, like, that really gets me going.
** Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert’s improved free throw shooting: Now, teams don’t want to leave his body.
** Joe Ingles, asked how much shooting slumps get in his head: Only as much as all the media puts it in there. I don’t think about it. Obviously me and Renae don’t sit at home talking about me shooting or anything like that. But I think, I mean, like I said, the only time I’ve ever really thought about it is when people bring it up.
** Hayward on the Western Conference standings: I mean, it’s just so tight that for me, it’s never a problem to get complacent or anything.
** Snyder on the playoff race: You could easily slip out.
** Rodney Hood on his hot shooting night against the Pistons: You know, I pulled it from pretty far back, and you know, that one felt good so after that I just kept firing away.
** Harpring on Hayward spilling some nachos: He uses a towel. You gotta lick that off. You gotta lick it. I mean, that’s extra energy right there.
Boler: “You need a towel, Matt?” “No, I’m fine!”
Harpring: Oh, I, those fingers would never have been cleaner.
** Harpring on the scarring liquid used by the training staff: Oh, here it comes, Boler. Here comes the liquid…Little sting. The black gloves are on. You know those are the real-deal gloves. Don’t mess around. The little stick, you crack that stick, and all of a sudden that liquid comes out.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Orlando Pinstriped Post.
damn this is good!!!
by necksnappa on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:29 PM
huh what a start
by Petar Gulin on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:39 PM
42 pt 1st Quarter.
Did we already trade for an All Star??
by zakchi on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:41 PM
by Petar Gulin on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:44 PM
by outbreak on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:46 PM
This line up is so bad
by outbreak on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:46 PM
by necksnappa on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:48 PM
thats some sad shit.
by necksnappa on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:50 PM
ugh CJ Watson sucks.
by RL Magic v2.0 on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:51 PM
I was hoping the deficit would be reduced slowly, rather than within 3 minutes.
by RL Magic v2.0 on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:55 PM
I’m an Aussie so I had high hopes the Magic would’ve drafted Exum.
Now… we made the right call. He totally made use of his non-NCAA or even non-professional league opponents to inflate his draft stock. He can’t shoot 3s, he’s not a playmaker, all he has going for him are long arms.
by RL Magic v2.0 on Jan 14, 2017 | 9:58 PM
I remember watching his hype video
and i noticed in one of videos that he was guarded by some random girl.
by Petar Gulin on Jan 14, 2017 | 10:01 PM
Agree. I’m Australian too, was a little more hesitant on him than some because we’d barely seen him but he’s looked bad
Has attitude rumours too, some australia team players apparently hate him and his sister was tweeting about how much she hates him too
by outbreak on Jan 14, 2017 | 10:01 PM
He’s not even the best Aussie in this Jazz team.
He wouldn’t be a sure thing in the Boomers squad in the next World Cup/Olympics.
by RL Magic v2.0 on Jan 14, 2017 | 10:03 PM
Ingles is one of most underrated players in the league IMO
by Petar Gulin on Jan 14, 2017 | 10:06 PM
Hard to get rated when you are a role player on a small team like Utah though
by outbreak on Jan 14, 2017 | 10:06 PM
by Petar Gulin on Jan 14, 2017 | 10:10 PM
Is it just me, or is it just this game, but Gordon Hayward hasn’t looked too flash?
I mean there’s bias of recency cause I just saw him trip and get robbed by Payton leading to the Gordon dunk + Utah coach tech
by RL Magic v2.0 on Jan 14, 2017 | 10:04 PM
what happened to hezonja? lol
by necksnappa on Jan 14, 2017 | 11:00 PM
He was playing for Utah tonight
by Voice Of Reason $ on Jan 14, 2017 | 11:01 PM
Elfrid Payton’s best game – I know statistically the game vs Atlanta is better (so far anyway), but George Hill has been routinely abused by him.
And Dante Exum has been exiled to the bench because of him.
by RL Magic v2.0 on Jan 14, 2017 | 11:05 PM
Man, I feel bad for Rodney Hood.
More than I feel for this team losing.
by RL Magic v2.0 on Jan 14, 2017 | 11:28 PM
Holly Jesus what a collapse
by Petar Gulin on Jan 14, 2017 | 11:29 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Detroit Bad Boys.
Pistons lose by 8.
by Goose15 on Jan 13, 2017 | 9:42 PM
This is one ugly starting lineup
by sje on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:07 PM
How bout that starting line up
by Jopl on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:10 PM
What is this starting lineup?
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:12 PM
I just hope for a more watchable brand of basketball in the near future…
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:35 PM
I’m not looking forward to this
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:40 PM
This team is br br br broken
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:42 PM
Well this lineup is a rousing success so far.
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:44 PM
Reggie fucking blows
And Van gundy is a moron for this lineup
by Goose15 on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:44 PM
This team fucking sucks
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:45 PM
They have no energy
And even less fucks to give it seems
by Laughton on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:47 PM
What the hell is this? It sure ain’t basketball.
by jbeau2 on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:48 PM
Can we just tank and trade everybody? I hate this roster
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:50 PM
Look at Baynes pretending to be a human
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:52 PM
I hope Hayward makes the all star game
by Goose15 on Jan 13, 2017 | 10:57 PM
Jazz are just chucking shit up now
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:02 PM
Well, it’s nice to see an opponent shoot less than 70% in the first quarter?
by Hypnowheel on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:04 PM
Though it’s to no fault of the Pistons. #luck
by rames on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:05 PM
Somebody gonna guard Rodney Hood?
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:10 PM
by Rban on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:11 PM
Take the shot?
by Laughton on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:13 PM
Fucking feed Boban
by Goose15 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:15 PM
Boban is so fucking good
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:15 PM
Keep feeding Boban fools
by Goose15 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:15 PM
Favors is a child compared to Boban.
by Rban on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:16 PM
Stan OMG why
Why the hell aren’t we posting Boban everytime until they double team. Boban is too slow to be a pick and roll big
by Makeithappen19 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:17 PM
Stan only knows how to run a pick and roll offense, what do you expect?
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:18 PM
I expect some fucking common sense
by Makeithappen19 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:19 PM
Good shot Marcus, you worthless pile of shit
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:17 PM
Why don’t these scrubs feed Boban?
by Goose15 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:18 PM
Diaw gets a foul on that weak shit but Reggie got smacked on the other end
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:19 PM
We get not Favors
by Laughton on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:20 PM
Take more 3 pointers
This isn’t 1986
by Goose15 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:26 PM
Every screen Diaw sets is illegal
by jbeau2 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:31 PM
Baynes is… nvm
beating a dead horse at this point
by feez_22 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:33 PM
He’s great at getting his shot swatted back in his face
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:34 PM
My beer has more hops than Baynes
by Laughton on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:35 PM
The Baynes of our existence
by Jwg93 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:38 PM
That’s the over/under on number of bodies lying in shallow graves in Quinn Snyder’s backyard
by MrHappyMushroom on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:34 PM
Ill take the way over.
I heard the only reason he became an NBA coach was so he could afford a house with a bigger backyard.
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:37 PM
OMG Diaw gained all that weight back
by Makeithappen19 on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:36 PM
Didn’t expect one team to make it to 45 by halftime early on
by sje on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:43 PM
I Gotta run
Hopefully back in time for the 4th quarter collapseback
by Laughton on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:46 PM
Marcus Morris continues to be useless
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:58 PM
This offense is a pukefart
by IamPAP on Jan 13, 2017 | 11:59 PM
by feez_22 on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:03 AM
Stop with the goddamn long 2’s
by Goose15 on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:04 AM
but they’re the lifeblood of our offense!!!
by feez_22 on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:04 AM
The Gobert effect.
by jonathan.onne on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:05 AM
The players are just begging for a trade to save them
by IamPAP on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:05 AM
wow guys you fucking kidding me
by Makeithappen19 on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:08 AM
That’s enough for today
by Goose15 on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:08 AM
You know who’s actually a star?
by sje on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:13 AM
I can’t believe the Pacers gave him up to get Jeff Teague.
Hill is criminally underrated.
by IanTombleson on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:15 AM
this is disgusting
I mean I knew this was gonna happen, but stil
by HaterWade on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:15 AM
This team is cursed
by IamPAP on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:23 AM
Am I the only one tired of SVG’s stupid face?
by Castiron on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:31 AM
Sure, just keep shooting Marcus Morris. Assclown.
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:40 AM
Is it wrong of me to want Utah to really lay the smack now?
by Laughton on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:43 AM
They kind of already have.
by Justin Lambregtse on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:44 AM
much better than jeff teague. Indy got robbed in that deal
by feez_22 on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:44 AM
Hope Jazz kill the Warriors in playoffs!
by beeeeeg on Jan 14, 2017 | 12:47 AM
via Samford Sports
What are you up to now?
I coach Samford University now, in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s a school in the Southern Conference, a Division I school, and you know, just, it’s kinda funny how things go. I always wanted to be a coach coming out of high school, and my dream growing up — we didn’t have the NBA in Louisville in the state of Kentucky, so my dream growing up was to play at Kentucky and I always knew when I got done playing basketball, I wanted to go be a coach.
And I tell everybody I was lucky enough to be sidetracked by the NBA for a — years, which also allowed me, a lot of things that help me in today is being coached by hall of famers and great guy–you know, hall of famer like Jerry Sloan, and then played for Jeff Van Gundy and Lawrence Frank and some different guys. So, I got to learn a lot more basketball that I can then now pass on to the guys.
But I’ve always kinda wanted to be a coach. I kinda got mesmerized, growing up, on Rick Pitino and thought, you know, he was the coolest person in the world growing up as a kid, and kinda wanted to be a coach.
And you know, I took about a two-year hiatus where I was actually doing sports radio for about two years in Louisville, and then when John Calipari got the job at Kentucky, I was on his first staff as a special assistant to him. They got, that kind of got my foot in the door for college coaching, and been in it since for the last seven, eight years here.
What was it like joining that Jazz team in 1999?
Well, I think initially you’re kinda in awe. I mean, it’s kinda funny. I was, when I was nine years old, I, it was the first time I made, like, an all-star team. You know, and everybody’s fighting over numbers and everything, and you know, obviously a lot of people wanted 23. And my pi–I actually picked 32 because I liked Karl Malone.
Karl Malone was in the NBA when I was nine years old, you know, and now all of a sudden I’m 23, you know, year-old rookie, and I’m, my locker’s next to his, you know? And I, you’re kinda in awe. But you know, once you get there and you get through that, learn s–I learned so much obviously from Jerry and his staff. Gordie — Gordon Chiesa, Kenny Natt, Phil Johnson. They were a phenomenal staff.
But you learn so much just seeing [John] Stockton and Malone out on the floor every night, of, you know, just how to play the game; the right way to handle yourself, like off the court and on the, you know, on the court. You know, wor–you know, hard work and work ethic and things like that.
Just, it was a, it’s one of those things, like, as a 40-year-old coach right now, I probably appreciate my time with Utah 10 times more than I did when I was there, and realize I probably should have appreciated it even more.
You know, how lucky I was to be a part of that group and get to play under that coach and then, and you know, and with those guys, to get four years with them, because the knowledge that I learned there, it’s things that I’m still teaching right now to guys.
Any good Malone or Stockton stories from your rookie year?
You know what, I, what I will say is, probably the best friend as far as how they treated me, helped me out along the way — and I had a lot of guys I was close with over time, but the person who did more for me during my time and the career, and they might not even realize it, is Karl Malone.
When I came in Day 1, and I feel bad for him, but Quincy Lewis and I came in at the same time. And the first day of camp, Karl basically said — and he would call me “Scotteh Peh” — you know, he had that accent, and he would call me Scotty P. And he basically said, he, I’m his rookie, and Quincy, you got the rest of the team. So, I had to do stuff for Karl and Quincy had to do stuff for the rest of the team.
And you know, we got to be really, really close and the best thing probably that ever happened in my career is, after two years I’m really not playing much and just trying to figure out a way to get, you know, to get on the floor consistently.
And Karl took me and said, “Hey, listen. You come work out with me [during this] off-season.” And, you know, “If Coach sees that you worked out with me and the work that you put into it, he’s gonna understand how much it means to you, how hard that you had to work and everything, and it’ll mean something to him.”
And it did. And I got my opportunity, and because I’d worked out with him and learned some stuff from him, when I got my opportunity I was able to make the most of it and stay in the rotation for the rest of my time there.
But Karl was that guy, like, he could’ve — obviously I wasn’t a threat to him because he was Karl Malone and I was, you know, eighth or ninth man, but he could’ve looked at it and said, you know, this is just some other young guy that’s gonna be in and out of here and I’m gonna keep moving on. But he kinda took me under his wing and really, really helped me out.
And you know, it’s one of those things I — who knows? If he didn’t call me in and have me do that before my third year, maybe my third year’s my last year in the league. I was able to get another, you know, six years because of that. I got eight years in the league, and it started really with that time going to work out with him, ’cause it could’ve ended that year. (KALL)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Fear the Sword.
Is this the most scatological fan base in the league?
I wish we could just leave Salt Lake City with Jeff Withey and Raul Neto. Jazz have some good pieces rotting on the bench at the positions we’d like backups for.
by GaiusGracchus on Jan 10, 2017 | 7:54 PM
FIRST BLOOD drawn by DL3 and the Cavaliers of Cleveland!!
by PyroKinesis on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:12 PM
And here come the Jazz.
by PyroKinesis on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:20 PM
Good, time for LeBron to start getting pissed.
by PyroKinesis on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:30 PM
Not saying this team is dirty but I’m sure not saying they’re clean
by GaiusGracchus on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:33 PM
this offensive challenged utah team dropped 29 in the first? damn
by matheu19 on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:37 PM
Tied after 1 quarter. Of course.
by PyroKinesis on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:37 PM
Korver already showing more for the Cavs than DONE-leavy ever did
by Stan Islavski on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:38 PM
Thankfully the Jazz can’t hit an open 3
by OPace on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:44 PM
4 pts in 8 minutes
by OPace on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:58 PM
Wow. What the hell is THIS?
by PyroKinesis on Jan 10, 2017 | 8:59 PM
LeBron’s TO are just sooooo terrible atm. What the hell is he thinking.
by Young Eagle on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:00 PM
In Utah not a shock for me, we suck playing up there.
by matheu19 on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:02 PM
Refs are bad tonight.
by Jookboks on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:02 PM
Light techs….sloppy turnovers…moving screens…minimal box outs…lucky to be down 9. but I didn’t have any illusions of dubbing this road trip
by The Delly Lama on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:02 PM
by JulioBernazard on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:23 PM
by The Delly Lama on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:27 PM
This game is butt butt butt
by Adrock2099 on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:03 PM
These refs are butt butt butt
by Adrock2099 on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:03 PM
This is borderline unwatchable
by OPace on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:07 PM
Just butt ugly offense from the Cavs in that quarter. Some questionable calls went the other way, too.
by TheSpiteHouse on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:10 PM
Utah broadcasters commenting on how frustrated they’re making LeBron. Ummm no, that’d be the officiating.
by Jookboks on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:12 PM
by matheu19 on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:20 PM
Iman tumbling back to career 3 #s 💩
by The Delly Lama on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:22 PM
Korver will lead the 2nd-half comeback
by JulioBernazard on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:24 PM
LeBron has given ass effort on D and they’ve barely run an offense. Been sequence after sequence of a drive, one pass, shot. That was a terrible half. We’ll see if they care to try for this win I guess
by Jookboks on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:27 PM
Yup, 3rd quarter is better
by OPace on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:34 PM
by OPace on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:43 PM
damn back up by double digit.
by matheu19 on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:44 PM
by OPace on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:49 PM
I know he’s mad he’s been ass cheeks but he’s hurting the team with this stuff
by The Delly Lama on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:52 PM
What the hell is wrong with Jefferson ?
by The Delly Lama on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:50 PM
ugh to hell with this game
by matheu19 on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:55 PM
This game is fucking awful. Embarrassing performances all around.
by GaiusGracchus on Jan 10, 2017 | 9:58 PM
Screeeeewwww this gaaaame
by Adrock2099 on Jan 10, 2017 | 10:02 PM
Cavs can’t claim they saw “NO” on the calendar and thought there was no game tonight.
by PyroKinesis on Jan 10, 2017 | 10:11 PM
These refs are straight garbage
by Adrock2099 on Jan 10, 2017 | 10:19 PM
It’s OK to lose sometimes. We are still locks for the Finals.
by Cols714 on Jan 10, 2017 | 10:42 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Grizzly Bear Blues.
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Canis Hoopus.
Almost halfway through the season
AND STILL ONLY FOUR GAMES OUT FROM THE 8TH SEED IN THE WEST!!!
THEY GOT THIS!!!!
Posted by PoorDick on Jan 7, 2017 | 4:39 PM
So close to fertile, yet still fallow.
Posted by uncle rico on Jan 7, 2017 | 4:56 PM
One additional scratch for tonight’s tilt…
Timberwolves: John Lucas III is out with unemployment.
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 6:50 PM
that’s cold man
Posted by zebano on Jan 7, 2017 | 6:52 PM
we are going to lose by 98 points
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:08 PM
stupid sexy hayward
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:12 PM
everyone on our team for Hayward
Posted by Tim in Northeast on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:19 PM
I love Rudy. So good.
Posted by googoleeoottooooleeoottooooleeeatta on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:15 PM
Hes #1 in Ortg and Drtg.
Posted by googoleeoottooooleeoottooooleeeatta on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:20 PM
Whoo!!!!!!!! Rubio making jumbers!
Posted by running with Twolves (and scissors) on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:22 PM
Ricky showing off for GM LeBron
Posted by Montrel Lee on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:23 PM
Joe Ingles looks like a 45 year old man
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:28 PM
he’s definitley got a dad bod
Posted by VoodooMagic on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:29 PM
clown college offense
Posted by VoodooMagic on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:34 PM
Whoa Joe Johnson is on the Jazz?
Posted by running with Twolves (and scissors) on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:39 PM
I was like, “Damn! He’s still in the league?”
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 7:42 PM
I wish we had Trey Lyles…
Damn, that Kentucky team had some players
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:02 PM
That was a pretty solid half.
Posted by running with Twolves (and scissors) on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:08 PM
good enough sure. little sloppy, but the jazz will do that
Posted by VoodooMagic on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:16 PM
Thibs has had 6 heart attacks, right?
Jesus, his blood pressure.
Posted by googoleeoottooooleeoottooooleeeatta on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:37 PM
Huffin’ and puffin’
Posted by FreeDieng on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:38 PM
Blowing’ Target Center Down
Posted by uncle rico on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:47 PM
If our team ever relocates, I hope they move to Richmond
To be called the Virginia Wolves.
Posted by Klawitter on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:51 PM
I’m afraid of that
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:52 PM
Get a room
Posted by e@p on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:55 PM
Of one’s own
Posted by uncle rico on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:56 PM
These refs suck.
Posted by googoleeoottooooleeoottooooleeeatta on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:43 PM
What a great third quarter! Now we need to get to 90!
Posted by running with Twolves (and scissors) on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:47 PM
Up by 11 going into the 4th? What could go wrong?
Posted by MNIslander on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:48 PM
let’s not lose
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:48 PM
10/10 joe ingles is hitting a game winner tonight
Posted by VoodooMagic on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:52 PM
How much does Hill get in the market? 17-18 per?
Posted by criteriado on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:55 PM
I don’t know. I think Utah should be called Indiana with curves.
Posted by running with Twolves (and scissors) on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:58 PM
nice of th refs to let joe johnson just stick has fat arm out on ricky
Posted by VoodooMagic on Jan 7, 2017 | 8:58 PM
He needs the support.
Posted by Mattsteg on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:00 PM
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:00 PM
FFS, make your FTs
Posted by uncle rico on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:03 PM
george hill is awesome
Posted by VoodooMagic on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:04 PM
Wiggins got a rebound?
We know we are going to win now
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:06 PM
the past 10 days he’s out played: Giannis, Otto Porter, Gordon Hayward
Posted by VoodooMagic on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:06 PM
Are we.. are we actually closing out a game?
Posted by MarkoJaricGOAT on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:13 PM
God damn it Zach.
Posted by criteriado on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:13 PM
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:16 PM
Here we go again
Posted by uncle rico on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:17 PM
Circle of Wolf
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:18 PM
This team will be the death of me.
That and the whiskey they force me to consume.
Posted by googoleeoottooooleeoottooooleeeatta on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:18 PM
We’re the best bad team in the league and that is so frustrating
Posted by MarkoJaricGOAT on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:18 PM
I appreciate our efforts to lose close games.
Posted by criteriado on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:20 PM
We have a knack for snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:21 PM
Unsafe with Any Lead
Posted by uncle rico on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:21 PM
Would you say we have….lead poisoning
Posted by MNIslander on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:22 PM
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:23 PM
Posted by jjjam on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:23 PM
Water may be from Flynnt
Posted by uncle rico on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:24 PM
Posted by uncle rico on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:23 PM
Posted by MNIslander on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:24 PM
Gobert game winner. Fantastic.
Posted by criteriado on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:25 PM
F. F. S.
Posted by SoDakHammer on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:26 PM
For fucks sake
Posted by Name-Game on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:27 PM
They played 45 minutes to win and 3 to lose
Obviously there never was a chance…
Posted by silker on Jan 7, 2017 | 9:35 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Raptors HQ.
Great ball movement tonight.
IT and Smart getting everyone involved.
by GreenCeltics on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:08 PM
they’ve made this vaunted Jazz defense look foolish
by Skeptical Dawg on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:11 PM
Mack is really good.
Small contract too.
by The6god on Jan 5, 2017 | 8:17 PM
I’ve watch Hayward more than a couple times
Never impresses me
by The6god on Jan 5, 2017 | 8:17 PM
Trying to understand
WHY THE HELL JV IS PLAYING GOBERT LIKE HES STEPH CURRY. Hes not gonna shoot the damn ball from farther than 5 feet. High iq player. We chose this guy ahead of kawhi Leonard honestly.
by The6god on Jan 5, 2017 | 8:31 PM
casey should be starting 2nd half small
but he isnt. what;s new.
by mikeymoney on Jan 5, 2017 | 8:47 PM
Hayward is so bad
He’s bad off the dribble, bad in the pick and roll. Just an over hyped overused jj redick
by The6god on Jan 5, 2017 | 9:06 PM
so casey is willing to go small
but only with terrence ross…which means either demar or ross is guarding hayward.
casey is a dope.
by mikeymoney on Jan 5, 2017 | 9:10 PM
So don’t matter
by The6god on Jan 5, 2017 | 9:21 PM
wait so powell is out
but joseph is still in?
seriously, could dwane casey fuck off with his love of joseph? he’s been trash all year.
by mikeymoney on Jan 5, 2017 | 9:26 PM
ross 2-8 from 3
should be powell in the game down the stretch, but it wont be, because casey.
by mikeymoney on Jan 5, 2017 | 9:37 PM
4 tos tonight
Awesome. One of the best defensive quarters of the season. Of the season really
by The6god on Jan 5, 2017 | 9:56 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Celtics Blog.
Utah is a really tough matchup.
Won’t be surprised if this is an L for the Green.
by IanMello on Jan 3, 2017 | 6:20 PM
utah is very good
no question! if we could only steal one of either hayward or gobert
by carl schmitt on Jan 3, 2017 | 6:50 PM
Big fan of Gobert
by Castiron on Jan 3, 2017 | 7:32 PM
My eyes are on Gordon Hayward tonight
I see so many people on here clamoring for him
I think he is overrated and NOT a superstar or a max contract player and I DO NOT want him in green
by GTR216 on Jan 3, 2017 | 7:36 PM
Do you differentiate between
a “max contract player” and a player who is going to get a max contract?
by Castiron on Jan 3, 2017 | 7:38 PM
Of course I do
And I do not want to give a max contract to a player who isn’t a max contract player again in back to back offseasons
by GTR216 on Jan 3, 2017 | 7:39 PM
I think I can agree with that
While Hayward isn’t what I would call a “max contract player”, he’s definitely getting the max.
by Castiron on Jan 3, 2017 | 7:41 PM
Max contract players are this point are stars not super stars.
There are 50 guys or so in the NBA who could be called max contract guys, and 10 or so super stars. So the argument with him becomes a) is he one of those top 50 guys (probably) and b) is he the top 50 guy that in addition to trade/picks/player develoPMent moves the needle towards winning a title (less likely). C’s have room for one more max contract and then bird rights and MLE guys. If Hayword or someone else is that guy, the C’s sign him and Wyc is probably willing to blow way past the cap on bird rights for IT/AB/Smart and co. If hes not things get more complicated.
by jaaaaasper on Jan 3, 2017 | 7:40 PM
It just sucks to think we might blow a lot of money on non superstars like Hayward just as we did with Horford
by GTR216 on Jan 3, 2017 | 7:41 PM
Hayward looking good tonight
by Castiron on Jan 3, 2017 | 7:55 PM
both teams have forgotten how to basketball
by jaaaaasper on Jan 3, 2017 | 8:02 PM
Have we had one too many days off or something?
Wake up guys!!!
by GTR216 on Jan 3, 2017 | 8:02 PM
brad stevens looked so pissed
by carl schmitt on Jan 3, 2017 | 8:03 PM
Diaw annoys me
by Castiron on Jan 3, 2017 | 8:15 PM
Diaw is like the guy at the local Ymca
He doesn’t look like he got game and then you play and he’s balling.
He’s passing to cutters from the post, boxing out, talking on defense, and always got a knee sleeve lol
by kaki with the shot on Jan 3, 2017 | 8:20 PM
Looks like Hayward and Jerebko have the same barber.
by clover on Jan 3, 2017 | 8:27 PM
Let’s not defend Gobert, guys
by Castiron on Jan 3, 2017 | 8:29 PM
Not sure I like Hayward as a max signing
I know he’ll get a max offer from Utah. But he lacks the explosiveness of the high-level players. I’m fine if we pass on him.
by Sullyball on Jan 3, 2017 | 8:56 PM
Great ball movement tonight.
IT and Smart getting everyone involved.
by GreenCeltics on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:08 PM
they’ve made this vaunted Jazz defense look foolish
by Skeptical Dawg on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:11 PM
Watch out kellys in!!!
by Boston4Eva on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:00 PM
Poor Utah. They still had a chance before that. Now…
by BHCELTICS on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:24 PM
They let them right back in the game!!
by Celticgreen18 on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:29 PM
Joe Johnson is killing us!!
by Celticgreen18 on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:34 PM
Big Time shots by Horford
Meanwhile Joe Johnson killing us as always
by MrMojo18 on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:36 PM
Good win against a good team
by philr13 on Jan 3, 2017 | 9:49 PM