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

February 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is that an Australian women thing or unique to her?

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

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

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

Nicole Kidman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bits from All-Star Friday

February 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

Three. Team World, warming up:

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

A video posted by jarron collins (@jarronctwin) on

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

Four. Our boys (via Getty):

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

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Six. The game: so. many. highlights.

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

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

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

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

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

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The Gloriousness of Karl Malone Talking, 2/11

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

[Charles Oakley: Right. Right.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“No, no. You understand? Meet me.”

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

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

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

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

I said, “Yes, ma’am.”

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

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

She said, “You going to play basketball.”

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

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

Do you use shaving cream?

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

Do you shave your chest too?

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

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

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

Have you ever wrestled an animal down?

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Enes Kanter’s agent, Max Ergul, addresses trade request reports

February 13, 2015
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Does Enes Kanter want to be traded from the Utah Jazz?
I wasn’t there, but after the game, that’s what he told a couple of guys from local media, and that’s what it came up. I think his exact words was, he said he hoped to be traded by deadline.

Why do you think that would be?
You know, I don’t think it’s a one-game, one, you know, post-game interview outburst. I think there’s a outgrown sensitivity with Enes to, relating his first couple years, how little he has been used, and how little, he feels like he’s been — him and his family — and some expect, I do believe, that was definitely lack of investment in his development.

And I believe when we talk about development for 19-years-old player, arguably or not, he was one of the most dominant player of his generation.* If he wasn’t, Kevin O’Connor wouldn’t draft him in the No. 3 pick, without playing much significant games in U.S. soil. …

Euroleague is a pretty tough league, second best league next to NBA. He was, as a young, young player, pretty good enough to be able to considered in those rosters [as a 16-year-old]. So you always believe, you know, he could’ve do a little more than 12, 13 minutes [in his rookie year with the Jazz], but staff back then had different ideas and they had a different look to it.

And he was confused, and his confusion lasted another year. You know, that leads to today. He is, he became little bit sensitive about, you know, the minute distribution. He just wants to, you know, play. Just, you know, I mean, I don’t really have to say no more about the matter. You just look at those two years. I think it’s 13, 14 minutes and then the 15, 16 minutes.

By the end of the third year, I think he was averaging 18, 19 minutes. That’s very little minutes, and very valuable time for young player in Enes’ caliber, to take it away from him. So he believes, like, he was robbed in that sense, and it’s very hard to get those back.

And now, today, and sometimes people believe the bloggers and really talks about his deficiencies, and yada yadas, or “unknown sources” as very popular, you know, terminology todays. According to unknown sources, I’ve been saying many things and demanding many things, which is not true. Basically, I was agreed to do this interview because not really true. I don’t demand things from anybody.

I had few conversations with Dennis Lindsey, but that’s only normal. He’s an executive; I’m an agent, and we get together time to time. We bounce ideas, exchange ideas. If I needed anything to come out public, I would’ve gone to public. I would’ve had no problem, “We want this, we want that.” And that’s not the truth. That never happened.

You know, and I respect Dennis’ privacy, and Utah Jazz’s privacy, and they do mine, vice versa. So those are the conversations for each others, and we move forward…

Enes is under contract with Jazz, and he’s, if they can get something, that’s their job to figure out what to do with it.

* My opinion: by “of his generation,” Ergul was either talking about in youth competition or of Enes’ draft class.

In Enes’ perfect world, what kind of contribution would he like to have for his team?
Maybe, you know, that might be your opinion and that might be some other people’s opinion, but that may not be, he might have different expressions and different idea…I understand you want to put it behind. You want to put it back the first two years, but you can’t. You know, that’s a matter, it’s been taken away from him, and he never see that opportunity.

But my point is, this is strictly basketball. Kanter really, really, really like this city, the state. He want to be part of the community, and you can ask a guy from Jazz, that he work a lot with community. He always ask — he always did what he has been asked. And you know, he work with the local banks. He work with the local car-makers. He, this is not about lifestyle. This is, he just envision himself in different role, you know?

In this year for, with all due respect, I think coach has done great job with Enes, and his relation with his coaching staff is phenomenal. I mean, and you guys can ask that to coaches and you guys can ask Enes…

But then, there has also been times this year minutes has been, you know, little bit inconsistent. In New York game, after that, and after that there has been some instances, and he doesn’t understand, And well, you know, I think, I’m not really sure, don’t quote me on that, but if you look at it, I think he’s having the least minutes in all starters in the Jazz.

So, and I know they have a really nice players on that, in that position and they have a nice rotation. It’s a hard job for coach Q[uin Sndyer] to, you know, deal with everyday basis. So you know, this is just different opinions.

In your opinion, what is Enes Kanter worth?
You know, I’m an agent. My job is get the best for my player. That’s what we promise them, right? I mean, there is nothing wrong for me to fight for my player to get the best he can. And, although it’s not up to me because I’m not gonna be the one to write the check.

So, that’s why maybe Jazz wants to go to restricted free agency, the offer sheet process, to see what it is. I don’t know, you know, but I would tell you I like to shoot for the best I can, the most I can, ’cause that’s my job. That’s my responsibility to my player and his family.

If Enes is still with the Jazz when training camp rolls around next year, what can he do to make sure his mind is in the right place?
Well, he will, that’s how it is. This is the CBA we have. And as I said, for young players and their limited players’ freedom, and they sign up to it few years ago. This is the rules we have to work with. His responsibility is A) you know, return what he gets paid for. Bring the best he’s supposed to and do the best he can. And you know, train as hard as he can, which he always does — I don’t think anyone can complain.

He has couple of, you know, unfortunate incidents, and his rehab process is six months. His willingness to work and get better is, in my opinion, stellar. I don’t think anyone can disagree to that. And so, do the best job he’s supposed to.

He respects fans a lot. He loves fans, and so, I don’t think it’ll be a problem with Enes. He might even work harder because now he has to, you know, he has to show up for what he said. You know, he has to walk the talk, you know?

Do you feel Enes’ comments last night hurt your ability to negotiate with the Jazz in the future?
No, I don’t believe that. Things always changes. You know, we don’t know the future. We project things sometimes just based on our fears…

We don’t know what happens. He might be Jazz, you know, for long time, which, that was my envision, basically. You know, I really like that state, and I really like that city…So if that’s the future is holding for Kanter, we’ll do the best of it.

Does Enes feel like he’s getting the proper coaching and development under Quin Snyder? Is he happy with the current staff?
Yes, he does, and I believe that too. I think, I really, you know, and I don’t wanna go into, you know, the areas of, like, you know, critic[iz]ing anyone, or, but I can’t deny the fact the difference between the development part and paying attention to, you know — no, it has been really good. It has been really good. (1280)

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One of the hosts of the show, whether intentionally or not, referred to Ergul by the wrong name throughout the interview, calling him “Max Eragul” and “Max Eragon.” His name was also misspelled on 1280’s website.

Just totally shocking that they would make fun of a non-native English speaker’s English. After all, this is also the [Jazz-owned] station that said the Jazz should interview Karl Malone for an assistant coach position and then set him up to fail by saying “Karl, you can have this job if you can say one sentence in perfect English.”


The Trib’s Aaron Falk also talked with 1320 today about what happened in the locker room with Enes last night:

After the game, you know, we’re kind of waiting for various guys to get ready, get dressed, get their interviews, and I spotted Enes and went over to check on how his eye was after getting hit in the face by [Al-Farouq] Aminu, and you know, he said basically, “I got a story for you.” And he did.

You know, he, you know, told me he hoped to be traded; kinda asked me to give him a little bit of time to collect his things before we broke anything on it. But you know, I mean, no uncertain terms, and his words were that he hoped to be traded…and you know, these are frustrations that have kinda been building up for a while.

You could sense being around him. I’ve broached the subject with him a few times before — not about trade demands or anything — but just kinda, you know, his general mood this season, and he’s kind of always hinted, but without ever saying, you know, that he might want to talk about this at a later time.

And last night was the time he wanted to talk about it. Didn’t want to talk about it very long. You know, basically said that that’s what he wanted to say, and you know, said his eye was fine, that he didn’t play the fourth quarter but not because of injury, and didn’t want to say much more after that.

Bits from Quin Snyder Interview, 2/12

February 13, 2015
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Quin Snyder on Enes Kanter
I think Enes is getting better. You know, I think he’s committed to the defensive end in a way that pleases me, particularly the progress he’s made from the beginning of the year….

[Our primary goal] is for our guys to, you know, right now, to really start to improve, and for those pieces to get better and hopefully provide even more of a foundation for us going forward. And Enes has been another guy that, I know, I feel like has been invested in that way. And I’m really happy with our staff and the job that they’re doing with all our guys. And you know, I hope Enes will continue to do that. …

I will say that, you know, we’re in an emotional business, and anything that is said or done, to, surrounding a game and I kinda, I discount on some level…I do think, also, that we all need to remember that we’re dealing, particularly with our team, with guys that are, you know, really young people.

And often times, whether it’s emotion, whatever, you know, I don’t know, like, again, the exact situation, but whoever we have with our team, and I have complete trust in Dennis [Lindsey] and ownership that we’ll — we have good people and Enes is a good person and we’ll just continue to try to get better with the group that we have.

Snyder on the value of analytics
I’m a big believer, you know, and that’s not to say, I mean, for me to say that, you know, I, I’m not diminishing the role that I play as a coach, either. You know, I think there’s an opportunity as much as anything, when I say believer, of something that I think helps make me better.

You know, whether it, you know, in the end, it’s the “right” answer or not, it can help me focus on certain things that I need to look at, and look at more closely, and then analyze myself, and accumulate more data, and see where we are.

And you know, some of the metrics on our team, I think it’s been really important for us to understand that, you know, where we’re ranked right now, in some respects, and it’s really a function of the first 20 games. And you know, we’re a team that is significantly better defensively right now than we were at the beginning of the year.

So, if you look at some of those metrics, you’re gonna say, you know, you can come to some conclusion about our team, which, frankly, is true. You know, but it was true in that context, and you know, the last 20 games, we’ve gotten a little better.

And it’d be a mistake for me to tell my team that we’re, you know, not this or not that, based on a number. It would also be a mistake for me to tell them we’ve arrived, based on improvement. But I think all those things can help focus you. …

I’ll give you one really good example. When we’re preparing a game plan, particularly in something like pick and roll defense, and there’s a player, you know, I wanna know what he’s shooting from a specific place on the floor.

So if he’s shooting 22 percent, you know, it, from the corner, as an example, or what we call the high quadrant, which is, you know, out further on the court, you know, that may affect how we decide to play, and whether we want to rotate off that guy and how much we want to help; what our various schemes are…

Golden State, they lead the league in high-quadrant threes, and that means when they come down the court, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry cross half court, when they get to the line above the free throw line extended and they shoot, and that’s where they lead the league in pace, and if you’re not really alert when they cross half court, you know, they’re gonna be shooting open jumpers, where other teams don’t.

And when you get that data, and I’m able to give that to our team, you know, maybe, how much it sinks in, I don’t know, but I think that’s really useful, you know? For a player to know, you know, if I’m picking up Steph Curry, you know, Dante Exum wants to know, you know, and he knows he can shoot, but at what point, when, how quick?

And I’ve been, I just absolutely think there’s a place for it, and I don’t think it’s gonna replace people that do what I do because the numbers in themselves need to be interpreted. You know, like anything, I think we can make a case for something statistically and numbers can be manipulated just like people, but I mean, we’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think those things at least play a role. You know? (1280)

Game 53 of 82: Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks (19-34)

February 12, 2015

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Pre-Game Quotage
** Steve Novak, asked what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the Quin Snyder glare
I wouldn’t know. I never really do anything wrong, so it’s more — no, you know, he’s, he definitely, he knows how to motivate guys. And the thing about it is, he never goes too far. He never, you know, takes it to a point where he’ll say something or get so angry with you that, you know, after the game, you don’t want to speak to him or whatever it is. He, you know, he’ll say what he needs to say to motivate you and to get your mind back to where it needs to be and keep your focused, but you know, he always brings you back in very quickly. And you’ll see a lot of times, he’ll take a guy out, just kind of ream into him a little bit, and a lot of the times, the guy’s, the guy, usually knows that, it’s probably something he already knows what he did wrong, but then he puts him right back out there because — he’s just a coach that the g–we respect. You know, we understand where he’s coming from. He understands the game, you know, better than we all do, and so when he gets mad at us, we understand a lot of times.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
We had a number of attempts at the line that we couldn’t convert…Turnover-wise, we’re just really thin on the perimeter, and I think you saw it catch up with us. We just, we don’t have a lot of ball-handling right now, with Rodney [Hood] and Joe [Ingles] and so on out. So, guys, we looked, we started the game sloppy, tired, too. It wasn’t, it was just like a weakness, as much as just throwing it around. We, I didn’t think we were real tough. … The game was a little more physical, and it knocked us off, and we were playing east-west a lot, as opposed to north-south. And you know, when we, when we’re attacking, we’re mu–we take care of the ball much better. If you’re weak and a little tentative, and I thought that’s what happened. They got into us, and you know, caused some turnovers that just, they weren’t egregious, but they, we just weren’t sharp.
** Snyder on what he drew up for the last play
Well, the first look was Novak in the corner, which, if there was a peek, he might’ve had a three. And then Trey [Burke] came, coming back — we didn’t, the execution wasn’t where, exactly where we wanted it. Trey was in a position that he hasn’t been in before. And we worked at it, and we didn’t do as good a job as we should in the play. It could’ve been a quick two or a three.

** Steve Novak on the game
I think we got down, you know, a few times, to be honest, and we did a good job fighting back and fighting our way back into it. But I think when you miss that many free throws and you have that many turnovers, it’s always gonna be hard to win, but I think we played well enough to win, and they just made the right plays at the end.
** Novak, asked if the team was lacking focus due to the All-Star break
You know, I think, wa–it wasn’t our best walkthrough, and I think you kinda expect that when it’s the day before — kinda called it “getaway day.” But you know, I think we came out and we played well, and like I said, we were there pretty much to the last play. And you know, coach was on us to stay focused and to be present and to be here today, and I think we were.

enes jensen

Enes Kanter Stuff, etc.
So, this happened after the game:

enes tweets

It saddened me to see how many fans (not to mention Jazz-owned media) immediately turn on Enes when these tweets came out, especially since there were no direct quotes from Enes and there is clearly a lot more to the story that we don’t know.

I’m not saying a direct “I want to be traded” quote doesn’t exist, nor am I impugning the credibility of beat writers that we as a fan base are lucky to have.

I’m just saying we weren’t in the locker room and we don’t know what was said or what the circumstances were and it was sad to see so much immediate vitriol towards Enes.

It’s all rather strange how things unfolded since Enes has consistently been the most positive guy in the locker room in post-game interviews, always giving credit to his teammates and coaches for good games and never wanting to talk about himself. Just two nights ago, he was talking about how close the guys are off the court and jokingly interviewing himself.

We do know from locker room cleanout last year that he felt frustration over his role and how the young guys — the future of a rebuilding franchise — got little playing time together to develop as a unit. He’s had nothing but good things to say about the regime under Quin Snyder, though, from the day Snyder was hired.

I think we could all use a little comic relief about now, right? This made me laugh, so I give you this, via @mrcbooz:

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Dirk Nowitzki: As age creeps up on Dirk, he doesn’t have that flexibility, as he once had. It’s hard for him to bend down below the belt.
** Matt Harpring on Dirk Nowitzki: It looks like he’s out of control, because he spreads his legs. But that’s his shot. That’s how he shoots. He likes to shoot, kinda unconventionally, ’cause a lot of people teach shooting with your legs in. He likes to shoot with his feet out.
** Boler on Devin Harris jumping into fans courtside: I see no spillage, so let’s play on.


Red denotes most recent game.

game 53

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

Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 12, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.

yes monta is playing
by dimitriouss on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:32 PM

hes a warrior
(also formerly)

by random90 on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:35 PM

jazz coach looks like an evil scientist
by veyronp87 on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:40 PM

i think i like him just because of that
by random90 on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:48 PM

dude is scary as fck
by Marjun on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:51 PM

worst game ever lol
by veyronp87 on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:45 PM

hey barea
you suck

by dimitriouss on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:48 PM

at least they’re not scoring too i guess
by veyronp87 on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:48 PM

Gobert is freaking big
by Manute Bol legacy on Feb 11, 2015 | 7:54 PM

Elijah Millsap played as an import here in the PBA
he was pretty good (and a good chemistry guy).

by Marjun on Feb 11, 2015 | 8:20 PM

Played in a PBA FInals team
only to be defeated by MY team in an epic game 7. He was a high-character guy who wanted to win so bad even when he was injured by the end…played really hard.

by Marjun on Feb 11, 2015 | 8:21 PM


Utah coach about to pull out a 9 and start bustin some caps
by gnomer on Feb 11, 2015 | 8:23 PM

utah’s coach looks like a musician from the 80’s
by dimitriouss on Feb 11, 2015 | 8:24 PM

a bit like this

by dimitriouss on Feb 11, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Haha!
by Mavs Guy on Feb 11, 2015 | 8:36 PM

Jefferson
at fault for offense looking like dying cat.

by The_M23 on Feb 11, 2015 | 8:30 PM

JJ is hot like pancakes!
by dyurdsray21 on Feb 11, 2015 | 8:59 PM

JJ for mvp
by veyronp87 on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:03 PM

JJ owning them. lol
by dyurdsray21 on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:06 PM

um dont leave novak?? come on
by veyronp87 on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:25 PM


I’ll take the win gladly but, geez, what an ugly game
by Manute Bol legacy on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:46 PM

LMFAO mavs
by veyronp87 on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:54 PM

this game
is a corpse that has been rotting in the sun for a week.

by The_M23 on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:54 PM

this game is like the worst close game of all time
by random90 on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:55 PM


This game…

by primetime111 on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:57 PM

Ot anyone?
It’d be weirdly fitting.

by AntiguanTitan on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:57 PM

please i have already seen enough of this game
by Manute Bol legacy on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:59 PM

PHEW
by veyronp87 on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:59 PM

Thank god for worse teams
by AntiguanTitan on Feb 11, 2015 | 9:59 PM

Game 52 of 82: Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans (19-33)

February 10, 2015

Not safe for…er…people who don’t watch R-rated movies.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game
We’re better when we’re more aggressive. And we weren’t, we were a little soft in the first half, I thought, and just not as urgent. And you know, sometimes it takes us getting punched a few times before we figure it out, and we did. You know, they were making threes in the first half, and I thought our bigs got more aggressive in pick and roll too, and that helped. … This was one of those ones you kind of, was a fun game, especially the way it happened with Steve Novak having a big game. Ian Clark got in and blocked a shot. Everybody kinda had a contribution one way or the other.

burks tweet

** Derrick Favors on the front court of himself, Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward
You know, the team look for us to, you know, go out there and lead, you know, whether it’s offense, defense, whatever. You know, and I think we did a good job. You know, Gordon got hot, Enes did a good job, and I think I did a good job out there too.
** Favors on Elijah Millsap’s performance
He played big tonight. You know, just his energy, his activity out there. You know, he helped us out a lot, just being active, you know, not really scoring that much, but just the little things he do, some of the stuff don’t even show up in the stat sheet. You know, he’s an important part of this win tonight.
** Gordon Hayward, post-game
You know, tonight I think I continued to be aggressive. Most nights in the past, I probably would have stopped shooting. I know I didn’t shoot the ball very well. We fought through a lot of adversity. I think, I’m thankful my teammates put me in the position that I could still score, so.

** Enes Kanter on how the game changed after halftime
I think, defense. The defense was the first thing, and you know, tonight, the, some, you know, guys came, on the bench, like Steve, Ian, you know, the, all the other guys and just pumped us up. And they were just really ready to play, and especially for the fourth quarter, we just really went out there and just went hard.
** Kanter on the front line of himself, Favors and Hayward
Big Three, man. Woooooo!…Big Three, man! No, I’m just playing. I mean, not just us three. This whole team is getting really all along well, and this chemistry’s getting there, and on both ends, defensively and offensively, and especially not just from the court. Off the court, we’re just, you know, we’re getting better friends too. So, it’s just gonna be really nice.
** Steve Novak on what was said at halftime
For whatever reason, we were a little bit flat [in the first half]. You know, our energy was just low. Obviously, we have come off of a four games in five nights kinda thing, and you know, there’s times when I guess you’re just gonna be flat. But our, we just weren’t emotional, and it’s just, it’s hard to win, especially on the road, when you’re, when you don’t have emotion. And for whatever reason at halftime, we were just kinda quiet, and I think we, you know — Quin is very good at striking the right nerve. And that doesn’t mean he comes in and, you know, yells at us every time. But he knows, he usually knows the feel of the team, and he knows the right thing to say, and once again, I think he just delivered the right message at halftime, and got us to come out and play better.
** Novak on the game and getting on the floor
It felt good, just to be out there, and playing, and you know, we got down a little bit tonight, and I mean, we just fought and fought and made shots, and Gordon just, you know, as he usually does, came up big, made big free throws, made big plays, stayed tough the whole time. … I feel very comfortable at the “three” spot. I think that’s probably the position I’m the most comfortable in, and so I was able to be on the perimeter tonight and knock some shots down.

through the legs

Random Stuff, etc.
** People trying to change Monty Williams’ name to “Montay”: Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring
** People saying “You know [Quin Snyder] took part of Mardi Gras festivities”: Pelicans announcers (H/T @5kl)
** People calling Elijah Millsap “Eli” and “a little pitbull”: Gordon Hayward
** People calling Steve Novak “Heart Attack Novak”: Thurl Bailey
** People calling Steve Novak “Bomber”: David Locke
** Mysterious and deleted tweet of the night:

benji tweet

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Gordon Hayward, post-game: We weren’t, you know, slow and passive. We kinda were just up into it.
** Hayward on defending Eric Gordon: It was just a group effort. He still went off on us.
** Steve Novak on getting playing time: With Joe [Ingles] going down, they said we want you to come in and give, you know, Gordon a blow every once in a while.
** Novak: Quin is very good at striking the right nerve.


Red denotes most recent game.

Johnnie Bryant rollin’!

game 52

Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 10, 2015
tags: ,

Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Bird Writes.

This would be a good game for Jimmer to rediscover his outside shot
I think I’ve been saying that for the past 45 games or so.

by Icebird on Feb 9, 2015 | 7:25 PM

welp..tied up, good Timeout, can’t block Gobert out–too much height with that too
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 7:28 PM

ugh…can’t leave novak
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 7:37 PM

somebody, block the fuck out!!!!
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 7:40 PM

This is aggravating me just as much
by Oleh on Feb 9, 2015 | 7:41 PM

ugh, blocked out ok, but the ball went to Gobert with that height
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 7:46 PM

Kantor looks like he must shave 5 times a day
Before sunset

by BenDerDonDat on Feb 9, 2015 | 7:49 PM

Exum looks like a future star
by BenDerDonDat on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:04 PM

Can’t expect to shoot as well in second half
Have to compete better on boards…put backs are the only thing keeping Jazz in the game

by BenDerDonDat on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:16 PM


njccc basically takes over the game thread by him/herself.

ugh, fucking turnovers.
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:31 PM

fuck man, and Evans hit the three
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:32 PM

make a shot
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:33 PM

take care of the fucking ball, ugh
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:36 PM

smh, make a fucking shot, at least get a good look on this one
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:38 PM

there you go, a good pass to a big where he is right there ready to score, got fouled..make your fts, ugh
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:40 PM

ugh, dont’ leave novak
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:41 PM

ugh, not out of bounds, fucking refs
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:43 PM

that sucked, down 4, 29-15 third for the Jaz
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:45 PM


ugh, getting away from them now…down 9, make a shot
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:50 PM

You can win ugly New Orleans, just please win k?
by Icebird on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:53 PM

YES YES
by Oleh on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:56 PM

ugh
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 8:57 PM

gosh darn stupid turnovers..ugh…take care of the ball man
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 9:03 PM

njccc cracks me up. A bunch of f-bombs, but “gosh darn.” :)

down 3, ugh, make a shot
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 9:05 PM

ugh, point blank range miss by Evans..not looking good
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 9:09 PM

damn evans, can you brick harder than that ugh
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 9:11 PM

quick three and foul from here on..make the three
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 9:17 PM

well…made it, but not a lot of time, have to miss one Gordon, im getting out the voodoo doll and pin
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 9:19 PM

ugh, did not work haha…
by njccc on Feb 9, 2015 | 9:19 PM

Coach Monty is an Asshole
by pickupballer on Feb 9, 2015 | 9:21 PM

Bits from Joe Ingles Interview, 2/5

February 9, 2015

ingles 112

Is it weird being a 27-year-old veteran of international basketball and being viewed as a rookie here?
Yeah, I mean, it’s a little different. I think, I mean, within the team and the club, I mean, I don’t get looked at as a rookie, technically. But guys know what I’ve done in my career, and it’s, over here, I guess it’s technically the rule that I’ve gotta wear that silly little pack, backpack that Gordon [Hayward] got me, and things like that.

But when I’m on the court, obviously I have got a bit of experience and just try to help the guys out where I can, and I think it’s been a really good fit…I’m loving the experience of being able to play a little bit and help the team.

And yeah, the other way around, I think, just, me just being able to use that experience helping other guys, and I’ve got a bit of a relationship with Quin [Snyder] from the past when he was coaching in Europe, so just bouncing ideas off each other, and yeah, just really, really enjoying it.

Having played all over the world, are you a master of fitting in and blending in with whatever’s going on?
Yeah, it’s tough. Especially, I’m engaged, getting married this summer. But my fiancee, which you guys will have no idea, and then for a lot of other Americans, she plays a sport called netball, which I, you guys, everyone can just YouTube it. It’s a lot easier than me explaining it. But since she’s only, kinda, she comes back and forth during the season most of the time.

So when you’re doing it by yourself, it’s a lot harder.* Spain was pretty cool. Barce–living in, Barcelona’s obviously one of the biggest cities in the world, and it’s a beautiful place. Then getting the phone call that Israel, at the start my mum said I wasn’t allowed to go, just because of the bad news we get about it over in Australia.

And then I went over there, and it was one of the most beautis–beautiful places I got to live in. And then jumping on a plane to America, which was obviously the final and kind of ultimate goal of my career, to be able to play over here. And yeah, just enjoying it. It’s, Utah’s a very quiet little town, which is kind of perfect for me ’cause I am second oldest in the team.

* UDQM
** Utah: Mexican territory in 1821; U.S. territory in 1848; U.S. state in 1896; city in 1985; town in 2014; very quiet little town in 2015.

You know Nicole Kidman, right?
I don’t.

Do you feel obligated to be a big brother to Dante Exum?
Well, I was his favorite player growing up, and [his first] autograph, and he has my jersey. Probably still sleeps in it. But, I mean I do a little bit, but not in a way that I’m gonna kinda baby him or anything like that. Like, he, obviously he’s 19, and living on the other side of the world by himself.

It’s his first professional year playing basketball and I think he’s doing a great job, and he knows that if he ever needs anything, to give me a call. And I’m sure his mum and dad are still speaking to him very regularly. But he’s a great guy.

We’ve got a relationship from the last couple years with the national team, so we know each other really well, and I think it’s just good for him to have someone to bounce stuff off. If he doesn’t want to speak to someone else or the coach or another player, he knows he can come to me and ask, you know?

Yeah, he’s handling it pretty well for being 19 and a little immature boy who plays Pokemon on his Nintendo every day.

Does your fiancee have a little sister for Dante?
She does have a little sister, but the little sister’s already taken. So maybe we just get Dante on Tinder or something, and try and hook him up.

Did you play with the Gasol brothers at some point? It seems like you have a friendship with them.
Yeah, I do have a great friendship with them. I didn’t play with them. During the [NBA] lockout, I was playing with Barcelona and they both practiced with — they’re from, or they live in Barcelona, so they both practiced with us for the three or four months.

And it was actually a bit of a coincidence, but I was injured a little bit at the time, and so wasn’t playing all the games, and when the team would go away [on road trips], they were really good with having me over their house and just making me feel welcome while living in Barcelona by myself.

So we did, we kinda grew into a pretty good relationship, and I got on with them really well, and yeah, happy for ‘em both being starters in the All-Star Game.

Yay, I was right. :)

How does day-to-day interaction develop on a team where everyone has such different backgrounds?
Yeah, it takes a while. I mean, I’ve played for so many teams where you come into a, even overseas, you’ve, I mean, I’ve played in teams in Europe that had a couple of Spanish guys, a couple of Americans, a Greek guy, like, Israeli.

But you meet so many different people, and different cultures, and I think it’s probably different, a little bit different for the American teams because they are here most of their lives and don’t get to experience a lot of the other cultures a lot of the time…If you’re open to it, you can learn so much…

[Jazz players] try and make me speak half the time just so they can laugh at my accent, but it’s all in the fun of getting to know each other. (1280)

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