There really isn’t much to say about these games when Summer Jazz are without Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, but what is worth mentioning is that seven of eight players on the Jazz roster not playing in the summer leagues have been with the team (or counting Raul Neto, eight of nine). Love what that says about team chemistry and camaraderie, especially when they all have stuff going on with weddings, impending fatherhood, camps in other cities or on other continents, etc.
Saw Derrick Favors, Elijah Millsap, Raul Neto, Rudy Gobert, Trevor Booker and Alec Burks in Utah:
Joe Ingles showed up for a bit:
And Trey Burke joined the team in Vegas:
P.S. Look who else is in Vegas — love this!
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.
yes! good start!
by joseph shook on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:09 PM
this starting lineup
look like Summer League champion quality
by zarvinny on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:10 PM
What the fuck? FUCK YOU RICK KAMLA SUCK MY DICK
by acommoncreeper on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:10 PM
boo nba tv
by Jesse Reynolds on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:11 PM
What. The. Hell.
by knightwing5 on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:11 PM
Nobody gives a fuck what adam silver has to say! Turn it back to the fucking game!
by acommoncreeper on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:11 PM
FUCK THIS HAPPENS EVERY YEAR
STOP HATING ON THE SUNS
by TOUCHDOWNJOEMONTANA on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:11 PM
are you fking serious?
a press conference over this?
by holeman1 on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:11 PM
What the fuck….
by Wichita SunSteeler on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:11 PM
OMG, SUNS ARE DOING GOOD ON NATIONAL TV!!!! DIVERT TO PLAN B!!!!!!
by holeman1 on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:11 PM
by SUNS PORTUGAL on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:11 PM
by The 3rd ight bro on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:12 PM
Once again we have the pleasure to get our commissionner screw us thx
by Javier Pastore on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:12 PM
The reason this makes no sense
Is because the only people who care more about this press conference than the game are non-Suns/Jazz fans
And the only people watching this game are Suns/Jazz fans
by Alex Daniel on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:12 PM
“all games have been available on nba tv”
except for the one you are interrupting, you jerk
by joseph shook on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:13 PM
– “Adam, we need to set up a press conference to discuss some matters”
– “OK, will do. When is the next Suns game?”
by troglodytes on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:15 PM
Shut the f up. How long can he talk?
by Cheater on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:17 PM
until the suns start getting their ass kicked.
by holeman1 on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:17 PM
It’s 3am where I live. Stayed up for this…
by Cheater on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:19 PM
Man that’s messed up
by waldocam on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:26 PM
Suns roster looks much better than Jazz
by Arlex Goodlen on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:18 PM
tell that to some guys i argued with saying that the Jazz are better than the suns and its not even close.
by holeman1 on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:19 PM
i mean summer league roster
If theyre talking about regular roster then the difference is smaller
by Arlex Goodlen on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:21 PM
Reporter: How long can you f-over suns fans?
Silver: How long is the game?
by Jesse Reynolds on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:18 PM
Booker nailed an open midrange!
by acommoncreeper on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:18 PM
how do you knowwwww
by Arlex Goodlen on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:18 PM
He got league pass
by Lino Canaan on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:19 PM
be quiet, im listening to adam silver.
by holeman1 on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:19 PM
You guys see Horny’s daughter? Woah.
by SGPURRP on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:35 PM
She is the SL MVP
She is hot on another level
by Lino Canaan on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:36 PM
I hear you have to beat Jeff in a 3 point contest
Just to take her out for dinner
by knightwing5 on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:37 PM
I’ll practice for the next 5 years
by acommoncreeper on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:37 PM
Loganbardi can’t focus
Abby Hornaceck blocking him
by Lino Canaan on Jul 14, 2015 | 5:40 PM
Abby makes my body hurt.
those threes though get me excited.
by holeman1 on Jul 14, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Is she still touching your “soul”?
by troglodytes on Jul 14, 2015 | 6:34 PM
when i look at her. yes.
by holeman1 on Jul 14, 2015 | 6:42 PM
He touches his “soul” by himself
by jmc15 on Jul 14, 2015 | 7:07 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Canis Hoopus.
These SL games have way too many fouls/timeouts
by Grape Drank on Jul 13, 2015 | 9:47 PM
Too many minutes, too.
by Ray Williams? on Jul 13, 2015 | 9:49 PM
by Grape Drank on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:01 PM
Mateen Cleeves does not have a future in this.
by Simitar on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:13 PM
“He’s a willingly passer”
by Simitar on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:13 PM
Choo choo Payne train
by Boss10 on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:20 PM
Minnesota riding the Payne train. Choo choo
by FreeDieng on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:20 PM
I choo choo choose Payne
by dropstep on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:22 PM
I COULD LISTEN TO CLEEVES FOREVER. CHOO CHOO
by The Muppeteer on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:20 PM
Othyus playing like a man among boys.
by Boss10 on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:47 PM
Does Cooley have a little Muscala in him?
by Boss10 on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:50 PM
Would he like some?
by Mplax on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:51 PM
This team might not even win 20 games this season
Yeesh! Cooley looking like an early MIP candidate
by FreeDieng on Jul 13, 2015 | 10:56 PM
Towns already better passing in the block than Dwight Howard.
by 9inchDude on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:05 PM
I was a better passer than Dwight Howard by the time I was 7.
by iconoclaste on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:07 PM
I feel so bad for Towns for playing with these scrubs
by Joel Hernandez on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:08 PM
Cooley is 4 plus years older than Towns.
by iconoclaste on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:25 PM
jesus, jack cooley looks like he’s 35
by Poop Hat on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:27 PM
He is 35.
by iconoclaste on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:28 PM
56k Motum is killing us
by BVB fan on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:30 PM
Does he have a little Kyle Singler in him?
by Boss10 on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:31 PM
No he has some Mike Miller in him lol
by BVB fan on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:33 PM
Didn’t know they had “Brocks” in Oz
Seems like more of a suburban Minnesota name.
by Xand1 on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:32 PM
That was relatively terrible.
by Boss10 on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:53 PM
The part I particularly didn’t like
was all of it
by Ebomb on Jul 13, 2015 | 11:57 PM
One. Alex Jensen on how he got involved with the German national team
You know, it’s funny ’cause the basketball community is a small one. And the coach [of the team], Chris Fleming, who, he just actually got fired from the Nuggets staff, we had mutual friends and he wanted a, he wanted somebody that had experience in the NBA and Europe. And so, it’s the European Championships this summer and also the qualifications for the Olympics…
Chris, like I said, he was looking for somebody, and we had mutual friends that recommended me. And we had a few telephone conversations, and you know, it works out good. Instead of taking August off, I get to go coach in Europe, which is great, ’cause you, it’s another environment to learn and where everything’s just a little bit different, and so, I’m excited, actually. I’m sure there’s plenty to learn.
Two. Mehmet Okur on his role as Jazz ambassador
I like what I’m doing right now. I’m enjoying it. I think people is enjoying it…Hopefully in a couple years, I’ll be doing more.
‘Cause the first time I got here, right after I retired, then I talked to Greg [Miller]. I said, “Greg, I’m here, available. It’s not about money. It’s not–” Then I told him that I can help this organization, just show me which way.
Which is, they show me, i–become ambassador. Just hang out with the fans, be with the kids, do clinics. Just watch the games here and there. So, I’m happy. I enjoy what I’m doing right now. So, hopefully I’m gonna be doing same thing next coming-up season.
Three. Dennis Lindsey on Christapher Johnson
Lindsey: Chris is one that, when we started making intel calls from [his] previous stops, coaches didn’t like him. They loved him. He’s as high-character and as hard-playing as any player that we’ve come across, and–
David Locke: I read a quote where Brad Stevens called him the smartest player he’d ever had.
Lindsey: He, you know, like I–
Lindsey: There’s a lot of smart players. I had Tim Duncan, so I don’t want to say–
Lindsey: –anybody’s smarter than Tim, but–
Locke: But no, I mean, I think that was a quote Brad said…
Locke: …that he was one of the smartest players he’s ever had.
Lindsey: The Celtics raved about him. The Rockets raved about him. The stops, Milwaukee. And so, he played well in his initial stint, and circumstances dictated that we had to let him go, but we knew we wanted to get him back. And we made a midnight offer, and he accepted, and we were able to get a contract that allowed him to continue — and I can’t tell you, you’re talking about, living in the gym doesn’t describe it. He’s shortened his shot. His shot–
Locke: It looks really different.
Lindsey: Yeah. He and Brad Jones have done excellent work. He’s as fit an athlete as you can get. He’s our best communicator defensively. It’s not something that a lot of fans — especially when you start getting eight, 10 rows up, that you don’t pick up, but easily — our coaches’ opinion is he’s our best communicator…And we’re just thrilled to have him part of the program, and there’s no question he’s an NBA player. And he’s opening a lot of eyes here. Recovery blocks, and made open shots, and very good positional defense, and great conversation.
And the thing that we get the biggest kick out of is his ability to run the court. I don’t know if we put a stopwatch on him, he may not be the fastest guy in the league, but you talking about blasting up the court, and running to the corner and stretching the defense on every position.
And Chris is one that plays with no agenda. It’s about the group. And so we’re thrilled to be part of his development so far, and we just love him to be part of the program. He’s one, in the weight room, that’s encouraging the other guys, making sure that the level of intensity stays where it needs to be. And all of it’s genuine. There’s not a phony bone in his body.
Four. Dennis Lindsey on having coaches work with players individually during summer workouts, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine
It’s two guys shagging. It’s what — if they tried to do it on their own or just with one other person, we can squeeze into 30 minutes what they could, probably takes them an hour and a half to do on their own. So, and the players have responded. (H/T @HipMrBully)
Five. From Trey Lyles’ appearance on The Starters:
Trey vs. Trey staring contest:
That’s all I got.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (highly possibly IDQM)
[Broadcast shows “Earlier Tonight” footage of Brent Barry drawing on a clipboard while talking to Brett Brown. Sideline reporter Dana Jacobson is sitting next to them]
Chad Andrus: What’s going on here, Mr. Barry?
Barry: Well, I was saying to Brett Brown, yesterday while we were doing the broadcast, Dana Jacobson moved from here, over to here, and then back to here. And he couldn’t believe that was just, like, within 8 feet. So yeah, she was very inactive yesterday. We’re trying to get her going.
Jacobson: My battery was being changed. Completely thrown under the bus on that one. I have stuff for you. I’m just, you know, saving it. For the good times…I’m pacing myself. We’re going for the double-double. I’m pacing myself.
Barry: Good idea. That’s at the In-N-Out Burger.
Jacobson: Yeah, I did have a battery issue.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: None.
Hot Hot Hoops did not bother with a game thread.
On the Jazz’s glut of point guards
The way we’ve structured the contracts is to be very flexible. And look, all four of those guys and eventually Olivier [Hanlan] in time, have something different to offer.
Dante [Exum]’s 6-6 and 210 pounds and already a plus-defender. We did some testing with Dante this summer. His lane agility — his lateral movement, if you will — was the second best in P3’s database. And at 6-6 and with a 6-10 wingspan, we can now understand a little bit why he is such a tough defender, and really hard to measure, and hard to get by.
Trey [Burke] has late-clock ability with his pullups, and he has very good vision.
And Bryce Cotton plays a very offensive game. We could see Aaron Brooks, Patty Mills type of play, where Quin [Snyder] and Alex [Jensen] and the coaching staff wanted him to score more. I think we saw that last night: Make or miss, be aggressive.
Raul [Neto] is very fast. He’s got a — even though he’s not a large point guard, he’s got a very good build. He plays with great imagination. He’s able to get his teammates layups and open threes, and we think we’ll be able to move his open shooting forward. Johnnie [Bryant] worked with him last summer, and he shot the ball very well, coming out of our two-week work, at the World Championships.
So, each are a little different. All four are on rookie scale-type of deals to allow us to have great competition. And we’ll see where it goes.
Will Exum, Rodney Hood and Trey Lyles play in Vegas?
Yeah, some of that will be dependent upon their health. Even if Dante is 90 percent, and you know, he’s all over Quin and I to play. He certainly wants to play. He wants the competition, but he also wants a platform to show what he’s worked on, and how he’s improved…
But really, we don’t want him chasing a sore ankle all summer. He does have national team play, so we’re gonna be very conservative and make sure that he is symptom-free from that ankle rather than him playing hero and trying to chase it…
A lot of our data and technology’s showing with the foot strike, and to the ground, and the ankle joint mobility, it’s really central to everything else that goes on with your body. So, we’re very cautious in general, and all of our work, all of our exercise science, says to be maybe even more cautious than we were previous to this information.
And then Rodney, the same thing. Rodney was dealing with a shore soulder* coming into summer league. It’s something that he felt like he could manage through. He took a couple of shots that exacerbated the issue, so that’s more the same. We want him to be pain-free, symptom-free before we put him back out there.
I think, again, you know, Rodney got two games; Dante got one. But they were both able to show, you know, our fans what we’ve been working on the last few months.
* Not a typo; H/T @ScottyG311
Update on Tibor Pleiss?
We should have some exciting news fairly soon…Yeah, so I’ll leave it at that.
On Zac Brown Band
Oh man, I’m a huge fan. I actually thought about, for a second, not showing up to our summer league games so I could see that [concert]. I’m a huge, huge fan. (1280)
On signing his first NBA contract
It’s a dream coming true. I’ve been dreaming about it since I start to play basketball, so I’m very happy.
How optimistic were you this was going to happen?
I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen, but I came here thinking about this contract. So now I get it, so that’s — I was here for it.
How did this process get rolling?
[The Jazz] are talk with my agent since I get drafted, so I don’t know exactly what they talking about, since three ye–two years ago when I get drafted. So, I just know the conversation now, that they say they want me this–the next season here. So, that’s what I know.
Why was right now the right time?
I’m not sure, but I think it’s kind of part of them and part of me. I was, I don’t think I was ready to play in the NBA when I get drafted. I play two more years in Europe and I have a lot of minutes this two years, so I think I improved a lot. I still have to improve, but I think now is the moment.
** Will be going to Vegas with the team, but won’t be playing in games. After that, it’ll be his first trip to P3. After that, it’s back to Brazil to get his visa and paperwork done. And then after that, back to Utah.
What do you bring?
I’m here to improve. I’m here to help, whatever what they want. But I think I can be kind of a pure point guard. I can make my teammates better. That’s why I’m here.
Where do you need to improve the most?
I think shooting. I think I gotta be used to shoot from distance of the 3-point shot here. NBA is different than in Europe. I think that’s the first thing I have to improve.
Your dad is a huge John Stockton fan. What does he think of your signing?
I think he’s happiest than me. He was the first person I called after I signed the contract. He was so happy, and I think there’s no words for him. I think he loved how John Stockton played, and he want me to get drafted by the Utah. So, I think he’s so happy.
What number will you wear?
I used to play with the number 8, but I know it’s somebody [has it]. I mean, I just don’t care. I just want to wear the Jazz gear.
Which of your future Jazz teammates have you spent time with?
With Rudy Gobert…We played together in the summer league. I think he has something about, like, European game. I think we can be good together.
The Jazz say you make your teammates better. How do you do that?
I think I’m always learn, as a point guard, to do that. I think I, when I start to play basketball, I just wanted to make points. I just want to be the scorer of the team.
And once I go to Spain, they change me there. So, I think that came natural. I think you, if you play in Spain and you, if you are this kind of point guard that just don’t make the team play, you are done. You cannot play there. So, I think I just learn natural.
Which NBA players do you try to emulate?
I like Steve Nash…Tony Parker too. I think they all have, like, European kind of basketball…
[Playing with balance] is one thing that I’ve been practice this week with Igor [Kokoskov], coach Igor. He used to coach Steve Nash, so I was practicing that a lot…I think it’s really make a difference when you take the shot. ‘Cause if you’re not balanced, you probably miss.
Do you have national team commitments this summer?
I had it, but I’m not going anymore. I was practice one month with them. They’re, they are going tonight, I think, to Toronto to the Pan-American Games. But I’m not go.
Will you be bringing anyone over to live with you?
I think I’m gonna do by myself…I’ve been living by myself since I was 18 years old, so…
The hardest thing for me is gonna be the English, I think. I’m, I gotta do better…I don’t feel comfortable speak English. You know, I’ve been in Spain. At the beginning, that was the same. I couldn’t speak any Spanish. But I, it took, like, three months until I understand everything.
** Alex Jensen on Raul Neto: The thing I like about Raul, his dad was a coach. It’s always fun to coach somebody who’s dad was a coach, ’cause he knows the game, and he’s a good kid. And I think everybody’s excited when a poin–a pass, you know, pass-first point guard comes.
One. Trey Lyles’ debut for the Jazz!
I’m sure you can find his first NBA (preseason) bucket a million places on the Internet by now, so I’m giving you something else. Lyles’ first complaint about the officiating!
Two. Rudy Gobert’s cat is named Deez Nuts, in case anyone is wondering.
Three. Raul Neto is officially a member of the Utah Jazz! His first interview as a Jazzman:
Four. Neto on his dad being a John Stockton fan
I grew up watching videos — John Stock vid–John Stockton videos. So for me, it’s a dreaming, it’s a dream be here.
Did your dad want you to play like John?
Of course, I think. He’s a really good player. He was a really good player. I think, my dad always talk to me about him.
Five. Joint discovery with @AllThatAmar: Chris Johnson (Chris is short for “Christapher”) has a UDQM name. Chris “Tap Her” Johnson.
Six. From Gobert’s takeover of the Utah Jazz Twitter account:
Seven. Why was the camera so zoomed in on Randy Rigby?
Probably because it was *cold* in the arena and RR had some serious pokies going on. Click or don’t click, your choice.
Eight. Alex Jensen on Trey Lyles’ performance
He’s, he played well. That’s, he has really good feel. Things come easy to him, and you know, we just have to, you know, see it progress from here. But that was the nice thing. It seemed like he was steady for a 19-year-old…He showed a wide range of what he could possibly become to do.
Jensen on Rodney Hood’s summer league
I think he’s one of the guys that’s advanced for his age. Just playing with, in the pick and roll, reads he’s has–he has a great feel as well, but he, the good thing he had I think in the summer is he’s kind of a leader. He’s the veteran. Same thing with Dante [Exum]. Like, they gotta take charge. Like, you know, late game; like he, give, put the ball in his hands and see what he can do. And also, just be — ’cause they’re all, they’re such good kids. They’re quiet. But just to be vocal and you know, kind of come out of themselves and their shell.
Jensen on whether Dante Exum will play in Vegas
I’d like to hope so. Maybe a game or two, but it’s obviously wait and see. It’s not something that obviously you rush him back from.
Jensen on Bryce Cotton’s performance
You know what, I talked to coach [Quin] Snyder today, and we both, I think, he mentioned, you know, we need to get Bryce to be, you know, take a couple bad shots. You know, it’s kind of a hard thing ’cause every, he’s so quick, every time he comes off the pick and roll in the middle, he has a shot…[We want him] setting up guys, but kind of be selfish a little bit. And he did that tonight.
Jensen on the summer league experience for him
Well, it’s great. I learned how to, you know, how and when to call my timeouts again. I thought I learned that in the D-League…It’s great. Like, it j–like I said, the players, it’s different. You have, I think the number one thing is you have a greater respect for coach Snyder. It changes one or two seats down, and I think it’ll help me help him better in the future.
Nine. Trey Lyles on his first game
It was good. First time playing five-on-five in a long time, so it was fun…I was kinda, you know, nervous about the, you know, first-game nerves, but after I got settled, then I was fine. You know, I felt very comfortable. I felt like I had some freedom, so it was good…I picked up the plays pretty quickly. You know, it was pretty easy for me, and you know, I feel like I went out there and executed when I was supposed to.
What were your goals for the first game?
Just play my game. You know, I’m an aggressive player, and you know, I play with my own rhythm, so I just wanted to make sure I went out there and didn’t get sped up too much and just, you know, hold my own and just show what I’m capable of.
Ten. Undefeated! Champion of our own summer league!