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Game 82 of 82: Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets (38-44)

April 16, 2015

Let me kick this off by saying thanks for sticking around for another season, or this season, or part of this season — whatever the case may be. Your comments, tweets, likes, help with the win-loss record stats, etc. have been truly appreciated. :)




The Jazz had a legit shot to (exceedingly exceed expectations) and finish the season .500. They just missed the mark, finishing at .463 on the season.

Here’s a list of ways the Jazz DID finish .500 or over:

** At home: 21-20 (.512)

** Quin Snyder, pink tie: 4-2 (.667)
** Quin Snyder, red tie: 8-5 (.615)
** Quin Snyder, purple tie: 8-5 (.615)
** Quin Snyder, gray tie: 6-5 (.545)
** Quin Snyder, orange tie: 1-1 (.500)

** Antonio Lang halftime interview: 10-4 (.714)
** Mike Wells halftime interview: 10-6 (.625)
** Alex Jensen halftime interview: 8-7 (.533)

** Greg Miller not in attendance at home game: 7-3 (.700)

** Craig Bolerjack and Ron Boone calling the game: 9-9 (.500)

** White uniform worn: 21-19 (.525)

** Jerry Sloan shown on home (Root Sports) broadcast: 4-1 (.800)
** Jerry Sloan shown on opponent broadcast: 3-3 (.500)

** Gordon Hayward bangs down (post-new hairstyle): 2-1 (.667)

In-Game Quotage
** Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert
A year ago, he was, he had a timeline for him and us to be championship-competitive, and this was a kid that played 300-and-some-odd minutes last year. So, he’s ambitious. He wants to be good. He wants the team to be good.

** Alec Burks on Quin Snyder
Man, he’s a genius. A basketball genius. I don’t think people give him enough credit for it. You know, the things he sees, you know, the plays he runs, things he sees on both ends of the floor, man, it’s unbelievable.
** Burks on having Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert behind him on defense
Man, it just makes the game so much easier on the defensive end…You don’t want to go in there. You got two trees in there. There’s no point in going in there.
** Gordon Hayward on the Jazz’s wing rotation next year
On the wing, we got a lot of play-makers and that’s something that Utah necessarily hasn’t had in a while. And so, we got a lot of guys that can handle the ball in the pick and roll, that can push the ball in transition, that can make plays for other guys. And it’s something that I’m looking forward to, ’cause the la–the past, you know, the past two years, besides Rodney [Hood] coming on strong here lately, and kind of Joe [Ingles], I’ve really had to handle the load offensively as far as making plays. And it’s gonna be good to have other guys that can do that.
** Gordon Hayward on how this is a “fun” team again
Yeah, it’s been fun. It’s been so much more fun this year to play. I can’t tell you how many nights the past couple years where you just kind of can’t go to sleep. You keep thinking about it, and tonight, even though, I mean, this year even though when we lose, a lot of it is, I mean, I’m fine with the way we lost, ’cause we played hard, we had our–we gave ourselves a chance, and we had fun when we’re out there.

dante boobs

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game and the team
We were a little bit undermanned, and they’re a awfully good team. And you know, rather than, at this point, for me, to be focused on the result of tonight’s game, it’s hard not for me just to even, immediately, to reflect on what this group has done, and I’m grateful to have had the chance to be a part of this year…I feel grateful to this group, the organization as a whole. You know, I don’t wanna be too dramatic because there’s more ahead of us. You know, it’s not the end by any means. It’s the end of a season. And you know, it makes you excited and hopeful about the off-season and what this group of guys is capable of doing.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Dennis Lindsey “Dennis Lindsley”: Craig Bolerjack
** Good luck with everything, Gary Briggs.

briggs retirement

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Rudy Gobert outlet pass: Rudy, nice job. Pumps it out fast.
** Matt Harpring on how many points James Harden had to score tonight to take the scoring title: Harden needs 69. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler to Alec Burks on his rehab: You said before you came on, in that little piece…you almost had to learn to shoot again. Take me through that process.
** Boler on Quin Snyder: He is relentless with his preparation, and so is his Staff.
** Gordon Hayward on Snyder’s impact on his game: He slowed it down for me, and taught me different things that I haven’t been taught before.

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Red denotes most recent game.

Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 16, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Dream Shake.

This Jazz team has been really good despite missing key players
will say a lot about us mentally how we approach this game

by NVP on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:10 PM

Everyone will probably be killed by a falling satellite.
by Xiane on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:11 PM

Dwight said:
Bro, do you even lift?

by PurplePeopleEaters on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:15 PM

And Gobert said, f you
by PurplePeopleEaters on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:16 PM

Man, I thought those Jazz unis couldn’t look any worse.
Then they go with that drab green. It’s like they want you to fall asleep!

by TexasBornAndRaised on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:16 PM

Jesus, Stifle.
by KLP713 on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:16 PM

You know refs, when Gobblert sticks his leg out extra on a pick, that’s a foul.
by Xiane on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:21 PM

Whoa, did Gobert just stole a alley oop
by NVP on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:25 PM

this Jazz bench is like the D-league all star team
a lot of familiar faces

by NVP on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:33 PM

The Rockets are makin’ it look SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO easy early on.
by TexasBornAndRaised on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:43 PM

There is a reason the Spurs signed Bryce Cotton first thing after the draft
by NVP on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:48 PM

Hey Summer league fan, remember Jack Cooley?
by NVP on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:49 PM

aka white Chuck Hayes
by NVP on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:50 PM

A fun player.
When did the Jazz get fun players? They’re all supposed to be dickheads like Matt Harpring.

by Xiane on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:53 PM

Utah since giving The Gobblert the start are tough.
by Xiane on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:16 PM

The Rockets are free-strokin’ it!
And ****-blocking the J*zz.
The funny writes itself!!!

by TexasBornAndRaised on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:57 PM

We needed some confidence building
games against shitty teams and the Jazz and Hornets really came through for us

by Bobbythegreat on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:57 PM

Jazz are 19-9 since ASB
and have beaten damn near every west playoff team

by Michael 2k on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Even better that they let their inner shitty team
come out tonight LOL.

by Bobbythegreat on Apr 15, 2015 | 8:59 PM

29 point lead
by Bleyd on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:00 PM

er, make that 32…
by Bleyd on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:01 PM

33 point lead
by H&Hguy on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:28 PM

by chuckiepoo on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:29 PM

Too easy. Too, too easy.
by KeriTheCreoleTexan on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:29 PM

And Harden has the trip doub
by Bobbythegreat on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:42 PM

Ok, pull Harden now.
by Xiane on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:42 PM

by Chris D Harris on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:43 PM

Some super ugly
basketball going on right now.

by Bobbythegreat on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:50 PM

hey, run some clock fools
by NVP on Apr 15, 2015 | 9:50 PM

Rockets summer league crushing Utah summer league.
by Xiane on Apr 15, 2015 | 10:13 PM

Game over.
Rockets WIN 117-91!
Regular season is now over; playoffs are next!

by TexasBornAndRaised on Apr 15, 2015 | 10:14 PM

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 4/13

April 15, 2015
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Utah has a summer league again
We’re happy to announce that — we’re gonna be sending out a press release — that the Utah Jazz are bringing back — we’re not bringing back the Rocky Mountain Revue — but we’re bringing back summer basketball. We’re gonna have a summer league here in Salt Lake City.

We’re going to have three other teams, and the Utah Jazz will be playing summer league games. It’ll be July 6 and 7. We’ll be off on the 8th, and then a final game on the 9th. So we’ll have three games. It’ll actually be two games each day on the 6th, the 7th, and the 9th. So, Jazz basketball is back for summer league.

** Other teams participating in the not-Rocky-Mountain-Revue summer league: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs
** Format: Two games per night. The first game will start around 5 p.m. and the second will start around 7:00 p.m.
** The games will be played at EnergySolutions Arena. “The pricing of tickets are gonna very affordable.”
** The Jazz will still participate in Vegas Summer League.

** Pretty clear that this does not happen without Dennis Lindsey’s membership in the Spurs/Pop Mafia. Then again, without DL the Jazz would still be playing in the Orlando Summer League.
** No explanation of why the new summer league is not the Rocky Mountain Revue.

Do you expect a dramatic off-season move?
We’re not gonna do hasty moves, but if there’s a right move, that all of a sudden is gonna propel us even faster, we will make sure that we really do all of our litmus testing, to, that it’s not gonna be a flash in the pan.

We want, we’ve taken the hard steps and the pain, th–in the last number of years, to now make sure that we’re not going to short-change this system, and get us somewhere long-term, something that’s going to make us, in that competitive mix, for a long period of time, and not just a one-time in-and-out.

And so, we’ll wanna make sure whatever we do, that it meets that, those tests to give us that long-term development of this team that is gonna be something special for some time.

** “Question” of the Segment, by Spencer Checketts who appeared unaware that the Jazz were resting Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke: “Dallas rolls into town without Dirk [Nowitzki], Monta [Ellis], Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons. I hate it. I just hate it. Like, we’re gonna show up with half our team, why are we playing the games? Personally, I just can’t stand it.”

What is Quin Snyder doing, specifically, that is resonating with the players?
Well, I, Quin has a very good, I think, he has really worked very closely with his coaching staff, in a system that he feels meets today’s style of play. He has, I think, more than anything, he’s communicated that style, that philosophy, with the players.

When they’re not doing things early on that he was expecting, he doesn’t, he’s teaching them what they’re doing wrong and why. He not only tells ’em what to do, but why we’re doing it. And I think that’s resonated with our players, that they’ve appreciated understanding why they’re doing something as much a–just what they’re doing, and why we’re doing it, and what’s gonna be the end result.

And as they have then done it, performed for good or for when they’ve missed doing it, he’s pointed out and shown them what’s, they’ve mis-done, what the, missteps, and what the end result has been, as well as, then, when they’re doing it right, what the result of, seeing the successes, and they can now visualize it and understand exactly the end result. And th–I think the players have really responded to that type of coaching, and the assistant coaches have done the same thing.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Interview (UDQM)
** Randy Rigby on the Jazz summer league: Greg Miller sat down with myself, and we went in and actually sat down and looked face-to-face with Adam Silver and Mark Tatum, and expressed our desire.
** Rigby on the 2014-2015 season: It’s been a remarkable ride. I remember one of the things we talked about, that I said to our fans, is that I hope we enjoy, this time, the ride a little more, than some times I think we took advantage of.
** Gordon Monson on the teams that the Jazz will be fielding in two summer leagues: Do you anticipate that the entry will be the same entry? ( 1280)

Game 81 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks (38-43)

April 14, 2015


Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on Gary Briggs’ retirement
You know, obviously for me to have a chance in my first year as a head coach in the league to have a s–a trainer that has such extensive experience and has worked with so many coaches, has been terrific for me just as a resource, and someone to really support me. So on a personal level, you know, I’m gonna miss him. I know the organization…will certainly miss him as well. I also know that at some point, you know, it’s time, and that’s what he’s told me, just that there’s a level — he’s given so much to the game, and now it’s time for him to give a little more to himself, see his family, take a deep breath, and travel less. And, but he’ll always be a part of what we’re doing, and for me personally, in my first year, it’s, I’m just really grateful that he was here.
** Snyder, asked what’s his pick for play of the year
[Trevor] Book[er]’s shot? I forgot about Book’s volleyball shot…That’s a tough one to beat. I don’t know that you see that one in a decade. So, if you made me choose — otherwise I’d say something that no one would agree with, ’cause it would have, it’d be like from practice or something…something, you know, that only a coach would like. So, I don’t have that one for you. There’s too many of ’em…I didn’t know Book was a setter until that moment. So. Karch Kiraly.

naked steve brown

** Rodney Hood on Gary Briggs’ retirement
Man, it’s emotional. You know, that’s a guy who I’ve grown close to. You know, obviously, probably didn’t want to ’cause of injuries, but at the same time, you know, he’s a great friend of mine. You know, a guy I spent a lot of time with, talking about stuff other than basketball. And what he’s meant to the Utah Jazz, you know, organization, you know, it’s huge. You know, and, you know, and in future years, I’m gonna miss him on the sidelines.

briggs jersey

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, asked if he drew up the Rodney Hood – Bryce Cotton alley-oop
Yes. Yes. It was something that we actually asked him this morning, and, ’cause Justin [Zanik] was telling me they throw lobs for him in Austin. I said, “Well, I lived in Austin once.” So, we, I asked him, and he had a little wrinkle of the play, and we tried to put it in something we do, and Rodney threw — I’m not sure if Rodney threw a good pass or a bad pass, or that Bryce just jumps that high. So, it was fun to see.
** Snyder, asked how proud is he of the team
I’m proud of ’em. There’s, unequivocally, I don’t know how to express that any other way than just to state it that simply. And I’m proud of the fact that they’ve committed to each day. And the days aren’t always easy. You know, whether it be practice or games, they, but they’ve just toed the line constantly, and that’s a group, whether everybody’s back next year, some of the g–ho–whatever, you know, happens going forward, it’s a season, I think, that us as a team can look at and hopefully a lot of our players individually can use it as a starting point or a, you know, a springboard or whatever the case may be, that hopefully everybody’s gotten a little better through the process and we’ve gotten better as a group as well.

rudy-amareSometimes, all you can do is laugh.

** Rudy Gobert, asked what he’ll remember most about this season
I would say the growth. You know, we got better and we all understood how important it is to play defense. I think that’s the main thing. Now everybody knows what important it is, and we know that next season, we gonna be — we still got one more game, but we know that [next] season, when we come to training camp we already know the mindset we need to have.
** Gobert, asked what was it about the coaching staff that was able to get so much out of this team
I think they work hard, you know? They don’t have a lot of rest. Coach Snyder and everybody’s focused. You know, everybody’s really focused on his job, and everybody wants to win. And when you got this will to win, everybody gets better and we get the results. You know, and they came a little bit late this year, but next year we gonna have the same group, almost the same group, and we gonna start on good base.
** Rodney Hood on his alley-oop pass to Bryce Cotton
It was a play out of a timeout. Coach wanted me to get the ball and Bryce to come off a back screen. He didn’t really say throw the lob, and, but you know, [Cotton] was open. He got a good head start, and I wanted to make him go get it ’cause I know Bryce can jump. So he went up and got it, and it was an amazing play…I was glad he caught it, ’cause I would’ve came out the game if he didn’t.
** Rodney Hood, asked “How good can Rodney Hood be?”
I think I can be a really good player in this league, you know, especially with the tutelage of our coaches, general managers, people just helping me on my game. And you know, I think the sky’s the limit, but I just gotta continue to listen and stay humble, and you know, continue to listen to my teammates and try to get better.

** Joe Ingles on Bryce Cotton’s performance
We’ve seen some w–pretty, actually, seen better [dunks] than that in practice. But, I actually missed the first one ’cause I was talking to Jeremy [Evans]. But I’ll have to check it on video. But, no, I mean, he played great…He had an opportunity tonight, obviously with Trey [Burke] out and Dante [Exum] getting two stitches for the smallest cut I’ve ever seen in my life. But yeah, he got some extended minutes, and like I said, took advantage of it.
** Trevor Booker, asked what was it about the coaching staff that was able to get so much out of this team
You know, I don’t know. They just, we knew they worked hard. They put in a tremendous amount of effort, watching film on the planes, coming back late, watching film. I mean it’s just a mutual respect, you know, on both sides, and you know, we, both sides, they trust each other, and that’s the biggest thing.
** Booker on Bryce Cotton’s dunk
Oh my. It was sick. I mean, he’s, like, 5-2…It was crazy…It was pretty nasty.

notting hill

** Bryce Cotton, asked “Who is Bryce Cotton?”
I’m just a kid that just keeps trying to prove himself over and over, and I’m just definitely very blessed.
** Bryce Cotton on his alley-oop
Me and coach had talked about it earlier in the day after walk-through, ’cause I used to catch lobs in the D-League, and we ended up right in that play, basically, tonight, and it worked.
** Chris Johnson on what he tried to do tonight
Just being aggressive. You know, doing, giving what the defense taking me. Plus I’m trying to be a leader on the court. You know, a couple of the key guys are out, so just trying to make up for that, you know, that category. You know, play hard. Play defense. You know, trying to be vocal to the guys and just set a tone.
** Johnson, asked why he looks so comfortable in the system
I just know my role, you know? I know my spots and my positions. You know, I know how coach want to use me, so you know, just trying to get comfortable with the guys. You know, be consistent at what I do, and enjoy it.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Al-Farouq Aminu “Amino” for the nth straight year: Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring
** According to Steve Brown, he asked Gary Briggs what was his favorite Jazz memory and Briggs’ answer was an off-day in New York when he and John Stockton went to the Statue of Liberty to look for their heritage.
** Jerry Sloan, applauding Subway Sub of the Game Gary Briggs:

jerry 413

** Finally, Matt Harpring tries Vegemite:



Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on tip-off: Stoudemire kind of looked at Rudy and was like, “Really? You’re this long?”
Craig Bolerjack: Hahahaha. (H/T @RxMike12)
** Harpring on replay of Rudy Gobert’s missed dunk: Watch him cock it back a little bit more than he usually does. He cocks it right behind, and then he goes, “Oop,” and it didn’t go in.
** Harpring on Vegemite: I don’t think you’re supposed to take it straight. (H/T @bjcseven)
** Harpring to Boler: Who wants a bun? What are you talking about? (H/T @RxMike12)
** Media to Rodney Hood on his pass to Bryce Cotton: Did you put it where you wanted it? Was it right on target?

Red denotes most recent game.

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Thanks to @AllThatAmar and @Mark_R_Pereira for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 14, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.

Parsons suffered a setback and could miss game 1 of the playoffs! So unlucky.

by B.Cardinal4MVP on Apr 13, 2015 | 7:23 PM

Buckle up, gonna be a bumpy ride
The Richard Jefferson Playoff Experience awaits.

by The_M23 on Apr 13, 2015 | 7:32 PM

They’ll be starting 3 rookies
and a second year guy.

by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:04 PM

sigh utah streams everywhere. mute i guess
by veyronp87 on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:08 PM

yep :(
by suckmybigdirk on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:11 PM

Gobert is like a young Tyson
by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:12 PM

we honestly have the best flopping backcourt with DH and JJ
by veyronp87 on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:32 PM

how come jj cant jump like their little guy
by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:41 PM

Big Dirk>Gober
by suckmybigdirk on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:59 PM

I know this game doesn’t mean anything…
but damn this line-up sucks. Rondo, Felton, and CV are at least trying. Stat looks like he doesn’t care, and RJ is nowhere to be seen.

by B.Cardinal4MVP on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:33 PM

Funny how the announcer just noted ‘Dallas ist missing some guys, but we are missing Hayward! And these guys are still playing basketball!’
while playing against the Mavs bench lol

by DirkKnowChipsKey on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:49 PM

by dimitriouss on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:50 PM

literally 4/5 of our starting 5 plus devin
by veyronp87 on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:50 PM

three of their starters + burke are out.
They have 7 rookies.

by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:52 PM

There damn rookies are kickin our vet bench’s ass.
by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:49 PM

I’m pretty damn sure these young guns (sorry had to do it)…
would beat a lot of bench teams. Maybe not the Spurs’, but a lot of other teams.

by B.Cardinal4MVP on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:51 PM

yeah they’re good
by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:57 PM

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 4/10

April 13, 2015
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On off-season considerations
There’s been enough times with arrows pointed in certain directions that you don’t wanna overreact and get reckless. But I think, it’s safe to say we’re, a couple of the debates and deliberations are maybe a little ahead of schedule, if you will, and, about what the right thing to do to complement the group. Do you even try to complement the group? Do you just let ’em continue to grow, and, so you don’t upset the, you know, the chemistry that you have?

Our chemistry’s really strong and we feel good about it, but it’s fairly new…There’s a lotta questions that we have to get with coaches in the off-season and share, and think about what we need from a skillset standpoint, what we need from an experience standpoint, and maybe some things that the coaches don’t want as well.

So, it’s safe to say that, you know, we’d like to be delicate and precise if we add to the group, and sometimes that’s possible, and sometimes that’s not. And if it’s not possible, then we’ll slow-growth it and go step by step with a very young but promising group. …

Certainly with, you know, our three picks this year, I think, you know, to be frank, there’s a decent chance we could look at some trade options that may be available to us.

What’s the most important thing when you’re analyzing college players?
Boy, yeah, there’s so many things. Ther–the medical is huge. The, you always wanna get back to your previous scouting reports and weigh those against the video file that you built up, and make sure you saw what you saw in the context in which you saw it.

And so, the interview, and just, no, there’s no one question that you can ask that is gonna provide you a certainty whether this guy’s a fit. But there’s an overall vibe and a feel that a player would, you know, typically puts off. …

So, you know, you get that gut. You get that feel on which guys could fit ya, which guys are humble enough to be able to handle a, an honest, you know, draft assessment, and you know, where you could fit, and you’re gonna have to bide your time and you may have to play in the D-League…

Typically we haven’t skipped steps with giving a young guy too much too soon, and so, when you deliver all those messages, you know, how receptive guys are to that, you know, is a big part of the equation as well. So, there’s no one piece, but there’s a lotta things that you’re trying to get as complete a picture as possible.

** Dennis Lindsey on whether there are GMs out there he doesn’t care to discuss trades with, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine: There’ve been those guys in the past. You know me, I wouldn’t name names. But yeah, you get chemistry with some guys, and you feel like you’re able to pull things out…You need to anticipate a little bit of what someone may want, and then you gotta figure out whether you’re willing to give up what they want to get what you want.

Is there a value to Joe Ingles’ personality to your club regardless of how he plays? What’s a guy like Ingles’ future with the Jazz?
We’ll see going forward, but I’ll say this. He has exceeded our expectations as a teammate, as a competitor, as someone who’s been ready to play NBA basketball. And look, a real key asset that we have is Dante Exum, and we didn’t want Dante to be on an island. But that’s not enough to get Joe or anybody else on a roster. You have to have merit as a player. …

There’s certainly an intangible quality that Joe and teammates like Joe have, that can make a group and individual players feel good about themselves. But at the end of the day, we’ll, you know, he’s an NBA player. I think he’s proved that this year, and he’s a free agent, and I think he’ll have a good market, and hopefully his experience has been one that’s been good enough here that, you know, he’ll consider us when the time comes.

quin snyder recipe

What’s the one thing about Quin Snyder that has convinced the team to buy into everything he’s selling?
Oh boy. I don’t, there’s so many. And so, you’d have to choose from the top. I’d say driven. He’s a driven man, and you, the, you know, the looks and the charisma, intelligence, communicate — communication skills, those are all easy marks for Quin, and in a weird way, ha–maybe even worked against him at times, just based upon misconceptions.

But he’s very driven, and then you add in a dose of humility, you know, a pinch of curiosity. I think, he, he’s just, he’s able to tread a fine line of being able to really coach and lead a group in a strong, serious way, but yet, you know, the group likes him and they respond to him.

So, I think because of that, and his, you know, previous experience of being a head coach at Missouri and in Austin, he’s got a couple different pitches he can deliver, and it’s not always a fastball. I think he knows when to change speeds on the team, and so, you know, I think as he continues to gain experience and understands this group and as the group really has a, even a clearer ideal and more continuity going forward, I think he’ll be able to really organize us and lead us effectively. …

At the end of the day, I think relative to game plans, I don’t think players — they’re very diverse in their backgrounds. So, I don’t think they think about black, white, orange, yellow, big, small, played in the league or not. They want to know that a coach can give ’em a plan to win, and how they’re part of it.

And so, I think if a coach can consistently stay on point on all of those, you know, just fundamental bedrock things to be a head coach in the league, that they can have a successful career, you know, in the NBA, and yet come from much different backgrounds with, no matter what your color or nationality or religious beliefs or your basketball-playing experience as a player, you know, I don’t think, I think players see through that real quick.

And so, fortunately, Quin’s, you know, unique in many ways, but I think that our group of players see those core qualities, and hopefully that means a, just a real long-term, solid relationship here with the Salt Lake City community. (1280)

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 4/8

April 13, 2015

First time I can remember that 1280 failed to post an interview.

rr tweet 1

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On a related note, wonder if Rigby is angrily dialing Adam Silver’s number after Quin Snyder decided to rest Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward last night. Here’s Rigby on Gregg Popovich’s decision to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili against the Jazz at the end of the season a few years ago:

rigby on spurs resting players

Game 80 of 82: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (37-43)

April 12, 2015


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game and Trevor Booker’s performance
You know, any time you see guys that get an opportunity like that, and you feel their excitement, and, it’s great. You know, Trevor Booker was amazing. And he really got — he scored a lot, but he got it within the flow of the game. He was never, he was patient. And Bryce [Cotton] and Eli[jah Millsap] and Chris [Johnson] and Jack [Cooley] came in and gave us some good minutes. And it’s just, it’s always — Jeremy [Evans] was terrific as well. And so, it’s fun to see those guys do that. … We may have gone for it tonight harder than we’ve gone for it in a while.
** Snyder on Rodney Hood
I mean, he anchors you. When he’s in the game, it allows you to kind of have some different lineups, ’cause he gives you some scoring and he can create a shot, which, you know, when the clock runs down, to have a guy that can get a good shot or get to the line — I thought late in the game, his ability to get to the foul line was really big.


** Trevor Booker on his performance
It was just one of those games where, you know, I got going early. I hit my first shot, then my second shot, and that’s where it all started…My teammates did a good job of penetration and kicking out to me, and I got a couple of drives, got a couple of shots, and we got the job done.
** Jeremy Evans on staying a professional but still enjoying playing time when he gets it
It’s always fun, just to go out and help my teammates any way I can…Them watching me, showing that, some of the other guys, they also, you know, don’t play as much, but it’s, goes to show that, just pay attention, you know, time’s gonna come that, you know, you’re gonna be put in this position to go out and play. And that’s what you gotta do. That’s, this is your job.
** Evans, asked “What’s it like to be able to look into the rim?”
It’s great. You know, I still sh–I feel like a couple things that I could’ve done better is a couple dunks. They were like, “Man, you used to make those.” I’m like, “Yeah, must be getting old, so.”
** Rodney Hood on Trevor Booker’s big game
I’ve been working with him, you know, after practice, getting shots up. (laughs)
** Hood on playing with contact
You know, I always like contact. You know, I had to adjust, you know, ’cause at the beginning of the season I was going, getting a lotta charges, running over people. Now, I’m being more patient, and you know, being smarter about using contact and not getting fouls. So, I just gotta continue to be aggressive and you know, use my length.
** Hood on Bryce Cotton’s performance
It was a period of time when Bryce got in, he just took over the game. You know, and he was electrifying on both ends, and you know, we needed that tonight.

In the house:

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring’s Keys to the Game:

matt's dirty keys

** Craig Bolerjack: Chris Johnson indeed in the locker room right now, getting stretched out by, uh, the Jazz massage therapist, Doug Birrell. So, he’s working on him in the back room. Hey, nothing better than Doug. (H/T @5kl)

Red denotes most recent game.

game 80

Thanks to @j32jam for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 12, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.

They are resting Favors and Hayward……..for what?????
by LaMarvelous on Apr 11, 2015 | 5:55 PM

Utah bigs are young and talented. Nice future they’ve got.
Trey Burke might never shoot over 40% tho.

by bowdown on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:02 PM

But he may shoot 40% of his team’s shots
by AUS2PDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:04 PM

Dante Exum needs to find an accent and stick to it!!!!
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:07 PM

Damn that’s a pretty rag-tag starting lineup for the Jazz
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:12 PM

Who da heck is Trevor Booker
by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:13 PM

by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:15 PM

Yooo Booker this isn’t your game stop it
by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:17 PM

There should be a report on the laziness of team’s announcers
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:18 PM

Wow…Utah announcers still calling him Miles Leonard…
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:17 PM

If any NBA coach moonlit as a serial killer of street walkers, I think we know who it would be
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:20 PM

Quin Snyder has DEFINITELY shot up a bank before…
by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:21 PM

anybody got the twitter handle for this Utah color commentator?
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:27 PM

It’s driving me nuts too
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:27 PM

Call him Miles again, please, do it
by AUS2PDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:31 PM

I said it after the last game we played them, but they are a special kind of horrible
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:33 PM

Somebody take Utah’s coach out
Before he kills Batman or something

by AUS2PDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:33 PM

Who pissed off Booker?
by iamBlackout on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:37 PM

A Blazer just dived on the ball and the Utah colour guy praised Utah’s hustle
by AUS2PDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:48 PM

CJ is on FIYAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:55 PM

by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:55 PM

CJ is the man!!!!!!!!!
by blazermaniac32 on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:56 PM

ya but who’s Rodney Hood and this Trever dude
by BlazeOnBlazers on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:56 PM

What do we want from the Grizzlies/Clippers game?
by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:01 PM

Chris Paul
by JonathanPDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:01 PM

back to 10 down….this could be a long night.
by BlazeOnBlazers on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:04 PM

I am not enjoying this game.
by JonathanPDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:06 PM

Double digit halftime deficit

by axel360 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:07 PM

And ooops there goes that Trevor dude w assist from that Rodney guy to end quarter. Those guys are good. I guess I need to check Jazz player stats more…..?
by BlazeOnBlazers on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:09 PM

They’re not really great. Portland’s D involves a bunch of players who rarely spend time together
And they look kinda uninspired on top of it.

by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:10 PM

oh my god, Utah announcers called him Meyers, stop the presses
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:24 PM

10 point halftime deficit erased in 1:32
by axel360 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Exum can hit 3s now?
by axel360 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:27 PM

Someone put a leash on Booker
by Bib Fortuna on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:29 PM

Quin Snyder looks like a slimy movie villain
by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:33 PM

American Psycho
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:33 PM

Gobert looks like Xerxes from 300
by Bib Fortuna on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:37 PM

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:45 PM

MVP for Booker
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:46 PM

Blake vs Gobert. LOL.
by gumbypuppy on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:53 PM

Cottonballs is killing us
by blazermaniac32 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Well…this is frustrating
by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:00 PM

13-0 run???? Are you kidding me????
by pdxthomastran on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:01 PM

Jazz should always go inside
It’s either foul or score for them.

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:03 PM

I’m kind of in “yay the game’s almost over” mode, I have to admit.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:05 PM

every. single. possession. they. get. a .whistle.
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:10 PM

Wow…Lopez got Gobert to bite on the fake
And Gobert still blocked it…impressive.

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:11 PM

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:11 PM

well poop
by BlazerFanInSeattle on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:16 PM

Booker MVP
by BlazerFanInSeattle on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:17 PM

no foul????????????
by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:17 PM

LOL…we’re not the Jazz
The refs can only call so many fouls…and they’ve used them all up on Utah

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:18 PM

36 from Booker
by BlazerFanInSeattle on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:28 PM

and who was guarding him?
by mybad on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:29 PM

Apparently NOBODY!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:30 PM

Game 79 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (36-43)

April 11, 2015


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the scoreless four-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter
We got good shots. You know, I mean, we had some clean looks, and you know, obviously [the Grizzlies] had a lot to do with it. You know, that’s one of the best defensive teams in the league, and I think [they’re] playing well…That was the kind of game that I was hopeful we’d be in. You know, obviously we would love to win it, but that’s the experience we want, that opportunity to compete.
** Snyder on Bryce Cotton’s performance and what he brings to the team
Yeah, I mean, he’s quick. I think the thing, I mean, I told him before one timeout when I thought he passed up — you know, I, when he gets a clean look, I want him to shoot it. You know, and they go under, I want him to shoot it. That — he’s a really good shooter. And I’ve seen him in practice. You know, we, you know, we’ve put him through the hundred shots, hundred threes, and, so there — I have a lot of confidence in him doing that, and, so I, obviously I thought his buckets were opportune when he got ’em, and we had a good stretch of pick and roll in transition in that second quarter, and he was, you know, a big part of the reason.

** Gordon Hayward on his free throws
Hit the first two. Those were the tough ones, so. Just missed the last one.
** Hayward on the game
You know, just, they made the plays and we didn’t, so.

rudy-rod-oopRudy Gobert on his salute: “It’s been a while, so I had to do it today.”

** Rudy Gobert on the game
We played hard the whole game. We did a couple mistakes first quarter, but except that, we played great. You know, we shared the ball. We played tough defense. We hustled on the rebounds. We got couple fouls, but that’s a very physical team, so I think we did a good job on this area of the game.
** Gobert, asked how badly he feels for Gordon Hayward
I think it’s frustrating, but you know, it’s a free throw. You can’t make every shot.

rudy-big-head-saluteShoutout to this guy.

** Rodney Hood, asked how badly he feels for Gordon Hayward
We shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place. We shoulda, you know, stretched out the lead a little bit. You know, made some plays on the defensive end, and you know, I mean, you know, we, everybody knows we got Gordon’s back.
** Hood, asked if he plays the “what if” game and wonders how his season would have gone if he’d been healthy the entire year
Yeah, sometimes I do. You know, but, you know, I just look forward to the future. Work hard and you know, try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Rudy G”: Matt Harpring
** A Stockton is coming back to the NBA!

david stockton

** Trey Burke’s baby came in second in the baby crawling contest:

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: Vince [Carter] is just in the stands glad-handing people. (H/T @FrankNooch)
** Steve Brown to Johnnie Bryant at halftime: The big fella came alive for you.
** Harpring: Nothing against Booker. He just doesn’t have the size of Favors.
** Craig Bolerjack to Harpring on Jeremy Evans saving a loose ball: Right in front of us! I thought he was going to sit on your lap.
** Harpring during review of out-of-bounds ball: There’s a hand. Ooh, that’s not a, that’s probably not the best angle.
** Boler on the Jazz’s last possession: Favs, jumps it. No. Hayward puts it up. No. Tip-in, no, by Gobert.
** Boler on 0.2 seconds remaining in the game: You can do a lot in two-tenths. (H/T @5kl)
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert dunk: This one was special. I like the cock-back of Gobert. (H/T @AllThatAmar)
** Rodney Hood on Gordon Hayward’s missed free throw: You know, it could happen to anybody.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 79

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


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