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Where Are They Now: Greg Foster

May 15, 2016

greg foster

What are you up to?
I’ve been with the Milwaukee Bucks for the past two years as an assistant coach on Jason Kidd’s staff. You know, prior to that I was with Philadelphia for a year with Brett Brown, so he gave me my start. So yeah, up here in Milwaukee having a good ol’ time.

On John Stockton
There’s a big misconception with John when it comes to [his scoring ability]. I mean, I, if you ever had the opportunity to watch him play summer ball, or if you’re just playing, basically playing street ball, the, I think the misconception comes with, you know, everybody thought he needed the pick and roll. He needed the system.

I’ve seen him annihilate guys just playing pickup ball. Getting to the basket; handling the ball; no real pick and roll; playing one on one. So yeah, I’ve seen him do that, so I always knew, but you know, when it came time, came down to execution and winning basketball games, you know, he was selfless in that way.

What do you remember most fondly about your time in Salt Lake?
Well, there’s no doubt that, you know, my time in Salt Lake City was, were the best years of my career. You know, I had a home finally after bouncing around. You know, I felt like I belonged somewhere, so that was big for me. And, you know, we’ve got a lot of great friends. We just met so many wonderful people out there that we know to this day and we stay in touch with.

So, you know, the camaraderie of the team, the discipline of the team, and then being able to, you know, get the chance to take that next step. Even though we came up short in winning a world championship, you know, we played the right way, we played hard, and I think we all had fun doing it.

So, you know, I still, when I run into those guys, you know, like Howard [Eisley] and Bryon [Russell] and you know, Karl [Malone], you know, we all have fond memories, laugh about those successful years that we had.

On Jerry Sloan
He used to say that, when I would give him a hard time, that is, that someday when you guys are gonna be coaches, you’re gonna be dealing with guys just like yourself. So I always used to get a chuckle out of that, and I’ve never forgotten that.

You know, he was a tough-nosed guy. He was a disciplinarian. We butted heads quite a bit, but at the end of the day, he was the kind of guy that you could have a beer with after the fact and it was all over. And you came back to work the next day, and you guys had a common goal.

So, was he the easiest guy to play for? No. But he got the m–absolutely most out of me, and in hindsight and looking back, I really don’t, I don’t try to do it any differently. Even though kids today in the NBA are a little different — you know, you’ve gotta be creative in how you motivate them and how demonstrative you can be, which can be frustrating from a coaching perspective at times, but it is what it is.

But I have a lot of respect for Jerry Sloan, who, we did some special things together.

What could have happened differently in the Finals years that would have led to a different outcome?
Well, you know, I mean, [the Bulls] were pretty good. You know, I think the first year we might’ve been just excited to get there. But that second year, you know, we really tried to go ahead and win that thing.

I think a couple plays here and there — you know, the one that comes to my mind obviously is when [Michael] Jordan double-backed on Karl and was able to get that steal. And there were some free throws that we missed, you know, that could’ve probably, you know, turned the momentum in our favor and maybe got us one.

But hey, you know, again, there were some great runs. No crying over it, and just some wonderful memories from those years. (KALL)

Bits from Jerry Sloan Interview

May 14, 2016
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tammy and jerry

** On his diagnosis: It’s kinda a tough situation ’cause you’re getting away from something you’ve always loved to do. I haven’t heard anybody say it’s gonna be easy, so my whole saying is take your lumps and go on.

** What’s the toughest part of all this? Not knowing…I’m not scared. I’m just scared of the shaking all over, days on days. If I could get that stopped, I’d be in pretty good shape. You gotta take advantage of every day you can, ’cause it might be a rough road ahead of you.

** On the future: We were always taught to fight our way out. I’ve been lucky so far. This may be the end, though…The bottom line is, you try to enjoy the day and see what tomorrow brings. That’s the way I’m looking at it. It’s the only way I know.

Locker Room Cleanout: Quick and Dirty Quin and Dennis

April 18, 2016

dl qs

Dennis Lindsey, asked if the way the season ended will mean more urgency to be less process-oriented and more results-oriented: If it’s fundamental, I think we’re certainly going to explore every option relative to the draft. We have a number of picks, and we may not select them all, right? We may use them to get another veteran if w–the analysis says that we need to do that, in our opinion, and that opportunity arises, but that has to be fundamental.

Very comfortable, with that said, with the number of returning players, the core that we have, the internal improvement that’s taken place, that, in addition to some, I think, reasonable projections. So, but, look, we, we’re not going to arbitrarily try to speed up the timeline or slow it down to be process-oriented. …

One of the worst things that we can do i–frankly, is to overreact…Greg [Miller] pulled me aside, you know, not long after he hired me, and said, “Hey, look, we’re operators. We’re not traders.”…

But with that said, there won’t be anything that won’t be examined, and if it’s quicker and more experience, then that may be the right thing to do, or as we continue to slow-growth it as well, and hope and work towards better help, health and continuity, that might provide us the solution as well.

Lindsey on whether the Jazz are still in “rebuild” mode, and if there is a point of diminishing returns: There could be, sure. There’s always risk and threats relative to something that becomes too prolonged. I think we’re, fundamentally, and if you look at the metrics, we’re towards the tail end of that. We’re a competitive team. …

If there’s one criticism I think you could make that’s fair, is we erred towards chemistry, continuity, continued development because we felt like the players, and in particular the coaching staff, showed great progress.

But the opportunity cost of that is, is was there a veteran that could’ve helped us stabilize? I think we did fairly well with Shelvin [Mack] at the trade deadline. But there were two particular deals that were actually proposed to us, and we said yes to, and for whatever reason, we weren’t able to consummate, that we were more short term-oriented.

I was willing to give up a first round pick, multiple picks, very significant salary slot, ’cause we had built that into the equation, and for whatever reason, we weren’t able to consummate.

Lindsey on Dante Exum, UDQM: You can’t really know how big and long he is…at the, you know, at the point of entry’s — you know, it’s the first point of contact.

Quin Snyder on the Jazz’s lack of an alpha dog: Some of [our turnovers], in my mind, comes from even leadership on the court…It’s not a criticism of our current group, as much as it is recognition that there’s a possibility for growth in that regard. You know, w–y–there’s some teams that just have this kind of alpha, you know, leader, like a Chris Paul maybe being the best example.

And there’s other teams where that either evolves, or it’s shared, and you can kind of point to Golden State as an interesting example, where Steph Curry’s clearly their best player, but there’s an argument to be made on some level that Draymond Green, in many instances, is, provides a type of leadership that’s unique.

And I think for our group, we have to continue to try to cultivate that, recognize it, and demand it. And when I say demand it, on the court, that’s an important place, and I think that runs through a lot of the — you know, that thin red line goes through the turnovers. It goes through some late-game situations. It goes through defensive focus that I spoke about before.

And I would circle all the way back to the growth process, and that some of that can only come through experience. And some of it, we just have to continue to be honest with ourselves and be aware of and try to work on it as best we can.

Snyder on how much of an emphasis there will be on making the playoffs next year: I just don’t completely, on a personal level, buy into just a results-only focus. I just think, I don’t think in the long term, it gets you, necessarily the results that you want. I think it’s counter-intuitive.

It, I do believe that we want to maximize what we have, and as we continue to look at where our team is through the summer — certainly we thought we had a different team last year at this time than it turned out we did with Dante’s injury. So, there’s all kinds of variables involved.

Suffice to say, if that can be something we do, that’s what we want, but I don’t wanna set it up as a be-all, end-all, you know, that suddenly if we don’t do that, we’re, you know, we’re no good and we’re failing.

Snyder on how Year Two Quin Snyder differed from Year One Quin Snyder: I think at a certain point, I trusted our players more. I didn’t earlier in the year, because I don’t think they earned it. I wanted to. I wanted to kind of shift our preparation a little bit, and maybe go a little deeper and less habitual, and we needed to grind.* And we did that, and then we got to a point where, you know, I was able to really, not ease up, but let go of certain things.

And you know, they began to take more ownership. You know, I think we got more efficient too. You know, our, so, be a little, micro-manage our staff a little less. Try to teach a little less, and let our players figure stuff out, although we still did a lot of teaching.

Which, I don’t mind, you know, at, I don’t mind teaching at all, but at some point, you don’t wanna, that means you still got more and more to learn. Like, you’d rather, you know, have a foundation and then begin to, you know, polish and sculpt and things like that, as opposed to kind of introducing something that’s new again.

So, we got further down that continuum. You know, I think at times I was equally emotional or unemotional, or you know, poised or fiery. That really just depended on the game more than the season.


Locker Room Cleanout: Quick and Dirty

April 17, 2016

Trevor Booker on his future with the Jazz: I mean, I would definitely love to stay, but I know it’s a business, so I’m not sure what’s gonna happen. I know, you know, other teams are interested. But I would definitely love to stay, but you never know.

Trey Burke, asked to evaluate his season: You know, I think at the beginning of the season, I think it was pretty good. Preseason, I think I had a pretty well preseason going into the actual regular season. I think I shot the ball, percentage-wise, better than I did my first two years.

But then obviously once, you know, the rotation changed up, I think I actually handled it pretty well, personally. You know, I don’t wanna be the one that judges that, but personally, I think I did pretty well staying locked in, and you know, basically rooting for the team and then just basically going out there and doing what I did when my number was called. …

I don’t think it went wrong anywhere, honestly. I just think it was a decision [Quin Snyder] made. And you know, me and coach, we always talked. He always told me why he did certain things. You know, for me, I didn’t really understand it, but it was just something that he wanted to do. It was s–it was a route that he took, so for me, I just wanted to make sure I was staying professional, staying mature. …

[Snyder] basically was just saying he felt like, you know, with Shelvin Mack coming in and you know, h–that being one of his guys, and you know, obviously Shelvin had to go through some of the things that I had to go through this year. You know, Shelvin came in, he had a really good game, obviously, against Portland. And you know, from there on, [Snyder] told me that he was giving [Mack] an opportunity, so that was pretty much, you know, what he shared with me.

You know, we always was up front with each other. He always was honest with me and vice versa. So, I just wanted to know what it was that I was doing, and basically he was saying I was being professional. It wasn’t nothing that I did, you know, for me to actually stop getting minutes.

Alec Burks on what he needs to improve this summer: First thing fir–I want to get 100 percent healthy. I want my, I want to be 100 percent. I want to be that Alec that I’m known to be. And on my game, I just want to take that next step. I think — I’m 24; it’s about to be my sixth year in the league. I’m ready to take that next step to be great, so I’m gonna do that.

Dante Exum on whether he feels pressure being labeled as next year’s savior (biggest offseason free agent acquisition): You know, I, our team obviously has a lot of potential, and you know, we’re very young. And, I mean, the, you know, we, you know, stepped up a lot defensively when I was playing in that last bit of the season. So, you know, I don’t listen too much to, you know, what everyone’s saying, and you know, I know why I’m here, and you know, what I gotta do. So, I’m just focusing on that, and you know, I’m gonna do the best I can to make everyone around me better, and myself, so.

** People calling Alec Burks “Alex”: Dante Exum

Derrick Favors on his and Gordon Hayward’s leadership: You know, our leadership improved a lot this year. You know, we, both of us led by example. A couple of times during the games, you know, when the team was in, the team needed a basket or the team needed a stop or just needed motivation, you know, me and Gordon was there to make the big plays or said things in the huddles or whatever.

Favors on the way the season ended: It was definitely heartbreaking. You know, the way the whole playoff race was set up with us, Dallas, Houston, you know, it was heartbreaking, man. You know, a lot of guys took it kind of hard. I know I did. And you know, just give us something to look forward to and work on during the offseason. You know, that we was that close to making the playoffs, and you know, we let a couple of games go, that we probably could’ve ro–could’ve won. But it was definitely tough.

Rudy Gobert on what he will work on this offseason: Can’t really see it on stats, but I feel like I got better. I’ve learned a lot this season, and this off-season, most important gonna be to work on my strength, especially lower body, my resistance. You know, make sure I keep getting stronger, and, to be able to be dominant as I want to be.

Gordon Hayward on the way the season ended: Obviously disappointed. Came into the season with a lot of expectations of making the playoffs…I think with the adversities that we had this year, and the injuries, and the timing of the injuries, you know, I think the one thing that I can say is that we continued to fight ’til the end. We gave ourselves a chance, and we had opportunities, and I think that’s all you can ask for.

Hayward on if “youth” and “inexperience” can still be used as an excuse: I think for some of us, yes. For others of us, no. We’re still extremely young as a team. We’re extremely young collectively. And you know, I think, like I said earlier, we need to use the experiences we had this year for the upcoming years, and I think it’ll make us as better players. …

It’s definitely not BS. I think experience is huge, and you know, being, like, what is it, the s–we’re the second least experienced or whatever…Plus, then you say with it, that inexperience, then guys get injured, and now you’re bringing in other guys that are just as equally inexperienced. So it is, it’s tough.

Rodney Hood on how much body work he needs to do: I gotta do a lot. You know, and it’s not just about muscle. It’s just about, you know, stamina. You know, just being able to last for long periods of time. And it’s something you just gotta go through, you know, your first full season. And you know, you can talk about it all day. You gotta stretch, and you gotta do this. But it’s just gonna be certain times you just feel like you fighting in quicksand, but you know, s–you can do more to prepare for those moments so you can still be successful.

Joe Ingles on his kerfluffle with Dirk Nowitzki in the last home game of the season: He said something to me, and honestly, without trying to be, like, rude or anything, I didn’t understand what he said. And then that’s when he came and, like, got really close, and I still honestly don’t really know what I said, but I might’ve mentioned something about some bad breath or something like that.

Chris Johnson on being so close yet so far away: There was a lot of adversity this year. You know, the ups and downs of injuries, and you know, just whatever the situation was, but you know, everybody’s feeling down about it, but you know, we can learn something from it, and try to find ways next season to not be in the same position and make sure we there next year.

Trey Lyles on what drives him: Just being able to play basketball every day. You know, being able to come here, and you know, not really take it as a job. You know, a lot of people don’t get to do what they love, and I get to do what I love every day, so I might as well go out there and you know, work hard and play hard and just have fun with it every day.

Shelvin Mack on how he sees his role next year with Dante Exum returning: I think I fit in real good. You know, I can play multiple positions; he can play multiple positions. Like, next year, might be some times that we might be on the court together. So, no, not really, not too caught up, man. You know, that, this can, like I said, just control the things I can control.

Raul Neto on what he learned in his rookie season: It was different. You know, I think everything. The style of practices. English. I think everything. Country. People love basketball here. I go on this trip and people recognize me sometimes, and that never happened in Spain or in Brazil. And I think everything from practice to how the Utah Jazz get me this season. I think everything was great.

Tibor Pleiss on his rookie season: I think everybody thinks for sure that’s it was a tough situation for me [to bounce back and forth between the Jazz and Stampede], but for me it was a great experience this year. You know, I went to the D-League; I played a lot; I was on the court ar–I think around, for 32 minutes per game. So, I really improved my basketball skills, and it helped me lots to be on the court. So, yeah, but I still felt like, when I came back, I still felt like a part of the team. So, I really appreciates to be here. …

I hopefully, I want to play for the team here, for the Utah Jazz. That’s why I came here. I didn’t came here to play for the D-League team. I came here f–to play for the first team, to be a part of the team, and to help. So, I really look forward for next year.

Jeff Withey on how difficult it was to get playing time and then sit on the bench for wide swathes of the season: Yeah, it’s tough. You go from, you know, playing, like, 35 minutes a game, and you start building all this confidence, and then when you stop playing, you understand why, because, you know, you have these guys that are in front of you, and you know, we were definitely fighting for a playoff spot.

So you know, I understood, but at the same time, as a competitor, you want to always be out there. You always want to be playing. But the coaches did a really good job with bringing me aside and talking to me, and you know, kind of telling me how I was. And so, [Snyder] never left me in the dark, and was, like, made me think, like I was doing something wrong. So, he did a good job with that and was professional about that.

Bonus Material
1280 guy’s anthropological analysis of Salt Lake City in the NBA landscape: I’ve always thought the stereotype was the African-American player isn’t going to be happy here away from the game, what have you. But I always thought, listening to [Jazz players] talk, having lived here for 22 years now, that the African-American player, when he gets here, and lives here, and plays here, he finds that he actually likes it, and it’s not that way, the way people think.

Dante Exum on playing for the Boomers this summer: I won’t do it unless I’m 100 percent confident in myself. You know, the last thing that I want —
Joe Ingles: We got Patty Mills and [Matthew] Dellavedova. We don’t need him. We got real point guards.

David Locke: Do you feel there’s any value in trying to get some action in before you get here Oct. 1?
Exum: I do.
Ingles: [snorts]
Exum: You’re so immature. Go-lly.

Locke: You have gained how much weight?
Ingles: [high-pitched squeal] I’m so glad I’m here for this.
Exum: I’ve only gained, like, 10 pounds. Which is good, like —
Ingles: Good 10 pounds or a bad 10 pounds?
Exum: It’s good 10 pounds. You know, all muscle. All I could do was lift…At this time, I’m most definitely stronger than Joe, so I could play one through three.
Ingles: I can shoot better than you with my eyes closed, so.

Exum on how added strength will help him when he drives to the basket: I mean, I haven’t gone at anyone or any contact in, you know, a while, but I’m definitely stronger. So I think, you know, I’m gonna be doing more of the bumping next year.
Ingles: [snorts]
Exum: [cracks up]
Ingles: [cracks up] [more snorting]
Ingles: Really?
Exum: Staaahp.
Ingles: …on daytime radio?
Exum: Just unplug his mic.

Ingles on legendary tightwad Gordon Hayward: Gordon’s the tightest NBA player in the world.
Locke: He doesn’t pay? He’s, like, two years away from making $30 [million a year].
Ingles: Oh, my gosh. Yeah, he doesn’t. He’s, I hope he’s listening on his drive home right now. He probably — if we tallied up every time we’d been to dinner and every time someone had paid, he’d definitely be the least.
Exum: We went to a steak restaurant, and I think Joe paid, and then the next time, we went to a P.F. Chang’s, and you know, I picked that one up.
Ingles: Of course, [Exum] decides to go and buy a $1 million car.
Exum: It was not a $1 million car.

Ingles: Look at that right there.
Trey Lyles: Look at what?
Ingles: I wish we had a Periscope on this so we could see the Rolex.
Lyles: I don’t have a Rolex. It’s fake.
Ingles: You swear?
Lyles: No. I don’t.
Locke: Do you think [Lyles] took a pay cut when he came to the NBA?
Ingles: He obviously took a pay cut.
Lyles: It’s so disrespectful when they say that. I had to go to class and everything. Signing off. Mamba out.

David Locke: Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine (UDQM)
** Locke to Derrick Favors (presumably) on his twins: Have fun with the little girls.
** Locke to Rudy Gobert on when he got injured: You were face down and just pounded on the floor. I think you let out probably about seven months of frustration right there in one moment.
** Locke to Chris Johnson on his shot: Is it s–did it, were you surprised it didn’t go in more?
** Locke to Trey Lyles at the end of the interview: I’m sorry. I really, I apologize, Trey, ’cause I was done, actually, like, a minute ago. And I, you really should have been free from this.
** Locke to Raul Neto on talking to Quin Snyder about his one DNP-CD of the season: You should get on him right now.
** Locke, quoting himself on a call he made earlier in the season: “Raul Neto just went, ‘Oh my. That’s the s–that’s what the size of these guys are at my position now.'”
** Locke to Tibor Pleiss on the pics he took during Kobe Bryant’s final game: I got the picture of the night last night.
Pleiss: Yeah? Show me.
Locke: Here, I’ll show you.
Pleiss: I’ll show you my picture.
Locke: All right…It’s very strange for us to show pictures while on the radio.
Pleiss: So, that’s my picture.
Locke: That’s mine.
Pleiss: OK. Yours is better.
Locke: Who’s is better?
Pleiss: Yours. Yeah.

And here’s your final Utah Jazz wrapup of the season

April 16, 2016

final standings

One. Quin Snyder following the loss to the Mavericks: Unfortunately, Dallas was a better team tonight. I mean, they were comfortable. You know, they looked like a team. We looked like a team that is the youngest team in the league, and that’s what we are. So, this is a good experience for us.

Gordon Hayward following the loss to the Mavericks: They’re veteran guys. They know how to get the right looks too…They hit their shots, you know, so. Tough one to swallow for sure. But, you know, it is what it is.

Two. Quin Snyder after the Mavericks game on how “unfathomable” it is that the Jazz lost four of their last five at home: It’s really not unfathomable, frankly. I mean, we lost to Golden State, you know, on a last-second shot. You know, we lost to San Antonio. We lost to the Clippers in overtime, and now we lost a really, we lost a tough game to a playoff team with a hall-of-famer.

So, I would object to the idea that it’s unfathomable. I think we finished the season well. I don’t know what our record was in the last 15 games, but it was pretty good…[The Mavericks] have won six of their last seven, so, and the one game they lost, they didn’t have [J.J.] Barea. So — those aren’t excuses. But I just don’t think that’s fair to our guys.

Three. At least the final home game of the season did produce this highlight:

pink papas

pink grandmas tweet

Four. Deron Williams on Jerry Sloan after the Mavericks game: I heard the news about his health, and it’s definitely sad. And you know, I got a chance to spend a couple minutes with him before [the game], and he looked great, sounded great. You know, sounded like he was upbeat about the situation. And you know, I told him I don’t, there’s not a tougher man I know. So you know, if anyone can, you know, battle through stuff, it’s him.

Williams, asked whether getting booed by Jazz fans got him going: A little bit. I’m not going to lie…It definitely got me going out there a little bit. Not only the booing, but the stuff that was being said from, you know, when I was sitting on the bench, dead balls, things like that. I heard a lot. So, definitely got me going.

Five. Scene from an alternate universe (and yeah, that’s Wesley Matthews at the end there asking Randy Rigby where Coach Sloan is):

Six. Lol.

dirk tweet

Seven. Trey Lyles engaging fanboy mode about Kobe Bryant’s last game: Kobe’s last game, for me, him being my favorite player of all time, you know, me looking up to him pretty much my whole basketball career, it’s kinda a surreal moment for me, being able to play against him in his last game ever…

Me having the opportunity to play against him, you know, in preseason and four times during the regular season’s been awesome for me. Being on the same court as him, same court as my idol, and then just being able to be a part of, you know, pretty much history tomorrow night, you know, is gonna be a great, surreal experience for me.

And it’s definitely going to be something I’m gonna remember for the rest of my life, and I’m just thankful and blessed that I’m able to have this opportunity. And you know, it doesn’t come a lot in people’s lives to, you know, be able to go out there and be a part of something with somebody that they idolize, and I’m just lucky enough to be in that position to do it.

trey cry face

Our thoughts are with Trey at this difficult time.

Eight. Rudy Gobert posted this during the final game of the season:

rudy ig

Nine. Gordon Hayward, post-game after playing the Lakers: It was a fun night. Historic night. Glad we got an opportunity to play against [Kobe Bryant] on his last game, and definitely vintage Kobe. So, it was cool.

Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Rudy Gobert, asked if Derrick Favors is playing against the Mavericks: I don’t know. You know, I’m not in his body.
** Quin Snyder, asked how much Shelvin Mack’s size matters against Deron Williams: Hopefully, it’ll have an impact…Shelvin’s obviously, you know, 3 more inches and 5 or 6 more inches in length (than Trey Burke and Raul Neto).
** Craig Bolerjack to Gordon Hayward after the Lakers game: Gordon, you just kind of have to take it rough for a minute.

Highlights of Opponent Game Thread Highlights 2015-2016

April 15, 2016
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…aka the jazzfanatical version of “Mean Tweets.”

** Quin Snyder is a good coach
–Yes, when he isn’t scaring little kids. (Lakers)
** I missed the 1st part of the game, did Quin crack open the skull of a toddler and feast on the grayish-pink goodness within, like normal? (Nuggets)
** He looks like a serial killer. (Blazers)
** Jazz’ coach looks like a bad ass mofo yo
–AKA serial killer
–True but hey, it comes with the badassery
–Or a Prohibition-era gangster.
–He looks like he attended Cobra Kai.
–Looks like a greaser, 50’s style. Stick you in a knife fight and then slick back his hair and roll up the cigs in his tshirt.
–He looks like Ray Liotta in Goodfellas.
–He look like he pays women to poop on him
–Ew. C’mon.
–He has that kind of face. He just does (Blazers)
** Quin Snyder looks like he just walked out of a cocaine party on Wall Street (Magic)
** Snyder really looks like the kind of guy to give you tips on where to get good hookers and blow in any NBA city. (Magic)
** Quin Snyder with the coke out Goldman Sachs looks wins the thread. BTW I would totally look like him if I had the money
–I need to track down his phone number for when I make a trip to the States, a weekend with him would be epic (Magic)
** Quin Snyder looks like an actor who’s a serial killer (Warriors)
** Quin Snyder threatened to murder our entire roster. (Knicks)
** Snyder called a time out for a cocaine break (Magic)
** Quin Snyder is the wolf of whatever Utah’s banking district is (Magic)
** Good god camera man. No more zooming in on Quin Snyder (Nuggets)
** Quin Snyder is scary (Sixers)
** Is Quin Snyder the most punchable coach in the NBA?
–He’s like a Batman’s archenemy. WHACK! POW!
–I think Haywood and him just talk about hair gel most of the time (Timberwolves)
** It’s The Scary Coach! (Blazers)
** I don’t know why..but he really creeps me out lol
–Imagine him as your neighborhood butcher. (Grizzlies)
** I remember Quin Snyder winning the State Championship when I was in high school. He is from Mercer Island, tho.
–He is not. He’s from Transylvania. (Blazers)
** Porzingis’ dunk made coach Snyder angry. Made him call a timeout. Made him murder 15 people (Knicks)
** The Jazz head coach looks like a villain from a show where all the main characters are attractive as heck. Basically a CW show (Knicks)
** Is it just me or does the Jazz coach look like a movie villain? He just needs a scar across his eye.
–He looks like a villain in a movie where the hero is a dog. (Nets)
** Snyder looks freaky (Nets)
** Quin Snyder looks like he sucked on something super sour.
–Dude looks almost evil. He could easily play a movie villain (Pistons)
** Holy crap like every image of Quin Snyder makes him look insane. He’s a comic book villain. (Pistons)
** Wow Quin Snyder’s fingers are freakishly long, he just signaled in a play holding up two fingers and it looked quite strange (Hornets)
** Utah looks like we used to look last year. Just totally uninterested in playing basketball.
–If Quin Snyder knew where your family lived, you would be distracted too (Denver)
** Quin Snyder has the best super villain hair of any NBA coach (at least now that Pat Riley is in the FO). (Bucks)
** Utah’s coach looks like he just woke up after a night of partying (Celtics)
** Quin Snyder, best hair in the NBA? (Blazers)
** As if Quin Snyder cares about boos.
–Quin Snyder conditions his luxurious hair with your boos. (Blazers)
** How does Quin Snyder find the time to be both an NBA coach AND a Batman villain? (Kings)
** Quin Snyder looks like he fell asleep in a tanning booth. (Bulls)

** Quin Snyder looks like a voodoo doll of Willem Dafoe. (Pistons)
** Jazz coach looks like that actor who married the 17 year old, the guy who was in Green Mile and other stuff. I forget his name.
–He looks like William Fichtner.
–I gotta stick with Doug Hutchison! (Blazers)
** Quin Snyder looks like Robert Patrick (Denver)
** Quin Snyder is one guy I would feel uncomfortable around. Has that American Psycho look (Knicks)
** Daily reminder that Quin Snyder has crazy eyes and he wouldn’t be out of place playing a serial killer in a movie. He kind of reminds me of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho (Kings)
** Quin Snyder. Granted he reminds me so much of Patrick Bateman from “American Psycho,” usually I quote lines from that movie when thinking about Snyder. (Spurs)
** The Utah coach looks like Scarecrow from the Batman movies (Bale). (Sixers)
** Snyder reminds me of McConaughey in “A Time to Kill” (Timberwolves)
** There’s someone or something Quin Snyder looks like. I can’t put my finger on it.
–Jimmy Smits and a praying mantis. (Spurs)


** Hayward looks like he is straight outta the 50’s (Lakers)
** Why does Hayward think he’s Ryan Gosling? (Pistons)
** Someone needs to rescind the license of Hayward’s barber. (Blazers)
** Anyone know Hayward and Crabbe’s paypal? I’d like to spot them both 20 for a barber trip.
–Looks like Hayward went but finished half way, musta had a phone call or something.
–He’s doing all he can with that nerdlinger face! (Blazers)
** Hayward looks like a milkman from the 50s (Cavaliers)
** Heywood’s Howdy-Doody haircut is looking a little frazzled (Thunder)
** I already got a hate boner for Gordon Heyword. (Knicks)
** Gordon Hayward’s hair is dumb
–I never see him without thinking of the Jack Frost stop-motion animation movie from 1979. (Kings)
** Hayward really got that big room DJ hair cut
–I think he looks like he showed up to a casting call for Stand By Me or This Boy’s Life. (Kings)
** I can’t help but think boy band whenever I see Hayward. (Pacers)
** Hayward has no guts!!!!!!!!!!
–But his hair is perfect
–I saw it bounce a little bit on the replay. Needs more gel at the back.
–I’d like to know how much he spends on gel (Thunder)
** Hayward: too much Brylcreem.
–I was puzzled by his hair earlier. That would explain it.
–I hope the ball doesn’t bounce off his head. It’ll take 20 mins to degrease it. (Spurs)
** Hayward looks like a Die Hard villain (Sixers)
** I’m not sure how I’m supposed to see Gordon Heyward and not think there is any HGH use in the NBA despite the fact there is no testing. (Timberwolves)
** Heyward is the best dorky player ever! He is just such a dork but damn he can play pretty well (Blazers)
** Hayward with a dead chicken on his head. (Spurs)
** What the hell is that thing on Hayward’s head?! (Spurs)
** Do McRoberts and Hayward have the same haircut now? (Heat)
** Gordon Hayward really needs to rethink that undercut (Hornets)
** What the fuck is a Hayward? More like.. HayNERD (Knicks)
** Gordon Hayward has ridiculous hair (Knicks)
** My dislike of Hayward grows.
–I’m with you. I find him considerably unlikeable. For his haircut alone
–Especially the hair cut. (Knicks)
** Gordon Hayward looks like every bartender in Lower Manhattan. (Knicks)
** Fuck Hayward and his Williamsburg hipster-looking ass. (Knicks)
** He and Snyder look like douchy frat brothers in some incarnation of the Revenge of the Nerds series. (Timberwolves)
** I hate Heyward’s hair. Looks like a little prick (Bulls)
** Haywood head looks like Astroboy (Bulls)
** How is Hayward’s hair still like perfectly gelled? So annoying lol
–Looks like he just fell out of an episode of Dawson’s Creek circa 1999 (Bulls)
** Hayward’s dad took a metal ruler and heated it white hot and seared that part into his kid’s hair when he was 7 (Blazers)
** He looks like a Lego character that I had as a child (Blazers)
** Seriously, Hayward’s hair. Not a strand out of place even in the fourth quarter lol
–It’s a 3d printed wig
–Reminds me of Tintin. (Bulls)
** That hairstyle Hayward is sporting does nothing to lessen his facial punchability. Still looks like that obnoxious frat dude who was so annoying in your MacroEcon class. (Timberwolves)
** Haywood looks like a good player from far away but then you get up close and see his hair (Timberwolves)

** Great flop by Bitchdon Flopward (Knicks)
** Hayward did the head snappy thing. Yes that was a foul, but yuck (Blazers)
** Hayward has gotten the Harden whiplash down pat. (Blazers)
** Hayward just pulled a Harden-esque head snap there (Blazers)
** Hayward looking like Harden with that Pez head. (Warriors)
** Never knew that Hayward was such a head snapper (Warriors)

** Hairwad (Timberwolves)

** Heyward (Suns)
** Heyword (Knicks)
** Haywood (Spurs)
** Heyward (Timberwolves)
** Haywood (Timberwolves)
** Heyward (Blazers)
** Heyward (Pistons)
** Heyward (Bulls)
** Haywood (Bulls)
** Heyward (Rockets)
** Haywood (Wizards)


** LOL that promotional shot of Joe Ingles. Looks like a wanted ad. (Blazers)
** I despise Ingles.
–Seconded. He has that rec league look to him
–Ingles is one of those guys I will never like just because of the look on his face
–I am with you. He looks like that guy that is super drunk early in the party. (Blazers)
** He looks like they found him at the bar on the mezzanine (Pistons)
** Who is Ingles? I noticed him earlier this game. He is trash. (Pistons)
** Joe Ingles looks like a guy who maybe used to be athletic, but then settled thoroughly into “drunk step-dad” territory. (Blazers)
** Who is Joe Ingles? (Magic)
** Joe Ingles, the guy they pulled out of the pub to play. (Hawks)
** I dont have a good reason to but I quite literally hate Joe Ingles, seriously fuck this guy. His name is awful and his presence in the NBA is insulting (Knicks)
** Ingles looks like Toby from The Office (Pacers)
** Granted, my stream isn’t very good but I think my building super is in the game for Utah right now. (Timberwolves)
** Ingles fixed my toilet on his day off. (Timberwolves)
** I used to buy Meth off of Ingles when he lived here (Blazers)
** Joe Ingles the smoking man’s basketball player. (Blazers)
** Ingles looks like a movie, where the local middle-aged pickup player gets a shot at the pros due to some wacky circumstance. (Blazers)
** Ingles has a ton of beer in the trunk I bet
–I like to think he listens to Def Leppard on cassette in his Toyota pickup.
–Wearing a sleeveless Levi’s jacket (Blazers)
** Joe Ingles will only ever play for Utah. So Utah (Timberwolves)
** Joe Ingles looks like your friend’s roommate. (Bucks)
** 95% sure Joe Ingles sold meth outside of my old school (Blazers)
** Joe Ingles should never score in the NBA. It doesn’t make sense to me. (Blazers)
** Cool–my dad just got a steal and a dunk for the Jazz. (Timberwolves)
** Fuck off Ingles you scrub
–Ingles is a fuckin scrub…He’ll never accomplish shit in this league. (Mavericks)

630 neto** Who is the PG for the Jazz now? He actually looks like a missionary.
–Raul Neto?
** What is a Neto? (Blazers)
** Who the f is Raul Neto? (Cavaliers)
** Who the hell is Neto and why’s he kicking our ass? (Pacers)
** Who the fuck is Neto? (Suns)
** There’s always some random player that looks like MJ against the Clippers. Tonight it’s Raul Neto. (Clippers)
** That Neto guy is a strong candidate for scrub of the night (Heat)
** Does Raul Neto not look like Leo DiCaprio? (Blazers)
** Does Neto look like Leonardo DiCaprio? (Blazers)
** Neto is pretty damn good looking (Blazers)
** Who the fuck is Raul Neto (Bulls)
** Why do we give scrubs career nights? Who the hell is Raul Neto? (Celtics)
** I thought this Raul Neto was just a created player on 2k16, I didn’t know he’s real lmao (Celtics)


** I guess there is room on the Blazer Killers shelf for Rodney Hood. (Blazers)
** FUCK Rodney Hood. What a piece of shit. (Knicks)
** Fuck you Hood. You would be wearing a Grizz jersey if Chris Wallace didn’t fail at life (Grizzlies)
** Hood is too good to be on the Jazz (Rockets)
** Fucking Rodney Hood (Knicks)
** Fuck you Rodney Hood (Knicks)
** Fucking Rodney Hood (Knicks)
** Fuck off Rodney Hood (Pistons)
** Go away Rodney Hood (Pistons)
** Go fuck yourself Hood (Pistons)
** Hood may you please go fuck yourself. (Rockets)


** Screw you Booker (Lakers)
** Seriously wth is his problem (Lakers)
** Send in Sacre. Give Booker a taste of his own dirty medicine (Lakers)
** Booker fucking dirty ass thug (Lakers)
** Wow Booker is fucking dumb. (Lakers)
** Fuck Booker (Lakers)
** Odds on Booker taking a swing at Meyers? (Blazers)
** Booker is a dirty ass player too. (Sixers)
** Trevor Booker is only 27 yrs old? Looks mature (Pacers)
** Trevor Booker stole Lebron’s forehead (Knicks)
** Why does Booker look like Lebron with hair? (Sixers)

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 14, 2016
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.

Best keys to the game ever
The Ball.

by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 7:47 PM

haha the kids are just going through the motions
by imposibol on Apr 13, 2016 | 7:54 PM

by lakerdynasty on Apr 13, 2016 | 7:55 PM

by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 7:56 PM

Can’t wait till they blow this team up

by jepl on Apr 13, 2016 | 7:58 PM

cant wait for Byron to be gone
by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:00 PM

forget Kobe
This is Hibbert’s last game as a Laker. Now THAT’S something to celebrate.

by LakerKev on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:01 PM

by ishdaddy on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:04 PM

holy shit Kobe
by Madz on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:04 PM

12 minutes gone, only 36 precious ones left
by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:13 PM

is he really going to take all the starter’s shots?
only Kobe lool

by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:33 PM

He’s gonna take the Utah starters’ shots too.
by deadmuse on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:33 PM

They should just get rid of the Jazz part of the scoreboard and show Kobe’s point total instead
thats all that matters right now anyway

by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:39 PM

Lol 20 shots by Kobe this half
by RRV on Apr 13, 2016 | 8:45 PM

by Shehzeb Imam on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:02 PM

Kobe might get 50 hahahahahaha
by ishdaddy on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:17 PM

We win this game. Kobe drops 50 on 50 shots.
That is a fairytale ending!

by Kilgary on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:24 PM

by LadyAlannya on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:24 PM

Let him play all of fourth quarter. We all want those 50 points!!

by brian mvv on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:26 PM

he’d break down
by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:27 PM

1 last quarter for Kobe

by BrittneyM on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:29 PM

damn it Jazz
by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:29 PM

I thought Whitey died after Xavier dunked on him
by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:31 PM

by Kilgary on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:31 PM

he is shooting 50 shots isnt he?
by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:32 PM

bring in a white horse i want to see him ride off in the sunset
by OC guy on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:32 PM

OMG I literally pictured him riding into the locker room on a horse
Fighting back tears again

by lakersNchrgers on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:33 PM

by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:35 PM

Damn he really going for 50
by RRV on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:35 PM

This game makes this entire season worth it. IDC.
by Steven Cordero on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:38 PM

3 pt game
by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:41 PM

by BoneCruncher24 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:42 PM

rofl jazz are such funny little tryhards
by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:45 PM

Kobe is fucking tired
and he can’t even get a foul call

by BoneCruncher24 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:45 PM

I’m panicking!
Kobe seems like he’s out of energy! I feel like that’s the last I’m gonna see of a decent Kobe

by lakersNchrgers on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:47 PM

I effing hate this rim somebody replace it along with Byron
by Shehzeb Imam on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:49 PM

by RRV on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:50 PM

by BoneCruncher24 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:51 PM

by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:51 PM

by Kilgary on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:52 PM

Fuuuuuuck yeeeeah
by av1o3 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:52 PM

by BoneCruncher24 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:53 PM

by BoneCruncher24 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:53 PM

by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:53 PM

Utah is about to get fucked over just like when mj did it
by NukMoss on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:54 PM

I will not forget the night that kobe killed the jazz on his last game.
by OC guy on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:55 PM

KOBE 58!!!!!!!!!!!!
by BoneCruncher24 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:55 PM

by smart_guy on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:57 PM

by ishdaddy on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:58 PM

We can win!!!
by BOGE GWENO on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:58 PM

by BoneCruncher24 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:59 PM

by sumo390 on Apr 13, 2016 | 9:59 PM

60pt game. FUCK YEAH.

by LadyAlannya on Apr 13, 2016 | 10:00 PM

how did Utah lose this game
by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 10:01 PM

how did the Jazz lose that game lol
by madmaxx350 on Apr 13, 2016 | 10:04 PM

It almost felt like they wanted Kobe to win
by Raison d’Basketball on Apr 13, 2016 | 10:06 PM

Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 12, 2016
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.

wow totally forgot dwill is hated in utah lol
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:12 PM

Why though lol
by raijin.luppi on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:14 PM

he forced jerry sloan out and demanded a trade
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:15 PM

oh yeah i forgot that
by slacker2 on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:16 PM

I hate Jazz fans
they are least classy of all in NBA. So glad to be rooting for Mavs

by statpower on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:14 PM <–identified him/herself earlier in the thread as a Jazz fan

This is the most trash lineup ever
Retarded Rick strikes again

by ali1276 on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:24 PM

the offense is so fucking nice when the vets are in.
Fucking not. So why the fuck is anderson not in?
Because Carlisle is a fucking tool.
Such nice transition effort by Devin.

by Xeroze on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:38 PM

god garbage ending to a great 1st quarter
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:38 PM

Well i’m fucking out
Enjoy the crap game.

by Xeroze on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:42 PM

crap. hayward is waking up
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:54 PM

gobert is dunzo
by hrghori on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:56 PM

If Rick were on the bachelor
He would pick some 40 year old woman instead of the 21 year old hot babe

by ali1276 on Apr 11, 2016 | 8:59 PM

fuck off ingles you scrub
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:04 PM

its funny that people like to call that dirk flopping
but it really isn’t

by Dynomite on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:05 PM

ikr? he’s getting hit every time by ingles
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:06 PM

Ingles is a fuckin scrub…
He’ll never accomplish shit in this league. Put in McGee to fucking flagrant foul that loser.

by B.Cardinal4MVP on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:04 PM

Cuban, if you’re reading this, can we get a new coach plz thanks
by ali1276 on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:14 PM

good shit. mavs are ultra focused
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:35 PM

No let up, step on their throats and bring this one home Mavs!
by B.Cardinal4MVP on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:35 PM

So Utah Dwill tonight?
by Dynomite on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:36 PM

fuck this goddamn lineup
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:41 PM

Can’t get a fucking whistle
by DirkKnowChipsKey on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:43 PM

0ne more quarter to go
by latigs on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:46 PM

good shit!! we got utah stumbling
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 9:54 PM

come on!!! stop playing shitty
by veyronp87 on Apr 11, 2016 | 10:07 PM

game over, big big win
by latigs on Apr 11, 2016 | 10:18 PM

We’re in! We’re in! We’re in!!!
by mavsfan! on Apr 11, 2016 | 10:26 PM

by DirkKnowChipsKey on Apr 11, 2016 | 10:27 PM

Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 11, 2016
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.

Meaningless factoid
If the Jazz win today it will be 1st season sweep of the Nuggets since John Stockton and Karl Malone.

by TakeFive on Apr 10, 2016 | 2:49 PM

Of course teams make all their shots against us.
Even when we do defend, they hit.

by Russ Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 | 3:16 PM

We foul a lot
by Russ Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 | 3:21 PM

rush all the shots. Take all the 3s!
by NurktheSmirk on Apr 10, 2016 | 3:23 PM

lol at that officiating.
by Russ Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 | 3:31 PM

Well, that went poor quickly
by Russ Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 | 3:53 PM

by That’s the Jokic on Apr 10, 2016 | 3:53 PM

Anddddddddddd its gone
by AllDayMudiay on Apr 10, 2016 | 3:53 PM

utah brings starters back in…we roll with the bench for shits and giggles. bye bye lead
by NurktheSmirk on Apr 10, 2016 | 3:53 PM

Juka 0-8 is killing us
by NurktheSmirk on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:01 PM

He needs to slow the fuck down
by That’s the Jokic on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:01 PM

Lyles killing Niko from the perimeter
by Russ Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:01 PM

we’re lookin like garbage out there.
by InboundingLobPass on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:35 PM

Just terrible execution the last few minutes
by Russ Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:35 PM

We might actually never beat Utah
by AllDayMudiay on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:36 PM

Bout to just turn this shit off
by AllDayMudiay on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:37 PM

Just awful
by Russ Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:39 PM

Lol trash
by AllDayMudiay on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:40 PM

So much one on one disasters.
by Russ Hamilton on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:43 PM

so…that 3rd quarter sucked
by NurktheSmirk on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:43 PM

24-0 run. Wow.
by William Eisley on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:43 PM

Is this what a basketball looks like?- All Nuggets players
by Mancar on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:48 PM

Nuggets hate playing at home.
by Mancar on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:52 PM

somebody needs to sit trey lyles on his ass
by InboundingLobPass on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:57 PM

This game is just sad
by SDcat09 on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:58 PM

whats that? Another guy having a career night against the nuggets….

by InboundingLobPass on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:58 PM

Naturally, Lyles scores a new career high against the Nuggets
by TakeFive on Apr 10, 2016 | 4:59 PM

On the bright side
Only one of these teams is getting swept in the first round

by NurktheSmirk on Apr 10, 2016 | 5:05 PM

not only will they get swept, but it will be 4 blowouts
by NurktheSmirk on Apr 10, 2016 | 5:09 PM

Headbands not working for Mudiay and Harris!
by FATLEVER on Apr 10, 2016 | 5:05 PM

cutting off blood to the brain
by InboundingLobPass on Apr 10, 2016 | 5:06 PM

We need talent that doesn’t get injured while tying their basketball shoes
by Mancar on Apr 10, 2016 | 5:05 PM

We finished a game!
That counts for something, right? RIGHT?

by Mancar on Apr 10, 2016 | 5:15 PM

And here’s your weekly Utah Jazz wrapup

April 10, 2016

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One. I have no words about Jerry Sloan battling Parkinson’s. I’m devastated. 💔

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Quin Snyder on Jerry Sloan: I’ve been fortunate that, you know, as he’s remained with the club and helped on a lot of levels that, you know, I’ve had a chance to interact with him. He’s been unbelievable with me. So supportive, and you know, careful to not overstep although I don’t really think that’s possible. But he’s aware of that just ’cause of the type of person he is, and you know, his respect for the profession and understanding it on the level he has.

So, obviously we have the same sentiments that, you know, you wish all the best and support that you can for Coach and for Tammy, his wife, and hope that, you know, that things go well. And that’s, you know, that’s the message that I think is circulating through our team, our players, our coaching staff, and, but obviously, you know, some level of shock, and, but after that, just, you know, wishing him all the support that we can from the position that we’re in.

Two. Idaho Stampede –> Salt Lake City Stars. Uni and logo:

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Three. Gordon Hayward on how his hair stays soooo perfect during games: Blow dryer is the most important thing. So after you, you know, wash it and get it wet, you gotta use the hair dryer, which I think some guys are afraid of.

I always thought that you only use the blow dryer on hot. Like, I never thought that you would go back and do it with the cool setting. I didn’t even know what that little blue button was for until [my hair stylist] told me. …

[The media] needs to [give] a Best Hair [award], ’cause that’s a no-brainer…I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I got the best hair in the NBA.

Hayward on Joe Ingles’ hair: He’s definitely jealous. I told him he only has about, maybe, six months left of haircuts, and he’s gonna have to shave the whole thing.

Flashback to Ingles talking about Hayward’s hair last year:

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.

Four. Gregg Popovich on Quin Snyder before the Spurs game: He’s smarter than the rest of us. That boy is like a bubble machine.

He’s got stuff — you know, it’s like a cartoon with little bubbles coming off his head all the time with ideas about lots of different stuff. I’m serious. And some of it I understood, some of it I didn’t.

But, great guy, you know, great friend and guy to be around, and you know, is intelligent, but isn’t full of himself, and enjoys people.

Five. Quin Snyder, asked after the Spurs game if he feels “snakebit”: We can look at it two ways. “Snakebit” implies that we’re not doing anything. We’re doing great. And we’re not doing quite enough because we didn’t make a shot.

Like, if Rodney Hood makes that shot, if Kawhi Leonard misses that shot, you know — we’ll watch it and see if there’s anything more we can do, but you know, I’m not gonna get — we can do better. We can play better. We can make more threes throughout the course of the game, but our guys are really, really competing…

I don’t wanna go there on the good side or the bad side. I just wanna keep — I don’t wanna be lucky, and I don’t wanna be snakebit. I just wanna be better.

Six. Rodney Hood on falling in the draft: Going into the process, you know, I got to the 10s [in mock drafts], and you know, they was telling me I could go from late lottery to mid-first round. So, between 10 and 20, which is a [wide] range, and I thought I was good enough to go through the, in that area, with the workouts and proving myself and everything. And you know, going into draft night, I thought the same thing, you know, but it didn’t pan out.

Do you know why you fell?

To be very honest, I really don’t know. You know, I haven’t even tried to look into it. You know, after that time passed, I just moved on. But you know, I wonder about it all the time.

Did you have a chip on your shoulder in your first year because you fell in the draft?

Yeah, I was real disappointed that night, but you know, as I sat down and just thought about it, you know, I got my foot in the door and I’m going to a great situation. And that’s how I looked at it from that point forward. You know, I was going to get a chance to play, and just because, you know, guys got picked in front of me, you know, they might be going to a team where they might not get the opportunity.

So, you know, it was, like I said, it was a blessing in disguise, but I definitely had a chip on my shoulder, and I wanted to prove, just to myself and to my peers, not necessarily to the GMs, but to prove to my peers, that you know, I belonged in, you know, the top, especially a lottery pick. I deserved to be a lottery pick. But it just drive me to be where I am today, you know, trying to prove, still trying to prove that.

Does falling in the draft still tick you off?

No, not really, ’cause I think I’ve proved that to a certain extent that, you know, I was better than some of the guys that were picked before me, you know, so I kind of moved past that. I’m trying to just be the best player I can be now, you know, and, but I still, it’s still in the back of my mind.

But that’s not what drives me anymore. I’m trying to be, I’m trying to help this team get to where it needs to be, and that’s at the top of the West.

Do you still know the names of all the guys picked before you?

Yeah, I know them, the order. I know everyone. Yeah.

Seven. Joe Ingles on the Americanization of Ben Simmons: He’s probably one of the only, obviously, main guys that has [gone the route of prep school and college in the States] if you look at the seven other [Australian players] that play [in the NBA] now [or] guys that have played in the past. No one’s done it the way he’s done it. I think he went three years to high school and then college for a year, and now, obviously, professionally. He’s been around our national team for the year 20–I think it was 2014 when we had world championships, and got cut from that team. I think he was the last one cut.

So it’s, yeah, I, he was, at that point, he would’ve been 16, 17, I think, and super talented then. Obviously, he’s still got a long way to go with development. I think he’s shown glimpses of, obviously, being a superstar. I still think there’s a lot that he needs to work on, and I think he knows that.

But in saying that, I mean, we would welcome him with open arms back into the national team. I think he could bring something that we haven’t really seen, not with our team anyway, not since I’ve been involved since 2007. And we don’t want him to be Americanized. We want him to stay as Australian as possible.

I think it’s the same, like Dante [Exum]. Dante’s got American parents, and you talk to him, and you think he’s been there his whole life and his parents have been there their whole lives. It’s a pretty special thing. So, hopefully, for them, we can keep them as Australian as possible. Obviously, he spent so much time over here at a young age as well, that he’s growing up in the American culture. So, hopefully we can keep him on our side.

Eight. Joe Ingles on his role with the Jazz this year: Came back in this year and obviously everyone was healthy, and probably went back to the role that I originally thought I was gonna have last year. And same thing. Guys got injured. Me and, I mean, Chris Johnson’ve been battling, kind of, not against each other, ’cause obviously we’re all in the same thing together, but one game it’s him, one game it’s me.

And so, there’s times that I feel like I’ve, like, yeah, I could be here for the rest of my career, and then there’s days it’s like, holy shit, like, maybe I won’t be here tomorrow. And obviously being over here now, you see the day-to-day business of it too…

I think the thing that can help me is that I am versatile to different situations, different positions. I’ve shown that I can start and hold my own, and I’ve also shown that I can come off and, come off the bench and do what I have to do. I’ve, I’m gonna be the same guy if I play five minutes or 30 minutes. I’m not gonna change. I’m not gonna change off court. I’m gonna talk to the guys and tell them what I see and what I believe in…

You never know what can happen. I mean, you don’t know who they’re gonna draft, who they’re gonna sign. It’s just a lot of unknowns, I think, too. So, like, I do love it here. I love the guys. I love being a part of a young team that’s building towards something, and I’d love to be a part of it a long time.

Nine. Alec Burks has returned!

return of AB

Root Sports wasn’t impressed tho.


Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Trey Lyles: Trey’s got a great set of, uh, skillset.
** Quin Snyder on Chris Johnson and Trevor Booker against the Suns: Those two guys, you could just feel them when they came in.
** Root Sports Keys to the Game (H/T @Velociraptees):

keys game

** Ron Boone on what Quin Snyder wants from Rudy Gobert on defense: Stay big and vertical.
** Steve Brown to Derrick Favor on his knee: Is it mostly stiffness, then, that you’re dealing with?
** Boone: Booker may have put the lower part of his body into Tim Duncan.
** David Locke: Joe Ingles long balls in the 4th quarter were mammoth. (H/T @JazzJargon)
** 1280 to Joe Ingles on Craig Bolerjack: Holy cow, you had him screaming when that second one went in.
** Snyder on Alec Burks’ shots in his first game back: He got a couple big ones, but, the one in particular in front of our bench. But, so, I was pleased.

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