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Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 11, 2016
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clippers Blog.

This was the whole game thread.

Bingo Anderson !
i think he can be starting 3 for us

Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Oct 10, 2016 | 8:26 PM

good Defense wes
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Oct 10, 2016 | 8:39 PM

BINGO PIERCE
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Oct 10, 2016 | 9:09 PM

Mo took another Charge.. i like that
12 pts by mo ! MO BUCKETS

Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Oct 10, 2016 | 9:27 PM

LETS GO CLIPPERS LETS GO …..
20 secs to go … AUSTIN WAS FOUL …. hit a 3 and send this game into OT … LOL

Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Oct 10, 2016 | 10:05 PM

LETS GO CLIPPERS LETS GO !!!!
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Oct 10, 2016 | 10:09 PM

Bits from Preseason Week 1

October 10, 2016

One. Utah Jazz, first preseason game, national anthem:

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Two. :) :) :)

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Good to see Brad Jones there as well.

Three. Guess we know what (who) this deleted caption is about now…

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And a response to that last tweet:

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Four. Some fantastic responses:

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Five. The worst collision between an NBA player and a padded chair ever. #hyperextendedknee

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Looks like that lady wants to play the bongos on Dante’s badonkadonk.

Six. Joe Ingles on why he opted for a layup instead of throwing it down against the Suns: Well, Gordon [Hayward] did it a couple plays before, I think, so I didn’t want to, first of all, I didn’t want to show him up. He’s obviously the face of the team, and if I do that, and then it kinda makes him look bad. So, that was the first reason. Yeah, I’m more about Gordon getting all the praise.

And, I mean, you can’t give all your tricks out in preseason. It’s only preseason. I’m not gonna go and hammer it down and — do you know, next time when I’m in that same situation, the guy’s gonna think I’m gonna lay it up and it’s gonna be a nasty poster of him in Slam Magazine or whatever those basketball magazines are called…I might just rip my jersey off and throw it in the crowd and just walk back to the locker room.

Seven. Per Ingles, Boris Diaw’s dream is to sail around the world one summer after he retires. In the winter, he may just get a place in Park City to ski, which he loves but hasn’t been able to do since turning pro.

Ingles, meanwhile, is hopping on the first plane back to Australia when he retires.

Eight. Dennis Lindsey on the injury of Gordon Hayward: Things happen. Look, this, it’s basketball. It’s dynamic. There are large bodies moving very fast…I was joking a little bit with Steve Starks that we had a great run with John [Stockton] and Karl [Malone] where we didn’t have any injuries for 18 years, and now we’re, we’ve had ours in spades here.

Lindsey on how Hayward got hurt: There’s a little conjecture on what happened. We think, potentially, that it was caught in someone’s jersey, which does happen.

Nine. Rudy Gobert on his improved free throw shooting: I just made 25 in a row again today, so feeling good. You know, just shooting with confidence, and my percentage gonna go way up this year…I’m shooting about 90 [percent] in practice.

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While we’re talking about Gobert:

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Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack during the pre-game show before the first preseason game, already in mid-season #UDQM form: When we come back, Kristin Kenney gets the inside slam from Quin Snyder.
** Craig Bolerjack: Bender got bent over.
Matt Harpring: He’s flexible though. (H/T @SLCJuanB)
** Matt Harpring, one more time: Bender, bent over.
Bolerjack: Boy. Both ankles turned on him.
Harpring: Basically … (both start laughing)
** Joe Ingles on changing twins’ diapers: Renae obviously can’t do that by herself. So, I’m, yeah, when, obviously when I’m here, I’m all in there.
** Ingles on George Hill: I shoot with him every day.
** Dennis Lindsey on Hayward’s injury: There’s a lot of things he can do with his lower half and certainly his right hand, which is his dominant hand. (H/T @5kl)
** Dante Exum on reacting vs. decision-making: You know, I was getting there, and it was like, “OK, I got a shot. Should I shoot it? No. OK, I can drive it.”…No, I can’t drive it, and I pull it out. I got nothing.

Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 6, 2016
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.

The jazz broadcast is the one on nba tv, so you might just have to deal with it
Posted by acommoncreeper on Oct 5, 2016 | 7:07 PM

they’re okay
but if they call Earl “the bulldog,”…

Posted by RebUCLAwriter on Oct 5, 2016 | 7:10 PM

How you gonna let Rudy Gobert get 8/4 in 6 minutes, Alex?
Posted by 3 2 1 For 3 on Oct 5, 2016 | 7:23 PM

Because Gobert is a stud.
Posted by BlindSquirrelsFindNuts on Oct 5, 2016 | 7:26 PM

I firmly believe that Rudy Gobert is the 2nd best Center in the NBA behind KAT
Posted by CaptainFubar on Oct 5, 2016 | 8:10 PM

This is wrong on so many levels.
Posted by jack’s complete lack of surprise on Oct 5, 2016 | 8:13 PM

Right now Cousins is the best hands down.
In three years, you may be right.

Posted by Dragan Nkemdiche on Oct 5, 2016 | 8:18 PM


Warren and Chriss are wearing the same exact hair and it confuses me.
Posted by Dragan Nkemdiche on Oct 5, 2016 | 8:11 PM

Gobert 10-10 FT, wtf
Posted by gooooPHX on Oct 5, 2016 | 8:12 PM

These Jazz commentators are talking about Heyward like he is Lebron or something.
Posted by Dragan Nkemdiche on Oct 5, 2016 | 8:50 PM

Heyward
In their defense, he is the best player they have had in a while and, he does fill up the stat sheet. In past years stop Heyward beat the Jazz. Not so much anymore.

Posted by Dan_Conway on Oct 5, 2016 | 9:02 PM

Utah looks like a complete team
top-5 team in the West hype is warranted

Posted by desertfulloffiya on Oct 5, 2016 | 9:04 PM

Those defense chants are artificial
Was at the game yesterday and it was so out of place since the stadium was empty… Any other teams that have fake defense chants?

Posted by 3 2 1 For 3 on Oct 5, 2016 | 9:12 PM

LOL. We didn’t when D’Antoni was coach.
Posted by suns68 on Oct 5, 2016 | 9:14 PM

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers : Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 4, 2016
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.

Meet the new starting lineup
same as the old starting lineup

Posted by two4larue on Oct 3, 2016 | 6:26 PM

Now featuring more bench!
Posted by hoodieNation on Oct 3, 2016 | 6:41 PM

Thing that I completely forgot:
Joe Johnson is apparently on the Jazz now.

Posted by AUS2PDX on Oct 3, 2016 | 6:26 PM

Yeah, they have a sneaky stacked roster.
No big stars, but tremendous depth 1-12.

Posted by Roy Wonder on Oct 3, 2016 | 7:05 PM

Yeah they do!
I forgot they got George Hill as well!

Posted by AUS2PDX on Oct 3, 2016 | 7:06 PM

Hey, did you guys notice this is our bench?
My God, so this is what having depth is like? It feels so good.

Posted by akimbonautilus on Oct 3, 2016 | 7:31 PM


I like Ingles. He seems like he drives a Camaro and blasts Foreigner.
Posted by RipCityLifer! on Oct 3, 2016 | 7:40 PM
“I like Ingles. He seems like he drives a Camaro Maloo and blasts Foreigner Cold Chisel.”
Posted by Blazin’ in Sydney on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:06 PM
I’m gonna be chuckling at this for the rest of the game.
Posted by bhenick on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:14 PM

We are deeeeep this year
Posted by AUS2PDX on Oct 3, 2016 | 7:47 PM

We are all conditioned to hold our breath when the bench comes in
This will take a while.

Posted by mrsbro on Oct 3, 2016 | 7:51 PM

Jazz look like a decent team too
We’ll see how they develop

Posted by gumbypuppy on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:28 PM

they look like a decent team without a go to guy…just like always
their defense could put them in the playoffs though

Posted by skott75 on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:30 PM


So, who wants to recap the game for me so far
Posted by KingWes on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:30 PM

first it was bad, then it was good and then utah forget they were playing basketball
now layman is dropping dimes

Posted by Eat Politicians on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:32 PM

they picked up Diaw too?
Posted by akimbonautilus on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:34 PM

no one can pick up Diaw
no one

Posted by Eat Politicians on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:35 PM

Correct.
You only set up an espresso machine nearby and hope the aroma motivates him to move.

Posted by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:37 PM

I been saying this but D. Favors is EASILY a top 5 PF
Posted by KingWes on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:38 PM

he’s very high on my list of who I would love to trade for
of course I doubt the Jazz would ever break up this great core

Posted by akimbonautilus on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:39 PM

Maybe they’ll love Trey Lyles so much that…..nvm
Posted by KingWes on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:44 PM


Stiemsma looks like a call center technician.
Posted by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:57 PM

or a middle school gym teacher
Posted by skott75 on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:58 PM

When the heck did we sign Greg Steimsma lol
Posted by KingWes on Oct 3, 2016 | 8:59 PM

I think he just showed up in blazer gear
And everyone shrugged

Posted by hoodieNation on Oct 3, 2016 | 9:01 PM

this is how is happened
Posted by Eat Politicians on Oct 3, 2016 | 9:01 PM


We might actually still lose lol
Posted by pdxthomastran on Oct 3, 2016 | 9:10 PM

our fourth string is horrible!!!!
Posted by skott75 on Oct 3, 2016 | 9:10 PM

4th string going to hold this lead. Jazz are gonna be MAD
Don’t we face them again in preseason even before opening night? They’re going to be sick of us.

Posted by conspirator5 on Oct 3, 2016 | 9:15 PM

Idk if Jerrett is the goat, but i’m pretty sure
Posted by AUS2PDX on Oct 3, 2016 | 9:15 PM

GOAT
Posted by Eat Politicians on Oct 3, 2016 | 9:16 PM



Bits from Training Camp

October 2, 2016

One. ICYMI, Oct. 1 was International Coffee Day.

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Two. Quin Snyder on what’s the most important thing in the first few days of camp: Our habits…It’s been the case, you know, for a couple years now. And hopefully they’re further along, but we can’t do anything without those. And I don’t care how talented, how long, how quick, how athletic. If you’re not connected — and that’s what those things do.

The training is the thing that connects you, defensively. And your system helps you do that, ’cause it creates clarity. But that’s where it’s at, you know? And we gotta work on them and grind on them until they’re at the level that I want them. …

I want to rebound better. You know, I wanna defensive-rebound better. And there’s some things that, you know, we’ve spent a lot of time looking at film, and analyzing that, and figuring out ways that we can do that better, particularly at the end of games. You know, that would be one thing.

You know, we’re gonna play more pick and roll in transition. You know, I think that makes sense with some of the different personnel that we have at the point and the four too. So, I’d like to see that system evolve.

Snyder on Joel Bolomboy: He’s done everything you want…and then some. He’s the guy you gotta kick outta here. He’s probably still here. Even though I’m [here] late, he’s probably here.

Snyder, asked how he’s evolved as a coach: I know how to get to arena…More importantly, when I get to the arena I know how to find the locker room. Which, if it’s not a basketball game, I still have no idea where I am. I tried to go to a [Coldplay] concert, and I got lost.

Three. Dante Exum on what he learned sitting with the coaches during games last season: I learnt a lot. You know, I think the most important thing was, you know, in terms of running a team.

Just being next to a coach and you know, them coming down running a play, I get to see what Quin’s doing when he’s, you know, turning behind the coaches and what plays they’re trying to run, and just the style of play they’re trying to, you know, put out on the floor.

So, you know, as much as I can learn that and put that on my head, I don’t need to look to the coaches when I’m out on the floor.

Four. Speaking of Dante Exum:

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Dennis Lindsey, asked if Joe Ingles is too mean to Exum: It’s the big brother, little brother deal. I don’t think it helps that Dante had Joe’s picture up as a young player and [Ingles] was his idol. I think Joe totally takes advantage of being Dante’s idol in his youth. So, there’s no question there’s some mean-spirited antics going on.

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Bonus Lindsey quote on Exum: This should be his junior year in college.

Five. Joe Johnson on what the team is working on: Just, you know, talking and communicating on both ends of the floor. I think that’s the biggest key at this point. You know, I think we got a lotta guys that are pretty reserved, and you know, kinda quiet. So, we tryna bring the innerness out of them.

Six. Gordon Hayward on getting through the monotony of two-a-days: You know, when I was a rookie, Raja Bell told me, “You gotta turn the pro switch on. You just gotta turn it on and go to work.” So, you know, you’re here for two hours, whatever it is, three hours. You just gotta turn it on and just focus, try to focus for those [hours]. And you know, when you do that, usually it takes care of itself.

Seven. This makes me want to Crying Jordan myself:

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Jason Kidd on having John Stockton at camp: The way he played, the right way. You couldn’t ask for a better person to learn from.

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Malcolm Brogdon: Having him here is really a great opportunity, and I’m just trying to listen. He thinks slowing down, being more patient, and — he calls it “professional patience.” Being very deliberate about your movements, about your cuts, and about the pace at which you play.

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Matthew Dellavedova: It’s been awesome listening to him and just being able to talk the game with him. And he’s so passionate about it and has so much knowledge. Just to try to soak up as much of that as possible has been great.

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Eight. Quin Snyder, asked if the team has talked further about the social injustice movement with the first game coming up: You know, the important thing, I think, to our team is, that, the recognition that, you know, there has to be a collective effort, and awareness, to make progress…

I think the context is important. An–I, you know, I think you can be reverent and respectful of the flag and also sensitive and aware that there are things in this n–country that have to improve; you know, race relations being one of them.

So, it’s something that, you know, our guys, we, everyone can handle and talk about individually. I think everybody’s got an opinion and a perspective. And it’s not something I want to get into, kind of, analyzing beyond that.

If a guy wants to express himself —

Like I said, it’s not something I’m gonna get into analyzing beyond that. I, we were, you were trying to create a hypothetical situation and there isn’t one for us right now.

Nine. Brought to you by the Jazz’s flagship radio station…

PK to Joe Ingles: A guy from Australia who runs around bopping with kangaroos is making fun of what I wear…Do I go to Australia and make fun of the natives down there? No, Joe. You’re still a guest in our country, buddy…I’m telling you, if Trump gets elected, I’m gonna build a wall around Australia.

Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** George Hill on Gordon Hayward: He’s just a big, you know, he’s kinda like a, our cherry on top of the ice cream. So, you know, we have to be the whipped cream and the shake. So, he’s the top.
** Hill on the first practice: I don’t think we’re at a point now where we need to just be banging each other all around.
** Quin Snyder on Joe Johnson’s defense: Joe showed us something…and I knew he, we would. I’ve been teasing him about him. He’s been giving me a hard time. But it’s nice when you got a veteran guy like that that embraces everything that you want.
** Snyder on getting to know Derrick Favors: You know, it hasn’t, like, been hard for me with Fav. It’s just, usually there’s a process.
** David Locke on the 25-free-throws-in-a-row bell at the practice facility: How was ringing the bell?
Favors: It was great. It was my first time doing it. It was great.
** Boris Diaw on his fading athleticism: Well, I got some, but usually you see, like, twice a month, maybe?
** Joe Ingles on his wife flying over from Australia with their twins: Yeah, she’s just doing it by herself. She’ll be all right. No, no, no. Her mum’s coming.
** Dante Exum on the high school scrimmage: Hopefully, we made some Jazz fans tonight.
** Snyder on his impressions of the scrimmage: Well, we were excited, and that got us going fast…I think when guys feel like, hey, we’ve been practicing and practicing, and i–and now it’s — you know, it’s like getting your ticket punched. You get to, you know, go on the ride.

One last *sob* for the road:

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Utah Jazz Media Day 2016: The Good Bits, Part 2

September 28, 2016

Body Talk (brought to you by Randy Rigby)
** Derrick Favors: I added muscles to my biceps and to my chest…I really worked on my body, ’cause I got injured last year, so I wanted to, you know, make sure I concentrate on my body this off-season.
** Dennis Lindsey: What we try to do is just provide a nice, safe, progressive environment where they can improve their bodies.
** Quin Snyder on Gordon Hayward: He’s learning to be more aware of his body.
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert: He can continue to improve his body.

Social Injustice
** Dennis Lindsey on the manifestation of the social injustice movement: So there, that can mean a lot of different things. It could be when you’re in Memphis, do you go to the Martin Luther King Museum, and acknowledge the struggle? It could mean the new black museum in Washington DC…No matter where your opinion comes out on the national anthem issue, you can be highly patriotic but yet balance it with being very tolerant.

** Quin Snyder on whether he plans to address the social injustice movement with his players: You know, I think first of all, it’s something, you know, we have a close-knit team, and it’s not something that, as of yet, we’ve, you know, sat down and gone through in detail, but the conversation has come up. We’ve encouraged our guys to read and formulate their own opinions and their ideas, which obviously include reading what other people think and do.

** Gordon Hayward on whether he plans to address social issues and the national anthem with the team as its leader: I think so far we’ve done a good job already with Dennis and Quin and with Jonathan [Rinehart] of addressing some of the issues, and I think first and foremost they wanna educate us on what’s going on, and, so everybody knows, you know, we’re all on the same page with what’s going on.

I don’t, Fav and I haven’t, we haven’t, as a team, addressed the subject of what we wanna do yet. I’m sure there’s gonna be more conversation, and I think that’s, you know, a good thing to have that conversation and for us, you know, to be united as a team, so. I mean, I think it’s just, it’s a very delicate and touchy subject and it’s obviously really emotional and that’s why we have what’s going on. But, I think we’ll be educated and you know, we’ll make the mi–right moves there.

** Derrick Favors adds: I think we’ll just come together as a team and decide on what we do if we choose to do something, just decide on what to do. And like he said, it’s a touchy subject. And you know, it’s kinda — we’ll just decide as a team on what to do and just come forward and do it. 

Crazy Giant Hands 👀

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines
** Eric Dawson: Yeah, I like to bang. I like to bang. Some guys steer away from that. I like the contact. You know, I want to get down there and bang, and you know, let people feel me, and let them know that I’m down there.
** David Locke on Boris Diaw’s Nespresso machine: Having a little cup makes it better than trying to grind your own bean and really getting a good shot?
** David Locke to Derrick Favors: You’re almost too strong for your own good. You could always just flick it up there.
** Dennis Lindsey on team-building: When you make sausage behind the scenes, it’s always ugly. Hopefully, when you taste it, it tastes good.
** Lindsey to David Locke: Do your jaws ever get fatigued?
Locke: No, I mean, if you train hard enough, and you’re in shape, right?
Lindsey: If you do not have strength for your position, by definition you’re not gonna be consistent. And your strength of mouth is second to none.

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** Quin Snyder on two-a-days during training camp: We’ll only have contact on, in, one time a day.
Ron Boone: That’ll be the evening?
Snyder: Yeah, that’ll be the eve–well, it varies. The first, tomorrow, it’ll be in the morning.
** Snyder on time-based drills: We’re very meticulous about whether it’s, you know, three minutes and 30 seconds…I think it’s a matter of credibility sometimes with the players, too. When something’s gonna be 10 minutes, you want it to be 10 minutes. And I don’t always get that done.

Random
** Dennis Lindsey’s pitch to Gordon Hayward to get him to stay in SLC during the summer: We’ve told Gordon several times, “Hey, the off-season’s nice here. International airports — you can get every–anywhere you want, you know, within a few hours of Salt Lake.”
** Quincy Ford was home-schooled by his mom until college.
** Ford comes from a family of 11 kids with an age range of 17 years. He’s No. 5. The youngest are triplets. His parents wanted nine, but “they got a nice triple package.”
** People calling Dennis Lindsey “Dennis Lindsley“: Ron Boone

Utah Jazz Media Day 2016, Part 2

September 28, 2016

** Derrick Favors on his expectations for the upcoming season: My expectations are, you know, hopefully we can improve off last year. We had a lotta injuries, including myself, last year that kinda hurt us a little bit. So you know, hopefully we can just improve off of last year, and, with the additions of Joe [Johnson], George [Hill] and Boris [Diaw], and with Dante [Exum] coming back, with Alec [Burks] coming back, those guys, and you know, just hopefully improve and you know, reach our goal.

And for me individually, just to continue to get better. Continue to be a presence on the court offensively, defensively. Keep adding stuff to my game. You know, just hopefully, you know, help the team, you know, reach our goal [of winning games and making the playoffs].

** Favors on working with Mehmet Okur this off-season: You know, Memo, he’s one of the greatest big-men shooters ever. You know, and we kind of reached out to each other, and you know, he came in for a couple of days. and mostly we were just working on balance. Just getting in position, being ready to shoot the ball.

Working on the arc, because I’ve noticed in the past I had a, kind of a flat shot, so I wanted to really work on the arc. Getting the legs into it. So, just a lot of fundamental stuff with the shooting…I just wanted to pick his brain and just see how I can become a eve–a better shooter myself.

** Favors on what Quin Snyder and Dennis Lindsey asked him to do during the summer: Couple of things. You know, becoming a better leader, for the team. And on the court…They still wanted me to work on, you know, becoming a better passer out of the post, out of, off the elbow, free-throw line area, high-low area, whatever. Becoming a better passer, becoming a better low-post scorer. You know, just keep working on that. Just keep working on the little things that I’m good at to become better at it, and also expanding my range out to the 3-point line.

** Favors on Boris Diaw: Boris, you know, he’s faster than the way he looks. You know, he’s quicker, too.

** Quincy Ford on what he has to have to make an NBA roster apart from his NBA-ready body: I believe just the little things. Understanding your role; being basically perfect in that role. Making guys better each and every day. And just being a 100 percent team player, on and off the court; an everyday guy.

** Gordon Hayward on what Quin Snyder and Dennis Lindsey asked him to do during the summer: Well, I think they asked me to be uncomfortable in my off-season workouts, to try to take it up another notch, which I felt like I did this summer…[Snyder] challenged me with [taking over games], and I’ve learned a lot this summer from him, from a lot of the assistants, from some, from older veteran guys in the league, of, you know, that sense and that feel and how to accomplish that.

** Hayward on what he finds more annoying, questions about playing video games or his hair: Those are both annoying for me to have to deal with, honestly. I would say it’s more, I would say probably the video games more, because I get that more from, like, my wife or my other family members [asking me to stop], or why are you playing so much-type deals…

I kind of figured it out this summer is, if I sign deals with video game companies, then I have to play video games. Just like I have to play basketball, right? Like, that’s my job. So, I’ve, I did a deal [with a] headphone company and they make other computer equipment too, and so, I was, I [have it] in my contract that I have to stream a certain amount of time. So, it’s like, “Sorry babe, I have to go play. Like, somebody has to pay the bills.”

** Hayward on having his second child: You know, when you go from one to two, that’s a big step. I actually have to start doing some things around, or, with the babies.

** Marcus Paige on the possibility of playing in the D-League but getting to stay in Salt Lake City: I think regardless of where I end up throughout this process, being in Salt Lake City is a great thing. You know, I don’t have to go out to a different state or a completely different area. I can work with the coaches and connect with them, talk to the players. And you know, it’s gonna be a good thing for me ’cause it’s easier to learn that way, and being close to the program is only gonna help me learn faster.

** Paige on George Hill and the Jazz being stacked at point guard: The vets like George have been great, helping me and working with me and stuff, which is a good thing coming in. You know, having somebody that’s willing to take time to talk to a rookie, helping him with pick and roll stuff, or teaching him how to get through screens…It’s been good competition. It’s also given me confidence when I’ve had success against them.


** Dennis Lindsey on the team’s cap space situation: A lot of what we are now doing in going forward over the next couple years will be more about player retention than it will be additions.

** Lindsey on his expectations for Dante Exum this year: One, to reintegrate him into the team. The, he’s healthy now, but maintaining that health. And then…we have to develop Dante. We’re not going to know who Dante is until he’s 28, 29 years old…You just start imagining in your head, or at least I do, because I have to context of [seeing George Hill’s development], what Dante could look like in five or six years…

We certainly don’t want to skip steps with Dante, ’cause his arc of improvement could be the last finishing touches on what our team looks like, you know, three or four years from now.

** Lindsey on not making any big moves in response to the injuries last year: We were able to get the 12th pick, which I don’t, eff–the painful part of the season manifested itself with the 12th pick, and if we had the 18th pick, let’s say, I don’t think we have George Hill today. So, a lot of the time when you’re evaluating that is, would you rather getting smacked in the first round or have George Hill now? And so, it’s not that we wouldn’t have wanted both, right, but if you had your choice, what would you rather have your choice right now sitting here today?

** Quin Snyder on Derrick Favors as a leader: I think there’s, you know, there’s people that, you know, are just naturally, you know, more outward, but sometimes maybe they’re not noticing, aware of, or sensitive to things, where there’s — I guess I would characterize, there’s good leadership, and then there’s vocal leadership. You’d rather have someone that’s quiet, but they’re leading you the right direction than someone that’s kind of a dominating personality but isn’t as, isn’t, doesn’t have as much wisdom. You know, I think that’s crucial. So, it comes in all varieties.

You know, usually communication is a component of that because in order to lead, you can lead by example but oftentimes you don’t have the opportunity to, you know, to show that example…[Favors] is not one of the, you know, he’s not Boris Diaw, for instance, where Boris is just a very outward person. But what Fav is is incredibly thoughtful, and I think he’s got a lot of wisdom, and he’s observant. So, when he does offer something, it’s usually pretty important.

** Snyder on the next step for Rudy Gobert: As he matures physically and his balance and those things improve, that his hands will improve. Just, his ability to kinda play the game efficiently around the basket will get better.

You know, I think his free throw shooting’s a big one. It’s gotten better. I think he’s more confident, but he’s gotta continue to do that in a game to really have that peace of mind at the line. You know, I don’t think he’s nervous at the line, but he’s just, he hasn’t been there enough over the course of his career to really have that part of his game, I think, solidified.

And you know, one of the, probably the biggest thing for him offensively is just being more efficient with the ball. You know, it’s, if you look at our turnover numbers from last year, if there’s a few guys you take out that weren’t as, you know, secure with the ball, then those turnover numbers go to, like, sixth, seventh in the league.

So you know, that, ultimately that’s gonna become something that differentiates, you know? He’s gotta take care of the ball, and that doesn’t mean, you know, being overly safe. I want him to make plays. So, that, really what that adds up to is being a better passer, being more precise with his footwork and all those things, but I think he can do those things. He’s just gotta really focus and continue to work on the right stuff.

Utah Jazz Media Day 2016: The Good Bits

September 27, 2016

Best Media Day Story
George Hill on his blond hair: I was out in public the other day here and a couple kids told me to bring it back, so I’m on the fence. I thought this would be too conservative of a state to come here with blond hair all crazy-looking, and I didn’t want people looking at me all weird. But hey, if people want me to bring it back, I definitely will bring it back.

[Radio guys mention best-bleach-job-in-Utah-Jazz-history Kyrylo Fesenko]

Hill: You talking about Big Fes? He was my teammate for one year in Indiana. That guy was sick every day.

“Why you sick?”

“Oh, I had some chicken in the refrigerator for, like, two weeks.”

I’m like, “And you ate it?” I’m like, “What are you doing?”

He’s like, “It was in the refrigerator and I was hungry.”

The Joe Ingles and Dante Exum Show
Dante Exum joins the conversation while Joe Ingles is being interviewed: What’s this here? What’s on the top of your head here? What’s that? What? Are you talking about your hairline? Your messed up hairline? (giggles)

Ingles: Dante has one joke, and he’s used it for three years now. Everyone in the world knows I’m going bald. And I’ve got twins, so it’s gonna go even quicker now. But, look at that little fa–like, how can you be so cruel to such a little babyface?

Exum: Just paint a picture the people —

Ingles: That’s why you just wear hats. It’s easier, I think. He can’t hide that pimple on his forehead. Like, people are gonna see that no matter what. I just wear a hat. That’s always gonna be — this is the most talkative s–I always get asked why Dante is so quiet and stuff.

He’s not quiet. Like, he’s got all the Jazz people fooled. He’s actually a clown. But, around all the Jazz people, he just doesn’t talk and he’s just nice and quiet and respectful. And then he [turns] around, and he’s like, “Screw this guy! I don’t like–”

Exum: What? Oh my God. Come on now.

Ingles: I’m trying to give you the real Dante, ’cause —

Exum: No.

Ingles: — it’s all a facade.

Exum: What you see is what you get from me, and what they’ve seen is what they’ve, that’s me.

Ingles: What they’ve seen is what they’ve got? Is that what you were —

Exum: Exactly. Exactly. I need to leave… I just wanted to mention Joe’s hairline. ‘Cause I can do stuff about this pimple on my head, but I, he can’t do anything about the hair.

Ingles: I just said I can.

Exum: That’s not tr–

Ingles: I just said I can wear a hat.

Exum: But I mean, you can’t do —

Ingles: I can get that Carlos Boozer special spray-on stuff, like —

Exum: That’s not, there’s some treatments now. If there’s anyone out there that is, like, a hair laser treatment, contact Joe. Twitter, DMs or Instagram DMs.

Body Talk (brought to you by Randy Rigby)
** Shelvin Mack on what he’s learned from Joe Johnson: Just taking care of your body. I’m gonna say, me and Joe kinda got the, similar body types. Like, 6-6 — I mean, I’m 6-7. You know, he’s not dunking. I’m not dunking. You know, just taking care of your body.
** Rudy Gobert: Last year, my, the most important was to get healthy, work on my body, and also work on my game. But the body was the main focus, and I’m ready now.
** Henry Sims on what he did in the off-season: Getting more in tune with my body, being able to push my body to different limits, taking it through different types of workouts I’m not normally used to, just so I can, you know, get better performance out of my body.
** Raul Neto: I spent a lot of time in the weight room trying to get my body ready for the long summer and for the, of course this next season.
** Dante Exum: I did put on a bit of weight — I’m sorry, muscle — over this, through the injury, and then being able to cut it down. And you know, being able to use my body in different situations. That’s just the biggest thing for me.
** David Locke: What does the flexibility in the hips do for you?
Chris Johnson: Well, I’m already fast…You know, it’s just less stress on your body.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines
** Alec Burks on his recovery: I’m getting real close. I’m feeling more explosive than I ever have before.
** Dante Exum on getting back on the court: It’s just about trusting yourself for the first time, and once you do it that first time, you know, you just keep going.
** Exum: It’s so many different situations where you have to use your body in a different way.
** Ron Boone to Exum: One of the biggest problems [young players] have is how to use your body. How to take a hit and finish. How to position yourself with your body.
** Chris Johnson on the stingray he encountered on a cruise: I touched it, and then it freaked me out.
** Joe Johnson on his mom, EwDQM: When I’m grinding, she, I definitely think about her.
** David Locke to Joe Johnson on his shoe closet: How big is it, and is it true that I’d have to show my fingerprint to get in?
** Trey Lyles, filming a video while Rudy Gobert poses for photos in the background: He ugly, but we just finishing it up. You know, trying to have a good time.
** Jeff Withey on golf clubs: I had to get, you know, like, 2.5 inches extended.
** Withey on his bromance with Ryan Anderson vs. his engagement: She comes first.

People Calling…
** People calling Alec Burks “Big Money AB”: Dante Exum
** People calling Joe Johnson “The Tank”: Alec Burks
** People calling himself “Corner Pimp”: Alec Burks

Random
** Rudy Gobert and Boris Diaw went to the same high school, albeit 10 years apart.
** Shelvin Mack estimates he played in 150 games this summer. He, Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson worked out together in Atlanta.
** Quin Snyder was Eric Dawson’s first professional coach, while Antonio Lang was Dawson’s first overseas coach.
** The newly engaged Jeff Withey is leaning on two summers from now for his wedding.
** Trey Lyles’ sister is his personal chef.
** Chris Johnson had a daughter three month ago.
** Henry Sims is from Baltimore and while the mountains in Utah are nice to look at, he does not plan on going into the mountains.

Utah Jazz Media Day 2016, Part 1

September 27, 2016

** Joel Bolomboy on what he anticipates in his rookie season: I’m just gonna try to be the best version of myself, and just show up every single day and work hard, and when I’m out there, just talk to my teammates, and have great energy and play defense as hard as I can, and chase every rebound, offensively and defensively, and when I’m on offense and I’m open, just knock down shots.

** Bolomboy on where he is in his development: I’m still growing as a player, on and off the court. My potential and ceiling where I cap off that is extremely high. So, I put in the work every single day and I’m definitely seeing the results pay off. And my teammates and coaches, they also see the improvements and the strides I’m making every day.

** Alec Burks on the year he wants to have: I feel like I was having a great year until I got hurt, so I just feel like, I just, improve upon that. Just getting better, being healthy the full year.

You know, I haven’t done that in a couple years. And just take my game to the next step. I feel like it’s that time. My sixth year; I’m 25 now. It’s time for me to show I’m a player in this league…

I feel like I’m mo–right now, more explosive than I was, you know, more athletic than I was, before I got hurt. You know, just, I feel like I had to work on my lower body when I got hurt, so it just made me more stronger…I feel like I’m still the athletic person that everybody know and love, you know?

** Burks on the team’s off-season: I think everybody got better that was initially on the team, you know, before they made the great additions. You know, and with the additions, we just, I feel like we just got better. You know, better leaders; you know, more versatility; you know, just better all around, and I feel like that gon help us out a lot.

** Eric Dawson on Quin Snyder: First year out of college, my first professional job — he was the one that took a chance on me and gave me time, and helped me get better and helped me understand the game. Great guy. I love him. I love him.

** Dawson on what he brings: Coach Q always told me I was a great passer. I love to pass. Sometimes he get on me for not taking the open shot, but I’m a team guy. I like to pass the ball. I love to rebound, bang, get down there in the paint, and just do what I can do to help a team win.

** Boris Diaw, responding to a question addressed to Rudy Gobert about how he’s the team’s defensive anchor and captain: Don’t tell him too much. His head is gonna explode.

** Diaw, told Derrick Favors said he’s faster than he looks: I don’t know if I’m fast, but that making me wonder how slow do I look?

** Dante Exum on how he’s doing: I’m feeling good. Back to, pretty much 100 percent. I mean, not pretty much. I am. You know, I got no restrictions at all.

** Rudy Gobert on his contract/extension situation: Everybody knows I want to be here, so that’s the most important. You know, whether I sign this year or next year, you know, I’m focused on the season and it’s not gonna change anything.

** Gobert on the addition of Boris Diaw to the team: It’s great. You know, when it happened, you know, I was pretty excited because I’ve been waiting for a French teammate for a few years. So, just happy. You know, especially Boris, you know, is a great guy on the court, off the court.

** George Hill on the team’s aspirations this year: Our, you know, goal’s, is to make the playoffs. You know, anything less is not a good season for us. You know, we want to get to that goal where we’re playing in the postseason. That’s the thing that matters.

** Rodney Hood, asked if he cares if he starts: No, not at all. You know, it’s all about winning. You know, it’s all about winning right now. So, it don’t matter who starts, who finishing a game, whatever. You know, it’s about winning right now.

** Hood on his first autograph: I was in New Orleans, and, with my mom on, I think it was Bourbon Street, and you know, I saw Joe Johnson and I, you know, obviously I’d been a fan. And I tapped my mom and said, “There goes Joe Johnson.” And she was like, “You want his autograph?” I was like, “No, no. I’m too shy.” I didn’t want to bother him. And then she went over there. I was embarrassed. And he, she asked him for the autograph and she, he took a picture and everything. So it was one of the best moments of my childhood.

** Hood on Joe Johnson: Just a great feeling to have that, like, a mentor-type guy that I haven’t had my first couple years.

** Joe Ingles, asked what the Boomers did, specifically, to make the Americans so uncomfortable during the Olympics: Apparently, we’re dirty, according to some of the players on that team. Which is hilarious.

** Chris Johnson on what he worked on this summer: I worked on a lot of ball-handling. That’s one of the biggest things I need to work on, so I did a ton of ball-handling this summer. Did just, you know, just focused on my form, my shot. You know, I kinda tweaked it last year. So, just finding that confidence in my sh–in my new form and my new shot…A lot of flexibility. I did a lotta hot yoga, hot bikram this summer, which was tough, but you know, it comes a long way on your body.

** Chris Johnson on being forced to go on a stingray excursion during his first-ever cruise because the swimming with dolphins excursions was sold out: Everybody got in the water. I think I, honestly, I think I was the only person who didn’t actually hold a stingray. I touched it, and then it freaked me out, so I swam away and jumped back on the boat.

** Joe Johnson on what he expects his role to be: I didn’t come here to try to be a star or starter…[Quin Snyder] understands where I’m at and I understand what he wants from me, you know, as a player, and that’s to help these young guys, guys such as Rodney or Gordon [Hayward].

** Trey Lyles on where he sees himself five years from now: What I want to be is, you know, a All-Star. You know, that’s what I work to be every day. You know, I wanna be one of the premier guys in the league, but you know, it’s gonna take time. It’s gonna take me committing to myself and committing to the teams. And you know, hopefully five years, I’ll be a All-Star, or, hopefully a multiple-time All-Star, and like I said, just somebody to be a force to be reckoned with.

** Lyles on being from the same city as George Hill: George is cool. So, you know, we’re from the same city, so got a little connection there…We know a lot of the same people, so you know, that’s good.

** Lyles on being from the same city as Gordon Hayward: I heard he was back there for a week or so. You know, I don’t really go to his area of town…Our high schools were on different sides of, you know, the city, really, so you know, I think that’s where he worked out at, so, I didn’t go over there.

** Shelvin Mack on what he proved in Utah last season: That I’m an NBA-caliber player. I feel like when I get the opportunities, I’m able to, you know, to make the best of them and I think that’s what I did.

** Raul Neto on playing in the Olympics in his home country: It was amazing. It was an amazing atmosphere. It was way better than, I think, everybody expected since the opening ceremony, until all the games. People were great. I didn’t heard nothing bad about the Olympics. So, it was a great experience…

People made a big deal of something that wasn’t that big deal. We saw, after the Olympics, nobody got Zika. Nobody got robbed or something like this…So, I think it was good to people see that Brazil is not that, wasn’t everything that everybody was saying, about Zika, about everything.

So, of course I did–I wasn’t happy before the Olympics when everybody’s, was talking about it.

But when I was in Brazil — I think it was the, more the international media that was saying that. ‘Cause when I was there, nobody talk nothing about Zika, about all this things that everybody here in the States and in Spain that — I was in the Spain for a couple weeks before the Olympics too — everybody was saying that. It wasn’t that crazy.

** Henry Sims on what he brings: I’m an offensive-minded big. I can score the ball, pass the ball as well. Defensively, I’m also an anchor. I feel like, communication. You know, I think I’ve been around enough to know where guys should be and where I should be.

** Jeff Withey on what Quin Snyder and Dennis Lindsey asked him to work on this summer: They wanted me to gain weight, which, I’m around 235, almost. So I gained some weight. Just muscle, pretty much. And then, they wanted me to work on my perimeter shot and the corner threes, and, been doing a lot of that. You know, it was a really exciting off-season for me.

** Withey on the addition of vets to the team: I know I’m really excited. I know everybody on the team is really excited. But, you know, we definitely have our goal to make the playoffs and then do really good in the playoffs. And with all the new guys on our team, I think that their leadership is gonna definitely push us to the next level and get us there.

** Withey on Kansas, not his fiancee: There’s no mountains. It’s really flat.

Eve of Media Day Odds and Ends

September 24, 2016

One. Get excited for the season!

Main plot: Salute! Subplot: Joe Ingles heckling Rudy Gobert (via #utahjazz snapchat)

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“You look like you’re a watermelon right now, what are you wearing?!” 😂😂😂

Two. [Gordon Hayward] WAG vs. [Derrick Favors] WAG (H/T @5kl):

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Three. Dennis Lindsey, asked what he would do if a Jazz player “wanted to show concern for certain social injustices by not honoring America”: We need a little bit of guidance by the league. And I think I’ve mentioned before, look, there are times, as a country, we need to be highly patriotic.

There’s Pearl Harbor, for example. I bet there wa–you couldn’t find one person in the United States during that period that didn’t fully support our troops and those war efforts. 9/11, I think that goes without saying, you know, that over 3,000 people lost their lives and we saw first responders, you know, real true heroes…in many cases, [give] their own lives. And so, to honor that day is very important.

And, but if you’re gonna say that, you also have to say, look, I wanna honor Martin Luther King, and Martin Luther King Day, and the struggle, and so, as I’ve mentioned before, Muhammad Ali’s stance wasn’t very popular, at the time, about not going to war, and if you go back and look at history, I think history’s on his side, and he was willing to give up money and his career for a three-year period, and a true sacrifice, so, there, you know, there — our flag means a lot.

It stands for a lot, and it stands for your ability to have freedom of speech, and everybody — someone told me this the other day, and it was really a wise statement. You have the ability to stand and salute, or kneel, or sit in protest, and not be incarcerated, where, you know, in, there are other countries where you would be.

But, with that said, there’s — know that if you have a protest, even a legitimate protest, there is going to be someone that you could offend. It could be a fan. It could be a corporate sponsor. It could be the league that you represent. It could be the team. So at some point in time, you gotta realize that there is a hole. And I think most importantly for me, for things of symbols to have real meaning, there needs to be authentic action behind that.

So I would hope that anybody that is protaste–protesting on social injustice or racial injustice or gender injustice, that they really support a cause behind it, that they’re, that it’s just not a symbolic action, but there’s, you know, true meaning with a personal time commitment or financial commitment, that makes a struggle that they want to highlight, get better.

Four. Trey Lyles also offered commentary on Gobert’s outfit:

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Five. Quin Snyder on the length of shorts and shorter shorts possibly making a comeback: They go up and down, and you start to see — I think when you’re Joe Johnson and you’re built like that, you can wear the shorts a little higher. I’d hate to go see — that would — when Dennis and I played, that was the style. I don’t think we looked quite the same as Isiah Thomas when he was sporting those, like, high-riders.

Six. Sometimes, good comes from reading the comment section. This exchange between Memo Okur and Carlos Arroyo is great. (H/T @5kl):

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Seven. Joe Ingles on #USAustraliaNBAProblems, i.e., being cheated out of summer due to his schedule: It’s just, it’s the way it is, really. I’d love to get some sun and be able to sit outside, and that’s why I enjoy coming to Utah a little early, so I get a bit of nice weather.

But yeah, it’s not winter like it is here in Australia. It’s more wet and, I mean, how-cold-it-is-in-Utah cold, but yeah, [it] isn’t the most fun thing I’ve ever done.

But I’ve been very fortunate too, to play in Barcelona, [where] it was really nice. Maccabi Tel Aviv was really nice. So it’s just, it is what it is. And when I eventually move back home, I’ll have summer every year, so I’ll take it for now.

Ingles on not being the old man on the team anymore: Thank God for that.

Eight. All the lulz.

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Nine. Vivint Arena President Jim Olson, asked what’s it like to be king of the building: You talk about king of the building, I, you know, there are numerous people. I’m gonna put Quin up there. I’m gonna put Gordon Hayward up there. I mean, those guys are, those are the people that make an enormous difference in what we’re trying to do here.

Bonus material! Jim Olson’s “How u” moment:

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Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Dennis Lindsey on when he went to the Spurs: I’m not gonna lie. I wanted to impress [Gregg] Pop[ovich], and R.C. [Buford], and Tim [Duncan], and Tony [Parker], and Manu [Ginobili], and the best way I could do it was–isn’t necessarily through interlec–intellect, but just grinding hard.
** Quin Snyder on ideas and the creative side of basketball: You know, you don’t know when they’re gonna come, and they’ll, I won’t say obsess about them, but you get pulled into that. And you know, when you come out the other side, you may have something that’s kinda neat. But you can dive pretty deep into those things.
** Gordon Monson to Snyder on August being a slow basketball month: Call [Spencer Checketts] at four in the morning, because he’s probably up.
Snyder: Yes. I’ll send you a couple clips of us getting backdoored.
** Lindsey, asked how much basketball he plays these days: My body — I can play one time…I just can’t recover. I played with some of our young guys last year. I was quite a bit overweight; I’ve lost a few pounds since. And it was quite humbling. You still can remember what you did, but you can’t perform.

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