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Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 2/4

February 6, 2015
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On his observations of the team
Our team is believing in the system that Quin [Snyder] and our coaching staff has put in place, and they’re really working together as a team.

I, and the other thing I’m seeing, in our practices as well: Our players are having fun with one another, and they’re enjoying it. They’re enjoying each other; they’re enjoying our coaching staff. You’re seeing a camaraderie that’s happening between coaches and players, players with one ano–with each other, and that I think is really fun for us to enjoy.

Is Trey Burke really OK with coming off the bench?
I hope not. I hope Trey Burke, I hope he has a fire in him, to saying, maybe, I want to, you know what, keep competing to see if I can get back in the starting lineup.

And then, let’s see if that’s where his, then, role, where he starts liking — there are some players that like to come off the bench, and it fits well with their style and their attitude. I have not heard that yet from Trey, that that’s where he wants to be.

He’s always seemed to be one that likes to be in the starting role. And I’ve liked seeing him competing and showing his grit. You know, let’s, over time, let’s, we’ll assess that, and I know the coaching staff will assess that with, and make those decisions.

But I like seeing Trey keep fighting hard and working hard. It seems to be working to motivate him as well, in really wanting to prove himself and prove that he can be better.

‘Cause I really feel the main part — Trey Burke can get better and should be better. And I think he sees that. He knows that. Our coaching staff knows that. And they’re pushing him for that.

What have you learned about Quin Snyder since he was hired?
I give a lot of kudos to Dennis Lindsey, who’s, really, one that says, this is the man that we really need to take a hard look at. He knew, and he’s known, and, Quin’s, he knew some of the challenges that Quin’s had to deal with in his career, but knew of his character and his potential abilities, and t–kept putting him out there for us to all look at. …

But I would say this, Quin Snyder has been everything that we would hope that he would be. Above everything, his passion for the game of basketball, his basketball knowledge and mind, I’ve never see anyone work i–harder than Quin Snyder, and he pushes himself, night and day.

I–you text Quin at one o’clock, which I have. I’ve gotten responses from him at 1:30. It shows you where he’s at. …

Quin is passionate about it, and he’s thinking it all the time, and sometimes, I know we’re saying, “Quin, you need to slow down a little bit,” and, but he’s, and he’s got great support from his wife, Amy, and his family, but he loves the game. He respects the game. He works hard at it.

He pushes his players. He pushes his coaching staff. And we’ve seen that…And it’s reconfirming to all of us, that this system that we’ve all bought in on, and we’ve heard Quin and Dennis talk about, and the s–and belief in what we’re doing, in the work ethic that they’re putting in, is paying off the fruits that we see.

Quin Snyder answers tough questions straight-up, with none of the spin and BS you often see with coaches…
Yeah, a lot of people try to spin. There’s no spin with Quin Snyder. He faces things straight-up.

I, what I love about it, when we go into the ga–af–into the coach’s room after a game, the first person that Quin is really challenging and questioning is his own self. And in, is, as comfortable in his own skin, to also feel comfortable to know that we can talk about, should we have done things, could they have done things as a coaching staff better.

But you know what, they’re questioning and challenging themselves in a way to say, we want to be better, and what can we work on, then, tomorrow? What should we be doing? It’s always with an intent, and you can feel the spirit of, we’re gonna get better. And we trust each other, believe in each other, and we’re gonna help each other get better.

And that’s a great and comfortable atmosphere to really be in, and it allows growth to really flourish and grow, when you have that kind of trust and feeling, yet, and desire from everyone to see improvement, from players to each other. (1280)

Game 49 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (17-32)

February 5, 2015

calathes-gobertGotta love Rudy Gobert.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on if there are lessons to be learned from the way Memphis uses their bigs
Yeah, I think, you know, those guys are pretty, I mean, that’s like eight years from now for us, right? I mean if you put it in those terms, I mean, that’s the level of savvy and experience and physicality that their bigs play with. I do think there’s a lot of things that they do that we can learn from. You know, we haven’t committed to just playing, you know, post-up basketball. We’ve been committed to playing, you know, more in the flow and to find our post-ups through that…There’s a few teams in the league like that that I think have superior, you know, interior players, that are good teams for us to look at, and ultimately in one way, shape or form, model ourselves after.
** Snyder, asked if Trey Burke has embraced coming off the bench beyond just saying the right things
You know, there’s this fixation with the bench and starting, and to me, what Trey Burke has embraced is not so much the bench — I don’t want him to embrace the bench; I don’t want him to embrace starting. I want him to do what’s best for our team, and if that’s coming off the bench, yes, he has embraced it. You know, I’m kind of circling around there, but the point is that he’s embraced becoming a better player…I don’t want it to be about the bench for him, you know? I’d like to — if he starts again, I want him to keep getting better too, you know?

For “Friends” fans: Who seven’ed better, Quin or Monica?

quin monica

** Snyder on Dante Exum
It’s just a process for him, but as far as losing confidence, I don’t lose confidence in him. I really believe in him. You know, his ability to improve, and you know, become whatever it is — I don’t think we can define Dante’s game yet. You know, I think we just gotta kinda keep asking him to work on certain things, and see where it takes him.
** Snyder, asked what has changed for the team from the first 25 games to now
Well, it’s kinda like when you go from fifth grade to seventh grade. You know, you’re in junior high, and that’s basically where we are. You know, we just have grown…But I’m really probably not willing to kind of say, “Hey, we were this then, now we’re this now. And here we are,” and you know, offer this kind of blissful cycle of improvement. I mean, it’s work. And it shows tonight, and it’s just not easy getting better. And I’m saying that, and I’m really saying it because I think our guys have earned that improvement, you know, with practice and with competition. So, hopefully it can continue.


** Derrick Favors on Memphis’ front court
It’s always difficult playing against those guys. I mean, they, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, both of ‘em big, physical guys. But you know, they kinda took us out of our offense — the whole team, they kinda took us out of our offense. … It’s some stuff that we can learn from [their front court]. As far as passing-wise, especially.
** Gordon Hayward on the loss
Yeah, they’re a really good team. They’re on a roll right now, too. And they’re playing great basketball, so. I mean, I think it was one of those games where we competed but you kinda felt like they were always in control.

** Enes Kanter on facing a tough team after playing Portland last night
You can’t make any excuse. I mean, no matter who you playing against, you know? Of course, you know, it’s NBA. You know, every night you going against somebody that, it’s superstar…but we just cannot back it up. You know, just have to, you know, just fight through it.
** Trey Burke on the loss
Just a tough stretch for us, and you know, we’re all a little down right now. You know, losing two in a row is never good…I’m down. You know, we lost. You know, it’s always bad when you lose, regardless of how you played, regardless how anyone played. You know, you want to win the game, so. And especially, losing two in a row, that kinda hurt ’cause we felt like we had a chance to win last night, and then coming in tonight and losing another tough game, it’s tough, so.
** Burke, asked if he thinks he’s been a better defender since the move to the bench
Yeah, absolutely. You know, I know that was the main reason. You know, it’s just defense. You know, I have to get better defensively. You know, I have to be a presence out there on the ball, and even off the ball. And you know, once I continue to grow in that area, then, you know, I’ll continue to grow as a player.

ronda tweet

Random Stuff, etc.
** In the house and all in one pic, with annotations by @chang_max: Jerry Sloan, Frank Layden and the pink grandmas.

in the house

** People saying “LOL” stands for “lots of laughs”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Larry Bird “The Birdman”: Craig Bolerjack
** Jazz – Grizzlies relations:
1. The Koof and the Jazz, obviously.


2. Quin Snyder and Nick Calathes. Such good friends, they hugged twice. (I’m guessing they know each other from the 2012-2013 season, during which Snyder coached and Calathes played in Russia.)


3. Joe Ingles and Marc Gasol. (I’m guessing they know each other from the 2011 NBA lockout, during which Ingles played for and Gasol trained with Barcelona. Photo via USA Today Sports.)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on players falling into photographers: They’re looking through an eyepiece and all of a sudden, there they are, right on top of you.
Matt Harpring: When they’re coming full speed, it’s hard to get out of the way…It’s like a catcher. You know, when a man’s on first base, you kinda get up on your haunches a little bit.
** Harpring on Jon Leuer: He’s a guy that grew 10 inches before his senior season. Ten inches!
Boler: How does that happen?
Harpring: Well, you gotta ask him…You hear of people growing five, six inches. But 10 inches? That’s unbelievable.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward’s shoe coming off: Oh yeah. Tony Allen stepped on it, and out it comes. That’s called a blown tire.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 49

Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 and @OhioHadley for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 5, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Grizzly Bear Blues.

its a ghost town in here
by elderscion on Feb 4, 2015 | 8:39 PM

Is everybody still recovering from the SuperBowl?
by Vincent Torello on Feb 4, 2015 | 8:49 PM

Lol. Went over to the Jazz page and they predict Male Pattern Baldness will be the winner of this matchup,
by carAmelie on Feb 4, 2015 | 8:59 PM

seems like both teams agreed before the game
to not really contest any shots…or really play much defense

by Fajotni on Feb 4, 2015 | 9:00 PM

A moth has landed on my TV but I don’t feel like getting out of my recliner to get it off. #GoGrizz
by Okitech623 on Feb 4, 2015 | 9:32 PM

It’s been there since the end of the first quarter. Must be a Grizz fan.
by Okitech623 on Feb 4, 2015 | 9:34 PM

What the heezy? Did the Warriors suddenly forget how to play basketball? Only 4 points with 5:24 left to go in the first
by Okitech623 on Feb 4, 2015 | 9:59 PM

Marc doing Marc things
by Vincent Torello on Feb 4, 2015 | 10:19 PM

Grizz handled their business tonight. Off to Minny for another game that they should win big but will probably win small.
by Okitech623 on Feb 4, 2015 | 10:29 PM

Game 48 of 82: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (17-31)

February 4, 2015

gobert favors tweets

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game
I thought we played, you know, we played a good game and did a good job against, you know, a very, very good team…I think we feel like a team when we’re playing, and the ball’s finding open people. And you know, a lotta guys, you know, made [big] shots…I thought we defended very well.
** Snyder, asked about Rudy Gobert’s defense on LaMarcus Aldridge on the perimeter
He did a good job. I mean, that was why we played [Gobert] on [Aldridge] in the beginning of the second half. We thought that was a match-up that was — you know, no match-up’s perfect against LaMarcus Aldridge. He’s such a good player…And I think Rudy’s length, at least, you know, he’s a little bit more of a factor than — you know, there’s not too many guys that can contest [Aldridge’s] shot.
Do you see Gobert doing more of that?
Yeah, I mean, I think, you know, Enes [Kanter] came in and played great in the second half, and you know, I’ve pretty much — this is a recurring theme that we’re gonna play match-ups, and, yeah, I expect Rudy to do more of that. And I think that’s one of his strengths, and we feel like — maybe it’s new for him a little bit to be on, you know, a guy that’s considered a “four.” But because of his height and length, it made some sense.

quin-zoolanderZoosnyder: Blue Devil Steel

** Gordon Hayward, post-game
Yeah, we competed. I think that’s for sure. Too many turnovers there in that third quarter. I thought we fought the entire game. We persevered there in the end. You know, Rudy did a great job on LaMarcus in the second half. But like I said, man, missed free throws — you know, I missed way too many, and just, you know, a little bit more here or there, and we would’ve come out with a win.
** Hayward on Trey Burke moving to the bench
It’s not a demotion. We talked about that. It’s just, kind of when he gets to play and when he can pick his spots and he can be more aggressive there in the second unit, and really lead that group for us. And he’s done a great job, and I think he’s taken it really well.
** Rudy Gobert, asked if he thinks he’ll be defending more on the perimeter in the future
Of course, especially on superstars like Aldridge. You know, we need somebody to stop him, and coach put me on him. So, that’s great.

falk rudy tweet

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Gordon Hayward “George Hayworth”: Blazers announcer (H/T @its_computers)
** People calling Damian Lillard “Damon”: Matt Harpring
** People calling Meyers Leonard “Miles Leonard”: Matt Harpring
** Unsolved mysteries: What exactly is a bench burrito?

bench burrito

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack at tip-off: Lopez with that right hand wrapped, as Ingles grabs the tip, and we’re underway.
** Matt Harpring: Everything is low on Batum, mainly because of that wrist. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on a loose ball bouncing their way: I wanted that ball.
Harpring: You’re just a little short.
Boler: You got me by five inches, I’d guess.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward’s young wife point total: Bang, there she goes, 18 for Hayward.
** Harpring: That’s a great move by Trey Burke. Between the legs, to get Millsap open.
** Boler, unable to decide whether to say “break” or “rest”: And Favs will take a breast.
** Boler calling the Play of the Game : Behind the back, Hayward inside, and Favors the finish.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 48

Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 4, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.

First time I’ve been optimistic about a game in about a month.
Let’s go Blazers!

by erastus25 on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:05 PM

What’s up with Quin Snyder’s hair? It’s fantastic.
like this

by RipCityLifer! on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:22 PM

ROLO going to make Hayward look like a high schooler. Never mind, he already does.
by JmarcL4 on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:43 PM

I want Exum to be good
A return of playmaking cool shooting guards would be nice!!

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:48 PM

He’s like 13 years old so he’ll be great one of these days, count on it
by AUS2PDX on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:50 PM

[A.Woj] Denver’s working on deal to bring 2013 draft pick Joffrey Lauvergne to Nuggets soon. He left Russian team today.
by thankyouforblaze on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:48 PM

Are they going to give him a real name at Ellis Island???
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:49 PM

Jerry Lawrence will be his new name.
by Blazerfan72 on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:50 PM

Lillard going to score 140 tonight
on 110% shooting

by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:07 PM

*in the 4th quarter
by Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:08 PM

with 58 assists
Blazers score about 300 tonight.

by RipCityLifer! on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:08 PM

Hayward with the scruffy beard
in a vain attempt to look like he’s not in high school.

by occassia on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:09 PM

I suspect Lillard is waiting for the TNT game to get his shot back…
by jenstcy on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:24 PM

I think Dame is manipulating the universe right now
He, like all Portland fans, knows about regression to the means. I think he is driving his shooting % down so when the playoffs come, he will shoot 70% from the field and 60% from 3pt to make up for it.

by Lassiie on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:27 PM

literally the only thing that makes sense right now
by phil.k on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:15 PM

I like Hayward…
He’s not worth all that money they gave him but he would be a good #2 guy on a good team.

by jenstcy on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:27 PM

Him, Matthews and Millsap could’ve been a pretty good team.
by Lassiie on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:28 PM

Does Gobert really have a standing reach of 9 feet 7 inches?
That seems unbelievable.

by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:50 PM

Quin Snyder is scary looking.
I’m pretty sure he could kill someone by looking at them.

by jenstcy on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:54 PM

I’m pretty sure Quinn Snyder knows what really happened to that Nationwide kid… #ripcity
— Jesse (@The_Arkitect) February 4, 2015

by occassia on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:32 PM

What was the last game Dame shot over 50%?
by bluesloth on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:08 PM

1957 against the Kansas City Kings, I think.
by HowlinJoeWolf on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:10 PM

cmon refs. We’re not in Utah
by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Did Batum really foul Hayward there?
by axel360 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Gordon Harden!!
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Hayward still has the second most punchable face in the nba
by TheDSpot on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:26 PM

Is Harden first?
by iamBlackout on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:26 PM

of course
by TheDSpot on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:27 PM

its cause he’s white

by phil.k on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:27 PM

That’s only 99% of it, don’t exaggarate
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:28 PM

nah, he just looks like a massive wuss
by TheDSpot on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:29 PM

I bet everything he says comes out in a nasal whine
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:30 PM

by TheDSpot on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:30 PM

His work in The Rivers Edge and as McFly in Back to the Future are classics tho
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:28 PM

Ingles looks like a two pack a day smoker.
by Blazerfan72 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:34 PM

One of the best stories I have of Hayward
Was a few years ago, I believe it was Haywards first year. During preseason my step-dad and I got courtside tickets, and this was back when Hayward had a bowl cut. My step-dad proceeded to yell “BIEEEEBBBEEERRRR” repeatedly the entire game and everytime he touched the ball. Was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. The best part? A few days later we saw him in an interview with a nearly shaved head. Priceless!

by Lassiie on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:35 PM

Derrick isn’t doing us any Favors.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:35 PM

Derek isn’t doing us any Favors.
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:35 PM

You and ParticleAccelerator are so cute together
by Blazin’ in Sydney on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:36 PM

What happened to Kanter? Haven’t seen him in awhile
by axel360 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:38 PM

He’s been busy airing out wine
Is that what a decanter does?

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:39 PM

that Goober guy has annoyed the heck out of LMA.
by BlazersConga on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:45 PM

he’s one of the only guys I’ve seen that look taller than LMA
by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:45 PM

No kidding, Gobert looks like a freaking mutant out there. Dude is just long!
by lightskin350 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:46 PM

looks like he has bulked up to bout 150 or so too
by Carthage on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:47 PM

And now aldridge is pressing
by blazermaniac32 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:47 PM

Kanter needs to donate his hairline to those of us who need it
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:54 PM

Jazz been giving the refs free donuts during time outs
by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:55 PM

They are doing something because they are getting a ton of calls.
by lightskin350 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:57 PM

nice guys on the bench, but they play like a good summer league team at times
by Carthage on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:57 PM

by WillBartonMVP on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:57 PM

*all times
by Carthage on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Gobert has a 7’9″ wingspan. Good lord.
by annthefan on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:02 PM

His arms are probably longer than I am.
by annthefan on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:08 PM

And 9’7″ standing reach
Like a jerk!!!

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Man, Gobert is a force down low right now.
by Acab on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:02 PM

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by TheStripes on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by Blazerfan72 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by annthefan on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

I think my jaw broke when it hit the floor…
by BlazersConga on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by heybabydrinkyourmilk on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Ingles looks like he needs some sleep.
by Acab on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:09 PM

He’s doing the Flip Saunders diet
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:09 PM

Everybody is better with Rolo!
by annthefan on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:11 PM

He’s like the Sriracha of basketball players.
by TheStripes on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:12 PM

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:19 PM

Ingles and Exum now have a combined 5 points
those Aussies are absolutely killin us

by axel360 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:20 PM

I’m sick of these outback struttin kangaroo jockeys!!!
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:21 PM

Let’s boycott barbeque!
by Reasonable Approximation on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:23 PM

Plus, you know, the Crocodile Dundee movies went waaaaay downhill
after the first one

by axel360 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:22 PM

Ingles made that because his teammates said they would buy him a pack of his favorite Australian cigarettes.
by Blazerfan72 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:19 PM

and a Koala steak!
by Tyler Durrden on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:20 PM

what is a Joe Ingles?
by RipCityLifer! on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:19 PM

left-handed Australian
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:20 PM

In the Southern Hemisphere, they’re all left-handed
by Reasonable Approximation on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:21 PM

They are actually born at the height they end up at, and then their feet grow up to the ground
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

instead of BO they got OB
by Tyler Durrden on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

YEAH, the brand of tampons!
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:26 PM

We shouldn’t be struggling to put away Utah @ home.
by lightskin350 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:22 PM

Miss the second!!!!!!
by pdxthomastran on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

LOL Endgame Dame!
by TonyBalony on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

Good call on the miss!
Win, win, win

by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

by iamBlackout on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

I like winning on a miss.
by Reasonable Approximation on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

first time ever I cheer the Blazers missing.
by BlazersConga on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

finally, one of Lillard’s misses pays off
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

Bits from Practice, 2/2

February 3, 2015
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** Quin Snyder on the Super Bowl
It’s tough. … I’m a fan, and you know, I love [the Seahawks]. I love what they stand for. You know, we’ve played video of Richard Sherman in particular just communicating, and how much he’s talking, how much he’s studying watching film.

And you know, Pete Carroll’s someone that I’ve admired for a time. The fact that he was a college coach for awhile — he was an NFL coach, college coach, NFL, and just seeing that journey for me is interesting.

But, so, I like them in addition to them being from, you know, I, me being from Seattle, and kind of a link to my, you know, my childhood. I don’t wanna sound too nostalgic, but that’s the truth. And additionally, just because of who they are as a team.

snyder burke tweets

** Snyder on what criteria he uses to evaluate the team’s defensive progress
There are some speci–you know, obviously, your effective field goal percentage is really, really important, in that, essentially, you know, more than any other, you know, factor, that’s gonna determine — there’s different reasons, then, why teams are shooting well or not shooting well against you.

And that’s really, I mean, you can’t just hope that field goal percentage goes down, and basically they miss. You gotta do what you can to disrupt them and make ‘em miss. So, you know, everything from contesting shots to deflections.

You know, we want ball pressure, so some of those things become more subjective. That would be one example. You know, transition defense is something that’s essential, ’cause, you know, if we don’t get back, we don’t get a chance to play half-court defense, and layups are pretty high percentage shots.

** Derrick Favors, asked what he has to do to defend LaMarcus Aldridge
Well, I mean, I guess I, I guess you make him a driver, I guess. I don’t know. You know, he a tough guy, a tough guy to guard. You know, he a good jump-shooting big. So, I mean, he a tough player to play against, so it gonna be tough guarding him.
** Favors, asked if the team has a completely different defensive mindset under Quin Snyder than in years past
I think guys just buying into it now. Just on the communicating part, you know, Quin keep, Quin preach it every day. In practice, you know, in games, you know, walk-throughs, he just preach communication every day, and I think guys probably getting tired of him, tired of hearing it, so we just start going out there communicating so he won’t have to keep saying it.
** Favors, asked if Snyder was extra grumpy today
Nah, ’cause I don’t think nobody said something to him, but Imma make sure I say something to him. You know, he keep bragging about the Seahaw–he bragging about the Seahawks all year. So Imma make sure I say something to him when we get on the plane.
** Favors, asked if he would’ve given the ball to Marshawn Lynch
Of course I would’ve given it to him, but you know, that’s the play they called.

** Dante Exum, asked for his in-depth analysis of the Super Bowl
The guy probably shouldn’t have thrown it to the other guy on the team. That wasn’t a smart play.
Would you have handed the ball to Marshawn Lynch?
Well, I heard his name is Beast Mode, so why not?
** Exum, asked if he likes starting
Yeah, obviously I do. You know, it gives me an opportunity to get in, go against the starting point guard a bit more, and you know, get involved a bit more defensively. And you know, it gives me a chance to lead as a rookie, so it’s just about kind of developing and getting a feel for where the guys want the ball and everything, so.
** Exum, asked if he’s had to change his game as a starter
No, I don’t think so. I’ve had, I’ve been playing with them, you know, with the rotation, so yeah, it’s just about doing the things I’ve done to get there, so.

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 1/30

February 2, 2015
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How have Enes Kanter and Trey Burke reacted to calls for more minutes for Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum?
I’ll say this. You know, Enes is good people, and he cares. And he cares about his career. And you know, he’s 6-11 and skilled, and we’ve got him past, you know, the couple consecutive injuries here in the off-season, and he’s really buying into Quin [Snyder], and they’re communicating on a really good level, and, yeah.

Are there games where, you know, the flow of the game goes towards another set of bigs or set of players, and you have to be happy for your team’s success? Absolutely…I think Enes has responded, and, as he has all year long. He’s moved forward defensively. I think the last two games in particular have been two of Enes’ better concentrated efforts.

And that’s great, and that’s what we’re looking for, and he’s looking forward to improve as a player and as a competitor as well.

And then Trey, you know, he’s a smart kid, and Quin is a smart guy and a very good communicator. And I think he quickly understood that our second unit was truly [in need of] scoring. I think some people thought we were playing games with the lineups, and it really got down to, not really what’s best for any one player in regards to their notoriety or their status.

You know, we’re a team, and we want to emphasize that…

And so, you know, I know there’s story lines and plots and subplots that have to be talked about, but when you’re part of a group and you really care about the results of a group, you can move aside, you know, your personal agenda and do what’s best for the team.

And I think Quin’s such an effective communicator, he can easily and simply explain rationale behind the decision, and lay down challenges, and those have been accepted, and the, you know, really Enes hasn’t been affected other than, really, when Quin decides to go a certain direction in any particular game.

And then Trey’s — you know, starting lineups aren’t solid. You know, i–a lot happens during the year, and unfortunately for us, Alec Burks went out, and it changed Gordon [Hayward], how [Snyder] had to play Gordon, and then we hit a little bit of a rhythm, and our second unit, when we sub, was gonna be challenged.

And we can’t play Gordon 42, 44 minutes a game, and it was best for Dante [Exum] to play with Joe [Ingles], and Gordon, so they could handle some of the ball-handling and offensive responsibilities, and Trey can do what he does best with that second unit and still close the game.

So, they’re high-character guys, and that’s, as we lay down challenges and positions of the team moving forward, that they’ll accept what coach says because they understand he’s good people and he just has the best interests of the team at heart.

nutshell Enes Kanter is a good person, and Quin Snyder was able to effectively explain his decision to Trey Burke.

Do you have an update on Raul Neto and Ante Tomic?
Yeah, yeah. So Ante is, if not the best big in Europe, he’s one of the most effective bigs, and someone that has been under contract with Barcelona for a while. I’m not gonna get into specifics of the contract, ’cause that’s pretty personal. But we have noticed his play.

We have been in communication on a fairly regular basis with his representation. I think as he’s become more successful as a player and, in Europe and specifically in Barcelona and Madrid, he’s become more curious about the [NBA].

And unfortunately, their free agency period doesn’t line up with the NBA free agency period. They don’t have the rules in Europe and the Euroleague and the [Spanish] ACB [League] that we have, so sometimes contracts and things are done, really, outside of a time period that we can react to.

But he’s a good player, and potentially a good asset for us, and we’ll see what that means moving forward.

Raul, like Rudy [Gobert], had a terrific summer with his national team. He’s now with his club team in Spain. As everyone knows, he’s a very aggressive player with a good imagination as a passer.

Still turning the ball over a little bit too much, but that’s not necessarily a negative marker in young players. Young guards that turn it over, many times it’s a [sign] that they have some vision and some moxie and some confidence to try to make plays. So I think as he moves deeper in his career, we’ll be able to get more solid play with a player that has really good imagination.

We like his feet; we like his speed. We think he can be a good defender even though he’s not the tallest player. He has a really good body, so at the point of attack, he can really wall up and give some energy on the ball. We’re excited about that. We had him in our gym this summer, and he and Johnnie Bryant really worked on his shot, and he really had a great rhythm going into the World Championships, and had a very good summer.

So we’re excited about both, and we’ll see how they grow and see how it potentially fits with our roster moving forward. (1280)

Coming soon to bookstores everywhere…

February 1, 2015

Have a sexy Sunday! ♥

Don’t miss the other books in this hit series:
My Fair Hayward
The Bull Rider
Turkish Delights
The Call of the Mild
You Will Never Peak Alone
Tug of Love
Harry Potter and the Wizard of Love
Can’t Let You Go
Turkish Delights 2: HEDOnism
Lonely Knight

Game 47 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors (17-30)

January 31, 2015

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Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on minute distribution
To be honest with you, this whole, this line of questioning for me is a little misguided…Everybody wants to play more, and that’s my job to make those tough decisions. And I don’t expect any one player, you know, you always want to play more. I mean, that, and that’s good. You know, that means you’re competitive. But the good thing about our guys is they haven’t been hung up on a lot of the things that I get questioned about. They haven’t been hung up on who’s starting. They usually, you know, [are] unbelievably supportive of one another while they’re in the game, and you know, that’s the credit to them.
** Snyder on teaching and critiquing
A lot of our guys, they take criticism as coaching. You know, it’s, I’m not always, you know, there’s very few k–you know, kid gloves. We don’t have time for that. And so, sometimes a lot of the teaching we do can be in front of the group, and it’s not always comfortable to have someone, be it me, you know, telling you in no uncertain terms, like, this isn’t the way we do it. And you know, that’s, it’s a credit to our guys’ maturity that they’re able to sift through that and you know, and not take things personally.
** Snyder, asked if he’s still having fun despite the frustrations of the season
I mean, frustrations are a part of, you know, I wouldn’t know what to do if there wasn’t some level of frustration. I mean, I’d rather call it “challenges.” You know, and “fun,” I feel any time you get to do something professionally that you enjoy doing, it’s pretty special. And I feel like I’ve, you know, got that opportunity, so I appreciate it.

** Gordon Hayward, asked if there’s any disappointment over All-Star selections
As far as me personally? We don’t have enough wins as a team. You know, once we start winning as a team, then there’ll be a lot more people recognized.
** Enes Kanter, asked if he ever watched Klay Thompson’s 37-point quarter
I did, but who cares, you know? I think we have enough talent to guard him and guard, you know, everybody on their team.
** Kanter, asked about Andrew Bogut
You know, Andrew Bogut, big guy. Knows a little Turkish. I don’t know what to say about them, you know? I mean, he’s just, I don’t know, a big guy. I mean, nothing special.

* Despite how these Kanter quotes may sound and how they’ve been overblown in the media, his intent seemed to be more “We have the talent to compete with these guys” rather than “Whatever, these guys are overrated bums.”

jaime lannister

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
They’re a terrific team. And you know, we just wanted to, you know, try to play hard and execute. So I think in that sense, it was, you know, to be able to play defense against a team like that, and really focus on it, for us was good. You know, we were fortunate, you know, they missed some shots that, you know, they make. And that’s kind of the, that’s what you need to have happen against a team like that, to have a chance to win the game. And you know, we obviously played hard defensively, but you know, they had some looks that just didn’t go, and we were fortunate in that sense.
** Snyder, asked about sticking with a bigger lineup in the third quarter when the Warriors went small
That’s a, that’s like a, a really, that’s a tough, you know, a tough decision that, you know, comes up. And I think for us, you know, to not chase a match-up situation, given our personnel, you know, that we feel, you know, I have a hard time finding minutes for all four of our bigs anyway. So, I felt like, you know, even, you know, [Trevor] Book[er] is a more natural fit if someone does go small, but you know, we’re challenging our bigs to be able to defend out on the perimeter, and you know, I feel like I need to give them an opportunity to do that. So that’s what we decided.
** Snyder on the guy that hit Dante Exum in the throat
Draymond Green plays hard. You know, he’s one of my favorite players in the league…I like watching him.

** Derrick Favors on the Jazz’s bench
It’s a big boost. You know, sometimes the starters, you know, they’ll be kinda tired or don’t have it that night. But you know, when the bench with Book and Rudy [Gobert] and Trey [Burke], all those guys come in and they give us a lift. You know, they give us momentum, and you know, when the starters come in again we got the momentum going, so you know, we just keep it up.
** Gordon Hayward on the Jazz’s defensive energy
I think we all just came ready to play. I mean, it’s one of those things where you’re playing against arguably the best team in the NBA, so you’re gonna be excited, you’re gonna be hyped up to play. And we need to bring that energy against everybody, play like we’re playing against them every single night.

dante draymond

** Dante Exum on getting hit in the throat
I tried to walk back on the court, and then I walked to coach and I said, “Coach, I’m about to throw up and I gotta go.” … I just knew it was a, just getting hit in the throat, it’s gonna be like that, and a lot of throwing up. But I adjusted well, and you know, it was just about breathing and calming myself down.
You know they called a foul on Joe Ingles on that play?
Yeah, I think Joe pushed the guy into [me].
Is it frustrating to you there was no foul called on Draymond Green?
No, it’s just the game of basketball and how it works, but you know, I definitely had a few words to Joe about it.
** Exum on getting hit in the throat, Part 2
I knew I was fine. I just wanted to stop gagging. I hate that word, but…
** Exum on getting hit in the throat, Part 3
I knew the team was doing well. I was watching here while I was throwing up, but yeah, I wanted to definitely come back out on the court and be a part of the win.
** Exum on Gordon Hayward
There’s a lot I can learn off him. His aggressiveness, and you know, how to lead a team. He does it in a silent way, I gotta say, but you know, he calls me to the side and you know, he gives me a couple words [like] to be aggressive, to stay aggressive, keep shooting the ball.
** Exum, asked why Favors was showing him his shirt
I said in an interview that Derrick has no style, and he’s trying to prove to me that he does. So he pulled out his Gucci today, showing a bit of money.

favors gucci

** Rudy Gobert on the Jazz’s defensive improvement
It’s great. We all know we can do this. The only problem is can we do this every time, you know? Gotta be consistent, and play defense 48 minute every game. And I think we gonna be a great team if we do this.
** Trevor Booker on the game and his performance
Before the game, I was just looking at the TV. I didn’t see my name on the reserve list for the All-Stars, you know, so I got upset…Nah, I just had a, you know, it was just one of those nights where everybody had it going, you know? As a team, we fed off each other. We had the ball moving. It was just one of those nights.
** Trey Burke on his alley-oop to Rudy Gobert
Our chemistry is growing every day. You know, the play was originally for Fav, and his guy started helping over and I saw Rudy, you know, basically giving me the signal. So, I trust him, he trusts me, and I threw it up to him.


Super Bowl Picks
** Quin Snyder: No question [the Seahawks]…I’ve got my hat on, my helmet on my desk. I’m ready to go.
** Derrick Favors: I don’t care. The Falcons not in it, I don’t care who win.
** Dante Exum: Well, I think Seattle won it last year, so I think I’ll go with the other team, the Patriots.
** Joe Ingles: I don’t care…I’m for the Green Bay Packers ’cause [Steve] Novak was, but then they lost, so I don’t care anymore.
** Trey Burke: I’m going with the Seahawks.
** Rudy Gobert: I think the Seahawks. I like the Seahawks.
** Trevor Booker: Imma have to go with the Seahawks, just because I don’t like the Patriots. I think they cheat too much…My Cowboys, they’re not in it, so Imma have to go with the Seahawks.
Do you feel like your Cowboys got cheated?
Aw man, I don’t want to talk about it. It still hurts.
** Matt Harpring: Seahawks.

dante-poke-joeDante Exum as he makes his way back to the bench after throwing up in the locker room. His relationship with his idol Joe Ingles is so cute.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Damian Lillard “Lilliard”: Craig Bolerjack (H/T @5kl)
** Our Jazzmen may be millionaire athletes, but they are just fanboys at heart (via @joeingles7; @rudygobert27; @gdhayward, who for reasons unknown asked Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to take a picture with a cardboard cutout of himself; and @BrianZettler).

rudy got


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Steve Brown on Rodney Hood’s foot: They’ll just rest it until they think he is ready to go again.
** Craig Bolerjack on Dante Exum: Draymond Green gave him a high, hard one. Exum’s in the locker room.
** Matt Harpring on Dante Exum getting hit in the throat: I’m sure they’re doing all the tests in the back. (H/T @RxMike12)
** Boler: Bogut pushes it inside, Lee finishes.
** Boler: Two big fellas, going at it. (H/T @TaylorLangston2)
** Harpring on Steph Curry shot: You gotta know Steph’s coming down to get a quick one up. (H/T @5kl)
** Steve Brown to Joe Ingles, post-game: As an individual, you got really started quickly tonight. And that’s not the first time. In the last couple games, you’ve really seemed to come out of the box quickly as well. Are you doing anything differently?

Red denotes most recent game.

game 47

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

Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

January 31, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Golden State of Mind.

Wow…only 2 posts so far?
2nd Quarter, Warriors don’t look very good. Warriors look flat!

by maxdusty on Jan 30, 2015 | 6:46 PM

Our bigs have a total of …..1 point?
Between Bogut, Lee and Speights, Lee has scored 1 point.

by maxdusty on Jan 30, 2015 | 6:54 PM

by QualityOverQuantity on Jan 30, 2015 | 6:57 PM

by Elessar95 on Jan 30, 2015 | 6:57 PM

by QualityOverQuantity on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:02 PM

wtf is Lee doing on Booker
by Raiiny on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:05 PM

We are still crap
by DontcallmeIggy on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:05 PM

we suck
by bogut on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:06 PM

we couldn’t shoot, defend or rebound
otherwise, we looked great

by joeybw87 on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:08 PM

We look like the Pacers in terms of shooting
by Raiiny on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:08 PM

With energy like the Knicks
by iHypeTV on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:09 PM

return of Klank?
by Killjoy on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:23 PM

Every time we shoot a 3
my mind says CLANK

by IQofaWarrior on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:23 PM

another clank
by IQofaWarrior on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:25 PM

clank 3 again
by IQofaWarrior on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:25 PM

by joeybw87 on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:25 PM

by Raiiny on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:25 PM

So Green is obviously letting all the hype get to him
by iHypeTV on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:31 PM

We’re shooting 40%?!
by ServantOfLuna on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:32 PM

That high?
by Killjoy on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:33 PM

Jazz is shooting 48%
by ServantOfLuna on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:33 PM

That low?
by Killjoy on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:33 PM

by Killjoy on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:34 PM

At least Green will be cheap.
by buky on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:34 PM

Kerr has no answer for Trevor Booker?
by Killjoy on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:39 PM

Does Utah have 50 blocks?
When we don’t CLANK it’s because we got blocked

by joeybw87 on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:48 PM

Gobert looks like he’s long enough to block a helicopter
by IQofaWarrior on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:54 PM

Klay wtf
by Badly Browned on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:55 PM

Klay, wtf with the rushed, not set 3pt attempt?
by IQofaWarrior on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:55 PM

you idiot Klay
taking another heat check when your ice cold

by joeybw87 on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:55 PM

damn why is Klay shooting 3s right now when he’s driving it better than ever…
he’s playing like an idiot!

by Elessar95 on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:57 PM

That killer SLC nightlife did the team in again
by Killjoy on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:57 PM

bogut has killed us this game.
he’s been “nothing special” tonight.

by alisial3 on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:58 PM

Jazz defense is underrated
by richstyle on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:58 PM

damn jazz just wont miss
by Myeroc on Jan 30, 2015 | 7:59 PM

Good young team
Rudy Gobert real deal, big time, would trade much for him, gonna be a star center (if he has passion for game, which it looks like he does.)

by supersugarCrisp on Jan 30, 2015 | 8:03 PM

at least this makes me accept the fact we wont win 73
well we still might

by Bobbita on Jan 30, 2015 | 8:20 PM

how do we let hayward get 15 boards?…..
by alisial3 on Jan 30, 2015 | 8:22 PM

he gets his toughness/conditioning from constantly battling hydra
by placid on Jan 30, 2015 | 8:25 PM


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