On his home energy commercial
I’ve never been much of an actor. I was still getting comfortable doing that, but the people that shot it really made me feel good. It was, I haven’t seen it, ’cause it’s usually on during our games. I’ve caught, like, part of it, but it seems like it’s pretty fun.
On Dante Exum’s performance against the Nuggets
Well, I’ve been, you know, in the last month, I’ve been pretty hard on Dante, just about him making sure that he comes with kind of an edge, and a, comes ready to compete in a way that’s visible, almost.
And I think he’s a better player when he does that, and I try to keep in mind the fact that this is probably not a mindset that he’s had to adopt too frequently in the course of his playing career.
And as a result, it’s, you know, that mental preparation for him is probably as much of a, part of the growth process as his jump shot or anything. And he’s been close to having some nights like that, where he’s, he, the first thing was for him to really start attacking consistently.
I think, you know, that was a window there that he started to do that, and then even when he was doing it, he wasn’t completing plays. He was making some mistakes, and I think that has the effects of kind of discouraging, you know, you trying things like that.
And we saw the other night kind of a, you know, a convergence there of his not being afraid to fail, and completing some of those passes in game.
The game slowed down for him a little bit, where I think his decision-making — he’s been seeing those plays. He hasn’t always been making the right read, and last night, he made the right reads. So, it was good to see that happen for him and for our group.
You said people are captivated by Rudy Gobert. What do you mean by that, and why?
I think it’s, in some obvious ways, it’s easy to see, you know, his length. And I think it’s not just that he’s blocking shots and doing cer–you can tell that he likes to play. And even further beyond that, he likes to compete, which I think we all can appreciate when you see someone embraces, and, what they’re doing, and they do it with passion. I think we all like that, you know? We can identify with that, and it’s fun to watch, and to kind of, to go, to feel it.
I think by the same token, it’s, and I’ll generalize here. It’s not, you don’t, sometimes you don’t find guys that are that big, that are kind of your centers, that really love to play. And maybe that, maybe like I said, maybe this isn’t entirely true, but I think it’s, at least in my observation a little bit, that occasionally you’ll find young men that are tall and therefore can be successful playing basketball, and maybe kinda turn to it for that reason.
I think in Rudy’s case, he really loves to play…He’s, you know, he’s in the gym today shooting free throws. And there’s a reason that he’s improved his free throw percentage as much as he has. It’s, he’s worked at it. And I think that’s part of it.
I th–the other part of it, I guess, in that comment, and I’m gonna try to add on the back end of it, in that, the fact that we’re captivated by him, sometimes I think, I won’t say diminishes, but it hides what some of the other guys are also doing defensively, and I’ll reference Dante on the ball.
I think Trey [Burke], Trey’s activity, if you go back and look at film of Trey in November, he was really passive. You know, he wasn’t up near his man. He was saving himself, you know? He was a guy that played heavy minutes, and maybe didn’t wanna exert himself, or just wasn’t used to it.
You see Gordon [Hayward] off the ball, and Rodney Hood, and a lot of these guys that, Joe Ingles, and Eli[jah Millsap], and everybody that’s kinda filled in.
I think Rudy’s the most visible, you know, person that you go to and say, “Hey, this defense is taking shape.” But there’s other guys that are less captivating, so to speak, that are doing a lot too, and I guess I wanna keep acknowledging that because that, I believe it’s true.
And I think those are the things that are really, where you get slippage too. Where guys, you know, that one foot, that six inches, that two feet, that one step, that block out, those things really matter just as much as Rudy blocking a shot.
And saying that, we all know that Rudy is a really unique player, and I think it’s gonna be fun to watch his development over the course of the next few years, ’cause I think there’s gonna be things that we see him do that maybe we didn’t anticipate seeing him do today. (1280)
Were you surprised by Enes Kanter’s comments, and did they motivate the team against Oklahoma City?
I think it motivates my teammates better. I was already motivated for this game. I wasn’t really surprised. You know, I was surprised that he said it, but I know Enes pretty well, you know, and I understood his mentality. So I knew, you know, I know the way he thinks. So, I wasn’t really surprised by what he was thinking.
Are you surprised by how quickly you have improved, and why have you improved so quickly?
I think it’s just normal for me. I’ve been working. You know, I’ve been learning; last year, even when I wasn’t playing. And I’m really motivated. And I’ve been, yeah, I’ve been taking opportunities the coach gave me, and keep learning and keep getting better on my weakness.
Even [with] my, you know, my shot-blocking ability, I think I gotta learn a lot on defensive end. So, I’m still learning.
Do you practice moves like behind-the-back wraparound bounce passes, and when do you decide to unveil them in games?
Yeah, I like to do behind-the-back passes for fun…I always feel like I want to do it in the game. I did it against Denver to Trevor [Booker]. And I don’t know, I just bring it up the court, and I just saw him, so I just did it naturally.
What’s the next part of your offensive game you want to make a big jump with?
Start making my jump shots. Being more confident, and taking jump shot gonna be great for me and for the team.
You think you can do that?
Yeah. I can do it. I mean, I’m in practice, I make a lot, I made a lot of shots when I shoot series and stuff. So, I do it every day. So, I think it just, be ready to shoot in the game. Just an approach, a different approach in the game.
Can your body take 10 or 15 more pounds? What are your off-season plans?
I’m going to go to P3, first of all, and we see the best way for me to improve. But of course, the, I got to gain weight, of course, but it’s gotta be the legs and upper body, but it’s gonna be the legs and explosiveness.
What do you like to eat?
I work with a, some, with a cook. So, I eat a lot of pasta and chicken…I’m very careful. I’ve been careful since my last year in France, about what I eat, ’cause I was getting, I got injured in France. And since, I’m feeling pretty good.
Are you liking Salt Lake City? Do you plan on making this your home?
Yeah, I feel good here. You know, I really like the organization, and why not stay here if I feel good, and if we, especially if we build something. You know, that would be stupid to leave the team when we start getting very goo–a very good team.
Talk about your relationship with Quin Snyder and the team.
I feel like everybody’s getting more involved. You know, last year, there was just playing, and just playing basketball, and everybody was doing his thing, you know, because we knew, most of the guys knew, [didn’t wanna be?] competitive on defense and stuff like that.
And this year…we more defensive-minded. I feel like everybody feels like he has to play defense, because if it’s four guys or three guys play defense and the few guy doesn’t play, you know, he gotta, he gonna feel bad. And that’s what Quin really try to do. (1280)
Introduction by Randy Rigby
We’re always just thrilled to have Senator Hatch. We’re trying to make this team better. He’s trying to make this country better. So with that one-two punch, you know, you can never go wrong.
What life lessons did you learn from sports that you’ve used in your career?
Sports builds character. It builds leadership. If you’re really taught by a good coach, you’re gonna come out of it a better person…I’m a great believer in sports as a teaching tool for young men and women. And you know, I’m really pleased at how this country has turned to basketball like it has. It was invented here; why shouldn’t we?
** Orrin Hatch on Muhammad Ali and golf, unintentional dirty quote machine: Ali would sit on one hole with me, and I’d play the hole over and over and over, and all day.
On Utah Jazz coaches
I’m a big fan of Jerry Sloan’s. I thought he was one of the greatest coaches I’ve ever known, plus a great human being to boot. And Quin Snyder had to come in, and even though there were interim coaches who I liked — Ty Corbin and so forth; good guys — I have to say that I’m really impressed with our coach today.
He’s doing a great job, and I understand, you know, Coach Sloan shows up to help with the team. Yeah, these are exceptional people, and for Quin Snyder to pull this team along like he has, and to — you know, we got the youngest team in the league or the second youngest team in the league. And I gotta tell you, he’s got ’em working together and seems to have ’em all pretty happy now.
What are you five favorite sports?
Well, it’s easy to say pro basketball. Pro baseball. Pro–NFL. Hockey, I’ve never been that big on hockey, but I know people really love it. I happen to watch, I happen to like girls’ basketball, or women’s basketball. You know, I’m amazed at how good they are. I wouldn’t have even made the tea–the women’s team back in the days when I was playing, they’re so good. And you know, golf is a big thing to me. …
My main interest in sports happens to be every university out here, and certainly Utah State University, Utah, BYU and their efforts. And also the Utah Jazz. I mean, let’s face it. If there’s a Jazz fan that’s any more rabid about it than I am, I’d like to shake his hand, or her hand.
On his friendships with Karl Malone, John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek
I became a really good friend of both, well, of a number of the Jazz members. I don’t mean to leave any out, but Karl Malone’s a really good friend, and I think the world of him. John Stockton just called me out of the blue the other night, two nights ago, or maybe it was three ago. And I said, “What can I do to help you?”
And John said, “No, I just wanted to call you and let you know I care,” and we had a nice conversation there. Talked about his boys that are playing semi-pro, well, pro ball, in Europe. And I talk to Karl every once in a while.
[Jeff] Hornacek, I’m proud as can be of him. I think he’s been a great coach there with the Phoenix Suns, and he’s one of the great people. He and Stockton used to stay pretty close together when they went out of town, and they were both exceptional Catholic people, and I just care a lot for them.
I have a pair of John Stockton’s shoes and one of his basketballs in a glass case in my library in Washington. Used to have it out in the front, but without asking me, they put it in my library. But it’s very good there, because we see all kinds of important people in that library. But I’m very proud of that, to be honest with you.
So, you’ll be greeting Barack Obama when he comes to Utah?
Well, I intend to greet him. Well, we’re friendly. And I, we know each other. He called me just the other day and asked me to do everything I can to get the trade promotion authority bill through, which is critical to what’s called TPP — the Trans-Pacific Partnership of 11 nations — to trade with us. Japan being very, very important there, and put pressure on China.
And he also, he’s also ver–you know, it’s very critical for the, what we call the TTIP [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership], which is 28 European nations, 29 with us, that if we could put these together, it would be one of the greatest trade set of agreements, that, in the history of the world.
And that would be a great legacy for him. It would be the one legacy I think he can point to. I don’t know that he has many others. But he’s a charming man, there’s no question about it. I think, I don’t agree with him. I think that he must hate the Congress ’cause he — you know, he called me the other day and we’ve, had a very nice conversation.
I’m looking forward to him coming here. I always show great deference to whoever is president, and I certainly show great deference to him. But we disagree on almost everything. So, and I just hope that we can work together for the remaining two years of his presidency.
What is your attitude toward the power that you wield and your approach to it?
You’re gonna have success if you understand that you’re working for the people [and] you’re not working for yourself. You’re working for your people and your state, and no, I don’t think anybody doubts that I’ve helped do a lot for this state…
I actually enjoy doing things that help our state, but also help our country. This country’s still the greatest country in the world, but we could lose it because of some of the attitudes that are out there, that, where there’s not the same fealty or dedication to our country that I’ve seen in the past.
There’s still a lotta people in this country that are dedicated to it. It’s still the greatest country in the world. I’ve traveled all over the world, and I’ve gotta tell you, I, every time we land, wherever we land in this country, I wanna get on my knees and kiss the ground. I’m not kidding you.
I’ve had, when you, and I’ve been to all the great countries in this world, and, among a lot of smaller ones, and I wouldn’t trade what we have at the worst with them at the best. This is a great country, and all of us oughta be grateful all the days of our lives that we’re citizens of this great land.
So how do you re-engage people?
Well, I do think you have to have presidential leadership. And I have to say, you know, I lived through a nu–a variety of presidents, from Jimmy Carter through today. And there were some of ’em who would engage very, very well, and who, people wanted to bend over backwards to work with. Knowing that this country, if you would work with it, work with you, and that this is the greatest country in the world.
We’re losing some of that respect right now, and I hate to see it. And there’s no reason for it, and I’m hoping that the ’16 elections will make a real difference in the future.
Breakdown of current Jazz players
I think Trey Burke is gonna really be good, and I love this new, these two young people from Australia. [Dante] Exum is gonna be a great player. He’s gotta, just has to improve somewhat, and, but he will on his shooting, but he’s certainly been a great stopper and great defensive player. And I think [Joe] Ingles is, he’s a great addition to the team.
How about Rudy Gobert?
I love that guy. I’ll tell you, you know, I’m glad to see him have this chance that he has…If he had a little more beef, he would shove around all those big guys inside, and he’s a real protector of the rim, I’m not kidding you, and Utah Jazz have needed that for a long time.
Remember when we had that great 7-4 center, who I happen to love as a human being, and every team in the league wanted him even though they thought he was not athletic e–you know, tremendously athletic, but nobody came down through the center, ever, against him. And I think Gobert can re–can be all of that and maybe even more. I think he’s gonna be a, he is gonna be great. He’s already great.
And of course, you look at [Derrick] Favors. My gosh, he’s a horse in there. I think Favors is really, really good. And Gordon Hayward, I think the new haircut has made him even better. (1280)
Gobert vs. Confetti
** Quin Snyder on Ian Clark
I mean, I think you have to, for guys that are trying to have a role on teams, a lot of it’s just fortuitous. You know, you need to find a team that, where there’s a good fit, and hopefully that’s the case in Denver. For us, he just, he did everything that we asked of him. Was a professional. I think he got better. At this point for us, with our wing situation, we just needed bigger guys. You know, and I think Ian’s ability to play both positions can help him, and I think he’s gotta continue to be able to master both of those two, where he can — sometimes you can be a combo, a “one” or a “two,” as opposed to a one and a two.
** Trey Burke on playing for a coach who was a point guard
He always pulls me to the side, and even during games, to tell me, he tells me, you know, I’m doing a lot of good things out there. You know, just to continue to be aggressive. The one thing he’s been, we’ve been watching a lot of film on is just the way I’ve been able to get in the paint and attack, and you know, how that opens up things for everybody else.
Has your relationship with Quin Snyder grown as the season’s progressed?
Yeah, definitely. You know, we, when, we had a pretty good relationship once, from the time he came in, and you know, we talked on the phone from time to time, you know, a lot about, you know, things on the court, and then, as well as things off the court. So, I think that makes me more comfortable with him.
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s offense
He’s working at it, you know? I think the key thing for him is just, there’s a level of patience. I don’t think we annoint him at any point in time…He’s, clearly, you know, people are captivated by him, ’cause we talk about him, you know, a lot, which he’s des–and deservedly so. I think he’s a little further along offensively maybe than people realize, and that’s because he’s worked at it. You know, you look at him at the free throw line. To me, that’s the thing that I really like, is that when he gets fouled, he makes you pay…He can make a 15-foot jump shot, and he’s getting better at, you know, finishing around the rim, especially when he doesn’t dribble. You know, Alex, he and Alex Jensen are tireless, as far as the amount of time he’s putting in. So, it’s showing.
** Snyder on Dante Exum’s performance tonight
I feel like it’s in his DNA [to be aggressive]. It’s just, he’s gotta let, just, be, not be worried about making mistakes. And it was appropriate that it happened tonight. I’m really happy. I wasn’t surprised as much as I was pleased, ’cause we’ve seen flashes like that. He’s such a conscientious kid, he doesn’t want to make a mistake sometimes. And there’s some plays that he made tonight that he’s seen before, he just hasn’t made the play. And tonight, he was, the game slowed down a little bit more for him. It was really good to see.
** Snyder on the combination of Gobert and Exum tonight
Yeah, I think, you know, they’re starting to get, everybody really, but Dante in particular tonight, starting to get more comfortable kind of knowing where to be able to throw the ball with Rudy. You can’t always lob it, but you know, there’s a good chance you can put it somewhere where only he can get it. But when those opportunities aren’t there — you know, Rudy did a better job of rolling…And Dante was making, you know, the right decision in terms of reading that third defender. You know, not just reading his man and Rudy’s man, but reading that third player usually coming out of the corner.
** Snyder on Derrick Favors’ impact on the Jazz
He’s such a good finisher, I think when, you know, when you get the ball around the rim, he usually gets something out of it, so there aren’t many empty possessions when he touches it near the basket. And then defensively, you know, he makes so many plays. You know, it’s not just protecting the rim. It’s playing pick-and-roll defense; it’s rotating; it’s a defensive rebound. I think, really, it’s more about his versatility and his ability to make lots of different types of plays than necessarily one thing.
** Snyder, asked what are some of the things he’s pleased with with the team at this time
I like our connectedness. You know, I think that as a group — we had a possession tonight where, I think there was a breakdown between, maybe, first it was Rudy and [Trevor] Book[er], and then it was Book and Dante, and pretty soon there were, like, three or four guys that were telling each other they screwed up. And I was, tha–this is pretty good, you know? We’ve got that many guys that are willing to get on each other and talk things out and that’s the right direction as far as having a team that’s, that, they’re close enough and there’s enough respect for one another, they can talk to each other…We’ve really become a unit and been through some things together in order to have that happen. I’d like to see us keep passing the ball better. I mean, that to me, just keeps glaring. And I also think we’ve really improved our passing, but I think that will really help us take a step forward offensively.
** Derrick Favors on finishing the season the right way
Just wanna finish it strong. You know, just wanna come out, keep playing hard, keep playing the way we been playing, and just keep improving…We just need to realize what we can do out there on the court. How to prepare for games; how to, you know, work hard in practice; and at, during the games whether we get down some points or be up, just learn how to continue to play hard and keep the lead or just fight back.
** Gordon Hayward on the game
Yeah, I mean, we came out a little flat, but it’s been a long, you know, tough stretch for us, of recent. And guys are banged up a little bit, and it’s just kinda that part of the season. I think we found it in ourselves just to get more aggressive. We stuck to our absolutes, and we forced them to take tough shots, and you know, that in turn helps us run the break, gets easy looks, gets the guys threes, and we kinda just, you know, ran from there.
Said absolutes, fantastically listed with Roman numerals via @5kl:
** Dante Exum on his 12 assists (career-high and new Jazz season-high)
I just tried to get in the paint, and you know, once I got in there, and just slow down and j–try and find open guys…You know, D-Fav was, you know, excellent. You know, got me probably, like, seven or nine assists. So you know, (raises voice) mad respect for him!
Favors in the background: Probably got you 10 assists, Ex. I mean, 12. Twelve. My bad, 12.
** Exum, asked how important it’s been to stay patient with himself
You know, it’s been one of the biggest things. I’ve always been on teams where I’m the first option, and you know, coming into this situation, it’s been a bit different for me. But, you know, I’ve be–I’ve learned to, you know, find my, you know, areas where I can, you know, attack and you know, shoot the ball, and the patience is one of the key things with this, so.
** Exum on Rudy Gobert’s offensive progression
You know, I think once he gets a bit stronger, he’s gonna be able to get even more and-1s, and you know, be stronger going to the basket. You know, he’s improving every day with the games, and you know, can’t wait ’til next season and how he works in the off-season.
** Rudy Gobert on Dante Exum’s progression
I know he was very tired lately, but…I feel like he’s been getting way better. And I tell him to be more aggressive, and I think this summer gonna be very important for him. He’s gonna get stronger, and he’s gonna have more aggressive mindset next year.
** Joe Ingles on his four 3-pointers
I might be the best shooter in the league.
** Jack Cooley on his block at the end of the game
I saw the way [Gary Harris] was trying to attack the rim, and I mean, I’m not gonna let up on an open dunk like that. And he was going really aggressive, and it flashed in my head: If I don’t get high enough on this, I might be on the wrong end of the SportsCenter highlight. But I made sure I got up there, and I made the play.
Have you ever watched pro wrestling before?
I have watched pro wrestling before, and the end of that play may or may not have been worthy of that. It was never intentional. He’s a great kid. I didn’t mean to do that, but our arms got locked up a little bit.
Other than that, it was all ball.
It was all ball. I looked at the ref afterwards, and he was like, “You got him at the end.” I was like, “Yeah, but I don’t get many of those, man. You gotta give me that.”
** Cooley on the Jazz taking every defensive possession personally
Yeah, I mean, we’re trying to build here something special going into the next season, and you can’t, I mean, you gotta make teams respect you. And we’re starting to earn that, but we need to continue to do it and make teams earn us, and I me–respect us, and I mean, especially at the end of the game, you gotta make sure teams continue to respect everybody on the team. We’re all part of the Jazz, so I can’t let that falter a little bit.
** Cooley on what he wants to accomplish in the remainder of the season
I mean, I really just want to help this team win any way I can. The things this team is doing is building extreme momentum for next season. I think everybody can see that. I mean, the media’s finally starting to catch on that special things are happening here, and I just really want try to prove that I can be a part of that and really help this team continue that momentum into next season.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Why did Melvin Hunt get a rare post-game sideline hug from Quin Snyder? (I have not yet completed my exclusive and comprehensive study of which/how many opposing coaches get post-game hugs and which/how many get cross-court point/waves, but a 35-game sample suggests the ratio is around 1 hug:5 point/waves.)
Anyway, a cursory search turned up no connections between Hunt and Snyder but they do have a mutual friend: Dennis Lindsey.
Lindsey and Hunt were teammates at Baylor (where they were roommates, per @tribjazz), and then worked together on the Houston Rockets staff for several years around the turn of the century. Lindsey also almost hired Hunt last year. More from the Denver Post here.
** Jerry Sloan and former Jazzman (with no dog in the in-state rivalry, that’s all he is to me ha) Larry Krystkowiak:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Quin Snyder on Alec Burks
When you’re away from it and you’re hungry to get back to it, one of the ways that you can touch it is to watch it and think about it and study it.
** Snyder on length in the pick and roll
When you’re trying to chase guys down from behind, those late rear-contests, where that length kinda makes people, they can feel you back there a little bit more.
** Snyder on Trey Burke’s length
Trey’s not as tall. Trey’s got great length. So, I mean, getting him to kinda see himself that way, instead of, you know, kind of, I’m just, you know, like, no, if you’re long, and out, and, you can really — and sometimes length is better than height because you, it’s harder for you to mind or factor it in. You know, you’re used to a guy measuring this. All of a sudden, it’s like, gah. It takes a little time.
** Craig Bolerjack on Derrick Favors’ foul trouble: Favors goes down, uh, sits down… (H/T @timebomb801)
** Boler on Rudy Gobert: That is just another skillset that very few have at 7-1. A little inside, outside wiggle, goes in, keeps the body under control. (H/T @ @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Boler, after Matt Harpring says we haven’t seen the salute in a while: It’s gotta come with feel, though, Matt.
Harpring: I agree.
Boler: Gotta come with the feel.
** Steve Brown to Gobert, post-game: You just sucked the life out of this Denver team.
** Quin Snyder on what happens when Gobert rolls to the basket: Either someone’s gonna come and take him, or you’re gonna have someone open over the top, or they’re not gonna come and he’s gonna have an opportunity.
** Jack Cooley on his block on Gary Harris: I’m a pretty big weight, and he felt that pretty good.
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @AllThatAmar and @davidjsmith1232 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.
I really hate utah
for trading us Randy Foye
by TyLawesome on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:02 PM
This is a bit amusing as far as rebounds
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:18 PM
what’s a rebound?
by TyLawesome on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:19 PM
Something foreign to the Nuggets
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:19 PM
faried has gotten so much better at just getting in the way of guards driving the lane
he’s learned he doesn’t have to try to stop every drive out at the perimeter.
by Rainbow skyline on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:20 PM
Yeah, I hope that will increase his trade value this off season.
by BryanM on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:22 PM
Once again… Refs only watching half the game.
by john.kobbeman on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:21 PM
I really like pretty, well executed basketball.
This is not it
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:22 PM
Bet Joff’s excited to go at Gobert.
by bluefrogjam on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:28 PM
get ready for french trash talk
by TyLawesome on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:28 PM
“Tu es bête!”
“Non, tu es bête!”
Note: my rudimentary French sucks
by bluefrogjam on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:31 PM
you know its a bad season when my wife says “isn’t there a Nuggets game on tonight?”
by Mancar on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:32 PM
At what age do you tell a highway it is adopted?
by Mancar on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:42 PM
When it’s going in for its first re-tarring.
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:43 PM
You don’t. You take that secret to your grave.
by BryanM on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:44 PM
burke is a bit og a ball hog
by TyLawesome on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:46 PM
Zero fouls being called for the Nuggets
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:47 PM
Good gracious…the Nuggets cannot get a foul call.
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:55 PM
Just awful basketball being played by the Nuggets this quarter
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:57 PM
I can’t wait until 4 years from now when we suck a little less.
by Mancar on Apr 1, 2015 | 7:58 PM
Well Its been real, stiffs.
Enjoy this clusterfuck.
by Mancar on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:04 PM
What’s the score, Stiffs?
by SDcat09 on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:11 PM
54 – 42 Utah… lame.
by john.kobbeman on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:12 PM
by SDcat09 on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:13 PM
Yeah…. I actually started shopping online with my back to the TV halfway into the second… I think they had missed like 438 shots in a row at that point.
by john.kobbeman on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:14 PM
Haha… totally pumping in the crowd noise.
There are like 12 people in the lower bowl and no one is moving… yet it was like 104 db.
by john.kobbeman on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:24 PM
WTF was that shot from Foye!
why have him on the floor if hes going to chuck up that shit, get the kids some minutes
by Rage McTurpentine on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:36 PM
They tried… both Harris and Clark were horrendous while on the floor.
by john.kobbeman on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:37 PM
They’re not going to improve if they don’t see the floor
and cant be any worse than the shit Foye’s putting up
by Rage McTurpentine on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:39 PM
They are not gonna see the floor if they foul 3x in 2 minutes… like Clark.
by john.kobbeman on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:56 PM
Just put some rocking chairs out there beyond the 3 pt line and keep chuckin em up.
by BarryG on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:43 PM
I turned it off
by CombatChuk on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:44 PM
by BarryG on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:45 PM
damn I know it “doesn’t work like that” but…
I can’t believe we had the Stiffle Tower and gave him away for Erick Green and cash. We just couldn’t take another McGee clone….
by The_NGUYENNER on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:48 PM
lmao 61 points 38 mins in
by CombatChuk on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:57 PM
Man I had to turn the Nuggets off. Just too painful to watch :(
by NuggetsFanSadIKnow on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:57 PM
RIP Melvin Hunt era
by CombatChuk on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:59 PM
LOL Why? It’s certainly no worse than Shaw
by SDcat09 on Apr 1, 2015 | 8:59 PM
He’s a 100 times better than Shaw
yet they most certainly will not hire him, which kind of sucks.
by Rocky Mountain Way on Apr 1, 2015 | 9:03 PM
100 multiplied by 0 is still
/deep thought of the day
by CombatChuk on Apr 1, 2015 | 9:13 PM
Hayward is so white he thought about talking shit to Green there, but then thought better of it.
by salticus on Apr 1, 2015 | 9:12 PM
he was thinking about what to get a Bed Bath and Beyond instead
by CombatChuk on Apr 1, 2015 | 9:14 PM
I hear he is going to pick up a new French press after the game.
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 9:14 PM
I don’t have sound. Did they pop confetti for beating the Nuggets?
by salticus on Apr 1, 2015 | 9:21 PM
They did, but they may do that after every win…dunno
by Russscot on Apr 1, 2015 | 9:22 PM
** Quin Snyder on going small in the last few games
I’ve thought about it during the course of the year. I think there’s a difference between going small and playing with a shooting big. So for example, earlier in the year, we could play shooting big with Steve Novak because we had Steve, Enes [Kanter], [Trevor] Book[er], Rudy [Gobert] and [Derrick] Fav[ors]. We had five bigs, that, our ability, if we were gonna go small, it’s gonna give us — it’s gonna push us even further with those bigs…
But when Steve and Enes were traded, now we’re looking at, you know, Jeremy [Evans] hadn’t played much. We’re getting Book, Fav and Rudy, and then obviously you take Fav out of that picture, and we’ve got Jeremy or small.
So, the [Houston] game was the first game where I felt like I really wanted to go small, and we went small consciously in the second quarter because I thought we may want to play the lineup at the end of the game, and I didn’t want that to be the first time that we’d run it. And really, it was a response to the fact that we thought we were gonna see [Trevor] Ariza at the “four” and [Terrence] Jones at the “five” and [Corey] Brewer, which was what they’d been doing.
So, from that point, I liked it. It’s just something we gotta keep working on. Gordon [Hayward] gets hurt; you know, Rodney [Hood] gets hurt: It’s harder to do it. Those guys come back, Fav’s out: It’s easier to do it.
So, a lot of it’s been personnel-based, but I think it’s a way to play the game that can be effective. It’s like having a, you know, another offense, really. You get two bigs, you get a big and a shooting big, you’re small; it’s like three really different lineups, different styles of attack.
** Joe Ingles, asked how he likes playing small forward at times
I’ve done it sparingly before in the past. I’ve done it with the [Australian] national team probably a lot more than anywhere else. Yeah, I mean, I don’t mind. I think it can help our team a little bit, and I think sometimes with the speed of the game it can help us get up and down the floor, and obviously it’s a little bit of a mismatch depending on who we’re playing. And yeah, I mean, I don’t mind it. I don’t want to start playing 48 minutes there or anything, but yeah, I don’t mind swinging through there for a few minutes a game.
** Trevor Booker, asked what’s been the difference between the four losses and two wins
You know, we have a, an inexperienced team. You know, so we’re gonna have some ups and downs, but you know, it’s a smart team, a great team. So, we bounced back, and that’s what good teams do.
** Booker, asked what Quin Snyder wants him to specifically work on, especially going into the off-season
Just, you know, keep on, keep working on my 3-point shot. Being, just keep being a leader. Leading the younger guys, things like that.
You seem more likely to take 3-pointers from the corner rather than above the break. Is that something you want to put all together next year?
I feel comfortable taking it anywhere, anywhere that I have the shot. So I’m, just continue to work on it, and hopefully it’ll get better.
** Booker, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine
Most of the time, if someone is bigger than me, I’m quicker than them. And if they’re maybe quicker than me, I’m stronger than them. So, I just find ways to get it done.
** Quin Snyder on the game and the Jazz’s defense
There was a stretch with our bench where there was more communication in, like, a five-minute period. You know, we had a small lineup. I think Jeremy [Evans] was in at the “five,” and guys were just scrapping and scrambling and talking, and that’s, you know, no matter who’s on the floor, no matter who’s hurt, you know, who’s playing, that’s what you wanna see, and it was good to see our guys competing like that.
** Rudy Gobert on the Jazz rediscovering their defense
Coach prepare, I mean, told us to be ready this morning ’cause they beat us last time. And everybody was focused. You know, everybody was communicating. We took pride on the defensive end, and after we got some easy stuff on the other end.
** Gobert on getting dunked on by Andrew Wiggins, and then blocking Wiggins
I’m gonna get dunked on. The most important is to always never be scared, and I was waiting for him to come back, and he came back pretty quick, so I just blocked him.
Do you have to have a short memory in this game? I mean, you can be embarrassed one moment, and then just make a great play the next.
Not really. I think it’s just about pride. You know, when you make a bad play, you wanna get somebody back on the other end. You wanna make sure they don’t disrespect you no more. So, you gotta make yourself respected. If not, they’re gonna try to dunk on me every time. That’s what he tried to do the second time, so I had to let him know.
** Trevor Booker, asked why the defense went away for four games and then came back the last two
I’m not sure. I’m just glad it came back. You know, coach was stressing it, and it finally came back.
** Booker, asked what the team needs to do to be in the playoff hunt next year
Just keep developing the younger players, developing our chemistry, communicate with eat–each other. Just all the little things that could add up to be big things.
Dante Exum after hitting a 3-pointer
Random Stuff, etc.
** The loss was not the only reason Sidney Lowe was feeling down in the dumps.
** Exum’s jersey arm holes appear to be growing in size with each game.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring’s key to the game: Don’t let the ball get sticky.
** Harpring: Minnesota’s just playing four out, one in, with pain* in the middle.
* Adreian Payne, that is.
** Harpring on Joe Ingles assist to Trevor Booker, unintentional flatulence quote: I think Joe even liked that one. He turns around and kinda blows [pause] air out of his cheeks, like, “Ooh, did you see that one?”
** Harpring on the Jazz’s assist numbers: I hope that comes up in the second half.
** Craig Bolerjack on Rodney Hood: Looks a little shaken up. Looks like he took a high, hard one right above the eye, or below it. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira, and @New_OrleansJazz via @jimmizzle30)
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert: Rudy’s got a body… (long pause) (H/T @hessrp)
** Boler on Gobert: Let me tell Jazz fans, by the way. Matt, you’ve witnessed this. The guy can eat.
Unintentional Dirty Graphic of the Night
H/T @RxMike12 and @Mark_R_Pereira
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @seanp33, @OhioHadley and @davidjsmith1232 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Canis Hoopus.
I’m here. Favors is out. This Lakers-Sixers game unwatchability is high.
by criteriado on Mar 30, 2015 | 7:49 PM
To me, the Lakers are the “Prince Humperdink” of the NBA
I am for anything that causes them to suffer “humiliations galore!”
by SoDakHammer on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:06 PM
Gobert has great vision.
He really whips some serious passes on the money.
by Simitar on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:18 PM
That’s putting Francais on the ball.
by feral on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:19 PM
wow I like when we look good
two wins over Utah this year is ok with me
by zebano on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:18 PM
dang, gobert still impressing
by jjjam on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:24 PM
Flip having Gobert rated a lottery pick
sounds like the same PR spin we just heard about how we almost drafted Kobe…
by Simitar on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:25 PM
It’s not often that you pass up a lottery pick at #21.
by mr. eggplant on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:26 PM
The slip of paper with “Gobert” on it…
Was in his other suit.
by SoDakHammer on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:30 PM
We’re back to shooting like we shoot.
by criteriado on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:32 PM
The Lavine/Hummel/Wiggins/Budinger/Payne lineup
was a nightmare I had last summer.
by Lunchman on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:33 PM
Nothing like tuning in 40 minutes into a game to hear the words “and the Utah Jazz are on a 21 to 4 run right now.” Good to know that some things never change.
by Xand1 on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:40 PM
Our offense needs
by E-6 on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:45 PM
Zach is going to turn around Burke’s season…
by Simitar on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:41 PM
Zach is going to turn
by E-6 on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:42 PM
5 straight scores.
Utah is night and day when Gobert sits.
by Simitar on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:48 PM
by FreeDieng on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:51 PM
OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDD
by howlyoudoin on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:51 PM
OH NASTY WIG!
by Spanish_Inquisition on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:51 PM
omg omg omg omg omg omg omg
by domesticllama on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:52 PM
by Simitar on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:52 PM
by SoDakHammer on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:52 PM
by mr. eggplant on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:52 PM
by bdawger on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:52 PM
NO REGARD FOR FRENCH FOLK!
by SoDakHammer on Mar 30, 2015 | 8:52 PM
not many players could grab that rebound and get up and dunk it like Gobert just did. For most players, that’s a blind layup attempt.
by Simitar on Mar 30, 2015 | 9:06 PM
Ingles, like Babbit yesterday,…
are both guys that look like NBA players from the 70s — especially guys that were only in the league because the ABA thinned out the depth pool…
DISCLAIMER – Ingles has played fairly well tonight, but DISCLAIMER II — ELECTRIC BOOGALOO — it’s Timberwolves…
by SoDakHammer on Mar 30, 2015 | 9:10 PM
People like Ingles and Trey Burke benefit so much from the Wolves not doing basic things like rotating on defense.
Booker early, too. (Has Booker traveled twice under no real defensive pressure?)
by feral on Mar 30, 2015 | 9:12 PM
LaVine on the bench listening to Flip…
I see that same look of incomprehension from some of the pre-school kids I work with when you try to explain why it’s not nice to bite other children…
by SoDakHammer on Mar 30, 2015 | 9:30 PM
Benz: “Timberwolves trying to chip away at what was once a 24 point deficit.”
The score was 68-45 at the time.
by E-6 on Mar 30, 2015 | 9:38 PM
When Trey Burke thinks he can split the pick and roll against you, your defense has issues.
by mr. eggplant on Mar 30, 2015 | 9:53 PM
… sorry I missed this one, guys.
If it makes you feel any better, I took second place in a trivia night at a bar, even though I tied for high score. I played by myself. The winning team had eight people, including the sister of the guy asking the questions. He decided that the tie breaker would be “best team name,” and he honest to god goes “OMG, Menace to Sobriety! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Did you pick this because I originally came up with it?! YOU WIN AUTOMATICALLY!!”
I peed on the lid before leaving. I did.
FUCK THE JAZZ, Y’ALL!!!
by TheH on Mar 30, 2015 | 10:14 PM
Enes, talk about your new home. It looks like a good fit for you.
Yeah, definitely. I mean, I love it. I mean, that’s the team that I never experienced before. And just, I mean, I, you know, actually like playing basketball there. I’m just, you know, so comfortable there, and everything goes in the right place, and you know, I’m just really happy to be there.
Rumor is, you and Russell [Westbrook] are a little bit tight. That’s good for a big man and a point guard, right?
Yeah, definitely. I mean, I never, you know, I mean, it’s the point guard, you know, the best in the league. So I never had a really point guard like that. You know, I never had a point guard, but I think he’s just, you know, best in league, so.
Are you rejuvenated, do you feel like? Are you playing with more energy, more passion than you had in the past because of the new situation?
Well, like, I think the difference is probably I like playing basketball there. I think that’s the most important thing, you know, just, never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career, and that’s the first time I start, like, playing basketball there for my team, for the fans, for my teammates, for coaches, everybody. So, that’s the first time.
What didn’t you like about the situation with the Jazz?
Well, I think, it wasn’t just, like, a one-game or two-game frustration. It was a, you know, three-and-a-half-year frustration. I’m happy for both sides. You know, I think it worked out well for both side, and I think I’m, now, I’m definitely happy that I’m part of the Oklahoma City team like that, a winner team.
What was the biggest frustration over the three-and-a-half years?
I will say, almost, you know, almost everything. And I didn’t bring it every night,* but I think most of the rest…you know, almost everything was a frustration. So, I just, but you know, I’m still happy for both side. It worked out well for both sides, so.
* I saw this part repeated many times. “How could he call the Jazz unprofessional when he took games off?” FWIW, I thought this part had kind of a “Hey, it takes two to tango and I share some of the blame too” message.
Everybody was a winner, but were more of the frustrations on the court? Off the court?
Well, I think it wasn’t just basketball stuff. I mean, it was just professional reason. I mean, I think it’s just, after I see in OKC, then I was like this how NBA teams are, you know? I mean, it’s just, it was just, you know how, like, you in a dream, and you have, like, a super power? And you don’t, just don’t wanna open your eyes, you don’t wanna end that dream? So, Oklahoma City’s been like that to me.
So then would you consider your experience with Utah a nightmare?
No, I did not say that. I still respect them. You know, I’m still respect them. I still like my coaches here; my, you know, I still have friends here, some friends here. Not a lot. But, still, but you know, I’m just saying, I don’t wanna make no comments on them, but I think, you know, when I, after I went to OKC, then I was like, “Oh man, this is how NBA team is.”
What are those good things you’ve experienced in Oklahoma City?
Well, first of all, I mean, it’s just, we have a leader like Russell, and we have, I love my teammates and I, you know, the fans are amazing. I love the city. It’s a clean city. And I mean, just, everything there is just professional, you know? I mean, I think they do it just for the players and you know, just, you just only focus on basketball and just go out there and play, do your job. Like I said, again, I don’t wanna talk about it here again, ’cause I got a lot of things to say, but I just don’t wanna say it right now.
Do you miss anything about Utah?
** Trevor Booker, asked how personal the game was after Kanter’s comments
He got his stats, but as always, he took the L.
** Booker, asked to comment on Kanter’s comments
We don’t pay attention to that. I mean, we barely even heard about it or whatnot, but we know what we have here.
** Booker, asked by another guy to comment on Kanter’s comments
We definitely knew about it. You know, I’m not sure how personal it was for the other guys, but you know, I definitely wanted to kick his butt…We’re glad he’s not a part of [the team].
** Gordon Hayward, asked “How personal was this game tonight, after someone attacks the heart of your team?”
Yeah, I mean, it’s, man, I mean, the comments that The Former Player on Our Team made were what he felt like, and you know, it’s, if he wants to say those things, he can. I think it kinda pissed us all off, honestly. You know, just fueled the fire for us, and we came out and just wanted to make sure we won.
** Trey Burke, asked “How personal was this game tonight when somebody attacks the heart of your team?”
You know, it was very personal. You know, we, you know, we try to stay away from, you know, those type of things, the media, but you know, it’s, it was kinda, like, disrespect to all of us. You know, we felt, we all felt disrespected so we went out there and, you know, let it be known.
** Rudy Gobert, asked “How personal was this game tonight, after everything that was said by Kanter before this game, and attacking the heart of your team?”
First of all, we lost–we were on a losing streak too. I think we lost, like, four in a row, so we really, and we played, we didn’t play good yesterday, so we really wanted to come out tonight and play very hard. And of course, you know, it was icing on the cake when he say that. And I think everybody got a little bit more motivated before the game.
** Rodney Hood, asked “How personal did you take what was said earlier today, especially with how hard you guys have worked, and somebody attacks the heart of your franchise?”
I mean, we can’t worry about, you know, what other people say. You know, it’s about what we’re doing, what, going forward. You know, we just gotta continue to move forward, and you know, things will take care of itself.
Loved Rudy’s response, as he was the only player to talk first about how the Jazz wanted to end their losing streak before talking about Enes’ comments, and Rodney’s because he didn’t take the bait.
If you’ve only read Kanter’s quotes on Twitter or elsewhere, please do yourself a favor and go listen to the audio or watch the video (they showed excerpts from the interview before the game). The tweets or print quotes sound so much worse than they actually were, particularly when presented outside of the context of the entire conversation and failing to take into account that we’re dealing with a non-native English speaker here.
Kanter was not ranting or angry or emotional. There was laughter and joking during the interview. Kanter was calm and collected while answering questions. If it’s not clear from above, he kept trying to end his responses to questions with “happy for both sides,” but there was at least one media member who appeared desperately eager to get a sound byte or quote that they could tweet or write about for reaction/views/clicks/RTs. It was rather reminiscent of Brian T. Smith and Big Al.
Of course, the TV broadcast just dumped more gasoline on the fire, with Craig Bolerjack declaring things like “Most of [Kanter’s] comments were laced with anger” and “Kanter had a lotta words he may want to reel back in after this game tonight, about the city, about the state, about his teammates, about his point guard, about the franchise.”
Kanter didn’t even say anything about most of the things Boler listed. Just because he said Oklahoma City was clean does not mean he said Salt Lake City is a dump. Just because he said he’s never played with a point guard as good as Russell Westbrook before doesn’t mean he said the Jazz never had a decent point guard. I don’t think he said anything about his former teammates at all.
I can’t even blame Kanter for feeling frustration throughout his time with the Jazz. We heard Derrick Favors talk just a few days ago about how the previous coaching regime would toss the young guys aside and only talk to the vets. I can see how from Kanter’s perspective, that lacked professionalism. (We know Rudy Gobert was another frustrated young player last year. Truth be told, had there not been a coaching change, we could have conceivably ended up in the same place with Gobert as we did Kanter.)
Add on being talked down to by Jazz-employed media like he was a dog that had peed the floor, to being censored on social media, and it’s amazing that during his time here, Kanter was always outwardly the most upbeat guy in the locker room. After good games, he never wanted to talk about himself and always deflected credit to his teammates and coaches.
Bolerjack said during the broadcast, “I really did not realize during his stay with the Jazz that he was so displeased, in his three-and-a-half year stay.” That’s because he never showed it, until the day he asked to be traded.
Booker said at one point after the game that the players barely even heard about Kanter’s comments. I really wonder if they even heard or saw the actual interview, or just some of the worst-sounding quotes via the media and assumed or believed the worst.
Anyway, point is perhaps Kanter shouldn’t have said everything he did tonight, but at least one media member would not let him go until he got a juicy sound byte. Secondly, if you want to portray someone as malcontent, childish and unprofessional, which 1280 personalities and others affiliated with the station did, a torrent of snide remarks, jabs, insults and potshots aren’t really the way to go. In the end, you look just as bad, if not worse.
The trade is regarded as a win-win situation and has worked out well for both sides, so everyone moving onward and forward seems like a good idea. No one has to play the role of the petty, still-obsessed ex-girlfriend with a persecution complex.
** Quin Snyder on the game
It was gutsy, the way w–you know, from the way we started the game. I didn’t, I thought they were really the aggressors at the beginning of the game. And you know, our guys picked it up. I thought it was, a lot of just, the things that we’ve tried to be, you know, communicative and competitive and unselfish, that’s what we were. And we got rewarded for it.
** Snyder on what changed after the first quarter
You know, I, we–for one thing, you know, they were playing great and shooting the ball great. I thought they were getting to the rim too much, and our pick-and-roll defense, we made a few little changes that I thought helped us. And we just started, you know, like I said, I think we were, started playing harder. It was like a little bit of a wake-up call for — you know, this team will keep you on your heels all night, and, if you’re not aggressive.
** Gordon Hayward on the game
We’ve been on a really tough stretch here. We’re playing every other day, and then tonight, we go back-to-back. Like I said, with injuries and everything, no one expects [Derrick] Fav[ors] to be out, and so, it definitely was good. Just a great win for us. We battled, we fought, big win.
** Rudy Gobert on what changed for the Jazz defensively after getting down by 16
Just made some adjustment. Especially myself on pick and roll. I was just staying back and trying to protect way good on the drive and stay below the roll man, so they don’t have to come and give open threes. So basically, it was just putting pressure on me and make [Russell] Westbrook go at me at the rim, and it worked out pretty well in the second half.
** Trey Burke on what changed for the Jazz defensively after the first quarter
I think we just, we started competing at, even at a higher level. You know, we took this game personal. You know, came out with a sense of enthusiasm that we needed to win.
** Burke, asked if this was the most emotional win of the season
Yeah, I definitely think so. You know, one, the crowd was in it, the way it w–the way the crowd was in it, and then coming off the five games, losing four or five straight, you know, we wanted to come out and you know, give a good effort, and you know, try to get the win.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Joe Ingles: Big Joe’s wiggle, I love it.
** Boler: Jiggling Joe. (H/T @hessrp)
** Thurl Bailey at halftime: I like Trey Burke’s penetration. (H/T @jwinskowski)
** Booner on Enes Kanter getting fouled: It’s a rough play. Of course, I love it. I like this. I don’t like softly played games.
Boler: Well, there was never a soft game in your day.
Booner: No, it was not. (H/T @5kl)
** Booner on Gordon Hayward: Gordon just a little too tight. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Chris Johnson: Johnson right on the end of that pile. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Johnson, Part 2: Johnson with a great look, in and out. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Russell Westbrook jumper: Oh my. How quick. Exploded out of his shoes.
** Quin Snyder, post-game: There was a couple possessions where they got on the floor for a loose ball, and we bent at the waist, and we talked about that in a timeout.
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @allthatamar and @TaylorLangston2 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.