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Locker Room Cleanout Part 5: Quin Snyder and Dennis Lindsey

April 18, 2015


How would you define the successes that you had this season?
I think the thing that’s most encouraging to me is the perfe–perseverance that our team found throughout that process; their ability to stay committed to a process that, you know, in a, at any given point was not giving them the feedback that ultimately you want.

You know, I think that the success of the group, as reflected by the wins, the loss, the record the playoffs, is gonna continue to be volatile. You know, obviously our expectations are high, but there’s also a realism that we know is always present.

But through that, it’s gonna require our guys and Dennis and myself to continue to persevere. And I think with that attitude, that, you know, we’ll be able to stay committed to a process and hopefully over time, we’ll continue to see results.

What will you be asking Rudy Gobert to work on this summer?
It’s exciting to me to have the opportunity to, you know, after the fact, join an organization and a team that has someone like Rudy…

I think more specifically on the skill front, you know, Rudy’s skill, I think you see that manifest itself right now primarily in his passing.

He’s erratic at times, which I’m OK with, you know, under certain parameters because I think there’re plays that you want your players to make that, even though they’re not successful in the short-term, they’ll eventually produce growth. So, we can focus a lot on his offense.

His defense seems, and is, so impactful, but I think additionally, he can continue to have the impact that he has around the rim in different facets of our defense, particularly as a leader.

You know, I liken him a little bit to a middle linebacker that’s got the court in front of him, and the more communicative he can be, I think the better that he’ll become, and will become.

And that said, you know, back to the offensive end, I think it’s a matter of time before he’s able to, you know, continue to develop, whether it be finishing around the rim or, you know, making a mid-range jump shot, which hopefully he’ll continue to — I don’t know what the timeline is on that, but I know that it’s something that we want and will encourage, and that effort will hopefully produce results for him there.


Did you consciously talk no basketball with Gordon Hayward the first time you met him, and a lot of basketball with Derrick Favors the first time you met him?
No. No. I just was getting to know ’em, and it struck me that — for Gordon, the feel that I had, I didn’t — I must’ve, there must’ve been so–on some level, it was conscious.

But I do, I don’t specifically remember — you know, Gordon was going through a contract negotiation for a while, so our ability to communicate on a deeper level, I won’t say it was stalled, but there was that elephant in the room.

So I think it made sense for us to not talk basketball, because that wasn’t, you know, that was something that was being taken care of outside of the relationship that he and I were gonna form, and were forming.

In Derrick’s case, I thought that there was a lot of uncertainty, probably, that he had about what his role was gonna be, where it was going.

And I planned on using him, in my mind, very differently from the way that he had been used previously in his career — not just the year before — and felt like there had to be a commitment from him to grow in that regard, so we got into that more specifically.

What is your favorite characteristic of Rudy Gobert?
I think his intelligence is something that I value, because I think it allows me to have an impact even more so on helping him improve. And then, but the quality, I think, would be his competitiveness. He just wants to win. He wants to be good, and he wants to win. The two are, kind of, for him, one and the same.

When did the shift from offense carrying the team to defense carrying the team occur?
For me, you know, we spent a lot of the preseason trying to groom, you know, timing and spacing and things offensively, which I’m glad we did.

The plan defensively, when, you know, Rudy was coming off the bench, Dante [Exum] was coming off the bench, there was a, at some point, there was a conscious choice on my part when we made a few of those moves, that really, defense was gonna be what we could do right now to be successful, and that was gonna be the identity that we needed to start developing. …

In order to be a really good team, you gotta have both, right? So you know, I think one of the challenges for our group is when you’re not playing good offense, meaning — sometimes you’re playing good offense and you’re not scoring; you’re not making shots.

You know, that’s when our defense has to carry us, and I don’t think we were capable of having our offense carry us. We are not a team that was gonna outscore people right now. Maybe in a given game, but not consistently. We just don’t shoot it well enough.


Thoughts on the season
Even though you’re in the beginning stages of a rebuilding process, you always have to deal with the postmortems of not getting in the NBA playoffs. And that’s where we’re at, and we have to own it…

We really had three or four seasons within a season. And that’s typical. Many times in the NBA, it’s a, in my opinion, a series of short stories on how your team changes due to injury, and play, and trades. And this was, you know, a series of short stories, in my opinion, that were extreme.

Extreme youth, and what we did with the team. A preseason that got started off really well. We were organized well, and then we took a couple body blows during the early portion of the season just due to the fact that we weren’t able to have practices. The group was new to each other. The group was extremely young.

And then after Christmas, we started showing signs of a lotta hard work, over a period of time where we weren’t seeing results maybe from a win-loss record standpoint. And so, that turned, and we became more competitive after Christmas, and into January.

And then obviously after the All-Star break and trade deadline, the nature of our group and how we defended changed. And our hopes are, real simply, that that’s something that we can build on.

On Joe Ingles’ exit interview
I think Joe’s always relied on his ability to see the game well, his natural inclination to make the right play and his size. So, his fitness level and his strength aren’t at the levels that they need to be.

So, we gave Joe that kind of feedback. He of course agreed.

I think one thing that Joe saw — we were able to mention — but back-to-backs are heavy-load portions of the season. Joe became fatigued, and as soon as he became fatigued, he was much more mistake-oriented — which we all are. It was just Joe to a greater degree.

And luckily with Joe, he’s very mature and able to look at himself, laugh at himself. And so, I think going forward, that will be good for him, you know, ’cause he c–again, he can look at himself and improve.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** Dennis Lindsey on him and Quin Snyder critiquing each other: We do that all the time, in private moments.
** David Locke to Quin Snyder on the day: It’s a long one, isn’t it, coach?
Snyder: Yeah, a good one. I mean, good in its own way.
** Snyder on running drills over and over and over again: That’s why you grind, and it gets harder, and harder.
** Lindsey on Joe Ingles’ exit interview: We talked about his body. (H/T @HipMrBully)
** Snyder on what he’s most proud of this season: The fact that we were all pulling the same rope. You know, whether it be Dennis, myself, Gordon, you know, Gary Briggs.

Locker Room Cleanout Part 4: Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward

April 17, 2015


** Where is your excitement level with where the team is going?
I’m very excited. You know, it’s a, almost like a different culture, basically. You know, we playing a lot faster than we have in the past. We playing, we moving the ball a lot more. You know, hopefully next season we can, you know, put up s–a little bit more points so we won’t be at the bottom of the league in points per game, but you know, overall, I’m very excited.
** How big of a change was it for you to move from center with Enes Kanter to power forward with Rudy Gobert?
It wasn’t difficult at all. It was just, you know, playing the center position, you know, every night I’m going against 7-footers, basically, and you know, it was kinda tough on my body a little bit. But it wasn’t nothing I couldn’t handle.

And playing with Enes, you know, he was a guy that could space the floor a little bit more, out to the 3-point line. And you know, everybody know he was good offensively on the post.

But you know, when Rudy, when the trade happened or whatever and Rudy came into the starting lineup, it kinda helped me out a little bit more ’cause it gave me a different-type role. Instead of being the second option on the post, I w–I just became the main option on the post. So, it helped me develop my offensive game. It helped me develop a lot of confidence, of being that guy.

And you know, when Gordon went down with the injury, you know, that kinda helped me mentally, with becoming, like, the number one guy on the team, and just figuring out different ways to score the ball and help my team win…

Overall, you know, playing with Rudy’s, is a lot different defensively. Obviously, you know, he can block shots, rebound, help out on the weak side. And offensively, you know, he’s a guy down there that’s gon offensive rebound, set good screens, and you know, get guys open.
** Is there one thing you want to improve on this summer the way you did with your face-up jumper?
You know, my face-up jumper was just something I worked on because guys was basically giving it to me…Now that I showed I can make that jumper, now I gotta find a counter to that. You know, guys playing me different ways now, teams playing me differently. They starting to double-team me now, starting to play me with a guy in the paint so I don’t have nowhere to go. So now I just gotta figure out different ways to score the ball in the post, and you know, hopefully extend my range to the 3-point line.
** Did team chemistry change with the Kanter trade?
Nah, it wasn’t no change to chemistry. It was just, I think it was bound to happen either way, if the trade didn’t happen or if the trade happened, we was gonna get better defensively anyway, ’cause of how we worked in practice. How, you know, Quin [Snyder] kept pushing us in practice on the defensive end of the ball, and you know, I think it was just bound to happen anyway.

** On Quin Snyder’s attention to technique and detail
It’s new to me, basically. You know, I didn’t know this much about basketball until I met Quin. I thought basketball was, basically, you know, going out there, use your athletic ability to be doing this, doing that. But this year, Quin really, he really challenged me mentally this year. You know, just showing me new stuff, telling me new stuff. I–just mentally, it was just unbelievable…Mentally, it was hard at first, but then you learn how to deal with it, and then in the games, it’s just like second nature.
** On Rudy Gobert stealing his rebounds
I told Rudy, “Man, Rudy, if I’m on this side of the ball, let me get it, man. You gon get 20 anyways ’cause I gotta guard this ‘four.’ You gon get 20. Let me get the rebound, man.” At first, I understood it, ’cause you know, he wanted to get all the rebounds, but as the season went on, you know, he started to let me get one or two of ’em, so I appreciate that…I told Rudy, I said, “Rudy, man, if you let me get one or two rebounds, I promise I will pass you the ball.”…I was like, “Rudy, I can’t keep having five-, six-rebound games, man. I need at least eight of ’em.”


** What are your expectations for next year?
I think I expect us to play the way we’ve played at the end of this year, and I think if we just focus on our absolutes, focus on doing our job each and every night, the results will take care of themselves. So, I don’t think it’s good for us necessarily to put, you know, huge expectations on us. I think the expectation is just to do our job every night, to come in and play the way we’ve been playing after All-Star break, so.
** How did Quin Snyder help you this year?
Coach Quin helped us out a lot this year. I think he showed us the details of the game that we were missing. You know, we’ve all gotten better individually…He helped me with my mid-range game, as far as reading pick and rolls and staying in the pocket and learning how to read defenses, ’cause that’s a huge part of the NBA right now. And he slows down the game for you and shows you exactly what you need to do and how you can do it…As far as defensively, I think we just had a renewed focus and he really put in place a system that, once we executed it, we were pretty good at.
** How many video games will you be playing in the next month?
My wife actually said this morning, “Just ’cause you’re done with the season doesn’t mean you can play video games now,” so.

** On the moment he knew this season would be different
It was in Santa Barbara. It was September, and you know, [Quin Snyder] walked into the meeting, and I think — I don’t remember who was standing up, and he was like, he walked into the meeting and was like, “Sit the ‘beep’ down.” Like, you know, “Let’s go.” And it was right then that you knew that it was gonna be a little different season for us. It was gonna be intense, and we love that about coach. He’s passionate, and he’s a competitor. He’s fiery, and at times when you’re in film, on the road, when you get there and you’ve been for an hour, you’re ready to get out of there but when we win the next game because of some of the things that we saw, because of things, some of the things we learned, you definitely appreciate it.
** People calling Gordon Hayward” Dad”: David Locke

Locker Room Cleanout Part 3: Rudy Gobert, Alec Burks, Trey Burke and Jeremy Evans

April 17, 2015


** Which specific areas of your game will you be working on this summer?
My body. You know, getting stronger, especially my lower body, and getting more resistant because next season gonna be — I mean, I’m gonna play a lot of minutes, obviously, and I gotta be ready. And of course, keep working on my offensive game, my jump shot and my post moves.
** What do you credit your leap to, and do you think you should win Most Improved Player?
I think it’s pretty much everything, you know? Coach, I think coach believe in me a lot since he got here, and the work I’ve put in. The confidence of my teammates, who’ve been learning to play with me, especially offensively, you know, throwing me the ball and learning how to use me. It’s pretty much everything, like I said. For Most Improved, I think, yeah, of course. You know, I’m one of the player, if not the player, who improved the most since last year. So, why not?
** What are your personal goals for next year? All-Star?
To be honest, next year I’m just thinking about the playoff right now. I know that if I play at the high level, I’m gonna help the team to go to the playoff. And of course I want to be All-Star in my career. I don’t know if it’s gonna be next year or three years or more. But next year, I’m only thinking about the playoffs.
** On his relationship with Alex Jensen
It started last year, to be honest. I think last year, he really believed in me since the beginning, and he saw how much I want to work hard and to get, how much I want to get better, and he really help me. You know, watching film even when I wasn’t playing. You know, talk to the coaches, and keep telling me what I need to do, you know, to be, to get on the court. And we created a great relationship. I think he trust me; I trust him. Sometime we get mad to, mad at each other, but I think we just have a great relationship.

** David Locke’s Twitter advice to Rudy Gobert
You’ve gotten good. Don’t do anything stupid.


** What was this season like for you?
It was tough, you know? I mean, I was hurt all year. Then I had season-ending surgery. So, I ain’t never experienced nothing like that, sitting out so many games. But you know, I learned a lot…I’ll be able to play next year and you know, I can’t wait.
** How’s the rehab going?
I’m three months out right now of surgery, so it’s going good. You know, I can dribble and shoot and things, but you know, I can’t take contact for another three months.
** Are you looking forward to competing for minutes with Rodney Hood next season?
Man, I’m trying to compete with everybody. You know, I relish competition. I’m ready to compete against Gordon [Hayward] again, everybody. You know, Rodney, whoever. You know, I’m ready to play, you know, ’cause I sat out so much.
** What does this team need to become a playoff team?
Man, I’m s– I hope I’m the missing piece. I f–I really hope so. You know, I hope I take us over the, to the playoffs, you know, but you know, we’re gonna add some people. You know, Dennis [Lindsey] and you know, coach, they do a great job of what they do. You know, getting people, finding talent. So, I don’t got no problem with that.

** On the state of his shoulder before he had surgery
I don’t think people understand the pain I was in…I couldn’t lift my shoulder up. If I lift my shoulder up, it might pop out. So, I tried not to even use my left hand when I was playing. So, ’cause I didn’t wanna pass so I wouldn–I didn’t want to take no chances with it, ’cause I knew something ha–bad could happen…I usually play as well, really well around the rim, but I couldn’t lift my shoulder so I shot a lot more threes.


** What specifically will you be working on this summer, and would you be comfortable coming off the bench moving forward?
I think this off-season, you know, changing my body, getting stronger, getting quicker is something I really going, you know, really focus on. You know, just shooting a lot. You know, every day, getting in the gym. You know, trying to, you know, get to the point where my shot is more consistent. I know that’s one thing that I really wanna work on. As far as my role, you know, I think coming off the bench was different for me ’cause it’s something I never, you know, experienced playing basketball. But you know, I’m a team player, and I know, you know, what I can bring to the team…I think defensively is where [Quin Snyder] really wanted to see me grow, and I think that’s an area that I really made a big jump in…I really took that as a challenge, and I think defensively, I’ve grown a lot.
** What was it that Quin Snyder and his staff did to produce so much success and growth?
Just every day, you know, every single day he held us accountable. We came in every day ready to work. We came in every day ready to practice. And even days where we were tired or we didn’t feel like practicing, you know, he pushed us. And from the players to the coaching staff, he held everybody accountable. So, I think it was a level of respect that we all have for him, and the coaching staff. And we knew that it was gon be a process.
** How did Gordon Hayward change this year compared to last year?
I think the pressure was off of him. You know, last year I think he had a, I think he kinda put pressure on himself and I think this year he kinda, you know — obviously I know a lot of that has to do with, you know, the, him signing his contract. He wasn’t out there thinking anymore. You know, he was just playing basketball, and you know, he was able to show the world what type of player he was.

** On the day he moved to the bench
I knew that I had to, you know, react to that in a positive way, and you know, still produce for the team the way that they wanted me to. So you know, I never, ever wanted to, you know, show that I was a cancer to the team or show that I, you know, that I was bigger than the team or anything like that. So, I understood where coach was going. We had a con–a long conversation before he had, did that.


** Where do you think you stand with the organization?
Just great. I feel like, you know, they have confidence in me and I trust them that they’re gonna make the right decision. You know, that’s what they’re here for. And if I’m here, I’m gonna be, you know, so happy. I feel like this is my home. If not, I’m, I know it’s still gonna be a bright future and wish everybody the best.
** On Gordon Hayward’s development
Just him, as a player, I think he’s developed so much. And I think far as his leadership role, he’s been good but he has a long way to go. And I think he’s gonna get there and just make the team better.
** What is it about Quin Snyder that made all the players buy in?
Just the way he looks at you. He comes in, and we know he’s not playing. And you don’t wanna get on his bad side. So, just doing what he tells you. I think that tells you a lot.
** What has the team asked you to improve on, specifically?
Of course, like always, still try to get stronger in size. Course I’m not gonna be the biggest guy, but I can always get stronger. And I feel like for myself, my close-outs, I’m really not too proud of those. I feel like I can guard guys on the perimeter a lot better. And just still getting confident shooting. I had a couple shots last night that I didn’t even wanna take, and I don’t know why. But just shooting the ball.
** What has been your favorite experience here?
I just wouldn’t change it for the — for nothing. The people here, great. The fans. Just, you know, I’m so happy to start my career here in Utah. Like I said, even far as the traffic here, like, being in the city, I feel like it’s great just being able to get out, downtown on time, all the time. So, just everything.
** How has your relationship with Hayward changed over the last five years?
Just, maybe not hanging out as much. Of course you’ve got your wife and him now, he’s having a kid. So, but still, kinda the same far as road trips. Sometimes, you know, maybe I don’t get much conversation outta each other just because we’re talking to, you know, family or someone. But for the most part, still go out and eat, and maybe watch a movie or something…Subway’s still on the list.

** On Quin Snyder wanting the embrace the things he can do rather than focus on things he can’t do (gain weight)
I’m glad he, you know, understood that, because I’ve tried. You know, I just, for myself, from Day One, that’s how I’m here now, that I know that I’ve been blessed just to be, you know, athletic and can run the floor and course, sometimes it’s matchup problems and he knew that. You know, that’s a couple times I can play, but when he does put me out there, I think he has the confidence that, you know, I’ll use my quickness to try to get around the guys. And I feel like, you know, that’s a plus and that’s the reason I’m here.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** David Locke on Jeremy Evans’ professionalism: Quin went on a long thing about how every guy on this team can learn from Jeremy.
** David Locke on watching Alec Burks shoot before the last game: I thought your base looked wider, and you weren’t kicking your feet out as much. Is that an accurate observation?
** Alec Burks on learning how to shoot again after his shoulder surgery: Not much of a line-drive like I used to shoot. You know, just more lifting the ball, you know, and finishing high.

Locker Room Cleanout Part 2: Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Joe Ingles, Elijah Millsap and Trevor Booker

April 17, 2015


** On his first 82-game season
Obviously, it was exhausting. But you know, it was a good experience and you know, I wanted to make sure I played all 82 games to, you know, get the most of the opportunity I’ve been given this year. So, you know, I’m just happy I was able to play.
** On Joe Ingles’ leadership
You know, Joe came in, you know, as, like, a rookie with me. But you know, he definitely was someone that helped me, and then, you know, kind of turned into that voice on the court. You know, he, when Alec [Burks] went down and Rodney went down for a bit as well, he was, you know, starting with us, so, as–along with Gordon [Hayward] and [Derrick] Fav[ors]. You know, they’re a bit quiet, but he was kind of that guy that, you know, didn–wasn’t afraid to say something, and kind of took on that role.
** Did starting games benefit your development?
I think it’s definitely made the game easier. You know, watching the game, getting, like, two or three minutes on All-Star-type point guards, you know, was good for me at the start, but I thought, you know, making that jump into the starting lineup, and you know, having to go against them every night, gave me, you know, the confidence that, you know, I can go at and guard them and you know, setting the challenge to myself to, you know, keep ’em under this many points, assists, whatever. So you know, it only built confidence for me, and you know, seeing what they’ve done in this league, and what I can do against them, so.
** On his relationship with Quin Snyder
Me and Quin, you know, have a great relationship. And you know, you saw it every time, every ch–every opportunity he got, he was, you know, teaching me. You know, what I should’ve done there, or what I could’ve done better. And even behind closed doors, he was, you know, helping me get better and just with the little things in my game, even if it’s just some footwork stuff. And you know, it helped me a lot knowing during the game, even, that I’m not just walking past him to the bench to think about, and you know, be in my own thoughts. That, you know, he was helping me get better even in that moment so when I go back in, I can improve.

** On his pink backpack
I told Gordon and Fav that I’m not a rookie anymore. They seemed to not believe it, but you know, in my mind, I’m not…I’ve told them that it doesn’t matter if we don’t draft anyone, if I’m the youngest. You know, I’ve done my first year. I’m not a rookie anymore.
Ron Boone: Did you ever have anything in your pink backpack?
Exum: No, never. It was just there for looks…I had one lady that just said to me, “You must be very comfortable with yourself.” I’m like, “Yes ma’am, I am.”
** What was the coolest part about being in the NBA?
I think, you know, after games, just getting straight on the plane and going home. I, that was the best, and at first, you know, I loved going on the road and you know, going to different hotels. And after that first month, I was like, let’s go home…I’m over hotels now.


** With Alec Burks coming back this year, would you prefer to start or come off the bench?
I don’t have a preference. You know, I came off the bench and started. You know, I, you know, we want Alec back healthy. And you know, he’s been great, you know, in my improvement, and you know, regardless of what happens, you know, we both gon be effective, you know, on the court. So you know, I mean, it’s exciting. You know, he’s, he was starting before he left, so I, it’s, that’s probably gon happen. So you know, I’m comfortable coming off the bench, you know, or starting if I have to step up, so.
** On the biggest lesson he’s learned this year
Just handling adversity. I think that’s been the biggest thing for me. You know, growing up, you really don’t have, you don’t really have that many adversity ’cause you the most talented player. But going through injuries, playing with more talented players, learning the NBA game, I think it was a, you know, adjustment for me, and you know, I just gotta continue to learn, and learn from it.

** On Quin Snyder’s “unconventional” thinking
You know, as you’re taught as a child, you know, right hand, right layup, and left hand, left layup. But you know, he just told me, you know, it’s some of the best players like [Manu] Ginobili, who’s a left-hand player, he never uses his right hand. You know, so it’s all about finishing, you know, not about what’s politically correct. And I think that’s something that helped me over the course of time. He doesn’t want us to be regular, typical players. You know, something that we can use to my advantage ’cause I am left-handed.
** Are you getting married this summer?
Hood: Next summer.
David Locke: Do you guys play one-on-one?
Hood: Yeah, man. I kill her. I kill her. I don’t — you know, ’cause she talks a lot, you know, to my family.
Ron Boone: You mean, smack? What do you mean, talk a lot?
Hood: She talks smack all the time. You know, I let her beat me one time last year when we was in college, and I never heard the last of it…I blame myself for letting her beat me.
Locke: You were still courting, though, at that point.
Hood: Yeah, so I had to.


** On free agency
We’ll obviously see what happens. I think everyone knows I’m free. So, we’ll see what happens. But definitely, mutual interest.
** Did you feel a need to provide leadership?
Yeah, I think I, I mean, I think I earned the guys’ respect. They probably all had no idea who I was before I came here, except Dante. But I think I earned the guys’ respect through my, kind of actions more than anything. And I would talk to guys, or they would come and talk to me. And I ended up being the oldest on the team when Steve [Novak] got traded, so I mean, Eli[jah Millsap], and yeah, so I think it, kind of naturally I’ve always tried to be a leader…It’s kind of just my personality, really, to try and help out and be vocal when I can.
** Did the Enes Kanter trade impact team chemistry on the floor and in the locker room?
I don’t think really. I mean, I’ve said it a million times, that Enes was a good guy. There was no issues in the locker room. There was no issues on the court…No ma–I think if he was here or wasn’t here, I think we would have similar results of the kind of win-loss, defensive ratings that we ended up getting up to. And I mean Qu–coach was a new coach, we had a lot of new guys. It’s kind of learning that system, and once you get used to it, you get more comfortable, you play more, and it’s obviously gonna get better and I think that showed throughout–from the start to the end of the year, not just from that one break.


** On playing for the Jazz after years of watching brother Paul in a Jazz uniform
I’ve been around for a while…I know a lot of faces. I even know the ushers’ names. So, it made me feel a lot comfortable, and you know, coming here and just, you know, making me feel a lot relaxed. So, playing here was just, is fun, and easy.
** What will your focus be this summer?
It’s been a pretty long grind for me. So, it’s gonna be — I gotta get a lotta rest, first and foremost. But my mindset is always, you know, get better. And I just wanna be quicker. I wanna lose a lot of weight, start eating healthier, and, just, so I can have a lot more endurance, you know, when I come in the game. Wherever I’m playing, it’s just gonna be, you know, defense, defense, defense.
** On the trust level between Quin Snyder and players that joined the team during the season
Me and Quin have a pretty unique situation, a pretty good relationship. So, I’m able to pretty much talk to him about anything that’s on my mind. You know, ask him questions about my role on the team. And we’ve been nip and tuck on a l–on some things, but you know, we always, you know, have the same interests and same goal at mind, and that’s winning. So, he’s gonna put me in my position and put me in my place where I can be successful, and I just gotta listen and get better.
** Are you secure in your position with the team, or do you feel like you still have to prove yourself?
I don’t have to prove nothing. I think I’ve pretty much played myself onto the NBA, into this league, and I’m good. You know, I just feel like right now, I just gotta get better, and going into the summer, that’s my whole mindset. And if I’m here, I’m here. And if I’m not, then you know, I have, took full advantage of my resources.

** More on Quin Snyder
Coming here with a coach like Quin, you know, that helps you, you know, there’s a lot of little things that I picked up on that I didn’t know before. So, he’s really good at, you know, bringing it out of me. So, I really appreciate him.


** Do you want to be back here?
Of course I wanna be back. I got the sense that they want me back, so I feel it’s mutual. But you know, at the end of the day, it’s still always business, so we’ll see.
** Summer plans
Doing a lotta shooting. Working on my 3-pointer. Definitely take some time off to rest.
** On Enes Kanter
His comments, it’s, I just feel like they were wrong, what he did, to the organization. … The locker room was fine when he was here. I mean, and it was great after he left. So, not much change.

** Did you feel like you were a key to team chemistry?
Yeah. I feel like they came, I mean, they told me before I came that they wanted me to come in, be a leader.
** On Quin Snyder compared to other coaches he’s had
He’s definitely different. You know, he does a great job of teaching. The, I think that’s why we’ve developed so quickly as a team. He does a great job of teaching, and he really cares about his players. You can actually tell that, and that’s what sets him apart.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** David Locke to Trevor Booker on his tweet: It was so good. I gotta tell you, it was so good.
** Locke to Rodney Hood: Scoot in a little bit.
** Locke to Dante Exum: Enjoyable?
Exum: Yeah.
Locke: It was?
Exum: Oh, what?
Locke: The season.
Exum: Yeah, no. I had a good time.
** Joe Ingles on his shot: I’ve never had a pretty shot. But I’ve always been told is, is whatever is effective for you, to do it.

Locker Room Cleanout Part 1: Jack Cooley, Bryce Cotton, Chris Johnson and Grant Jerrett

April 17, 2015


** What has the team asked you to improve on, specifically?
There’s a couple things that they talked about me improving. Really, just, in terms of on the defensive end, improving my pick-and-roll defense. And then in terms of the offensive end, improving my spacing a little bit more. And those are two things that I kinda knew by myself before I talked about the coaches with it…luckily two things I can fix. So, I think if I can just focus on those things in the off-season, it’ll really help me become a better part of this team.
** On the trust level between Quin Snyder and players that joined the team during the season
I mean, it’s huge having a coach that trusts you like that. I mean, a coach that’ll put you in a game when you’ve just got there is really big. It’s a big confidence booster in order for you to play well, and when you have a coach that has that faith in you, it’s easy to play well. And coach Snyder’s great at giving us that confidence to play well, and it shows on the court with us playing and performing well, and I mean, helping the team.
**What was the highlight of your season?
I see two. The incorrectly called foul against the Nuggets. That’s the first one. I think it was clean until the body slam at the end. I think that might’ve been a foul. But, and then the 29-point — the 29-rebound D-League game. That was pretty ridiculous.

** On the time he stole a dog for revenge
Last year [while playing in Turkey], we had a road trip the day before I was supposed to leave…and the flight got delayed and all this nonsense happened. And my flight left at, like, 7 a.m. And we got back from the night before at, like, two in the morning. I get back to my apartment to discover that almost half the electronics I had were gone…And it was 2 a.m., and my flight leaves in five hours to come back to America, so there’s nothing I can do. But the way I got back at them a little bit was, they had me taking care of their dog, but they were mistreating it. So I asked them, I was like, “Can I buy your dog?” And they said, “Yeah.” And I was supposed to pay them some, like, unreasonable amount of money. Well, in the end, they didn’t really get that money. I just kinda took the dog and left.
* No explanation of who “them” is, how he was taking care of the dog while on a road trip, and whether this “Can I buy your dog?” conversation took place between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

** Do you have a wedding date?
Not yet, no. It’s gonna be, not this summer, but next summer after that.
David Locke: We all knew when your fiancee was in town.
Cooley: … (long pause) …
Locke: You got your hair cut.
Cooley: Oh yeah, that’s true. I did shave.


** What was the highlight of your season?
Honestly, for the road and obstacles I’ve had to go through, just getting here was the highlight for me.
** On the level of trust between himself and Quin Snyder
He’s done a great job communicating with me ever since I got here. He let me know he saw a lot of me in the D-League, so he was familiar with my game. So he definitely instilled a lotta confidence in me. And he just told me, you know, not to overthink things when I’m out there and just, you know, play my game and just be myself. And that’s definitely been very beneficial for me, especially with this last five games I played in.
** What are your impressions of Quin Snyder?
He’s very detailed. You know, he’s big on detailed. And I’d like to say he’s somewhat of a perfectionist, ’cause he likes to do things until we get it right and we know exactly what we’re doing. So, that’s one thing in particular that stands out about him, and I can definitely say that that’s a big reason why we’ve been playing so well. ‘Cause repetition just leaves you no choice but to continue to get better and progress as a team, and as individuals.

** Who do you pattern your game after?
A guy I looked at a lot is J.J. Barea, and Patty Mills, ’cause these are guys who didn’t have the most decorated routes to get into the league, but through hard work, they found a niche and now they’re having a successful NBA career…I was very excited [to play against Barea], ’cause I look up to him a lot.


** What has the team asked you to improve on, specifically?
I think being able to handle the ball off the dribble. You know, creating shots for myself and my teammates. Being able to play the pick and roll, and you know, just being more a consistent 3-point shooter.
** On having a non-guaranteed deal
It’s exciting, you know, just to be — I mean, everybody wants this opportunity, so it’s a blessing. And you know, not trying to think about the, you know, the negative things about it. Try to think about the positive things, and I think I go with a good mindset. You know, just working hard, getting better every day, listening to the coaching staff and my teammates. I think everything else’ll take care of itself.

** What has your NBA journey been like so far?
It’s a tough journey, you know, just trying to find my way, just trying to find a home. You know, but, you know, throughout that journey, you know, I just try to stay positive, have faith, and just enjoy the journey…I think I know my role. But you know, certain situations, you know, it just didn’t work out. So with that being said, you know, j–like, the next opportunity, just try to make the most of it, and you know, just try to contribute.


** Goals for the summer
You know, just getting stronger. Getting to the basket more, comfortable with dribbling, stuff like that.

** Did you spend every night in a hotel, the whole year?
Just about. Towards the end, I spent about a week in an apartment, so yeah.
Locke: Here?
** On his level of readiness to play in the league
Really, for me, it’s just getting more experience on the court, which’ll help me. I’ve learned that since playing basketball, it, you get better by playing. And I feel like once that happens, it’ll help me out a lot more.
** Do you have an understanding of what you’re trying to be to find your niche in the league?
I feel like D-League and NBA are totally different, just the way of how the players play and how they approach the game. I mean, in the NBA, you have a certain role. You do your role. D-League, it’s kind of, just, sporadic. It’s just, I don’t–orga–unorganized. I mean, you do what you can to show what you have, certain amount of, or limited amount of minutes in the D-League or in the NBA. But, just, I mean, j–really just concentrating on little details and trying to pursue a dream, whatever level you’re at, I feel like it’s gonna benefit you.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** Jack Cooley on bouncing between the Jazz and the Stampede: It was good to get here and get a taste of it, and then go back down.
** David Locke to Cotton: When did you have your growth spurt?
** Cotton on his growth spurt: Every inch counted for me.
** Locke to Chris Johnson on trying to make it in the league: How do you weigh enjoying it, and just the stress and pressure of trying to get a firm gra–you know, grip?

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

April 16, 2015

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

dante boobs

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

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

briggs retirement

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

game 82

Red denotes most recent game.

Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 16, 2015
tags: ,

Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Dream Shake.

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

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

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

Dwight said:
Bro, do you even lift?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some super ugly
basketball going on right now.

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

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

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

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

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

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 4/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2015


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

naked steve brown

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

briggs jersey

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

rudy-amareSometimes, all you can do is laugh.

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

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

notting hill

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

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

jerry 413

** Finally, Matt Harpring tries Vegemite:



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

Red denotes most recent game.

game 81

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


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