On signing his first NBA contract
It’s a dream coming true. I’ve been dreaming about it since I start to play basketball, so I’m very happy.
How optimistic were you this was going to happen?
I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen, but I came here thinking about this contract. So now I get it, so that’s — I was here for it.
How did this process get rolling?
[The Jazz] are talk with my agent since I get drafted, so I don’t know exactly what they talking about, since three ye–two years ago when I get drafted. So, I just know the conversation now, that they say they want me this–the next season here. So, that’s what I know.
Why was right now the right time?
I’m not sure, but I think it’s kind of part of them and part of me. I was, I don’t think I was ready to play in the NBA when I get drafted. I play two more years in Europe and I have a lot of minutes this two years, so I think I improved a lot. I still have to improve, but I think now is the moment.
** Will be going to Vegas with the team, but won’t be playing in games. After that, it’ll be his first trip to P3. After that, it’s back to Brazil to get his visa and paperwork done. And then after that, back to Utah.
What do you bring?
I’m here to improve. I’m here to help, whatever what they want. But I think I can be kind of a pure point guard. I can make my teammates better. That’s why I’m here.
Where do you need to improve the most?
I think shooting. I think I gotta be used to shoot from distance of the 3-point shot here. NBA is different than in Europe. I think that’s the first thing I have to improve.
Your dad is a huge John Stockton fan. What does he think of your signing?
I think he’s happiest than me. He was the first person I called after I signed the contract. He was so happy, and I think there’s no words for him. I think he loved how John Stockton played, and he want me to get drafted by the Utah. So, I think he’s so happy.
What number will you wear?
I used to play with the number 8, but I know it’s somebody [has it]. I mean, I just don’t care. I just want to wear the Jazz gear.
Which of your future Jazz teammates have you spent time with?
With Rudy Gobert…We played together in the summer league. I think he has something about, like, European game. I think we can be good together.
The Jazz say you make your teammates better. How do you do that?
I think I’m always learn, as a point guard, to do that. I think I, when I start to play basketball, I just wanted to make points. I just want to be the scorer of the team.
And once I go to Spain, they change me there. So, I think that came natural. I think you, if you play in Spain and you, if you are this kind of point guard that just don’t make the team play, you are done. You cannot play there. So, I think I just learn natural.
Which NBA players do you try to emulate?
I like Steve Nash…Tony Parker too. I think they all have, like, European kind of basketball…
[Playing with balance] is one thing that I’ve been practice this week with Igor [Kokoskov], coach Igor. He used to coach Steve Nash, so I was practicing that a lot…I think it’s really make a difference when you take the shot. ‘Cause if you’re not balanced, you probably miss.
Do you have national team commitments this summer?
I had it, but I’m not going anymore. I was practice one month with them. They’re, they are going tonight, I think, to Toronto to the Pan-American Games. But I’m not go.
Will you be bringing anyone over to live with you?
I think I’m gonna do by myself…I’ve been living by myself since I was 18 years old, so…
The hardest thing for me is gonna be the English, I think. I’m, I gotta do better…I don’t feel comfortable speak English. You know, I’ve been in Spain. At the beginning, that was the same. I couldn’t speak any Spanish. But I, it took, like, three months until I understand everything.
** Alex Jensen on Raul Neto: The thing I like about Raul, his dad was a coach. It’s always fun to coach somebody who’s dad was a coach, ’cause he knows the game, and he’s a good kid. And I think everybody’s excited when a poin–a pass, you know, pass-first point guard comes.
One. Trey Lyles’ debut for the Jazz!
I’m sure you can find his first NBA (preseason) bucket a million places on the Internet by now, so I’m giving you something else. Lyles’ first complaint about the officiating!
Two. Rudy Gobert’s cat is named Deez Nuts, in case anyone is wondering.
Three. Raul Neto is officially a member of the Utah Jazz! His first interview as a Jazzman:
Four. Neto on his dad being a John Stockton fan
I grew up watching videos — John Stock vid–John Stockton videos. So for me, it’s a dreaming, it’s a dream be here.
Did your dad want you to play like John?
Of course, I think. He’s a really good player. He was a really good player. I think, my dad always talk to me about him.
Five. Joint discovery with @AllThatAmar: Chris Johnson (Chris is short for “Christapher”) has a UDQM name. Chris “Tap Her” Johnson.
Six. From Gobert’s takeover of the Utah Jazz Twitter account:
Seven. Why was the camera so zoomed in on Randy Rigby?
Probably because it was *cold* in the arena and RR had some serious pokies going on. Click or don’t click, your choice.
Eight. Alex Jensen on Trey Lyles’ performance
He’s, he played well. That’s, he has really good feel. Things come easy to him, and you know, we just have to, you know, see it progress from here. But that was the nice thing. It seemed like he was steady for a 19-year-old…He showed a wide range of what he could possibly become to do.
Jensen on Rodney Hood’s summer league
I think he’s one of the guys that’s advanced for his age. Just playing with, in the pick and roll, reads he’s has–he has a great feel as well, but he, the good thing he had I think in the summer is he’s kind of a leader. He’s the veteran. Same thing with Dante [Exum]. Like, they gotta take charge. Like, you know, late game; like he, give, put the ball in his hands and see what he can do. And also, just be — ’cause they’re all, they’re such good kids. They’re quiet. But just to be vocal and you know, kind of come out of themselves and their shell.
Jensen on whether Dante Exum will play in Vegas
I’d like to hope so. Maybe a game or two, but it’s obviously wait and see. It’s not something that obviously you rush him back from.
Jensen on Bryce Cotton’s performance
You know what, I talked to coach [Quin] Snyder today, and we both, I think, he mentioned, you know, we need to get Bryce to be, you know, take a couple bad shots. You know, it’s kind of a hard thing ’cause every, he’s so quick, every time he comes off the pick and roll in the middle, he has a shot…[We want him] setting up guys, but kind of be selfish a little bit. And he did that tonight.
Jensen on the summer league experience for him
Well, it’s great. I learned how to, you know, how and when to call my timeouts again. I thought I learned that in the D-League…It’s great. Like, it j–like I said, the players, it’s different. You have, I think the number one thing is you have a greater respect for coach Snyder. It changes one or two seats down, and I think it’ll help me help him better in the future.
Nine. Trey Lyles on his first game
It was good. First time playing five-on-five in a long time, so it was fun…I was kinda, you know, nervous about the, you know, first-game nerves, but after I got settled, then I was fine. You know, I felt very comfortable. I felt like I had some freedom, so it was good…I picked up the plays pretty quickly. You know, it was pretty easy for me, and you know, I feel like I went out there and executed when I was supposed to.
What were your goals for the first game?
Just play my game. You know, I’m an aggressive player, and you know, I play with my own rhythm, so I just wanted to make sure I went out there and didn’t get sped up too much and just, you know, hold my own and just show what I’m capable of.
Ten. Undefeated! Champion of our own summer league!
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Liberty Ballers.
Oh no, Chris Johnson revenge game
by Derrome on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:03 PM
Man these guys suck.
by Kevin Valdez on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:13 PM
Lmaoooo we are so trash rn
by QGotNoRings on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:13 PM
Typed Sixers and auto spell changed to Sisters…
Yeah game no going much better…
by JohnnyNight on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:23 PM
Any 7 ft Euro free agents left to sign…?
Or we draft them all and deal… Take a 6′ 10″ if available
by JohnnyNight on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:30 PM
Five bucks a game for Jazz season tickets??? Incredible. In other news, Jack Cooley is turning back the clock to the 2012 Big East Tournament.
by V-Rod305 on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:36 PM
The Jazz TV announcers are the worst. Horrible.
by MISSING YOGI STROM on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:36 PM
Why does it look like the Jazz are running an actual offense and we’re not?
by Paul Moo on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:37 PM
This is like a frustrating MYPLAYER game for Okafor
by SwishGawd on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:38 PM
CALL FOR PASS IGNORED
CALL FOR PASS IGNORED
EXCESSIVE CALL FOR PASS
by Aelthas on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:38 PM
Okafor looked sad to give up the ball there.
by Paul Moo on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:39 PM
Did this Jazz announcer just call Okafor Jahkeel?
by The Ghost of Reggie on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:41 PM
by Aelthas on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:41 PM
Is this idiot announcer calling him Jahquille?
by udkyle on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:41 PM
heard that too…kinda hot
by SwishGawd on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:41 PM
I totally missed the boat on the quille spelling.
by The Ghost of Reggie on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:42 PM
Do the Jazz pay the refs’ salary?
by Paul Moo on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:44 PM
This bullshit is what you call pandering to the crowd.
by drew_dk on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:44 PM
these passes are so disgusting. im drowning in puke.
by Kevin Valdez on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:44 PM
The Jazz warmups are polos? Like, are they some sort of private school or something?
by drew_dk on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:53 PM
Why is the Jazz reporter an old dude?
by V-Rod305 on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:56 PM
All the females in Utah are stay-at-home moms/wives. Have to be with so many kids and so few husbands.
by drew_dk on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:57 PM
MorWomen are hot
by JHG722 on Jul 9, 2015 | 9:58 PM
My god these calls are absurd
by Aelthas on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:04 PM
I can’t stop looking at motum…
by Nillumin on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:06 PM
by Kevin Valdez on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:07 PM
the Klif Kingsbury of the NBA?
by Nillumin on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:21 PM
If Linas Kleiza’s college girlfriend is to be believed then yea.
by PhillazMcDillaz on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:24 PM
Him being a possibly good NBA coach is still completely inexplicable to every mizzou fan on earth. I honestly can’t explain how floored I am by it.
by PhillazMcDillaz on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:34 PM
Gotta be that law degree or MBA
by Nillumin on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:45 PM
My favorite theory is that he never actually stopped doing coke and has to have it flown into Utah because he can’t get it any other way.
I should add that I am one of three people who believes this.
by PhillazMcDillaz on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:49 PM
These refs are horrendous
by njc44 on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:33 PM
These calls are so awful…
by dyzz on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:33 PM
Sit down cooley
by Nillumin on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:34 PM
I’ve never heard two people struggle this badly to say the name “Tokoto”
by jbz213 on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:34 PM
Who does Cooley think he is? Motum?
by Nillumin on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:49 PM
Cooley…… Are you serious?
by AAKing23 on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:55 PM
Cooley is practicing
his walk back to the bench for when he inevitably ends up playing in Europe this year.
by JulesP13 on Jul 9, 2015 | 10:55 PM
by QGotNoRings on Jul 9, 2015 | 11:13 PM
On his relationship with the fans
Always with the fans, there’s a magical connection between me and them..I can’t figure out exactly how it works, other than I love them and they love me…
I always looked at it like this: Without them, where would we be? I mean, if they’re not filling up those stands, they’re not buying the jerseys, they’re not getting the tennis shoes and things like that, we’re back to doing the game before the Harlem Globetrotters. …
You know, if I’m — one of my thing is, is I’m signing autographs and there’s a line, I’m not going anywhere until that’s done. Now, I’ve been with some of my guys and they’re, “OK, Antoine. It’s one hour. We gotta go.” Well, that’s not the rule, Antoine. These are for the fans. They made me, so I’m staying. I’ll get done. Then we’ll go.
Looking back, what was it about the Finals team(s) that made it so special to be a part of?
Well, I wouldn’t say it was necessarily just the team, if you want to say the team. But I would say it was the team, the city. Because without the fans being pumped up and doing all that they did, we could’ve never pull that off. You know, it, this was a great thing that this city came together, and pushed us, and made us feel like, you know, we were just part of the town all the time.
* People possibly calling Utah a “city” and then downgrading it to “town”: Antoine Carr
** His sons’ mother “is still traumatized by [the airport frenzy the night John Stockton hit The Shot] a little bit. She can’t really go into crowded areas anymore ’cause it makes her nervous.”
On how he was prepared to play at any given moment
For me, it was more for the fans, because, you know, it’s fans way up top. Those are the guys that really don’t get to see the game the way they want to; don’t really get to spend time with the players.
So, my thing was, I gotta go perform for these guys. I gotta show them that someone out there cares, that their hard work is helping take care of us. So, that’s kinda my idea, is when Jerry [Sloan] called my name, it’s no playing around. It’s time to go.
And I’m not gonna give him a chicken — second chance to think about it. You know, every now and then, you get coaches going, “Ah, wait, wait, wait. Come back.” Nah, it’s too late. I’ve ripped off the clothes, and I’m there.
** Still in touch with Chris Morris and Greg Foster. Talks to Karl Malone sometimes.3
Michael Jordan or LeBron James?
You wanna tell me that this guy actually think he’s as good as Jordan? It’s a joke, ok? Let’s take a look at it. How many time does he travel per game?* I would say probably 50 percent of the time he catches the ball. And they don’t call it.
How many times does he go to the hole, and he takes three steps? Constantly. I’ve got film…Everybody’s telling me, no, you’re just being hard on the guy. No, I’m not. If he wants to be as great as Jordan, do the things that Jordan did…
Now, yes, Jordan pushed on the last shot against Bryon Russell, but he wasn’t constantly pushing the whole game.
You look at these guys now, they dribbling down and the first thing they do is they push their forearm out, and then you step back and shoot a jumper. Well, first of all, that’s a foul — if it’s called properly.
And that’s my biggest thing now is, is you got all this one-on-one so the referees really don’t know how to call it anymore. Let’s get back to the real game, guys…If you’re a specialist at shooting three, then you should be able to do it without using an illegal tactic. And pushing off to me is a illegal tactic.
* There was a transcription break at this point because I broke into applause at my keyboard.
What do we need replay for? Back in our day, we were gonna hit you and then that’s just part of it. Play through it. Toughen up.
On the Dawg Pound
I was doing some autograph-signing upstairs earlier, and the whole place was up there barking. They were having fun. We always gonna do that. The Dawg Pound is alive and well.
On him not wearing sunglasses during the interview
Well, if it was real sunny right now, I’d mostly be wearing them. Every now and then, I take them off ’cause I’m trying to get my eyes used to the sun again, and some days are better than others. You know, it’s still at the point where I get headaches and those type of things if it gets too bright.
Did you see Jeff Hornacek as a coach when you played together?
No, I didn’t. You know, I saw him more as a assistant. I really didn’t see him as a NBA top coach because he was such a good player. You know, what’s he gonna teach them, how to come off the pick and shoot the jumper?
Well, then you start to find out he’s a lot more talented than you know. So, now that I look at it, it was obvious. It was just at the time, I was just thinking he’s just such a great player, there’s no way he’s gonna end up [being] a coach.
What have you been doing in San Antonio?
We did [the renovation of] the Missions, which is Mission San Jose, Mission Guadelupe. We went in, we did s–a little bit of stone work. We did a bunch of painting. And there’re just great looking things and if you ever get a chance to go out to San Antonio, you might wanna go around the Missions, and see how good we did. (KSL, KJZZ, 1320, 1280)
One. This many Jazzmen sitting behind the bench. You gotta love it, baby.
From left to right, that’s Derrick Favors, Elijah Millsap, Raul Neto, [Rudy Gobert leg/knee span space], Rudy Gobert, [Rudy Gobert leg/knee span space], Trevor Booker, Alec Burks and Trey Lyles[‘s back].
Two. Who’s who of Utah Jazz coaches (1981-present) in the house tonight:
Three. Leading Question of the Night
Steve Brown to Trey Lyles: Let’s dispel any rumors. It was not a holdout. You were actually helping the Jazz out with the salary cap flexibility. Now you’re officially here.*
* OK, fine. None of that was a question.
Four. Dennis Lindsey during the broadcast, on what held up Trey Lyles’ contract signing
It’s really simple. Look, his cap hold was a much different number than what he signs for at the full 120 percent. And we needed to have a few days to, in free agency, to have the conversations that we needed to have to gain clarity.
Five. Trey Lyles addressing the media after the game, on what held up his contract signing
You know, just my agent, so. I was listening to him. You know, you’d be better off asking him that than me.
Six. Alec Burks took over the Jazz’s Twitter account in the second half. Best part besides him once again referencing “Alec Burks” as his “government name”:
Seven. Jack Cooley’s walkoff interview, decoded
Steve Brown: All due respect, you’re a guy who proves that you don’t have to skywalk to play this game.
Steve Brown: You white boys can play basketball.
Jack Cooley: Yeah, I mean, it all comes down to fundamentals, and I mean, the more you play, the more you learn.
Jack Cooley: True. We’re scrappy.
Eight. Soon, Raul Neto. Soon.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Pounding the Rock.
Go SummerSpurs Go!!!!!
by Manu’sLongHair on Jul 7, 2015 | 7:57 PM
Bryce Cotton. I wished the Spurs picked him up instead Reggie Williams. Austin Daye was better than Reggie Williams
by KhanRada on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:07 PM
so who’s rodney hood? they keep talking about him.
by twotonkatrucks on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:32 PM
take the commentary with a grain of salt
it is the jazz’s announcers
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:33 PM
he shoots threes i guess
by Prevenge on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:57 PM
God I hate the Jazz’s colors, why’d they decide to change the blue and purple?
by Manu’s Baldspot on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:35 PM
Motun looks like this guy from 30 rock.
[picture of Kenneth the Page]
by Mauro Tardella on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:37 PM
so this miami rapper is mad with pop about signing west to the veteran’s minimum………lmao not making this up
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:46 PM
butthurt random rapper is hilariously butthurt
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:47 PM
Good to see ex Spurs brain power doing so well their GM & Coach.
by indiancharlie on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:49 PM
i do not care about quincy snyder , jazz commentators :V get back to the game
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:51 PM
he looks like a shady business dude.
by twotonkatrucks on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:53 PM
you mean like dan gilbert ?
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:55 PM
No signings today I guess :disappointed:
by Manu’s Baldspot on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:53 PM
you can;t expect them to sign a new player every day xD
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:56 PM
Alright, I was remodeling a floor. Someone fill me in.
Fuck it Spurs by 35.
by play_splitter on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:18 PM
Kyle Anderson is remodeling the Salt Lake City Arena floor.
by snoozulooz on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:20 PM
Can timmy wear those Antoine Carr sunglasses next season ? just for kicks
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:23 PM
What about getting a defensive rebound?
by nicolaspursfan88 on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:33 PM
man that cooley guy.
by twotonkatrucks on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:33 PM
Cooley playing very Baynes-like.
by Mark Barrington on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:33 PM
did bryce Cotton play for us last year?
by LakehillsFan on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:34 PM
by play_splitter on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:35 PM
by Mark Barrington on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:35 PM
preseason i think.
by fireballer15 on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:35 PM
yes he did
by Manu’sLongHair on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:35 PM
Lol @ Hood being player of the game..
by Manu’s Baldspot on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:37 PM
by Manu’sLongHair on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:50 PM
by fireballer15 on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:52 PM
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:52 PM
ah man so close.
by twotonkatrucks on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:52 PM
by 210to808 on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:52 PM
I mean, Pop’s gonna end up in an effing hip-hop song!
THIS IS AN ALL-NEW LEVEL OF HYSTERIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by CIN-C-STAR on Jul 7, 2015 | 11:45 PM
One. Summer League is back, and you know what that means! Kevin “Sexy Legs” O’Connor is back on the sidelines! Sadly for all the fans of KOC’s glam gams out there, sometimes people get more conservative with age and that’s the case with KOC and how much leg he’s comfortable with showing nowadays. But we take what we can get, right?
Two. Randy Rigby’s ticket sales pitch: It’s gonna be perfect. Hot outside, and great and cool temperature, but some hot NBA basketball on the court.
Three. In the house:
Four. Alec Burks on the broadcast: I can’t wait to be back and play with [the team] and be coached by coach Quin [Snyder] and the rest of the staff…Quin’s a straightforward guy. Everybody knows that. He say what he want, say what he means. So I mean, we have a great relationship…We can talk about anything.
Five. Be well, Dante Exum and Grant Jerrett.
Six. People calling…
** People calling Dante Exum “Mouth Breather”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Alec Burks “Aa Brrs…”: Ron Boone (H/T @UGottaLovItBaby)
** People calling Utah “the city of Utah”: Alec Burks
Seven. Alex Jensen on the game: It was nice to coach in shorts and a t-shirt. We did a good job, much better in the second half. I think everybody was a little jittery. Got a little anxious and tried to make things happen too fast, but we did a great job settling down in the second half.
Eight. Jensen, asked what Trey Lyles is missing with the team right now: It’s just like I said with our guys. They’ve been in the gym. We’ve drilled them for hours. They’ve shot — just the experience of now putting it into practice. You know, a five-on-five game situation with refs. It’s just, it’s, that’s what makes summer league so good, is ’cause you get that experience.
How long does that take to make up?
It’s hard to say. It’s, every player’s different…With Rodney [Hood], he’s mature beyond his years. With Dante, he has a long way to go. But they’re both making progress.
Nine. Jack Cooley on fouls, post-game: Yeah, I mean, when you give me the guidelines that I get 10 fouls in a game, kinda, my eyes get pretty big when I see that…I was a little afraid I’d had my, I got a little, jumped the gun a little bit on the fouls, and [Alex Jensen and Antonio Lang] just sat me down and talked to me. He’s like, “I know you get 10, but you want to try to keep this a little more realistic.” … The coaches do a great job. I mean, to have assistants that are that good, to be able to talk players down like that, it’s fantastic.
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Ron Boone on Phil Johnson and Jerry Sloan: I played under Phil, and so I knew exactly, you know, what Jerry liked. I mean, what he wanted…Those two guys have been together for a long time.
** Craig Bolerjack on Grant Jerrett: Has an interesting shot, Ron. Kinda starts around the numbers, and then he cocks and fires.
** Boler on Jack Cooley picking up his fourth of 10 allowed fouls: Don’t forget, he’s got 10. He’s not even halfway there.
Booner: He’s not even halfway there, absolutely.
** Booner on Rudy Gobert: …see if he was a little chubby, but he was rock hard, and very, very proud of it…He had some ripples in it, that was for sure. And he was very proud of it.
P.S. Joe Ingles will be back with the Jazz, and the nickname “Slow Mo Joe” has made its way to the guys on the team:
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Celtics Blog.
About the Johnny “The Wad” Holmes era beginning. Utah has an interesting lineup also.
by Eric M VAN on Jul 6, 2015 | 4:38 PM
Chris is the better Johnson! I miss that guys hustle. JaJuan on the other hand was one of the few bad picks by Danny.
by GreenCeltics on Jul 6, 2015 | 8:57 PM
they’re actually in a pro gym
last year was what appeared to be a high school gym.
More cameras this year.
by spinetingler on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:12 PM
It was the Magic practice facility I believe. This is the Jazz’s arena.
by GreenCeltics on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:12 PM
Exum looks pretty chubby and out of shape, no?
by Stokes0 on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:21 PM
Seems out of gas already.
by craziness@analltimehigh on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:21 PM
Smart playing aggressive and confident
Not perfect ball but he looks like the best player on the court tonight.
by NYDan on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:28 PM
And Exum still looks like a bust
by Ghu55 on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:29 PM
Plus…we already know Young can shoot from his D-League exploits
I’m not really sure what Exum can do at an NBA level. He doesn’t even seem to be in good shape…
by Ghu55 on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:35 PM
Anybody watching NBATV?
The Jazz announcer just said Exum is just a “mouth-breather” and that makes him look fatigued when he’s really not.
Yep, the science checks out.
by Stokes0 on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:43 PM
Nice to see our offense clicking in the second period.
by mmmmm on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:57 PM
clicking like the sound of an empty revolver chamber
by spinetingler on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:57 PM
[Smart] was getting competitive with Exum
by Terrier Green on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:07 PM
Yeah, thought so too.
Exum, Hood and Johnson look very good. Exum has a little baby and summer fat but he’s young, it’ll go away.
by borikua79 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:13 PM
Man, these announcers are brutally Jazz biased
Exum took a horrible three and they were like “it looked good”
Give me a break
by Ghu55 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:15 PM
Yeah both are Utah tv/radio announcers I believe. At least the bias will go away after this game as we only play the Jazz once.
Unfortunately both are very uninformed. The NBATV Orlando announcers are much better IMO.
by GreenCeltics on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:17 PM
Couldn’t agree with you more
They are so uninformed on the Celtics players
by Ghu55 on Jul 6, 2015 | 11:00 PM
In fairness, we are the last people on the planet to be complaining about homerism from basketball announcers.
No Tommy, don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about
by Terrier Green on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:18 PM
on the whole, utah guys aren’t bad. Harpring is actually solid, although he’s not here for summer league.
by PickNRoll3332 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:23 PM
Motum driving and finishing…lol
he might have jumped at least 2 inches off the floor.
by P stoff on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:16 PM
Is this on tv? How are you all watching it?
by V-Mart Shopper on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:16 PM
via Russia and a strong anti-virus program
by spinetingler on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:18 PM
The Mouth Breather killing it,
by omitasub on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:21 PM
Pretty solid nickname I’d say
by Stokes0 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:22 PM
Nice coverage… how long you gonna interview the guy ..the whole 4th quarter?
by P stoff on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:44 PM
Did Burks just say “[Getting to the playoffs] would be great for the CITY of Utah”?
by Terrier Green on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:45 PM
Have you been to Utah? There’s just the one city..
The rest is purgatory.
by Stokes0 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:46 PM
Cooley having a nice game for Utah
by NYDan on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Cooley is too big
by eddiefabricio.jacome on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:54 PM
I don’t want to even say that I wanted Hood when we took Young Because no one will believe me and no one will believe I would be saying anything if Hood wasn’t playing well. But I’ll say it anyway, I wanted Hood. I saw a lot more from him at Duke and like him a lot. I thought he was a safe pick who could atleast be a solid 3 and D guy with upside for more. Hood would be nice to have. Hood>>>Young. I still have hope for Young. It’s one summer league game. But show me something!!!
by Bbdub34 on Jul 6, 2015 | 11:09 PM
that game was horrible…
and one thing was clear again……WHERE IS OUR REBOUNDING CENTER?
OMG JUST GET A CENTER……JUST GET SOME GUY TO STAND IN THE MIDDLE…..for crying out loud…..REBOUNDS…BLOCKS…missing..please Ainge….
by Panathinaikos13 on Jul 6, 2015 | 11:09 PM
Overall encouraged by this game
The refs handed this one to Utah. It become increasingly clear, then just flat out obvious in the 4th.
by Andinero1 on Jul 6, 2015 | 11:31 PM
Still in need of a legit center
When Jack Cooley dominated the boards against you…
by Tradetime on Jul 7, 2015 | 12:18 AM
Which is more likely for the Jazz, signing a player or being on the receiving end of a salary dump trade?
I think, I’m not sure, because, look, there was a call today that I didn’t expect. And so, when could we line up things? When could we conceivably, if you will, put someone on our roster that’s a positional and/or skillset and/or fit into the culture, that, u–just a unique chemistry that our guys are gaining? …
Could there be a time where I put on the GM hat and recommend to Quin and ownership that they, this asset-accumulation deal, it’d be worth the roster spot; it’s worth the possible interruption to chemistry at a short level? It’s hard to say.
And then, again, there’s, there are free agents available that we wanna continue to look at at various price points, and, but again, to state the obvious somewhat, we really ne–are excited about this group. And even more so than the excitement, we’re eager to learn more going into next year.
“We tactically decided to stay out of the free agent wing market in a big way”
I had a conversation with Rodney Hood yesterday, and we tactically decided to stay out of the free agent wing market in a big way, if you will, for a couple of reasons:
Gordon [Hayward]’s improved level as a primary player. Alec Burn–Burks’ return back to health. He’s now free for contact, so he’ll take part in portions of our summer league training camp if he’s in town.
Rodney Hood’s ability just to make plays off the dribble, getting to a short pullup, finding guys. You know, he’s a 6-8, 6-9 2-guard in skillset, so.
Elijah Millsap’s unique defensive ability to blow up screens. And as Coach [Jerry] Sloan said — we were, we’ve talked a lot about Elijah relative to some other defensive wings, and Coach Sloan appropriately said this. It was r–just really well stated. He said, “Look, there’s guys that are defenders, and then there’s guys that scare people when they’re defending.” And that list is much smaller.
So Elijah’s an exceptional defender, but there’s also a force and a power and an energy and a mindset where you put him out there and say, “Sic him,” he does — we were, you know, per 100 possessions, we, when Elijah’s out there, we were plus-5…The returns were good. The d–returns were surprising, and we need to know more going forward.
What about the free agent point guard market?
Look, we’re looking all the way through, and want to have those conversations. Really, the higher tier of point guards have either gone off the board — they were gonna stay with their teams or they’re restricted free agents.
So, there’s always the issue of making a good offer. But if it’s a good offer, teams are smart. They’ll match. So, it wasn’t as predominant a thought just because of what was available there.
Was the Jazz’s defensive improvement last year simply due to Enes Kanter’s departure?
We were turn[ing] a corner before that, we — before we became unique defensively. We became average and above average. So, I wouldn’t wanna lay that all on Enes. Look, it’s a, it was a young group and early on, we didn’t have practice time that we had in training camp.
So you saw in the preseason, we were defending very well, and things fell apart temporarily just ’cause we couldn’t reinforce the habits, and our players hadn’t been here seven, eight, nine years like the Spurs were. “If they do this, we, here’s our response.” Our guys just hadn’t been in the league long enough, and more importantly, hadn’t been together.
And so, as we were — we just decided we’re gonna practice more. If we’re gonna be challenged from a win-loss record standpoint, we were really going to reinforce we’re a work program. And so, that started turning end of December into January.
And then Elijah joined the program, and Dante [Exum] started finding his defensive footing. Trey [Burke] made a big improvement, relative to pick and rolls and body position. We were still — Rodney was going in and out of the lineup, but we were starting to get him back.
And then, of course Rudy [Gobert]’s unique at the five, and he has that mindset where he’s going to really intimidate and clean things up and communicate. And you know, that’s just part of his DNA.
And then as we mentioned before, maybe none of it works unless Derrick Favors at 6-10 and 260 pounds with great length, isn’t really smart with the game plan [and] very instinctive. Good on mobile forwards out on the floor; great with his interior defense, especially as now a second shot blocker. And so, that tandem, to, it’s quite unique, and quite young, and we’re very proud of them. They’ve done everything that we’ve asked them to do.
On Dante Exum’s body (UDQM)
All I can tell you is, come out June* 6 and take a look at his body. I was giving him the business yesterday. I told him he was wearing an extra large toddler’s shirt, to stretch it over his body. So we think he found some muscles. (1280)
* July, probably.
On the Utah Jazz Summer League
I hated seeing, the league, really, a–for a time, as they went down to Las Vegas, they slowly kind of crept, or kept stealing teams from us, and it was frustrating. And Kevin O’Connor and myself worked very hard at trying to get the league to recognize what they had done wrong, and to work with us. …
[The NBA] came around, gave us support. Dennis [Lindsey], myself, worked hard with also teaming and kind of coordinating with [Vegas Summer League founder] Warren LeGarie and his group out of Las Vegas, and said, “Hey, we don’t want to take away from yours, but we wanted i–have a league as well.” And he was very supportive and we’ve been supportive of their league.* And we’ve been able to be, w–do a very strategic way of making this happen, and we’re really excited to have it back.
* The Utah Jazz, supporter of the Vegas Summer League since 2014.
On summer league ticket sales
We’ve already sold 4,000 seats for each night, and, plus, for the, for all three games. And we’ve also sold individual game night tickets. So, we’re right now sitting at well over 5,000 seats sold. Of course, we want to try to keep this in the lower bowl, but if we have over, remarkable response, we’ll also start opening up the upper bowl. But we want to fill the whole lower bowl. …
Three-day passes are sold out. But still, go online ’cause we’re selling, literally, specific game tickets and specific seats. So, when you buy your seat, it’s not, you just come in and hope to get a good seat. You can go in and pick out the seat where you want to sit.
How comfortable are the Jazz with standing pat in free agency?
I’ve had very good co–dialogue with Dennis, Quin [Snyder], Justin[ Zanik]. We feel very strong about the plan that we’ve put in place, of our deve–of our desire to really build through the draft, of really, then, taking our selections as well as players that we have on our roster and continuing the development process, and, that we have, and we also have, you know, of course, rights to some other, of our foreign players that we can look at.
And we feel like those tools and the plan that we’ve put in place is a very solid plan that we saw results that we, at the end of the season, of when it was meaning to us, and we want to continue on that path and we feel very comfortable that it’s the right path for us at this time. And of course, we’ll be judged from it, but we’re willing to stand up and believe in it, and move forward.
have been requests has been one request for translations. Given that there are PR talking points making the rounds in the front office (see: “Alec Burks is our best free agent”), here’s a translation for this bit in Dennis Lindsey’s words from the night of the draft:
I think it’s clear the template here is best. You build your base through the draft. I think that’s where it starts…And then augment through free agency, and then parley up in trade…If it’s no [free agents] as we sit today and our team is the same that we go into training camp with, we’re comfortable with that alternative as well. And that’s exciting to us…We’ll be judged if [internal development] is not [enough to get to the playoffs].
If you were to sign a free agent, what type of player and fit would it be?
One of the free agents that we think that we’ve already added to our team, which is going to be Alec Burks.* Alec has done a remarkable job during this time, when he’s had to strengthen, because of his injury, of his rehabbing. He’s worked very hard, though, in preparing himself and we’re excited about what he’s gonna bring, and the dimension he’s gonna bring.
We had Rodney Hood**, that had, you know, spurts during the off-season. He’s had, now, a full off-season to get healthy and strong, understand the NBA game. And we saw at the last of the season, his game was starting to blossom, and we think that that’s, that side can continue to also grow and develop. We’re looking for bigger things from him.
And of course, we had a rookie season from, also, Dante Exum***. And that’s an area I think we need to continue to improve on.
* Not a free agent
** Not a free agent
*** Not a free agent
Randy Rigby’s genie wish for…
Gordon Hayward: Continued development on, now, his offensive end, of finishing stronger in the fourth quarters.
Derrick Favors: Continued toughness and development of his offensive game, and continued hard work out on the floor, in preparation of being, continuing to step closer towards a Karl Malone-style of play out on the court.
Alec Burks: Alec Burks? Defensive toughness.
Dante Exum: I wish him to be two years older, quicker.
Trey Burke: Oh, did we do Tre–I was doing Al–did I, I thought we were on Al–you said Al–oh, sorry. Let me change that. I thought you said Trey Burke. We got a lot of Treys and Alecs and Burk(e)s and everything. Let me rephrase that. Trey Burke’s wish, for me, was t–defensive toughness. Was improved defensive toughness.
Alec Burks: Continued improvement on his off–his outside shooting at the 3-point line.
Dante Exum: I said I want him to be two years older, quicker. I really think his body needs to continue to grow. He needs that time for his body to continue to grow and develop.
Rodney Hood: Continued strengthening of his lower body.
Rudy Gobert: Keep on the path that he’s going…Don’t stop.
On Tibor Pleiss
Tibor was in town. Watched him working out last couple of days, and number one, he moves very well with the ball. I was very impressed with — character-wise, our type of player. Very positive personality. Open, teachable, hungry and hard-working. Great attitude, and I was really excited about that. I was excited to see his conversations that were having with our coaching staff and with the workouts that he did. I’m very optimistic and hopeful that we can possibly see Tibor involved with the organization.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** Randy Rigby on Gordon Monson’s absence: I figure with the three of us, we can easily handle Gordon’s spot.
** Spencer Checketts on Joe Ingles: He’s got a little dog in him, and I like that…He’s not afraid to open his mouth.
Rigby: And at the same time, he can also loosen up his teammates a little bit also. You know, take that tension off as well. (1280, KALL)