One. Congrats to Phil Johnson on winning the inaugural Tex Winter Lifetime Impact Award!
Johnson on winning the award: Just hang around long enough, they’ll give you something, you know?
Two. Love seeing how many Jazzmen were at the games supporting the summer league team.
Three. Trey Lyles on enjoying his Vegas vacation while not playing the last few games: You know, still getting workouts in, coming to watch these guys play and stuff. But definitely going out and having a little bit of fun too. And you know, staying out of trouble.
Four. Rudy Gobert on how excited he is to play in the Olympics: Very excited. You know, I always dreamed about playing in the Olympics, so. It’s gonna be my first time. Can’t wait.
Gobert on how excited he is there will be another French player (Boris Diaw) on the Jazz: Very excited. You know, especially Boris. You know, I think he really can bring something to the team on and off the court.
Gobert, asked which Jazzman he most wants to block in Rio: I mean, Joe [Ingles] don’t drive, so. He’s just gonna shoot threes. And Raul [Neto] gonna be scared to score on me, so I don’t know.
Five. Scenes from Vegas:
Six. Speaking of which…
Seven. Derrick Favors, man of the people, said it. We’ve waited so long for this. Make it happen, Utah Jazz.
Eight. Joel Bolomboy on his future and his sense of the Jazz’s plans for him: I can’t really say too much about that, but I’m gonna talk with my agent, talk with the Jazz, and then just go from there.
What’s the hope?
To get to training camp and preseason, and then be on that opening night roster.
Bolomboy, asked if he’s DeMarre Carrolling Vegas Summer League (i.e. showing 29 other teams what he can do): Yeah, that’s the one good thing about summer league. You know, there’s a lotta international scouts. There’s a whole bunch of GMs and head office people out here. So when I’m playing against all these teams out here, I’m pretty much showing my skills, showcasing my skills to the whole NBA.
Nine. More scenes from Vegas:
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of Vegas (UDQM)
** Joel Bolomboy before
meeting Randy Rigby his 2K photo shoot: I don’t really know what to expect going in there. I just know there’s gonna be a lot of cameras on me and they’re gonna take pictures of my body.
** Bolomboy after his 2K photo shoot: You wouldn’t believe some of the poses you have to do just to get these pictures.
** Coach, I know that every now and then, you throw the show on. I hope that at least we’re fair. Fair? What the hell you doing it for? If you want to be fair, you might as well go back home.
** On whether he ever watched/watches college football games: Officially, to let you know, that ball won’t bounce.
** On the Jazz’s latest moves: In my opinion, they’ve done a good job. They got a nice core of group of guys to work with, and they’ve put some older guys that’s a little bit more experienced, and I think that goes a long way in the NBA, experience. You don’t see a lot of young teams winning championship. Usually, it’s some team that’s put together with three or four veteran players and usually you have a star player, and they end up doing pretty good. …
Take a look at Jeff Hornacek, what he did to our team when he came here. Within a year, right away, he became a guy that, he was another passer on the floor, and really made us have the ability to be able to do the little things. If we wanted to run a certain play at a certain time, we might hold that play ’til the right time to run it rather than run it four, five times before the game starts.
Four, five minutes before the game, you got a long way to get to the end of ball game. That’s where it really counts: the turnovers, bad defense, not negotiating with each other.
** On Kevin Durant and superteams: Well, what happens if a guy gets hurt, and his career’s over? He’s done. You hope that — he did deserve the fact that he’d be a free agent — he would [drive] it out to the end. I just think that’s the way the rules are, and you can do whatever you want to do. If that’s what the player wants to do, I would support the player because if you’re really selfish, you wasn’t playing fair anyway.
** On Jeff Hornacek’s hiring in New York: Jeff is a very smart guy, and he’s a very intelligent basketball mind. He’ll do just fine. But you can’t win without players. And he’s done a good job, I think, in, with his coaching, starting off not having any experience coaching other than to his family.
** On Phil Jackson saying one of the reasons he hired Hornacek was because he came from the Jerry Sloan system: I never played this game or never coached the game for a–for myself. That’s why John Stockton’s father was on me every time I took John out with six minutes to go in the first quarter, and finally I had to say something to him.
It was all kinda funny to start with, but when he got on me all the time, I said, “Would you rather have your son play 10 years or 15 years? 15? Well,” I said, “I could play him 40 minutes a night and I’ll have him be there.” He didn’t mention that too much after that. And I love the man.
** Who is the one player right now you’d like to coach? Right now? If he was younger, I’d take Dwyane Wade…I think he has always been pretty much the leader of the team in Miami, and that’s what you have to have. Somebody that’s tough enough and then step up and show me how tough you are, and make free throws and score going down the stretch. He’d figure out some way to beat you.
** On Bryon Russell saying the ’98 Jazz would have killed and destroyed the ’16 Warriors: Bryon talked all the time…He [used to say], “Don’t worry about it, Coach. I’ve got him.” You know, people on defense just loved to hear that, if they got any heart.
** Told he looks great and not sick: Well, I’ve had some problems, but take whatever you get in this world and go on. I’ve faced some hardships in my time, and hopefully I can just stay healthy as I can. I do a lot of, try to do exercises, stuff like that. There’s no cure for it…I can’t recover from, I got the shakes, you know, pretty good with my arm. That’s irritating, but I’m still alive listening to you guys.
** Is the story about an angry Greg Ostertag throwing a bag of ice at you in the locker room at halftime true? That’s true. Yeah. I knew Greg. I knew him better than he knew himself. But he was good — he’s a really good guy. He just, he, I think he would tell you he didn’t mot–he wasn’t motivated enough to be a great player, because he had some skills that you can’t teach. Plus he could run. He could jump. He had good hands.
So why did he chuck the ice at you? Were you getting on him?
Well, probably. I had to pu–I had to send him to the locker room a couple times be–I hated to do it, but you got 11 other people to be concerned about.
** I’m sorry you had to listen to us, Coach. I was too, when I first saw you, with your four- or five-different colored pants on. And you were, I didn’t realize you were that big of a hippie. (1280)
One. Which rookie caressed Steve Brown better?
Two. I meant Silly Stringed…obviously.
Three. Alec Burks Twitter Takeover:
Rudy Gobert responds:
Four. Insert own joke:
Five. Phil Johnson: not overly impressed with the quality of summer league basketball.
Six. Welcome Boris Diaw:
Watch this, and then despair over the fact that the season is still four months away:
Seven. Dante Exum: basketball activities down under.
Nine. Love seeing so many Jazz players supporting their teammates/future 10-day teammates at the games:
Ten. Utah Jazz Summer League discoveries:
One. Joe Johnson with his future teammate, Rodney Hood (@hoodie5):
Johnson was also Hood’s first autograph.
Two. Jazz Nation: a small but loud nation.
Three. Good luck in Washington, Trey.
Went through the archives to revisit the Burke pick. Greg Miller tweeted this picture of an ecstatic Dennis Lindsey after landing Burke on draft night:
Almost foreign to see what a different place the franchise was in just three years ago. The organization was in “praise Tyrone Corbin at every opportunity mode” and he was credited with the Burke selection.
Lindsey in June/July 2013:
I think it’s appropriate for me to say that Ty Corbin had a lot to do with this pick. He really, you know, was in Kevin [O’Connor] and I’s ear quite a bit, guys, about why Trey fit with the program. You know, his pick and roll ability, his ability to shoot, his edge, his want to lead, and be an NBA point guard, and a significant one. So you know, a lion’s share of the credit is that, you know, Ty really pushed us on this issue. …
It got down to Ty at the end, you know, because we did like 14; we did like 21. There were good players available to us, but given our needs, given Trey’s style of play, I think, again, you know, Ty kinda pushed that through. …
The Jazz family needs to understand how lucky they are to have Ty Corbin, who’s willing to coach young guys…There’s just a lot of coaches, and coaches like Ty, that’s had winning records the last two years, that don’t want to really, you know, coach young guys, because by definition, it can drop your record significantly…It’d probably be best if we traded for a vet, but you know, he had the greater good of the organization in mind. …
This is just the first stage. You know, the individual improvement program that Ty and the staff will put him on will be as important as the selection. …
Ty was a huge part of the opinion to go get Trey. I don’t think you can separate Ty’s want and motivation to coach a young point guard.
Four. Tibor Pleiss, asked if he’d be OK with playing in the D-League this year: No. No. I really want to play in the NBA. For me, it was, yes, last year was really good to get some experience, to improve in the D-League, to get som–a lot of playing time, to get used to the American system, or side, of basketball. So, it was really cool last year, but now, really I want to attack and want to be focused on the next season.
Pleiss also said he has spent the off-season working out at P3 and gained 10 pounds of muscle so far.
Five. It’s the Summer of Wingspan in Gobertland.
Six. This is pretty amazing.
Seven. This is possibly the first topical joke ever made by a Utah Jazz player (tweeted during the England-Iceland game):
Eight. Within minutes of the news breaking? Give it at least, like, a day or something…
Nine. I miss Kyrylo Fesenko SO much. Remember when Jazz players had personalities? Those were the days.
Ten. Tibor Pleiss on if he ever felt awkward being tall, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine: I’m really, I don’t want to be smaller. Like, it’s always bigger is better, you know?
** Favorite food: bacon, any breakfast food
** Most excited to play against LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook
** Wanted No. 21 but it wasn’t available, so wearing No. 22 (age he entered NBA)
** Which NBA player do you compare yourself to? Dennis Rodman or Kenneth Faried, Blake Griffin and Tristan Thompson
** Favorite color: baby blue or royal blue
** Favorite thing about Utah: mountains
** Professional sales major at Weber State
** Hobbies: movies, outdoor sports like hiking, biking, fishing, swimming
** Born in Ukraine. Mom is from Russia; dad is from Democratic Republic of the Congo
** Speaks French and Russian
** Favorite nickname: Ballin’ Boy
** No particular Jazz player he’s looking forward to playing with
** No favorite football team
** No idol
** No favorite NBA team
** No favorite TV show
** No favorite go-to dunk
** No favorite basketball drill
** Idol growing up: as a kid, Vince Carter. Now, his dad. Wore No. 15 as a kid because of Carter
** Favorite video game: FIFA
** Wanted No. 5, but Rodney Hood has it so wearing No. 16 (lowest number available, close to 15)
** Favorite music: Chance the Rapper. “Coloring Book” has been on repeat since it dropped
** Favorite NBA player to watch: Steph Curry recently
** Best friend is Brice Johnson
** Favorite food: a good medium ribeye
** Most excited to play against Chris Paul
** Which NBA player do you compare yourself to? Mike Conley
** Favorite NBA team growing up: Toronto Raptors because of Vince Carter
** Favorite sport growing up: baseball and basketball. Played center field and pitched until basketball took over
** Favorite NBA team growing up: Lakers. Comes from a family of huge Lakers fans
** Favorite food: Mexican
** Which NBA player do you compare yourself to? Like watching bigger guards like Jrue Holiday, Michael Carter Williams
** Favorite music: hip hop, RnB. Drake
** Other sports: huge football fan (Cowboys); played until high school
** Favorite video games: Call of Duty, 2K, Madden, FIFA (Bayern or Barcelona)
** Favorite TV show: Prison Break
** Most excited to play against Russell Westbrook
** Favorite midnight snack: sweets, cookies, brownies, cupcakes
** Whose music video would you like to be in? Meek Mill
One. Ron Boone on his hopes the Utah Jazz will honor the Utah Stars with a banner: You know, I would love to see that because there’s a lot of — you know, I get the questions from a lot of people, a lot of fans around here in Salt Lake City about the Utah Stars…
I think when the [Utah Jazz] first got here in ’79, I think a banner was hanging in the arena. For some reason, it was taken down.
But I would love to see that, and if you go to some of the NBA, ABA, NBA arenas now that had ABA teams, you know, they have some history of the ABA in their, on display in their arena.
Now, true enough, those were the teams that were taken by the NBA [from] the ABA and so you can understand why they have something like that. Utah was not one of them. But yeah, I would like to see something, you know, that would indicate, yeah, they were the team here before the Utah Jazz. (1280)
Two. Derrick Favors (@davors14) wearing the Stockton and Malone socks:
Three. Everyone loves Quin Snyder. Euroleague MVP and champion Milos Teodosic on Snyder:
When asked which club would be at the top of his preferences, Teodosic picked two teams for some very specific reasons. “The San Antonio Spurs, since it is a team that has developed a style close to the so called ‘European’ basketball. The plays have a lot of extra passes etc.
Also the Utah Jazz. Their coach Quin Snyder is a former assistant to Ettore Messina (in 2012/2013 CSKA Moscow) and someone with a phenomenal attitude. He is a great man, one of the most promising coaches in USA right now. And he really knows me well. So I think I’d be a very good fit there, knowing him and his system of work. Also the composition of the Jazz is quite solid, they have a lot of young and athletic players.” (Eurohoops)
Teodosic to AK-47, 2012
In related news, here’s Dennis Lindsey on Snyder this past week: Is there someone that you can gravitate to that is more charismatic than Quin Snyder?
Four. #13 needs to be taken off the board of available jersey numbers.
Five. Dennis Lindsey, worst Penthouse letter writer ever:
I never thought it would happen to me. Gordon [Hayward] was literally dripping with sweat. I grabbed him…and I put him in Mark McKown’s office, grabbed Quin and said, “Hey.” He wasn’t aware of all this. He — so we told him and I told him Mark [Bartelstein] wanted me to grab him immediately…
Quin and I got a big sweaty hug, and it was all good, you know? It was, you know, in a weird way, the fact that it was put out there, allowed us to say a few things to each other that day that we probably wouldn’t have said otherwise. So, I know that sounds odd, but truth be told, I was really glad that was put out there.
Six. Dennis Lindsey’s summer plans: We’re gonna go into the free agent market and be very aggressive. We do want to spend our money fundamentally. If we can’t spend it fundamentally, then we’ll certainly save all of it, all the room that we have or a portion of it for the extensions that we have coming in the next few seasons. So, what we don’t wanna do is extend an amount on a player and then it puts pressure a year or two down the line.
Seven. Greg Ostertag is the best.
Eight. Dennis Lindsey, worst Penthouse letter writer ever, Part 2: I just had a great conversation with [Joel Bolomboy] today, and he literally is like, “Can I get on a plane right now?” And so, you could feel his urgency…He surpassed my expectations on, you know, his eagerness to get started, which was cute.
Nine. Joel Bolomboy (@bolomboy21) wasn’t in New York so no draft suit, but he posted a pic of his (sponsored) draft outfit:
Someone explain to him he’s going to get socks photoshopped onto his feet in Utah so he’s not scandalously showing so much ankle skin.
Ten. Dennis Lindsey on draft trade that didn’t happen: There was one player, a really good player I can’t name, but he and his prominent agent were really working hard to try to get here during the draft, and I just couldn’t pull it off.
Before the Draft
** Walt Perrin on Joel Bolomboy: I would expect to be — there’ll be a nice little conversation going on if he f–starts falling to 42. His agent felt that — he didn’t want to work him out too many tim–I mean, have him go through too many workouts. And he felt that he would be gone before 42…He’s got the athleticism that Jeremy [Evans] has, and the tenacity and rebounding ability that Paul [Millsap] has, so there’s a little bit of a mix. He’s got, at the same stage, he’s got a better body than both of them.
** Perrin on Marcus Paige: I think, you know, Marcus is really a smart basketball player. It’s a little bit, I mean, at North Carolina, because of what they had on their team and what they needed, they needed Marcus to play off-guard and be a shooter. Marcus was a point guard coming out of high school, so it’s not like he doesn’t know how to play the point guard spot. He does, so.
He can be a coach on the court for you. A very smart player. He can knock down big shots for you. So, he can, there’s a few things he can do to help a team pla–to help a team win.
** Joel Bolomboy on what he plans to do with his first paycheck: Growing up in a hard-working family, we’ve moved around a lot and we never really had a place you can call home ’cause, just because we’ve moved around a lot. And you know, we never had a great working car, so it’ll be really cool if I could just get my parents in one spot for a long time, and just get them a couple cars that will last, you know?
** Marcus Paige on his workout with the Jazz: I did well. Didn’t shoot it as well as I have on some other days, but still shot it pretty well. That’s one thing I feel like I have to show in every workout, that I’m a great shooter. I played well in the pick and roll, showed a little bit of my sneaky athleticism, and defended OK. So, I think today I had a pretty good overall day.
After the Draft
** Dennis Lindsey on Joel Bolomboy: We’re very excited about Joel* for a number of reasons. Character, [his development at Weber State], and athleticism is, you know, you guys saw the physical testing, so that’s a good place to start — to be able to move laterally, run, jump. So, he’s got some tools to work with, and so we really look forward to bringing him in.
** Lindsey on Marcus Paige: We do have a few point guards. Again, there’s some things that we’ll have to talk to Marcus about, relative to roster spot opportunity. That could mean several different things. But we’re very glad to have him in the program…
Marcus is an excellent player. He can really score the ball. He’s very underrated in his pick and roll skills…and, so, really, and then high character as well. Excellent suited. I think he was Academic All-American, or All-ACC Academic, so he really fits our DNA and culture.
And because of that, Marcus and his agent could be willing to work with us on a variety of things, you know, moving forward.
** Lindsey on Tyrone Wallace: With Tyrone, he’s a, he’s just a big guard. He’s a great defender that played for an excellent coach at Cal; excellent defensive program. And so, he’s very versatile. We’ll see that means.
** Lindsey, asked if he tried to trade back into the first round: We tried significantly, and just wasn’t able to do it.
** Lindsey on selling the 42nd pick: There was no question to bring some money into the program and push that pick back to 55 was the right thing to do.
** Joel Bolomboy on being drafted by the Jazz: You know, I was just more than happy to hear my name called tonight. You know, going into tonight, from, just talking to my agent on the feedback we got, we were confident that I would’ve gone early second, late first, but that didn’t go as planned…
You know, I was just hoping. You know, I left everything in God’s hands, and you know, the Jazz happened to take me and they gave me the opportunity, and I’m more than thankful for it.
The Jazz have traded the 12th pick for George Hill. Better get this out before it gets even more irrelevant…
** Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga / Forward-Center): He had a pretty good workout, going against himself…[I see him in the NBA as] moreso of a complementary player. I think he’s a rotational guy. I think he could probably start in certain situations in time, and I think he’s gonna help some teams win…I think he’s gonna have to continue to work on his outside 3-point shooting so he can stretch the floor, ’cause he didn’t do a lot of it at Gonzaga.*
He’s a pretty strong guy, but he can always get a little bit stronger, a little bit leaner in terms of his body fat…He’s a good passing big man…I don’t know if a lot of people equate this to a skill, but he naturally plays hard. You would think everybody plays hard, but that’s not necessarily the case, so when you see a player, especially a big guy, who naturally plays hard, you take notice of it.
* People who don’t say “Gonzaga” correctly: Walt Perrin
** Angel Rodriguez (Miami / Guard): I think Angel has, knows how to run a team. I think he played pretty well today. Shot it pretty well from the three. He’s got a chance to get a little bit better. I think he can — I don’t know if he’s an NBA guy though. Size could be a problem.
** Brannen Greene (Kansas / Guard-Forward): He had a little virus in his stomach, so he struggled. He had to step off the court a couple times, so it wasn’t the most perfect workout for him, or for us with him. But we got enough tapes on him. We know him well enough. But he struggled. I think he, because of that and I think because of the altitude, he had to interrupt his Jazz 100 once, and when he came back, [he] struggled…
Sometimes, there’s alw–there might be a personality conflict between a player and a coach that may not exist somewhere else. So, I mean, we had to i–we had to see that because Brannen has a NBA skill. He can really shoot the ball, so we have to, you know, uncover everything we can on him and see if he would be a guy that might help us win more games.
** Deyonta Davis (Michigan State / Guard-Forward): For [someone who worked out by himself], he did well, yeah. He showed some stuff in our workout that you don’t see at Michigan State…He’s got pretty good shooting touch from 18 [feet] on in. Very good, showed an ability maybe to eventually get out to the NBA three…[At] Michigan State, he did more defending the post than getting out and defending the pick and roll, but his feet are quick enough, you’d think he’d be able to do it. And he’s long enough to do it…
I think Deyonta’s shot’s probably a little bit better than what Derrick [Favors] was when he first got here…He plays with a little bit more smoothness than Derrick plays with, a little bit more — I mean, it may look less energetic than Derrick does, but I think he understands the game very well, so he gets to spots probably a little bit easier, and doesn’t look like he gets to those spots with a lot of effort, but he’s always in the right position, especially defensively. I think Derrick’s a little bit more energetic than he is right now…
I think competitiveness, he could get a little bit better. I think that’s one of the areas that he really needs to work on…I think he’s not a bad passer, but can he do some things that he needs to do on the NBA level? We don’t know for sure…
He’ll struggle a little bit probably with strength next year, but hopefully you get him in, you can work with him in the summer, get him a little bit stronger and work with him early fall to hopefully get his body a little bit more toned and a lot stronger…He’s a fairly quiet kid…
The thing with Deyonta is, he makes it look so easy when he blocks a shot. He just, you know, he gets to the right spot. He doesn’t expl–necessarily explode up to block shots, but he gets there with great timing and great length. So yeah, I think he could be a good rim protector at the next level.
** Marshall Plumlee (Duke / Forward-Center): His NBA skills [are] he plays hard, and he plays physical. Pretty good defender. He’s gonna have to work on his offense, so. He’s pretty athletic for
a white guy a 7-footer. Runs well. So I mean, those type of skills, teams are looking for.
Players the Jazz didn’t work out
** Jakob Poeltl (Utah / Forward-Center): He’s come a long way f–since he’s been here in, for two years in, at University of Utah. They got a player that they really didn’t know a lot about, I don’t think, and they surprised him. I mean, he surprised a lot of us. He’s a very good offensive player. Has really soft hands. Right hand, left hand, f–he’ll trap. He runs the court real well. He rebounds real well…We think he’s gonna go just before us, but there’s always the opportunity. He may, maybe he’ll slide down to 12th.
** Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey / Guard): I knew he wa–he had won some slam dunk competitions in Europe. He’s a very good shooter. He’s kind of thin right now. He’s gotta get a little stronger, probably put on a little weight. Plays extremely hard. Really runs the court well. Can handle the ball…We kinda know him pretty well.
** Joel Bolomboy (Weber State / Forward-Center): His agent felt that — he didn’t want to work him out too many tim–I mean, have him go through too many workouts. And he felt that he would be gone before 42…He’s got the athleticism that Jeremy [Evans] has, and the tenacity and rebounding ability that Paul [Millsap] has, so there’s a little bit of a mix. He’s got, at the same stage, he’s got a better body than both of them.
** Social Media: We do a little of [sifting through players’ social media], and I think going forward we will be doing it a lot more. We’re starting to gather information on what social media sites the players that we’re interested in are actively on. We’ll probably have people, moreso in the future than right now, that will be looking at those particular sites and seeing if we can gather any kind of intel and information on a player that we normally won’t be able to get.
But it’s really big in colleges, I know especially on the football programs. And I think it’s something that, with us on the NBA level, we’ll probably get more actively involved and deeper involved with it.
** If he had the No. 1 pick, Perrin would take Brandon Ingram over Ben Simmons.
** How many of the guys you targeted for workouts did you get in? At the 12th pick, we probably, I think we only got in four guys, I think, in that particular range. But, you kn–c–quite a few other guys I would’ve loved to have gotten in, but I couldn’t get them in for obvious, or not obvious, but for pers–for reasons that the agent, or, didn’t want them to come in, or we couldn’t line up a certain date to get them in.
** Walt Perrin on Denzel Valentine, UDQM: He could go above us. He can go at us. He can go behind us.
PSA for those who need it: He is a child. 😂😂😂