Utah Jazz: On the Eve of Opening Night, I’m Begrudgingly Optimistic

Opening night of the 2016-17 NBA season is here and Utah Jazz fans have reason to be optimistic for their team following offseason moves to improve the roster. It’s been talked about ad nauseam. It began after the free agent frenzy this summer, continued as training camp broke late last month and now, once again, people […] Utah Jazz: On the Eve of Opening Night, I’m Begrudgingly...
Via Purple and Blues
17 hours ago

Jazz pick up options on contracts for Hood, Exum, Lyles

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have picked up the team option on the contracts of Rodney Hood, Dante Exum and Trey Lyles. The moves announced Monday keep the youngest part of the team's core on their rookie deals through the 2017-18 season. Hood was the No. 23 overall pick in 2014 and has developed into the Jazz's second-best scorer after Gordon Hayward. His points per game...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alec Burks: The Forgotten Man?

Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE “Our best free agent, I’ve said this before, is Alec Burks.” One year ago, this is what Dennis Lindsey had to say about Alec Burks and the Utah Jazz offseason. He received criticism for the lack of initiative in using cap space and building the team. Burks had missed the majority of the previous season with a shoulder injury and surgery, but he looked...
Via Salt City Hoops
1 day ago

Schedule Spotlight: October/November

How long into the new season will it take before all four of Alec Burks, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and Gordon Hayward are on-court for the Jazz? [Melissa Majchrzak NBAE/Getty Images] At the end of each month, SCH’s resident schedule expert, Clint Johnson is going to take a look at the month ahead, breaking down where the team is at and what is coming. This month’s edition...
Via Salt City Hoops
1 day ago

Listen to The Tribune's Utah Jazz insiders' latest podcast

The Utah Jazz wrapped up their preseason with a 3-3 record, but now it starts to count. Tribune reporters Tony Jones and Aaron Falk take a look at the Jazz’s matchup for the first week of the regular season, the defensive play of the team’s guards, Damian Lillard’s new album, the NBA’s annual GM survey and Tony’s love for soup. Tony loves soup.
Via Jazz Notes
4 days ago

Expectations sky-high as Jazz look to break playoff drought

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Joe Johnson had options of where to chase a ring in the twilight of his career and the seven-time All-Star chose to sign a two-year deal with a Utah Jazz team that hasn't reached the playoffs since 2012. Johnson, 35, bought into the widespread belief that the Jazz will improve from young up-and-comers to a competitive playoff team. ''It was the talent level...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Boris Diaw Has His Utah Jazz Teammates Obsessed With Coffee

Boris Diaw loves coffee. When he discovered an electrical outlet near his locker in San Antonio, he installed an espresso machine. He brings another espresso machine with him on road trips. After extensive research, he knows the best coffee shops around the country within walking distance of the team hotels, so that when he needs his fix, caffeination is only a 5-minute stroll away...
Via Stack
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What's next? Derrick Favors is Utah's best kept secret

There is very little that is aesthetically appealing about the Utah Jazz. Their team name does not fit the climate of the state because the franchise moved to Salt Lake City from New Orleans–a city famous for its jazz influence. At one point, their uniforms were designed with a mountain range even as they kept the Jazz as the team name. The team hasn’t had any superstar players...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter is Coming Early in Utah, but the Jazz Look Ready

Utah has undeniable depth at every position, but what kind of impact will Gordon Hayward’s injury have on the Jazz’s early-season success? Can they start establishing themselves as an upper echelon Western Conference squad? Can they begin making that leap without him? The hits don’t stop with Hayward’s left ring finger fracture. Rodney Hood is dealing with a sprained left...
Via The Lottery Mafia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Influential Mormons push for church-owned BYU in Big 12

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Some of Utah's most influential Mormons, including Mitt Romney, Gov. Gary Herbert and the president of the Utah Jazz, are lobbying to get the private, Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University an invitation to join the lucrative Big 12 athletic conference. Jazz president Steve Starks says BYU was asked not to directly lobby other universities, so Starks...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Thirty Futures: Utah Jazz

It's hard out here for everyone. The struggles are specific from person-to-person and the peril sharper for some than others, but consciousness is a curse, every day takes figuring out all over again how to live, and some 320 million folks from Hawaii to Maine are living under the blood-streaked sky of an election that has turned getting out of bed in the morning. Did you see? A...
Via RealGM - NBA
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rudy Gobert likely to get contract extension before deadline

The October 31 deadline for 2013 first-round draft picks to agree to a contract extension with their respective teams or else hit restricted free agency next summer is fast approaching. Fortunately, the Utah Jazz and center Rudy Gobert may not have much to worry about. According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Friday, Gobert is considered the likeliest candidate of those still...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Northwest Division Preview: Utah Jazz

As another NBA season nears, it’s time for our season previews. Staying the West, we move to the Northwest. Projected Conference Finish: 4th Best Offseason Move: You could not ask for a more perfect point guard for this roster than George Hill. They don’t need someone to run 9,000 pick-and-rolls per game and hold the ball while waiting for things to happen. Gordon Hayward and...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Gordon Hayward expected to miss six weeks with a dislocated and broken finger

The Utah Jazz will be without arguably their best player for approximately six weeks after forward Gordon Hayward dislocated and broke a finger on his left hand, Jody Gennesy of the Deseret News reported on Friday. Bad news. Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated and broken finger on his left hand. He’s expected to miss six weeks, according to sources. — Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody...
Via The Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Gordon Hayward dislocates finger, out six weeks

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward will get a late start to his season after dislocating and breaking a finger on his left hand. According to Jody Genessy of the Desert News, Hayward will be reevaluated in three weeks, but the timetable doesn’t sound promising to get him back for the start of the season. Bad news. Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated and broken finger on his...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Highlights: Jazz 104, Suns 99

Highlights from the Jazz's 104-99 win over Phoenix
Via YouTube
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Withey dumped by Playmate girlfriend

Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey has been dumped by his fiancee Kennedy Summers, and the 2014 Playmate of the Year is apparently citing social media as one of the reasons why. In a statement issued to TMZ, Summers’ representative Zack Teperman said Kennedy called the relationship off over “many issues” but specifically mentioned social media. “While it has its many pros, Instagram...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Boris Diaw made sure to bring his espresso machine to the Grand Canyon

13-year NBA veteran Boris Diaw is a very interesting dude. Sports Illustrated even wrote an article in July of 2015 calling him the “NBA’s most interesting man”. Another very (very, very very) interesting dude, Bill Walton, was all over this years ago when providing color commentary for a Lakers-Suns game on ESPN, as Walton called Diaw a “classic human being” and said...
Via The Comeback
September 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Jazz’s George Hill hands out hot meals to Salt Lake City homeless (pics)

George Hill is a recent addition to the Salt Lake City community after the Indiana Pacers traded him to the Utah Jazz in July. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t feel compelled to help some of his new city’s citizens in need. Impacting Lives is Something I Strive To Do Everyday. Whether Its A Smile, Hug, Conversation,… https://t.co/AlJYrb8w1t — INDIANA GEORGE HILL (@George_Hill3...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 15, 2016  |  Discuss

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