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Kurt Kragthorpe

Last Updated Jun 29, 2016 08:23PM

The season after Kevin Nixon transferred from Northwestern University, his photo appeared during an ESPN telecast alongside shots of three other members of his Wildcat freshman class as Dick Vitale labeled them traitors. Turns out, those guys were ahead of …

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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jeff DeLeon races after the ball during an exhibition wheelchair basketball game at Vivint SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City kicking off the 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games are in Salt Lake City Monday June 27, 2016. This year over 625 athletes from all over the world will converge in Salt Lake City for the games June 27- July 2. Kragthorpe: Veterans Wheelchair Games extend Utah Sports Commission's impact
    The Utah Sports Commission's job is to promote the state and boost the economy by bringing events to Utah. Among the effects of its efforts in 2016 is...
    Updated Jun 29 2016 11:40 am   |     |   Share
  • USA’s Vince Carter, left, and Kevin Garnett show off their gold medals during the awards ceremony for mens basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Sunday Oct. 1, 2000.  The United States defeated France 85-75 to capture the gold. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea) Kragthorpe: Dream Team clashing with reality, but NBA players belong in Olympics
    The dream is dying this summer, but it is not dead. The challenges USA Basketball faced in assembling a team for the 2016 Olympics, with the Jazz’s G...
    Updated Jun 27 2016 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes guard Brandon Taylor (11) takes the ball down the middle, as California Golden Bears guard Tyrone Wallace (3) defends in PAC-12 Basketball Championship semi-finals, Utah Utes vs.The California Golden Bears, at the MGM Arena, in Las Vegas, Friday, March 11, 2016. Kragthorpe: Jazz draftees heavy on college experience, now which one will be an NBA hit?
    As much as anything that happened with the basketball in his hands during four years at North Carolina, guard Marcus Paige’s Senior Night speech will ...
    Updated Jun 25 2016 04:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes guard Brandon Taylor (11) takes the ball down the middle, as California Golden Bears guard Tyrone Wallace (3) defends in PAC-12 Basketball Championship semi-finals, Utah Utes vs.The California Golden Bears, at the MGM Arena, in Las Vegas, Friday, March 11, 2016. Kragthorpe: Mr. Irrelevant? Cal’s Tyrone Wallace joins Jazz parade of point guards
    As the last pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, Tyrone Wallace became the No. 7 point guard on the Jazz’s depth chart. Both of those distinctions make him ...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 06:39 pm   |     |   Share


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  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, poses with Taurean Prince after Prince was selected 12th overall by the Utah Jazz during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz get older by watching NBA draft’s first round
    Hours before Taurean Prince briefly wore a Jazz cap, Young Living Grand International Convention attendees completed Thursday afternoon’s activities a...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Indiana Pacers’ George Hill (3) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) looks on in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz speed up long process by acquiring veteran George Hill
    At last, a step is skipped. That’s a refreshing development around here. By trading the No. 12 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft for veteran guard George ...
    Updated Jun 25 2016 04:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) signals to an official as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 30, 2016. Kragthorpe: Trading Gordon Hayward is not the answer for Utah Jazz
    If the Jazz trade swingman Gordon Hayward in advance of Thursday’s NBA draft, team administrators will be showing foresight. That’s important. They a...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey speaks with reporters during the Jazz’s end-of-season media availability Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz should trade down or out, not up, in NBA draft
    Of all the issues facing the Jazz in the offseason, this is the weirdest one: They’re too good. That’s a rather unexpected problem for a team that ha...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, celebrates with teammates after Game 7 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2016. The Cavaliers won 93-89. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Kragthorpe: Cleveland fans deserve this NBA championship
    Not much science went into my published pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Finals over Golden State, but it will stand as the most memorab...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 10:23 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata (10) goes for the ball along with Portland Timbers midfielder Ben Zemanski (14), in MLS soccer action, Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers, in Sandy, Friday, June 18, 2016. Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake extends home momentum by tying Timbers
    Sandy • When the Portland Timbers visited Rio Tinto Stadium last October, their victory basically destroyed Real Salt Lake’s playoff hopes and punctua...
    Updated Jun 21 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts to being called for a foul against the Cleveland Cavaliers  during the second half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Kragthorpe: Pressure is all on Warriors in Game 7 of NBA Finals
    Just as I predicted more than two weeks ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 6 of the NBA Finals. In fairness, I should acknowledge having said the C...
    Updated Jun 17 2016 11:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Kragthorpe: NBA Finals giving LeBron James a chance to overachieve
    If not for those five straight defeats in Utah, LeBron James would be viewed as a reasonably good basketball player. That’s an extreme example. Yet i...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 05:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott Sommerdorf  |  Salt Lake Tribune  Former Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden sings ’Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ during the seventh-inning stretch. The Salt Lake Bees played the final game of the 2009 PCL season Monday, losing to the Sacramento River Cats 10-4. Kragthorpe: Frank Layden’s BYU honor is celebration of Utah
    Whenever he talks about being honored by the BYU Management Society, Frank Layden will joke about the “Distinguished” label of the award. The “Utahn”...
    Updated Jun 14 2016 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tony Finau tees off on 17 during the second day of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at the Colonial Country Club, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Fort Worthm Texas. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram via AP)  MAGAZINES OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT   Kragthorpe: The ghost of Johnny Miller’s 63 is still hanging around at Oakmont
    Oakmont, Pa. Tony Finau walked toward Oakmont Country Club’s No. 1 tee Monday afternoon, eager to launch an 18-hole practice round and take his firs...
    Updated Jun 13 2016 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts to being called for a foul against the Cleveland Cavaliers  during the second half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Kragthorpe: Pressure is all on Warriors in Game 7 of NBA Finals
    Just as I predicted more than two weeks ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 6 of the NBA Finals. In fairness, I should acknowledge having said the C...
    Updated Jun 17 2016 11:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Kragthorpe: NBA Finals giving LeBron James a chance to overachieve
    If not for those five straight defeats in Utah, LeBron James would be viewed as a reasonably good basketball player. That’s an extreme example. Yet i...
    Updated Jun 15 2016 05:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott Sommerdorf  |  Salt Lake Tribune  Former Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden sings ’Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ during the seventh-inning stretch. The Salt Lake Bees played the final game of the 2009 PCL season Monday, losing to the Sacramento River Cats 10-4. Kragthorpe: Frank Layden’s BYU honor is celebration of Utah
    Whenever he talks about being honored by the BYU Management Society, Frank Layden will joke about the “Distinguished” label of the award. The “Utahn”...
    Updated Jun 14 2016 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tony Finau tees off on 17 during the second day of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at the Colonial Country Club, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Fort Worthm Texas. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram via AP)  MAGAZINES OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT   Kragthorpe: The ghost of Johnny Miller’s 63 is still hanging around at Oakmont
    Oakmont, Pa. Tony Finau walked toward Oakmont Country Club’s No. 1 tee Monday afternoon, eager to launch an 18-hole practice round and take his firs...
    Updated Jun 13 2016 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, right, dribbles next to Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala during the first half in Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Kragthorpe: Damian Lillard well positioned to make U.S. Olympic team
    Damian Lillard once was so discouraged about his prospects that he asked to not be considered for the U.S. Olympic basketball team in 2016. And now th...
    Updated Jun 17 2016 11:12 am   |     |   Share
  • University of Oklahoma President David Boren, left, laughs as Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby listens as they speak to reporters after the second day of the Big 12 sports conference meetings in Irving, Texas, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Kragthorpe: BYU’s Big 12 vigil is exhausting exercise
    The Big 12 Conference is creating a football championship game and sharing a pile of money. That’s not the kind of news anyone associated with BYU ho...
    Updated Jun 04 2016 09:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 29, 1967, file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, center left, and Dr. Martin Luther King speak to reporters. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/File) Kragthorpe: Muhammad Ali’s impact in, out of ring will resonate
    My mother’s version of the story is that Muhammad Ali attended her 70th birthday party. Personally, I’ll always remember being near greatness that Se...
    Updated Jun 04 2016 11:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan, top, reacts after scoring against New York City FC defender Jason Hernandez during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Thursday, June 2, 2016, in New York. Real Salt Lake won 3-2. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake is ahead of the game after long road stretch
    Major League Soccer math is working well for Real Salt Lake. Having survived a five-game road stretch with two victories, RSL is ahead of the curve in...
    Updated Jun 03 2016 10:52 am   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to the crowd during the second half of Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Toronto. The Cavaliers won 113-87 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Kragthorpe: This is Cleveland’s time; Cavs will win in six games
    Five things guaranteed to happen in the 2016 NBA Finals … 1 • The Splash Brothers will be entertaining and effective. Golden State guards Stephen Cur...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 08:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah defensive back Dominique Hatfield sits on the shoulders of offensive lineman Isaac Asiata (54) while celebrating with the team after Utah defeated California 30-24 during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff) Kragthorpe: Year of the Ute? Not quite, but 2015-16 brings Pac-12 breakthrough
    In five years of Pac-12 membership, Utah’s baseball team went from worst to first. The basketball team finished second after once being second to last...
    Updated Jun 02 2016 09:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rob Reeder, of Hyde Park, reacts after former Utah State running back Robert Turbin showed up in his hospital room for a surprise visit on Friday.  Photo credit: Wade Denniston/USU Athletic Media Relations Kragthorpe: Robert Turbin, Tony Finau make fan-friendly efforts
    The circumstances were completely different, and considerably more effort was involved in one case. The common theme was professional athletes with Ut...
    Updated May 30 2016 10:21 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg raises his hands in victory as Utah celebrates winning it’s first Pac-12 baseball championship by defeating Washington 21-7, Sunday, May 29, 2016. Kragthorpe: More baseball is Utes’ reward for Pac-12 title (with video)
    After all his University of Utah baseball players accomplished this season, coach Bill Kinneberg was left wishing for a re-enactment. The celebration...
    Updated Jun 02 2016 09:09 pm   |     |   Share