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Last Updated May 24, 2017 04:51PM

Jarron Collins’ advice to Golden State center JaVale McGee came straight from the Jerry Sloan book of homespun basketball sayings: “Don’t shoot the decoys.” McGee just looked at the Warriors assistant coach with a puzzled expression. Collins explained he wanted …

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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Warriors vs. Cavs in NBA Finals not getting old to me, yet
    One of the first stories I wrote about the NBA in the 1980s listed the wrong team as the reigning champion, but I didn’t miss by much. Either the Los...
    Updated May 22 2017 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah players celebrate the win as Utah faces BYU in the final of the Salt Lake City Regional, NCAA softball at Dumke Family Softball Stadium, Saturday May 20, 2017. Kragthorpe: Utes enjoy beating BYU, but advancing to Super Regionals is bigger
    Hailey Hilburn produced another walk-off moment in a Utah-BYU softball game Saturday, only this ending was considerably less dramatic. The Ute relief...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   New York City FC forward Sean Okoli (9) shoots a goal between Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Maund’s legs. Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Kragthorpe: RSL thrives in the snow, breaking four-game losing streak
    Sandy The celebrations were subdued. Real Salt Lake’s Albert Rusnák clenched his fist and hugged a few teammates after his tying goal, then Aaron Ma...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (12) during the game at the Marriott Center Thursday February 2, 2017. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Eric Mika and Utes’ Kyle Kuzma made informed decisions, and that’s good
    It is just too easy for any of us to say that Utah’s Kyle Kuzma and BYU’s Eric Mika have made wrong decisions by entering the NBA draft with college e...
    Updated May 17 2017 09:33 am   |     |   Share


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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams fires a pass downfield during the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara California  Wednesday December 28, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utah, BYU appear headed for familiar finishes in 2017; USU should improve
    The University of Utah football program has climbed to the Alabama level. Well, the Utes’ quality of personnel is back where it was when Utah beat Al...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) had 40 points for the game. The Utah Jazz lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 106-111 during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017.   Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward will stay with Jazz, unless Celtics rise in East
    The story Brad Stevens loves to tell about Gordon Hayward and their Butler University days unfolded in Salt Lake City. In an Elite Eight game of the 2...
    Updated May 13 2017 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   USA’s Steven Holcomb after competing in the Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City Friday January 15, 2016. Kragthorpe: Memories of Steve Holcomb, from Skyline to Sochi
    Tryouts are a staple of sportswriting. The effort of covering a casting call for any sport always is rewarded, often because of the delusional, if adm...
    Updated May 12 2017 09:12 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) defended by Golden State Warriors guard Ian Clark (21) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz guard Rodney Hood’s shooting solution: ‘Lock myself in the gym’
    The Jazz’s most memorable shot of their playoff series vs. Golden State came in Game 3 when guard Rodney Hood took a pass from Gordon Hayward and hit ...
    Updated May 15 2017 06:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) shrugs as the the Warriors build a big lead late in game 4 of the NBA playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz must find permanent solution at point guard
    T he Jazz’s final, futile effort of their best season in seven years brought their rebuilding project right back to where it started. The playoff run...
    Updated May 09 2017 10:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during game 4 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Kragthorpe: Warriors’ sweep makes Jazz’s Gordon Hayward say, ‘We’re not there yet’
    In advance of the Jazz’s biggest surge of the series, the Bear produced the noise-inducing signs usually saved for the start of the fourth quarter. T...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz can give home fans a better ending vs. Warriors, if nothing else
    Gordon Hayward stopped and popped from the right wing. When his 3-point shot went through the net, he responded with a golfer’s clenched fist, as if s...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrate one of Durant’s scores as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Warriors’ Kevin Durant is the difference vs. Jazz in Game 3
    The first suggestion that this would be Kevin Durant’s night came in the first quarter when he recorded a rebound and an assist while seated on the co...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz fans during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Kragthorpe: Message to Jazz and their fans is to have some fun vs. Warriors in Salt Lake City
    Relax. Have some fun with this series. Forget about the futility of chasing the Golden State Warriors in the coming years. That’s my advice to Jazz f...
    Updated May 05 2017 08:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) tries to pass out of trouble during game 2 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Thursday May 4, 2017. Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward gives Jazz some hope vs. Warriors as they come home
    Oakland, Calif. Every answer came with a grimace and a shake of Gordon Hayward’s head. “Again,” he said with a sigh Thursday, “here we are.” And that ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz can give home fans a better ending vs. Warriors, if nothing else
    Gordon Hayward stopped and popped from the right wing. When his 3-point shot went through the net, he responded with a golfer’s clenched fist, as if s...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrate one of Durant’s scores as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Warriors’ Kevin Durant is the difference vs. Jazz in Game 3
    The first suggestion that this would be Kevin Durant’s night came in the first quarter when he recorded a rebound and an assist while seated on the co...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz fans during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Kragthorpe: Message to Jazz and their fans is to have some fun vs. Warriors in Salt Lake City
    Relax. Have some fun with this series. Forget about the futility of chasing the Golden State Warriors in the coming years. That’s my advice to Jazz f...
    Updated May 05 2017 08:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) tries to pass out of trouble during game 2 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Thursday May 4, 2017. Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward gives Jazz some hope vs. Warriors as they come home
    Oakland, Calif. Every answer came with a grimace and a shake of Gordon Hayward’s head. “Again,” he said with a sigh Thursday, “here we are.” And that ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) battles Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) as the run up the court during NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Tuesday May 2, 2017. Kragthorpe: George Hill’s health issues raise questions about his future with Jazz
    San Francisco Every answer came with a grimace and a shake of Gordon Hayward's head. The Jazz will play without point guard George Hill in Thursday ni...
    Updated May 04 2017 02:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer (5, right) embraces Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher (2) after the Jazz loss in game 6 of the Western Conference semi-finals at Energy Solutions Arena Friday, May 16, 2008. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant  (24) at left. Kragthorpe: Jazz figured Warriors out in ‘07; can they do it again?
    Oakland, Calif. Ten years ago, the Jazz’s solutions in a playoff series with Golden State came during the day between two road games. As the team pr...
    Updated May 03 2017 08:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) pushes the ball up court but is cut off by Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Tuesday May 2, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz find out quickly that Warriors are a cut above the Clippers
    Oakland, Calif. Before knowing their opponent in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals, the Golden State Warriors organized a 10-year reunion for ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shakes hands with LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) after the game as the Utah Jazz defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday April 30, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s series vs. Warriors is a risk/reward opportunity
    Oakland, Calif. The Jazz will play in May. The calendar validates what they accomplished in April, advancing to the NBA’s Western Conference semifin...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) shoots the ball as the Utah Jazz face the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday April 30, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s Game 7 win impresses their own toughest critic
    Los Angeles Apparently, the Jazz just needed something to go against them Sunday. They turned Game 7 of a first-round playoff series with the Los A...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Kragthorpe: Missed shots may have ended Jazz’s home season
    The workers charged with completing arena renovations by the end of September secretly may be relieved about the possibility of proceeding with the ma...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson, left, celebrates after making a 3-point shot as coach Quin Snyder stands nearby during the second half in Game 5 of the team’sp NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz maximizing ‘Iso Joe’ when it counts
    Rodney Hood’s vantage point in those moments is fairly exclusive, but he’s about like everyone else in the building when Jazz teammate Joe Johnson tak...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 08:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) keeps the ball high as he looks to pass during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Kragthorpe: Game 6 will be the hardest one yet for Jazz
    Everything is new to this Jazz team, making the playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers even more fun. “Every game … it’s a position our team ha...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:32 pm   |     |   Share