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A couple of seasons back, Andrew Bogut was hopeful but frustrated, bemoaning the Golden State Warriors’ defensive struggles, calling them “horrendous.” He had fought through injury to return to the lineup, and just when that return was expected to jam …

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  • Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott, left, talks with Vlade Divac, the team'svice president of basketball and franchise operations, before the NBA basketball draft lottery, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Monson: Lady Luck can take a flyin’ leap — the Jazz have a plan
    Maybe none of this will matter a whole lot. But fortune went ahead, anyway, and gave the Jazz pretty much what they deserved on Tuesday night in the ...
    Updated May 20 2015 09:35 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo, Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches from the sidelines during the first half of the Heart of Dallas Bowl NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech in Dallas. A national advocacy group for college football players says complaints about Illinois coach Tim Beckman's handling of a former player's injuries should be investigated by someone outside the university. National College Players Association Executive(AP Photo/LM Otero, File) Monson: Coaches who are egomaniacs and jerks, beware
    The power given to coaches, as it pertains to and affects the players subjected to them, is and always has been a fascinating study, from the time of ...
    Updated May 16 2015 09:17 pm   |     |   Share
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photo@byu.edu  (801)422-7322 Monson: Parents can learn from a man who played at Wimbledon
    Seconds before the biggest moment of his career, Brad Pearce stood in a room with a small door that led out to one of sports’ most hallowed grounds, l...
    Updated May 14 2015 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Deflategate has been way overblown
    Maybe like Tom Brady’s footballs, I’m getting a little too soft. But the NFL’s penalty handed down on Monday for the Patriots quarterback, and the Pa...
    Updated May 12 2015 09:57 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Monson: Golf and guns, punches and pars don’t mix
    A hot news story came off a golf course in Connecticut the other day. According to reports, 22-year-old Alejandro Baeza, angered by a group playing d...
    Updated May 09 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
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BYU QB Taysom Hill runs and eludes Utah State Aggies safety Brian Suite (21) during first half play. He later would run a similar play and be injured on a tackle by Suite. Utah State led BYU 28-14 at the half in Provo, Friday, October 1, 2014. Monson: BYU football wants to win big? Relax the Honor Code
    BYU is offering more money for cost of attendance than all but 10 percent of football programs around the country. Why? It’s either because … a) hamb...
    Updated May 07 2015 09:27 pm   |     |   Share
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Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (47) puts the pressure on Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington (13) in football action BYU vs Georgia Tech, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Saturday, October 27, 2012 Monson: Is BYU where NFL dreams go to die?
    Loyalists and apologists can spin it any which way they'd like, but there is a dark fact hanging over BYU football that provides more evidence that th...
    Updated May 05 2015 10:21 pm   |     |   Share
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dances with excitement at half court after Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) made a highlight play during second half action in the Utah Jazz versus Golden State Warriors NBA basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Monson: Warriors’ Curry passed through Utah on his way to greatness — and went unnoticed
    Steph Curry may be the best basketball player on the planet, at least outside of any born in Akron, Ohio. Wait. Curry was born in Akron, too, just lik...
    Updated Apr 30 2015 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Gene Fullmer shares a light moment with one of the boxing students. The West Jordan Historical Museum plans to build a Monson: Utah was lucky to have Gene Fullmer as a native son
    Forty thousand people lined the streets from Salt Lake City to West Jordan on a frigid January day in 1957 when Gene Fullmer returned home from New Yo...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 09:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 23, 2015, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a 3-point basket over New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) to tie the game in the final seconds of the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans. Curry's tying 3-pointer could have been a four-point play. The NBA says a foul should have been called on Curry's 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation Thursday night. Golden State went on to beat New Orleans 123-119 in overtime for a 3-0 lead in its series. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) Monson: NBA playoff draft order — who would you pick and when?
    If you were to create a lottery draft order for the 14 best players in this year’s NBA playoffs, based only on the merits of their current level of po...
    Updated Apr 25 2015 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah fans watch through the rainfall as the University of Utah Utes hosts the Arizona Wildcats, college football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Saturday November 22, 2014. Monson: Is the state of Utah shifting from blue to red? If not, it should
    Former Utah governor Mike Leavitt once said the question he was asked more than any other while in that job was this: Who do you root for … BYU or Uta...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 08:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Greg Marsden, Utah gymnastics coach for the past 40 years, comments on his retirement, with his wife Megan at his side, at a news conference at the Huntsman Center, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Monson: The coach who transformed his sport is moving on
    Greg Marsden sat in front of a microphone on Tuesday, thanked you and you and you and you and you, thanked his athletes, his school, his fans, his wif...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Jazz first-year coach Quin Snyder answers a reporter's question during the last media availability of the season at the team's practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday April 16, 2015. Players cleaned out their lockers Thursday after Wednesday night's loss to the Houston Rockets to finish with a 38-44 record for the season. Monson: Quin Snyder’s secret to improving the Jazz (with video)
    “I told these guys things that are hard to hear. I told them the truth.” Quin Snyder Nobody was sure, not with any exactness, how the rookie head c...
    Updated Apr 18 2015 04:54 pm   |     |   Share
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Jazz first-year coach Quin Snyder, right, answersa  reporter's question during the last media availability of the season at the team's practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday April 16, 2015. General Manager Dennis Lindsey, left, listens. Players cleaned out their lockers Thursday after Wednesday night's loss to the Houston Rockets to finish with a 38-44 record for the season. Monson: The Jazz’s climb is just beginning (with video)
    Some smart guy once said, “Good is not good, when better is expected.” That’s a land mine, a condition, the Jazz will have to skirt in the seasons ah...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah fans watch through the rainfall as the University of Utah Utes hosts the Arizona Wildcats, college football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Saturday November 22, 2014. Monson: Is the state of Utah shifting from blue to red? If not, it should
    Former Utah governor Mike Leavitt once said the question he was asked more than any other while in that job was this: Who do you root for … BYU or Uta...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 08:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Greg Marsden, Utah gymnastics coach for the past 40 years, comments on his retirement, with his wife Megan at his side, at a news conference at the Huntsman Center, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Monson: The coach who transformed his sport is moving on
    Greg Marsden sat in front of a microphone on Tuesday, thanked you and you and you and you and you, thanked his athletes, his school, his fans, his wif...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Jazz first-year coach Quin Snyder answers a reporter's question during the last media availability of the season at the team's practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday April 16, 2015. Players cleaned out their lockers Thursday after Wednesday night's loss to the Houston Rockets to finish with a 38-44 record for the season. Monson: Quin Snyder’s secret to improving the Jazz (with video)
    “I told these guys things that are hard to hear. I told them the truth.” Quin Snyder Nobody was sure, not with any exactness, how the rookie head c...
    Updated Apr 18 2015 04:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Jazz first-year coach Quin Snyder, right, answersa  reporter's question during the last media availability of the season at the team's practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday April 16, 2015. General Manager Dennis Lindsey, left, listens. Players cleaned out their lockers Thursday after Wednesday night's loss to the Houston Rockets to finish with a 38-44 record for the season. Monson: The Jazz’s climb is just beginning (with video)
    Some smart guy once said, “Good is not good, when better is expected.” That’s a land mine, a condition, the Jazz will have to skirt in the seasons ah...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) reacts after being called for a foul, in NBA action, Utah vs Indiana, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 5, 2015 Monson: Utah Jazz’s regular Joe Ingles is anything but ordinary
    Near the eve of season’s end, Joe Ingles is in mid-sentence, talking about himself, his growing up in South Australia, in a place called “Happy Valley...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor (44) defends, as Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) makes his move, in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. The Charolette Hornets, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 16, 2015. Monson: Rodney Hood and the young Jazz fueled by a ‘sense of urgency’
    The sage rookie Rodney Hood stood in front of his locker as he thought about the question. He stroked his chin and hatched novels in his head while he...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 05:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Jazz dragster needs Dante Exum to take the wheel
    The Jazz are like a dragster, staging toward the starting line. The rail is ready, the tires are hot, the burnout is complete, the smoke is floating t...
    Updated Apr 07 2015 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah guard Jakob Poeltl, right, celebrates with teammate Brandon Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Stephen F. Austin in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Monson: Jakob Poeltl should go to the NBA
    A decision is hurtling toward Jakob Poeltl that he cannot dodge or put off. He has to determine, once and for all, the proper way to pronounce his na...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 04:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) holds off Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during first half action in the Jazz versus Nuggets NBA game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Monson: Rudy Gobert’s reach is for greatness
    OK, so this is blowing past remarkable and making a move toward unbelievable. The chunks of progress Rudy Gobert is consuming at the center of everyt...
    Updated May 07 2015 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Workers at Lucas Oil Stadium install the court in Indianapolis, Friday, March 27, 2015,  as they prepare to host the NCAA Final Four college basketball games on April 4 and 6. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Monson: Hoop schemes — how Mormons watch conference AND the Final Four
    The Final Four is one of the most anticipated sports events of the year. It is everything fans love about athletics, the culmination of the NCAA Tourn...
    Updated May 07 2015 09:28 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder responds to boos from the crowd during player introductions before facing his old team at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Monson: A former Jazz player who has no name
    Gordon Hayward, the other night, couldn’t even say the former Jazz player’s name. The player who would not be named later. The player who alienated h...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Utes are called back to the court to finish the last .7 seconds of the game during second half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Monson: Perspective will come to Utah — in time
    Houston There was pain etched across the faces of the Ute players as the final seconds slid off the clock late Friday night against Duke. They hated...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
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