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Last Updated Jun 26, 2015 12:31AM

It was Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin or Gary Player, or maybe all three, who uttered some version of the quote: “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Whoever said it, the Jazz are hoping to live it now. …

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  • Duke's Justise Winslow cuts down the net after his team's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament championship game Monday, April 6, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Monson: Here’s the exact thing the Jazz should, will, might do on draft night ... maybe
    Trying to discover who the Jazz will take at No. 12 in the first round of Thursday night’s NBA Draft or whether they’ll do something more dramatic is ...
    Updated Jun 24 2015 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: A nation shakes its head at the clueless Orem Owlz
    Deep in the bowels of the Orem Owlz team offices, a promotions idea may not have been exactly hatched this way during a brainstorming session where a ...
    Updated Jun 21 2015 10:28 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    5/4/2010
Golfer practices his swing on the driving range  at Glendale Golf Course located at 1600 West and 2100 South in Salt Lake City. Monson: Salt Lake politicians are double-bogeying course closure plans
    Golf is glorious misery. Salt Lake City politicos are attacking that misery, our misery, wanting to close down city courses and turn them into open s...
    Updated Jun 18 2015 09:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) hangs his head during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Gordon Monson: Warriors’ aces trump King James
    When James Naismith invented basketball, he saw it as a collaborative sport, a game to be won by the synchronized hands and feet of many. His vision ...
    Updated Jun 16 2015 10:59 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) vies with Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Monson: Should the Utah Jazz bring back Paul Millsap?
    Speculation is out there, reports that Paul Millsap could rejoin the Jazz as a free agent this summer. The Jazz can’t comment on any such action at th...
    Updated Jun 13 2015 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad celebrates following the Blackhawks' 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Chicago. The series is tied 2-2. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Monson: At BYU or anywhere else, why judge a man for wearing a beard?
    What’s the deal with the bias against the beard? Since when did having facial hair somehow indicate that you are less of a person, less of a characte...
    Updated Jun 11 2015 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) pressures New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) in the first quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Brees got away. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Monson: Who is the greatest football player ever to come out of BYU, Utah, Utah State?
    Picking the greatest among the greats is always a complicated deal. It’s also a whole lot of fun. The exercise here isn’t to declare any kind of absol...
    Updated Jun 11 2015 10:25 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder directs his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Philadelphia. Utah won 89-83. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Monson: After first year in Utah, Jazz coach Quin Snyder is encouraged and unsatisfied
    After watching pre-draft workouts the other day with the latest group of potential draftees at the Jazz’s practice facility, an ongoing process in whi...
    Updated Jun 06 2015 06:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  


Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) gets trapped between Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) 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: Utah Jazz find great hope — and a path to follow — in the Warriors’ success
    For the Jazz, the Warriors have shined a light on a path to real NBA title contention that Jazz managers not only can relate to, can find hope in, but...
    Updated Jun 04 2015 06:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 16, 2015, file photo, Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson, left, fouls Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert during an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. The Jazz wrapped up a better-than-expected season Wednesday, April 15, and now look to a future in which expectations have risen. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Monson: It’s time for Jazz to spend — aggressively and wisely
    It can’t hit a 3. It can’t run or spread the floor. It can’t pass. It can’t rebound. It can’t dunk. It can’t D up. It can’t clog the paint. It’s got n...
    Updated Jun 02 2015 04:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • FIFA president Sepp Blatter applauds after his re-election during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP) Monson: His Seppness is either corrupt or clueless
    I feel sorry for soccer. It’s a terrific sport, a beautiful game, the world’s passion. The guys who run it don’t deserve it. They’re either corrupt o...
    Updated May 31 2015 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey listens for the Jazz's spot in the draft, during the NBA basketball draft lottery, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Monson: Jazz are looking under every rock for some help
    With the NBA draft edging closer, the process by which the Jazz determine whom to select or for whom to trade for what assets is intensifying. An ins...
    Updated May 28 2015 08:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) topples over Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the first half in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs as center Festus Ezeli (31) looks on, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Monson: Steph Curry is OK, we’re all OK
    Sometimes we forget how grueling and unforgiving basketball can be, how hard the floor is, how sharp the edges and elbows are, how high the rim is, ho...
    Updated May 26 2015 09:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey 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: Jazz need possibilities to become realities
    In talking with Dennis Lindsey, it’s plain to see the man has a plan. He isn’t being specific, but he is laying out a general set of possibilities, to...
    Updated May 23 2015 04:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • FIFA president Sepp Blatter applauds after his re-election during the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption. The 209 FIFA member federations gave the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP) Monson: His Seppness is either corrupt or clueless
    I feel sorry for soccer. It’s a terrific sport, a beautiful game, the world’s passion. The guys who run it don’t deserve it. They’re either corrupt o...
    Updated May 31 2015 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey listens for the Jazz's spot in the draft, during the NBA basketball draft lottery, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Monson: Jazz are looking under every rock for some help
    With the NBA draft edging closer, the process by which the Jazz determine whom to select or for whom to trade for what assets is intensifying. An ins...
    Updated May 28 2015 08:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) topples over Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the first half in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs as center Festus Ezeli (31) looks on, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Monson: Steph Curry is OK, we’re all OK
    Sometimes we forget how grueling and unforgiving basketball can be, how hard the floor is, how sharp the edges and elbows are, how high the rim is, ho...
    Updated May 26 2015 09:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey 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: Jazz need possibilities to become realities
    In talking with Dennis Lindsey, it’s plain to see the man has a plan. He isn’t being specific, but he is laying out a general set of possibilities, to...
    Updated May 23 2015 04:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12), of Australia, dribbles past Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, of Spain, during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series Friday, May 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Monson: Utah’s Andrew Bogut playing big for the Warriors
    A couple of seasons back, Andrew Bogut was hopeful but frustrated, bemoaning the Golden State Warriors’ defensive struggles, calling them “horrendous....
    Updated May 21 2015 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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
  • 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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