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Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Gordon Hayward bulks up for new season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58479183-62/hayward-offseason-moore-season.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt;When he was recruiting players to Butler, Brad Stevens had a slide in his presentation that highlighted the transformation of one scrawny kid into one of the country’s best players, from a 6-foot-8 beanpole who could only bench press 185 pounds three times to someone who was doing 14 reps at the same weight a year later.Wait until Stevens sees Gordon Hayward now.The Utah Jazz swingman had one of the busiest summers of his life, hosting a basketball camp in the Philippines, gettin... &lt;freeform&gt;When he was recruiting players to Butler, Brad Stevens had a slide in his presentation that highlighted the transformation of one scrawny kid into one of the country’s best players, from a 6-foot-8 beanpole who could only bench press 185 pounds three times to someone who was doing 14 reps at the same weight a year later.Wait until Stevens sees Gordon Hayward now.The Utah Jazz swingman had one of the busiest summers of his life, hosting a basketball camp in the Philippines, gettin... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58479183@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:42:02 MDT Utah Jazz: For the upcoming season, Hayward hopes to be productive - and smart http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58478162-62/hayward-wants-score-efficiency.html.csp Aggression and efficiency. Asked on Wednesday what he wants of Gordon Hayward, those were the first two words Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. Aggression and efficiency. All of which means, Hayward has a big task on his plate. Snyder wants his star small forward to make plays whenever the opportunity arises. He wants him to score. He wants him to put others in position to score. He wants him to make plays when the game is on the line. But he wants Hayward to do it smartly. And that’s wher... Aggression and efficiency. Asked on Wednesday what he wants of Gordon Hayward, those were the first two words Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. Aggression and efficiency. All of which means, Hayward has a big task on his plate. Snyder wants his star small forward to make plays whenever the opportunity arises. He wants him to score. He wants him to put others in position to score. He wants him to make plays when the game is on the line. But he wants Hayward to do it smartly. And that’s wher... 58478162@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:49:02 MDT Jazz speed up practice so they can speed up games http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58474977-62/team-run-jazz-snyder.html.csp You could tell Rodney Hood was surprised. And the Utah Jazz rookie forward even admitted to the shock: He had not expected to run as much as he did in Tuesday’s training camp morning session. “It was a lot of running,” Hood said. “It reminded me more of college.” In some ways, this was new coach Quin Snyder taking control. Not so much as exerting authority, but using the time to make a point. If the Utah Jazz are going to lose games this season - and they will, because nobody has ever gone un... You could tell Rodney Hood was surprised. And the Utah Jazz rookie forward even admitted to the shock: He had not expected to run as much as he did in Tuesday’s training camp morning session. “It was a lot of running,” Hood said. “It reminded me more of college.” In some ways, this was new coach Quin Snyder taking control. Not so much as exerting authority, but using the time to make a point. If the Utah Jazz are going to lose games this season - and they will, because nobody has ever gone un... 58474977@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:13:03 MDT Carrick Felix out 4 weeks with shoulder injury http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58474566-62/felix-embed-iframe-jazz.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt;Jazz guard Carrick Felix will miss about a month after injuring his shoulder in the first practice of the season. Felix was injured on a collision on a play late in the morning practice. X-Rays were negative, but according to Jazz PR, Felix was diagnosed with a “Grade One AC joint sprain” of his left shoulder.The second-year pro out of Arizona State played in just seven games last season for Cleveland. But the Jazz, impressed by Felix’s potential as a defender, made a July 22 tra... &lt;freeform&gt;Jazz guard Carrick Felix will miss about a month after injuring his shoulder in the first practice of the season. Felix was injured on a collision on a play late in the morning practice. X-Rays were negative, but according to Jazz PR, Felix was diagnosed with a “Grade One AC joint sprain” of his left shoulder.The second-year pro out of Arizona State played in just seven games last season for Cleveland. But the Jazz, impressed by Felix’s potential as a defender, made a July 22 tra... 58474566@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:59:02 MDT Recapping Utah Jazz Media Day 2014 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58470754-62/jazz-sltrib-www-com.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt;Media Day has come and, thankfully, gone. Monday’s blitz at the Zions Bank Basketball Center was a rapid-fire crash course on the 2014-15 Utah Jazz, with two players doing interviews at a time and altogether more cameras and recorders in one place than there were for some weeklong stretches last season.We learned everything.We learned nothing.Let’s relive some of the highlights and lowlights together.&lt;iframe width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" id="tout_embed" src="//www.t... &lt;freeform&gt;Media Day has come and, thankfully, gone. Monday’s blitz at the Zions Bank Basketball Center was a rapid-fire crash course on the 2014-15 Utah Jazz, with two players doing interviews at a time and altogether more cameras and recorders in one place than there were for some weeklong stretches last season.We learned everything.We learned nothing.Let’s relive some of the highlights and lowlights together.&lt;iframe width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" id="tout_embed" src="//www.t... 58470754@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:15:02 MDT Lindsey, Burke address internet photo issue http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58469906-62/burke-forward-jazz-lindsey.html.csp Before Media Day even started, the Jazz were dealing with a social media problem.Nude photos, purportedly of point guard Trey Burke, made the rounds on Twitter late last night and this morning, prompting an investigation of sorts by Jazz officials.“We were made aware of the situation this morning,” general manager Dennis Lindsey said. “We’ve collected a lot of the facts. We still have a few things to collect and a couple of people to visit with. It’s safe to say … that we are disappointed in wha... Before Media Day even started, the Jazz were dealing with a social media problem.Nude photos, purportedly of point guard Trey Burke, made the rounds on Twitter late last night and this morning, prompting an investigation of sorts by Jazz officials.“We were made aware of the situation this morning,” general manager Dennis Lindsey said. “We’ve collected a lot of the facts. We still have a few things to collect and a couple of people to visit with. It’s safe to say … that we are disappointed in wha... 58469906@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:16:03 MDT Rookie Exum happy to be settling in Salt Lake http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58469996-62/exum-happy-lake-salt.html.csp In the three months since the Jazz selected Dante Exum with the fifth pick in the NBA draft, the Australian teenager has come to Utah for his introduction to local fans, played in the Las Vegas Summer League and participated in the World Cup in Spain. At the Jazz's media day, Exum was asked about the whirlwind schedule and whether he has recovered from it."A little bit," he said, "but that's what comes with this decision of coming into the NBA. But I'm happy to be here. The coaches know I'... In the three months since the Jazz selected Dante Exum with the fifth pick in the NBA draft, the Australian teenager has come to Utah for his introduction to local fans, played in the Las Vegas Summer League and participated in the World Cup in Spain. At the Jazz's media day, Exum was asked about the whirlwind schedule and whether he has recovered from it."A little bit," he said, "but that's what comes with this decision of coming into the NBA. But I'm happy to be here. The coaches know I'... 58469996@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:51:38 MDT Snyder looks forward to players' battle for minutes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58469814-62/snyder-players-playing-competition.html.csp New coach Quin Snyder is looking forward to the players on Utah's roster battling for playing time -- a fight that will begin in training camp. "You have to have competition," Snyder said. "There are certain players that have obviously proven over time that they deserve to have you think of them [as starters]. That said, everybody has to come and compete. In that light, I think of Gordon Hayward or Derrick Favors -- the guys who have had some success here. ... They would be the first ones t... New coach Quin Snyder is looking forward to the players on Utah's roster battling for playing time -- a fight that will begin in training camp. "You have to have competition," Snyder said. "There are certain players that have obviously proven over time that they deserve to have you think of them [as starters]. That said, everybody has to come and compete. In that light, I think of Gordon Hayward or Derrick Favors -- the guys who have had some success here. ... They would be the first ones t... 58469814@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:52:02 MDT Lindsey says Jazz "doubled-down" on young players http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58469693-62/lindsey-players-jazz-team.html.csp Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey opened the team's annual media day by addressing reporters at the Zions Bank Center on Monday afternoon. Asked about the new-look roster, Lindsey said the Jazz "doubled-down" on their core of young players, who will carry most of the burden this season. Their improvement will determine how quickly Utah's rebuilding process pays dividends. "We look forward to the challenge," Lindsey said. Asked how players like Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Trey B... Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey opened the team's annual media day by addressing reporters at the Zions Bank Center on Monday afternoon. Asked about the new-look roster, Lindsey said the Jazz "doubled-down" on their core of young players, who will carry most of the burden this season. Their improvement will determine how quickly Utah's rebuilding process pays dividends. "We look forward to the challenge," Lindsey said. Asked how players like Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Trey B... 58469693@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:43:47 MDT Jazz hire Mehmet Okur as team ambassador http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58465701-62/jazz-okur-community-seven.html.csp The Money Man is back on the payroll.Mehmet Okur, who spent seven seasons with the Utah Jazz, his been hired as a team ambassador. According to a press release, the retired big man will “aid the franchise’s alumni, community and fan relations efforts while also assisting the Jazz’s business development. In addition, Okur may provide assistance to Jazz basketball operations.”“Memo quickly became a fan favorite when he arrived in Utah and has maintained that popularity to this day,” Jazz President... The Money Man is back on the payroll.Mehmet Okur, who spent seven seasons with the Utah Jazz, his been hired as a team ambassador. According to a press release, the retired big man will “aid the franchise’s alumni, community and fan relations efforts while also assisting the Jazz’s business development. In addition, Okur may provide assistance to Jazz basketball operations.”“Memo quickly became a fan favorite when he arrived in Utah and has maintained that popularity to this day,” Jazz President... 58465701@www.sltrib.com Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:47:09 MDT Jazz Hoops - Burks, Kanter face interesting few weeks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/58459965-62/burks-season-kanter-contract.html.csp A year ago, Dennis Lindsey began negotiating with Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward on contract extensions. Favors came away with an extension before the season started. Hayward went into restricted free agency, where he garnered a max contract. Now, Lindsey is faced with the same decisions on Alec Burks and Enes Kanter. The Jazz General Manager is expected to open negotiating windows with both parties in the next week, or so. The Jazz have until the end of the preseason to either strike a d... A year ago, Dennis Lindsey began negotiating with Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward on contract extensions. Favors came away with an extension before the season started. Hayward went into restricted free agency, where he garnered a max contract. Now, Lindsey is faced with the same decisions on Alec Burks and Enes Kanter. The Jazz General Manager is expected to open negotiating windows with both parties in the next week, or so. The Jazz have until the end of the preseason to either strike a d... 58459965@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:54:50 MDT