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That’s not bre... Somebody once said the two hardest things in the world to do are climbing a wall that’s leaning toward you and kissing someone who’s leaning away. The Jazz in 2014-15 will be attempting the equivalent of both. Their schedule was released on Wednesday, along with the rest of the NBA’s, and let’s put it simply: For a young team that got younger during the offseason, that sked leans every which way. And it could lead the Jazz to another lottery pick. There’s a decent chance of that. That’s not bre... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58296821@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:49:26 MDT Utah Jazz will be seeing stars early in their season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58294303-87/nov-dec-march-fri.html.csp Some of the NBA’s biggest names are coming to EnergySolutions Arena in November. Dwight Howard and the Rockets, LeBron James and the new-look Cavaliers, Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder, Derrick Rose, and the star-studded Clippers will all make their first trip to Salt Lake City before Dec. 1. That could mean a rough start for the rebuilding Utah Jazz. A difficult opening month, a slate short on national broadcasts, and a grueling pre-Christmas road trip were among the challenges revealed We... Some of the NBA’s biggest names are coming to EnergySolutions Arena in November. Dwight Howard and the Rockets, LeBron James and the new-look Cavaliers, Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder, Derrick Rose, and the star-studded Clippers will all make their first trip to Salt Lake City before Dec. 1. That could mean a rough start for the rebuilding Utah Jazz. A difficult opening month, a slate short on national broadcasts, and a grueling pre-Christmas road trip were among the challenges revealed We... 58294303@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:57:39 MDT Utah Jazz could benefit from Ballmer’s purchase of Clippers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58288956-87/clippers-million-rishe-jazz.html.csp Donald Sterling is no longer the owner of the Clippers, no longer a part of the NBA. The league on Tuesday announced it had finalized the sale of the L.A. franchise, transferring control from the team’s disgraced longtime owner to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In doing so, the league will hope to leave behind a troubling piece of its past and return to its regular business. And business has been good. That was highlighted by Ballmer’s $2 billion bid for the Clippers earlier this year — ... Donald Sterling is no longer the owner of the Clippers, no longer a part of the NBA. The league on Tuesday announced it had finalized the sale of the L.A. franchise, transferring control from the team’s disgraced longtime owner to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In doing so, the league will hope to leave behind a troubling piece of its past and return to its regular business. And business has been good. That was highlighted by Ballmer’s $2 billion bid for the Clippers earlier this year — ... 58288956@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:03:34 MDT Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward survives first Team USA cuts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58262783-87/basketball-usa-team-hayward.html.csp Gordon Hayward is a step closer to basketball’s World Cup. The Utah Jazz swingman survived a first round of cuts, and will be one of 16 finalists to continue training with the national team in Chicago later this month. The cuts come after a three-day camp in Las Vegas. “We’ve said all along that we would be proud to have any of the players who were in Las Vegas represent USA Basketball and the United States. This phase of the selection process was extremely difficult and very thorough, and it’s ... Gordon Hayward is a step closer to basketball’s World Cup. The Utah Jazz swingman survived a first round of cuts, and will be one of 16 finalists to continue training with the national team in Chicago later this month. The cuts come after a three-day camp in Las Vegas. “We’ve said all along that we would be proud to have any of the players who were in Las Vegas represent USA Basketball and the United States. This phase of the selection process was extremely difficult and very thorough, and it’s ... 58262783@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:44:55 MDT Utah Jazz have plenty of cap space, decisions ahead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58247739-87/million-deal-jazz-guaranteed.html.csp They put up big bucks last fall to lock up Derrick Favors, their defensive anchor. It cost even more to bring back Gordon Hayward. And now the Utah Jazz front office is once again faced with key decisions regarding the futures of two fourth-year players, as they begin extension talks with shooting guard Alec Burks and big man Enes Kanter. This is the reality of life in the lottery, where the Jazz have made five picks in the last five seasons, while acquiring a sixth (Favors) via a trade. There i... They put up big bucks last fall to lock up Derrick Favors, their defensive anchor. It cost even more to bring back Gordon Hayward. And now the Utah Jazz front office is once again faced with key decisions regarding the futures of two fourth-year players, as they begin extension talks with shooting guard Alec Burks and big man Enes Kanter. This is the reality of life in the lottery, where the Jazz have made five picks in the last five seasons, while acquiring a sixth (Favors) via a trade. There i... 58247739@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:45:19 MDT Utah Jazz: Michigan man sues Burke, Shaq for defamation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58247246-87/burke-binion-jazz-posted.html.csp A Michigan man with a rare disorder has filed a lawsuit against Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and a rapper, accusing them of defamation for mocking a self portrait he posted on the Internet earlier this year. Jahmel Binion filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb, Mi., according to court documents. The suit seeks more than $25,000 in damages. Burke’s father and agent, Benji Burke, declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday, saying that he has not been contacted... A Michigan man with a rare disorder has filed a lawsuit against Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and a rapper, accusing them of defamation for mocking a self portrait he posted on the Internet earlier this year. Jahmel Binion filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb, Mi., according to court documents. The suit seeks more than $25,000 in damages. Burke’s father and agent, Benji Burke, declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday, saying that he has not been contacted... 58247246@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:02:21 MDT Utah Jazz: Trey Burke in Select company at USA camp http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58236094-87/burke-camp-team-usa.html.csp Las Vegas • Two years ago, while participating in the LeBron James Skills Camp for college players, Trey Burke observed Team USA’s training camp in advance of the Olympics. This week, he’s on the court with the players who will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain in September. Burke is not one of those players, but he’s competing against them as part of their preparation. He’s a member of the Select Team that formerly included Jazz teammate Gordon Hayward, who’s now a Team USA hope... Las Vegas • Two years ago, while participating in the LeBron James Skills Camp for college players, Trey Burke observed Team USA’s training camp in advance of the Olympics. This week, he’s on the court with the players who will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain in September. Burke is not one of those players, but he’s competing against them as part of their preparation. He’s a member of the Select Team that formerly included Jazz teammate Gordon Hayward, who’s now a Team USA hope... 58236094@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:51 MDT Kragthorpe: Jazz’s Gordon Hayward insists there’s ‘no pressure now’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58234262-87/hayward-jazz-team-contract.html.csp Las Vegas After everything that has happened since the Jazz’s season ended in April, Gordon Hayward recognizes his life is different now. The expectations and accountability that accompany his biggest offseason move follow him everywhere. Signing a $63 million contract? Yeah, that’s also significant. Hayward stood on UNLV’s practice court after the opening session of Team USA’s training camp Monday, talking with Jazz coach Quin Snyder. He smiled, laughed and cringed — knowing that accepting S... Las Vegas After everything that has happened since the Jazz’s season ended in April, Gordon Hayward recognizes his life is different now. The expectations and accountability that accompany his biggest offseason move follow him everywhere. Signing a $63 million contract? Yeah, that’s also significant. Hayward stood on UNLV’s practice court after the opening session of Team USA’s training camp Monday, talking with Jazz coach Quin Snyder. He smiled, laughed and cringed — knowing that accepting S... 58234262@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:39:25 MDT Utah Jazz: Ex-Jazzman Paul Millsap endorses Quin Snyder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58234272-87/jazz-millsap-snyder-coach.html.csp Las Vegas • Plenty of resources were available to Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward this summer, if he wanted to learn anything about new coach Quin Snyder. They made it easy for him. From former Butler teammate Shelvin Mack and ex-Jazz players Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll, Hayward has discovered a lot about Snyder and the Atlanta offense he helped run last season. “Honestly, I didn’t have to do that much research,” Hayward said. “I had so many players come up [who] were pissed that ... Las Vegas • Plenty of resources were available to Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward this summer, if he wanted to learn anything about new coach Quin Snyder. They made it easy for him. From former Butler teammate Shelvin Mack and ex-Jazz players Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll, Hayward has discovered a lot about Snyder and the Atlanta offense he helped run last season. “Honestly, I didn’t have to do that much research,” Hayward said. “I had so many players come up [who] were pissed that ... 58234272@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:16:02 MDT NBA: Utah Jazz players look to make an impact on world stage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58230459-87/jazz-team-millsap-camp.html.csp Summer league is over. Training camp is still two months away. So, naturally, it’s time for basketball. Basketball’s World Cup starts late next month in Spain, and a few members of the Utah Jazz are hoping to make their presence known on the global stage. Dante Exum (and Jazz summer leaguer Brock Motum) have returned to Australia to prepare for the tournament. Center Rudy Gobert is back home in France. And Utah’s new max-man, Gordon Hayward, will begin his quest to earn a spot on the United Stat... Summer league is over. Training camp is still two months away. So, naturally, it’s time for basketball. Basketball’s World Cup starts late next month in Spain, and a few members of the Utah Jazz are hoping to make their presence known on the global stage. Dante Exum (and Jazz summer leaguer Brock Motum) have returned to Australia to prepare for the tournament. Center Rudy Gobert is back home in France. And Utah’s new max-man, Gordon Hayward, will begin his quest to earn a spot on the United Stat... 58230459@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:58:07 MDT Utah Jazz: Patrick Beilein added to coaching staff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58224305-77/beilein-jazz-patrick-sports.html.csp Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has added another assistant to his staff: Patrick Beilein, Michigan head coach John Beilein’s son. Beilein, who coached last season at Division II West Virginia Westleyan, will join the Jazz in a player development and video coordinator role, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Beilein led West Virginia Westleyan to a 22-9 overall record last season. He played under his father at West Virginia, reaching the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in his juni... Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has added another assistant to his staff: Patrick Beilein, Michigan head coach John Beilein’s son. Beilein, who coached last season at Division II West Virginia Westleyan, will join the Jazz in a player development and video coordinator role, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Beilein led West Virginia Westleyan to a 22-9 overall record last season. He played under his father at West Virginia, reaching the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in his juni... 58224305@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:47:30 MDT Utah Jazz: Trevor Booker brings toughness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58211924-87/booker-5.3-utah-court.csp Trevor Booker wants people to know that he’s a nice guy. Off the court, that is. “On the court, I’m focused. I’m going to do whatever I can to win. If that means knocking you out of the air, I’m going to do it,” he said Tuesday, as the newest member of the Utah Jazz met with reporters in Salt Lake City. “Off the court, I’m just a laid-back, chill guy. But when you get me on the court, I’m just an animal.” The Jazz front office wanted to add physicality to the team’s front court and they seem t... Trevor Booker wants people to know that he’s a nice guy. Off the court, that is. “On the court, I’m focused. I’m going to do whatever I can to win. If that means knocking you out of the air, I’m going to do it,” he said Tuesday, as the newest member of the Utah Jazz met with reporters in Salt Lake City. “Off the court, I’m just a laid-back, chill guy. But when you get me on the court, I’m just an animal.” The Jazz front office wanted to add physicality to the team’s front court and they seem t... 58211924@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:56:24 MDT