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Los Angeles • Neither Steve Nash nor Trey Burke suited up Sunday night at Staples Center. For the 40-year-old Nash, injuries have kept him off the court with frequency the last two years. For the youngster Burke, it was simply a deserved rest in the preseason. The two point guards are at opposite ends of their careers. But Jazz coach Quin Snyder said this week, he’d like to see his young floor general look to Nash for inspiration. “He changed the game in a lot of ways,” Snyder said. “… Frankly, ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58539026@www.sltrib.com Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:17:01 MDT Utah Jazz: Lakers beat Jazz as fringe players fight for roster spots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58537503-87/0-0-jazz-1-2-jones.html.csp Los Angeles • When the Utah Jazz squandered their 22-point first-half lead Sunday night, it likely cost Jack Cooley a coveted chance to get into the game. The Jazz’s 98-91 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Lakers hardly matters to most. But for Cooley and the others who are simply trying to win a spot on the Jazz roster, every minute of playing time is precious. “Really I just want to come in here and give it my all,” Cooley, a 23-year-old forward from Notre Dame, says. “My usual mentality in li... Los Angeles • When the Utah Jazz squandered their 22-point first-half lead Sunday night, it likely cost Jack Cooley a coveted chance to get into the game. The Jazz’s 98-91 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Lakers hardly matters to most. But for Cooley and the others who are simply trying to win a spot on the Jazz roster, every minute of playing time is precious. “Really I just want to come in here and give it my all,” Cooley, a 23-year-old forward from Notre Dame, says. “My usual mentality in li... 58537503@www.sltrib.com Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:47:01 MDT Utah Jazz: For Enes Kanter, the time is now http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58533725-87/kanter-season-jazz-forward.html.csp No excuses. If there’s a theme for Jazz forward Enes Kanter heading into the regular season, that’s it. This is shaping up as Kanter’s make-or-break year in Utah, and he knows it. It’s his chance to prove to coach Quin Snyder, general manager Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Utah Jazz brass that he’s capable of being a key piece of the franchise and a part of the future. It won’t be easy. Kanter also knows this. He’s the one guy in the starting lineup who has to make a significant skill adjust... No excuses. If there’s a theme for Jazz forward Enes Kanter heading into the regular season, that’s it. This is shaping up as Kanter’s make-or-break year in Utah, and he knows it. It’s his chance to prove to coach Quin Snyder, general manager Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Utah Jazz brass that he’s capable of being a key piece of the franchise and a part of the future. It won’t be easy. Kanter also knows this. He’s the one guy in the starting lineup who has to make a significant skill adjust... 58533725@www.sltrib.com Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:16:54 MDT Monson: Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz players are a good match http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58529824-87/players-snyder-jazz-exum.html.csp None of this preseason stuff counts. That does not mean it doesn’t matter. The Jazz, to varying levels of success, are attempting to build their new model here, their new way of playing, their new way of thinking. And they’re doing it completely unencumbered by those awful restrictions of the past, namely using veteran players who have no future with the team at the expense of younger players who do. Quin Snyder is flipping that script. Losing won’t frighten Snyder into choosing a different pat... None of this preseason stuff counts. That does not mean it doesn’t matter. The Jazz, to varying levels of success, are attempting to build their new model here, their new way of playing, their new way of thinking. And they’re doing it completely unencumbered by those awful restrictions of the past, namely using veteran players who have no future with the team at the expense of younger players who do. Quin Snyder is flipping that script. Losing won’t frighten Snyder into choosing a different pat... 58529824@www.sltrib.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:53:37 MDT Booker injures ankle in scuffle with Griffin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58536279-77/booker-griffin-game-jazz.html.csp Los Angeles • Trevor Booker was surprised by the referee’s decision. In the third quarter of Saturday night’s preseason loss to the Clippers, the Jazz forward fouled Blake Griffin hard to stop a fast-break dunk, and the act was deemed to be flagrant. But Booker wasn’t necessarily surprised by what happened next. “Not really,” he said, “because it was him. We have our history.” When Booker was in Washington, he tangled with Griffin and had previously called for the league to suspend the L.A. All-... Los Angeles • Trevor Booker was surprised by the referee’s decision. In the third quarter of Saturday night’s preseason loss to the Clippers, the Jazz forward fouled Blake Griffin hard to stop a fast-break dunk, and the act was deemed to be flagrant. But Booker wasn’t necessarily surprised by what happened next. “Not really,” he said, “because it was him. We have our history.” When Booker was in Washington, he tangled with Griffin and had previously called for the league to suspend the L.A. All-... 58536279@www.sltrib.com Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:29:25 MDT Utah Jazz: Rookie guard Exum shows potential in preseason http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58534140-87/exum-jazz-0-0-booker.html.csp Los Angeles • Before tipoff Friday night, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked for his opinion of Jazz rookie Dante Exum. The point guard had struggled in the teams’ meeting earlier in the week. His inexperience showed when he was tricked into committing a couple cheap fouls. His lack of strength proved a problem when the Clippers bullied him around, forcing him to commit eight turnovers. Still, Rivers came away impressed with Exum. “I like him a lot. I was just talking about him,” Rivers said. “... Los Angeles • Before tipoff Friday night, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked for his opinion of Jazz rookie Dante Exum. The point guard had struggled in the teams’ meeting earlier in the week. His inexperience showed when he was tricked into committing a couple cheap fouls. His lack of strength proved a problem when the Clippers bullied him around, forcing him to commit eight turnovers. Still, Rivers came away impressed with Exum. “I like him a lot. I was just talking about him,” Rivers said. “... 58534140@www.sltrib.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:57:47 MDT Utah Jazz: Hood relishes chance to face off with Kobe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58534173-87/hood-jazz-kobe-rookie.html.csp Los Angeles • Late in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Lakers, Jazz coach Quin Snyder tried to get one of his old players to take on one of his new ones. “Coach Snyder was messing with him, trying to get him to go at me,” rookie Rodney Hood said. That other player? Kobe Bryant. It might have startled Hood, who said Bryant was one of his favorite players growing up. “[But] when Kobe started laughing, I was like, ‘All right. It’s cool.” Bryant scored 27 points in the game. Hood scored 1... Los Angeles • Late in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Lakers, Jazz coach Quin Snyder tried to get one of his old players to take on one of his new ones. “Coach Snyder was messing with him, trying to get him to go at me,” rookie Rodney Hood said. That other player? Kobe Bryant. It might have startled Hood, who said Bryant was one of his favorite players growing up. “[But] when Kobe started laughing, I was like, ‘All right. It’s cool.” Bryant scored 27 points in the game. Hood scored 1... 58534173@www.sltrib.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:36:01 MDT Utah Jazz: Jazz roll past Lakers 119-86 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58530503-77/jazz-points-favors-bryant.html.csp Anaheim, Calif. • As he prepared to a do two-minute spot on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week in Southern California, Derrick Favors said he felt more nervous than he would before a game. “I didn’t want to go out there and mess up, or trip over something,” said Favors, who appeared on the daytime talk show with teammate Gordon Hayward to surprise a 5-year-old Jazz fan battling cancer. On the court, the Jazz forward Thursday night, the Jazz forward didn’t have the same worries. Favors looked at ... Anaheim, Calif. • As he prepared to a do two-minute spot on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week in Southern California, Derrick Favors said he felt more nervous than he would before a game. “I didn’t want to go out there and mess up, or trip over something,” said Favors, who appeared on the daytime talk show with teammate Gordon Hayward to surprise a 5-year-old Jazz fan battling cancer. On the court, the Jazz forward Thursday night, the Jazz forward didn’t have the same worries. Favors looked at ... 58530503@www.sltrib.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:45:53 MDT Jazz notes: Ronnie Price trying to stick in L.A. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58530902-77/jazz-foul-game-guard.html.csp Anaheim, Calif. • The Lakers backcourt has been plagued by injuries this preseason. Rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson sat out Thursday night’s game against the Jazz with a calf strain. Jeremy Lin was dealing with a sprained left ankle. And the 40-year-old Steve Nash, who aggravated his back Wednesday while carrying some luggage, was trying to fight through lingering pain. So the starting nod went to a guy just trying to make the team. Former Jazz guard Ronnie Price was wearing purple and gold a... Anaheim, Calif. • The Lakers backcourt has been plagued by injuries this preseason. Rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson sat out Thursday night’s game against the Jazz with a calf strain. Jeremy Lin was dealing with a sprained left ankle. And the 40-year-old Steve Nash, who aggravated his back Wednesday while carrying some luggage, was trying to fight through lingering pain. So the starting nod went to a guy just trying to make the team. Former Jazz guard Ronnie Price was wearing purple and gold a... 58530902@www.sltrib.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:33:18 MDT Utah Jazz: In his career twilight, Kobe still looms large http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58524396-87/bryant-jazz-kobe-lakers.html.csp Los Angeles • When an injury kept Kobe Bryant out of action for seven straight games in the spring of 2012, he sat next to an assistant coach on the bench and lessons were shared teacher to pupil. Though which was which may not have been totally clear at the time. “Man, [I learned] so much,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder says now, looking back on his year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. “He was teaching me without knowing what he was doing. I was just watching him and listening. I kn... Los Angeles • When an injury kept Kobe Bryant out of action for seven straight games in the spring of 2012, he sat next to an assistant coach on the bench and lessons were shared teacher to pupil. Though which was which may not have been totally clear at the time. “Man, [I learned] so much,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder says now, looking back on his year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. “He was teaching me without knowing what he was doing. I was just watching him and listening. I kn... 58524396@www.sltrib.com Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:33:31 MDT Utah Jazz: Hayward experiences social media pushback http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58525488-87/hayward-blog-jazz-game.html.csp Jazz forward Gordon Hayward posts on his personal blog fairly regularly. His latest update — tweeted with a link on Tuesday — came equipped with this title: “If I played @KingJames 1-on-1, I’d crush him. My new blog on why I’m the best”. Let’s just say the post generated some interesting comments. And a lot of them. In fact, there was so much traffic to Hayward’s blog that it crashed — earning some national attention and even some laughs in the process. Hayward, of course, wasn’t talking about ... Jazz forward Gordon Hayward posts on his personal blog fairly regularly. His latest update — tweeted with a link on Tuesday — came equipped with this title: “If I played @KingJames 1-on-1, I’d crush him. My new blog on why I’m the best”. Let’s just say the post generated some interesting comments. And a lot of them. In fact, there was so much traffic to Hayward’s blog that it crashed — earning some national attention and even some laughs in the process. Hayward, of course, wasn’t talking about ... 58525488@www.sltrib.com Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:59:30 MDT Utah Jazz a surprise team? Not so fast, says Snyder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58519922-87/jazz-preseason-snyder-monday.html.csp Go ahead. Suggest that the Utah Jazz will be better than anticipated. Coach Quin Snyder is here to stop you in your tracks. There’s cautious optimism, and then there are those with level heads. And when talking about a surprising 3-0 start to the preseason for the Jazz, Snyder is quick to put things in a bit of perspective. Or a lot. “It’s just preseason,” Snyder said. “The games get much harder when they start to count.” That could very well be true. The Jazz could still end up being the 24-wi... Go ahead. Suggest that the Utah Jazz will be better than anticipated. Coach Quin Snyder is here to stop you in your tracks. There’s cautious optimism, and then there are those with level heads. And when talking about a surprising 3-0 start to the preseason for the Jazz, Snyder is quick to put things in a bit of perspective. Or a lot. “It’s just preseason,” Snyder said. “The games get much harder when they start to count.” That could very well be true. The Jazz could still end up being the 24-wi... 58519922@www.sltrib.com Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:25:07 MDT Utah Jazz notes: Rookie Dante Exum takes lumps against All-Star Chris Paul http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58521043-87/exum-game-paul-jazz.html.csp One of the game’s best helped teach the lesson plan for Monday night’s installment of Dante Exum’s NBA education. Clippers point guard Chris Paul made life difficult on the Utah Jazz rookie. Paul twice baited Exum into reaching in for the ball, only to watch as Paul swiped underneath his arm to draw a foul. The All-Star and his L.A. teammates also showed Exum the strength and power needed to play at the highest level, forcing the rookie to turn the ball over eight times on the night. “It was a r... One of the game’s best helped teach the lesson plan for Monday night’s installment of Dante Exum’s NBA education. Clippers point guard Chris Paul made life difficult on the Utah Jazz rookie. Paul twice baited Exum into reaching in for the ball, only to watch as Paul swiped underneath his arm to draw a foul. The All-Star and his L.A. teammates also showed Exum the strength and power needed to play at the highest level, forcing the rookie to turn the ball over eight times on the night. “It was a r... 58521043@www.sltrib.com Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:55:01 MDT NBA a learning experience for C.J. Wilcox http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58518564-87/wilcox-clippers-game-played.html.csp C.J. Wilcox is just a rookie on a team full of star veterans, so he’s going to have to be patient. But if he is, the first year Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard will be a better player for it. The last time Wilcox played at EnergySolutions Arena, West Jordan High was the opponent. Of course, Wilcox was a sophomore guard playing for Pleasant Grove at the time, but the memory makes it seem as if it happened last week. “It’s good to be home, play in front family and friends from high school,” sa... C.J. Wilcox is just a rookie on a team full of star veterans, so he’s going to have to be patient. But if he is, the first year Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard will be a better player for it. The last time Wilcox played at EnergySolutions Arena, West Jordan High was the opponent. Of course, Wilcox was a sophomore guard playing for Pleasant Grove at the time, but the memory makes it seem as if it happened last week. “It’s good to be home, play in front family and friends from high school,” sa... 58518564@www.sltrib.com Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:56:01 MDT Jazz notes: Rodney Hood to make preseason debut on Monday night http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58514455-87/hood-snyder-monday-clippers.html.csp Last week featured the preseason NBA debut of Dante Exum. And while the Utah Jazz point guard hasn’t wowed in his two games, he has been solid coming off Quin Snyder’s bench. Monday night will see the delayed debut of Utah’s other first-round draft pick, small forward Rodney Hood. The former Duke University star was held out of consecutive wins over Portland with a hip flexor he strained last Monday in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage. He was cleared for Thursday’s game at Portland, but Snyder de... Last week featured the preseason NBA debut of Dante Exum. And while the Utah Jazz point guard hasn’t wowed in his two games, he has been solid coming off Quin Snyder’s bench. Monday night will see the delayed debut of Utah’s other first-round draft pick, small forward Rodney Hood. The former Duke University star was held out of consecutive wins over Portland with a hip flexor he strained last Monday in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage. He was cleared for Thursday’s game at Portland, but Snyder de... 58514455@www.sltrib.com Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:38:02 MDT Utah Jazz: Early returns promising on Trey Burke http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58512960-77/burke-jazz-utah-guard.html.csp Trey Burke sat almost motionless at his visiting locker in Portland, Oregon. He jostled with his phone, all the while entertaining a thick bag of ice on each knee, his feet soaking in chilled water. The Utah Jazz point guard looked much more like a grizzled veteran than a second-year NBA player who won’t turn 22 years old until next month. While sitting quietly after leading the Jazz to a comeback win over the Trail Blazers last Thursday, he stated the obvious after his fourth quarter spearheade... Trey Burke sat almost motionless at his visiting locker in Portland, Oregon. He jostled with his phone, all the while entertaining a thick bag of ice on each knee, his feet soaking in chilled water. The Utah Jazz point guard looked much more like a grizzled veteran than a second-year NBA player who won’t turn 22 years old until next month. While sitting quietly after leading the Jazz to a comeback win over the Trail Blazers last Thursday, he stated the obvious after his fourth quarter spearheade... 58512960@www.sltrib.com Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:15:46 MDT Utah Jazz: Steve Novak’s shooting makes him important to Jazz system http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58490282-87/novak-jazz-snyder-team.html.csp It was a sequence that looks to occur repeatedly over the next six months. During Sunday’s scrimmage portion of practice, Alec Burks pushed the ball into the frontcourt. His path to the basket deterred, the Utah Jazz shooting guard took a pick from Steve Novak. Two defenders then converged on Burks, forgetting about the best shooter on the floor. Novak relocated to the 3-point line, took a pass and calmly knocked home a jumper. Money. Novak may not be the biggest Jazz player. He’s certainly not ... It was a sequence that looks to occur repeatedly over the next six months. During Sunday’s scrimmage portion of practice, Alec Burks pushed the ball into the frontcourt. His path to the basket deterred, the Utah Jazz shooting guard took a pick from Steve Novak. Two defenders then converged on Burks, forgetting about the best shooter on the floor. Novak relocated to the 3-point line, took a pass and calmly knocked home a jumper. Money. Novak may not be the biggest Jazz player. He’s certainly not ... 58490282@www.sltrib.com Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:14:21 MDT Utah Jazz looking to impress in preseason opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58491038-87/jazz-snyder-blazers-hayward.html.csp Gordon Hayward’s eyes lit up and a quick smile crept across his slightly unshaven face when asked about Tuesday’s preseason opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. “We get a chance to finally go against someone other than yourself,” Hayward said with a laugh. Training camp can be difficult for anyone. Two practices a day are a drain. Injuries are nagging and seeing the same people each waking hour can, after awhile, get annoying. Playing an actual game? It’s like being a kid and getting let... Gordon Hayward’s eyes lit up and a quick smile crept across his slightly unshaven face when asked about Tuesday’s preseason opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. “We get a chance to finally go against someone other than yourself,” Hayward said with a laugh. Training camp can be difficult for anyone. Two practices a day are a drain. Injuries are nagging and seeing the same people each waking hour can, after awhile, get annoying. Playing an actual game? It’s like being a kid and getting let... 58491038@www.sltrib.com Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:14:21 MDT Utah Jazz: New NBA TV deal means bigger paydays, potential lockout http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58493682-87/deal-league-nba-players.html.csp Back in July, when the Jazz opted to match Gordon Hayward’s $63 million offer sheet, general manager Dennis Lindsey put the max deal in perspective by saying this: “All ships raise with a rising tide.” What he meant was that in the ever expanding economy of the NBA, everybody’s going to get paid. Now, it appears the floodgates have really opened. The NBA on Monday announced a new television deal with ESPN and TNT worth a reported $24 billion over nine years, beginning in the 2016-17 season. The ... Back in July, when the Jazz opted to match Gordon Hayward’s $63 million offer sheet, general manager Dennis Lindsey put the max deal in perspective by saying this: “All ships raise with a rising tide.” What he meant was that in the ever expanding economy of the NBA, everybody’s going to get paid. Now, it appears the floodgates have really opened. The NBA on Monday announced a new television deal with ESPN and TNT worth a reported $24 billion over nine years, beginning in the 2016-17 season. The ... 58493682@www.sltrib.com Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:14:21 MDT Jazz notes: Dahntay Jones cautions young teammates for possibility of lockout http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58498288-87/jazz-jones-players-deal.html.csp The NBA’s new television deal shocked many. But Jazz guard Dahntay Jones wasn’t exactly one of them. “Everyone knew [the numbers would be big], but the NBA was trying to act like it wasn’t going to happen and preparing for the now,” said Jones, a 10-year veteran who served as the Indiana Pacers’ players union rep during the last round of collective bargaining in 2011. “But everyone had it in the back of their minds when the TV deal was up, it was going to re-up and be a very big deal.” Those n... The NBA’s new television deal shocked many. But Jazz guard Dahntay Jones wasn’t exactly one of them. “Everyone knew [the numbers would be big], but the NBA was trying to act like it wasn’t going to happen and preparing for the now,” said Jones, a 10-year veteran who served as the Indiana Pacers’ players union rep during the last round of collective bargaining in 2011. “But everyone had it in the back of their minds when the TV deal was up, it was going to re-up and be a very big deal.” Those n... 58498288@www.sltrib.com Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:14:21 MDT