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Corbin could... When Utah Jazz management decided the 2013-14 season would be one of reorganizing and rebuilding, Tyrone Corbin took a deep breath and forged ahead. Without a contract extension and faced with the prospect of going into battle with unproven players, Corbin realized month ago his situation was precarious. “I would have liked things to be handled differently, but they weren’t,” he said Thursday. “So it is what it is. We’ll see where things go and move on.” Interesting choice of words. Corbin could... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57836581@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:29:57 MDT Monson: Great news! The Jazz are exactly who we thought they were http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57832959-87/jazz-players-season-corbin.html.csp All is well in Zion. No, no, really. Buck up. It’s OK. As Jazz players and coaches put punctuation on a 25-57 season by packing up and clearing out on an occasion so magnificently utilitarian in its name — locker-clean-out day — there was good news. This team is exactly where it figured to be at this point in the plan. You could have put the whole thing in the books last October. Even Ty Corbin uttered these words: “It was what I expected.” Where precisely are the Jazz? Right here: in fine posi... All is well in Zion. No, no, really. Buck up. It’s OK. As Jazz players and coaches put punctuation on a 25-57 season by packing up and clearing out on an occasion so magnificently utilitarian in its name — locker-clean-out day — there was good news. This team is exactly where it figured to be at this point in the plan. You could have put the whole thing in the books last October. Even Ty Corbin uttered these words: “It was what I expected.” Where precisely are the Jazz? Right here: in fine posi... 57832959@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:51:03 MDT Utah Jazz GM says Corbin decision coming ‘in short order’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833596-87/corbin-decision-season-lindsey.html.csp A decision on the future of Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin is coming “in short order,” general manager Dennis Lindsey said Thursday afternoon. Addressing the media after the team’s annual end-of-season meetings at EnergySolutions Arena, Lindsey declined to say whether a decision regarding Corbin has already been made. “When we spoke to Ty and his representation during the year, we laid out [that] we wanted to take the full season,” Lindsey said. “We want to take a small period now for all of... A decision on the future of Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin is coming “in short order,” general manager Dennis Lindsey said Thursday afternoon. Addressing the media after the team’s annual end-of-season meetings at EnergySolutions Arena, Lindsey declined to say whether a decision regarding Corbin has already been made. “When we spoke to Ty and his representation during the year, we laid out [that] we wanted to take the full season,” Lindsey said. “We want to take a small period now for all of... 57833596@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz: Kanter, Burks eligible for extensions this summer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833682-87/kanter-burks-season-jazz.html.csp As always, Enes Kanter was borderline hilarious with the media on Thursday afternoon, cracking jokes, smiling and generally being comfortable in front of a crowd. But locker room clean-out day for the Jazz yielded a more serious side to Utah’s third-year center. He was clearly miffed at not receiving more playing time this season. He stated that the five younger guys on the roster should’ve played more frequently together, and made it clear that he wants that rectified next season. “They told us... As always, Enes Kanter was borderline hilarious with the media on Thursday afternoon, cracking jokes, smiling and generally being comfortable in front of a crowd. But locker room clean-out day for the Jazz yielded a more serious side to Utah’s third-year center. He was clearly miffed at not receiving more playing time this season. He stated that the five younger guys on the roster should’ve played more frequently together, and made it clear that he wants that rectified next season. “They told us... 57833682@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Kragthorpe: GM Dennis Lindsey believes Jazz can ‘get it right’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833806-87/lindsey-jazz-pick-record.html.csp Atheists are convening downtown, Comic Con’s costumed enthusiasts are worshiping on the site where the Jazz once played and Dennis Lindsey is trying to inspire belief in his rebuilding project. Just another April week in Salt Lake City. Lindsey, the Jazz’s general manager, presided over a 25-57 season that ended Wednesday with a double-overtime win at Minnesota, as the Jazz barely topped the worst record in the franchise’s 35-year Utah era. They finished 24 games behind Dallas, the Western Conf... Atheists are convening downtown, Comic Con’s costumed enthusiasts are worshiping on the site where the Jazz once played and Dennis Lindsey is trying to inspire belief in his rebuilding project. Just another April week in Salt Lake City. Lindsey, the Jazz’s general manager, presided over a 25-57 season that ended Wednesday with a double-overtime win at Minnesota, as the Jazz barely topped the worst record in the franchise’s 35-year Utah era. They finished 24 games behind Dallas, the Western Conf... 57833806@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz notes: Burke has handful of offseason goals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57833905-87/burke-think-finger-season.html.csp Trey Burke has one offseason goal that is unique among his teammates. He wants to straighten out his right index finger. Burke, the Jazz’s rookie point guard, fractured the finger during a preseason game against the L.A. Clippers in October. He missed 12 games. Burke ended up averaging 12.8 points and 5.7 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. But he disclosed during the team’s annual end-of-the-season meeting at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday that his surgically-repaired finger has been problemat... Trey Burke has one offseason goal that is unique among his teammates. He wants to straighten out his right index finger. Burke, the Jazz’s rookie point guard, fractured the finger during a preseason game against the L.A. Clippers in October. He missed 12 games. Burke ended up averaging 12.8 points and 5.7 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. But he disclosed during the team’s annual end-of-the-season meeting at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday that his surgically-repaired finger has been problemat... 57833905@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz: Nowhere to go but up for young Jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57834076-87/jazz-lindsey-season-corbin.html.csp It had been 187 days since Trey Burke threw that preseason bounce pass, hitting his finger against a defender in such a way that the bone fractured. But as the rookie point guard cleared out his locker on Thursday morning, it wouldn’t bend normally.As the Jazz gathered at EnergySolutions for one last time before parting ways, the stiffness in Burke’s finger wasn’t the only lingering memory of a 25-57 season — one of the worst in franchise history.“I know it’s tough. Nobody likes losing, especial... It had been 187 days since Trey Burke threw that preseason bounce pass, hitting his finger against a defender in such a way that the bone fractured. But as the rookie point guard cleared out his locker on Thursday morning, it wouldn’t bend normally.As the Jazz gathered at EnergySolutions for one last time before parting ways, the stiffness in Burke’s finger wasn’t the only lingering memory of a 25-57 season — one of the worst in franchise history.“I know it’s tough. Nobody likes losing, especial... 57834076@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz: GM Lindsey wants Hayward to be ‘a career Jazz member’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57834159-87/hayward-jazz-lindsey-team.html.csp Next week, Gordon Hayward will be in the Philippines, hosting a basketball camp. Sometime “soon” after that, he’ll be getting married.As for his plans as a restricted free agent? Well, the 24-year-old wing might not want to make too many of them.Speaking at the team’s locker cleanout day Thursday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey stopped short of promising the team would bring Hayward back. But Lindsey made it clear Hayward is in the plans.“We look forward to him being a career Jazz member,” ... Next week, Gordon Hayward will be in the Philippines, hosting a basketball camp. Sometime “soon” after that, he’ll be getting married.As for his plans as a restricted free agent? Well, the 24-year-old wing might not want to make too many of them.Speaking at the team’s locker cleanout day Thursday, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey stopped short of promising the team would bring Hayward back. But Lindsey made it clear Hayward is in the plans.“We look forward to him being a career Jazz member,” ... 57834159@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:56 MDT Utah Jazz LIVE: Kanter certain he can play alongside Favors http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57828908-87/jazz-season-hayward-corbin.html.csp Can Jazz low-post big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter play together and be effective? Going forward, that question is one of the most important Utah management must answer in their quest to move beyond this season’s 25-57 record. One word of caution: Don’t count Kanter as one of the doubters. “I think it’s crazy that people think we cannot play together,” he said Thursday afternoon at EnergySolutions Arena. “I read all these articles and it’s crazy some people think we can’t play together. … ... Can Jazz low-post big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter play together and be effective? Going forward, that question is one of the most important Utah management must answer in their quest to move beyond this season’s 25-57 record. One word of caution: Don’t count Kanter as one of the doubters. “I think it’s crazy that people think we cannot play together,” he said Thursday afternoon at EnergySolutions Arena. “I read all these articles and it’s crazy some people think we can’t play together. … ... 57828908@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:18:24 MDT Utah Jazz beat Timberwolves in double OT to finish season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57830026-87/jazz-points-rebounds-team.html.csp Ty Corbin promised his team would fight to the end. And on Wednesday night in Minnesota, they finally did. The Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak, capping a difficult season of rebuilding with a victory — a feat that hasn’t come easy or often this year — as they downed the Timberwolves 136-130 in double-overtime. Rookie point guard Trey Burke led the way with a team-high 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Swingman Gordon Hayward fell an assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with ... Ty Corbin promised his team would fight to the end. And on Wednesday night in Minnesota, they finally did. The Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak, capping a difficult season of rebuilding with a victory — a feat that hasn’t come easy or often this year — as they downed the Timberwolves 136-130 in double-overtime. Rookie point guard Trey Burke led the way with a team-high 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Swingman Gordon Hayward fell an assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with ... 57830026@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:34:20 MDT Kragthorpe: Rockies’ owner can relate to Jazz’s plight http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57826174-87/jazz-rockies-monfort-baseball.html.csp As only a neighboring pro sports owner could, Dick Monfort understands what the Jazz are going through. Well, the phenomenon of fans being happy about the Jazz’s losing mystified him, as he watched Monday’s game at EnergySolutions Arena. But having a management strategy and believing in it, through the ups and downs? That part, Monfort gets. Asked what he’s learned in 17 years of baseball, the Colorado Rockies chairman said, “Patience.” That’s what he keeps reminding himself, anyway. And that w... As only a neighboring pro sports owner could, Dick Monfort understands what the Jazz are going through. Well, the phenomenon of fans being happy about the Jazz’s losing mystified him, as he watched Monday’s game at EnergySolutions Arena. But having a management strategy and believing in it, through the ups and downs? That part, Monfort gets. Asked what he’s learned in 17 years of baseball, the Colorado Rockies chairman said, “Patience.” That’s what he keeps reminding himself, anyway. And that w... 57826174@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:25:39 MDT Utah Jazz: With 1 game to go, Ty Corbin still not ready to discuss future http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57823408-87/jazz-corbin-season-coach.html.csp With time ticking down until tipoff Monday night, Tyrone Corbin stood in a corner of EnergySolutions Arena reading over the handwritten notes in a card delivered by a group of Jazz fans. It was a card of thanks. Could it also have been a goodbye? After spending the last 10 years as a member of the Jazz’s coaching staff, Corbin heads into Wednesday night’s season finale in Minnesota knowing that it could be his last as the team’s head coach. He is without a contract after July, and with a record ... With time ticking down until tipoff Monday night, Tyrone Corbin stood in a corner of EnergySolutions Arena reading over the handwritten notes in a card delivered by a group of Jazz fans. It was a card of thanks. Could it also have been a goodbye? After spending the last 10 years as a member of the Jazz’s coaching staff, Corbin heads into Wednesday night’s season finale in Minnesota knowing that it could be his last as the team’s head coach. He is without a contract after July, and with a record ... 57823408@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:52:26 MDT Utah Jazz: New lineup can score, but defending a struggle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57823952-87/lineup-jazz-hayward-season.html.csp It took most of a season, but the Jazz have finally given their youth movement significant minutes together over the last three games. The lineup of Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter had only played 74 minutes together before last week. Over the past three contests, they’ve seen 48 more minutes as a unit. And while the group is still waiting for their first win as a starting five, rookie point guard Burke said he’s seeing some promise. “I think we’ve been pla... It took most of a season, but the Jazz have finally given their youth movement significant minutes together over the last three games. The lineup of Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter had only played 74 minutes together before last week. Over the past three contests, they’ve seen 48 more minutes as a unit. And while the group is still waiting for their first win as a starting five, rookie point guard Burke said he’s seeing some promise. “I think we’ve been pla... 57823952@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:32:02 MDT Utah Jazz: Young’s 41 leads L.A. Lakers to victory over the Jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57819312-87/jazz-lakers-utah-points.html.csp When the game had ended, players stayed out on the court at EnergySolutions Arena and threw out autographed miniature basketballs to the fans who had not made early exits amid another blowout loss. But in Monday’s defeat, the Utah Jazz had already given some fans the kind of balls they really wanted: the lottery variety. The loss, a 119-104 affair with the Los Angeles Lakers, assured that the Jazz will finish the season no better than tied for the fourth-worse record in the NBA, and therefore th... When the game had ended, players stayed out on the court at EnergySolutions Arena and threw out autographed miniature basketballs to the fans who had not made early exits amid another blowout loss. But in Monday’s defeat, the Utah Jazz had already given some fans the kind of balls they really wanted: the lottery variety. The loss, a 119-104 affair with the Los Angeles Lakers, assured that the Jazz will finish the season no better than tied for the fourth-worse record in the NBA, and therefore th... 57819312@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:04:04 MDT Utah Jazz: Lakers’ Nick Young scores 41 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57819117-87/points-jazz-lakers-nick.html.csp The Jazz season ends Wednesday at Minnesota, but Utah has struggled to stop opponents for the last month. Exhibit A? Nick Young and the Lakers. Young scored 41 points on 14-for-23 shooting Monday night, leading Los Angeles to a 119-104 victory over the defense-less Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Young scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers broke open a close game by making 12 of their 20 field-goal attempts. “Nick is fun,” said Laker coach Mike D’Antoni. “He’s a good guy in a se... The Jazz season ends Wednesday at Minnesota, but Utah has struggled to stop opponents for the last month. Exhibit A? Nick Young and the Lakers. Young scored 41 points on 14-for-23 shooting Monday night, leading Los Angeles to a 119-104 victory over the defense-less Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Young scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers broke open a close game by making 12 of their 20 field-goal attempts. “Nick is fun,” said Laker coach Mike D’Antoni. “He’s a good guy in a se... 57819117@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:47:02 MDT Crowd helps Hayward feel at home as free-agency looms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57819916-87/hayward-jazz-free-game.html.csp The lights inside EnergySolutions Arena dimmed and a cheer went up as Gordon Hayward’s name was called over the speakers Monday night. For the 24-year-old, there’s a chance it was the last time as a Jazzman. Because the Utah front office was unable to reach an extension with Hayward last fall, the swingman will become a restricted free agent come July. And while the Jazz will have the option — and the cap space — to match any offer Hayward might receive, his future remains uncertain. “You hope n... The lights inside EnergySolutions Arena dimmed and a cheer went up as Gordon Hayward’s name was called over the speakers Monday night. For the 24-year-old, there’s a chance it was the last time as a Jazzman. Because the Utah front office was unable to reach an extension with Hayward last fall, the swingman will become a restricted free agent come July. And while the Jazz will have the option — and the cap space — to match any offer Hayward might receive, his future remains uncertain. “You hope n... 57819916@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:47:02 MDT Kragthorpe: Jazz-Lakers game will have weird aura http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57817050-87/jazz-lakers-season-aura.html.csp The only thing that could make this any weirder is if Derek Fisher still played for the Los Angeles Lakers. A sizable segment of Jazz fans actually would be cheering for him tonight. The aura at EnergySolutions Arena promises to be rather bizarre, as the Jazz stage their final home game of the season. If they lose tonight and Wednesday at Minnesota, they’re assured of no better than the NBA’s fourth-worst record. Pending the outcome of the lottery — which is the part everyone tends to forget — t... The only thing that could make this any weirder is if Derek Fisher still played for the Los Angeles Lakers. A sizable segment of Jazz fans actually would be cheering for him tonight. The aura at EnergySolutions Arena promises to be rather bizarre, as the Jazz stage their final home game of the season. If they lose tonight and Wednesday at Minnesota, they’re assured of no better than the NBA’s fourth-worst record. Pending the outcome of the lottery — which is the part everyone tends to forget — t... 57817050@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:07:47 MDT Gallery: L.A. Laker greats of the past http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57817743-87/lakers-jazz-past-season.html.csp The Utah Jazz wrap up their home slate Monday night against one of the most proud franchises in the NBA. The L.A. Lakers come into Salt Lake City, a team that’s won 16 titles. A Jazz vs. Lakers matchups in years past would be a premier event. That’s not the case this season. The only worst team in the Western Conference this season than the Lakers is ... the Jazz. The teams have won a combined 49 games this season. In an effort to conjure memories of quality basketball, here’s a look back at the... The Utah Jazz wrap up their home slate Monday night against one of the most proud franchises in the NBA. The L.A. Lakers come into Salt Lake City, a team that’s won 16 titles. A Jazz vs. Lakers matchups in years past would be a premier event. That’s not the case this season. The only worst team in the Western Conference this season than the Lakers is ... the Jazz. The teams have won a combined 49 games this season. In an effort to conjure memories of quality basketball, here’s a look back at the... 57817743@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:07:31 MDT Utah Jazz set for home finale against the Lakers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57815219-87/jazz-lakers-pick-season.html.csp In years past, this might have been a marquee late-season matchup, a game to decide playoff seeding for a legitimate title contender. The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers each have rich postseason traditions. Only twice in the last 30 seasons have the Lakers missed the playoffs. Only five times in the last 30 years have the Jazz missed out. Only once, during the 2004-05 season, did they both go home early. This year will be the second time in the last three decades. So when the Los Angeles L... In years past, this might have been a marquee late-season matchup, a game to decide playoff seeding for a legitimate title contender. The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers each have rich postseason traditions. Only twice in the last 30 seasons have the Lakers missed the playoffs. Only five times in the last 30 years have the Jazz missed out. Only once, during the 2004-05 season, did they both go home early. This year will be the second time in the last three decades. So when the Los Angeles L... 57815219@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:23:01 MDT Utah Jazz: Ex-Jazzman Foye leads Nuggets over old team, 101-94 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/57812958-87/jazz-foye-nuggets-points.html.csp Denver • The Jazz know all about Randy Foye’s 3-point abilities. The veteran guard hit 178 of them last year in Utah, setting the franchise record for triples in a single season. Saturday night, Foye took his old team down memory lane. The Nuggets sharpshooter hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 26 points, as he helped down the Jazz 101-94 in Denver. The Jazz (24-56) had led most of the way, but Foye played spoiler. The guard hit a 3-pointer with 7:24 left to... Denver • The Jazz know all about Randy Foye’s 3-point abilities. The veteran guard hit 178 of them last year in Utah, setting the franchise record for triples in a single season. Saturday night, Foye took his old team down memory lane. The Nuggets sharpshooter hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 26 points, as he helped down the Jazz 101-94 in Denver. The Jazz (24-56) had led most of the way, but Foye played spoiler. The guard hit a 3-pointer with 7:24 left to... 57812958@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:09:05 MDT