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Trey Burke looked calm and unaffected by the crush of people surrounding him. He confidently chewed on a piece of gum, looked straight ahead and answered each question with the patience of an NBA veteran. He looked like a guy ready for an expanded role with the Jazz. No longer is Burke the wide-eyed rookie point guard, feeling his way through the league. Instead, Burke is coach Quin Snyder’s floor general, and one of the players looked upon to lead the way. If the Jazz are going to surprise this... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58477852@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:52:39 MDT Utah Jazz: Jeremy Evans hopes to take another step forward http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58478122-87/evans-hayward-coach-step.html.csp Jazz forward Jeremy Evans established himself as a legitimate NBA player under former head coaches Jerry Sloan and Tyrone Corbin. Can he take the next step for Utah’s new regime? Evans, of course, is a former second-round draft pick from Western Kentucky. He averaged career-highs in points (6.1), rebounds (4.7) and minutes (18.3) last season. Evans hopes to continue his progress under coach Quin Snyder, who likes what he’s seen during the opening two days of training camp. “One of the things he ... Jazz forward Jeremy Evans established himself as a legitimate NBA player under former head coaches Jerry Sloan and Tyrone Corbin. Can he take the next step for Utah’s new regime? Evans, of course, is a former second-round draft pick from Western Kentucky. He averaged career-highs in points (6.1), rebounds (4.7) and minutes (18.3) last season. Evans hopes to continue his progress under coach Quin Snyder, who likes what he’s seen during the opening two days of training camp. “One of the things he ... 58478122@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:19:02 MDT Utah Jazz: Lindsey expects to keep Kanter, Burks ‘a long time’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58474082-87/kanter-jazz-season-burks.html.csp Optimism abounded as the Jazz opened training camp this week, young and hopeful and still unbeaten. No one seemed to embody that more than Enes Kanter, who beamed as he talked about his 3-point game, his relationship with new coach Quin Snyder and his goal of bringing the playoffs back to Utah. “I’m just pumped up. I’m ready for the season,” Kanter said, then looked over the heads of the reporters gathered around him at a teammate standing behind them. “Right, Alec?” “Yeah,” Alec Burks replied w... Optimism abounded as the Jazz opened training camp this week, young and hopeful and still unbeaten. No one seemed to embody that more than Enes Kanter, who beamed as he talked about his 3-point game, his relationship with new coach Quin Snyder and his goal of bringing the playoffs back to Utah. “I’m just pumped up. I’m ready for the season,” Kanter said, then looked over the heads of the reporters gathered around him at a teammate standing behind them. “Right, Alec?” “Yeah,” Alec Burks replied w... 58474082@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:43:14 MDT Monson: Jazz are confident they can win a title … no, no they aren’t http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58472926-87/jazz-season-monson-gordon.html.csp One word characterizes the Jazz at the start of their new season. It’s a surprising word, given the team’s 57 losses last year. But the veterans are giving it a test drive, and the rookies, too, the returnees and the newcomers. Check back with us in March, and we’ll update everyone on the word’s staying power. Confident/Confidence. It’s an important thing to be/have in pro sports because, without it, you’re dead. With it, you have a shot at fulfilling your potential. And that’s what the existen... One word characterizes the Jazz at the start of their new season. It’s a surprising word, given the team’s 57 losses last year. But the veterans are giving it a test drive, and the rookies, too, the returnees and the newcomers. Check back with us in March, and we’ll update everyone on the word’s staying power. Confident/Confidence. It’s an important thing to be/have in pro sports because, without it, you’re dead. With it, you have a shot at fulfilling your potential. And that’s what the existen... 58472926@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:43:00 MDT Utah Jazz notes: Mixed results in first practice for Exum, Hood http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58473395-87/jazz-practice-exum-hood.html.csp There were moments of brilliance. There were moments when inexperience shined through. Like the vast majority of rookies, the first official NBA practice for Dante Exum and Rodney Hood featured a mixed bag. There were times Utah coach Quin Snyder sat back and marveled at the potential for the future. On the other hand, there were times when each made their coach cringe. “They have a lot of talent,” Snyder said. “But they have a long way to go. They made some plays out there today, but they just ... There were moments of brilliance. There were moments when inexperience shined through. Like the vast majority of rookies, the first official NBA practice for Dante Exum and Rodney Hood featured a mixed bag. There were times Utah coach Quin Snyder sat back and marveled at the potential for the future. On the other hand, there were times when each made their coach cringe. “They have a lot of talent,” Snyder said. “But they have a long way to go. They made some plays out there today, but they just ... 58473395@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:50:07 MDT Utah Grizzlies sign forward Syner for coming season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58473083-87/grizzlies-syner-season-utah.html.csp West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies have signed forward T.J. Syner for the 2014-15 season, the club announced Tuesday morning. Syner split the last two seasons between the ECHL’s Reading Royals and the AHL’s Hershey Bears. He scored 28 goals and had 35 assists in 72 games with Reading. He finished with three goals and five assists in 48 games with the Bears. Syner joins his cousin, Barry Almeida, on this year’s Grizzlies team. “T.J. is a very dynamic player,” said Utah coach and general manage... West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies have signed forward T.J. Syner for the 2014-15 season, the club announced Tuesday morning. Syner split the last two seasons between the ECHL’s Reading Royals and the AHL’s Hershey Bears. He scored 28 goals and had 35 assists in 72 games with Reading. He finished with three goals and five assists in 48 games with the Bears. Syner joins his cousin, Barry Almeida, on this year’s Grizzlies team. “T.J. is a very dynamic player,” said Utah coach and general manage... 58473083@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:28:02 MDT Utah Jazz: Hayward returns with a mission to lead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58470155-87/hayward-jazz-gordon-utah.html.csp Gordon Hayward is considerably wealthier after signing a new max contract with the Jazz in July, his arms are more muscular, owing to all the time he has spent in the weight room during the offseason. And, he’s now a married man. Big summer. Big changes. However, in return, he’s being asked to lead the 2014-15 edition of the Utah Jazz. And, yes, he says he’s up to the task. “It all tells me that the trust the organization has had in me is huge,” Hayward said. “It makes me feel more like a lead... Gordon Hayward is considerably wealthier after signing a new max contract with the Jazz in July, his arms are more muscular, owing to all the time he has spent in the weight room during the offseason. And, he’s now a married man. Big summer. Big changes. However, in return, he’s being asked to lead the 2014-15 edition of the Utah Jazz. And, yes, he says he’s up to the task. “It all tells me that the trust the organization has had in me is huge,” Hayward said. “It makes me feel more like a lead... 58470155@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:55:52 MDT Utah Jazz notes: Kanter promises 3s, praise Snyder http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58470295-87/kanter-jazz-coach-game.html.csp Enes Kanter promises an expanded game this year. All the way out to the 3-point line. The Turkish big man has attempted exactly one shot from beyond the arc in each of his first three seasons (sinking one of them). This year, Kanter says he’s finally been given the freedom —more accurately the command — to fire from deep. “I’m rehabbing in Chicago and Coach Quin [Snyder] came to visit me and he said, ‘You know you’re going to shoot some 3s this year,’” Kanter recalled Monday. “I was just shocked... Enes Kanter promises an expanded game this year. All the way out to the 3-point line. The Turkish big man has attempted exactly one shot from beyond the arc in each of his first three seasons (sinking one of them). This year, Kanter says he’s finally been given the freedom —more accurately the command — to fire from deep. “I’m rehabbing in Chicago and Coach Quin [Snyder] came to visit me and he said, ‘You know you’re going to shoot some 3s this year,’” Kanter recalled Monday. “I was just shocked... 58470295@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:10:02 MDT Utah Jazz: Trey Burke apologizes for leaked nude photographs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58470180-87/burke-jazz-photos-forward.html.csp Trey Burke’s season began with an apology Monday, after nude photos of the Utah Jazz point guard were leaked on the Internet and spread over social media. “Publicly, I want to first and foremost apologize to my family [and] apologize to the Miller family, as well as my teammates,” Burke told reporters, after addressing his teammates and Jazz officials earlier. “We already talked about it in the locker room. From this day forward, it won’t happen again. They were old pictures. They were meant to ... Trey Burke’s season began with an apology Monday, after nude photos of the Utah Jazz point guard were leaked on the Internet and spread over social media. “Publicly, I want to first and foremost apologize to my family [and] apologize to the Miller family, as well as my teammates,” Burke told reporters, after addressing his teammates and Jazz officials earlier. “We already talked about it in the locker room. From this day forward, it won’t happen again. They were old pictures. They were meant to ... 58470180@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:04:39 MDT Kragthorpe: Jazz want to make themselves worth watching again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58470297-87/jazz-team-kragthorpe-media.html.csp So the Jazz have gathered for coach Quin Snyder’s first training camp, and everyone recognizes that this new arrangement is going to require some unselfishness. That’s not even counting Gordon Hayward’s negotiations regarding how much time he’s allowed to spend playing video games. Hayward’s a dedicated gamer, but he’s married now. He knows that. The Jazz are not a very good NBA team at the moment. We all understand that. Where the buzzwords from Media Day come into play is in holding this team... So the Jazz have gathered for coach Quin Snyder’s first training camp, and everyone recognizes that this new arrangement is going to require some unselfishness. That’s not even counting Gordon Hayward’s negotiations regarding how much time he’s allowed to spend playing video games. Hayward’s a dedicated gamer, but he’s married now. He knows that. The Jazz are not a very good NBA team at the moment. We all understand that. Where the buzzwords from Media Day come into play is in holding this team... 58470297@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:47:01 MDT Utah Jazz: With start of training camp, new era begins http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58459869-87/jazz-season-team-camp.html.csp On the eve of the start of training camp, Quin Snyder is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s gotten it all right. The first-year Jazz coach and his staff have analyzed a youthful roster through hundreds of hours of film. They’ve planned the weeks ahead, almost down to the minute. Snyder has even awakened himself in the middle of the night, so crammed is his mind with ideas. A new day is here for Snyder, his team, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey and the entire Jazz organization. I... On the eve of the start of training camp, Quin Snyder is doing everything in his power to make sure he’s gotten it all right. The first-year Jazz coach and his staff have analyzed a youthful roster through hundreds of hours of film. They’ve planned the weeks ahead, almost down to the minute. Snyder has even awakened himself in the middle of the night, so crammed is his mind with ideas. A new day is here for Snyder, his team, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey and the entire Jazz organization. I... 58459869@www.sltrib.com Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:47:04 MDT Monson: Greg Miller responds to questions about the Utah Jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58461668-87/jazz-miller-think-level.html.csp Greg Miller recently came into the studios of 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone at our invitation and sat down to answer questions and talk about, among other topics, his influence and experience as owner of the Jazz, what he expects from this year’s team, what he expects over the long haul, what effect he can have on the NBA. His responses were relaxed and thorough and of interest to most Jazz fans. Asked about a timetable for the team’s ascent from the nadir of 25 wins last season to the lofty reaches... Greg Miller recently came into the studios of 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone at our invitation and sat down to answer questions and talk about, among other topics, his influence and experience as owner of the Jazz, what he expects from this year’s team, what he expects over the long haul, what effect he can have on the NBA. His responses were relaxed and thorough and of interest to most Jazz fans. Asked about a timetable for the team’s ascent from the nadir of 25 wins last season to the lofty reaches... 58461668@www.sltrib.com Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:17:51 MDT Utah Jazz: Gobert hopes to expand on World Cup success http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58447139-87/gobert-jazz-season-cup.html.csp Over the course of one summer, the narrative around Rudy Gobert has changed. Thanks to his breakout performance for France in the recent World Cup, the Jazz’s spidery 7-foot-2 center has chucked the ‘project’ label and evolved — perhaps — into a player who could contribute to Utah in a meaningful way this season. Gone is the gangly youngster. In his place is a sometimes snarling shot-blocker, a serious deterrent to guards and forwards with the audacity to drive into the paint. Will the Jazz bene... Over the course of one summer, the narrative around Rudy Gobert has changed. Thanks to his breakout performance for France in the recent World Cup, the Jazz’s spidery 7-foot-2 center has chucked the ‘project’ label and evolved — perhaps — into a player who could contribute to Utah in a meaningful way this season. Gone is the gangly youngster. In his place is a sometimes snarling shot-blocker, a serious deterrent to guards and forwards with the audacity to drive into the paint. Will the Jazz bene... 58447139@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:14:06 MDT Utah Jazz: Newest Jazzman Booker making inroads in SLC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58417493-87/booker-jazz-cereal-trevor.html.csp Cinnamon Toast Crunch. That’s Trevor Booker’s favorite cereal. Like many NBA players — or people in general — Booker developed eating habits growing up, a taste for something unique. For the new Utah Jazz power forward, it was cereal of all kinds, around 20 bowls a week. With that in mind, as a way of introducing himself to the community, what better way to do so than holding a cereal drive called “Booker’s breakfast assist”? That’s exactly what he did this past Saturday. “It’s something that I’... Cinnamon Toast Crunch. That’s Trevor Booker’s favorite cereal. Like many NBA players — or people in general — Booker developed eating habits growing up, a taste for something unique. For the new Utah Jazz power forward, it was cereal of all kinds, around 20 bowls a week. With that in mind, as a way of introducing himself to the community, what better way to do so than holding a cereal drive called “Booker’s breakfast assist”? That’s exactly what he did this past Saturday. “It’s something that I’... 58417493@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:40:05 MDT Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors is a grounded guy — and a Utahn http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58392006-77/favors-jazz-derrick-season.html.csp Derrick Favors stretched out on a bleacher at Zions Bank Basketball Center wearing shorts, flip-flops and a Utah Jazz T-shirt. He looked comfortable, at peace with himself and his surroundings. No doubt, the lazy summer afternoon had something to do with it. The middle of July — two months after the end of the regular season and two months before the start of training camp — is about as calm as it gets for an NBA player. But there’s more to it than that. For the first time in his professional ... Derrick Favors stretched out on a bleacher at Zions Bank Basketball Center wearing shorts, flip-flops and a Utah Jazz T-shirt. He looked comfortable, at peace with himself and his surroundings. No doubt, the lazy summer afternoon had something to do with it. The middle of July — two months after the end of the regular season and two months before the start of training camp — is about as calm as it gets for an NBA player. But there’s more to it than that. For the first time in his professional ... 58392006@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:39:35 MDT Utah Jazz: Lindsey values World Cup experience for his players http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58385524-77/jazz-lindsey-cup-players.html.csp For Dennis Lindsey, the talk with his prized rookie was an enlightening one. The general manager — the man who makes personnel decisions for the Utah Jazz — recently returned from Spain, where he and his assistant GM Justin Zanik watched FIBA World Cup play and the multiple guys the Jazz have participating. There, Lindsey sat down with lottery pick Dante Exum, the 6-foot-6 point guard who is playing for the Australian National Team. They spoke about diet, and his role off the bench. They spoke ... For Dennis Lindsey, the talk with his prized rookie was an enlightening one. The general manager — the man who makes personnel decisions for the Utah Jazz — recently returned from Spain, where he and his assistant GM Justin Zanik watched FIBA World Cup play and the multiple guys the Jazz have participating. There, Lindsey sat down with lottery pick Dante Exum, the 6-foot-6 point guard who is playing for the Australian National Team. They spoke about diet, and his role off the bench. They spoke ... 58385524@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:37:43 MDT