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Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag each week. You can submit questions using the hashtag #TonyTalks. Here is the this week’s questions. …

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  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The Jazz won in overtime, 112-107. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Monson: Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward should both be named All-Stars
    There's an irony to the Jazz's competitive ascension this season and it has created an argument over who — beyond the team itself — should reap a tang...
    Updated Jan 24 2017 12:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the second quarter during a NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Jazz’s loss to Thunder a reminder that challenges remain
    According to the script of the day, Alec Burks’ 3-pointer from the left corner was supposed give the Jazz a seventh straight victory Monday night as f...
    Updated Jan 24 2017 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz assistant coach Igor Kokoskov meets with other coaching staff during timeout of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz: ‘Drained’ Jazz team fighting fatigue en route to Denver
    The Utah Jazz got beat Monday night, and they looked it too. “We looked like a drained team,” coach Quin Snyder said after his team’s 97-95 loss to th...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jazz Head coach Quin Snyder talks about the Jazz season and at the outlook for the future at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Jazz notes: Snyder not surprised by move to keep Jazz in Utah
    A native of Seattle, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder remembers rooting for the SuperSonics in his teenage years. He remembers the pride the city had in th...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 08:33 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Derrick Favors complains to an official about a missed call in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz: Russell Westbrook leads Oklahoma City over Jazz 97-95
    The man averaging a triple-double on the season wasn’t voted into the All-Star game as a starter. The Utah Jazz were the next team on Oklahoma City’s ...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 11:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Gail Miller, owner and chairman of The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies announces she will transfer ownership of the Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena to a family-owned legacy fund Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz remain “all yours,” in Larry H. Miller’s words
    The basketball brought it all back for me. To fully appreciate the impact of a trust designed to effortlessly pass the Utah Jazz to future generation...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 11:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gail Miller, owner and chairman of The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies announces she will transfer ownership of the Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena to a family-owned legacy fund Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. New legacy trust means Utah Jazz are here to stay, says Gail Miller
    Long before she was the owner of the Utah Jazz, and even before she was a fan, Gail Miller recalls her husband’s concern that the fledgling franchise ...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, center, reacts after making a dunk as Los Angeles Lakers’ Louis Williams, left, and Tarik Black watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 107-101. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Utah Jazz: Already a defensive force, Gobert’s offensive game growing exponentially
    Alec Burks vividly remembers the skinny 7-footer who showed up to the Utah Jazz as a rookie in 2013. Most thought Rudy Gobert would figure out a way t...
    Updated Jan 22 2017 07:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Quinn Cook, (2), Canton Charge, guards Salt Lake Stars guard Marcus Paige (4), in NBA D League action, at Salt Lake Community College, Saturday, January 7, 2017. Salt Lake City Stars: Chasing a dream, one shot at a time
    Taylorsville • These kids have come to play. Anyone spending an evening with the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA Development League is struck by the c...
    Updated Jan 22 2017 10:29 am   |     |   Share
  • Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21), steals the ball from Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, center, as Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33), looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey) Video: Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder and players discuss the team’s 109-100 win over the Indiana Pacers
    The Utah Jazz scored a 109-100 win over the Indiana Pacers Saturday night behind a 30 point effort from point guard George Hill against his former tea...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Alec Burks (10) attempts a layup as Orlando Magic’s Bismack Biyombo, right, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 114-107. (AP Photo/Kim Raff) Utah Jazz notes: Alec Burks breaks out with his best game of the season
    Alec Burks doesn’t think his conditioning and his timing is back to peak form. He also thinks he has ways to go defensively, and lamented missing a fe...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 11:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21), steals the ball from Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, center, as Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33), looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey) Jazz notes: Joe Johnson keeps cool on the bench so he can heat up in the clutch
    Joe Johnson isn’t sure when his number will be called. The 35-year-old, playing in his 16th NBA season, is logging the fewest minutes per game of any ...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood signs autographs before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey) Utah Jazz: George Hill with 30 points against his former team as Jazz beat Pacers 109-100
    Quin Snyder didn’t want his point guard to make too much of the moment. George Hill looked like he had other plans. Facing his old teammates for the f...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives up against Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Miami. Harden had 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets (32-12), his 13th triple-double of the season and Dragic had 21 points and eight assists as the Heat defeated the Rockets 109-103. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Tony Jones: At the NBA season’s mid-point, it’s James Harden and Russell Westbrook’s world
    The NBA announced the All-Star Game starters for both conferences on Thursday. By the end of the week, most teams will have played 41 of their 82 game...
    Updated Jan 22 2017 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles, right, gets to the ball in front of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Jazz: Guard Alec Burks trying to get back up to speed
    Dallas • Alec Burks is back and playing for the Utah Jazz, finally healthy with almost two years of injuries and surgeries behind him. Now, the Utah ...
    Updated Jan 20 2017 08:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) keeps the ball from Dallas Mavericks defenders Harrison Barnes (40) and Wesley Matthews (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert’s career night leads Jazz to 112-107 overtime win over Dallas Mavericks
    Dallas • The groundswell around Gordon Hayward’s All-Star candidacy has been significant in past weeks, with both coaches and players around the NBA s...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 10:41 am   |     |   Share
  • JAZZ NOTES
    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, of Germany, loses control of the ball as he goes up for a shot against Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Jazz shootaround: Dirk is back, so Jazz expect Mavs to be a handful
    Dallas • Just like they were going into games last week against the Pistons, Magic and Suns, the Jazz are wary of the Dallas Mavericks. Those Jazz o...
    Updated Jan 20 2017 11:36 am   |     |   Share
  • JAZZ NOTES
    How the Utah Jazz fared in this year's all-star voting
    The NBA all-star starters are set and, unsurprisingly, Jazzmen Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert will have to wait until the reserves are announced next ...
    Updated Jan 20 2017 02:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Jazz notes: Rodney Hood to miss game against Dallas Mavericks
    Shooting guard Rodney Hood will travel with his teammates to Dallas but won’t play against the Mavericks on Friday as he continues to recover from a b...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 05:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, of France, get tied up in a battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Minneapolis. A jump ball was called on the play. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Utah Jazz: Second-ranked defense leaves room for improvement
    Defense, as they say, is their calling card, and the Utah Jazz certainly have let the NBA know it this season. The Jazz have been the second best defe...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 06:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles celebrates making a 3-point shot against the Orlando Magic late in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 114-107. (AP Photo/Kim Raff) Utah Jazz podcast: What’s up with the team at the midway point?
    Elfrid Payton and Eric Bledsoe are the latest guards to give the Utah Jazz fits. How can the Jazz start to slow these guys down? Who is the team’s s...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share
  • JAZZ NOTES
    Stars' D-League Showcase games to be shown on ESPNU, NBA TV
    Fans will be able to catch the Salt Lake City Stars on television this week as they participate in the D-League Showcase near Toronto. The Stars will ...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 01:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) shoots as Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: Between Raul Neto, Shelvin Mack and Dante Exum, team has options at backup point guard
    Shelvin Mack has gotten the longest look and the most opportunities. Dante Exum’s been in and out of the lineup. Raul Neto’s been the afterthought f...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 07:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles shoots a 3-pointer late in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 114-107. (AP Photo/Kim Raff) Utah Jazz: At closing time, Jazz play their hottest hand
    Boris Diaw or Joe Johnson. Joe Ingles or Derrick Favors. Trey Lyles, or Alec Burks. Or maybe Rodney Hood. Or maybe Dante Exum. Decisions, decisions....
    Updated Jan 17 2017 08:54 pm   |     |   Share