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Last Updated Apr 18, 2015 04:54PM

“I told these guys things that are hard to hear. I told them the truth.” Quin Snyder Nobody was sure, not with any exactness, how the rookie head coach did it. How he rearranged and redirected the effort of a …

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Jazz first-year coach Quin Snyder, right, answersa  reporter's question during the last media availability of the season at the team's practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday April 16, 2015. General Manager Dennis Lindsey, left, listens. Players cleaned out their lockers Thursday after Wednesday night's loss to the Houston Rockets to finish with a 38-44 record for the season. Monson: The Jazz’s climb is just beginning (with video)
    Some smart guy once said, “Good is not good, when better is expected.” That’s a land mine, a condition, the Jazz will have to skirt in the seasons ah...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) reacts after being called for a foul, in NBA action, Utah vs Indiana, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 5, 2015 Monson: Utah Jazz’s regular Joe Ingles is anything but ordinary
    Near the eve of season’s end, Joe Ingles is in mid-sentence, talking about himself, his growing up in South Australia, in a place called “Happy Valley...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor (44) defends, as Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) makes his move, in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. The Charolette Hornets, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 16, 2015. Monson: Rodney Hood and the young Jazz fueled by a ‘sense of urgency’
    The sage rookie Rodney Hood stood in front of his locker as he thought about the question. He stroked his chin and hatched novels in his head while he...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 05:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Jazz dragster needs Dante Exum to take the wheel
    The Jazz are like a dragster, staging toward the starting line. The rail is ready, the tires are hot, the burnout is complete, the smoke is floating t...
    Updated Apr 07 2015 09:56 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Utah guard Jakob Poeltl, right, celebrates with teammate Brandon Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Stephen F. Austin in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Monson: Jakob Poeltl should go to the NBA
    A decision is hurtling toward Jakob Poeltl that he cannot dodge or put off. He has to determine, once and for all, the proper way to pronounce his na...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 05:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) holds off Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) during first half action in the Jazz versus Nuggets NBA game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Monson: Rudy Gobert’s reach is for greatness
    OK, so this is blowing past remarkable and making a move toward unbelievable. The chunks of progress Rudy Gobert is consuming at the center of everyt...
    Updated Apr 02 2015 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Workers at Lucas Oil Stadium install the court in Indianapolis, Friday, March 27, 2015,  as they prepare to host the NCAA Final Four college basketball games on April 4 and 6. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Monson: Hoop schemes — how Mormons watch conference AND the Final Four
    The Final Four is one of the most anticipated sports events of the year. It is everything fans love about athletics, the culmination of the NCAA Tourn...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 03:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder responds to boos from the crowd during player introductions before facing his old team at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Monson: A former Jazz player who has no name
    Gordon Hayward, the other night, couldn’t even say the former Jazz player’s name. The player who would not be named later. The player who alienated h...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Utes are called back to the court to finish the last .7 seconds of the game during second half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Monson: Perspective will come to Utah — in time
    Houston There was pain etched across the faces of the Ute players as the final seconds slid off the clock late Friday night against Duke. They hated...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Utes are called back to the court to finish the last .7 seconds of the game during second half action in the University of Utah versus Duke University Sweet 16 game in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Friday, March 27, 2015. Monson: For Utes, ball didn’t go in the hoop
    Houston Somewhere in the vast expanse of football venue NRG Stadium here on Friday night was a big basketball game whose dimensions were made itty-b...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 06:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Duke Blue Devils forward Justise Winslow (12) throws a Duke shirt to the fans following Duke's practice on the NRG Stadium court prior to their 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game against Utah in Houston, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The Houston native is playing before a hometown crowd. Monson: A win for Utah over Duke is a win for America
    Houston Why does everyone hate Duke? It’s a question that, at least inside the ropes of college sports, ranks right up there with more general inqu...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak yells to his team during first half play. Utah defeated Georgetown 75-64 to advance to the Monson: Utah has a shot against Duke — no, really
    The Utes will attempt to knife the big blue beast on Friday night in Houston and move on to the Elite Eight on Sunday. They have a chance. Slap that ...
    Updated Mar 24 2015 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mississippi's Aaron Jones (34) and Jarvis Summers celebrate after beating Brigham Young 94-90 in a first round NCAA tournament gameTuesday, March 17, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson) Monson: BYU must get stronger to survive the madness
    Anyone who watched BYU’s loss in the NCAA Tournament against Ole Miss could plainly see the cause of its demise. The Cougars, who had shot the ball as...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 05:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball as Auburn forward Alex Thompson (20) and Auburn guard Devin Waddell look on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Monson: Here’s your chance to beat the know-it-alls in your office pool
    It is a great irony that one of the best things about the NCAA Tournament is the all-fired unpredictability of the whole deal — because there is no sp...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Duke Blue Devils forward Justise Winslow (12) throws a Duke shirt to the fans following Duke's practice on the NRG Stadium court prior to their 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinal game against Utah in Houston, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The Houston native is playing before a hometown crowd. Monson: A win for Utah over Duke is a win for America
    Houston Why does everyone hate Duke? It’s a question that, at least inside the ropes of college sports, ranks right up there with more general inqu...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak yells to his team during first half play. Utah defeated Georgetown 75-64 to advance to the Monson: Utah has a shot against Duke — no, really
    The Utes will attempt to knife the big blue beast on Friday night in Houston and move on to the Elite Eight on Sunday. They have a chance. Slap that ...
    Updated Mar 24 2015 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mississippi's Aaron Jones (34) and Jarvis Summers celebrate after beating Brigham Young 94-90 in a first round NCAA tournament gameTuesday, March 17, 2015 in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson) Monson: BYU must get stronger to survive the madness
    Anyone who watched BYU’s loss in the NCAA Tournament against Ole Miss could plainly see the cause of its demise. The Cougars, who had shot the ball as...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 05:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball as Auburn forward Alex Thompson (20) and Auburn guard Devin Waddell look on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Monson: Here’s your chance to beat the know-it-alls in your office pool
    It is a great irony that one of the best things about the NCAA Tournament is the all-fired unpredictability of the whole deal — because there is no sp...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)  
Jazz CEO Greg Miller turns to his mother, and Jazz owner Gail Miller to see if she wanted to field a question from the press. The Utah Jazz introduced Quinn Snyder as their new head coach, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Monson: Nobody panic; the Jazz are here to stay
    So, Greg Miller has stepped away from running the LHM Group of Companies as a CEO and, more importantly for Utah sports fans, the Jazz. Eveerrrreeeeb...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) tries to get through the Bulldog defense in the West Coast Conference championship game, BYU vs. Gonzaga, at the Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Monson: Dancing on tournament’s edge, BYU has more to prove
    On a day that some thought not so long ago they'd never see, when up was down and down was up, when big was small and small was big, it was 75 degrees...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Real Salt Lake forward Sebastian Jaime (23) reacts to his header going just wide as Real Salt Lake hosts Philadelphia Union, MLS soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Saturday March 14, 2015. Monson: Real Salt Lake changes to stay the same (with video)
    Sandy • A few days after Major League Soccer’s commissioner, Don Garber, stopped by Rio Tinto Stadium, singing the praises of Real Salt Lake and the g...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) puts up a shot after the final buzzer as the Utah Jazz host the Los Angeles Lakers at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday February 25, 2015. Monson: Beyond growth, Utah Jazz need one more major thing to break into playoffs
    When he was asked the other day what the Jazz’s greatest need is moving forward and onward and upward, it took the club’s veteran vice president of pl...
    Updated Mar 12 2015 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams dives on the floor to reach for a loose ball against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Denver. The ball ended up rolling out of play. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Monson: Deron Williams is a tortured soul
    I felt sorry for Deron Williams the other day. Anybody around here think that sentence would ever be written? It’s true, though. We all should. Watch...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Josie Vimahi, Utah Grizzlies

Steve MacIntyre of the Utah Grizzlies has also played for the Edmonton Oilers, the Florida Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Monson: Utah’s ‘toughest man in hockey’ goes on being tough
    West Valley City The toughest man in hockey is tired and hurting, but he doesn’t want to talk about it. Doesn’t want to give his opponents, after all...
    Updated Mar 07 2015 11:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) celebrates with teammates Luigi Datome, left, and Isaiah Thomas, right, after he hit the game-winning shot in second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Boston, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Celtics won 85-84. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts at right. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Monson: Utah Jazz will make the playoffs sooner rather than later
    A day after the Jazz blew an opportunity to beat the Celtics in Boston, allowing a game-losing chip shot in the final 1.7 seconds of a contest they wo...
    Updated Mar 25 2015 01:40 am   |     |   Share
  • Kentucky's Trey Lyles (41) is fouled by Arkansas' Bobby Portis (10) as Anthlon Bell helps on the defense during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp) Monson: It’s time to fix college basketball
    College basketball is broken and needs to be fixed. Let’s rephrase that. There are measures that can be taken to make the college game better. Even i...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 08:30 pm   |     |   Share