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Last Updated May 23, 2017 05:55PM

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who root for the favorites and those who root for the ’dogs. That’s just the way it is. And it’s never been more that way than during these NBA playoffs, …

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  • Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder and George Hill speak during the first half in Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, April 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Who are the most and least popular coaches in Utah?
    Who is the most popular, who should be the most popular, active coach working among the major sports at the higher levels in the state of Utah? Of all...
    Updated May 21 2017 10:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) tips the ball to himself in front of Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) during game 4 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Monson: Here’s how the Jazz could get 60 wins
    Rudy Gobert believes the Jazz can win 60 games next season. Six-oh. That's only happened thrice before — in 1994-95 (60), in 1996-97 (64) and in 1997...
    Updated May 13 2017 04:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) walks to the court before the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Monson: Many Jazz players love Utah, but ... is Gordon Hayward one of them?
    Will Gordon Hayward stay? Will George Hill stay? Will Joe Ingles stay? Or will they go? And if they go, why would they go? How could they go? When va...
    Updated May 12 2017 12:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) warms-up prior tot he start of NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Tuesday May 2, 2017. Monson: Hey, Gordon Hayward, stop and read these text messages
    Since open letters are passe, here’s an open string of texts to Gordon Hayward: gordon … did you hear your name? did you hear the voice of the crowd ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) slaps hands with the fans as he leaves the court after the Jazz fell to the Warriors in game 4 of the NBA playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Monson: Jazz now have more progress to make, God willing
    It is said that God doesn’t care who wins and who loses basketball games, a most reasonable conclusion. But on Monday night, before Game 4 of the Jazz...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) and Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) on the court in the final minute, down ten points, as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Monson: The Jazz need a visit to Dr. Freud to address shooting woes
    As the Jazz left the floor after Game 3 on Saturday night, their heads down and their brains abuzz, they had to be baffled by the part of their collec...
    Updated May 07 2017 10:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) defended by Golden State Warriors guard Ian Clark (21) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Monson: Yeah, the Jazz lost … so what?
    For the Jazz, the best that could be said about Saturday night’s Game 3 is this: They had their chance. It went, it came, it went, it came, and it wen...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder says ’no way’ was that not a foul as he argues with the ref late in game 2 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Thursday May 4, 2017. Monson: Good news — Jazz can play better; bad news — so can the Warriors
    With the intention around here of at least watching the Jazz continue to evolve — they played better in Game 2 than they did in Game 1 — through this ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Earvin Johnson is fouled by Utah Jazz guard John Stockton (12) in the first period at night on Friday, Dec. 2, 1988 in Inglewood, California. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac) Monson: This Jazz-Warriors series has an eerily familiar look to it
    The Jazz facing the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals is similar to another semifinal playoff series — the Jazz playing the then-mighty Lo...
    Updated May 03 2017 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder calls a play during the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at Viviint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City Sunday April 23, 2017. Monson: A different look at Quin Snyder — through the eyes of a neighbor
    Ryan Rosoff stepped out onto the boardwalk Sunday night at Rehoboth Beach, the resort town where he now lives in Delaware, wearing a Gordon Hayward je...
    Updated May 02 2017 03:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Monson: In Game 7, Jazz look for diamonds among the stones
    After the Jazz’s loss in Game 6, a swing and miss at closing out the Clippers on Friday night in their first-round playoff series, the mood around the...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) runs around Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Monson: Now it’s the Jazz’s turn to feel desperation in the series
    The Jazz had their matriculation from playoff neophytes to playoff veterans stymied late Friday night, their graduation to another level shunted by Ch...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey, makes a comment  during a discussion with Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson, and Utah Jazz President Steve Starks, during a ’Back to the Playoffs’ discussion sponsored by the Tribune, at the Gateway Megaplex Theaters, April 11, 2017. Monson: Two rarities — honesty and acumen — helped lead the Jazz to current success
    Dennis Lindsey asked everybody to go ahead and fire away. They were assembled there and he was sitting in front of them on a postseason panel, not ju...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) slaps hands with Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) after Johnson made a basket late in game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Monson: The Jazz’s secret to winning isn’t what you might think it is
    Los Angeles After everything was done here Tuesday night in Game 5, the scoring, the missing, the boarding, the bumping, the bumbling, the rumbling, t...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Monson: In Game 7, Jazz look for diamonds among the stones
    After the Jazz’s loss in Game 6, a swing and miss at closing out the Clippers on Friday night in their first-round playoff series, the mood around the...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) runs around Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Monson: Now it’s the Jazz’s turn to feel desperation in the series
    The Jazz had their matriculation from playoff neophytes to playoff veterans stymied late Friday night, their graduation to another level shunted by Ch...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey, makes a comment  during a discussion with Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson, and Utah Jazz President Steve Starks, during a ’Back to the Playoffs’ discussion sponsored by the Tribune, at the Gateway Megaplex Theaters, April 11, 2017. Monson: Two rarities — honesty and acumen — helped lead the Jazz to current success
    Dennis Lindsey asked everybody to go ahead and fire away. They were assembled there and he was sitting in front of them on a postseason panel, not ju...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) slaps hands with Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) after Johnson made a basket late in game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Monson: The Jazz’s secret to winning isn’t what you might think it is
    Los Angeles After everything was done here Tuesday night in Game 5, the scoring, the missing, the boarding, the bumping, the bumbling, the rumbling, t...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) keeps the ball high as he looks to pass during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Monson: Jazz now are thiiiiiiiiiiiis close to something extraordinary
    Los Angeles Set against what had become the most important game of the season — Game 5 of the Jazz-Clippers playoff series — there were questions to...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder points up court during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 105-98. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Quin Snyder is the NBA’s coach of the year — and much more
    Quin Snyder is a smart, passionate man. Nobody doubts that. He should be the NBA’s coach of the year. That’s where doubt floods into the picture. But...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) glides past LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) for a finger roll during the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at Viviint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City Sunday April 23, 2017. Monson: With Gobert back, the battle is just beginning
    News broke a little less than an hour before tipoff that Rudy Gobert was going to play in Game 4 on Sunday night. And Vivint Smart Home Arena was a ha...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) and Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) walk around UCLA after a practice at the Student Activities Center Monday, April 17, 2017.  Monson: Those damn yanked-knees are killing the Jazz
    When Rudy Gobert fell to the court seconds into his first playoff game then started crawling up the floor when he couldn’t stand on account of a damag...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 06:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3), Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) celebrate play in the first half. The Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Clippers after the first quarter during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017.   Monson: Gordon Hayward’s all-time great playoff performance ruined
    So, as it turns out, the Jazz, to quote Miracle Max, are only partly dead. Not all the way dead. With Rudy Gobert out, only mostly dead. Even with an...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) grabs the ball past LA Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. Monson: The Jazz need Rodney Hood to produce to advance past Clippers
    If we’re going to go ahead and assume the Jazz have a chance to win their first-round series with the Clippers — Rudy Gobert’s not walking through tha...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 10:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, center, is helped off the court by center Boris Diaw, right, and guard George Hill, left, as coach Quin Snyder watches after Gobert injured his knee during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Monson: Jazz have one key to advance in the playoffs — Rudy Gobert’s health
    The Jazz are dead without Rudy Gobert. You can curse the Fates for it, and you should, because it’s unfair and competitively cruel. That makes the co...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake talks to the media after the first practice of BYU’s Spring training camp Monday Feb. 27 at the Indoor Practice Facility. Monson: Kalani Sitake is quietly picking up the trash at BYU
    During a vacation last week, Kalani Sitake was visiting Disneyland, battling through crowds, buying $17 hamburgers and $8 ice cream cones, grinning an...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 06:16 pm   |     |   Share