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Aaron Falk

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  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill (44) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles (2) and Rudy Gobert (27) defend during the first half in an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert trying to assert himself as a locker room leader
    Rudy Gobert, depending on your point of view, either learned an important lesson this week or he imparted one. The Jazz center spoke his mind, some wo...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, center, dunks the ball above Los Angeles Clippers center Marreese Speights, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 108-95. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) Utah Jazz players hold team meeting after Rudy Gobert criticizes some teammates’ competitiveness
    The Utah Jazz say they have cleared the air and moved on after a disappointing loss to a potential playoff opponent and some pointed comments from cen...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 10:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20), as the Utah Jazz host the New York Knicks, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 22, 2017. Jazz shootaround: Hayward, Cousins both questionable for Jazz-Pelicans game
    Two all-stars could be reduced to watching from the bench tonight, as the Jazz and Pelicans square off in a late-season contest with plenty on the lin...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, center, dunks the ball above Los Angeles Clippers center Marreese Speights, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 108-95. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) Utah Jazz blog: Jazz clinch playoff spot
    Do you want the good news or the bad news first? OK. Let’s go with the good news. The Utah Jazz are going to the postseason for the first time since 2...
    Updated Mar 26 2017 09:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Jazzman John Stockton practiced his jumper against his son as Jazz players from the 1997 team were reunited at the Jazz practice facility, Wednesday, March 22 2017. Utah Jazz blog: John Stockton won’t give today’s stars a pass for resting
    One summer during his Hall of Fame career, John Stockton bought a ticket to a baseball game. The legendary Jazz point guard won’t say who it was, but ...
    Updated Mar 25 2017 10:36 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) steals the ball from Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe (23) as the Utah Jazz host the Portland Trailblazers, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday February 15, 2017. Utah Jazz notes: Doc Rivers happy for Joe Ingles, the guy he once cut in training camp
    Joe Ingles jabbed then pump faked while standing about 28 feet from the basket, but his defender didn’t move. “I thought, ‘Screw it, I’m going to shoo...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 04:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as the Utah Jazz host the New York Knicks, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 22, 2017. Utah Jazz notes: Rudy Gobert’s offensive game continues to grow
    The number wasn’t one Rudy Gobert had in his head. Scoring 35 points in a game? Few could have imagined it even a year ago, let alone when the 7-foot-...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Beth A. Keiser  |  AP Photo  Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan and Utah Jazz’ Karl Malone greet each other before Game 1 of the NBA Finals Sunday, June 1, 1997, in Chicago. Malone was named the league’s MVP ahead of Jordan for the season. Utah Jazz: John Stockton didn’t like the mountain jerseys, but the guys in the locker room now want them back
    Sometime before the best season in franchise history, Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller asked one of his superstars for some fashion advice. What did Jo...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz notes: Former point guard Howard Eisley backing up Jeff Hornacek in New York
    Howard Eisley can hardly believe how quickly it goes. “I didn’t realize so much time had passed,” Eisley said this week, as he and other members of t...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 11:10 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as the Utah Jazz host the New York Knicks, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 22, 2017. Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert’s career night powers 108-101 win over Knicks
    The Hall of Famer still sits down and watches his old team, from time to time, from the comfort of his own home. “They have talent. They have youth,” ...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 04:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz great John Stockton celebrates after draining a 3-pointer after he was asked to re-create the last second shot that sent the Jazz to the NBA finals in 1997. Jazz players from the 1997 team were reunited at the Jazz practice facility, Wednesday, March 22 2017. Video: John Stockton re-enacts ‘The Shot’ and sinks it on his first attempt
    The members of the Utah Jazz’s 1997 NBA Finals team have been hanging out together the last couple of days in Salt Lake City, sharing a few laughs and...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 05:35 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen, left, and RSL captain Kyle Beckerman, right, laugh as RSL midfielder Luke Mulholland says he grew up a Liverpool fan so he is very excited to play a home match against Manchester Untied July 17, 2017. The team announced the match during press conference at the RSL Team Store in Salt Lake City Tuesday March 21, 2017. RSL announces Manchester United match to take place July 17
    Growing up in England, Luke Mulholland lived and died with his beloved Liverpool FC. So Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen was mostly joking Tuesday...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 11:00 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Michael Jordan dives onto the floor smashing onto Chris Morris while chasing after a loose ball. Griffin/photo Utah Jazz: Twenty years later, Jazz ready to celebrate highs and lows of 1997 NBA Finals run
    He is older now, the hair and cheek he touched before each free throw a little grayer, a little more wrinkled. And he is wiser, too. The pain of losin...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
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    |  Courtesy  The old green seats at Vivint Smart Home Arena will all be replaced with Blue Cushioned Seats as part of the arena’s renovations. Utah Jazz: New look for Vivint Smart Home Arena will include cushioned seats for all
    What’s big and white and green all over? Not Vivint Smart Home Arena. Not next year at least. The 19,000 or so bright green, plastic seats fans have p...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini, center right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP) Manchester United to visit Salt Lake City in summer preseason tour
    Manchester United will be making a stop in Utah this summer, as the star-studded English soccer club tunes up for its 2017-18 season. The team announc...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 10:12 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gonzaga coach Mark Few takes questions during the team’s press conference at the NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Friday March 17, 2017. Saturday’s matchup: Gonzaga vs. Northwestern
    Gonzaga: No. 1 seed, 33-1 record Northwestern: No. 8 seed, 23-11 record 3:15 p.m. • Vivint Smart Home Arena • TV: Ch. 2 In 2013, Gonzaga lost at Vivi...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 06:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, former Utah Jazz player John Stockton acknowledges the crowd during halftime of an NBA game between the Jazz and the Golden State Warriors, in Salt Lake City. Wake Forest star Tim Duncan, Gonzaga’s John Stockton and Duke standout Jay Williams headline the seven-member class that will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame later this year. The 12th induction class was announced Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) NCAA Tournament: Zags call Jazz legend John Stockton a mentor and ambassador for Bulldog basketball
    You might remember him better from his Hall of Fame NBA career, but the guys around the Gonzaga campus these days know him better as “David’s dad.” As...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 04:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Gonzaga coach Mark Few takes questions during the team’s press conference at the NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Friday March 17, 2017. NCAA Tournament: Why so defensive, Gonzaga? Bulldogs hope that’s key to taming Northwestern
    Close your eyes and think of the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the last two decades. What do you see? A mustachioed Adam Morrison burning up the nets? The long ...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Northwestern Wildcats wave to fans during the team’s practice at the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. NCAA Tournament: After 78 years of suffering, Chris Collins’ Northwestern Wildcats finally break through
    Jim Bendat has been going to the NCAA Tournament since 1966. On 12 occasions, he has been to the Final Four. But as he sat in a mostly empty arena Wed...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 09:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Northwestern Wildcats wave to fans during the team’s practice at the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. How they match up: Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt
    The teams Northwestern • No. 8 seed, 23-11 record Vanderbilt • No. 9 seed, 19-15 record When • 2:30 p.m. Where • Vivint Smart Home Arena TV • TBS Of N...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 07:32 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Gonzaga Bulldogs center Ryan Edwards (25) practices with teammate Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. How they match up: Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State
    The teams Gonzaga: No. 1 seed, 32-1 record. South Dakota State: 16 seed, 18-16 record When • Noon Where • Vivint Smart Home Arena TV • TBS Of Not...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 03:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) goes in for a shot as LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) defends,  in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 13, 2017.   Utah Jazz hit the road with confidence — and a better idea of who they’ll see in the playoffs
    Blake Griffin dipped his shoulder, leaned into the defender and didn’t feel the give his 250-pound frame probably expected. Could Gordon Hayward have ...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 11:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) tries to get down court as LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) defends, in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 13, 2017.   Utah Jazz: Clippers, Jazz preview a possible physical playoff matchup
    While the dagger that would kill the Los Angeles Clippers’ chances at a victory was still in the air, point guard Chris Paul put two hands into the ba...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 11:23 pm   |     |   Share
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    New Orleans Pelicans guard Tim Frazier (2) guards Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the second half in an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 88-83. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Jazz shootaround: Rudy Gobert on track to suit up against the Clippers
    Rudy Gobert will be a game-time decision for the Jazz’s important matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. But the Jazz center says his right le...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 11:46 am   |     |   Share
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  • Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss, right, covers Pacific’s Maleke Haynes during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) Gonzaga, Arizona, Saint Mary’s, Northwestern highlight Salt Lake City’s NCAA Tournament lineup
    The Gonzaga Bulldogs are underdogs no longer — and that might have head coach Mark Few worried. The ‘Zags secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament ...
    Updated Mar 12 2017 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rudy Gobert takes center court before tip-off of a game between the Utah Jazz and the LA Clippers at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Utah Jazz: From the locker room, Rudy Gobert adds to his case for Defensive Player of the Year
    Rudy Gobert is one of the most feared rim protectors in the NBA. The Stifle Tower’s long arms have blocked a league-leading 162 shots this season and ...
    Updated Mar 12 2017 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, goes up for a dunk in front of Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) and guard Raul Neto (25) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Oklahoma City won 112-104. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Utah Jazz notes: Russell Westbrook’s triple-double moves him to within nine of single-season record
    Oklahoma City • Russell Westbrook needed only until the opening minutes of the third quarter to make history. When the Oklahoma City Thunder guard cor...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 06:03 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (11) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Oklahoma City won 112-104. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Utah Jazz: Dante Exum scores a career-high 22, but Jazz fall to Russell Westbrook’s Thunder 112-104
    Oklahoma City • Dante Exum plays basketball like a kid joyriding in a sports car. “He’s explosive. He’s fast. He’s got a gear,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder...
    Updated Mar 12 2017 09:30 am   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward goes up for a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: Does Gordon Hayward deserve to be called ‘The Dunkster’?
    Houston • Milwaukee’s Thon Maker can attest to it. So can his teammate, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Brooklyn forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Gordon H...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 09:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives past Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Utah Jazz notes: Can you figure out the secret message in Rudy Gobert’s hair?
    Houston • Rudy Gobert’s defensive prowess in the paint might make opposing coaches want to pull out their hair. The Utah Jazz center, however, has cho...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 07:12 pm   |     |   Share
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