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Aaron Falk

Sports enterprise reporter, Sports

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  • AP file photo Utah Jazz guard John Stockton is lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after sinking a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Houston Rockets 103-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on May 29, 1997, in Houston. Utah Jazz: John Stockton’s shot, 20 years on, is still the greatest Jazz moment
    There was Bill Walton’s “Uh oh.” There was Hot Rod Hundley’s “Unbelievable!” But for the man at the center of it all, the biggest moment in Utah Jazz ...
    Updated May 27 2017 08:00 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) goes to the hoop, as New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) defends, in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 27, 2017.   Utah Jazz: Can Trey Lyles bounce back from disappointing sophomore season?
    Trey Lyles always has adapted. When his family moved from Canada to Indiana, he left the hockey rink for the basketball court. When he attended the Un...
    Updated May 22 2017 10:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy  The Zions Bank Basketball Center will be transformed into a state-of-the-art Utah Jazz Basketball Campus that will house the team’s business and basketball operations. Utah Jazz: New basketball campus aims to be NBA’s ‘preeminent’ training facility
    Dennis Lindsey only felt like he’d been living in a construction zone. Five years ago, the Utah Jazz general manager took a metaphorical wrecking ball...
    Updated May 20 2017 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) warms up before the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Utah Jazz: Danté Exum believes he’s ready to lead team as point guard
    They may not always have seen eye to eye, but Dante Exum said he and his coach met frequently to talk things out over the course of what was a sometim...
    Updated May 12 2017 09:32 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) warms up before the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Utah Jazz: Joe Ingles wants to be back with the Jazz next season
    Slow-Mo Joe wants his next deal fast tracked. When July comes and the Aussie forward becomes a restricted free agent, Joe Ingles would like negotiatio...
    Updated May 10 2017 09:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz player Joe Johnson answers question on the season during exit interview with the sports media in Salt Lake City Tuesday May 9.  The team cleaned out their lockers after their loss to the Golden State Warriors last night. Utah Jazz: Joe Johnson still feels youthful zest for game
    It was an answer, but Joe Johnson phrased it as a question. “I don’t even know,” he said. “When do you say when?” The 35-year-old forward knows he’s e...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) walks off of the court after the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  LA Clippers defeated Utah Jazz 98-93. Utah Jazz: George Hill’s first season in Utah ‘didn’t end the way I’d like’
    It was an unceremonious finish to something that had started so terrifically. George Hill, the Western Conference’s player of the week at the beginnin...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) 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. Utah Jazz: Warriors complete sweep of Jazz with a 121-95 win in Game 4
    With his team’s season on the line, Quin Snyder skipped the pregame theatrics. He didn’t think his players would even know who Knute Rockne was, and h...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:28 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr speaks to members of the media in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 23, 2017. Kerr announced he won’t be on the sidelines for the NBA basketball team’s Game 4 playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Anne Peterson) Warriors notes: Steve Kerr on ‘path to recovery’ after latest back procedure
    The Warriors say head coach Steve Kerr is on the “path to recovery” after undergoing a procedure at Duke University to address his chronic back pain. ...
    Updated May 08 2017 11:52 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20), Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) look on 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. For the Utah Jazz, the question remains the same: How do you beat the Warriors?
    Quin Snyder wasn’t interested in helping to write his team’s obituary early. On Sunday afternoon, with just a handful of his players still in the gym ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:25 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, celebrates after scoring next to Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) during the second half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Warriors notebook: Draymond Green says knee should be fine for Game 3
    The Warriors’ Game 2 hero gave fans a scare. But Draymond Green says his knee will be just fine after locking up on him Thursday night. Green was driv...
    Updated May 05 2017 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) battles Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) as the run up the court during NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Tuesday May 2, 2017. Utah Jazz hoping their late-game momentum can help them fight off the Warriors in Salt Lake City
    The Warriors would have preferred Beverly Hills to the Wasatch Mountains, spending their free nights on Sunset Boulevard rather than Temple Square. Bu...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     The crowd waves their towels as the Warriors open up a big lead in the first half of 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. Warriors notes: When MVPs head to the bench, Ian Clark hopes to make his old team pay
    Oakland, Calif. • When the Jazz first arrived in the Bay Area, Ian Clark made dinner plans with his friend Rudy Gobert. On the court, meanwhile, the f...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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. Utah Jazz: Draymond Green, Warriors punch hard early to take 2-0 series lead
    Oakland, Calif. • Quin Snyder never said the thing that got Draymond Green so fired up. Before the Jazz and Warriors played back in December, Green re...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) splits the defense of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) during NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Tuesday May 2, 2017. Utah Jazz trying to crack the code, find ways to attack Warriors’ overlooked defense
    Oakland, Calif. • Stephen Curry faked to his left, then to his right, then left again, spinning Jazz center Rudy Gobert around nearly 720 degrees, bef...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) looks up at the score as the Warriors pull away from the Jazz during NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Tuesday May 2, 2017. Warriors notebook: Jump-shooting team won Game 1 inside the arc
    Oakland, Calif. • The Splash Brothers weren’t splashing. Draymond Green wasn’t money either. Andre Iguodala, the Warriors’ sixth man, was their 0-for-...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) shoots over Golden State Warriors’ David West (3) during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward can't find shooting touch in Game 1 versus Warriors
    Oakland, Calif. • Gordon Hayward drove into the lane, pulled up and fired from the just inside the free throw line. For the past two weeks (on days he...
    Updated May 03 2017 09:06 am   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr speaks to reporters at the team hotel in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 23, 2017. Kerr announced he won’t be on the sidelines for the NBA basketball team’s Game 4 playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Anne Peterson) Utah Jazz: Golden State coach Steve Kerr likely out for series
    Oakland, Calif. • Maybe there weren’t many to make as the Kevin Durant and Draymond Green huddled with their coach, up double-digits in the first half...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) is fouled by Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson, right, during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Warriors notes: Draymond Green’s on swat patrol so far in playoffs
    Oakland, Calif. • Rudy Gobert got a taste of his own medicine. Early in Game 1 of the Jazz’s second-round matchup with the Golden State Warriors, Gobe...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • JAZZ NOTES
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) warms up as the Utah Jazz face the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday April 30, 2017. Utah Jazz shootaround: Jazz want to make statement in Game 1 that they won’t be pushed around
    San Francisco • The Golden State Warriors already had one shootaround today, getting in some light workouts and game planning ahead of Game 1 of their...
    Updated May 02 2017 01:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) shoots past Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday December 8, 2016. Utah Jazz: From buzz to buzzsaw? Jazz ready to compete against juggernaut Golden State Warriors
    Oakland, Calif. • The word on the whiteboard was written in black, capital letters and underlined three times. “COMPETE.” That was Quin Snyder’s messa...
    Updated May 02 2017 03:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) warms up as the Utah Jazz face the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday April 30, 2017. Utah Jazz: Celebrations muted, but first-round victory a milestone for Jazz
    Oakland, Calif. • The coach made his way through the crowd to the corner of the room where his all-star forward was sitting. There Quin Snyder leaned ...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum, left, of Australia, grabs a rebound away from Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the second half in Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 104-91. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Jazz notes: Want confidence? Most players packed for Oakland on Saturday
    Los Angeles • Win or go home were the options facing the Utah Jazz on Sunday. And, frankly, it posed a conundrum: How much should they pack? Bringing...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:04 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) as the Utah Jazz face the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday April 30, 2017. Clippers: Chris Paul finally looks human, when Clippers needed him most
    Los Angeles • Chris Paul, it turns out, is a human after all. The Clippers superstar point guard had been brilliant through the first six games of his...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shakes hands with LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) after the game as the Utah Jazz defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday April 30, 2017. Jazz: Derrick Favors ‘owed’ his teammates a big performance, and settled that debt in Game 7
    Los Angeles • Derrick Favors had a debt to pay. That’s how the Utah Jazz forward felt as he took the court Sunday afternoon for Game 7. And he knew hi...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Jazz: Roller-coaster series with the Clippers comes down to Game 7
    By the time he had made his way to the podium minutes after a frustrating loss, a blown opportunity to close out a playoff series and move on to the s...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:39 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Clippers notebook: Quin Snyder praises Chris Paul as an ‘all-time great’
    Quin Snyder is considered one of the NBA’s brightest minds, but the Jazz coach thinks there’s someone else in this series who has been just as good in...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) go for the ball during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Utah Jazz: Despite furious late rally, Jazz fall to the Clippers in Game 6
    The music thumped as Rudy Gobert made his way to center court for the jump ball. “You only get one shot … ,” the song’s chorus cautioned. Fortunately ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick talks to fans during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Clippers notes: L.A.’s roster has experience rallying from 3-2 down
    The numbers favor the Jazz. Teams with 3-2 leads in the NBA playoffs advance somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 percent of the time. But the Clippers...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 11:04 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) crashes throughout LA Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) and LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) as he drives to the basket during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Utah Jazz players’ attitude toward Game 6: ‘We have to treat this one as a must-win’
    Los Angeles • Boris Diaw has enjoyed his time in Southern California, where he’s been able to soak up some sunshine and dine in Beverly Hills. But the...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
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