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  • (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
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  • (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
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) passes the ball around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) 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: Led by Gordon Hayward, the Jazz lean on each other for Game 5 win
    Los Angeles • It became fairly clear during Tuesday night's Game 5 of the Jazz-Clippers first-round playoff series that in a defensive battle much of ...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 12:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • (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 Apr 26 2017 12:06 am   |     |   Share
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  • 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 Apr 24 2017 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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
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  • (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 Apr 22 2017 08:08 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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
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  • 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
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  • (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
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    l-r Quarterbacks Cooper Bateman and Drew Lisk discuss the game. The University of Utah Utes were back in action during the 16th-annual Red-White football game on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at  Rice-Eccles Stadium. Monson: Dear Lord, let the Utes find a quarterback soon
    After the blocking and tackling, the passing and catching, the running and sweating stopped in the Red-White spring game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Sat...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) and Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 7, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 120-113. Monson: The Jazz and their arena are lit up again
    What once was taken for granted around here as a normal part of spring — going to the NBA playoffs — had become scarce. An arena whose best moments ha...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - This Dec. 16, 2016, file photo, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks on Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) in the second half during an NBA basketball game, in Salt Lake City. Gordon Hayward and Gobert have been the driving forces behind the Utah Jazz ending a four-year playoff drought as both have taken the most significant steps forward in their careers. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Monson: The Jazz now seek a reward worthy of the effort to earn it
    The Jazz worked for their reward this season, a reward that rattled around their brains nearly every day, every game, every minute, from the opening o...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 07:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • New York Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette (32) guards Toronto Raptors’ Deion Wright during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Raptors won 122-95. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) Monson: Jimmer Fredette really is basketball’s ‘Lonely Master’
    There are a whole lot of respected basketball experts who think Jimmer Fredette has been balling out exactly where he should be — some 6,500 miles fro...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder motions to players in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Monson: Jazz have survived rash of injuries; now it’s time to get everyone healthy
    The Jazz faced a much-anticipated challenge against the best team in the world on a cold Thursday night in early December, a challenge that was made a...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 07:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     The Jazz jump from the bench after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) goes coast-to-coast for a basket during the Utah Jazz versus Portland Trailblazers NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Tuesday April 4, 2017. Monson: Jazz showing playoff pluck and grit because ... they have to
    Coming off Sunday’s loss at San Antonio, the Jazz could look at themselves and Tuesday night’s home game against the Trail Blazers one of two ways: 1)...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 05:32 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert of France plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Monson: Rudy Gobert firing off on the Jazz was the right thing to do
    A lot of people have taken Rudy Gobert’s famous post-Clippers-loss comments, the ones questioning some of his teammates’ motivation and competitivenes...
    Updated Apr 01 2017 01:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum poses for a portrait Wednesday March 29, 2017. Monson: Tanner Mangum owns BYU football now
    Provo • After a rough go during BYU’s spring game, an ice-rain-soaked showing well beneath his personal standard, Tanner Mangum was only minimally tro...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 07:23 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Carolina Panthers NFL football player Greg Hardy, center, leaves the Mecklenburg County Courthouse after his domestic violence charges were dismissed in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Keane) Monson: Greg Hardy playing for Salt Lake’s Screaming Eagles would be an abuse of good judgment
    The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles are considering signing former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy. And, as is its way, the club is allowing its fans to vote ...
    Updated Mar 30 2017 10:02 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes play Michigan Wolverines during the second half of the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Thursday September 3, 2015.  Utah defeated Michigan 24-17. Monson: Study ... this! Utah football deserves a greater, grander stadium
    So the University of Utah is studying whether to expand and enhance its stadium, the south end in particular. Save the study, save the cost of the st...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) passes around Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Monson: Rudy Gobert has earned NBA’s defensive player of the year award
    You don’t need to read this — because you’ve seen enough to already know. The people who do need to read this are those who haven’t necessarily seen ...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 04:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James heads to the bench during a timeout against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 126-113. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Monson: An easy answer to NBA’s most complicated problem
    NBA fans are getting screwed over. And if that was the worst of it, that’s the way it would stay. It’s not, at least not as far as the league’s power...
    Updated Mar 31 2017 06:35 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Tribune file photo)    Utah Jazz’s John Stockton is lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after sinking a three-point shot at the buzzer to beat the Houston Rockets 103-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday, May 29, 1997, in Houston. The Jazz advanced to play the Chicago Bulls in The NBA Finals. Monson: Disappointment wrapped in dignity — the Jazz’s 1996-97 season is worth celebrating
    John Stockton walked off the court that last night in Chicago, sweat rolling down his face, his body spent, his work put in, the bitterness of elimina...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Northwestern players sit in their locker room after losing to Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Monson: Cinderella gets in a bar fight — and loses
    The NCAA Tournament can be one mean, fickle sucker. It creates and celebrates Cinderellas and sweethearts, and then, in the space of a couple of hours...
    Updated Mar 18 2017 08:10 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller speaks during a press conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday March 17, 2017. Monson: A tale of two Western teams — Saint Mary’s and Arizona — and one high-stakes meeting
    The sincerity flowed freely from Jock Landale as he explained why he loves playing basketball for Saint Mary’s College, a small school with a big game...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 07:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    South Dakota State Jackrabbits forward Mike Daum (24), Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Silas Melson (0) and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jordan Mathews (4) fight for the ball during first round of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Monson: Is Gonzaga really a No. 1? Is it?
    After No. 1-seeded Gonzaga breathed deep and beat South Dakota State at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Thursday, Zags coach Mark Few was asked if the Jack...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 06:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    South Dakota State Jackrabbits forward Mike Daum (24) warms up during South Dakota State’s practice at the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Monson: Tragedy, losing streaks, injuries and brutal cold have brought South Dakota State together
    It’s easy to feel affinity for a team like the South Dakota State Jackrabbits — for all kinds of reasons. They aren’t exactly playing on Broadway. Th...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 07:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) tries to get by LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3), in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 13, 2017.   Monson: Jazz-Clippers feud is a beautiful thing
    I love this stuff. The Jazz and Clippers mixing it up in their game Monday night. It’s what the NBA needs more of, what the Jazz need more of. Enough ...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 03:23 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins, left, speaks with coach Mark Few during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary’s Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Moraga, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Monson: NCAA Tournament field at Vivint Arena offers a crap du jour
    What’s my motivation? What’s my reason to root? Without a whole lot of passion for or connection to any particular school playing here — seeing that ...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 08:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Northwestern head coach Chris Collins, center, and players react during a NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show watch party, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois. This is the first time that Northwestern Men’s Basketball team has been selected to play in the NCAA Tournament. Northwestern will play against Vanderbilt in the first round. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Monson: From the familiar to the never-been-done to the lucky, SLC’s NCAA tourney field has it all
    Let’s admit it. The state of Utah is better at doing some things than others, and we don’t need to get all specific and comprehensive and political an...
    Updated Mar 12 2017 09:17 pm   |     |   Share
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