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Gordon Monson

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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) Monson: There may be good news for the Jazz, no matter what Gordon Hayward decides
    As everyone around here waits for and wonders about what Gordon Hayward will do next week, as the official part of his free agency commences, there’s ...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017, file photo, Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes up for a shot against Pittsburgh guard Cameron Johnson (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Pittsburgh. Mitchell left Louisville after his sophomore season and has the chance to be a lottery pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich, FIle) Monson: Drafting of Donovan Mitchell a warning shot across Dante Exum’s bow
    The Utah Jazz’s moving up in the draft to select Donovan Mitchell shouted out loud messages, beyond just that they believe the athletic, explosive, co...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 10:46 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Donovan Mitchell answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 13th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Monson: With the draft done, the Jazz’s heavy lifting is yet to come
    On a scale from zero to 10, zero being a burp and a yawn, 10 being a rocket to ride, the Jazz’s draft night was a … five, or a six, maybe, a burp and ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:45 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) before the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Monson: Jazz need to make a big move, or risk losing Hayward
    There are times and seasons for all things. It’s time. Time for the Jazz to do something bold. Not something kind of bold or nearly bold or mostly bo...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 09:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (John G. Mabanglo/Pool Photo via AP) Monson: Don’t hate these Warriors, own them
    You may not like the way the Golden State Warriors became the glorious thing that they are, much of which was achieved through acumen, terrific draft ...
    Updated Jun 06 2017 08:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ Deron Williams (31) looks to get around Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Monson: What if the Jazz signed ... don’t punch a wall ... this guy?
    Everybody knows the Jazz need help at point guard. What is still unknown is the best way for them to get it. There’s an offseason option that would n...
    Updated Jun 03 2017 06:46 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum, of Australia, dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, April. 2, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) Monson: Dante Exum, where are you, man? Who are you? What are you?
    Hey, Dante Exum, who are you, man? Are you all grown up now? Are you all healed up? Are you ready to lead the Jazz at the point? Are you prepared to ...
    Updated Jun 18 2017 09:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after sinking a three point shot during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Monson: If LeBron beats these Warriors, he’ll replace MJ as the best ever
    Michael Jordan is the best basketball player ever. Few had better vantage points from which to make that kind of judgment than folks around here, wit...
    Updated May 30 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • HOUSTON - MAY 29:  John Stockton #12 of the Utah Jazz shoots the game winning shot over Charles Barkley #34 of the Houston Rockets in Game six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 1997 NBA Playoffs at the Compaq Center on May 29, 1997 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges  and agrees that, by downloading and or using this  photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 1997  (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) Monson: Uh-oh! John Stockton’s shot still resonates 20 years later
    The shot left John Stockton’s hand, spinning out from it the way nearly all of his jumpers did back in the day, lifted to an apex of his controlled bo...
    Updated May 27 2017 08:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Former Utah Jazz Coach Frank Layden and his wife Barbara pose for a portrait Wednesday July 27, 2011. Monson: Who’s your sports inspiration ... Kalani Sitake? Kyle Whittingham? Gordon Hayward? Jerry Sloan?
    This column isn’t about tennis. It’s not even about sports. It’s about existential inspiration. And it’s up to you to decide to whom to turn, if you ...
    Updated May 25 2017 03:36 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) gestures after hitting the second of two three-pointers in the fourth quarter 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: With the Jazz absent, what do the NBA playoffs say about you?
    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 ne...
    Updated Jun 10 2017 08:39 pm   |     |   Share
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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 Jun 14 2017 06:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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
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  • (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
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  • (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 Jun 10 2017 08:39 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
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  • (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
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  • (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
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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. 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
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  • 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
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  • (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
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