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Kurt Kragthorpe

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward enters Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 28, 2017 as the Utah Jazz prepare to meet the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 6 during the NBA’s first-round playoff series. Kragthorpe: Jazz have a good story to tell free agents ... if Gordon Hayward is in it
    Gordon Hayward helped make Utah attractive to veteran Joe Johnson in free agency last summer. He’s a symbol of the Jazz’s ability to develop players. ...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 08:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A sample jersey at BYU Football Media Day shows the patch BYU football players will wear this upcoming season to honor former coach LaVell Edwards on Friday, June 23, 2017. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Ty Detmer balances LaVell Edwards’ legacy with practicality
    Provo The patches will be prominent, yet understated. BYU’s tribute to the late LaVell Edwards during the 2017 football season is just the right tou...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey speaks with the media after the introduction of players George Hill and Joe Johnson at the Jazz training facilities on Friday, July 8, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz’s draft night is full of unknowns
    The night when he boldly acquired a top-10 pick in the NBA draft, Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey also chose Rudy Gobert. No other snapshot ...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 09:50 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) had 40 points for the game. The Utah Jazz lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 106-111 during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017.   Kragthorpe: Biggest summer in Utah Jazz history will intensify this week
    Gordon Hayward never believed his agent’s prediction that the phone would start ringing at 12:01 a.m. July 1. That was three years ago, when some per...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 09:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan (14), scores the winning goal in MLS soccer action at Rio Tinto Stadium, Saturday, June 17, 2017.   Kragthorpe: RSL rises above worst in MLS at halfway point
    Sandy Real Salt Lake’s season, having become really interesting for the wrong reasons, reached the halfway point with a performance temporarily alte...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 06:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)     Former Utah Jazz coach, Frank Layden is introduced to the crowd along with fellow coaches and former players from the 1983-84 team, for ’80’s night, between quarters of the The Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic game, at EnergySolutions Arena Saturday, March 22, 2014. Kragthorpe: A celebration of former Jazz GM Frank Layden's loyalty to Utah
    Gordon Hayward's decision to remain with the Jazz or play elsewhere in the NBA will affect the self-image of the franchise and even the entire state. ...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 02:32 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Mark Eaton of the Utah Jazz seems to have Los Angeles Lakers player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in hand during their NBA playoff game at the Forum in Inglewood, California May 8, 1988.(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac) NBA’s old-school draft, 10 rounds long, produced Jazz’s Mark Eaton and a bunch of ‘favors’
    Standing at the free-throw line, Michael Jordan turned and winked at Keith Webster. Jordan’s unspoken confirmation that the Jazz’s seventh-round draft...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Daniel Summerhays tees off on the second hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Kragthorpe: U.S. Open is big checkpoint for BYU alum Daniel Summerhays
    Daniel Summerhays’ immediate goal is a Father’s Day tee time. That’s his job, after all. Advancing to Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open at Erin H...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 07:34 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) dunks between Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) and forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. (Ezra Shaw/Pool Photo via AP) Kragthorpe: Jazz deserve some credit for Warriors’ run, thanks to 2013 trade
    The Golden State Warriors may have won the 2017 NBA championship without Kevin Durant. They wouldn’t have won Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals withou...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy UVU Athletics  UVU coach Sue Nyhus with former Utah Valley University golfer Monica Yeates during the Hobble Creek Fall Classic at Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville in Sept. 2016. Kragthorpe: ‘Intensely optimistic’ spirit drives UVU golfer Monica Yeates through illness and family tragedy
    Provo Monica Yeates once thought the toughest moment of her life would be having to pray for the ability to pee. The mysterious illness that struck ...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 09:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends in the first half during Game 4 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Can the Jazz ever catch up to the Warriors in the West?
    Nobody who watched Deron Williams, Kyle Korver and Richard Jefferson play for the Jazz in this decade will ever forget how they were involved in Cleve...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 04:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Cleveland Cavaliers guard Deron Williams (31) drives against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Kragthorpe: Could ex-Jazz star Deron Williams go scoreless in the NBA FInals?
    Kyle Korver took the most memorable missed shot of the 2017 NBA Finals. Deron Williams has missed too many attempts to make any of them distinguishabl...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mark Pope,  starting his third year as UVU’s basketball coach, was three quarters of his way through a medical career before abruptly altering his path and starting at the entry level of college coaching. First Jobs: UVU’s Mark Pope forsakes medical school for folding towels and counting T-shirts
    Mark Pope liked the intensity of the emergency room, the relationships of family practice and the teamwork of the operating table. So as the time appr...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Staff photos of the Salt Lake Tribune staff. Kurt Kragthorpe. Kragthorpe: Ogden Raptors’ ‘Hourglass’ promotion mindlessly crosses the line
    The Ogden Raptors’ scheduled “Hourglass Appreciation Night” promotion revolved around the historic notion of baseball’s being played without a clock. ...
    Updated Jun 06 2017 08:20 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and forward Draymond Green (23) celebrate during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Kragthorpe: Warriors looking like Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach, but that’s OK
    Tiger Woods once played so well that Jack Nicklaus became angry with everybody else. Golden State’s performance in the 2017 NBA Playoffs is resemblin...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 08:52 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. Kragthorpe: Jazz alumni team is guaranteed to add another NBA title
    Anyone just tuning into the Jazz’s latest rebuilding project needs a history lesson that only the 2017 NBA Finals can provide. Cleveland’s Deron Willi...

    Updated May 31 2017 07:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Kragthorpe: Good memories of Jack Stockton, John’s father
    Jack Stockton didn’t match my image of him. The real-life version was even better. Somehow, even knowing his son was a 6-foot-1 guard for the Utah Jaz...
    Updated May 29 2017 05:10 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, right, gets congratulations from manager Bud Black after his solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana in the first inning during the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Kragthorpe: Utahns can care about Colorado Rockies again
    This story easily could have become the Curse of the Green Pig. The Colorado Rockies claim Utah as part of their territory, so new manager Bud Black ...
    Updated May 27 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Cottonwood players celebrate their win over Lone Peak High School 11-0 in the Class 5A baseball state title game in Orem, Friday May 26, 2017. Kragthorpe: Cottonwood’s 5A baseball title story is ‘like a movie’
    Orem The last day of school started with students lining the sidewalk outside Cottonwood High School, where a police escort led the team bus off the...
    Updated May 26 2017 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, center, smiles with his coaching staff, including assistant coaches Luke Walton, second from left, and Jarron Collins, right, before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Kragthorpe: Warriors coach takes Jazz influence into NBA Finals
    Jarron Collins’ advice to Golden State center JaVale McGee came straight from the Jerry Sloan book of homespun basketball sayings: “Don’t shoot the de...
    Updated May 26 2017 09:35 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) 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. Kragthorpe: Warriors vs. Cavs in NBA Finals not getting old to me, yet
    One of the first stories I wrote about the NBA in the 1980s listed the wrong team as the reigning champion, but I didn’t miss by much. Either the Los...
    Updated Jun 10 2017 08:39 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah players celebrate the win as Utah faces BYU in the final of the Salt Lake City Regional, NCAA softball at Dumke Family Softball Stadium, Saturday May 20, 2017. Kragthorpe: Utes enjoy beating BYU, but advancing to Super Regionals is bigger
    Hailey Hilburn produced another walk-off moment in a Utah-BYU softball game Saturday, only this ending was considerably less dramatic. The Ute relief...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 10:53 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   New York City FC forward Sean Okoli (9) shoots a goal between Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Maund’s legs. Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Kragthorpe: RSL thrives in the snow, breaking four-game losing streak
    Sandy The celebrations were subdued. Real Salt Lake’s Albert Rusnák clenched his fist and hugged a few teammates after his tying goal, then Aaron Ma...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (12) during the game at the Marriott Center Thursday February 2, 2017. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Eric Mika and Utes’ Kyle Kuzma made informed decisions, and that’s good
    It is just too easy for any of us to say that Utah’s Kyle Kuzma and BYU’s Eric Mika have made wrong decisions by entering the NBA draft with college e...
    Updated May 17 2017 09:33 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah softball coach Amy Hogue watches during the game against Washington Thursday, May 11, 2017. First Jobs: Amy Hogue nurtured SLCC softball before rejoining Utes
    Salt Lake Community College’s softball players recognized their coach’s commitment to them when Brennan Hogue accompanied his mother to their first te...
    Updated May 16 2017 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams fires a pass downfield during the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara California  Wednesday December 28, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utah, BYU appear headed for familiar finishes in 2017; USU should improve
    The University of Utah football program has climbed to the Alabama level. Well, the Utes’ quality of personnel is back where it was when Utah beat Al...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:46 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) had 40 points for the game. The Utah Jazz lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 106-111 during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017.   Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward will stay with Jazz, unless Celtics rise in East
    The story Brad Stevens loves to tell about Gordon Hayward and their Butler University days unfolded in Salt Lake City. In an Elite Eight game of the 2...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 05:52 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   USA’s Steven Holcomb after competing in the Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City Friday January 15, 2016. Kragthorpe: Memories of Steve Holcomb, from Skyline to Sochi
    Tryouts are a staple of sportswriting. The effort of covering a casting call for any sport always is rewarded, often because of the delusional, if adm...
    Updated May 12 2017 09:12 am   |     |   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. Kragthorpe: Jazz guard Rodney Hood’s shooting solution: ‘Lock myself in the gym’
    The Jazz’s most memorable shot of their playoff series vs. Golden State came in Game 3 when guard Rodney Hood took a pass from Gordon Hayward and hit ...
    Updated May 15 2017 06:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) shrugs as the the Warriors build a big lead late in game 4 of the NBA playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz must find permanent solution at point guard
    T he Jazz’s final, futile effort of their best season in seven years brought their rebuilding project right back to where it started. The playoff run...
    Updated May 09 2017 10:30 pm   |     |   Share
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