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Shaquille O'Neal, from left, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley speak at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Andy Larsen: Shaq, Kenny and Charles have lost touch with today’s NBA

By Andy Larsen | January 23, 2021, 4:49 p.m.

FILE - This June 24, 2019, file photo shows Shaquille O'Neal at the NBA Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. A woman whose car was left stranded along a Florida interstate when her tire blew out got a little unexpected help from former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, sheriff's officials say. O'Neal, who lives in the Orlando area, was traveling on Interstate 75 near Gainesville on Monday, July 13, 2020, when he saw the woman pull onto the side of the road, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said on a Facebook post. He stayed with the woman until deputies arrived at the scene. “He fist-bumped Deputies Purington and Dillon before going on his way,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Weekly Run newsletter: Reaction to Shaq, Charles Barkley critique of Donovan Mitchell isn’t kind to the Hall of Famers

By Eric Walden | January 22, 2021, 10:21 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) makes a flying pass as the Utah Jazz host the New Orleans Pelicans, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

Gordon Monson: Shaq and Chuck dropped bombs on Donovan Mitchell, but their declarations are too eager, too early

By Gordon Monson | January 22, 2021, 5:38 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer | AP) New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) passes the ball after fighting for a loose ball with Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Salt Lake City.

The Triple Team: Donovan Mitchell puts up efficient all-around game as Jazz win 7th straight

By Andy Larsen | January 22, 2021, 3:14 p.m.

(Rick Bowmer | AP) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) watches after laying the ball up over New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Salt Lake City.

As TNT crew criticizes Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz vow, ‘They’re going to have to watch us anyway’

By Eric Walden | January 22, 2021, 3:39 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) defended by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) as the Utah Jazz host the New Orleans Pelicans, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

After beating Pelicans Tuesday at Vivint Arena, Utah Jazz now prepare for … the Pelicans Thursday at Vivint

By Eric Walden | January 20, 2021, 11:04 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) makes a flying pass as the Utah Jazz host the New Orleans Pelicans, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

The Triple Team: Utah Jazz run for easy threes, highlight plays in big win against Pelicans

By Andy Larsen | January 20, 2021, 2:14 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) defended by New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) as the Utah Jazz host the New Orleans Pelicans, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

Utah Jazz’s win over Pelicans sees them continue their ascension toward being NBA’s best 3-point-shooting team

By Eric Walden | January 20, 2021, 6:28 a.m.

Utah Jazz guard Miye Oni (81) defends against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Joe Ingles’ absence has been Miye Oni’s opportunity to make an impact in the Utah Jazz’s rotation

By Eric Walden | January 18, 2021, 10:23 p.m.

Utah Jazz forward Georges Niang, right, fouls Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, while pursuing the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Triple Team: Jazz’s role players lead the way in 5th straight victory as Nuggets miss 2nd half shots

By Andy Larsen | January 18, 2021, 5:39 a.m.

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, front left, is trapped in the corner with the ball by Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris, front right, and center Isaiah Hartenstein in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Utah Jazz find a way to fight through low-energy slog and beat Denver for a fifth straight win

By Eric Walden | January 18, 2021, 6:03 a.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) takes the ball inside as LA Clippers forward Serge Ibaka (9) defends, in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the LA Clippers at Vivint Arena, on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

No, Bojan Bogdanovic doesn’t have a permanent wrist issue. He does have a temporary process to get through.

By Eric Walden | January 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) goes for a loose ball along with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45), in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks at Vivint Arena, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

The Triple Team: Jazz unexpectedly shut Trae Young down, Donovan Mitchell impresses in blowout win vs. Hawks

By Andy Larsen | January 16, 2021, 6:00 a.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) Jazz center Derrick Favors (15), react as the Jazz extend their lead, in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks at Vivint Arena, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

‘Get stops and run’: Aggressive defense, efficient fast break fuel Utah Jazz’s win over Atlanta Hawks

By Eric Walden | January 16, 2021, 6:05 a.m.

Madison Square Garden is empty of fans, before an NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in New York. (Wendell Cruz/Pool Photo via AP)

Eric Walden: Is it time for the NBA to hit the pause button on this season?

By Eric Walden | January 15, 2021, 7:08 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks a shot by Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (20), in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns, on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020.

As the Utah Jazz offense flounders early in the NBA season, Rudy Gobert’s defense picks up

By Andy Larsen | January 15, 2021, 12:02 a.m.

(Carlos Osorio | AP) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes to the sideline to talk with head coach Quin Snyder during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Detroit.

The Utah Jazz went 4-2 on their shortened road trip. Here’s what worked and what didn’t.

By Eric Walden | January 13, 2021, 11:55 p.m.

Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Triple Team: Jazz rout shorthanded Cavs, Rudy’s offensive experiments and the new COVID-19 restrictions

By Andy Larsen | January 13, 2021, 3:21 p.m.

Utah Jazz's Jordan Clarkson, right, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Georges Niang, Jordan Clarkson, Miye Oni give Utah Jazz some breathing room in blowout win in Cleveland

By Eric Walden | January 13, 2021, 4:49 a.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) dribbles as Washington Wizards guard Jerome Robinson (12) defends, in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Washington Wizards, in Salt Lake City, Friday, February 28, 2020

Utah Jazz road trip cut short as Wednesday game vs. Wizards postponed due to COVID-19 contact tracing

By Andy Larsen | January 13, 2021, 12:47 a.m.

(Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talks with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Snyder, Mitchell and the rest of the Jazz are finding the NBA's post-bubble environment ot be a challenge.

Utah Jazz and rest of the NBA are finding life a challenge outside of the bubble

By Eric Walden | January 11, 2021, 11:56 p.m.

(Carlos Osorio | AP) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes to the sideline to talk with head coach Quin Snyder during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Detroit.

The Triple Team: Jazz defense holds strong vs. Pistons; evaluating the struggles of Bogdanovic and Griffin

By Andy Larsen | January 11, 2021, 2:19 p.m.

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) shoots as Detroit Pistons center Jahlil Okafor, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

‘We could have avoided that’: What went wrong with the offense in the Utah Jazz’s 96-86 win in Detroit

By Eric Walden | January 11, 2021, 3:53 a.m.

The top of the roof of KeyArena, which is currently undergoing a complete renovation, is shown with the Space Needle in the background, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Seattle. Amazon has bought the naming rights to the arena, which will host a new NHL hockey team and the WNBA Basketball Seattle Storm, and will call the facility Climate Pledge Arena. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Andy Larsen: Expansion looking more likely for the NBA. Which cities are in play?

By Andy Larsen | January 11, 2021, 3:19 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a 3-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

The Triple Team: Jazz outgun Bucks from deep to set new franchise record for threes

By Andy Larsen | January 9, 2021, 3:32 p.m.