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Utah Jazz to open season on Oct. 18 vs. Denver in remodeled Vivint Smart Home Arena

For the Utah Jazz, the path back to the playoffs begins on Oct. 18. That’s when they will begin the 2017-18 NBA season against the Denver Nuggets at the newly remodeled Vivint Smart Home Arena, the NBA announced on Monday afternoon. Once the season begins, there won’t be much respite for the Jazz, who have refused to lower their expectations in a loaded Western Conference despite...
Via Jazz Notes
1 day ago

Utah Jazz hire Mike Elliott to oversee player training, health and performance

The Jazz have created a new position overseeing the team’s medical and sports science initiatives, hiring Mike Elliott from the Phoenix Suns to do the job. As vice president of performance health care, Elliott will preside over all training, strength and conditioning while trying to help the Jazz gain a needed edge in pioneering fields of sports science. He held a similar role...
Via Jazz Notes
1 day ago

Jazz rookie has admirable goal for his first NBA season

While many rookies may have their eyes set on an All-Star appearance, the Rookie of the Year Award, or other similar accolades in their first NBA season, Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is set on a different goal.Speaking on Saturday at a demo for “NBA Live 18,” Mitchell said that his goal for his rookie season is to make First Team All-Defense. Mitchell, who was selected by...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

After being gouged, Utah lawmaker seeks to limit ticket scalping markups

State Rep. Lynn Hemingway was eager to see his actress daughter-in-law, Rose Hemingway, in the traveling Broadway production of “Kinky Boots” when it came this year to the new Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City. But expected complimentary tickets to opening night fell through, so the Millcreek Democrat quickly looked online for tickets from resellers. “It cost me $400 for two...
Via Jazz Notes
5 days ago

LOOK: Ricky Rubio is now rocking a man bun

Now that Ricky Rubio is playing for a new team — the Utah Jazz — he’s sporting a new look, apparently.Rubio, who spent the entirety of his career in Minnesota, usually tends to have a fairly clean look with not a lot of hair. That’s not the case anymore. Check out the man bun and full beard from this Spanish national team game on Wednesday. Here’s another recent photo...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Rudy Gobert subtweet Kyrie Irving?

Utah Jazz big Rudy Gobert may be taking a page out of LeBron James’ book.Gobert posted a tweet on Wednesday that was critical of how players these days care more about attention than they do about winning. It’s a tweet that could obviously apply to the situation of Kyrie Irving, a guy who wants out of a top title contender in the Cleveland Cavaliers so that he can have a starring...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Donovan Mitchell Ready to Write a New Chapter for the Jazz

NBAE / Getty Images via utahjazz.com   This summer, Jazz fans endured an Independence Day full of plot twists and posturing to rival the 1996 blockbuster of the same name. While it wasn’t completely apocalyptic, the aftershock of “The (In)decision” wounded plenty of hearts in its wake. Some fans professed they wouldn’t miss a certain someone’s 21.9 points per game with...
Via Salt City Hoops
9 days ago

Ricky Rubio Reflects On His Trade To The Jazz. Here’s How Fans Reacted

Dear Timberwolves fans, You remember this? I do. I also remember how I felt: I was devastated… (I love Ricky Rubio!) I’ve since moved on, and Timberwolves fans, like yourself, may have as well. But occasionally, you’ll see Ricky Rubio’s name appearing on Timberwolves Twitter. Here’s the latest: Here’s how Timberwolves fans reacted: Some are quite extreme: So as you could...
Via Howlin' Hockey
9 days ago

Rubio excited to play for team 'that really believed in me'

Ricky Rubio’s tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves was filled with trade rumors, and now that the point guard is out of there, he seems pretty relieved.Rubio, never a favorite of Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau, is hoping for a new lease on life with the Utah Jazz, and he certainly sounds refreshed and relieved.“To get traded, it’s not fun, but I was really excited to go to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jazz looking to move Boris Diaw

The Utah Jazz signed Thabo Sefolosha, and according to a report, they’re not done shaking the roster up. As the Jazz look to add frontcourt depth, one man who may be on his way out of Utah is Boris Diaw, who just wrapped up his first year with the team.Tony Jones and Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that the Jazz are hoping to add another forward, as well as a center to...
Via Sportsnaut
July 12, 2017  |  Discuss

In Twitter spat, Trey Burke says ‘no one wants to play’ for Jazz

Last week was a bit of a tough one for the Utah Jazz, as Gordon Hayward chose to leave the team behind for a chance to reunite with his old college coach, Brad Stevens, in Boston. With another notable player moving on from Utah, there has been much discussion about players’ lack of desire to suit up for the Jazz. Now former Jazz player Trey Burke is sure making that perception seem...
Via The Comeback
July 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Gordon Hayward already spotted suit shopping in Boston after Celtics trade rumors (PHOTOS)

Now that Gordon Hayward has undergone a change of scenery, it’s time for a new look. Hayward, who has been the subject of trade rumors linking him to the Celtics, could be in the middle of some huge news involving the team, as it sure looks like the Jazz and Celtics are finalizing a possible trade. And when you have big news to announce, you need to do it in a fresh suit. So that’s...
Via The Sports Daily
July 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Jazz thank Gordon Hayward in full-page newspaper ads

Gordon Hayward played a huge role in the Utah Jazz returning to relevance around the NBA. In his seven seasons in Utah, the All-Star forward improved each year. In the process, he ultimately led the Jazz back to the postseason with a complete rebrand from the Karl Malone-John Stockton days.While Hayward decision to leave Utah for the Boston Celtics created some drama around the Association...
Via Sportsnaut
July 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Celtics might have to give Jazz something to sign Hayward

The Utah Jazz lost their golden boy when Gordon Hayward decided to sign a max deal with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. But maybe Utah can get something out of this before it’s all over.Here’s the thing: as the roster currently stands, the Celtics don’t have nearly enough salary cap space for Hayward’s 4-year, $128 million deal. So, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and...
Via The Comeback
July 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Grading the deals: Kings sign George Hill and Zach Randolph

George Hill is coming off a five-year, $40 million contract signed in 2012, which turned into a great value for an Indiana Pacers team that was the greatest Eastern Conference threat after the Boston Celtics went into contender emeritus status. After one season with the Utah Jazz in which he fit perfectly and had a career year, Hill moves on to join the Sacramento Kings on a three...
Via RealGM - NBA
July 05, 2017  |  Discuss
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