Rules changes in the NBA

The NBA Board of Governors met in Las Vegas on Thursday and approved some rules changes for the 2013-14 season. (Jazz CEO Greg Miller is Utah’s representative for that board, by the way.) Judging the new ways instant replay can be used, NBA games might last about 3.5 hours next year. Here are the changes from the league’s press release: Instant replay may now be used: When reviewing … Continue reading»

Rudy Gobert’s wide, wide wingspan

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is a tall man. His new team says he’s 7-foot-1, although he’s been listed elsewhere as being 7-foot-2 in shoes. Even more impressive than his height is his wingspan. Gobert’s arms are so long, he reached across the Atlantic Ocean on Friday and gave a friend a high-five in France from Orlando. His wingspan is a freakish 7-foot-9, which NBA opponents will come … Continue reading»

Jody Genessy: ‘I don’t expect Al Jefferson to return’

Jody Genessy, the Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News, appeared on 1320 KFAN Tuesday afternoon to discuss NBA free agency with Gunther and Graham. During their 15 minute discussion, Genessy discussed the players most likely to return to the Utah Jazz organization, naming ‘Big Al’ Jefferson as one unlikely to wear a Jazz uniform again. “He’s supposed to meet with the Bobcats (Wednesday). He’s a great guy. … Continue reading»

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It’s official: Utah Jazz players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors will participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Mini-Camp that will take place in Las Vegas from July 22-25. Former Weber State star Damian Lillard will also be among the 27 players at the camp, which plays a big part in deciding the country’s national team. Favors and Hayward also participated with Team USA last summer, … Continue reading»

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When it comes to the NBA Draft, hindsight is the easiest I-told-you-so in the book. Never mind that people are quick to forget what scouts actually thought at the time. Believe it or not, Dwayne Wade was a reach for Miami at No. 5, and the majority of “experts” thought Orlando blew it picking Dwight Howard over Emeka Okafor. If there’s one aspect of the draft that isn’t … Continue reading»

Maybe Jeremy Evans really is a human pogo stick

Maybe Jeremy Evans really does have springs in his legs. There’s even video evidence, and it’s nuts. During off-season entrance testing at P3 — Peak Performance Project, a leading sports science institute and training center for power-sport athletes in Santa Barbara, Calif. — the 6’9″ Evans jumped for the sky … and nearly touched it. Following a massive leap, Evans outstretched fingers reached a maximum height of 12 … Continue reading»

Kevin Durant, Zach Randolph

Facing a stream of questions this offseason, the Jazz might take note from the journey of All-Star forward Zach Randolph. In a recorded interview with ESPN and Grantland.com’s Bill Simmons earlier this season, the Grizzlies’ All-Star forward revealed what helped him go from well-traveled and unwanted to beloved citizen and athlete in Memphis. “[Memphis] is a place where people work hard,” Randolph said. “Ain’t nothing given to them … Continue reading»

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Would you take the Deron Williams trade back if you could? That’s what the crew at ESPN 700 sports radio asked DeseretNews.com Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy earlier this week. Here’s what he had to say (full interview audio can be found here): Just over two years have passed since the Jazz traded Deron Williams to the then-New Jersey Nets, getting Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round … Continue reading»

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If/when Jeff Hornacek lands an NBA head coaching job (potentially with Philadelphia), a lot of Jazz fans will have a similar reaction. “Great for him, bummer for us.” It would be a bummer for Utah. Hornacek and the Jazz have a relationship the likes of which only a handful of former players and teams have — and even those can have an expiration date. There’s a reason Hornacek is … Continue reading»

At least one Jazz fan fed up with mediocrity

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The status quo can be good, comforting even. Jazz fans used to count on Stockton and Malone every year. Now, after three years that featured two lottery seasons and one first-round sweep, one  fan has had enough, at least according to the e-mail I received shortly after the end of the season. “I know the drill,” part of it said. “Typically the season ends, a nice spinning story is … Continue reading»