Alec Burks’ quest to be new Dunk Champ begins

Alec Burks' dunk

Alec Burks has made it known for some time that he wants to dethrone his teammate and buddy, Jeremy Evans, as the NBA’s Slam Dunk champion. The athletic leaper hooked up with roster hopeful Chris Quinn for one of the best alley-oop dunks of the preseason on Friday. The 6-foot-6 second-year guard elicited oohs and aahs while goofing off above the rim after this morning’s shootaround. Pardon my … Continue reading»

Gordon Hayward and the walking Butler billboard


While the Jazz worked out behind closed doors Monday morning at the ritzy Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco, something caught my attention in the weight room down the hall. Some 2,250 miles away from the school’s Indianapolis campus, an iron-pumping man sported a blue and white Butler Bulldogs T-shirt for his personal workout. It wasn’t Gordon Hayward, either. Moments later, Mr. Butler chuckled when told about the … Continue reading»


The Utah Jazz will get a welcomed break from the rigors of two-a-day training tonight. The Jazz, who’ve had five practices in the past 2-1/2 days of camp, will attend the USC-Utah game at Rice-Eccles Stadium as a team. The fun team-unity-building experience could have one downside. According to the FanSided Network blog ReignofTroy, the Trojans have a 1-0 record this season while playing an ESPN-televised Pac-12 road … Continue reading»

NBA institutes a ‘You flop, you pay’ policy

Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

NBA players will pay a hefty fine if they choose to act like they were steamrolled by a dump truck at the slightest touch thanks to a new anti-flopping rule adopted by the league. A warning will be given upon the first violation. After that, though, if you flop, you pay. Big time. Players’ bank accounts will then start taking full-contact hits that the NBA hopes will convince … Continue reading»

Jeremy Evans to do Jr. Jazz tour de Utah

Get ready, Utah. The 2012 NBA Dunk champion will soon be in a town near you. For the third straight year, Jazz forward Jeremy Evans will take his talents and teaching skills around the Beehive State as part of the annual Junior Jazz road trip. Evans will make 12 stops next week — from Dugway to Bryce Valley, and from St. George to Ely, Nev. The Jazz will … Continue reading»

Jazz owner Gail Miller, the wife of the late Larry H. Miller, is getting remarried this summer. Here is a press release from the LHM Group of Companies announcing her engagement to Kim R. Wilson: Mrs. Gail Miller and Mr. Kim R. Wilson Engaged SALT LAKE CITY (June 1, 2012) — The Miller family is pleased to announce the engagement of Mrs. Gail Miller and Mr. Kim R. … Continue reading»

Jazz announce summer-league schedule

They won’t have as many of their players as they originally hoped, but the Utah Jazz’s squad will play five games in as many days during this year’s Orlando Pro Summer League  from July 9-13. Forget those plans about making a Jazz summer league/Disney World vacation. This league’s games — to be played on the practice court at the Amway Center — are not open to the public. … Continue reading»

  Utah Jazz first-year players Alec Burks and Enes Kanter both received votes for the NBA’s 2011-12 All-Rookie team. Burks, the No. 12 pick last June, finished tied for 15th in voting with two votes, while Kanter, the third selection, was among 21 rookies to receive at least one vote. Here’s the press release from the NBA: CLEVELAND’S IRVING, MINNESOTA’S RUBIO HEADLINE 2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM   NEW … Continue reading»

(UPDATED at 11:50 a.m. MT with NBA executive of year info at bottom.) Kevin O’Connor has some new responsibilities and another title. Jazz general manager. Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations. Charter member of the NBA’s revised Competition Committee. O’Connor, the league’s second-longest tenured GM, has been selected by the NBA to be on the newly formed committee, which includes four general managers, three head coaches, two owners … Continue reading»

The Jazz’s two NBA newcomers didn’t receive any votes for the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year award. Both Enes Kanter and Alec Burks had their moments and contributed nicely at times for the Jazz in their first years, but it is not a surprising development that they didn’t get any Rookie of the Year attention. That is, until you consider this: Josh Selby finished 12th in the voting … Continue reading»