The summers for Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors just got a bit busier. The two young Utah Jazz players have reportedly been invited to participate on the 2012 USA Select team, which will help prepare Team USA for the Summer Olympics in London. Hayward and Favors, both selected to participate in the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge this past All-Star Weekend, will join a team full of American up-and-comers, … Continue reading»

This morning at Jazz shootaround, I asked Tyrone Corbin about the possible lineup change for Game 4 that he had mentioned at Sunday’s practice. The Jazz coach responded, “We’ll probably make a change.” But Corbin didn’t reveal what that probable lineup change would be, so I asked a follow-up and asked if Derrick Favors would start. Corbin, sorta smiling but not wanting to go there: “Who you working … Continue reading»

Utah Jazz fan has some, um, Favors to ask Coach Corbin

Jazz fan Mason Nichols is outside EnergySolutions Arena offering some free advice to coach Tyrone Corbin from the corner of 300 West and South Temple. Nichols came to the arena to give this pro-Favors demonstration despite not having tickets to Game 3 tonight between the Jazz and Spurs. “I’m too poor,” Nichols said. Favors only played an average of 23.5 minutes for the Jazz in the blowout losses … Continue reading»

Gordon Hayward was one of 30 NBA players who improved the most this season, according to a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The Jazz shooting guard received a couple of votes for the 2011-12 Most Improved Player award, which was won by Orlando shooter Ryan Anderson. In his sophomore professional season, Hayward more than doubled his scoring average from 5.4 ppg as a rookie to 11.8 ppg. … Continue reading»

2012 NBA Draft early entrants list

In case you were wondering who the Utah Jazz won’t be getting with their own first-round pick (now Minnesota’s at No. 18) or with the Foldin’ State Warriors’ lottery selection (unless they get leapfrogged out of the top seven in the lottery), here is the intriguing list of 66 early entry candidates for the 2012 NBA Draft (P.S. The Jazz do have the No. 47 pick in the … Continue reading»

(NOTE: UPDATED at 2:45 p.m. MT with my ballot information…) Tyrone Corbin hasn’t had a full season as head coach of the Utah Jazz yet, but he caught some attention in his second irregular season after replacing Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan last year. Spurs’ bench boss Gregg Popovich has been named the 2011-12 NBA coach of the year by a landslide, earning 77 of 119 first-place votes … Continue reading»

Behind Jazz enemy lines in San Antonio

I apparently like San Antonio more than Tyrone Corbin does. Maybe he toured the Alamo one too many times when he played for the Spurs at the beginning of his 16-year NBA career, from 1985-87. Could be he doesn’t like dining outdoors on the Riverwalk under the stars at night that are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. Perhaps he has an aversion to belt … Continue reading»

My Top 10 tongue-in-cheek reasons why the Utah Jazz just might “shock the world” (as Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward put it) and pull off the upset over the heavily favored San Antonio Spurs: 10. The One That Got Away From San Antonio (a.k.a. Blake Ahearn) provides valuable insider info acquired from Spurs during his short stint in 2008.   9. Talented Spurs forward Manu Ginobili unable to … Continue reading»

Odds are against Utah Jazz (and my tired, aching body)

It’s about 3:30 a.m. and my pre-playoffs slumber party with my two young sons (ages 7 and 3) was interrupted by the fact that our family room floor is really hard. So, it’s the middle of the night. I’m wide awake. And I’m blogging (wishing I had a flashlight and an adventure book). Which brings me to the subject of this blog: the Utah Jazz’s odds of winning … Continue reading»

Who ever said tanking didn’t pay off? The Golden State Warriors — a k a the Foldin’ State Tankers — won a tiebreaker with the Toronto Raptors today through “random drawings,” according to the NBA, and will be slotted in the No. 7 position of the NBA’s 2012 Lottery. That means the Jazz have to hope a team below the Warriors leapfrogs Golden State and wins one of … Continue reading»