NBA commissioner David Stern was at Wednesday’s Jazz-Suns game, and as you can imagine guffaws were shared by all. (Here’s a free link to the actual Stern story.) Some lighter moments of Stern’s 20-minute media session: • First, what didn’t get discussed. Unfortunately, time ran out before I could ask questions Jazz fans suggested on Twitter, such as: When will Dick Bavetta retire? Will the NBA ever issue … Continue reading»

Hayward rejects Boston

Gordon Hayward’s Block-A-Thon in Wednesday’s loss was something else. From my vantage point at the TD Garden, I could see Hayward teeing up Keeyon Dooling’s fast break shot, and he did a great job of swatting the ball from behind. But to follow that sweet block with an even better rejection of Avery Bradley made it a phenomenal play, very worthy of its Play of the Day status … Continue reading»

Harris’ heave: perfect pass or lucky shot?

The Jazz’s incredible finish Thursday night was capped by Devin Harris and Al Jefferson hooking up on a perfectly executed lob … or some good-old-fashioned luck. Watch the video, and you decide: Pass or shot? [poll id="6"] Just how it was drawn up, right? “Devin said it was a great pass,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “So that’s how it was supposed to go.” Corbin said that with … Continue reading»

Knee injury ends Josh Howard’s season

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Josh Howard is done for the season. The Utah Jazz small forward has a chip in the lateral femoral cartilage in his left knee that will require surgery to repair in order to prevent further damage. Howard’s knee experienced recent swelling, which led to him undergoing an MRI test on the Jazz’s day off Monday. The Jazz’s team orthopedist, Dr. Lyle Mason, determined the knee would require surgery … Continue reading»

One game Coach Corbin wouldn’t play

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin took exception to outsiders who speculated that he might play certain players just to increase their tradability. “I play guys for us to win. That’s what I’ve been doing all year. That’s what I’ll continue to do,” the second-year coach said. “I play guys with match-ups and what gives us the best chance and who’s going well.” Winning games and developing players have remained … Continue reading»

Another All-Star Weekend event for Al Jefferson?

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  While going through my voice recorder, I found a fun exchange with Earl Watson after Al Jefferson’s big game and first career 3-pointer Monday night: Watson: “I’ve been telling you since last week, Jody, I’m his new agent and we’re putting him in the Skills Challenge, but we’re going to do the 3-point contest as well. We’re not going to do the dunk contest, tha’s one thing … Continue reading»

Raja Bell has an old knee

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Results from the magnetic resonance imaging test taken on Raja Bell’s left knee Monday showed that, well, he has the knee of a guy who’s been in the NBA for 12 seasons. The 35-year-old Bell said his left knee felt good after playing 28 minutes in Monday’s win, which came hours after he had a meeting with coach Tyrone Corbin and general manager Kevin O’Connor to discuss their … Continue reading»

Tinsley tossing dimes at teammates again

When backup point guard Jamaal Tinsley entered Saturday night’s game, two Bulls fans sitting next to press row at the United Center couldn’t believe it. “Has he been with the Jazz the whole season?” one fan asked. Yes, indeed. Ever since Utah rescued him from the D-League. He was the No. 1 pick last year after sitting out a season, so there is that. Just don’t check the … Continue reading»

Here’s what Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin had to say about Raja Bell returning and about his decision to keep Josh Howard in the starting lineup while sending Gordon Hayward to the bench with the second unit (click here for the updated article from this morning’s shootaround): Is Raja back? Corbin: I’m almost certain he’ll go. He looked pretty good. We had a good workout yesterday and he’s not feeling … Continue reading»

Emptying the notebook after Jazz beat Heat

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Leftover quotes from the Jazz’s thrilling 99-98 win over the Heat: • Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on what the Jazz took from the win: “What we have to take carrying forward is (knowing) what we have to do and how tight we have to be as a unit on both ends of the floor to give ourselves a chance to win these kind of ballgames. This was a … Continue reading»