Posts Tagged ‘Utah Jazz’

The NBA gives back on Thanksgiving

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Thanksgiving, a day when the U.S. takes a moment to reflect and be thankful. In the videos below, players and teams from around the NBA took some time to give back to the communities that support them throughout the year…


VIDEO: Westbrook Thanksgiving


VIDEO: Brooklyn Thanksgiving


VIDEO: Hornets Thanksgiving


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.

VIDEO: Mutombo ATL

Trevor Booker adds broom shot to repertoire

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season, Trevor Booker made perhaps the most amazing shot of the season, when he tipped a ball over his head and in as the shot clock was running down. It was so amazing that it spawned imitators, from other players to mascots.

Last night, Booker broke out another trick shot. When a loose ball ended up stuck behind the backboard, the only way to get it out was using a broom handle. And not only did Booker knock the ball loose, he knocked it off the shot clock and into the basket…


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, place your vote for a winner. And remember, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Finally, congratulations to last week’s winner, Andrew Wiggins!

Now, let’s go to the posters!


VIDEO: Cousins on Nets


VIDEO: AD on Knicks


VIDEO: Leonard on Plumlee


VIDEO: Parker on Love


VIDEO: Westbrook on Celtics


VIDEO: Whiteside on Favors

Utah Jazz fanz can’t spell gud?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Interesting story today in the Deseret News, based on a recent study by Grammarly, which sounds like bad grammar itself, but whatever. ANYWAY, according to this story, Utah Jazz fans aren’t very good at the whole writing/spelling/grammar thing. As the News reports

Utah ranked dead last at No. 30 in Grammarly’s NBA Grammar Power Rankings, with Jazz fans making 7.85 mistakes per 100 words. That was well below the Western Conference average of 4.28 mistakes per 100 words and considerably worse than the brainiacs from the Mensa Timberwolves. Minnesota fans averaged only 1.69 gaffes per 100 words.

Sorry, Jazz fans. You don’t gotta love that.

In an effort to determine the grammatical prowess and/or pitifulness of each NBA team’s fan base, Grammarly studied 100 comments from an SB Nation blog from the 30 squads. ( is the Jazz’s SB Nation blog.)

Grammarly proofreaders counted all of the misspellings, incorrect punctuation, misused and missing words, and subject-verb disagreement. Things like common slang, team nicknames and serial comma usage were disregarded.

Apparently, the use of their, they’re and there is not subjective, after all. And let’s not even get on the subject of its vs. it’s. (We probably shouldn’t have started that last sentence with a conjunction, either.)

For the record, Utah fans were not penalized for using the plural form of to be in relation with the Jazz.

“We were careful not to penalize fans for using conventional sports terminology,” Grammarly’s Michael Mager told the Deseret News. “Since ‘Jazz are’ is the standard, correct way to write about the team, we didn’t count it as an error.”

Jerry Sloan does some voiceover work

By Jeff Case

Back in 1979, the New Orleans Jazz moved to Salt Lake City and became the Utah Jazz. From that point until the end of the 1990-91 season, the Jazz played all of their home games at the old Salt Palace. In 1991, the (then-) Delta Center opened and has been the home of the Jazz ever since, but it was renamed EnergySolutions Arena on Nov. 20, 2006. Just yesterday, it got a new sponsor.

The Jazz now play at Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is what it will be called for the next 10 years. No matter the arena’s name, though, the Jazz are synonymous with certain players (like Karl Malone and John Stockton) and a legendary coach (Jerry Sloan) no matter who roams the court or sidelines.

With that history in mind, the Jazz tabbed Sloan to voiceover and walk through Vivint Smart Home Arena in a video called “This Arena”. It’s pretty cool if you’re a Jazz fan.

VIDEO: Jerry Sloan tells tale of ‘This Arena’


Thibodeau and Sloan catch a game together

By Jeff Case

Not sure what to make of this one, but when you’ve got a Hall of Fame coach (and former Bulls employee) and one of the better coaches in recent memory (and a former Bulls employee) watching a game, it’s pretty cool.

A fan at last night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz snapped a photo of former Jazz coach and HOFer Jerry Sloan taking in a game at EnergySolutions Arena. Who was sitting next to him? None other than former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

Sloan, who coached the Bulls from 1979-82 before becoming a legend in Utah, often watches Jazz games and serves as a team consultant. Thibodeau coached the Bulls from 2010-15.




Utah Jazz rookies put to work immediately

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Utah Jazz left Salt Lake City behind for training camp and instead went to Hawaii. I know, tough for them. But while they may been training in paradise, it hasn’t been so nice for the Utah Jazz rookies, as we see in the videos below.

Following a team dinner on the beach, Gordon Hayward called up the Jazz rookies, and had them sing “Happy Birthday” to Joe Ingles and assistant GM Justin Zanick

VIDEO: Happy Birthday Rooks

So, nice enough job. It was kinda funny, and the guys were embarrassed, which is probably actually the most important bit of the whole thing.

But was that enough? Nope, not for Gordon Hayward, who also wants the guys to do “a little Hawaiian dance.” Get your groove on, fellas…

VIDEO: Jazz rookies dance

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 1)

METAIRIE, LA - SEPTEMBER 28: Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans poses for photos during NBA Media Day on September 28, 2015 at the New Orleans Pelicans practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)


NBA training camps have convened, exhibition games are underway, and we all know what that means: The return of MUSCLEWATCH.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the off-season. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but it always seemed to be “15 pounds of muscle.” So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the “15 pounds of muscle” and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

And remember, MUSCLEWATCH cannot be successful without your help. The most effective way to let us here at MUSCLEWATCH HQ know if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news is to tweet and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Also, for what it’s worth, we need numbers. If you’re going to be vague, that’s not MUSCLEWATCH. I’m talking to you, Bulls GM Gar Forman

Hey. we’re all glad Derrick Rose “looks terrific,” but if you want to play MUSCLEWATCH, we need actual digits.

Now, let’s get swole …

Gordon Hayward has your back, video gamers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward has always been up-front about his love for video games. He even claimed that he could beat LeBron James one-on-one…in a game of League of Legends.

So when Fox Sports host Colin Cowherd recently went after what has traditionally been low-hanging fruit — people who play video games are nerds, etc. — Hayward hopped into the Google image search wayback machine and decided to post an embarrassing picture of Cowherd…

This turned into Hayward making an appearance on Cowherd’s show to defend e-sports and video games in general…

VIDEO: Hayward vs Cowherd