Posts Tagged ‘Utah Jazz’

A big week for birthday cakes and the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This is apparently a great week to be an NBA player having a birthday, or even if you’re just an NBA player who enjoys eating birthday cake.

Just one day ago we saw Danté Exum presented with a birthday cake. Little did we know it would mark the start of a trend.

Two nights ago, “The Starters” presented Bucks rookie Jabari Parker with this cake.

Last night, after Trey Burke visited “The Starters” on NBA TV, he was presented with a cake, which he promptly smashed into the face of my main man Trey Kerby.

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Meanwhile, out in Portland, Damian Lillard got a birthday cake from a camper at his basketball camp featuring a photo of his Horry Scale shot against Houston from the playoffs.

If that wasn’t enough, Lillard also got a cake with an adidas shoe in the middle of it…

Dante Exum sings Happy Birthday to himself


VIDEO: Exum Sings

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The good news is that rookie Jazz guard Danté Exum turned 19 years old on Sunday. The bad news is that the Jazz have a tradition of making rookies singing “Happy Birthday” to people celebrating as something of a hazing ritual, so the Jazz decided to have Exum sing “Happy Birthday” to himself. Luckily, this was caught in the video above.

This was not, however, the only time Exum received well-wishes. On Sunday night, Exum visited “The Starters,” where he was presented with a different cake and helped out singing a different kind of song…


VIDEO: Exum Starters

Jeremy Evans can jump out of the gym

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the lead up to the NBA draft, a photo went viral of Andrew Wiggins showing off a 44-inch vertical leap. Wiggins worked out for the draft at P3, a sports-science institute in California, which is where that initial 44-inch photo came from. And as impressive as that 44-inch leap was, someone topped it: Utah’s Jeremy Evans, the 2102 2012 Dunk Contest winner, stopped by P3 and took back the championship belt…

No. 2 – Stockton leaves lasting NBA mark

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

John Stockton

In 1995, John Stockton became the NBA’s all-time assists king.

Name: John Stockton

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Birthday: March 26, 1962

College: Gonzaga

Drafted in 1984: 16th overall by Utah Jazz

Draft fact: John Stockton has a unique place in ’84 Draft history — and NBA lore. He is the only player from that class (and in NBA history) to be the all-time leader in two major statistical categories: assists (15,806) and steals (3,265).


VIDEO: Relive the moment when John Stockton set the NBA’s all-time assists record

We’re just two hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the 27NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 5 – A Hall Of Fame group

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

In college and in the NBA, Michael Jordan performed like a Hall of Famer.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Oscar Schmidt

Colleges/Countries: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton) and Brazil (Schmidt)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 131st overall by New Jersey Nets (Schmidt)

Draft fact: Five future members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had their names called at the 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan talks after being taken No. 3 overall in the 1984 Draft

We’re just five hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 9 – Stockton dishes it out

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

John Stockton

John Stockton began his assault on the NBA’s assist records in 1987-88.

Name: John Stockton

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Birthday: March 26, 1962

College: Gonzaga

Drafted in 1984: 16th overall by Utah Jazz

Draft fact: John Stockton, the 16th pick of the 1984 Draft, led the league in assists in nine straight seasons (from 1987-88 to 1995-96).


VIDEO: Relive some great assists from throughout John Stockton’s career

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No. 12 – Stockton forever a Jazzman

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

John Stockton

Few players mean more to their franchise than John Stockton does to the Utah Jazz.

Name: John Stockton

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Birthday: March 26, 1962

College: Gonzaga

Drafted in 1984: 16th overall by Utah Jazz

Draft fact: John Stockton, who wore the No. 12 during his playing days, appeared in 1,504 games for Utah. That numbers marks the most games a player has ever played for one team.


VIDEO: The Jazz retire John Stockton’s No. 12 jersey during a 2004 ceremony

We’re just 12 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 16 – Stockton rarely sat one out

The84Draft
The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

John Stockton and Karl Malone

John Stockton — like his longtime teammate Karl Malone — was a staple in Jazz lineups.

Name: John Stockton

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Birthday: March 26, 1962

College: Gonzaga

Drafted in 1984: 16th overall by Utah Jazz

Draft fact: The 16th pick of the 1984 Draft, John Stockton played in all 82 regular-season games in 16 seasons. Stockton also played in all 50 games during the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season as well.


VIDEO: John Stockton sets an NBA record by logging his 18th straight season with one team

We’re just 16 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV (June 9, 9 p.m. ET)! Watch NBA TV for the complete story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 18 – A class with lots of hardware

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon won his lone MVP during the 1993-94 season.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Alvin Robertson, John Stockton, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Arkansas (Robertson), Gonzaga (Stockton), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 70th overall by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: The Class of 1984 has won the NBA Rookie of the Year, All-Star Game MVP, regular-season MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year 18 times as a collective group. Here’s the breakdown:

Rookie of the Year – Jordan

MVPs – Jordan (5), Olajuwon (1), Barkley (1)

All-Star MVP – Jordan (3), Stockton (1), Barkley (1)

Defensive Player of the Year — Jordan (1), Olajuwon (2), Robertson (1)

Coach of the Year – Carlisle (1)


VIDEO: Michael Jordan wins his second straight MVP during the 1992 season

We’re just 18 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 23 – All-NBA talent abounds in ‘84

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton

Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon

Michael Jordan (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon were All-NBA First Team regulars.

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton)

Draft fact: The 1984 Draft boasts 23 All-NBA First Team selections from 1987-98. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (10 appearances), Hakeem Olajuwon (six), Charles Barkley (five) and John Stockton (two).

We’re just 23 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.