Posts Tagged ‘Utah Jazz’

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 1

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!

By the way, welcome to 2016! I’m thinking we’ll continue with weekly #POSTERIZED polls until we get a little closer to the All-Star break, and then we’ll round up all the previous winners and crown a first half champ. We can do the same with the second half of the season, and then have a poll to select an overall winner as well.

Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Utah’s Alec Burks, as he goes for back-to-back wins this week. And let me say right here, I understand that Burks’ dunk this week generated some controversy — was it technically a dunk? Did he just throw the ball through the basket?

The beauty of the #POSTERIZED Poll is that it doesn’t even really matter. Did a player put someone else on a poster? Then that’s good enough for us!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…
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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Dec. 24

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!

Special shoutout this week to Kristaps Porzingis, who may be a rookie but still had the presence of mind last night to duck out of the way of LeBron James to avoid getting #POSTERIZED. And even then he still ended up in the picture…

It’s the holiday season, so someone give a big present to last week’s winner, DeAndre Jordan!

Plenty of great entries this week. Let’s go to the posters, and don’t forget to vote for the winner…
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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…

RUSSELL WESTBROOK


VIDEO: Westbrook Thanksgiving

BROOKLYN NETS


VIDEO: Brooklyn Thanksgiving

CHARLOTTE HORNETS


VIDEO: Hornets Thanksgiving
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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Nov. 24

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
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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…

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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Nov. 17

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!

DEMARCUS COUSINS ON THE NETS


VIDEO: Cousins on Nets

ANTHONY DAVIS ON LOU AMUNDSON


VIDEO: AD on Knicks

KAWHI LEONARD ON MASON PLUMLEE


VIDEO: Leonard on Plumlee

JABARI PARKER ON KEVIN LOVE


VIDEO: Parker on Love

RUSSELL WESTBROOK ON THE CELTICS


VIDEO: Westbrook on Celtics

HASSAN WHITESIDE ON DERRICK FAVORS


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. (SLCDunk.com 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