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    Default Re: 2020-21 Regular season- The tax team

    https://kslsports.com/453952/the-jaz...handed-lakers/

    Led by 18 point performances from Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson, and near triple-doubles from Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, the Jazz built a second quarter lead against the shorthanded Lakers and easily ran away with the victory in record-breaking style.

    could we stop saying near triple doubles. 2 assists and 2 boards especially for a little guy is a lot

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    https://www.sltrib.com/sports/jazz/2...eam-last-year/

    Mitchell shot poorly, but no one cares, because he had eight assists and 10 rebounds. Conley tried to call a play for Mitchell on the night he would have been most justified in raising his middle fingers to the world and getting shots up. Gobert led the team in scoring — his field goals were assisted by three Mitchell passes and three Conley passes. It’s all clicking.


    almost a triple dub!

    To be honest, you also got the sense that these coaches — and I’ll throw James in there as a kind of player-coach — didn’t want to show their hand. There’s a really good chance that these teams will meet in the playoffs at some point, and so while the Lakers’ attempts at defense were relatively half-hearted, their attempts to make adjustments to the Jazz’s killer offense were one-tenth-hearted.


    definitely made adjustments at half time and tried to stop the 3's and Rudy went to work. Pick your poison

    I think on this Jazz team, it is not enough. Whereas once the Jazz’s highest priority was defense, I think it is now offensive versatility — everyone on the roster is capable of making these really smart, quick decisions with the ball in their hands to keep it moving and to find the open man. Harrison isn’t a passer, at all, so he couldn’t find a home here.


    we don't really know what he is. He is a combo guard.

    The trade deadline is on March 25 this year, so I’d bet that they don’t acquire their last roster spot in a trade. But Tuesday was the first day that teams could sign 10-day players, and there are some interesting possibilities, including on the Salt Lake City Stars... maybe they just give Yogi Ferrell or Malcolm Miller a look?


    Miller has been horrible. Trevon Scott maybe but they need a vet not another young guy

    I also wonder if they wait the full two weeks to sign someone. I mean, it’s pretty clear that they don’t need the help at the moment, and signing a player for the extra time just means the Jazz go further over the luxury tax. They may stay at 13 players for as long as possible to just help save the $110K — the value of a 10-day contract this season — against the books.



    that would be my guess

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    https://www.slcdunk.com/2021/2/24/22...mes-game-recap

    There was only one legitimate concern from tonight’s game: The Jazz lack size and strength outside of Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. I think that this was apparent against both the Clippers and the Lakers.

    was apparent all last year.

    Who can guard Lebron or Kawhi outside of O’neal? Maybe a bit of Ingles? I thought Niang looked vulnerable against both the Lakers and the Clippers. While Niang has exceeded expectations at times this season, I wonder how playable he will be in the playoffs.

    Probably won't play. Rotation reduced in playoffs

    I think Lakers might slip to 4 seed and phoenix up to 3 seed.

    Posted by CJ Livinghousen on Feb 25, 2021 | 1:12 AM
    that would be bad

    The Lakers are a really, really bad three-point shooting team

    and as good as AD is, him being back in the lineup doesn’t necessarily fix that. If it comes down to Jazz-Lakers in the playoffs, the Jazz might honestly be able to shoot their way through. LeBron is amazing, especially in the playoffs (no point denying it), but he’s old and playing waaaay too many minutes per game. This could be our year, guys. Like, for real.

    Posted by GregOstertagged on Feb 25, 2021 | 1:40 AM
    couldn't shoot last year either

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    We took a straw poll of league executives on which player outside of Bradley Beal could change the landscape of the playoff race. The unanimous answer was the veteran Thaddeus Young. Here is why Young has value around the league: Versatility: In the 26 games played this season, Young has played 70% at power forward and a career-high 30% at center. He has a career-high 116.7 offensive rating, with 88.5% of his points on two-point shots (last season that number was 57.7%).
    – via Bobby Marks @ ESPN


    he'd be nice

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    The Utah Jazz are cooperating with an NBA investigation into former guard Elijah Millsap’s allegation that executive vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey made bigoted comments during a 2015 end-of-season meeting, sources told ESPN. The probe will include the sharing of detailed notes taken in the April 2015 meeting that was attended by Millsap and three Jazz officials, sources said.
    – via Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN



    End-of-season meetings — also commonly called exit meetings — are staples of NBA organizations, typically wide-ranging conversations between front offices and players that review the past season and look to the future. The Jazz have kept detailed notes on every one of those meetings since Lindsey started as the franchise’s GM in 2012, sources said.
    – via Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN




    The Jazz have retained outside counsel to assist the league in its review of the matter, sources said. Utah officials, including Lindsey, encouraged the league office’s opening of a review of Millsap’s allegation, which was lodged on social media Wednesday night.
    – via Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN




    Marc Stein: The Jazz announce they have hired an outside firm in conjunction with the NBA to “thoroughly investigate” a recent social media post from former Utah forward Elijah Millsap alleging a racially insensitive comment from the team’s top basketball executive, Dennis Lindsey, in 2015:



    – via Twitter TheSteinLine





    Sarah Todd: In speaking with Elijah Millsap, he said he was disappointed that Lindsey denied it so quickly. Even if it’s not what they remember, Millsap felt that it would have been right for them to reach out to him and address what he considers to be a hurtful experience rather than deny
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    Default Re: 2020-21 Regular season- The tax team

    During ESPN’s “The Jump,” reporter Marc Spears says NBA General Managers, executives and scouts are saying Southwest Division teams will be active around the trade deadline, including the San Antonio Spurs. And according to Spears, the Spurs are shopping LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. “Another name is San Antonio, is kind of surprising” Spears said. “LaMarcus Aldridge’s name has been bandied about. Also, a little bit I’m hearing is DeMar DeRozan.”
    – via news4sanantonio.com





    He'd be nice. Would increase the tax bill but certainly makes them better

    http://www.espn.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=yd22nvfu

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    https://www.slcdunk.com/the-downbeat...l-devin-booker

    Also huge improvements for Clarkson, Mitchell, Ingles, and Niang.
    I mean, us dunkers already knew that, but it is interesting to see the numbers behind it.
    Also, this fun stat:
    But the Jazz also play significantly better with Conley on the court, particularly in combination with Gobert; no other two-man combination in the league has a better on-court scoring differential than Conley and Gobert’s +226 mark.
    Posted by Kira Argonova on Feb 25, 2021 | 3:21 PM
    O'Neale I would think too. Rudy has been better except for his finishing and FT shooting

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    Following Harden’s trade to the Nets, The Athletic reported on several teams inquiring about Tucker’s availability. As the trade deadline approaches, that interest is still alive and well around the league from contenders. Sources say teams such as Brooklyn, Utah and Denver all have sniffed around, and there certainly will be other contenders looking to improve heading into the second half of the season (both Los Angeles teams come to mind). Tucker is still a player who can help a winning team, likely more valuable to organizations with deep playoff runs in mind than a team like Houston that is transitioning.
    – via Kelly Iko @ The Athletic

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    Anthony Chiang: Tyler Herro (hip) remains out tonight vs. Jazz. No decision has been made yet on Bam Adebayo’s status for tonight. Adebayo is warming up on the court right now.
    – via Twitter Anthony_Chiang

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    Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Elijah Millsap accusation: “I’ve never heard anything remotely close to that said by Dennis. … And I’m sensitive to things like that — so I’d remember something like that. I’ve never heard anything like that come out of his mouth.”
    – via Twitter tribjazz



    Eric Walden: Erik Spoelstra, on Rudy Gobert: “He’s really unique. … He’s disruptive as heck in the paint and around the rim. … On the other end, he knows what he is and he sticks to it.”
    – via Twitter tribjazz

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    https://saltcityhoops.com/jazzs-unse...-team-success/

    Joe willingly took a bench role last season. In a previous season he volunteered his starting position so Rodney Hood could start, even though Snyder didn’t take him up on the offer.

    how many years did it take Snyder to figure out Hood wasn't a starter?

    While Rudy is 2nd in the league in blocks per game, he doesn’t chase blocks as other centers do. Instead he uses his presence in the middle to dissuade shots — sometimes just standing in the paint is enough to scare away opponents. I wonder if we would see Mark Eaton-like numbers if Rudy tried (fun fact: Eaton average 5.6 blocks per game his third season).

    doubt it. Not enough post ups today

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    Fomer Utah guard Elijah Millsap said Friday that he has not yet heard from any investigators regarding his allegation that Jazz executive Dennis Lindsey made a bigoted comment to him during an end-of-season meeting in 2015. Millsap also expressed doubt that a fair investigation could take place regarding his claim that Lindsey, who then was the team’s general manager and now is an executive vice president, threatened to cut his “Black ass” and send him home.
    – via ESPN News Services @ ESPN



    “Obviously, I know my truth,” Millsap said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Some outside counsel or somebody, all they can do is just try to stir it up and make [me] look as if I’m lying. I did it basically to free myself from the torture of holding things in, to free myself, not to make Dennis Lindsey feel bad and not to make him look like a racist. I don’t feel he is a racist, but I do know what he said to me.”
    – via ESPN News Services @ ESPN



    General manager Justin Zanik, who was then an assistant general manager tasked with keeping detailed notes of the conversation, was also in the meeting, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Those notes were entered into a team database and will be examined as part of the investigation, sources said.
    – via ESPN News Services @ ESPN



    Millsap said he remembers being “high energy” going into that meeting and eager to hear what Lindsey and Snyder would say to him. “I was expecting great feedback,” Millsap said. “And then it took a turn for the worse.”
    – via ESPN News Services @ ESPN



    Millsap appeared in only two more NBA games after the Jazz waived him, and said he believes the team has not spoken well of him when other teams asked about his background. He said he still works out for several hours a day and would like to resume his playing career. Millsap said he doesn’t have any specific resolution that would satisfy him in mind. “These guys, they had the opportunity to tell people the truth about who I was,” Millsap said. “And they didn’t do that. That’s disgusting to me.”
    – via ESPN News Services @ ESPN



    [IMG]https://*********.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/92/2021/01/i_de_64_9c_mike-conley.png?w=190[/IMG]“Like if you’re talking to somebody, they’re like, ‘How’s Utah? How’s Salt Lake? Are there a lot of Black people there,?’” Conley said by phone this week. “They ask questions like that — ‘are people cool there? What’s it like? Because I heard this, I heard that.’ And you kind of have to set it straight, like man, nah, it’s nothing like what you heard. People here are great. The weather’s actually really great. It’s a fun place to be. I think guys are starting to realize that, and when you’ve built a great culture, a winning culture, I think it’s a lot easier for players to want to look into the opportunity to be here.”
    – via David Aldridge @ The Athletic



    “I think sometimes, people got the wrong perception of Salt Lake City, or Utah or whatever, especially with the organization, with the history with the players, and obviously the demographics out here,” Favors said by phone this week. “But I think a lot of players are comfortable coming out here. It’s just a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle in all the big cities, all the lights and glamour in the big cities. You can come out here and just focus on basketball, focus on what you need to do to become a better player. And guys just have a comfort level out here. …
    – via David Aldridge @ The Athletic



    At least one former Black executive with the Jazz is publicly vouching for Lindsey. Andrae Patterson, who worked in Utah from 2015-17 as player personnel/player programs coordinator, reached out to me Thursday night. “My experience and interactions as well as my training with Dennis Lindsey has always been about being respectful and as much of an anti-racist in personal and business life whenever possible,” said Patterson, who’s now the Cavaliers’ Senior Director of Basketball Operations. Patterson wanted to be clear that he wasn’t in any way casting aspersions on Elijah Millsap’s accusations, but wanted to speak up based on his personal interactions with Lindsey, whom Patterson calls a friend.
    – via David Aldridge @ The Athletic



    “You still probably have to go on Amazon and do a lot of other stuff to get what you need out here, because as a Black person, they don’t really have a lot of stuff for Black people — not yet, I’m pretty sure it’s coming, but not yet,” Favors said. “So you still have to maybe go online or have stuff shipped. But guys got one or two barbers out here. The restaurants here are pretty cool. But like I said, you come out here, as a player, you mostly focus on basketball, getting better, winning games, trying to win a championship. And I think the organization does a good job of catering to the players, making sure that they’re comfortable, making sure that they’ve got everything they need.”
    – via David Aldridge @ The Athletic

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