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Trey Burke talks draft, living in Utah with NBC Sports

Aug 8, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

If you’re looking for your early Rookie of the Year favorite, Trey Burke is the guy. First, we know he can play after watching him lead Michigan to the national championship game last year. Second, he’s going to get a ton of minutes in Utah (where they want him to learn on the job) and he’s going to have the ball in his hands. That same equation worked pretty well for Damian Lillard last year.

NBC’s own Kay Adams — I’m sure you know her best from PBT Extra — was at the rookie photo shoot day Tuesday and spoke with Burke about the draft, Utah and hanging out with the other rookies.

  1. gmsalpha - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    There aren’t too many distractions in Salt Lake City.

    You don’t say!

    But seriously, that’s great if he has that attitude, especially in his formative years as a pro. And yes, Salt Lake City is a VERY beautiful city.

    • muhangis - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:29 AM

      Yeah but the people there just SUCK!!! And so hypocritical..

      If you’re a person of color (like me) walking around there, don’t expect to get acknowledged by anyone.

      Utah is the most racist state I’ve been too, and I’m from the southeast corner of good USA now living in CA. I agree a city of beauty on the outside, but not of beauty on the inside.

      But on a basketball topic…. GO LAKERS!

      • mkm9398 - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:22 AM

        That’s interesting, Muhamgis. About 3 years ago I did a research project for my university which required me to take a survey of African Americans living in Utah (that had lived in other places in the U.S and around the world.) Out of 75 people surveyed, only ONE felt much (if any) racism in Utah. The majority of them stated that they surprisingly felt less racism towards them in Utah than any other place they had previously lived (which they hadn’t expected). About half of the people I talked to were military stationed at Hill Air Force Base and were well travelled, but I also spoke to many living all over the Wasatch Front and encountered people from every corner of the U.S. and abroad. I’m sorry you felt discrimination, but I firmly believe that the rumor of Utah being a racist state is highly unfounded and simply misguided. My theory is that most people figure, to one degree or another, that because Utah has a small African American population, then they must be racist. Personally, I believe that people living in places with larger populations of two or more identifiable groups (races, religions, etc) are more prone to identify with one specific group and think of the other as their opposition. That is where rumors, generalizations, and hatred come into play. I’m not saying you didn’t feel discriminated against, but perhaps you ran into a couple bad apples that don’t represent the majority of Utahns, or perhaps it was simply a self-filling prophecy brought on by your preconceived expectations. (A personal example: I’m a white male and was playing basketball with a few black guys that were from out of town. Most of them were cool, but a couple of them were jerks, threatening to beat up my brother after the game and stuff and breaking my friend’s nose with a cheap shot. After the game, we had words and things got physical. I was forced to defend myself and pin him down until help arrived. Afterwards, he told everyone that he had swung at me because I had called him a racial slur, which I NEVER use. I’ve done charity work in Haiti, Cambodia, and for people of all races. My wife is Hispanic and my daughter is obviously half Hispanic. I’m FAR from a racist person. But his preconceived expectation was that I was having words with him because of his race, but the truth was that I didn’t like him as an individual. I’m sure he eventually left the state thinking of that as a confirmation of his original expectation. That’s just an example of what I mean by “preconceived expectations.”) Or perhaps it was simply because you’re a Laker fan, haha. 😉 Anyway, I’m sorry for your bad experience. I hope we get the chance to make a better impression on you next time. And good luck with your Lakers. They’re going to need it to be highly competitive this year with Kobe’s injury and all that. Although I hate him as a player (because he’s good and on a rival team), I still hope he heals well. I want to beat him fair and square! :)

        Go Jazz!! (in a year or two. I’d rather have a good lottery pick next off-season)

      • rockymountainskies - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        Just like in any town, just relax and be yourself and stop worrying what people think all the time. You can’t control how others think but you can decide at least what you want to project to others and how you feel. You’ll eventually find people who like what you like and won’t feel like an outsider anymore. In other words, personalities that are similar will attract other similar personalities and vice versa.

        Keep in mind, some people here are a little defensive and quite cautious because of their heritage. A good portion of the people are descendants of pioneers who settled the Salt Lake Valley. Those same pioneers who sweat blood and tears to reach a place where they could worship God without mobs harrassing them, persecuting them, molesting them and even killing them. It wasn’t until Brigham Young led them to Utah that they finally felt home. Even then, the government tried to force their way until the territory and forcefully replace Brigham Young with their own choice for governor. In other words, pioneer families understand exactly how it feels to be persecuted and harrassed and targeted. In fact, Mormons are still getting that same treatment to this day, just on different levels.

        Therefore, there’s actually a level of kinship to any people who have been mistreated, persecuted, harrassed or targeted. If you remember that, and just relax and be yourself, then I think you’ll find people much more open to you.

        Also, keep that in mind when you act weird, suspicious or out of place, it’s just like anywhere really, people will notice how uncomfortable you are. They’ll be a little guarded around you because they’re not sure what you’re up to. I suggest you just relax, and again, be yourself.

        I’d also be mindful of what environment you’re in. For example, downtown SLC is quite different then pretty much anywhere else in the state, except around the Temple Square area and the newer malls. Personalities are different.

        In other words, certain personalities tend to like certain suburbs and areas of town. It really has nothing to do with color of skin. It just so happens that certain cultures tend to have certain personalities. It’s not a rule, just an observation. Then again, it’s not like there’s this huge change everywhere you go. Most people who live around the Wasatch Front area, are pretty low-key and friendly. I travel a lot for work for many years now, and I have lived in many parts of town, so I know all the different areas very well.

        For example, if you’re a friendly, outgoing person then that’s exactly what they’re used to in Utah in general. If you go to a Mormon church, for example, you’ll see a lot of people like that. The LDS Faith is a positive message so naturally that positivity tends to rub off. Of course, that doesn’t mean people are clones. It just means there’s a common language people like and are comfortable with and so you’ll definitely see it.

        Many types of people move to Utah from all over the world because of the LDS Faith. The come from all over the world. They also move to Utah for other reasons. The ones that end up staying, do so because they like how “beautiful” the area is and how nice the people are. Of course, there are lots of other reasons they enjoy living in Utah, like family atmosphere, make friends, a job, outdoor lifestyle, school, etc.

        Furthermore, “beauty”, in my experience, is more than just scenery. The feeling of the area also plays a part of that. It’s quite common to hear people say how welcome they felt and friendly the people are. They were cautious when they visited or moved there but were pleasantly surprised when all their misconceptions about Utah were washed away.

        Again, I noticed that it’s more of a personality matching than anything else. It’s just like a group of people who become friends. If a new person joins the group and doesn’t like the same things, then eventually that new person will gravitate to other people that match their likes and dislikes. That doesn’t mean the first group is bad. They’re just already established and comfortable.

        So why try to force the issue? Again, just be yourself and try to have a positive outlook and you’ll find plenty of friends in Utah. You’ll be glad you did. I promise. If you doubt me, then try what the pioneers did: Have a prayer in your heart, faith that you can do it, hope for the best and then make positive strides every day. If nothing else, no matter where you live, you’ll create a healthy environment for you and your loved ones.

        Take care! Also, let me know how it goes. :)

      • rockymountainskies - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        P.S. When Jazz fans and Laker fans get together, it’s a great example of differing personalities. What’s funny is that I’m sure in their day-to-day lives, they’re probably quite similar. It’s almost like sports and rivalries bring out certain expectations that people live up to.

        Jazz fans, for example, depending on which era you joined in, means you love the underdog. Loyalty is a big deal with Jazz fans. They view Laker fans as bandwagon/fair weather fans. lol

        Personally, I’ve been tallying a history of interactions with Laker fans in Utah and also when I lived in Las Vegas. I have to say, there is a big difference in personality between the two. It’s no wonder both fans get so worked up about the other team. That same contrast between them is also what makes the rivalry more interesting than any other. Boston and the LA have history, so that’s interesting, but when the Lakers and Jazz play, it’s more like a philosophy debate.

        The only thing that bugged me about the Lakers, is Kobe misreading the fans reaction to Fisher after he left the Jazz. It had nothing to do with his family. It had everything to do with Fisher telling the Jazz one thing and then running to the Lakers, our rival, the first chance he got. On the outside, it looked incredibly suspicious. Plus, add that now he’s a Laker again and the Jazz would boo anyone, even Malone when he left, to some degree.

        Although, I remember a good majority of the fans cheering Malone because people said they understood that it was healthy for the Jazz for the old guard to move on and for Malone to finally get a ring. Still, it would’ve felt cheapened because of how stacked that team was. I feel the same way about Miami. Their rings are cheapened because it didn’t take them that long to get there. Plus, the public way they left their old teams was a bit much. That had to have stung if I was a Cleveland fan. I’m glad they’re putting together a good team again.

        Anyway, Trey, I’m glad you’re a hard worker. I’m glad you love to win. Focus is what makes the great ones great. If you want advice, be sure to ask Malone about that. He was a master at “getting in the zone”. Although, I noticed that he usually got there because he was really mad. :) Hehehe I miss those days. They were great fun! :)

        Glad to have you aboard! Go Jazz!

      • ezoangelofdeath - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        Well ive lived here for almost 20 years, of course I live in Ogden, which is the only racially diverse city in Utah, but how exactly are you wanting to be acknowledged? yeah the mormons are extremely hypocritical, but if you didnt notice, their really in a fantasy world, they are NOT! racist, the lack of black people in Utah, gives the Utah residence, a slight ignorance, and if your never around a certain race of people, I believe it makes them more ignorant then racist, once they get to know you, and familiar with you, they really become inviting to you, ask the Jazz players, Jazz players are treated like royalty among the Utah populations, THAT IS A FACT! once you have established yourself in the community, and the community responds to you, racist is hardly the way Utah folks are to you, so this is simply not a true post, or a post by someone who only gazed the surface, and didnt really spend anytime here, ive lived in FAR more racist city and states, ie Atlanta, Detroit, even Miami,.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Go Buffs (Alums)!

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