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  1. Andrei Kirilenko gets insane, awesome tattoo

    May 9, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Kirilenko Tattoo

    As a writer, I’m not really supposed to have favorite players. But I can’t help but love Andrei Kirilenko. When he was a young player, he played the most exciting brand of defense in the league. His play on offense is unselfish, diverse, and explosive. There have been five “5 x 5″ games since 1995,…

  2. Deron Williams to have wrist surgery, done for season

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    We knew he was playing through wrist pain since his trade to New Jersey, but it may have been worse than we knew. Deron Williams will undergo right wrist surgery to remove bone fragments and scar tissue and is will be out the rest of the season, the team announced Friday. He has had his…

  3. Blazers have little trouble dispatching Jazz

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews

    It was a workman like performance by the Blazers. Not a lot of flash, they were just the better team and they never let up. And they needed the win. It moved them half a game ahead of the Hornets for the six seed in the West. It matters — the six seed likely gets…

  4. Nets starting to pack it in: Humphries out, Williams may follow

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    This post should be very popular in Utah. You might have surmised the New Jersey had mentally packed it in for the season by their six-game losing streak, but they are also are physically beat up and now coach Avery Johnson is talking about shutting guys down for the season. Key guys. Like Kris Humphries.…

  5. Don’t expect Jerry Sloan back on the sidelines again

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Reports leaked out this weekend that Jerry Sloan would consider returning to coaching if the situation was right. Of course, that was from a source. The Salt Lake Tribune called Sloan, about as straight a shooter as has ever coached in the league, and it sure didn’t sound like he wants back in anytime soon.…

  6. The Knicks had a Melo back-up plan: Deron Williams

    Apr 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Waaaay at the bottom of a Yahoo! Sports report on Greg Oden (still injured!) and his mental state (still depressed!) and his future with the Blazers (still going to get another contract, somehow!) was a quiet little item: The Utah Jazz had a possible deal in place to send guard Deron Williams to the New…

  7. Jazz’s Al Jefferson says everything good with him, coach

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    After he was benched the entire fourth quarter a few nights ago — where he had good seats to watch Derrick Favors lead a comeback — Al Jefferson waived off reporters and was clearly frustrated. Since he didn’t even get put back in for overtime when other players did, the reasoning seemed clear. But it’s…

  8. Starters ride the pine in Utah, which makes Al Jefferson mad

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson, Zach Zarba

    Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin went with the kids. He went with the hot hand. The Utah Jazz starters had trailed the Washington Wizards by as many as 12 points, so when the youth movement — led by rookie Derrick Favors and his 9 fourth quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting — made a comeback they got…

  9. Video: Emeka Okafor, Paul Millsap get prayers answered

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Emeka Okafor Hornets

    We told you it was one wild ending in Utah with the Hornets. So much that we couldn’t contain it in just one video clip… okay, that’s not true. But it was cut in two by the people at the NBA so that’s how we give it to you. First is Emeka Okafor‘s rushed 17-foot…

  10. Hornets’ David West injures knee, leaves game in wheelchair

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

    David_west

    UPDATE March 25, 12:34 am: The Hornets are officially calling this “left knee trauma” (which is a pretty scary term) but said in a release that the X-rays are negative. He will have an MRI before the team discusses the severity of the injury. Al Jefferson of the Jazz said he hopes he is wrong but…

  11. Deron William’s wrist hit again; he may sit rest of season

    Mar 19, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Larry Sanders

    Deron Williams had two injured wrists when he was traded from Utah to New Jersey. He’s played through the pain and said it would take weeks of rest (around a month) for his wrists to get right. It is altering his shot — he is hitting just 32.7 percent of his shots since coming to the…

  12. Mehmet Okur officially done for season

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Image (1) Okur_injured-thumb-250x166-18880.jpg for post 3835

    Mehmet Okur hasn’t really been part of the Jazz this season, having played just 13 games for them and having missed the last 22 due to a back injury. The team has now officially shut him down for the rest of the season. “His efforts and determination to return from his combined left Achilles’ surgery…

  13. Bulls coach says Carlos Boozer out a few days to a week

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer injured

    Carlos Boozer had some swelling in his ankle and will be out a few days to a week, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. He is officially listed as day-to-day. That is the official line (as tweeted by K.C. Jones of the Chicago Tribune and Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald). Aggrey Sam of CSN…

  14. Video: Wednesday night game winners (all in one place)

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    What a night. Carmelo Anthony had the big shot to win it, Kevin Durant hit the big one to send it to overtime (where the Thunder won). Dirk Nowitzki missed his chance to joint them. The Jazz got one lucky tip in to get their win. It was a wild night of buzzer-beater finishes around…

  15. Nothing interim here, Jazz sign Tyrone Corbin to three-year deal

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    When owner Greg Miller was speaking at the press conference following the resignation of Jerry Sloan, he was very clear — Tyrone Corbin was the new coach of the Jazz. Not interim coach. Just coach. Now he has put his money where his mouth is, inking Corbin to a three-year deal. Terms of the deal…

  16. Inside how the Deron Williams trade went down

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    The Deron Williams trade was as out of the blue as an NBA trade can be. Nobody saw it coming — not even Williams. But a great bit of reporting by Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune pulls back the curtain a little on the normally very secret Jazz organization. The story explains…

  17. Nets sign Sundiata Gaines to 10-day deal

    Feb 28, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Cavaliers at Jazz

    According to Al Iannazzone, the New Jersey Nets have agreed to sign Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day deal. Gaines is a former D-League player best known for one shot on January 14th, 2010, when he hit a buzzer-beating three to seal an incredible comeback win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gaines played 32 games for the…

  18. The Nets have a cornerstone, now the building starts

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    There is — for the first time in recent memory — a palpable buzz about a New Jersey Nets game Friday. That’s what bringing in a superstar can do. And the Nets got a superstar in Deron Williams. Knicks fans flip out at the idea, but the Nets got the better player, they bested the…

  19. Deron Williams says signing extension with Nets depends on next year

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    Deron Williams wants everyone to know he’s not angry about being traded to the Nets. In fact, the idea of being a franchise cornerstone is kind of growing on him. That doesn’t mean he’s signing an extension and staying, either. Mikhail Prokhorov, Billy King — you guys are on the clock. Build now. Improve this…

  20. The day the Jazz died

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:16 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Just yesterday, it seemed there were only two possible outcomes to Deron Williams’ future. Either he would do what LeBron James and Chris Bosh wouldn’t and re-sign with the only team he’s ever known. Or, amid season-long speculation, Williams would fail to assure its residents of his desire…

  21. Jerry Sloan says no, he is not coming out of retirement

    Feb 23, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Image (1) nba_sloan.jpg for post 1640

    You can almost picture Jerry Sloan taking this call from a reporter and in the middle of it yelling “you kids get off my lawn.” The old school coach who walked away two weeks ago told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse he is not returning to the Utah Jazz now that Deron Williams has been traded…

  22. Deron Williams denies report he plans to go to New York

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    You knew this was coming on All-Star Sunday like you knew Kobe Bryant was going to try and win the MVP and Blake Griffin would dunk the ball. Deron Williams denied a report that he plans to follow Amar’e Stoudemire to New York after his contract expires. He denied it directly to Ken Berger of…

  23. Report: Deron Williams tells associates he wants to go to New York

    Feb 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    It’s news that will make you bang your head against a wall, because another cycle is starting before the Melodrama has even ended. It is a report that by Sunday night you can be certain Deron Williams will have denied strenuously multiple times. But according to Ken Berger at CBSSports, Williams is talking about getting…

  24. Rick Adelman sympathizes with Jerry Sloan’s situation

    Feb 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    When Jerry Sloan resigned this week, the reaction was almost unanimous across the league: shock. Sloan was an institution, someone who had always been on that sideline, week in and week out, year in and year out, for the Jazz and now, midseason, he was just gone. Just… gone. It created a moment for players…

  25. Kobe Bryant sticks up for Deron Williams

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    There has become a “Deron Williams pushed Jerry Sloan out” meme going around. Which is a very Internet way of trying to make a complex situation some kind of simple narrative. D-Will was part of the equation but there is a lot more going on here. Anyway, Kobe Bryant stuck up for Williams when speaking…

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