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  1. NBA draftees at EuroBasket: Kanter looks good, Rubio not so much

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

    Spain's basketball player Ricky Rubio talks to the media after the presentation of the Spanish basketball team for the upcoming Eurobasket 2011 championships at Madrid's Arena

    We tried to watch as much of EuroBasket as we could, and when the games were on our eyes were were drawn to recent NBA draftees who have not been in the league. Frankly, I know Pau Gasol is amazingly skilled. I know Joakim Noah can defend. I know Tony Parker is dangerous when he…

  2. Is Jerry Sloan retired for good? Maybe not if you ask his wife.

    Sep 19, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    This past summer a number of teams called Jerry Sloan to see if he had any interest in coming back to coaching — including some rosters with some talent like the Lakers — but nothing came of it. Sloan left the Jazz in the middle of last season and went back to his farm, and…

  3. When the lockout ends, the Jazz need to…

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Utah Jazz. You can also read up on the Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams.   Last Season: Okay, imagine the shiniest, fastest train you can. All new. Shiny, polished…

  4. Gordon Hayward can get to the rim… against video gamers

    Sep 13, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Gordon Hayward, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol

    Last season in Utah, Gordon Hayward was taking twice as many shots from beyond 16 feet as he was at the rim. He doesn’t have the reputation as a guy who can just take you off the dribble and get to the rack. But that is not true… so long as Hayward is playing against…

  5. Video: Gordon Hayward makes his “decision” parody

    Sep 9, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    HAYWARD_GORDON

    Now that the skinny white kid from Utah has made his “decision” parody video, can we officially say that the LeBron James “Decision” meme is dead. Please let it be dead. We already told you how Hayward was going to be a professional Starcraft II player during the lockout. Which doesn’t quite pay as well…

  6. Jazz’s Kyrylo Fesenko out two months with knee injury

    Sep 9, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

    FESENKO_KYRYLO

    This is always the fear with a player suiting up for international ball. Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko — playing for Mike Fratello’s Ukrainian team at EuroBasket — was trying to body up D.J. Mbenga on the low block when his knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. (Follow this link to the…

  7. Gordon Hayward: professional video game player. Seriously.

    Sep 8, 2011, 8:07 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Gordon Hayward could make a little extra money during the lockout playing in Europe. Or maybe as part of some exhibition tours through Asia. Or, as a professional video game player. That last one is actually happening. We bring you this from the Deseret News (via Eye on Basketball). The 21-year-old Utah Jazz player has…

  8. Should the Jazz move away from Sloan’s flex offense?

    Sep 1, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    The Utah Jazz have been running Jerry Sloan’s flex offense since roughly the Cretaceous period, and that continued last season when Sloan unexpectedly resigned mid-season and Tyrone Corbin slid over into the big chair. But is it time for a change? In reporting that Jeff Honracek is going to meet this week and re-sign as…

  9. Turkish head coach sticks up for Enes Kanter

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Yesterday we brought you word how a highly-respected, old school Turkish national team assistant coach ripped Enes Kanter as not ready for the NBA. Which would be pretty bad news for the Utah Jazz as they drafted him No. 3 overall back in June. Today came the rebuttal, with the honors going to Turkey’s first…

  10. C.J. Miles reportedly looks trim, ready for camp… oh, yea

    Aug 24, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    MILES_CJ

    There’s a transition that often happens with guys who enter the NBA right out of high school or after a year or college — for the first couple seasons they eat like crap. They have gotten by on natural ability and a high metabolism for so long it takes them a while to learn to…

  11. Enes Kanter’s Turkish coach say he’s not NBA ready

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:55 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Earlier today we told you how frustrated Utah Jazz draft pick Enes Kanter is with not having been able to play much the last couple of years (what with the NCAA sidelining him at Kentucky and now the lockout). We also have told you how that has impacted his game — he’s shown potential in…

  12. Enes Kanter just wants to play some ball. Somewhere.

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Last hoops season, Enes Kanter left his native Turkey to test himself against the best American college had to offer and enrolled at Kentucky. Then the ever-so-evenhanded NBA (remember the head of Miami was head of the infractions committee a couple years ago) told him he could not play because he had played for a…

  13. How does Enes Kanter look? Skilled but needs experience.

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Enes Kanter

    Normally by this point in the summer we would have seen guys like No. 3 overall pick Enes Kanter in Summer League, and we would have overanalyzed his game and how he could do against rookies and guys who populate the end of an NBA bench. But not this year. Thank you very much lockout.…

  14. Video: Deron Williams and Kyle Korver play dodgeball

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:26 PM EST

    Korver-Dodgeball

    For a Thursday evening nightcap, we bring you a couple NBA stars playing Dodgeball. Kyle Korver and Deron Williams took part in an anual dodgeball charity fundraiser — Dodge Barrage — in Utah last year. Below we have the video (hat tip to Dime Mag for this). They second one is coming up Aug. 27…

  15. What is Jerry Sloan doing these days? Selling his tractors.

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Some guys walk away from the game, say they are retiring, and you just know they are coming back. It’s not easy to walk away from the glamour, the money, the camaraderie that can come with being part of an NBA team. But when Jerry Sloan abruptly walked away from Utah in February, you just…

  16. Kanter doesn’t want to sit another season, considers China

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    enes Kanter

    Last season the NCAA relegated Enes Kanter to wearing a suit when Kentucky played, saying he had played for a professional team in his native Turkey and was ineligible to play college ball (he did practice with the team). Still, there was enough promise there — big men with soft hands are a rarity —…

  17. Report: Kyle Weaver signs deal to play in Germany

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EST

    weaverthunder

    There are NBA players threatening to go overseas just to try and put leverage on the NBA labor discussions, showing the owners they have options. They are guys not likely at all to put pen to paper. Then there are guys who spent the last couple years in the NBA but for whom a jump…

  18. Report: Real Madrid rebuffs Kirilenko over money

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    All this talk of NBA players jumping to Europe… there’s a few reasons we’re skeptical here. And not just because we’re skeptical of everything. One big issue is money — few European teams can afford to approach even an average NBA salary. At the high end of the rumors, Deron Williams would make $5 million…

  19. Report sees fans in San Antonio, Boston quick to return after lockout

    Jul 4, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Parade

    Let’s say the lockout does end up costing part of a season, we have already talked about how a league that has picked up so much momentum with casual fans will be kicking that to the curb and have a lot of rebuilding to do with fan bases. But which teams will bounce back quickest.…

  20. Kemba Walker is falling in the draft. How low will he go?

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    There was a time, right after Kemba Walker made big plays in crunch time leading his UConn Huskies to the national title, that Walker was a top five pick in this draft. But his stock is falling and he could plummet down the draft board all the way to the Knicks at No. 17 (no…

  21. The real key to this draft: What do the Jazz do at No. 3?

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    enes Kanter

    Kyrie Irving will go No. 1 overall to the Cavaliers. Minnesota may be shopping the No. 2 pick like Vince “ShamWow guy” Shlomi, but if they keep asking for Steve Nash and Andrew Bynum they will be making the pick themselves. And taking Derrick Williams. Then things get interesting. The Jazz will set the tone…

  22. Wizards may be looking to trade up to grab Kanter

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    enes Kanter

    The Washington Wizards have apparently fallen in love with Enes Kanter’s combination of size and skill, and it appears as though they’re looking to move up in the draft in order to get him. According to Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, the Wizards are discussing a trade that would involve them giving their #6 pick to…

  23. Marcus Morris likes his own game. A lot.

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    Virginia Commonwealth v Kansas

    Marcus Morris should have some swagger — he was the leading scorer on a very good Kansas team last season. He has a good back-to-the-basket game, is a good rebounder and works hard. He has a jump shot you need to respect (needs to improve it, but it’s nice) and he can put the ball…

  24. Jimmer Fredette will go in the lottery… but will he succeed?

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    General managers came out of the NBA Draft Combine saying Jimmer Fredette was brilliant in the interviews. Then he has gone into a series of workouts for teams and impressed by holding his own against other top point guards in the draft. He’s tried his best to answer the many questions about how his game…

  25. Ironically, Brandon Knight says he wants Kyrie Irving

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    Brandon Knight has been avoiding going head-to-head in workouts against the other top guards in the run-up to next week’s NBA draft. If you want to see how he looks against Kemba Walker, pull out the take of the Kentucky against UConn Final Four matchup, because you will not be seeing it in a workout.…

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