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  1. Trying to keep Deron Williams, Jazz jettison Jerry Sloan. It won’t work.

    Feb 10, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    The Utah Jazz’s ownership didn’t want to lose its superstar, so it jettisoned its icon. And that’s not going to work. It’s not as simple as point guard Deron Williams wanted Jerry Sloan gone so the Utah Jazz kicked the old coach out the door to make him happy. It’s much messier than that and…

  2. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan to resign Thursday; Ty Corbin to replace

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE #2, 4:39 pm: It has been confirmed now by the Salt Lake Tribune and other sources that current Jazz assistant Ty Corbin will take over as the Jazz interim head coach. UPDATE 2:38 pm: This is about as official as it will get until Sloan steps up to the podium, Jazz players are calling…

  3. Something strange is going on in Utah. What? No idea yet.

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Interesting developments out of Utah after the loss to the Bulls last night, which means we have one eye on Salt Lake City today. Jerry Sloan, usually one of the fastest coaches to the post-game media interview, was more than 30 minutes late and appeared “shaken” when he arrived, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Derrick Rose bests Deron Williams in the clutch

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Utah Jazz

    What you missed while playing a sad, sad song for the end of Guitar Hero… Bulls 91, Jazz 86: At the end of this one Deron Williams and Derrick Rose were putting on a clinic. Two of the best pick and roll ball handlers in the league were slicing defenses with drives, dicing them up…

  5. Carlos Boozer to be enemy No. 1 in return to Utah Wednesday

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

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    No, they will not be saying Booooooozer. Fans at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City are going to unleash their venom on Carlos Boozer as he returns as a member of the Bulls to take on the Jazz Wednesday night. Boozer said it’s not going to bother him. “It’s all Booooz to me,” he…

  6. Jerry Sloan signs a one-year extension to stay with Jazz

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    It’s not a surprise, really more of a formality, but it’s still one nice piece of stability in the otherwise tumultuous world of the NBA. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a one-year extension to continue coaching the Jazz, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com. “I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said…

  7. MRI confirms Deron Williams wrist just strained

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Who knows when we’ll get to see Deron Williams back on the court, but at least the Jazz know there is nothing seriously wrong. Wrist specialist Dr. Steve Huish reviewed the MRI results and examined Williams and reached the same conclusion that the previous doctors had — it’s jut a strain, according to the Salt…

  8. Deron Williams out again Wednesday, to see wrist specialist

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Utah Jazz are not right without Deron Williams. No offense intended Earl Watson, but the offense is sluggish and sloppy with him out. If you’ve seen the Jazz without Williams, it has not been pretty (even if they have won two of three). It will not be pretty tonight either, when Williams misses a…

  9. Deron Williams out for Jazz Friday against Minnesota

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    The good news is Deron Williams sore wrist has no structural damage — an MRI came back negative, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The bad news is his wrist was too sore to grip a basketball at shootaround Friday and he said he would not play against Minnesota, according to a tweet from Steve…

  10. It’s time to talk about Al Jefferson’s defense

    Jan 26, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Nazr Mohammed, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap

    The Utah Jazz have had a tough road trip. They lost all five games on the trip, gave up 96 or more points in all five losses, lost to the 76ers, Wizards, and Nets, and lost to the Celtics and Lakers by a combined 53 points. The team’s record is currently 27-18, but their win…

  11. Video: Lamar Odom with the rainbow circus shot

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Pretty much everything was working for the Lakers against the Jazz Tuesday. Case in point: This prayer, rainbow arch shot from Lamar Odom. No way that falls, except of course it does for the Lakers on this night. Really, this shot was the highlight of a game that was over early.

  12. Tim Duncan is fine, expected to play Wednesday in Utah

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    This is just going to fuel the “Tim Duncan is the ultimate basketball-playing robot and not human” conspiracy theory (those people are crazy and would better be served proving how the moon landings didn’t happen). Tim Duncan left in the second quarter of the Spurs Tuesday night win over the Warriors after his knee buckled…

  13. Could Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony situation?

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Next season, Deron Williams will make a cool $16.4 million. The year after that he will make a cool $17.8 million to lead the Utah Jazz — if he picks up his player option. Utah has been a frustrating place for Williams this season. They started out the season hot, as the cardiac kids winning…

  14. If not ‘Melo, Nets may eye Andrei Kirilenko this summer

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    The New Jersey Nets are in full-out Carmelo Anthony mode. They move to Brooklyn in two years and see the Knicks as their rivals and competition. They also see a resurgent Knicks led by Amar’e Stoudemire and feel the need to counter that with their own star. Someone who can be the marque name to…

  15. John Wall asks coach to fine him when he sulks

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    John Wall, Deron Williams

    John Wall played maybe his best game of the season Monday. Matched up on the elite Deron Williams of Utah, Wall had 19 points (7-of-12 shooting) and a career high 15 assists — one of those a pass to Nick Young in the corner to seal the win with a three. Wall did a good…

  16. Paul Millsap, the model for offensive improvement

    Jan 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    From the Salt Lake Tribune: Millsap attributes his improvement to “just knowing the offense,” saying that expanding his offensive game was a product of studying Jazz power forwards of the past, Karl Malone and Boozer. Actual shooting practice is also a big part of the equation. “He recognized where the shots were going to come…

  17. Raptors sign Sundiata Gaines to 10-day contract

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines

    Is there a dramatic game winner in the Raptors future? Toronto has signed guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract, giving them a little more depth at the point as Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless fight through injuries. Gains made some fans last season in Utah — highlighted by hitting a dramatic game winner —…

  18. Jerry Sloan swears a lot (and it’s funny)

    Jan 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

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    When you think funny, cutting edge team videos, the Utah Jazz are not exactly the team that pops to mind. This may be the most button-down organization in the league, with old-school hard-ass Jerry Sloan as coach. Yet there it is. A pretty funny video (via Ball Don’t Lie) put out by the Jazz in…

  19. Matt Harpring doin’ work…with a Shake Weight.

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Matt Harpring

    Aside from breakfast and family, what have I always said is the most important thing? Animated GIFs of Matt Harpring using a Shake Weight. So start your day off the right way, and enjoy these gems courtesy of SLC Dunk.                  

  20. Deron Williams thinks the Jazz have a lot of work to do

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There was a lot of frustration in the Jazz locker room Thursday night after Utah lost to Portland for the second time in a week. They feel like things are slipping away. The Jazz are not bad (22-11, four seed in the West), but they are clearly not elite in the way the Spurs, Lakers…

  21. Video: Did Deron Williams call bank on this?

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    After Tyreke Evans dramatic game winner Wednesday, our own Matt Moore started a debate on twitter about should that shot be better defended? Should you put up at least a token defense on those long end of quarter or end of game shots? Sometimes it doesn’t matter. The Trail Blazers did more than just put…

  22. Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz tonight

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    The 18-8 Utah Jazz will get better tonight. Soon that may be significantly better. Center Mehmet Okur — out since rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the playoffs last season — will suit up and come off the bench for the Jazz tonight, the team announced at shoot around this morning. Not…

  23. Francisco Elson out for Jazz Monday with visa issues

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Elson

    Francisco Elson was born in the Netherlands, now is playing in the NBA on a Canadian visa. Hasn’t been a problem for seven NBA seasons. Recently it came time to renew his visa, and that means Elson will be out for the Jazz Monday night against the Warriors. The reason is you have to spend…

  24. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition: The hits just keep on coming

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What happened while you were falling backwards into the endzone…. Friday Bulls 88 Lakers 84: I’m just saying. At some point, maybe, if the Lakers are in a one-possession game with less than 40 seconds remaining, two-for-one or no, maybe the Lakers should work for a quality shot instead of giving Kobe Bryant the ball…

  25. Raja Bell out, Gordon Hayward to start for Jazz against Magic

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Gordon Hayward has had really good seats for recent Jazz games. He has sat out he last two with the dreaded DNP-CD and in none of the last 10 games has he played five minutes. So, he’ll start tonight against the Magic. Raja Bell is out with a thigh injury and Jazz coach Jerry Sloan…

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