TIPOFF – October 6 – TV deal impact, lottery reform and Alec Burks’ big year?

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA.

 

TIPOFF – October 3 – Pace of play

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he does the NBA 5 and then digs deep on pace of play.

TIPOFF – October 2 – Day 2 of Quin’s Camp, a standout and the NBA 5

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA.

INSIDER – Hayward envisions easier opportunities

When Gordon Hayward left EnergySolutions Arena last year at Locker clear-out, he was a frustrated man. For the first time, he had voiced specific frustration about the offense.   Hayward talked about a lack of tempo and a lack of space.

Today, Hayward voiced that he hopes those things have changed.

“With the spacing it makes everything easier on us,” Hayward said. “Things aren’t going to be as crowded, we aren’t going to be as down-to-the-wire on the shot clock where you have to make a play 1-on-1 to get a shot off. I envision something where the ball is moving around so much that you are getting a shot, or you attack or make a pass. It’s going to make the decision-making easier.”

Last year, the Jazz used 33% of their possessions in the final 10 seconds of the shot clock—the most of any team in the NBA. This year, Quin Snyder has talked about playing with pace. The pace is not only moving the ball up the floor quickly to get into the offense, but also making plays and decisions with alacrity. The vision is that with this pace the Jazz can get an edge and then continue to exploit more and more as the possession develops.

INSIDER – Obvious unselfishness

Quin Snyder revealed a phrase with the media today that his players will hear time and time again this season: “obvious unselfishness.”

“The biggest thing I have asked from them is to be unselfish—to have obvious unselfishness, to have it resonate with people that have watched us practice,” Snyder said.

Each of the last two days have had great examples of “obvious unselfishness.” Yesterday in the 4-on-4 setting, Derrick Favors took a pass off the pick-and-roll on the right side of the lane. Favors caught it in traffic in the lane and rather than forcing the shot, he immediately moved the pass to the corner for a wide open 3-pointer. For Snyder, that is “obvious unselfishness.”

Today, the Jazz were playing a high-intensity 5-on-5 where the defense must get three straight stops. The defense accomplished this on a missed three attempt by Rodney Hood, but Snyder was ecstatic about the play Enes Kanter had just made.

Kanter caught the ball on the left block and started a move to the middle. However, the space evaporated. Kanter, who had only eight assists as a rookie and averaged 0.9 per game last year, fired the ball to the top of the key to Hood for a wide-open look. It was “obvious unselfishness.”

TIPOFF – October 1 – Day 1 of Training Camp, transition defense and the NBA 5

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today the topics include Day 1 of training camp, why transition defense is that important, and the NBA 5.

PODCAST – 2 Guys on the Pac-12

Ian Furness and David Locke look at last week’s riveting action in the Pac-12. They go over where Cal, Utah and UCLA all stand after the week that was, then look ahead to the games of the week.

INSIDER – Notes from the first day of Jazz Training Camp

  • The morning session of Day 1 was focused entirely on defense and, more specifically, transition defense. Snyder says he doesn’t want to sacrifice the offensive rebounding of both Kanter and Favors, but if you don’t get back in transition you don’t get to play any other kind of defense.
  • Enes Kanter shared that the pace of the practice was intense. There was no slowing down for nearly the entire two hours.
  • Danté Exum says that he got yelled at in his first NBA practice. Coach Snyder also said that he and Rodney Hood both showed some rookie flashes.
  • Rodney Hood was surprised that they ran sprints. “I didn’t think they did that in the NBA.” However, Hood said it only happened when someone didn’t pay attention to details.
  • According to Quin Snyder, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors played like two players who the team was going to rely on—on both ends of the floor.
  • Carrick Felix injured his left shoulder in practice and will be further examined.
  • Brock Motum and Jack Cooley have both found ways to be effective basketball players without great athletic skills.
  • Jerry Sloan, Phil Johnson and Michigan head coach John Beilein were among those in attendance.