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Back in 2004, the Vegas Summer League was formed and its growth eventually led to the demise of the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City. The Utah Jazz, which had supported the summer league event in its city, vowed not to participate in Las Vegas. But the Jazz, which has had a connection to Las Vegas going back to the mid-1980s when it played some of its home games at the Thomas & Mack Center, has had an apparent change of heart. It will field a team for the first time when the NBA Summer League tips off its 11-day run July 11 at the Thomas & Mack and Cox Pavilion for what will be its 10th anniversary season of competition. Utah had been competing in the Orlando Summer League. “Las Vegas has always supported the Jazz and it was clearly a consensus among my staff that Utah needed to be included,” said Warren LeGarie, the founder of the summer league and who helps run the event for the NBA. “I think it was just a matter of being persistent and persistency won out. Las Vegas Review Journal

One of the most vicious hits in Pistons history didn’t come from the Bad Boys. It came from Jazz forward Karl Malone, who elbowed Isiah Thomas in the face during a 1991 game in Salt Lake City. And two decades later, Thomas remains bitter. “I think it was the dirtiest play I have experienced in the game of basketball in my life,” Thomas said of the play, which happened on a Pistons pick-and-roll with Malone rotating to cover the middle. “I don’t think I’ve seen anything as vicious and as intentional to a player. I still don’t understand it.” Thomas needed 47 stitches. His head swelled up, and even though he returned to play seven minutes, he was hospitalized and missed two games. “My head; it was just ugly,” Thomas said. “When I got home my wife started crying. There was so much swelling on my head.” Detroit News

March 18, 2014 Updates

The Utah Jazz were mere seconds away from losing their 46th game of the season 124-86 to the Houston Rockets on Monday night when John Lucas decided on a penultimate embarrassment for his team. Lucas stole the ball from the Rockets, who were letting the final five seconds of the clock run out, and went to score a basket. Why? Because then the Jazz would only have lost by 36. Except Utah didn’t score the layup. So as time expired, Lucas decided to push the Rockets’ Francisco Garcia and then challenge him to fisticuffs with a limp right jab that didn’t come near anyone. For The Win

March 14, 2014 Updates

Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams won’t play tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers as the team awaits the results of an MRI on his lower back. Williams’ exam was originally slated for Thursday but was pushed back until Friday morning. With the results still pending, Jazz coach Ty Corbin said he would not risk playing the veteran forward. Salt Lake Tribune

The Jazz tried to sign Hayward to an extension before the season, but talks broke down, with Hayward's representatives reportedly seeking a deal in excess of $50 million over four years. "I wanted it to be done," Hayward said. "It just didn't work out." Rival executives say that Hayward is probably worth about $9 million per year, but he is expected to seek a deal that averages at least $10 million to $12 million a year. Bleacher Report

March 13, 2014 Updates

And for Corbin, who spent three seasons in Utah as a player and a decade as a coach, he’s seen more of them this season than ever before. With the Jazz, owners of a 23-42 record, firmly in rebuilding mode, attendance — an average of 17,947 announced fans per game, though there are often far fewer than that actually in the building — has dropped to the lowest the franchise has seen since moving out of the Salt Palace and into the Delta Center in 1991. It’s a four-percent decline from a season ago, and a nine-percent decline from a peak of 19,907 six seasons ago when the Jazz won the Northwest Division and made it to the Western Conference semifinals. Salt Lake Tribune

March 10, 2014 Updates

Me: Do you find there's extra pressure on any point guard who plays in Utah because of the standard John Stockton set there? Trey Burke: I think so, to a certain extent. The fans do a great job, I think, of embracing anybody who comes to Utah, including myself. They've already embraced me and shown me a lot of support. I think there is some pressure with the standard Stockton set, and him being the all-time assist and steals leader in the NBA. When you've got a guy that's the all-time assist leader and steals leader, you've definitely got to come in and try to, not fill his shoes, but you've got to come in and produce. That's what they're expecting. They've seen one of the greatest point guards come through this franchise. To me, I'm going to continue to still work hard to get the most out of my game. NBA.com

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Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he would be interested in returning in some capacity to the Milwaukee Bucks, the franchise that drafted him first overall in 1969. Bucks owner Herb Kohl said in December he was looking to add to the ownership group in hopes of building a new arena and cementing the team's long-term future in Milwaukee. Abdul-Jabbar said before the Bucks' game Monday against Utah that no one had approached him, though he would "definitely offer" his services if he got a call. Later, he told the crowd he hoped "everything works out so that the Bucks stay here." Abdul-Jabbar was in town to promote a new tourism ad for the state of Wisconsin that played off his acting role in the movie "Airplane." Boston Herald

March 2, 2014 Updates

Point guard, unquestionably, is the most difficult position for a rookie to learn. So patience has been high with Burke. “Huge responsibility on both ends of the floor,” Corbin said. “You usually start and finish on plays and you have to be ready to go the entire time. There’s really no breaks because you have to engineer or get your guys on the offensive end set to get into plays. Defensively, you have to try and stop or [hinder] some of those plays being run by the other team. “It’s a difficult spot for him, but he’s shown that he’s capable of handling the load and he’ll continue to grow.” Boston Globe

March 1, 2014 Updates

Jazz CEO Greg Miller on the quiet Jazz trade deadline, and contentment with the team as constructed: “I’d say that this has been a very good developmental year. Going into the season, we stated openly our plan is to go young and develop the young guys into a championship contender. I think the development we’ve seen has been exactly what we’ve hoped for. And I’m happy with it.” CBSSports.com

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Karl Malone and John Stockton are followed by a player whose jersey was just recently retired by the Jazz and another one that gets booed when he returns to Salt Lake City.

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