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February 24, 2014 Updates

Jefferson understands that history was made Sunday night in Los Angeles. And even though Collins may have friends in higher places now due to his historic announcement last spring, Jefferson still sees Collins as his silly brother who knows how to win and will do all the little things to again help the Nets win. "I think everyone knew there was going to be a gay athlete," Jefferson said. "Even with [Missouri football player] Michael Sam, it was just only a matter of time. Every sport has had one, every sport most likely has one currently playing. ... But it takes a lot of courage to come out [like Collins did]." Added Jefferson: "I don't care what it is that you do. I don't care who it is that you are with, I don't care how it is that you dress, I don't care what it is that you drink. I don't care what it is what you and your wife do in your bedroom. At the end of the day, you are going to have to win games. "And Jason Collins will help you win games. That is all that matters." ESPN.com

February 23, 2014 Updates

What do you think about the Jazz honoring coach Jerry Sloan and putting his name in the rafters? Andrei Kirilenko: They should have done it a long time ago. He definitely deserves it. Coach Sloan, Karl Malone, John Stockton ... that’s a huge era for Jazz basketball and it definitely needs to be shown here in Salt Lake City. I give huge credit to Utah. It’s always been a team who really worried about team chemistry, being a family, rather than just teammates. The tradition continues. Of course it’s a little bit different, but all the memories are still there. Deseret News

February 19, 2014 Updates

Problem is, the Jazz have no interest in sending Hayward anywhere, a source told Sporting News this week. “They’ve made it clear they are going to let the year play out and go from there,” one rival general manager said. “They’re not out there trying to trade him at all.” Sporting News

The feeling among the league executives is that Hayward will be part of the team’s future—depending on how the draft lottery shakes out. If the Jazz target one of the top small forwards in the ’14 draft, like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, then Hayward could be expendable in a sign-and-trade. But that won’t be known until May, or even June. Hayward’s long-term future could be up in the air, then, but in the short term, he should remain in Utah. Sporting News

February 18, 2014 Updates

The Celtics have expressed some interest in acquiring Utah's Gordon Hayward, a league source tells CSNNE.com. Hayward, who starred for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens while at Butler, will become a restricted free agent this summer after he and the Jazz could not come to terms on an extension this past fall. CSNNE.com

It would appear the one thing that might nudge Utah towards giving serious thought to dealing Hayward, would be if the Celtics were willing to part with at least one of their stockpiled first-round picks. But two league sources, both having had recent conversations with the Celtics, told CSNNE.com on Tuesday that Boston is "very reluctant" to part with any of their first-round picks in facilitating a deal. CSNNE.com

The owner and CEO of the Utah Jazz is set to be featured on the CBS reality TV show "Undercover Boss." Greg Miller disguised himself a few times over for an episode that chronicles game-night happenings at EnergySolutions Arena. Miller tried out four jobs alongside Jazz employees, including a halftime performer and a human basketball hoop. He also served up burgers and hotdogs as a concessions worker. ESPN.com

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Like many, John Lucas III was appalled when he found out Salt Lake City elementary school students had their lunches taken away and trashed a couple of weeks ago. Lucas called his agent and told him, “Hey, man, that’s not right.” Feeling annoyed and compassionate, Lucas decided to do some things that are very right. For one thing, Lucas is planning on making a financial contribution to help fund Uintah Elementary School’s lunch program. The NBA player, with a history of generosity and benevolent acts, also reached out to the family of one of the approximately 40 students whose meals were thrown in the garbage because of alleged insufficient funds in their school lunch accounts. Lucas bought Jazz jerseys for an 11-year-old, a parent and four friends and purchased tickets so they could attend last Monday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors. “I wanted them to enjoy the game because I know it’d been a rough couple of days for them,” Lucas said. “I just wanted them to forget about what was going on and just enjoy being a kid and not worrying about anything.” Deseret Morning News

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Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.” Deseret News

February 3, 2014 Updates
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Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.” Deseret News

Memo sent Kanter a text, telling him he wants to grab a bite to eat the next time he comes to Salt Lake. Kanter said he'd be more than willing to absorb more from Okur, a learning experience that could be similar to his visit to Louisiana to train with Karl Malone last summer. “Learning from a guy like (Okur), it would be really good,” Kanter said. “We both play similar positions, shoot, and I think it would be really good.” Deseret News

Back working for the Utah Jazz this season — after more than two years away following his abrupt resignation in February 2011 — Sloan isn’t about to make any long-term promises this time. "I don’t think it’s a number of years thing," the Hall of Fame coach said Friday. "I think it’s just a day-to-day thing, as far as the way I look at the whole thing. I’m Utah Jazz, I think everybody knows that. But the light gets a little dimmer as time goes by because I’m 71 years old." Salt Lake Tribune

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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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