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March 24, 2015 Updates
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Before each game his mother texts him the message, “Remember Who you play for.” "It helps remind myself why I am doing this. I am playing for the glory of God,” Hayward said. “It makes life easier. It takes a lot of pressure off of you. My inspiration first and foremost always has to be God. I play every game for Him and after that my inspiration is my family.” The Alabama Baptist

Favors, for one, did not want to be any part of a tanking bunch, and he knew it would be up to those who were designated to lead the team to ensure that did not happen. New coach Quin Snyder put much on Favors' shoulders to begin the year. “I put myself in there,” Favors said. “I have been in the league for five years now, so coaches were adamant that they would be looking to me to help lead the team.” It has paid off. In fact, much of what the Jazz have been doing in the last couple of years is paying off now. After a brutal start to the year that saw them endure a nine-game losing streak and a 6-19 record, Utah has been among the best teams in the league in the last six weeks. Dating back to February 7 they have, amazingly, gone 14-4 and offered a very encouraging glimpse at the future to their fan base. Sporting News

Wonderfully nicknamed “The Stifle Tower,” the second-year center has emerged as one of the league’s most intimidating leviathans. Despite his previous role as a reserve, Gobert’s numbers for the season are astounding: He leads the NBA in block percentage and rim protection (opposing field goal percentage at the hoop), and is fourth in rebound percentage, eighth in offensive rating, and third in defensive rating. Since the All-Star break, he’s averaged 10.3 points and 14.9 rebounds a game. “He’s a freak of a human being,” Hayward said. “He’s pretty coordinated, and he’s got great defensive instincts. He wants to be a better player, and you can’t teach that.” Grantland

As far as talent, there's no question that he belongs in the NBA. It's the other things that have been suspect – most notably his attitude, competitive fire and love for the game. Euroleague powerhouse Real Madrid gave up on the Croatian big man in 2012 for those reasons... only to see him explode with arch rival FC Barcelona afterwards. "What you heard when he was with Real Madrid is that he didn't like basketball enough, that this was just a job for him," an Eastern Conference scout told HoopsHype. "Also that in practice he would just put in the minimum effort required, he wouldn't do extra work there. Maybe that was not a good situation for him, but he's adjusted better to Barcelona and I believe he's matured a lot as a player. I think his progress has been more a matter of better attitude that actual skills development." HoopsHype

March 19, 2015 Updates

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has recalled forward Grant Jerrett from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, the Jazz’s exclusive D-League affiliate. Jerrett was assigned to the Stampede on March 10. He will re-join the team in Los Angeles prior to tonight’s game against the Lakers. Jerrett (6-10, 232, Arizona) appeared in four games (all starts), for the Stampede, averaging 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocks in 33.8 minutes per contest. Jerrett’s best statistical game came when he registered 27 points (11-16 FG, 5-7 3FG), 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a two-point loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on March 14. NBA.com

Steve Starks has been named the president of Miller Sports Properties, the arm of the company that runs the Utah Jazz. The move is the latest detail of the corporate restructuring that includes the construction of a board of directors that will replace Greg Miller as CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of companies. Group president Clark Whitworth made the announcement Wednesday. Jim Olson had been acting president on an interim basis and will remain as CEO of the sports branch. Centre Daily Times

March 18, 2015 Updates

Andy Larsen: Starks will oversee the operation of the Utah Jazz, the Salt Lake Bees, EnergySolutions Arena, KJZZ, 1280AM, 97.5FM, and the Tour of Utah. Twitter @andyblarsen

Utah holds a team option on the second year of the contract he signed last summer. Booker thought at the time that it might wind up being a one-season proposition, but he's now holding out hope for a longer stay. "I definitely want to be back," Booker said. "I love this place. I have great teammates, and I see big things for the team. I want to be a part of that." Salt Lake Tribune

March 17, 2015 Updates

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has recalled guard Ian Clark from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, the Jazz’s exclusive D-League affiliate. Clark was assigned to the Stampede on Feb. 24. Clark (6-3, 180, Belmont) appeared in seven games (six starts) for the Stampede, averaging 14.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.0 minutes per contest. He scored in double figures in five games, reaching 20-plus points once. In his last three games, Clark averaged 15.0 points on 44.4 percent shooting (16-of-36) and 3.7 assists. NBA.com

Gobert shares the same agent as Labeyrie, and the two played together on the French 20-and-under national team. “He wants to play in the NBA and I know he can, I don’t know if it can be next season, but maybe, yeah,’’ the rookie Gobert said. “I haven’t talked to him about it yet. He’s more of a power forward than center, though. He’s not a center. “He’s athletic and can drive and can shoot. I think he’d like to be in New York. I was happy for him.’’ New York Post

March 16, 2015 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz are showing interest in the possible call up of Eric Griffin of Texas in the NBA D-League, league sources told RealGM. Griffin — one of the D-League’s best wing prospects — has averaged 17.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per night in 39 games for the Texas Legends. He joined Dallas’ affiliate after signing an offseason deal to training camp with the Mavericks. RealGM

Statement from Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby: “I can reassure fans that the Jazz are conducting business as usual and that the changes are designed to keep the LHM Group, including the Utah Jazz, intact as a community asset for future generations. We are grateful to Greg for his many contributions in supporting the Jazz, and look forward to him continuing to serve as our Governor on the NBA Board and as an active member of several NBA executive committees. As owners, the Miller family still runs the Jazz and remains engaged and committed to building a championship-caliber team.” NBA.com

Greg Miller, the CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, including the Utah Jazz, will step down after seven years to pursue personal interests. The Deseret News has obtained a copy of the press release announcing the decision. It says Gail Miller, the owner of the LHM group, would transition the Group to a new corporate structure, which will include an outside board of directors. Deseret News

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