“What we’re going to face in the next series – what we just faced – these are major tests for us,” Lindsey told The Vertical. “I’m really happy for our fans. It’s a basketball state. Our arena – the way it’s built, the way our fans fill it – it’s really second to none. “Our team is fairly new to each other, but our fans like our guys. In a lot of ways, it’s Quin’s vision of the ball moving. It’s a team that’s easy for our fans to like. Our fans are sophisticated and judgmental. And I say that in a good way, because of the Karl [Malone] and John [Stockton] years. They want tough, smart, unselfish basketball. Quin’s put his twist on it – he’s delivered on those things.”
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has promoted Richard Smith to executive director of international scouting and Bart Taylor to Jazz director of scouting/Salt Lake City Stars vice president of basketball operations. Additionally, the team announced the hiring of Nixon Dorvilien as director of rehabilitation. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not announced
With the departure of assistant general manager Justin Zanik, who was hired late last month as the GM-in-waiting in Milwaukee, the Jazz are weighing options and plotting their course for replacing one of their top executives. Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said this weekend he has yet to speak directly with any candidates, nor is there a firm timeline in place for filling the vacancy, but the Jazz's front office boss does have some candidates in mind.
"We're not currently talking to anybody right now," Lindsey said. "But I am spending part of my day in diligence. I do know several candidates. I have worked with them, done deals with them. If we were to do something quick it would probably be based upon experience and familiarity. If we're looking at some of the younger talent out there, that may be more of a process." Lindsey said the Jazz could potentially get by without hiring a replacement for Zanik. The team did not have an assistant general manager before Zanik was hired almost three years ago, and Lindsey said he trusts the experience of front-office veterans Walt Perrin, Kevin O'Connor, David Fredman and Richard Smith.
August 11, 2022 | 2:41 pm EDT Update
Following convincing yesterday’s win against Finland, Lithuania repeated the trend in tonight’s game as well. NBA duo of Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis dominated under the baskets and guided Lithuania to another comfortable 87-52 (29-9, 22-15, 16-8, 20-20) win over Finland in Vilnius.
Jonas Valanciunas led the scoring race for the Lithuanians with a double-double: 18 points (7/11 2PT, 0/1 3PT, 4/4 FT), 10 rebounds, 3 turnovers, and 2 steals over 17 minutes. Domantas Sabonis aided his co-partner in the frontcourt with a near double-double. The Sacramento Kings big man had 10 points (4/7 2PT, 2/3 FT), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, and 1 steal.
Christos Tsaltas: The head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Mike Budenholzer, is at WiZink Center, in Madrid and he’s watching in person the friendly game between Spain and Greece. Coach Bud will travel to Greece for Acropolis Tournament in the next days. #FearTheDeer
Kyle Kuzma is the latest NBA player to take his talents to a Pro-Am and put on an absolute show for those in attendance. Kuzma did his part in the Powder League Pro-Am in Utah, where he scored 67 points while playing alongside his new Washington Wizards teammate, Delon Wright.
Adam Spolane: I asked Josh Christopher what I’ll notice is better about his game when camp starts: “I think I’ll look slower. I think I’ll look more confident, less timid. I think it will look like I have a year under my belt.”
Russia confirmed Thursday for the first time that negotiations between Washington and Moscow on a prisoner exchange are underway, after the United States proposed a deal to release WNBA star Brittney Griner and another American prisoner, Paul Whelan. The Russian Foreign Ministry said talks are underway via a channel set up by President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met in Geneva in June last year.
August 11, 2022 | 1:42 pm EDT Update
Jeremy Lin wasn’t the first Asian-American to play in the NBA but he was by far the most prominent and noteworthy and the sociological impact of his NBA career has been hugely significant. It’s worth pausing for a second, though, to imaging being the human being at the centre of all that. It wasn’t easy at the time and it’s been something that Lin has had to learn to live with since. “I think for me as a person, it’s been an evolution from trying to run away from it because I felt like I didn’t like a lot of the side effects of Linsanity,” he explained. “Some family issues that it caused, all the privacy that was taken away from me overnight, and the paparazzi chasing down me and my family and my friends… just a lot of scary things that had happened.”