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Jazz blog: Time for lineup changes?

Posted Jan 5th - 12:26am by Dave Noriega

My palms were sweaty, my heart was racing and for better or worse it was just him and me.

Or is it he and I?

All other reporters had left and I was in the lonely hallway of EnergySolutions Arena.

Jazz blog: A Tale of Two Rookies

Posted Dec 15th - 12:44am by Dave Noriega

It is the best of times for Jazz rookie Jeremy Evans and it is the worst of times for Gordon Hayward.

Jazz blog: Toughness the difference maker

Posted Dec 7th - 4:16pm by Dave Noriega

I'll take a little recipe out of Private Benjamin Buford 'Bubba' Blue's cookbook.

You can eat crow in a number of ways. You can deep fry it, barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it, cook it on a crow kabob, crow creole...

I have a couple kindred spirits as friends.

Jazz blog: Who are these guys?

Posted Nov 30th - 8:13pm by Dave Noriega

Causa latet, vis est notissima.

The cause is hidden, but the result is well known.

Who are these guys?

Jazz blog: "Memo Money" not what Jazz need

Posted Nov 24th - 2:12am by Dave Noriega

On Tuesday, Jerry Sloan had one more thing for which to be thankful. He received a full practice from Jazz center Mehmet Okur, who has been out since April 17th with a torn Achilles tendon.

But there is a little catch to this Thanksgiving Miracle.

"Memo Money" is not what the Jazz need.

Jazz blog: A world I can't handle

Posted Nov 21st - 9:56pm by Dave Noriega

I'm not sure I'm ready to live in this world.

In June, Steven A. Smith said that his sources told him that LeBron and Chris Bosh would join Dwyane Wade in Miami. We all laughed.

When Utah was 8-0 and ranked 5th in the BCS, ESPN had their panel of experts give their own Top 10 ranking. Craig James didn't have the Utes in the top 10. We all mocked.

Jazz blog: 4 Jazzmen featured on 2011 NBA All-Star ballot

Posted Nov 19th - 1:07pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur and Deron Williams are featured on the 2011 NBA All-Star ballot, unveiled Thursday during a special tip-off event in Los Angeles, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2011. Fans are also permitted to cast a write-in vote for players not on the ballot. Balloting presented by T-Mobile began this afternoon at 1 p.m. MT. The 60th NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

Williams, a 2010 NBA All-Star, posted 14 points, six assists, three rebounds and four steals in front of his hometown crowd in Dallas during his first career appearance last season. Utah's leading scorer and assist man is averaging 22.3 points, 10.1 assists (third in NBA) and 4.6 rebounds a game and was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week for November 8-14. Kirilenko was previously named an All-Star in 2004 and is posting 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks a game so far this season. While Okur has yet to appear in a game this season as he recovers from a left Achilles' tendon injury, Jefferson is vying for his first ever All-Star selection. The Jazz's offseason acquisition from Minnesota is averaging 16.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.

2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile, with associate partner 2K Sports, allows fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. There are several ways fans can cast their votes, including: at each NBA arena; in 20 languages on; and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting on any wireless carrier.

Jazz blog: Sloan to miss the next two games

Posted Nov 19th - 1:03pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan will miss the team's next two games in order to attend funeral services for a family member.

Jazz assistant coach Phil Johnson will assume head coaching duties in Friday night's game vs. San Antonio and Saturday's game at Portland. Sloan is expected to rejoin the team prior to the Jazz's game vs. Sacramento on November 22.

Jazz blog: "You play to win the game"

Posted Nov 10th - 12:18am by Dave Noriega

"This is what the greatest thing about sports is. You play to win the game. Hello. You play to win the game."
Herm Edwards, Jets Head Coach 2004

Someone forgot to give the memo to the Jazz that the Heat are the best team in the league. I don't know who was in charge of creating the memo, ESPN or the league offices, but it definitely didn't reach Paul Millsap. He didn't realize that he was in the presence of greatness.

When 10 pairs of basketball sneakers hit the floor Tuesday night, who would have thought that the best pair didn't belong to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams or Chris Bosh?

Jazz blog: The government of the NBA

Posted Nov 8th - 12:05am by Dave Noriega

As I hovered over my voting terminal this past Tuesday, I found myself in an introspective state. As I cast my votes, I started to ponder the meaning of government, the role that it plays in our lives.

So naturally, I started applying it to the NBA.

In 9th grade civics class, I remember talking about the various types of government. There's the monarchy, oligarchy, republic and democracy. At least those were the ones that most readily came to mind.

Jazz blog: Another witchdoctor victory

Posted Nov 1st - 10:55am by Dave Noriega

The Witchdoctor strikes again.

SportsBeat Producer Mike Grant has special powers and I have proof.

Special Power Proof #1:

Mike and I are sitting at a Bees game enjoying a nice meal and a Coke.

Jazz blog: My b-flick horror movie of a sports life

Posted Oct 28th - 12:05am by Dave Noriega

This has been the toughest October of my professional career. I officially name October 2010 as "My B-Flick Horror Movie of a Sports Life".

The good thing about slasher flicks is they may be scary, but at least they're not real.

The Reds make the playoff for the first time in 15 years and get swept away by H20 (Halliday, Hamels and Oswalt). Cowboys are 1-5 and Romo is out with a broken collarbone. My Cougars are... well... you get the point. Real.

Jazz blog: Welcome to the show

Posted Oct 27th - 1:37am by Dave Noriega

SALT LAKE CITY -- As the great writer Jim Murray said in his first column with the L.A. times:

"I'll start off telling you a little about myself and what I believe in. That way, we can start to fight right away."

Jazz, Cougars, Reds, Cowboys. Let's go.

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