So many things to love in this clip of Karl Malone demonstrating the pick and roll on the NBA TV set recently.
It’s all great, but I especially enjoyed his point of emphasis to “make sure Ostertag is out of the way.” Other great lines:
“If he’s not going to put any pressure on me, I’ll slip that all day long–and I mean all day long.”
“I didn’t try to catch the ball all the time; I just wanted to knock it down.”
Karl even names names:
“The pick and roll is designed to put pressure on people who didn’t want to [defend] it. Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, the absolute worst big men to ever play the pick and roll. We loved it coming down the stretch, because we knew they didn’t want to play it.”
Malone’s eyes are also like dinner plates at the end when Sam Mitchell is explaining how he would guard Karl in the post. It’s all Malone can do to resist saying “That’s what you’d do??? No wonder I scored a million points on you.”
UTAH JAZZ (1-1) vs. LOS ANGELES LAKERS (0-2)
Preseason Game #3 • AWAY Game #2 • STAPLES Center • Los Angeles
October 13, 2012 • 8:30 p.m. (MT) • TV: None
RADIO: 1280 AM/97.5 FM
Coming off a nice win at home last night against Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder, the Jazz get their first look at the new Laker superteam. Kobe is questionable for the game with a shoulder injury and Dwight Howard is still recovering from back surgery and won’t play. The two teams will play again on Tuesday in Anaheim.
Once again Paul Millsap will be away from the team while he is with his family following the death of his grandmother. All our best to him and his family. Earl Watson is still out while he rehaps his left knee. Jamaal Tinsley is back with the team after missing Friday’s game for personal reasons.
The Lakers are winless in the preseason, with losses to Golden State and Portland. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the third quarter is the LA achilles heel:
Leading by seven at halftime of their first preseason contest against Golden State and tied with Portland through two quarters in their second preseason outing, the Lakers were outscored 37-10 by the Warriors and 29-18 by the Trail Blazers in the third quarter; a 66-28 overall total for the two third quarters combined (38 point margin). For sake of comparison, during the 2011-12 season, the Lakers also outscored their opponent in the opening half 48.9 to 47.7 points on average but were also outscored in the third quarter, albeit by a quite slimmer margin (23.6 points for the Lakers to 23.7 points for all opponents).
Not that you care, but the Lakers and Jazz have played each other 14 times in the preseason, with games also played in Provo, Honolulu, Ogden, Anaheim and Fresno.
Some interesting stuff about Coach Corbin in the game notes:
With a basketball career spanning 30 years, Corbin has both played and coached under some of basketball’s best. In addition to seven seasons working as an assistant under Jerry Sloan and another three seasons playing for him, Corbin also played for Rick Adelman, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Pat Riley and Lenny Wilkens over 16 seasons as a player. In fact, Corbin is tied for the second-most NBA playing experience among all current NBA head coaches, trailing only Golden State’s Mark Jackson (17 seasons) by one season.
The game won’t be televised, sadly. In the meantime, here are some highlights of Gordon Hayward’s great performance against the Lakers in April of 2011, just for fun:
Favors posted his second straight disappearing act. One possible explanation for Favors’ struggles? Maybe his confidence has been shot by seeing Enes’ abs every day in the locker room.
Al Jefferson, C21 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +12
Jefferson looks much quicker on his feet than I’ve ever seen. His strong baseline dunk was a beautiful change from the man who once said dunking wasn’t his game.
Mo Williams, G23 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +13
A nice little showing in Mo’s home return.
Jeremy Evans, F16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5
It’s hard to come up with a scenario that opens up more playing time for Evans. In the meantime, he’s going to have to take advantage of the lobs and out-of-bounds set plays that give him chances to use his freaky athleticism.
The nasty baseline dunk shown above was all I needed to see to finally go all-in on the new Kanter Era. He’s still awkward at times, but he gobbles up rebounds and plays with infectious energy. He’s also showing off some new range with that little 15-ft jumper. I like what I’m seeing from Kanter.
It looks like Burks and Randy Foye will probably share a lot of time at the backup point guard spot. Burks makes things happen whenever he’s on the floor, so it’ll be interesting to see how the coaches find time for him to shine.
Is anyone else excited for the game tonight? I can’t wait.
Unlike the road opener against the Warriors, this game will be televised. You can find the game in the usual spots: ROOT Sports (Comcast 693, DIRECTV 684.1, DISH TBA) and @1280sports (1280AM / 97.5FM). It’s only preseason, but it’s going to be the first real look for most people to see the new look Jazz.
Both Paul Millsap and Jamaal Tinsley will be away from the team for personal reasons, so that’s some extra time for young guys at the 4 spot and we might see some Burks at the point. It’s a pre-season game, so let’s please avoid the temptation to read too much into the rotations and the playing time. It’s basketball in Salt Lake City, and I couldn’t be more ready.
There are probably good reasons for a professional athlete of gigantic proportions to buy a gigantic bed. But a $23,000 bed better be able to cook breakfast and drive you to work, is all I’m saying. It was definitely poor timing to have the pictures come out the day after the ESPN debut of “Broke,” a documentary about how professional athletes lose their money.
As Herm Edwards said in the documentary, some athletes have champagne taste but beer money. Al Jefferson is one who is making legitimate champagne money, but if the picture below is any indication, I think he paid champagne money for a beer-level bed. Not even Memory Foam!
The invoice is itemized and appears to charge $10,000 for the mattress alone. Is the bed frame made out of solid gold? What is the thread count for sheets that cost $900? They even gave him a $6,000 discount–probably for purchasing their “Bed the Size of a Normal Apartment Package.” Is the bed flavored? Can it sing you to sleep? So many questions.
While the Jazz were starting the 2012-13 preseason with an inauspicious loss at Golden State with no television coverage on Monday night, the internet was doing what it does so well– serving up the following incredible tracks featuring Utah Jazz players singing. Enjoy “Keep Fightin” and “Keep it Sexy” by The Jazz Brothers.
Thurl Bailey, Del Curry, Rickey Green, Darrell Griffith, Karl Malone and Carey Scurry of the Utah Jazz, with time to spare during a recent road trip, tried their hand at making a recording of the Temptations’ song ”My Girl,” in a shopping mall in Phoenix. After the recording was well received by listeners of several Salt Lake City radio stations, they formed a group known as the Jazz Brothers.
We need to get our hands on that recording of My Girl in a shopping mall. Internet, don’t let us down.
Thanks to @typhill for the discovery. I realize it’s been featured here and there in the past, but it deserves a little more shine.
NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2012 — The NBA will adopt an anti-flopping rule beginning with the 2012-13 season, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced today.
“Flops have no place in our game – they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call,” Jackson said. “Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the Competition Committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should – after a warning – be given an automatic penalty.”
“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.
Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.
Any player who is determined to have committed a flop during the regular season will be subject to the following:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
If a player violates the anti-flopping rule six times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
The league will announce at a later date a separate set of penalties for flopping that will apply during the playoffs.
The saga of Raja Bell’s inauspicious second stint with the Jazz continues, but it won’t continue with him around the rest of the team. The Jazz partially answered one of the strangest questions of the off-season: What to do with the charred remains of the bridges burned by Bell last season?
The team released the following statement Friday afternoon:
SALT LAKE CITY (September 28, 2012) – Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey issued the following statement today regarding guard Raja Bell:
“I have spoken with Raja and his representative, Herb Rudoy, and we have mutually agreed that although Raja remains under contract, it is in the best interest of all parties that he not re-join the team next week when the Jazz begins training camp. We will now move forward focusing on Jazz basketball and our preparation for the upcoming season. We will have no further comment on this matter.”
The only way this scenario of makes sense is if the Jazz have a good idea of who will occupy roster spots next season and they can bide their time long enough to completely freeze out any opportunities Bell might otherwise have to join another team anytime soon.
Besides making his feelings unmistakably clear on his way out of locker clean out at the end of last season, Bell has made statements at stops all around the league listing all the top teams as potential destinations for his specific set of skills.
Interestingly, his pitch to the league has changed quite a bit since his bold exit. While he clearly considered himself an elite player in the league (and seemed to think the feeling was mutual), his statements to a radio station in Miami showed he was willing to market himself as simply an experienced veteran willing to fit in in a limited role. But with a contender, of course.
The two-time member of NBA All-Defensive teams said he appreciates any role would be limited.
“At my age and what I’ve got in my tank, I feel like a limited role is best,” he said. “I don’t really like playing 35 minutes a night anymore.”
Shane Battier currently stands as the Heat’s lone perimeter defensive specialist, although LeBron James often takes the critical perimeter defensive assignment in crucial situations.
“As much as I control what I do, I don’t,” Bell said. “The Jazz hold my rights, they are the owners of the contract. And so if they tell me I’m coming back to camp, then I have to go back to camp.
So apparently Bell returned to Utah on Monday for his physical, hoping to get word one way or another on his status with the team and to work out details of his departure. The Jazz appear to have reciprocated with the NBA equivalent of Time Out.
ROOT SPORTS to Broadcast all 82 Regular-Season Games
1280 The Zone to Air all 90 Pre- and Regular-Season Contests
SALT LAKE CITY (September 28, 2012) – The Utah Jazz announced today the 2012-13 broadcast schedule for Utah’s upcoming NBA season. ROOT SPORTS, which will televise Jazz games for the 24th consecutive season, will broadcast all 82 regular-season contests as well as four preseason games. In addition, 1280 The Zone (1280 AM/97.5 FM), will carry all 82 regular-season games and all eight preseason games.