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Donovan Mitchell Got Advice From James Harden And Dwyane Wade To Overcome Struggles

Mar 21, 2019 11:19 PM

Donovan Mitchell admitted that he didn't know how to handle expectations heading into his sophomore season in the league.

"Coach [Quin] Snyder stressed to me that this year was going to be a lot different, and it was one thing for me to hear, and another thing for me to go through it. It's one of those things you really have to go through, to experience. They kind of anticipated this happening; I didn't," said Mitchell.

Mitchell added that he received advice from James Harden, Kobe Bryant, and Chris Paul to get to the free-throw line more often.

"Changing my pace and making an effort to get to the free throw line, that's something James [Harden] is great at and Dwyane Wade talked to me about as well. To hear that from them and then trying to follow their advice really helped me get back on track."

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Rudy Gobert, Bradley Beal Named NBA Players Of The Week

Mar 18, 2019 3:34 PM

Rudy Gobert and Bradley Beal have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between March 11th and March 17th.

Gobert averaged 16.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks as the Jazz went 3-1.

Beal averaged 32.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as the Wizards went 3-1.

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Gail Miller On Banning 2 Fans: 'I Felt A Personal Responsibility To Do Something'

Mar 16, 2019 6:35 PM

Gail Miller discussed banning 2 Utah Jazz fans for life following their behavior towards Russell Westbrook. 

“Reviewing the video, hearing those words, and understanding how hurtful those words are, they hurt. I felt a personal responsibility to do something. That’s my building and my team. Why should I let someone behave that way in my building? I expect people to behave as socially accepted when they are at a game," said Miller. 

Miller added that while Jazz fans are not racist, the controversy surrounding Westbrook shows how there are still difficult issues to confront.  

“We know that our players do feel included for the most part. They themselves represent the community. I don’t believe the people of Utah are mean and racist. I don’t think we treat people poorly. But we do need to do better in coming out of our isolation and comfort zone.”

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Dante Exum Out Indefinitely With Partially Torn Patellar Tendon In Knee

Mar 16, 2019 1:40 AM

Dante Exum underwent an MRI to confirm a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee. Exum will be out indefinitely as he seeks treatment on his injury.

“It’s really tough. He’s worked his butt off this season. For that to happen, it’s tough. But we’re here for him. Everyone here is wishing him well and wants him back," said Donovan Mitchell.

Exum was averaging 6.9 points and 2.6 assists this season.

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Jazz Ban Fan Who Called Russell Westbrook 'Boy' Last Season

Mar 15, 2019 5:31 PM

The Utah Jazz have banned a fan who called Russell Westbrook "boy" before Game 4 of last season's first round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In video posted on social media Tuesday, a fan is heard calling Westbrook "boy."

"Don't call me 'boy,'" Westbrook told the fan, who repeated the phrase. Westbrook then motioned for security personnel.

On Tuesday, the team issued a lifetime ban to fan Shane Keisel for making degrading comments to Westbrook.

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Gail Miller Addresses Jazz Fans, Says 'We Are Not A Racist Community'

Mar 15, 2019 1:34 AM

Gail Miller addressed Utah Jazz fans before their home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in light of a recent controversy involving a fan and Russell Westbrook.

"I am extremely disappointed that one of our quote 'fans' conducted himself in such a way as to offend not only a guest in our arena, but also me personally, my family, our organization, the community, our players and you, as the best fans in the NBA. This should never happen. We are not a racist community. We believe in treating people with courtesy and respect as human beings. From time to time, individual fans exhibit poor behavior and forget their manners and disrespect players on other teams. When that happens, I want you to jump up and shout 'stop.' We have a code of conduct in this arena. It will be strictly enforced," said Miller.

The NBA sent out a memo to all 30 teams asking them to create PSA's addressing the need for civility during games. 

"Other teams are not our enemies. They are our competition. Competition is a good thing. It allows players to showcase their talents and it allows fans to encourage, appreciate, cheer for and enjoy those who share their talents with us," added Miller. 

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Jazz Players, Ownership Planning 'Something Heartfelt' Following Westbrook Incident

Mar 14, 2019 3:55 PM

Dennis Lindsey revealed that Utah Jazz players and ownership "are going to do something that's heartfelt" following the permanent ban of a fan from Utah's Vivint Smart Home Arena.

"Our players are smart and socially conscious and want to use this as a forum," Lindsey told USA TODAY. "Thabo (Sefolosha) talked about his time in Italy, and everybody black and white has a story, but our country, like Pop (San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich) said, we have to talk about our national sin.

"People may say, 'Hey, whatever, what the fan said was a small thing.' Well, it's not. What it does is make everyone feel small, and every Caucasian should take a look at themselves and look at their heart."

Shane Keisel reportedly said "Get down on your knees like you used to."

Lindsey doesn't want to waste the opportunity of the moment.

"I'm very confident in our community," Lindsey said. "Our community has a good heart. I’m very confident in our organization. And we hope to lead from the front moving forward.

"It's a talent to divide people. It’s a special person or special organization that can unite people and say, 'We're not standing for this hurtful speech.' It's offensive to me personally. Our people are hurting, in particular our players.

"I'll take the blowback from the nonsense that’s out there. Let it come my way. I'm actually looking forward to that."

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Russell Westbrook Fined $25k By NBA, Jazz Permanently Ban Fan

Mar 12, 2019 6:08 PM

Russell Westbrook has been fined $25,000 by the NBA "for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan."

The fan in question has been permanently banned by the Utah Jazz.

"Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy and play the game in a safe, positive and inclusive environment," Jazz president Steve Starks said in a statement Tuesday. "Offensive and abusive behavior does not reflect the values of the Miller family, our organization and the community. We all have a responsibility to respect the game of basketball and, more importantly, each other as human beings. This has always been a hallmark of our incredible fan base and should forever be our standard moving forward."

Video of Westbrook saying, "I'll f--- you up" to Jazz fan Shane Keisel and his female companion.

Westbrook said Keisel told him to, "Get on your knees like you're used to," a comment Westbrook considered "completely disrespectful" and "racial."

Keisel was one of several fans who received a warning card for violating the NBA's fan code of conduct, denied saying anything inappropriate, claiming that he told Westbrook to "Ice those knees up!" According to Keisel, after Westbrook replied that it was heat on his knees, Keisel hollered, "You're going to need it." Keisel said his girlfriend, Jennifer Huff, didn't participate in the exchange.

Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson confirmed Westbrook's side of the story. The Jazz also gathered intelligence that verified Westbrook's version.

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Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Named NBA Players Of The Week

Mar 4, 2019 3:14 PM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Simmons averaged 16.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game as the Philadelphia 76ers went 2-1.

Mitchell averaged 34.0 points and 5.0 assists last week as the Utah Jazz went 3-0.

Simmons and Mitchell finished first and second in Rookie of the Year voting last season.

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Donovan Mitchell Scores Career-High 46 Points Against 'MegaBucks' Lineup

Mar 3, 2019 12:12 PM

Donovan Mitchell finished with a career-high 46 points in the Utah Jazz's 115-11 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks, playing without several rotation players, started 4 players who measured 6-foot-10 or taller. It was the tallest starting lineup since 2003.

"It threw me off. I think it threw a lot of us off," said Mitchell of the Bucks' lineup. 

"I just got my ass beat," added Rudy Gobert, who had the worst plus/minus rating (-36) in a win since the NBA began tracking the stat over 20 years ago. 

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Grizzlies Could Wait Until Draft To Trade Mike Conley
Mike Conley Jr. is on the trade block and prefers a move to the Eastern Conference.

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Jazz, Blazers, Spurs, Nets Interested In Acquiring Nikola Mirotic
The Pelicans are looking for a 1st-round pick in exchange for Mirotic.

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Jazz Offering Ricky Rubio, Derrick Favors, FRP To Grizzlies For Mike Conley
The Jazz believe Mike Conley would be an ideal fit in the backcourt alongside Donovan Mitchell.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Rockets Looking To Acquire Alec Burks From Cavs
The Cavs recently acquired Burks and two 2nd-round picks for Kyle Korver.

Jason Lloyd/The Athletic

Knicks Sought De'Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell In Kristaps Porzingis Trade Talks
The Knicks spent much of January looking for Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jazz, Blazers, Mavericks Interested In Otto Porter Jr.
Otto Porter has a player option for the 20-21 season.

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Rudy Gobert Emotional Over All-Star Snub, Says League Sending Wrong Message About Defense
Gobert says the league is sending the wrong message in not rewarding defense.

Eric Walden/The Salt Lake Tribune

Sixers, Jazz Express Interest In Nikola Mirotic
The Pelicans are looking for a first-round pick in exchange for Mirotic.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Jazz Have 'Undeniable Interest' In Trading For Mike Conley
The Jazz had "undeniable interest" in trading for Conley.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jazz Interested In Otto Porter
Otto Porter has a player option in the 2020 offseason.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Donovan Mitchell averaged 31.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds over the four games.

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Jazz Lead NBA In Incentive-Laden Contracts
Several players get a bonus if the Jazz have a defensive rating under 100 while they're on the floor.

Andy Larsen/Salt Lake Tribune

MRI Results Come Back Clean For Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha
Rubio and Sefolosha will be out for approximately two weeks.

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Dante Exum Out Multiple Weeks With Ankle Sprain
Dante Exum has battled injury issues throughout his career, but had been healthy in 18-19.

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Donovan Mitchell Unveils Signature Sneaker
Mitchell is the 18th active player in the NBA to get his own signature sneaker.

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Jazz-Blazers Play Highest Rated Christmas Day Late Game Since 2015
The rating for the game was also 36% higher than last year's Christmas Day matchup between the Lakers and Timberwolves.

Andy Larsen/The Salt Lake Tribune

Rudy Gobert Ejected After Getting Two Fouls In Opening Three Minutes
Gobert received a $15,000 fine for criticizing the officials earlier in the week.

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Jazz Set Franchise Record For 3-Pointers In Kyle Korver Home Debut
The Jazz went 20-33 from 3 on the night, while Korver added 15 points in 15 minutes.

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Rudy Gobert Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Refs
Rudy Gobert made his comments to the media following Utah's loss to Miami.

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Jazz Acquire Kyle Korver From Cavs For Alec Burks, Two 2nd Round Picks
Utah is sending 2020 and 2021 second-round picks to Cleveland.

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