Do NBA Teams With Whiter Fan Bases Have Whiter Rosters?

In the NBA of yesterday, an owner could be explicit about structuring his roster around the race of the players. "No team should be all white and no team should be all black, either," Cavs owner and legendary boob Ted Stepien told a reporter in 1980. And why not? "Blacks don't buy many tickets," he went on, "and they… » 6/12/14 3:44pm 6/12/14 3:44pm

The Return Of Marvin Williams Was More Important Than We Thought

Remember Kobe's weird video announcing his comeback with his Lakers jersey writhing around set to epic music? (And how it went on for far too long?) A clever Utah Jazz fan created a similar production for Wednesday's return of future Hall of Famer Marvin Williams, who came back from a four-game absence due to a heel… » 12/12/13 7:30pm 12/12/13 7:30pm

J.J. Hickson Submits An Early Candidate For Dunk Of The Year

No one will blame you for not watching last night's Nuggets-Jazz game, as neither team has done much more than depress the hell out of their respective fan bases this year. But you are not allowed to go through life being unaware of this J.J. Hickson dunk, which turned poor Marvin Williams into a chalk outline. » 11/12/13 9:25am 11/12/13 9:25am

A Young Karl Malone Once Fell For A Great Frank Layden Prank

The Salt Lake Tribune caught up with Karl Malone, who turns 50 tomorrow, a fact that ought to make any kid who followed basketball closely in the '80s and '90s feel really old. Malone tells the newspaper the story of his first visit to Utah in 1985, a little more than a month after the Jazz drafted him No. 13 overall… » 7/23/13 7:26pm 7/23/13 7:26pm

Jeremy Evans Was Still Beyond The Arc When This Oop Was Alleyed

Jeremy Evans got into the Jazz's 112-102 win over Portland for all of three minutes, but he made it count. Both he and Jamaal Tinsley were still in three-point territory when Tinsley let fly with a no-look lob to the streaking Evans, who won the 2012 dunk contest and came in second this season. » 4/02/13 9:52am 4/02/13 9:52am

Here's More Proof That Larry Sanders Is The NBA's Best Interior Defender

One of the best things to come out of this year's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was Kirk Goldsberry's paper on interior defense, in which he details which defenders are the best and worst at lowering opponent field goal percentage on shots at the rim. Surprisingly, the paper pointed to little-known Milwaukee… » 3/05/13 4:40pm 3/05/13 4:40pm

JaVale McGee Converts An Alley-Oop While Getting Fouled And Never…

What, you think JaVale McGee is going to just throw down a normal, ho-hum alley-oop? Don't be silly. Only our man JaVale could rise above the rim, get his arm hooked while trying to slam the ball home, and then still somehow get the ball to go through the hoop without ever actually getting his hand on the rim. » 11/27/12 10:18am 11/27/12 10:18am

David Stern Did Some Play-By-Play Announcing Last Night

David Stern joined the Utah Jazz broadcast team during last night's Jazz-Grizzlies game to talk about the state of the NBA or something else equally boring. The interview wasn't a complete waste of time, though, because it gave Stern the opportunity to test his announcing chops and call some of the game action. » 11/06/12 2:00pm 11/06/12 2:00pm

The Utah Jazz Had A Rookie Dance Off And 7-Foot Non-Rookie Enes Kanter…

Look, a lot of sports are happening. MLB playoffs everywhere you look, NFL games up and down the line, college students still hungover from yesterday's football games—it's been a busy weekend. Bet you didn't even know that the first NBA games of the regular season are a mere 23 days away. Let one Jazz rookie and two… » 10/07/12 7:30pm 10/07/12 7:30pm

Four-Team Trade Sends Lamar Odom To The Clippers, ESPN Searching For…

The Mavericks sent disgruntled power forward/Kardashian sweetheart to the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal including four teams. The Clippers sent Mo Williams to the Utah Jazz who in turn received the draft rights to Shan Foster from the Mavericks. Dallas received the draft rights to Tadija Dragićević, who is not the… » 6/30/12 2:30pm 6/30/12 2:30pm