The Utah Jazz will be flying down to Orlando again this year, like every season since the Vegas Summer league killed the Rocky Mountain Review. (We're a team that holds grudges, just ask any team that's every leaked a deal with KOC) The schedule and all the cool new info on the set up of this league can be found at Orlando Pinstriped Post, courtesy of Evan Dunlap. There are some cool format changes and I encourage you to visit our sister blog there.
As for the Jazz, we'll play 5 games, and each game will be 40 minutes long. And just like last year, Alec Burks will not be allowed to play any point guard -- so it will be a complete surprise when everyone of our ancient guards get injured again and he has to play. Btw, NOT playing him at PG in training camp, preseason, or the summer league = developing him according to some observers : )
Here is the full Jazz schedule:
|Sunday||July||7||Miami Heat||vs||Utah Jazz||11:00 AM|
|Monday||July||8||No Jazz Game|
|Tuesday||July||9||Utah Jazz||vs||Houston Rockets||1:00 PM|
|Wednesday||July||10||Utah Jazz||vs||Brooklyn Nets||9:00 AM|
|Thursday||July||11||Indiana Pacers||vs||Utah Jazz||9:00 AM|
I'm interested to see how we do against the Nets because they'll be bringing Marshon Brooks back, and he and Burks had a pretty good head to head matchup. Of course, you'd want Burks to dominate him because he was the lotto pick . . . but that didn't happen last year. You may remember that two drafts ago I was pretty high on Brooks as a non-lotto pick, and he had a good rookie year. Then the Nets got Joe Johnson, and that ended his misadventure of being a rotation guy.
And here is the full schedule for all the teams:
|Sunday||July||7||Houston Rockets||@||Philadelphia 76ers||7:00 AM|
|Sunday||July||7||Boston Celtics||@||Orlando Magic||9:00 AM|
|Sunday||July||7||Miami Heat||@||Utah Jazz||11:00 AM|
|Sunday||July||7||Oklahoma City Thunder||@||Indiana Pacers||1:00 PM|
|Sunday||July||7||Detroit Pistons||@||Brooklyn Nets||3:00 PM|
|Monday||July||8||Oklahoma City Thunder||@||Orlando Magic||9:00 AM|
|Monday||July||8||Philadelphia 76ers||@||Indiana Pacers||11:00 AM|
|Monday||July||8||Boston Celtics||@||Detroit Pistons||1:00 PM|
|Monday||July||8||Brooklyn Nets||@||Miami Heat||3:00 PM|
|Tuesday||July||9||Indiana Pacers||@||Boston Celtics||9:00 AM|
|Tuesday||July||9||Detroit Pistons||@||Oklahoma City Thunder||11:00 AM|
|Tuesday||July||9||Utah Jazz||@||Houston Rockets||1:00 PM|
|Tuesday||July||9||Miami Heat||@||Orlando Magic||3:00 PM|
|Wednesday||July||10||Utah Jazz||@||Brooklyn Nets||11:00 AM|
|Wednesday||July||10||Oklahoma City Thunder||@||Philadelphia 76ers||1:00 PM|
|Wednesday||July||10||Boston Celtics||@||Houston Rockets||3:00 PM|
|Thursday||July||11||Indiana Pacers||@||Utah Jazz||9:00 AM|
|Thursday||July||11||Miami Heat||@||Detroit Pistons||11:00 AM|
|Thursday||July||11||Houston Rockets||@||Brooklyn Nets||1:00 PM|
|Thursday||July||11||Philadelphia 76ers||@||Orlando Magic||3:00 PM|
|Friday||July||12||6th Place||@||5th Place||6:00 AM|
|Friday||July||12||4th Place||@||3rd Place||8:00 AM|
|Friday||July||12||2nd Place||@||1st Place||10:00 AM|
|Friday||July||12||8th Place||@||9th Place||12:00 PM|
|Friday||July||12||10th Place||@||9th Place||2:00 PM|
I'm really interested to see how the championship day goes. It starts pretty early for you Jazz fans in Utah (and in more Western time zones . . . like PST, or . . . Australia . . . ).
It's going to be an interesting two weeks (one of practice first). I can see Alec Burks being requested to attend this. Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors may be in Las Vegas at this time for USA Basketball responsibilities. Enes Kanter is still going to be injured and unable to play. Jeremy Evans SHOULD play in this, but he'll be in his 4th season in the NBA. That said, he wasn't on the roster for LAST season, but he still snuck on to play a few games.
Kevin Murphy, if on the team still (or not -- see Dee Brown example) will be here. Jerel McNeal will be there too as he may actually be a bigger part of our future than anyone let on. DeMarre Carroll will only be there if his contract is figured out. He's a UFA and he's not going to risk his future employment by playing for free and getting hurt playing against rookies. I'm pretty sure Travis Leslie will be playing in Vegas with some other team.
Of course, all three of our rookies (if we finish Draft Night with three new players) should be there too.
The majority of the people coming in will be guys we've tried before (How many years did we see Kevin Kruger in the RMR and how many times was he ever invited to Jazz training camp?), and we'll be evaluating for some silly reason. I'd love to see Michael Stockton return. But if we're going for long shots . . . how have Shan Foster and Ante Tomic? You may just be surprised with who you'll see there.
Oh well. Some dreams just never come true...