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The Downbeat: So ... How U

Shane Larkin talks to a few Jazz fans on twitter.

Hayward and Favors.  The Future.
Hayward and Favors. The Future.

Another NBA assistant was hired yesterday. Steve Clifford, assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers, was hired. Evidently, he was hired from Orlando to aid with Dwight Howard's transition to LA. (IT WORKED!) This is yet another assistant that has made the transition from assistant coach to head coach. I actually like this. A lot of head coaches hired are just re-treads that blew out from their last teams. Nice to see some new blood in there.

Have you seen this man?


He's about 7 feet tall. Really funny. Used to be really engaging through social media. Just a real joy to be around. If you have any information leading to the re-discovery of this gentleman use the hashtag #KanterAmberAlert. Your work and contributions will not go unnoticed.

[Speaking of Kanter, go here to see some pictures of him when he wasn't a greek statue.]

Shane Larkin had this exchange on twitter yesterday.


The San Antonio Spurs are now in the NBA Finals ... again. Does it hurt anyone else that they have taken the Jazz model and made it infinitely better? It's not fair. THAT COULD HAVE BEEN US! I realize as a Jazz fan there are two years, 1995 and 1999, that are revered by Jazz fans. Not in the fact that the Jazz went far, but the are seen as years the Jazz SHOULD HAVE won the chip. Jordan had left and the championship was there for the taking. But it just wasn't meant to be. Congratulations Spurs on being good. Too damn good. Jealous.

Chad Ford talking about how he would redraft the 2010 NBA Draft said this:

The Jazz took two of the five best players in that draft. Pretty good if you get a hold of that haul. I know I focus on minutes given a lot in my time here but Chad Ford still believes Derrick Favors to be an elite talent. He sees Gordon Hayward as an elite talent. Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors are soon going to gain the opportunity to take control of their team similar to how Paul George, John Wall, and Greg Monroe have this upcoming season. What's amazing is that currently Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors are 4 and 5 on this list and they haven't even been played to their potential yet. That's a good and a bad thing. Hopefully both of them have one more gear in them and they can take their game up yet another notch.