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The Downbeat #1739: Utah Jazz Go To Hawaii Edition

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Rudy Gobert takes the tallest selfie ever recorded in Hawaii.  Little known fact: Rudy Gobert's shoulders can be used as higher ground in case of tsunami.
Rudy Gobert takes the tallest selfie ever recorded in Hawaii. Little known fact: Rudy Gobert's shoulders can be used as higher ground in case of tsunami.
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HAWAII + JAZZ = OMG I MISSED YOU SO MUCH BASKETBALL

Welcome to #hawaii #nbapreseason

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Finally in Hawaii!!! Ready for pre season

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It's almost time for some Jazz basketball.

In OMG THAT IS SO ADORABLE news, Joe Ingles was spoiled by his wife on his birthday.  That's not the news.  The news is him and his wife's wedding photo that he posted on instagram.  It's priceless.

The demise of Elijah Millsap has been greatly exaggerated.  He is definitely in good favor with the team. Quin Snyder was quick to shoot down an ESPN report this week that forward Elijah Millsap had "lost the trust" of the Utah Jazz coaching staff and was a "long shot" to make the team's roster.

"That's totally false," the head coach said when asked Thursday. "Elijah's played really well. I talked to Elijah like once a week all summer. [Assistant coach] Brad Jones flew out to see him. ... I don't even know what to say."

When I did resource analysis with the Jazz during the summer Elijah actually came up highly on the hard to replicate scale.  His tenacity on defense is a highly valued commodity in this league and with the Jazz's newfound identity on defense he aligns nicely with their values.  He isn't going anywhere unless he has an injury during preseason.

Now I'm fully onboard the Neto-hype train.  He has the nickname of Wolf. WOLF.  THAT IS AMAZING.  Let's just pause to think about what a great nickname that is.

His transition with his teammates is going smoothly. He's already garnered a nickname — Gordon Hayward calls him "Wolf" — because of the pronunciation of his name. He's still a few days from his preseason debut, but he's got Kyle Korver potential when it comes to female Jazz fans. And by all accounts, he's played well this week in training camp.

This would be the second year in a row that the Utah Jazz have been the source of a great new nickname (I see you, Jody Genessy and your Stifle Tower).  Sadly, my nickname of Gordon Haywar (Vanilla Cobra) never caught on.  I blame marketing.

Jazz game is 10:00PM tonight.  Midnight my time.  How are you going to stay awake to watch the game?  I got a caffeine drip ready to go.