Welcome to another week of the offseason, Jazz fans!
I've got some bad news and some good news for you all.
The bad news is that the Jazz don't play any games this week. The good news is that it is only a short 47 days until the Jazz play their first preseason game! We're basically on the cusp!
In the meantime, here's some more Jazz-related news to tide you over:
So this headline was spotted this morning:
I decided to do my part to society today and spread this cancerous clickbait because I found it too succulent to resist. I apologize...feel free to ban me.
There is just so much going on in this article.
First of all, raise your hand if you knew that Movie News Guide reported minor, unlikely NBA rumors such as this.
Second of all, the progression by which this article arrives at this headline is quite inspiring, nearly a Cinderella Story by merit of its own existence.
The origin of this report was based off of a Sports World Report article reporting that the Heat have been shopping Mario Chalmers due to them being happy with Goran Dragic as the main point guard and fine with Tyler Johnson along with Josh Richardson being capable backups.
The Sports World Report article then breaks down several potential destinations for Chalmers with Utah getting mentioned as a possibility now that Exum is out for the year.
The Movie News Guide proceeds to make the quantum leaps to saying that the Jazz are the most likely destination, which is a fair statement (not one I'd agree with, but fair), which leads us to the headline you see above.
That's right folks, this is how the media works, we went from the Jazz not even being on the PG market radar to having a >50% chance of swinging for a ground rule double in Mario Chalmers. Amazing!
Moving on to more reputable sports news sources we go to Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo Sports, who presents his all-time starting 5 of the Utah Jazz.
If clicking on that link is way too much work for you, I understand. For those who lust for the absence of hassle such as myself, here are his picks.
PG- John Stockton
SG- Pete Maravich
SF- Andrei Kirilenko
PF- Karl Malone
C- Mark Eaton
Agree with his picks? Let us know who you'd swap out!
Seeing this list got me to thinking, do we have anyone on our squad with a glimmer of a fighter's chance of making it as one of the Jazz all-time best? Can Hayward surpass Kirilenko? Could Gobert overshadow Eaton? Those seem like the 2 most likely candidates to me, but do either of them become better players than those Jazz all-time greats? Only time will tell.
Look out NBA world!
The Jazz have made another one of their trademark under-the-radar sleeper signings.
Looks like the Jazz have signed Treveon Graham, according to his IG. fr8train21's photo https://t.co/I9vHf6JTkF
— David J. Smith (@davidjsmith1232) August 17, 2015
Treveon Graham recently played 4 years at Virginia Commonwealth University, the same university of former Jazzman Eric Maynor. He averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds as a senior there. He is a 6'6" wing and was ranked as the 23rd best NCAA senior on draft express this year. He was also first-team all-Atlantic 10 both his junior and senior seasons and was Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP this season.
We'll see how Dennis Lindsey's latest diamond in the rough attempt fares. My guess is he'll be developed primarily in the D-League this season and may be used as insurance in the chance that the Jazz still have a injury hex placed on their shooting guards this year.
Here are some of his highlights from a recent summer league game:
Joe Ingles' fiancée won Gold with the Australian team in the Netball World Cup.
For anyone who wishes to watch the 15-minute highlight video of their win or if you are wondering what a netball game looks like, have at it!
In other Aussie news and an obligatory Brock Motum sighting, you should all take a look at how unphased the Aussie basketball team is by supposedly intimidating Haka dance by the New Zealand team whose nickname of "Tall Blacks" would have no chance of making it past the drawing board as an NBA team name for.... reasons.
And on that note, I bid you all a good week!