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The Downbeat #1721: Can We Play Basketball Yet?

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Seriously, is it the preseason yet?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Improvement.  The one word that makes you think about all the weaknesses you have and this guy.  The Utah Jazz had themselves a lot of improvement last year.  As evidenced in the stats below.

Jazz Improvement Year over Year

courtesy of basketball-reference.com

The Jazz saw huge gains in 3 point attempts, free throw attempts, steals, blocks, rebounds, and points scored a game.  They also limited opponents to less free throws, points, rebounds, assists, and 2 point shots.

If the Jazz have gains in 3 point percentage and 2 point percentage then the Jazz are going to make some significant gains in efficiency.  They have fixed where they take their shots, how and where they defend opponents shots, and how they attack the glass.  Now it's the work of refining skills.  The numbers say the coaching staff has put these players in the right spots to succeed.  Now it's time for the players to take advantage of the position their coaches have placed them in.

Just a friendly reminder that Rudy Gobert is god of the hoop, destroyer of worlds.

Rudy Gobert could be the main reason this FIBA rule will not make it over to the NBA until he retires.

Rodney Hood is back on Duke campus right now.  Obviously this is all a big ploy for him to gain favor in Quin Snyder's eyes and get more minutes.  C'mon, we get it.  Snyder is from Duke, you're from Duke.

Not the greatest headline that you'd want to see associated with the name "Utah Jazz".

Jazz Dancer
A former dance teacher and Utah Jazz dancer has been sentenced to jail for having sex with a 17-year-old student at the studio she owned.

Amber Telford, 33, was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail for a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy who danced at the studio she owned at the time. She will then be required to perform 150 hours of community service, complete probation and register as a sex offender, according to court documents.

Telford pleaded guilty in July to a single count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss six identical charges that had been filed against her.

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KSL.com

I have to give some love to my hometown of Pocatello, Idaho to end this.  I feel like I can slip this in during a slow basketball news month.  My father is in charge of the Recreation programs for that city.  One of his big goals over the last few years was to bring the Jr. Jazz program to Pocatello, Idaho.  I remember even as a kid that he wanted to bring them to Pocatello.  This is something he's been working on for 20 years.  Well this summer his hard work paid off.

We are happy to announce that we are now an affiliate member of the Junior Jazz. The Kid's Basketball Program is open to all 3rd - 7th Grade Boys in the School District #25 area. Teams are organized by grade level and coached by volunteer coaches. Volunteers are needed to help this program run smoothly. Anyone contemplating coaching should contact the Parks and Recreation Office early so they can get organized and set up with practice times before they are all taken. Games will be played at the four Pocatello Middle Schools on Saturdays in November and December for girls and February and March for boys. Games begin at 8:30am and will continue until 5:00pm on most Saturdays. Games may also be scheduled on weekday evenings if necessary. Player registration fees does cover the uniform costs but not team picture costs. All practice times in School District facilities are reserved by our department.

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Pocatello Team Sports

Way to go, Pops!