There are two possible explanations for why this Downbeat is late this morning. One is that I was lazy and didn't want to write on Labor Day because I was too busy playing Skyrim. The other is that RUDY GOBERT RIPPED A HOLE IN THE SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM.
The Stifle Tower had eight points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in France's Eurobasket win over Poland yesterday. The win kept France undefeated in the tournament, and Rudy is averaging 8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 21 minutes per game through three games. France's team is stacked, with Tony Parker and Boris Diaw leading the way, so Rudy isn't really needed to score in bunches. Instead, he's amusing himself by abusing folks like poor Marcin Gortat here:
These Eurobasket games are just whetting my appetite for the real deal of the NBA season. Less than two months away, people. Get ready.
Excited to be back in Utah and blessed be a part of the best organization in the league. Can't wait to get back to work with @utahjazz— Jack Ryan Cooley (@JackCooligan45) September 7, 2015
Hard to know what Cooley's role will be for this year's Jazz team. With Tibor Pleiss in the fold (and playing decently for Germany in Eurobasket), Jeff Withey acquired, and with a greater need in the backcourt after Dante Exum's injury (get well soon, Dante), Jack might be on the outs (and by "the outs" I mean "Idaho").
Of course, Cooley's got plenty of fans, too.
You want to see my impression of Turtle from Entourage? pic.twitter.com/rwsKjFBkDB— oak (@oaknd1) September 5, 2015
FanPosts, brothers and sisters! We have FanPosts this week, and they are glorious!
Beeblebrox42 on where the Jazz need to improve this season:
A lot has been made of the run the Jazz had at the end of last season. It was a great run, and showed a lot of potential. The question is if that level is sustainable for a whole season. I went through a bunch of stats for the last 5 seasons to see how the Jazz measure up.
pacoelcid gets dramatic in his support for Bryce Cotton:
I'm going to put this out there Cotton > Burke.
Sure, Burke's got the pedigree - he went to a big name school, got to the NCAA championship game, was drafted in the lottery, etc, etc. But there's not much difference in physical tools between Burke and Cotton.
And in case that wasn't enough, pacoelcid also lists what he knows about Bryce:
If you've been keeping track at home, then you know that I am on the Bryce Cotton band wagon. The more I find out about him, the more I like the guy.
Here are some of the things I found out:
-Bryce averaged 39 minutes and 56 seconds a game his senior year-
For those who don't know, there are 40 minutes in a college basketball game. He also played all 35 games that year for Providence. When asked about his playing time, Bryce is quoted as saying, "I have learned over the years that you can trick your body to withstand more pain. I never tell myself I need a breather."
(That last bit is awesome. What is he, the Wile E. Coyote of basketball? As long as you don't look down, your body doesn't know it's supposed to fall? Fantastic. I'm convinced. Love this guy.)
Someone Jazz-related and not named Rudy Gobert is setting dunking records:
WARNING JERRY SLOAN HAS BEEN SPOTTED WEARING ANOTHER TEAM'S COLORS oh wait it's just Utah Utes crimson everything's fine