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The Downbeat #1927: The NBA Finals Headline Edition

Your Friday Downbeat!

Vetzz rule!
Vetzz rule!
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Finals started last night. The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like they never really came back from their long break. The Warriors looked like the Warriors, so the Warriors won. The Warriors received help from their bench. Look at their "Other Big 3" contributions

So relating this to the Jazz, let's say our normal Big 3 consists of Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Rudy Gobert. Who are the other players that would need to have huge contributions to get us a playoff win? But are Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, and Leandro Barbosa their 4th, 5th, and 6th best players? Who do they compare with on the Jazz?

Thinking about all this reminds me that we need a bench.

What is your headline for Game 1 of the finals?

There was a VIP party at Topgolf last night. Personally I don't know what Topgolf is but there were a lot of Jazz VIP at the Topgolf VIP party.

It's always nice to see Jerry Sloan

Derrick Favors was also there

Trevor Booker

Did anyone go to this event? Any cool stories?

Moni has an awesome transcript from an interview Frank Layden did with KSL. Here are some of my favorite quotes from it. But go read it if you haven't already. Frank is always so interesting.

Advice from Ted Turner after the Jazz sold the #1 pick  (Dominique Wilkins) to him and the Hawks

When we got the money, we got a million and a half. Ted Turner told me, he says, "Son, whenever you ever need money and you’re desperate, never ask for exactly what you need." He says, "Always ask for more," and he sent a million and a half dollars.

On Jerry and the refs:

Kenny Mauer once said Jerry is "one of the toughest, meanest guys that you’ll ever see. But he is fair."

Questions would come up in league meetings about more pay for the refs, more, getting more refs so that they didn’t have to work so many games. Jerry was always in their corner, and I think that the referees respected him for that.

If you are into the draft. Moni also has quotes from Walt Perrin about some of the draft prospects

Yay go draft workouts! Go draft! Go non-lottery player workouts!  Just kidding I know they will come closer to the draft. But even Walt Perrin isn't so sure. Moni had it as a UDQM but I find it interesting and telling and what does Perrin mean by the "nature of our team"

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of Draft Workouts (UDQM)
** Walt Perrin on draft workouts: I think it’s gonna be a struggle getting some of the guys we want in that’s gonna be in our range, let alone people who are above us, because of the nature of our team. So, I will work it. I will see if I can get them in. But I’m not overly optimistic I will be able to get them in.