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The Downbeat: GAMEDAY!

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The Utah Jazz NBA season begins today!

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It’s here, it’s actually here. The Utah Jazz play the games that matter. Let’s start this GAMEDAY downbeat!

It feels like years have passed since we watched the Jazz lose to the Warriors in the playoffs. After a tumultuous offseason that saw the highs of drafting Donovan Mitchell and the lows of seeing Gordon Hayward leave, we finally get to settle in and watch our team.

One of the best carryovers from last season, besides the true DPOY Rudy Gobert, is the #takenote hashtag.

It’s amazing to type the #takenote hashtag and see that beautiful Jazz note pop up next to it again.

Have you signed your kids up for the Utah Jazz Kids Club yet?

I know I signed my kids up as soon as I saw this. This is a fantastic way to introduce the greatest team in the world to young Jazz fans. Good job, Jazz! And who knows, one of those team pictures might end up disappearing at some point and showing up in my office. It’s strange how things like that can happen.

Quin Snyder was recently on NBA TV’s “Open Court Coaches” show. This segment that included a lot from Quin was great.

Quin has a great basketball mind but also has a great ability to communicate his ideas and philosophies in an understandable way. The Jazz are in great hands for years to come.

Kristen Kenney provided some additional insight on the Dante Exum situation.

This had to be the toughest of decisions for Dante. Speaking to so many doctors and specialists should provide some comfort knowing it will be the right decision, as hard as it is. Dante is a fighter and will come back stronger than ever to help this Jazz team reach another level.

Speaking of injuries, Gordon Hayward went down with a horrific leg injury last night in the NBA season opener.

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Mylo already shared some great thoughts, but I would have felt disingenuous not mentioning it again.

No one has criticized Gordon Hayward as much as myself, but I wish him nothing but the best and a quick recovery. Gordon is a husband and a father who loves his family and doesn’t deserve this. I want him to be okay for them as much as anything.

I love the message from the Utah Jazz for Gordon.

From all of us at SLC Dunk we echo the same thoughts. Get better, Gordon!