With three days off from Basketball, the Utah Jazz have been doing amazing things in the community.
Ekpe Udoh held #Ekpesbookclub and those involved were able to dissect “Little Fires Everywhere” at Zions Bank Basketball Campus.
Big fan of READING. Great discussion last night at #Ekpesbookclub on novel "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng @pronounced_ing. More to come later this month digitally and in person. "If I can play in the @NBA and still find time to read -- so can you!" -- @EkpeUdoh @nbacares pic.twitter.com/to1pTK3NYh— Utah Jazz Doing Good (@JazzDoingGood) December 12, 2017
This is an amazing way for Ekpe to reach out and promote more reading. What a cool guy!
Jazzyman recently wrote about Ricky Rubio and his charity work, but I wanted to share the video Utah Jazz social media released because it’s really good.
And just so we’re clear, this is Ricky doing this on his own, it’s not something he’s required to do by contract. There isn’t a better person out there than Ricky Rubio.
On top of this, Rubio and other Jazz players visited Primary Children’s hospital during their break. The Utah Jazz are doing so much good in the community. It’s honestly amazing! Don’t believe me? Look at all of this!
Nothin' better than having the .@utahjazz visit Thanks to the ownership, coaches, players, dancers, and of course, Jazz Bear, for making this holiday season a little bit brighter for patients and families! #takenote pic.twitter.com/iV1AW6HoTb— Primary Children's (@primarychildren) December 12, 2017
Time out by @utahjazz players and coaches to spread holiday cheer at Primary Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children today after practice. @LHM family members, @UtahJazzDancers, @utahjazzbear and Wheelin' Jazz also making visits. @nbacares #SeasonOfGiving pic.twitter.com/Wknjq8gRrF— Utah Jazz Doing Good (@JazzDoingGood) December 12, 2017
The team is living up to what Larry Miller once said. “Go out into the world and do good until there is too much good in the world.”
You might be asking “where is Joe Ingles?” Oh, well, he was at Shriner’s Hospital.
Thank you @Joeingles7 @utahjazz !! Travis had fun meeting you at @MedStaffSHCSLC @shrinershosp today and playing basketball. #shrinershospitals #shriners #imwithTravis #EndNF pic.twitter.com/ED4bekoioI— Kelly Carpenter (@Hockey_NF_Mom) December 11, 2017
I also feel it is important to share Joe Ingles’ Christmas card, because it’s adorable.
Reminder, this is the guy who got in James Harden’s face and got him T’d up.
Rudy Gobert recently announced his new charity, Rudy’s Kids. Here’s Rudy explaining his awesome new philanthropy.
For every block, Rudy is donating $1,000 to a local kids charity. That’s a lot of money for the best shotblocker in the NBA.
This is as easy a team to root for as any I’ve known. Dennis Lindsey deserves a lot of credit for bringing in players that play the game right way, but also have great character. I for one love that the Utah Jazz stand for something that transcends basketball.
You thought we’d go an entire Downbeat without mentioning basketball related things? YOU WERE WRONG, JABRONY! (who says jabrony?)
Coming off a three-game losing streak, the Utah Jazz will have a chance to get close to a healthy roster again.
Being told the Jazz are expecting to get forward Joe Johnson back at some point this week. The Jazz have sorely missed his scoring— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) December 12, 2017
Jazz guard Rodney Hood is available for tomorrow’s game vs. Chicago!— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) December 12, 2017
Having a full roster is a pretty foreign concept for Jazz fans, but against the Chicago Bulls they’ll be one step closer.