The Utah Jazz start off a four game road trip today. So we look back at some of the great memories between these teams. After the NBA Trade Deadline a lot of teams are waiving players. The Jazz didn't pick anyone up, but you could argue that some of them were worth looking at. Last night was Oscar night, and we take a look at some of the Academy Award categories and re-purpose them for the Jazz team this year. And in the real world, the Jazz just did pick up some hardware recently. And congrats to them!
The Academy Awards were last night. And the internets were having their way, as usual. This is a cool thing, where people all over the world can be their own collective peanut gallery and watch live events happen in real-time. This is what we experience with sports all the time. It's also fun to see how the rest of the world deals with it. The big news is that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. And the results were fantastic:
There were more stories last night than just that, but this isn't a movie blog, so we won't get into it. (Though, big ups to the profession of journalism for your huge win.) Of course, I haven't seen any of the nominated movies this past year. But we can talk about the Utah Jazz in terms of the nominal awards as well. It's not the end of the season yet (or playoffs) (playoffs?) . . . so I guess these are like the BAFTA awards for the 2015-2016 team.
- Best Animated Feature Film (Best bench reactions): Trey Lyles, obviously.
- Best Foreign Language Film (Best International player): Rudy Gobert, duh. 10.2 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 2.5 bpg
- Best Supporting Actor (2nd Banana): Derrick Favors, who is averaging 16.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.4 bpg
- Best Actor (Best Player): I think all of the stats point to Gordon Hayward, who is averaging 20.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 spg
- Best Director (Best Coach): Quin Snyder (Our team doesn't usually change coaches during the season so there's only one)
- Best Picture (Best game): Utah 121 Dallas 119 (OT) -- overtime game, comeback game, game winner at the buzzer. Amazing
What other awards should be given out to the team?
As for the team, they have 24 games left to play this season. Right now they are sitting in 9th place in the West and are 0.5 games behind the Houston Rockets. They are 28-30 and this isn't the season we expected. They have been 5-5 in their last 10 games aaaannnnnnd that just isn't good enough in my books. They have a four game trip coming up, @ Boston Celtics (3rd in East, 35-25), @ Toronto Raptors (2nd in East, 39-19), @ Memphis Grizzlies (5th in West, 34-24), and @ New Orleans Pelicans (11th in West, 23-35). I wrote a little bit more on this over here. Let's take some time to enjoy some great moments before those games start.
Of course, these games are all on the road. The Jazz are 11-34 in Boston, 12-6 in Toronto, 22-15 in Memphis, and 11-13 in New Orleans.
As news, Steve Novak -- Jazz legend -- is going to miss the rest of the season. At least he's back home hanging out with the Milwaukee Bucks for the next few months at least before he gets traded again.
In other Jazz-ish news, former Jazz lotto pick Kris Humphries seemed to be on the outs.
He was eventually waived though. And the list of players waived recently have been: JaKarr Sampson (PHI), Anderson Varejao (POR), Tim Frazier (POR), Jarnell Stokes (NOP), David Lee (BOS), J.J. Hickson (DEN), Steve Novak (DEN), Andrea Bargnani (BKN), DeJuan Blair (PHX), Chris Copeland (MIL), Jason Thompson (GSW), John Jenkins (DAL), Jared Cunningham (ORL, former Jazz summer league guy), Chris Copeland (ORL), Andre Miller (MIN), Joe Johnson (BKN), Marcus Thornton (HOU), and Kris Humphries (PHX).
A number of these guys are already on other teams (Varejao with Golden State, Lee with Dallas, Novak with Milwaukee, Johnson with Miami). The question is could any of these guys have been a short-term upgrade for our squad? Maybe?
Well, we'll see how Shelvin Mack does against the East, he knows them best.
Speaking of awards (going back to beat #1), the Utah Jazz social media team have really
milked done a great job with the J.P. Gibson story! Congrats!
I wonder if we're all going to see J.P. Gibson grow up with the team, and one day join their marketing department one day. That would be a cool story of a true lifelong fan. Of course, it may be callous to even suggest this, but I am sure there are other young Jazz fans who have cancer that never get the treatment Gibson does. If not cancer, then some other illness or condition which makes their lives difficult. It would be nice to see this happen more often. It means a lot for the children involved.
Best Leo movie?