I don’t watch the show “Chicago Fire,” but the show’s season six finale will include easter eggs involving the Utah Jazz. Basically, some characters in the episode will supposedly be named in honor of Jazzmen. Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio and others are expected to be represented by a character.
"Chicago Fire" co-creator Derek Haas is a big @utahjazz fan. So he decided to leave Utah fans some "easter eggs" in the show's season finale. Officer Joe Ingles anybody? How about defense attorney Rick Rubio? Read all about it in @chriskamrani's story: https://t.co/kXAppZ60c7 pic.twitter.com/sKfd1zdcAm— Salt Lake Tribune Sports (@sltribsports) May 17, 2018
And because Joe Ingles is Joe Ingles, he had some fun on Twitter.
Officer Joe Ingles ♂️— Joe Ingles (@Joeingles7) May 17, 2018
I will now (im)patiently wait for a video of Ingles yelling about fires.
Speaking of culture and art, some sixth-graders expressed their Jazz fandom in an interesting way.
It’s amazing how much the Jazz have shaped the culture in Utah in such a short amount of time.
The NBA draft is now in the forefront of the calendar for the Jazz so speculations on who Dennis Lindsey will be looking to add to the squad will be rampant.
It’s obviously no guarantee the Jazz will actually keep their first-round pick (Lindsey has not kept a first-round pick he had going into the draft since 2015, when Utah selected Trey Lyles at No. 12), but it’s easier to assume the team will keep the pick and find the best value.
HoopsHabit had a slide-show article that gave five potential options at the No. 21 spot. Just in case you want to avoid the slide-show, I’ll just list off the names of the players.
Zhaire Smith: 6’5” guard, Texas Tech
Hyper athletic guard that looks to be a bit of a project player, but one that has solid basketball instincts to go with his highlight-creating athleticism.
Lonnie Walker IV: 6’5” guard, Miami
HoopsHabit drew a comparison to Dante Exum, specifically with his length. He has some funky shooting mechanics but was able to shoot 34.7 percent from deep in his one year with the Hurricanes.
Keita Bates-Diop: 6’7” forward, Ohio State
Was the Big Ten player of the year thanks, in part, to him averaging 19.8 points per game on 48 percent shooting (35.9 from three). His label as a “tweener” has hurt his value as he’s stuck between being a small forward and power forward.
Landry Shamet: 6’4” guard, Wichita State
Shamet is an absolute sniper from 3-point range with a percentage of 44.2. He also averaged 5.2 assists to complimet his 14.9 points. His major weakness is a lack of NBA athleticism.
Rawle Alkins: 6’5” guard, Arizona
Is a guy with all the NBA tools but has a frustrating record in terms of actually showing his potential, in part due to injuries. He missed the Wildcats’ first nine games due to injury.
On the subject of draft picks, former 55th overall pick Nigel Williams-Goss might be moving up in the EuroLeague world.
After the 2017 Summer League, the former Utah draftee signed with Partizan NIS and, according to Basketball Reference, averaged 17.0 points, 6.7 assists and 1.6 steals in nine games in EuroCup last season. That success has drawn the interest of bigger teams.
Utah Jazz draftee Nigel Williams-Goss, who's having a really strong rookie season with @PartizanBC , has already drawed interest from Euroleague sides for next season. Two Spanish teams that are following him are Valencia and Baskonia, according to a source.— Orazio Cauchi (@paxer89) May 18, 2018
Lastly, Chicago holds on to the player legacy of Jerry Sloan as shown by this display Eric Woodyard saw at the United Center.
A presentation of Hall of Fame @utahjazz coach Jerry Sloan is being displayed at Chicago’s @UnitedCenter dedicated to his legendary basketball career with the @chicagobulls. pic.twitter.com/5MwSlW3BxD— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) May 18, 2018
Most of the NBA will reference Sloan’s exemplary coaching career with the Jazz, but he played an important role in the Bulls’ history as well.