WOW. It has been a long time since we have ran the “Morning Jazz” segment. I think it’s been a couple months. That’s not good. However, I’ve decided to kick it back up again, and hopefully, keep it going throughout the off season.
There isn’t a whole lot of Utah Jazz related news as of right now. The NBA Draft had news everywhere, as well as the first part of free agency. Now, with things winding down, it is a struggle to find anything to talk about. The start of USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas this week, however, gives Jazz fans some things to discuss, as Gordon Hayward is participating, and trying to make the team for the FIBA World Cup.
Day one of the USA camp wrapped up on Monday, with a few names impressing. One of those names was Derrick Rose, who is attempting to come back from a second serious injury. With all eyes on Rose, as well as other big names like Kevin Durant, Paul George, and James Harden, there wasn’t much talk on Hayward during day one action. John Schuuhmann of NBA.com wrote some quick day one notes from USA camp, and the only real mention of Hayward was which lineups he was used in during the day. Hopefully he will impress more throughout the rest of the week.
Another player who is attempting to make the final 12 man roster for USA basketball, is former Jazz man, Paul Millsap. Millsap was added to the roster on Sunday, and is looking to impress as well. One man that was in attendance at the camp, and has ties to both Hayward and Millsap, is new Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote about how Millsap really endorses coach Snyder. Millsap credits coach Snyder for helping develop him into a three point shooter in Atlanta. One of the best quotes in Kragthorpe’s article from Millsap states;
I don’t think people realize how intelligent he is. His basketball I.Q. is on a different level. He’s helped me a lot on my game. We’re going to miss him big time. [The Jazz] got something special. ~ Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks forward
Continuing with the World Cup conversation, it was announced on Monday afternoon that the Australian National team had trimmed it’s roster down to it’s final 12 players. One of the biggest names on that final roster for Australia, was Utah Jazz rookie, Dante Exum. Jazz fans will be keeping a close eye on the World Cup action, and want to see how Exum will compete against some of the World’s best basketball talent, on one of the World’s biggest basketball stages.
If you do happen to be looking for other Jazz reads, besides talk about the World Cup, Clint Petersen here at Purple and Blues, writes some great off season articles. The latest from Clint takes a deeper look at some of the young core Jazz players from last season. There were a lot of games where the Jazz were blown out, however, there were quite a few minutes that the Jazz played in the clutch. Clint asks the question, how clutch are the Utah Jazz? The answer may surprise some people, considering how poor the Jazz’s record was last year, but the numbers pointed out cannot be argued.
Day two of USA Basketball camp begins on Tuesday, and more news about how players are doing will more than likely break by afternoon. In the meantime, if you missed any of the action from day one, you can recap the day in picture form, and a few videos.