Legends Rally to Win 2018-2019 Home Finale

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Legends Rally to Win 2018-2019 Home Finale

“We’ve had multiple guys on assignments from other teams,” MacKinnon added. “Frank Jackson, Kenrich Williams, Gary Trent. They all improved while they were here. From a development standpoint and from a community standpoint, I think we’ve had a tremendous year.”

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Legends March Into New Month With Victory

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Legends March Into New Month With Victory

“I’m just trying to get my rhythm back after two surgeries in a row. It’s tough to get game simulation with your 3’s. I was able to take a couple steps forward after a step back with the surgeries. I’m just trying to get my rhythm back and get my confidence.”

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Legends Finish Home Stand in Style

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Legends Finish Home Stand in Style

“I think this week off is going to be good for us. The last two weeks we’ve had a lot of games. We’ll come back and get right back to what we’ve been doing. Hopefully we can get a string of wins and get into the playoffs.”

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Trent Jr. Continues to Shine with Game-Winner

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Trent Jr. Continues to Shine with Game-Winner

“It was kind of funny, before the play I asked the defender guarding me if he thought I could make it and he said ‘no, you’re not gonna score on me.’ I said alright. It was a little challenge and that always keeps me going.”

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Hornsby, Legends Too Hot for Suns

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Hornsby, Legends Too Hot for Suns

“…You react to the game naturally, the natural offensive flow. Coach Mac has been on me to basically shoot more if I get open opportunities. A lot came tonight. It really is as simple as that.”

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Dominant Second Quarter Helps Legends Top Spurs

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Dominant Second Quarter Helps Legends Top Spurs

“It was amazing, an amazing experience. It was a dream come true. I was nervous when I got in. The whole time I’m thinking I just want to get this moment over so I can get the jitters and the bugs out of my stomach and just play basketball.”

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Legends Kick Off Home Stand With Win

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Legends Kick Off Home Stand With Win

“I just asked them questions like how the coaches and players were. They had nothing but positive things to say about it. I knew it was going to be an easy and smooth transition to come down and play with a great group of guys here.”

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Veteran C.J. Leslie Eyes NBA Debut

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Veteran C.J. Leslie Eyes NBA Debut

“I think you have to enjoy your time where you’re at. Definitely get to know the place, learn the history about where you are and make sure you’re making the best of all your situations…”

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Legends Avenge Playoff Loss With Win Over Rio Grande

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Legends Avenge Playoff Loss With Win Over Rio Grande

“It’s just being consistent. Just do my job, just be a great teammate. Everyone sees that. It’s not always about scoring, especially at this level. At the next level, all you’re gonna be is a role player. So it’s about showing what you can do off the ball and hopefully I can continue doing that.”

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New-Look Legends Win Home Opener

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New-Look Legends Win Home Opener

“I think, as a point guard, it’s your job to know where your teammates like getting the ball, giving it to them when they’re open. Seeing that we have the ball in our hands for so much of the time, I just think they feed off of it.”

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Editorial: Let's not boo Gordon Hayward

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Editorial: Let's not boo Gordon Hayward

As many know, my favorite non-Dirk basketball player is Gordon Hayward. (I don’t really consider Dirk human, more of an entity, leaving Hayward to claim the top spot in my heart.)

He returns to Utah tonight for the first time since leaving the Jazz two summers ago for the Boston Celtics. I desperately wanted him to stay with the Jazz and Jazz fans are totally in their right to boo him for leaving. That's the way sports works.

I would have loved to see him, especially as my favorite player and the lovable dorky nerd gamer he is, buck the current free agent trend and stay with his original team despite the small market.

It didn’t happen. And it was ugly. The leaked decision and the subsequent Players Tribune post made a tricky situation a certifiable mess.

When a big free agent leaves a team, it usually leaves them in an unenviable spot. However. Donavan Mitchell is a STUD. Obviously that is a happy coincidence lining up with Hayward’s flimsy departure, but the Jazz are more than happy with Mitchell and are anything but left high and dry after Hayward exited in free agency.

Added into the Hayward mix is his devastating injury seconds into his career with his new team. It wasn’t just any injury either, but a gruesome one on national TV that could very well have ended his young career right then and there.

The ultimate humbling variable in sports is injuries. Just like in non-athlete, regular human life, health is precious. To an athlete, health is their livelihood. Gordon was forced to miss an entire year of his career and the pain he went through on that night is something I hope you and I never have to experience.

I’ve gotten to meet Hayward a couple times when he came through Dallas. It was brief, short and sweet as most athlete encounters are. He gave me his wristband that he wears during games, with the words “Eyes Up Do The Work” inscribed into it. That was in 2014. I still wear it.

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So let’s not boo Gordon. The Jazz are just fine.

And he’s expecting his third daughter. He desperately wanted a son. Give the guy a break. 

Sincerely yours,

A Jazz fan, but a bigger Gordon Hayward fan

P.S. I’ll throw on my green Jazz Hayward jersey for the game tonight.

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