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Jazz’s Derrick Favors Talks About Pending Free Agency

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Utah Jazz forward Derrick Ravors has spent the past 7 1/2 seasons playing for the Jazz and now he prepares for free agency and the possibility that he could leave Utah.

“I’ve been there for eight years, so I’m pretty much comfortable with it,” Favors said, in an interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.

“I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve been to a lot of great places. The fan base is incredible. People down South and people in general don’t know much about Salt Lake City, Utah. They think it is just a boring town and they have no desire to go there. But I tell my friends and those who ask me, it is not as bad as you probably think it is. There are things to do there. There are good people there. Good restaurants. Good places to go.

“You just have to find stuff to do with whatever you like. And if you don’t like it, Vegas is not too far. You can catch a flight or drive to Vegas. I treat Utah, especially in the summertime, as my relaxing spot to get away from noise or to get peace of mind. I go to Utah to chill, relax and enjoy the scenery and what Utah has to offer. I am a guy who likes to sit on the patio and enjoy life and quiet time. In the summer, it is beautiful out there with the mountains. I go out there to meditate and enjoy the quiet time because it is not a fast-paced city, fast-energy like New York. You just chill out and relax.”

Favors will have a hard time parting ways with the Jazz, as he states his love of the team, ownership, management, coaching staff and his teammates.

However, Favors knows it’s in his best interest to explore free agency.

“I’m definitely excited about being a free agent for the first time and pretty much getting a chance to control my own destiny,” Favors said. “I’m just trying to find the right situation that makes sense for me as a player. Be in the right spot. Get a chance to showcase my talent. Get a chance to showcase what I can do. I’m just focused on finding the right situation that is the right fit for me.”

As far as the free agency process goes, Favors prefers meetings as opposed to phone conversations with prospective teams.

“I don’t think you get a really good feel over the phone,” Favors said. “I’d rather be face-to-face in a meeting, ask questions and kind of figure stuff out.”

Favors is coming off a season where he averaged 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for a Jazz team that is on the rise in the Western Conference.

“It was a great season for me,” Favors said. “I think I exceeded a lot of expectations in a sense. I know there was a lot of question of how I would come back after the season before being injured a lot and with the way they are playing now basically with [small forward] at [power forward]. People wondered if I could guard the perimeter. I know there was a lot of question on whether me and Rudy could fit offensively. I know I went out and proved a lot of people wrong.

“I didn’t have the best stats because I had to sacrifice a lot. In terms of basketball, I exceeded a lot of expectations.”

While he has love for the team Favors knows that it’s a business.

“I really do enjoy being out there,” Favors said. “I enjoyed all of my teammates. I enjoy the organization, the front office and the coaching staff. I love everything about Utah.

“It is definitely a business. There might be a situation where I do have to leave. It would be tough. But you have to put yourself in the right situation, because the teams are going to do that for themselves, too. You just have to find the right situation.”

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Jazz Thabo Sefolosha Says Injury From NYPD ‘Total Abuse of Power’

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Utah Jazz veteran guard Thabo Sefolosha is speaking out about his experience a few years ago in New York in which he was involved in an altercation with the New York Police Department, which landed him behind bars and with a broken leg that would require surgery and a lengthy recovery.

Sefolosha was allegedly involved in a heated argument with an NYPD officer who was responding to a stabbing incident at popular Manhattan nightclub 1 Oak, something Sefolosha had no involvement with at all but didn’t stop him and the NYPD from colliding.

“It all could have been avoided very easily,” Sefolosha said, according to The Athletic’s Tony Jones. “It was basically a frustrated officer trying to prove a point. He wanted to prove he was the one in power. It was a total abuse of power, in  my opinion. And it was very, very uncalled for.”

Although it’s been a few years, Sefolosha is still angry about what went down.

“It was total B.S.,” Sefolosha said. “They were in the wrong. They violated my rights as a citizen and they violated my rights as a pedestrian. I had to go through a surgery and a rehab because of that. There was no way I was taking a deal. I hadn’t done anything wrong.”

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Jazz Center Rudy Gobert Goes Off On Referees

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Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert has had enough of the officiating in the NBA, and isn’t hiding his opinion on the matter.

Gobert took aim at the officiating during Utah’s loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday night, specifically a call on Gobert with 3.2 seconds remaining in the game as Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade was driving to the basket.

“I just want it to be consistent at one point” Gobert said, according to Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune.

“Every night is the same s—. Every night has been the same s—. If you call something one way, you’ve got to call it the other way. Once they start doing that, I’m going to have a little more respect. I’m just tired of it. Every game is the same. Donovan got pushed harder right before and he’s not Dwyane Wade, it’s fine, but just respect us as competitors, as players. I sacrifice everything to do this job. I’d like to be respected as a basketball player.”

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Jazz star Donovan Mitchell Discusses Early Struggles

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Utah Jazz budding superstar Donovan Mitchell believes that overthinking is the reason that he has had some struggles early on during the 2018-2019 regular season, and believes his recent performance against the Houston Rockets was a turnaround for him this year.

“I was in my head,” Mitchell said of his slow start to the season, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “I didn’t get much sleep.”

“The past few games, I’d been struggling because I’d been kind of pressing the issue,” Mitchell continued. “I came into [Wednesday’s game against Houston] with the mindset of just finding the open guy. That was really my biggest thing. Last year in the playoffs, there were games where I got too deep or too whatever, just kind of not making the right plays. To me, just being able to make the right reads early just allowed me to settle down and relax a little bit.

“I always put pressure on myself, whether it was last year at the beginning of the year or whatever, just to be perfect. Obviously, that’s impossible.”

Mitchell sure bounced back, dropping 38 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists en route to the Jazz’s big win over the Rockets, their 2nd victory of the young season.

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