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Jazz, Derrick Favors Agree To New Deal

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The Utah Jazz have come to terms on a new contract with free agent forward Derrick Favors which will be a two-year, $36M-plus pact, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania.

Favors was likely to return to Utah after drawing little significant interest on the free agent market.

 

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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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