Mike Sorensen: Utah Jazz: At least pick didn’t get booed

first_img Related All of a sudden we have a little bit of everything going on in the world of sports …It’s probably a good thing the Jazz didn’t invite the fans for draft night at the EnergySolutions Arena like they have in the past. The reaction to the pick of Kosta Koufos would likely have been similar to the reaction at Madison Square Garden when the Knicks chose Italian Danilo Gallinari. Which was similar to the one at my house by my Jazz-fan son when the Jazz chose Koufos …There’s something about unknown big guys with funny names that makes fans wary. Sometimes they work out (Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobli) and sometimes they don’t (Darko Milicic, Niciloz Tskitishvili, Oleksiy Pecherov, Greg Ostertag) …The Jazz brass certainly were excited to get a player projected to be picked as high as 13 or 14 at No. 23. However, the simple fact is, Koufos fell to 23 for a reason or else a bunch of teams would have taken him. You can’t say the Jazz got a lottery player. He’s still a No. 23 pick …I’m not saying Koufos won’t be a good player. He’s been compared favorably by some to Mehmet Okur, so perhaps he can take the Turk’s place in four or five years. By then he’ll only be 23 or 24 …Good for BYU’s Trent Plaisted to get drafted after a lot of folks thought he wouldn’t. I’ll still be surprised if he sticks on Detroit’s roster, but then again I’m still surprised former BYU center Greg Kite lasted for 12 seasons in the NBA …Speaking of Kite, did you know he started 225 games during his career, including all 82 in 1990-91 with Orlando? At least Plaisted is a slightly better free-throw shooter than Kite, who shot an abysmal 48.6 percent from the foul line in his NBA career …Once again, no American male players made it to the second week of Wimbledon. This year was one of the worst ever, however, with only one American male player making it as far as the third round, the worst U.S. showing since 1926. With Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova both eliminated last week, the Williams sisters are on a collision course for the finals, unless they start playing like the American men …How about former Salt Lake pitcher Jered Weaver becoming just the fifth pitcher in Major League history to be the losing pitcher in a no-hitter pitched by his own team. Weaver pitched the first six innings of the Angels 1-0 loss to the Dodgers Friday, but his error contributed to L.A.’s only run in the fifth inning …Just when local fans were getting excited about the Blaze, they go and blow a lead and lose a playoff game at home. While it was disappointing, give Danny White and the Blaze credit for recovering from that awful 0-9 start all the way to hosting a first-round playoff game …Just when local fans are getting excited about Real Salt Lake after five straight games without a loss, the team goes and loses in the worst possible way — an own-goal in the 89th minute to one of the league’s worst teams. At least RSL still has more than three months left on its schedule, unlike the Blaze, who are done for the year …Not that an American has to win the U.S. Women’s Open, but it was too bad to see Stacy Lewis fade badly Sunday with a 78. The winner, in case you didn’t see, was 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park, not to be confused with Angela Park, a 19-year-old Brazilian-born 19-year-old of Korean descent, who lives in California. She finished in a tie for third place with Lewis and In-Kyung Kim, not to be confused with Mi Hyun Kim, who finished in a tie for sixth, and Song-Hee Kim, who tied for 24th …Who’s the best player on the PGA Tour now that Tiger Woods is out for the season? It’s got to be 47-year-old Kenny Perry, who won for the second time this year at the Buick Open and moved into third place on the FedEx points list. Kenny Perry? Yikes … Finally, for all you diehard college football fans, the season begins exactly two months from today for BYU, Utah and Utah State (Weber State starts two days earlier), with training camps a little more than a month away. Utah Jazz notes: Williams making himself at home in Utah — all yearcenter_img E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

NBA: Zach LaVine declines 2017 slam dunk contest invite—report

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Zach LaVine. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)Looks like defending two-time NBA slam-dunk champion Zach LaVine will not be looking for a three-peat after all.NBA fans have been salivating over a potential high-flying rematch between NBA studs LaVine and Aaron Gordon, who both captivated audiences with a gravity-defying showdown during last year’s Sprite Slam Dunk competition.ADVERTISEMENT But according to Michael Scotto of Baskeball Insiders, the do-over will not materialize, as the Minnesota Timberwolves guard has declined to defend his title and will forego this year’s festivities.Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine won’t compete in the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, sources told Basketball Insiders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 25, 2017 LaVine’s refusal is a letdown for most fans, especially since many believed Gordon was robbed of the victory last year and deserves another shot versus the supremely athletic 21-year-old.Last year, Gordon displayed never-before seen throw downs, capped off by a ridiculous under-the-legs, over-the-mascot dunk which many believed was enough to secure the title.LaVine, however, dazzled with an equally impressive array of 360 and windmill dunks from the charity stripe, which pundits found to be repetitive and eerily similar to one of Gordon’s dunks.Regardless, LaVine came out the victor in one of the best aerial showdowns the league has had in the history of its highly anticipated slam dunk competition.Still, fans will have something to look forward to as the Orlando Magic leaper has confirmed his participation, despite LaVine’s decision to pull out.ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taalcenter_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards MOST READ With Pingris’ guidance, Maliksi strives to play better defense Meanwhile, both the high-flying youngsters are currently enjoying their best seasons in their young careers, with LaVine averaging 19.2 points while shooting over 40 percent from the field. Gordon, on the other hand, logs in 11.6 points per game, and has become one of the go-to guys of the young Magic team.The NBA has yet to announce this year’s official slam dunk participants, but earlier reports have indicated San Antonio leaper Jonathan Simmons and Boston Celtics rookie Jayden Brown as possible contestants.Even contest veterans and former champions Gerald Green and Vince Carter have teased their possible compliance.READ: Vince Carter on joining slam dunk contest: It’s possiblePrior to LaVine’s participation in the 2014-15 season, the dunk contest has been marred by poor showings, but last year’s madness has indeed made it a must-see show once more.Check out the highlights of last year’s LaVine-Gordon duel below. Khristian Ibarrola Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more