Hey Blake, I know about the Jazz and of course the Pelicans, but someone told me New Orleans once had a professional women's basketball team. What can you tell me about it? Dear reader, The New Orleans Pride women's basketball team was formed soon after the city's professional NBA franchise, the New Orleans Jazz, left the city for Salt Lake City in 1979. The Pride was part of the Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL). The local team was the brainchild of basketball fan Steve Brown, a stockbroker who also won a contest to name the Jazz in 1974. When the Jazz left, Brown convinced one of his clients, Dr. John Simpson, to invest in a women's franchise for the city. Simpson and his wife Claudette
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles is always funny on Twitter like he is on camera, but he's been particularly hilarious over the past few days. Here are the top five jokes Ingles, who is spending the summer in Australia (winter there), cracked on the social media site in the last week, presented without commentary. Just go ahead and laugh. Kyle Kuzma reflects on career at Utah, rookie season with Lakers Speaking of another former Utah Runnin' Ute beside Bogut who has made it in the NBA, Kyle Kuzma last week reflected on his career at Utah and his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers in a short video that was posted on the Pac-12 Network's Twitter account. Other links Which Jazz player are you?
Sun 15 Jul 2018 05.50 EDT First published on Sun 15 Jul 2018 00.41 EDT A recall to the Australian netball squad was the last thing on Renae Ingles' mind when she took a phone call from national coach Lisa Alexander last week. So when Alexander broke the news that she was back in the Diamonds squad for the first time since 2015, Ingles was overcome with emotion. “I actually started crying straight away,” said Ingles after only being picked up mid-season by Super Netball's Melbourne Vixens. “Nine weeks ago, I was sitting on a couch in Salt Lake City, retired from netball.” Ingles returned to Australia following time in the US with her husband, NBA star Joe Ingles, and their young family. She joins
The propellers whirl and the tiny box takes flight. When Tony Bradley wants to unwind, this is how the young Utah Jazz center relaxes. Sometimes he flies over a snow-covered stretch of the Wasatch Mountains, sometimes over the lights and buildings of downtown Salt Lake, the drone's camera capturing spectacular images along the way. “For some reason I like it,” Bradley says. “I just like cool views of things. Different angles. Especially flying high.” Maybe it's no coincidence. Over the past year, the big man has learned the value of the big picture. Bradley was a McDonald's All-American in high school and a standout at the University of North Carolina. But when the 7-foot center from Bartow,
Taking a quick look at 10 of the NBA's most interesting teams as the league's summer begins to cool down.
LAS VEGAS — Training camp isn't slated to begin until sometime in September for the Utah Jazz. But when Jae Crowder glanced to his left and right on the sidelines of Cox Pavilion Sunday, he found himself in the middle of six other teammates for a Utah Jazz-New York Knicks Summer League game. That hasn't been the case at any other point of his professional basketball career. “This the first time I've ever been in Vegas or anywhere in the offseason in July with this many of my teammates,” Crowder told the Deseret News. “It's the first time of my career so it speaks volume of my teammates and what we're about.” Crowder took a break from his offseason training in Miami to enjoy some Sin City Summer
The Jazz are moving on to the second round of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament after a 75-70 win over the Magic late Thursday night. In a game that didn't feature any of the teams' five first-round picks from the last two drafts—2018 No. 21 pick Grayson Allen (rest), 2017 No. 13 pick Donovan Mitchell (present but not playing) and 2017 No. 28 pick Tony Bradley (wrist) for Utah, and 2018 No. 6 Mo Bamba (rest) and 2017 No. 6 pick Jonathan Isaac (rest) for Orlando—the Jazz outscored the Magic 21-10 in the second quarter and then held on for the victory. Diamond Stone started in place of Bradley and double-doubled with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Georges Niang also registered a double-double
The Utah Jazz signed Jairus Lyles, the star of UMBC's historic defeat of Virginia in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the team announced Thursday. Details of the deal have not been released. After going undrafted, Lyles, 23, competed in two games in the Utah Summer League for the Jazz, totaling 14 points in about 31 minutes. He has appeared in one game so far in the Las Vegas Summer League, tallying 11 points, four assists and four rebounds in a 90-85 victory over the New York Knicks. Lyles, a Silver Spring native and former DeMatha standout, devoted three years of his college career to UMBC. With 1,751 points, he was a catalyst to the Retrievers' resurgence as a serious contender, resulting
LAS VEGAS — Oohs and ahhs showered throughout Vivint Arena as members of the Utah Jazz warmed up for their Summer League finale versus Atlanta on July 5. All eyes were on a 6-foot-5, 198-pound Caucasian kid out of Duke. Jazz rookie Grayson Allen delivered a windmill jam, then a through-the-legs slam followed by a non-traditional 360-degree dunk that even prompted Donovan Mitchell, the NBA's reigning slam dunk champ, to jump out of his seat to capture the moment on his phone. “I threw down the first one and I heard the crowd's reaction,” Allen said. “I didn't realize they were all watching, so then the guys were hyping me up a little bit and it gave me a little adrenaline.” Traditionally, white