On a night where NBA players are being celebrated for their performances over the past season, PJ Tucker decided it was the perfect time to start a completely ridiculous beef with Rudy Gobert. PJ Tucker posted on his IG Story the following picture while Rudy Gobert won his second straight Defensive Player of the Year trophy. Yeah, PJ Tucker decided to wear toxic masculinity to an NBA Awards Show. What a guy. In case you're wondering what PJ Tucker is referring to, it's when Rudy Gobert cried when not being selected to the NBA All-Star game. The good news is Rudy Gobert gets to return to Utah with a second DPOY award and a new point guard while PJ Tucker gets to go watch the Houston Rockets implode
The MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player and Sixth Man of the Year awards were all handed out at the NBA Awards on Monday.
The Washington Wizards guard is among 10 nominees for the Community Assist Award.
Rudy Gobert has successfully defended his title. But what else would you expect? The Utah Jazz center is keeping the title of the NBA's best defensive player, winning the league's Defensive Player of the Year Award for a second consecutive season. Gobert collected the trophy Monday night at the NBA Awards Show in Los Angeles, beating out Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Oklahoma City's Paul George for the honor. “It's all my teammates,” Gobert said as he accepted the award. “I say this all the time, but it's a team game. When you have guys that bring it every night, come every day with the same focus and compete like we do, it's inspirational. From the coaching staff, Quin, who is just a
Like the rest of the world, Mike Conley couldn't escape the NBA trade rumors and speculation floating around social media for the past few months. “I was actually traveling to my mom's house in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and got off the plane and found out I had got traded,” Conley told NBA TV Monday on the red carpet ahead of the 2019 NBA Awards. Conley was traded from Memphis to Utah in exchange for Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, Grayson Allen and two first-round picks on Wednesday, June 19. The deal won't become official until July 6, but Conley has wasted no time showing his excitement for a new setting through multiple social media posts — including one via Twitter where he accidentally referred to “the city of Utah,” which he later corrected.
Rising Thai talent Jazz Janewattananond blew a substantial lead on the back nine but still held on to win the Korea Open by a single stroke from local Hwang Inn-choon at Cheonan on Sunday. Jazz had started the day with a two-shot cushion and three birdies on a flawless front nine gave him a five-shot lead at one stage. Hwang, up ahead, failed to capitalize, however, as he fluffed a short par-putt at the 13th but Jazz lost the extra shot again with a bogey after another three-putt on the 14th green.
Two hot hitters had their managers reconsidering their projected Sunday lineups on the eve of the series finale between the Tampa Bay Rays and host Oakland Athletics. Oakland's Matt Chapman and Tampa Bay's Ji-Man Choi both homered Saturday, before Chapman's RBI double in the seventh inning proved to be the difference-maker as they A's won 4-2. The A's will go for three of four in the series, after taking two of three at Tampa Bay last week, when left-hander Brett Anderson (7-4, 3.68 ERA) opposes Rays right-handed opener Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.53) and long-innings replacement lefty Ryan Yarbrough (5-3, 5.26) in the final head-to-head meeting of the clubs during the regular season. A's manager Bob
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — As soon as the 2017-18 season ended, the frequent flier miles began to rack up for Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto. Two weeks were spent in his home country of Brazil, then he was in Europe for another three weeks before returning to the United States of America before his fourth NBA season. Although the traveling never affected his offseason training regimen, his body paid the price for the constant movement. Even before Utah's 2018-19 training camp started in September, he suffered a right hamstring injury. From then on, it seemed to be a snowball effect as the injuries continued to mount after sitting those first 16 games with right thigh soreness, a left groin strain, left
The clock is ticking down toward the start of the 2019 NBA Draft, and with just over 24 hours until Zion Williamson walks across the stage, the rumor mill is in full swing. We have a pretty good idea how the top of the draft is going to shake out, but the fireworks could begin as early as the No. 3 or No. 4 pick. Outside of the draft, the NBA offseason has already begun in earnest, headlined by a pair of trades and a boatload of free agency scuttlebutt – and we're still 11 days away from the arrival of the actual chaos. Here's a quick roundup of what you need to know as the draft approaches: The Grizzlies and Jazz agreed to terms Wednesday morning on a deal that will send Mike Conley to Utah
The Utah Jazz won 50 or more games for the second time in three seasons this year. Unfortunately, they were eliminated in the playoffs — again — by the Houston Rockets, in five games. Every so often an NBA team is on the verge of meaningful contention, but has that one team it struggles to get past. It appears the Rockets are that team for the Jazz. How does Utah move forward to beat Houston and other teams in the postseason? First, they have their three best players under team control for at least the next two years. Center Rudy Gobert and forward Joe Ingles have two years remaining on contracts they re-signed with the Jazz, and guard Donovan Mitchell has two years remaining on his rookie scale
The Memphis Grizzlies have a new coach in Taylor Jenkins and are taking another step toward ushering a new era. Memphis is trading longtime point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz, according to Conley's Twitter account. League sources confirmed the package includes the No. 23 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The Grizzlies also hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Here are five players Memphis could add with an additional first-round draft pick. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech Year: Sophomore Position: Guard Height: 6-5 Weight: 204 pounds 2018-19 averages: 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists Alexander-Walker projects as a combo guard who could play off the ball or take on
Santa Monica, Calif. • Rudy Gobert stood tall atop a Santa Monica, California, stage with the entire NBA community looking up at him. Not that that's an unusual situation for the 7-foot Frenchman, though. For the second consecutive year, Gobert eclipsed the rest of the competition on his way to being recognized as the league's best defensive player on Monday night at the annual NBA Awards. Gobert is the second Jazzman to have won the award at least twice, along with Mark Eaton, who did so in 1988-89 and 1984-85, and the 10th player in NBA history to have multiple Defensive Player of the Year trophies. “It means a lot. I never thought I would be able to do that when I started basketball, you know,
NBA draft hopeful Bol Bol showed up to Thursday night's festivities rocking a Spider-themed suit, which caught the eyes of many draft night attendees. He also certainly caught the attention of Utah Jazz sophomore star Donovan Mitchell, who had something to say about the suit on Twitter. Of course, everyone knows that Mitchell has taken ownership of the nickname “The Spida.” Surely, he won't allow a 19-year old rookie to steal that from him. Bol has to earn another moniker, similar to what Mitchell did in his impressive rookie season back in the 2017-18 season. Many projected Bol, a 7-foot-2, 208-lb. center, to go in the first round. Some even thought that he was worthy of a top 10 selection.