Morning links: Pundits weigh in on BYU-Utah situation; Dwyane Wade calls Alec Burks NBA's 'most underrated' player
Wednesday's news that the Utah men's basketball program has cancelled its game against BYU next season became a national topic on Thursday.
Of particular note, ESPN's 'Pardon the Interruption' hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser discussed it on the show, with both of them agreeing with the Utes' decision.
"I think that this is good," Wilbon said. "I think that (Utah head coach Larry) Krystkowiak is saying 'we'll suspend this thing if you guys can't get your act straight and cleaned up.'"
Added Kornheiser, "I don't think Krystkowiak is doing this for a bad reason. I think I'm OK with it."
Elsewhere, Kami Mattioli of the Sporting News wrote that canceling the game won't bring more peace to the rivalry.
"If Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak wants an armistice in the Utes' "Holy War" against in-state rival BYU, he sure as heck picked the worst way to do it," she wrote.
While not directed at a national audience, a petition was created on change.org by Utahn Jacob Holdaway asking governor Gary Herbert and the Legislature to "remove the authority of the university (sic) of Utah to make any of these decisions."
As of Friday morning, the petition had 43 supporters.
Dwyane Wade calls Jazz's Alec Burks NBA's 'most underrated' player
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was conducting an informal Q&A session with his Twitter followers on Thursday night when the Utah Jazz got brought into the conversation.
Asked by a fan who the most underrated player in the NBA is, Wade nominated Jazz guard Alec Burks.
@DwyaneWade who, in your opinion, do you feel is the most underrated played in the NBA?— Jack (@jackhadidaaa) January 8, 2016
Alec Burks for Utah..he's out right now but he can play https://t.co/Pa2GHXuiF3— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 8, 2016
As Wade mentioned, Burks has been sidelined with an ankle injury since late December, and was expected at the time to miss about six weeks. Burks is averaging 14.3 points per game as Utah's sixth man.
In a fun bit of coincidence, the Jazz and Heat will square off on Saturday night at Vivint Arena.
Fan gets the shaft from StubHub over tickets to Jazz-Lakers game
The Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour this season has produced some emotion-evoking moments, as the Los Angeles Laker guard plays his final season in what has been a Hall-of-Fame career.
This week, one of those emotions was anger, as it was reported that a fan who had tickets to the Jazz-Lakers game on April 13 in Los Angeles, which will likely be Bryant's final game (unless the Lakers make the playoffs, but that's unlikely given that they sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings), got them taken away by StubHub.
As reported by Buzzfeed, Jesse Sandler purchased the tickets before Bryant announced this would be his final season. Ticket prices skyrocketed after the announcement, and StubHub essentially took them back from Sandler.
Check out the saga here.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.
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