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Jody Genessy
Jody is a sports writer who covers the Utah Jazz for the Deseret News (yeah, rough life). He also writes about his fitness/health journey and triathlon exploits in his "Losing It!" column. He has been with the paper since 1995, writing about everything from high school and college sports to Olympic hockey, a weight-lifting great-grandma and seeing the back of Britney Spears' hat at the Sundance Film Festival. Genessy's journalism career began at (you guessed) McDonald's in Taylorsville, where he was an assistant manager and the editor-in-chief of the McD Monthly while attending college in the early 1990s. Since then, Genessy turned down an opportunity to attend Hamburger University (true story), became Sports Editor and Sports Information Director at the Salt Lake Community College, landed a gig with the Deseret News, wrote a few thousand stories, won a few national and local awards his poor family still hears about - and completed an Ironman triathlon, to boot. The Herriman resident - and proud Kearns native - is the father of three adorable children and the husband of one smoking-hot wife, Heather. He served an LDS mission in Switzerland and France from 1990-92, so please pardon his French.
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The Utah Jazz small forward is closer to representing the U.S. in a major international competition than he ever has been.
This offseason will be a big one for the Stifle Tower, who wants to build muscle, help France in the Olympics and perhaps ink a long-term deal.
For the second year in a row, the Jazz will host a four-team event in July.
Playoffs will be a goal for Utah, but Jazz coach Quin Snyder said that won't be the only way the team determines whether next season is a success.
The Jazz have 2.5 percent chance of winning a top-three pick in next month's draft lottery.
With the 2015-16 season over, the Utah Jazz players returned home on Thursday to clean out their lockers, talk to the coaches and talk to the media. Here's a look at each player's contract status and outlook on...
The team is disappointed it failed to qualify for the playoffs but proud of the way it reacted to adversity throughout the year.
The Jazz were eliminated by the Houston Rockets earlier in the evening and then suffered a demoralizing loss to the Lakers.
Gordon Hayward circled April 13 on his calendar as soon as he found out the Jazz would be the Lakers' opponent in Kobe Bryant's last game.
It remains possible that the Jazz could be playing for a spot in the playoffs, but they'll at least get to compete in Kobe Bryant's final game.