Duke player — Rodney Hood, not Jabari Parker — goes off in Jazz-Bucks game

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  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 16, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    Keeping all things within context, it was an exciting and entertaining game. And those are the primary reasons we as fans watch basketball.

    What I especially enjoyed was the noticeable improvement in most of those very young players from their first game. They seem to be adjusting and learning quickly. For only playing together a few games, their teamwork seemed ahead of schedule and without being pushed or forced. Very impressive... especially with their defense.

    Though very impressed with Hood's game, it wasn't a big surprise for me. I've watched him enough to know he will have this sort of game fairly regularly. He's a true athlete.
    But what did pleasantly surprise, was the game the big undrafted center from Australia had. 16 points off the bench and with a lot of effort and enthusiasm.

    If he continues as he played last game, he would be a great 7'1" pick-up for the Jazz. And for minimum salary, he would be well worth the money.

    This exceptionally young team has oodles of potential. As such, this will be an exceptionally exciting year for fans. Snyder will end up vying for coach of the year.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    July 15, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    Some talking heads in Chicago are calling Hood "The steal of the draft," even before the last game. Hayward is clearly worth the money.

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    July 15, 2014 4:56 p.m.

    Come on, Gobert is much better than Kareen!

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    July 15, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    Lots of uneducated comments. Gordon just got selected to continue with the national team so somebody who actually knows basketball thinks he has something to contribute. The stats hounds on here who only care about ppg embarrass themselves with their inane anti-Gordon commentary. Gordon is probably still the best player the Jazz have on their roster. He is almost certainly the most likely to become an All-Star and will probably reach that level before any of his current teammates.

    Some Jazz fans have a tendency to drive their analysis to zero or infinity. I was very encouraged by Gobert and Hood and Exum last night but they are still not Kareen, Jordan, and Magic. First, let's see if they can do it multiple games in a row. Then let's see if they can do it against NBA caliber talent. Finally let's see if they can do under pressure in prime time.

  • PacificCreek Puyallup, WA
    July 15, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    I'm a Duke fan and watched a fair number of games. Rodney Hood was the only REALLY athletic player on the court for Duke last year. Jabari Parker is a scorer, but has no interest in playing defense, doesn't seem to explode off the floor for rebounds or dunks and can disappear at times. I think Parker will score a lot of points in the league then again so has Carmelo Anthony. I don't think that Hood is the next Jordan but I think he can play in the league. At the end of the day desire, a killer instinct and work ethic matter almost as much as ability. Jordan had it droves along with incredible athleticism which is why he was such a great athlete. The same could be said of Kobe Bryant. Only the future will tell what Hood has on the inside to make the most of his obvious athleticism.

  • Utah Valley Guy Springville, UT
    July 15, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    Brave Sir Robin, with all due respect, you don't know what you're talking about. Hood is 2" taller and 1 lb. lighter than Michael Jordan. You really think that makes a bigger difference than his desire, attitude, and ability to shoot coupled with his coach's ability to teach the team how to get open shots? If so, you don't know squat about basketball.

    I'm encouraged for the future of the Jazz. Anybody who knew what Hood could do for the Jazz before the draft was watching, like I was, in ecstatic disbelief that he fell to #23. Hood, IMO, has a better chance to be rookie of the year than Exum does - even though Exum's potential is probably much higher than Hoods in the long run. BOTH of them are likely to be major contributors to the Jazz's chances for a championship run sometime during the next four years. After that, it remains to be seen how well the young core grows - as individuals and as a team.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    July 15, 2014 1:05 p.m.


    Do you realize that on multiple occasions--NBA players have been over $20 million per year to not even step on the court? Like Stephon Marbury, for example. I get that you think it's too much but go look at hoopshype website. They have every NBA player's salaries and every team has players that are overpaid.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    July 15, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin:

    I remember the knock on kevin durant was that he didnt have an NBA body either. That turned out just fine. Not that I'm saying Hood is going to be KD, I'm just saying people adjust their game and get bigger as well.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 15, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    I know its just one game and its summer league but WOW. The Jazz actually playing defense... Rudy Gobert blocking shots, dominating the paint, and actually scoring on offense. Perimeter scoring from Rodney Hood. Some actual speed on the guard line. I can get used to this.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    July 15, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    @coleman51 I really hope you are wrong but fear you may be right. Just hope that Hayward stays healthy and performs adequately. He may blossom when he is not the go-to guy.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    July 15, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    Apparently Jody G. has been shown the Jazz draft board. Either that or he's been told who they wanted at certain slots. If the Jazz don't now care, would be nice if Des News published their entire board.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 15, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    Hayward is very tradeable if Hood steals his minutes. His contract is only 4 years. It won't be until year 3 that he becomes expendable. Burke looked great last night. So did Exum. I hope Motum makes the team. He plays hard the entire time on the floor. Not sure how Gobert's game will translate when up against the better players. Burke, Hood and Exum can all contribute in a big way next year. When Burke and Exum play together, people are wide open when they drive to the basket. Defensively, the Jazz will be better but still pretty bad for NBA standards.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    I believe the Jazz organization will one day regret the incredibly stupid Gordon Hayward deal that may end up being the worst deal in NBA history, and even exceeds the bad deals we have had before with Kirilenko and Okur. Rodney Hood already is a better shooter than Hayward and may end up being a better defender. By the end of Hayward's ungodly 63 million dollar contract, we may be seeing a second string player that consumes an enormous amount of the Jazz payroll. No one else in the NBA will want Hayward because of his contract so we will be stuck with him. The Hayward deal insures that the Jazz will be a lottery team for the next four years. Fortunately, we will be able to pick up some good assets in athletic young players which will make the Gordon Hayward deal even more stupid.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin

    Agree Hood doesn't have an NBA body yet, but if you look at his Dad and his older brother, he'll get much stronger as he matures. It's always a rough road for young players to find their place in the league while they develop but I am encouraged by his potential and the fact he can shoot.


    Of course we'd prefer to have Parker but we're talking about the 23rd pick.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    July 15, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    Hood is good...I would still take Parker. Also, I would sign and trade the over paid, over rated AK Hayward.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 15, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    Temper the enthusiasm just a bit - he does not have an NBA body and will struggle to get those shots against real NBA players.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    I enjoyed listening to Bolerjack interview Hood's Dad. It sounds like Rodney was raised by terrific parents who taught their son the important lessons to prepare him for his future. Rodney will make a great addition to the Jazz and our community.

    Looks like the draft Gods were smiling on the Jazz this year.

  • iluvnz Vernal, UT
    July 15, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    CJ who?

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    July 15, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    Very impressive. Seven for nine is great even in warmups. The Jazz could very well have a gem. The new coach is from Duke and now Hood. As Rick said at the end of "Casablanca", this could be the start of a wonderful relationship.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 15, 2014 5:23 a.m.

    Whoa, Rodney...nothing but net!

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 15, 2014 1:01 a.m.

    Hayward who?

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    July 14, 2014 11:38 p.m.

    The stat line also does not show the nature of an athlete that Exum is. He is extremely fast, made some terrific passes and was excellent on the defensive end. This team was fun to watch with Hood, Gobert, Exum Burke, and Company. There are five or six playmakers on the summer league roster. Motum did not look bad either.