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Weekly Run: The Salt Lake Tribune's Utah Jazz podcast

Utah Jazz player insights, front-office gossip and game predictions, hosted by The Salt Lake Tribune's award-winning sportswriters.

Jazz wings overview, Donovan Mitchell tweets LeBron v. Trump, how Melo impacts OKC/Jazz, and more

On this week's podcast, Andy Larsen and Tony Jones are joined by a special guest: Tony's 8-year-old daughter. We talk about the Jazz's wings, how Carmelo Anthony's departure impacts the OKC Thunder, Donovan Mitchell's response to Donald Trump's tweet about LeBron James, and of course, whether or not Tony is good at basketball.

August 07, 2018

Breaking down the Jazz's guard rotation

On this week's edition of the Weekly Run, hosts Andy Larsen and Tony Jones talk about the guard rotation. Where do Dante Exum and Royce O'Neale fit in, and how can they improve next season? Can Donovan Mitchell become a top-5 player in the league, and how can he do it? Can Ricky Rubio keep up his second half performance? And what about Alec Burks and Grayson Allen? All of that, plus thoughts on Tristan Thompson allegedly punching Draymond Green.

July 31, 2018

Where the Utah Jazz might end up in the West, KD and CJ, and more

On the first podcast for Andy Larsen at The Salt Lake Tribune, Andy and Tony look at what's different for the Jazz between 2017-18 and 2018-19, the fight between Kevin Durant and CJ McCollum, how the Western Conference might shake out, and talk about Jae Crowder's role with the Jazz next season.

July 26, 2018

Free agency, the Jazz Summer League and humility in the workplace

Tony and Kyle recap the Jazz bringing back Derrick Favors, Dante Exum and Raul Neto in free agency, highlight the best available free agents in 2019, share lessons and observations from Summer League and swap stories of great humility in the workplace.

July 13, 2018

Utah Jazz free agency preview

What will it take to keep Derrick Favors and Dante Exum? What are some Plan-B options? Salt Lake Tribune reporters discuss.

June 28, 2018

The pros and cons of drafting Grayson Allen

The Jazz picked the Duke guard with the 21st pick in the NBA Draft. Can Grayson Allen outrun his reputation? What skills does he bring to Utah?

June 23, 2018

NBA Draft Preview 2018

Who might the Jazz target with the 21st pick in this year's draft? Salt Lake Tribune reporters discuss some possibilities.

June 14, 2018

Craig Bolerjack shares some of his favorite Jazz memories & discusses his duty to fans

Craig Bolerjack has been covering the Utah Jazz since the summer Karl Malone came to town and he has been the team’s television play-by-play voice for 13 seasons.On this episode of the Weekly Run podcast, Bolerjack is kind enough to stop by the studio to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on some of his favorite Jazz memories and a wild 2017-18 season.Grab your headphones, download the episode, and buckle up.The rundown: At 2:15 — Bolerjack has followed the Jazz for KSL and the team since 1985. He talks about some of his favorite memories, and why the current Jazz team gives him hope for the future.At 7:55 — The Jazz’s loss at Atlanta this year was the bottom for the team. At the same time, Bolerjack and his broadcast crew started discussing how best to cover a struggling squad. How does the former news reporter balance objectivity as a team employee?At 12:35 — Bolerjack takes us back to his first play-by-play days during college in Manhattan, Kan., his tips for keeping his voice strong all season, and his game prep.At 19:35 — The broadcaster wanted to hold out judgment on Donovan Mitchell early in the season. He’s definitely among the believers now and says Mitchell has an It-Factor unlike any Jazzman before him.At 23:40 — Bolerjack looks at some of the best storylines from Utah’s playoff run and says he thinks the foundation is in place for something big to happen in Salt Lake City.

May 23, 2018

Offseason mailbag: Will Favors stay? Free agency plans & some early draft pick possibilities

We kick off the Utah Jazz's offseason by answering your questions about Derrick Favors, Dante Exum, Alec Burks, free agency plans and some possible draft picks to watch.

May 10, 2018

The Jazz and Rockets are tied 1-1. Could Game 3 tell us who will go on to win the series?

Kyle relives Donovan Mitchell's put-back dunk and we wonder how real Utah's Game 2 victory really was.

May 04, 2018

After a collapse in OKC, how can the Jazz bounce back in Game 6?

A 25-point lead wasn't enough to close out the series. What needs to change tonight in Game 6? Can anyone slow down Paul George and Russell Westbrook now? How much did officiating hurt the Jazz?

April 27, 2018

After two games, the Jazz and Thunder are tied. We break down Utah's adjustments and Game 2 win.

From Oklahoma City, we break down all the basketball from the Jazz's Game 2 win (and some from the local Oklahoma gym run) with special guest Andy Larsen from KSL.com.— Donovan Mitchell becoming a playoff closer— Derrick Favors playing like a beast— How officiating will influence the series— If Russell Westbrook has fallen into a trap— What it was like to visit Oklahoma City— Tony's deep relationship with his XBox

April 19, 2018

Next stop: Oklahoma City — Previewing Jazz vs. Thunder

The Jazz will open the playoffs on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Can Utah slow down Russell Westbrook? Can Donovan Mitchell get around Paul George? Does OKC have a club like the Moose Lounge? These are the important questions we ask ourselves every day.

April 12, 2018

Why is Ricky Rubio thriving in Utah? And who do the Jazz want in the first round?

— On Jazz legend Shaka Browne— Why is Ricky Rubio thriving in Utah?— Who do the Jazz want in the first round?— Derrick Favors vs. Jae Crowder in crunch time— Thabo Sefolosha's drug suspension— Trey Lyles and 3-hour practices

April 04, 2018

Donovan Mitchell vs. Ben Simmons vs. Internet insanity

On this week's episode:— A tough loss to Boston— Are the Jazz playoff-ready?— That one Gordon Hayward column— Donovan versus Ben versus Internet insanity— Dante Exum's role and free agency value

March 30, 2018

Dante Exum chats about playing pick-up with LeBron and coming back from injury

Jazz point guard Dante Exum recently returned from a major shoulder injury and got back on the court. He talks to us about what happened when he got injured, his recovery process, training with Baron Davis, playing summer pick up with high-profile NBA stars, being an unknown going into the draft, what it's like to be bullied by Joe Ingles and so, so much more. We squeeze a lot into this short one.

March 20, 2018

Danté Exum is back. Now can he help the Jazz with their playoff push?

Danté Exum is ready to make his return to the court. What can we expect from the point guard during the stretch run? Plus we look at the Ricky-Rudy connection, why Tony believes Gobert is the best center in the NBA, and which Western Conference teams will just miss out on the postseason.

March 15, 2018

With Rudy Gobert at full strength, the Jazz look like a playoff team

The Jazz have fought their way back into the playoff picture. FiveThirtyEight gives them a 79 percent chance of making the postseason — and our Tony Jones thinks that number is low.

March 08, 2018

Derrick Favors joins us to talk Jazz basketball and his love of hip-hop

Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz joins Kyle and Tony to talk about his career in the NBA, being a one-and-done at Georgia Tech, being a subject of trade rumors, dealing with injuries and then goes in deep on his favorite rappers.

March 01, 2018

Donovan Mitchell dunks on All-Star stage and the Jazz have a path to the playoffs

With special guest Andy Larsen (of KSL.com), we recap a star-studded All-Star Weekend in which Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell played a huge role. We also look at the upcoming schedule of the Jazz, which looks plenty soft for the run to the playoffs in a very crowded West.

February 23, 2018

The Jazz are the hottest team in the NBA — how did that happen?

The Utah Jazz have won 10 straight games. Ricky Rubio is playing like an All-Star, Royce O'Neale is one of the most important players on the team and Joe Ingles may never miss a shot again. How did this happen? We discuss that, plus what the Jazz have to do during the All-Star Break to make the playoffs, and talking about our favorite Dunk Contest entries.

February 14, 2018

The Jazz ship out Rodney Hood and add Jae Crowder on crazy NBA trade deadline day

With special guest Kareem Copeland from the Associated Press, Kyle and Tony break down a crazy trade deadline day that saw the Jazz swap out one of their best scorers for a gritty defending wing. We also talk about why Derrick Favors and Alec Burks stayed put, the end of the Joe Johnson era, and react to the Cavaliers completely changing their roster.

February 09, 2018

Can Ricky and Rudy help the Jazz turn their season around?

— Give Rubio and Gobert credit for Utah's three-game winning streak, including the Jazz's 30-point beatdown of Golden State— Instant reaction to the Mirotic trade— Can Utah really bring the All-Star game back to Salt Lake City?

February 01, 2018

Donovan Mitchell gets snubbed, Joe Ingles fires shots, and the trade deadline creeps closer.

Salt Lake Tribune reporters discuss Donovan Mitchell's dunk contest snub, Joe Ingles' complaints about media reports, and a new trade rumor or two.

January 25, 2018

At home or on the road, Donovan Mitchell keeps on stealing the show

No matter where the Jazz play, Donovan Mitchell has people talking. On this week's episode, Salt Lake Tribune reporters discuss the rookie's rise, a frustrated Jazz locker room, Thabo Sefolosha's injury and Dante Exum's return to practice.

January 18, 2018

The pros and cons of trading for Nikola Mirotic

With the trade deadline a month away, the rumor mill is starting to heat up. We discuss the latest in the Nikola Mirotic talks, and break down the pros and cons of bringing him to Utah.

January 12, 2018

Is it time for Donovan Mitchell to be the Jazz's starting point guard?

Is it time for Donovan Mitchell to be the Jazz's starting point guard? We break down the pros and cons in this week's episode.

January 02, 2018

Rodney Hood has come alive and helped salvage the Jazz's December

Happy holidays! On this week's podcast:— Gregg Popovich gives Kyle Goon an early Christmas present— Rodney Hood and Jazz fourth-quarter scorers— Chris Paul's role in Donovan Mitchell's path to Utah— A look around the NBA, including thoughts on Kobe's jersey retirement and NBA superstar Michael Beasley

December 22, 2017

Can Donovan Mitchell really win the NBA's rookie of the year award?

Rudy Gobert hasn't looked quite like his old self since returning from injury. Does Donovan Mitchell have a real Rookie of the Year chance? Associated Press reporter Kareem Copeland joins the podcast to talk Jazz basketball, sneakers, and his love for Trey Burke.

December 14, 2017

Donovan Mitchell is taking names and earning respect around the NBA

Donovan Mitchell is taking names and earning respect around the NBA

December 10, 2017

What will happen to Derrick Favors when Rudy Gobert returns?

The Jazz are finding their groove and have won four of their last five games. Derrick Favors is out to prove he's back after a down year. But what will happen once Rudy Gobert is healthy enough to return to the lineup?

November 29, 2017

Sixth Man Rodney Hood, the Jazz's slide continues, Deron Williams seems done with basketball

Salt Lake Tribune reporters Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk discuss the Jazz's rough road trip, Rodney Hood's move to the bench, and what seems to be the end of Deron Williams' NBA career.

November 22, 2017

Rudy Gobert is hurt, and it's time for the Jazz to take stock of their assets

Rudy Gobert is out at least four weeks with a knee injury. Joe Johnson will miss another two weeks because of his wrist. Ricky Rubio is out of sorts, and the Jazz are below .500. Where do they go from here? KSL.com's Andy B. Larsen joins the podcast to discuss.

November 15, 2017

Dealing with Derrick Favors' diminished role

The Jazz have lost three straight, and Derrick Favors' role seems to have only shrunk. Trib reporters Kyle Goon, Tony Jones and Aaron Falk discuss.

November 09, 2017

Bizarro Rick Rubio is here to save the Utah Jazz

We've made jokes about Ricky Rubio's shooting form, but the point guard has scored 20-plus points in three straight games and has been a key piece of the Jazz's offense.

November 03, 2017

Donovan Mitchell, if you're listening, keep shooting.

On this week's podcast, Tribune reporters Tony Jones, Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk look at the Jazz's offensive struggles and debate whether or not Donovan Mitchell is shooting too much.

October 28, 2017

Was the Jazz's come-from-behind win over Denver a microcosm of the season, or just the whole season?

The season has started and ya boys Kyle, Angie and Aaron talk about itMore specifically: The Zone's Angie Treasure joins the podcast to break down Utah's win over the Nuggets, Alec Burks' return to form, Donovan Mitchell's rookie performance and Gordon Hayward's horrific injury.

October 19, 2017

Danté's fall, Donovan's rise, and an interesting trio of games to start the season

Tribune reporters Tony Jones, Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk discuss the Utah Jazz. On this week's episode: Dante Exum's injury and prospects moving forward; Donovan Mitchell's breakout preseason performances; and a preview of the Jazz's first week of games.

October 13, 2017

A way too preseaon-y look at the Jazz's offense, all world-defender Ekpe Udoh

A way too preseaon-y look at the Jazz's offense, all world-defender Ekpe Udoh by The Jazz Weekly Run

October 06, 2017

Can Rodney Hood be the NBA's Most Improved Player?

Can Rodney Hood be the NBA's Most Improved Player?Can Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert play together?Will they?This week's Media Day kicked off the Jazz's preseason training camp, and with it came plenty of questions. Tribune reporters Tony Jones, Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk discuss.

September 28, 2017

Getting back in a training camp groove

Training camp is just around the corner, so it's time to get back in a preseason groove. Trib reporters Tony Jones, Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk discuss Rodney Hood's role and extension talks; Rudy Gobert becoming the face of the franchise; and what the end of the bench could look like.

September 19, 2017

Why Joe Ingles was coming back to Utah "no matter what"

Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Just ask Joe Ingles. The Aussie forward said he spent about $12 on an Uber ride from his hotel in Los Angeles to his free agency meeting with the Utah Jazz. The end result: a four-year contract worth $52 million. Best Uber ride ever, right?On this episode of the TribJazz podcast, Tribune reporters Tony Jones, Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk discuss Ingles’ new contract, which was made official on Tuesday, and why he wanted to come back to Utah no matter what; Kyrie Irving's strange trade demands; and why the Jazz are building a reputation for player development.

July 26, 2017

Afterward: Donovan Mitchell, Summer League hot takes, and life after Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward is gone, so how can the Jazz pick up the pieces? Is Donovan Mitchell for real? Tribune reporters Tony Jones, Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk look at Hayward's exit from Utah and some scoring hot summer league takes in this edition of the podcast.

July 20, 2017

How worried should the Jazz be about Boston's summer plans?

Reports are swirling about Danny Ainge's desire to try to pair Gordon Hayward and Paul George together. How worried should the Jazz be about Boston's summer plans? Salt Lake Tribune reporters Tony Jones, Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk look at free agency, the Jazz's first-round draft pick Donovan Mitchell, and the NBA awards show.

June 27, 2017

NBA Draft preview — Should the Jazz move up? Who is available at 24?

What will the Jazz do in Thursday's NBA draft? Should they move up? Or could they look to package picks and make a splash in the trade market? The Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones, Kyle Goon and Aaron Falk discuss the upcoming week. Plus looking at Utah forward Kyle Kuzma's draft range and Frank Jackson's potential fit with the Jazz.

June 20, 2017

Game 7: Win or go home

KSL.com's Andy B. Larsen joins us LIVE in this prerecorded podcast to discuss Game 7.

April 30, 2017

What do the Utah Jazz need to do to beat the Clippers in Game 3?

Trib reporters Tony Jones and Aaron Falk look at the Jazz's chances in Game 3? Should the hack DeAndre Jordan? And how can Gordon Hayward get going against Luc Mbah a Moute?

April 20, 2017

Gobert falls, Joe Jesus rises: Looking back at Jazz-Clippers Game 1

Joe Johnson saved the Jazz in Game 1. How can they survive without Rudy Gobert? The Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones and Aaron Falk, joined by KSL's Andy Larsen and the Orange County Register's Bill Oram, look at the ins and outs of a suddenly very different playoff series.

April 16, 2017

Previewing Game 1 of Jazz-Clippers

It has been five years since the Utah Jazz’s last trip to the postseason. It hasn’t been quite that long since the last time we got together for a podcast, but Tony and I ended our own drought last night. KSL.com’s Andy Larsen joined us to discuss Game 1 of the Jazz’s first-round series with the Clippers: How much does Gordon Hayward’s free agency decision hinge on Utah’s success? What does this postseason mean for the Clippers, who have several stars headed for free agency this summer. Tony also reveals his NBA award votes (Did Rudy Gobert get his Defensive Player of the Year vote?). Most importantly, TJ also discovered the Pacific Ocean. Thanks for listening in.

April 15, 2017

Quin Snyder On #DanteWatch

Quin Snyder on why he dislikes #DanteWatch

March 03, 2017

Finding peace, slowing point guards, All-Star snubs and midseason awards.

Tribune reporters Tony Jones and Aaron Falk look at the Utah Jazz at the halfway point, including their troubles slowing opposing guards, their own point guard problems, Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert's all-star bids and some midseason NBA awards.

January 18, 2017

And we're back. How the Jazz have survived their injuries, new CBA, keeping Gordon Hayward and more.

Salt Lake Tribune reporters Tony Jones and Aaron Falk discuss the Jazz's rise in the West and how they've managed to survive a brutal stretch of injuries, the new CBA and why the Jazz can keep Gordon Hayward longterm. Plus Draymond Green's motivation, Joe Ingles' 3-point shooting and a very bad Crocodile Dundee impression.

December 16, 2016

TribJazz — Rudy Gobert, the $100-Million Man; Jazz head East; KD vs. Enes vs. Tony

Rudy Gobert just signed new four-year extension. What would you do with $100 million? Will Derrick Favors or George Hill sign extensions next? Is Alec Burks going to be OK? The Knicks look bad. Kevin Durant and Enes Kanter's war of words reminds Tony why Enes stopped talking to him.

November 04, 2016

TribJazz — Life on Mars, Joe Johnson awakens, Derrick Favors' return & Twitter beefs

Boris Diaw would live on Mars, but Tony would not. We discuss Joe Johnson's sleepy preseason and 29-point game in Portland, Derrick Favors' return to practice and Twitter beefs with YG and Damian Lillard.

October 28, 2016

TribJazz — Prepping for Portland and Damian Lillard, GM survey, preseason awards & soup!

The Jazz's season tips off for real this week in Portland. Can the point guards slow Damian Lillard? Plus Tony's thoughts on Lillard's new album, the NBA GM survey and, of course soup. Tony loves soup.

October 21, 2016

TribJazz — Hayward's Busted Finger, Early Worries & Why Tony Always Travels With His XBox

Salt Lake Tribune reporters Aaron Falk and Tony Jones discuss the Utah Jazz, Gordon Hayward's injury, who steps up in his absence, preseason worries and why Tony always brings his XBox on road trips.

October 14, 2016

TribJazz — Breakups, Preseason Observations, Anthem Statements & Trey Burke

The Salt Lake Tribune's Utah Jazz podcast with Aaron Falk and Tony Jones. We start with some failed romance, then look at early preseason games, the Jazz's national anthem statement and Trey Burke in D.C.

October 07, 2016

TribJazz — First week of training camp & expectations for the 2016-17 season

Salt Lake Tribune reporters Aaron Falk and Tony Jones discuss the first week of Utah Jazz training camp, including the expectations for Danté Exum, the plan for a faster offense and Alec Burks' status.

September 29, 2016