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June 26, 1990 | From Associated Press
A three-way NBA deal Monday began with the Washington Bullets trading guard Jeff Malone and a draft pick to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for center Pervis Ellison. The Kings then traded Malone and a draft pick to the Utah Jazz for Bobby Hansen, Eric Leckner and two draft picks. The Kings received a second-round pick in 1991 from the Bullets and the two choices from the Jazz are in Wednesday's draft--the 23rd, a first-rounder, and 49th.
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November 8, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant started walking off the court with about five seconds left, disgusted by the Lakers' effort, turning around only to see that Metta World Peace missed a last-second shot. Then he continued toward the locker room, his jersey pulled up into his clenched teeth as the Lakers lost again, 95-86, this time to Utah on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena. Bryant was still seething as he sat in front of his locker, acknowledging he played with an anger and fire he hadn't displayed in a while.
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June 4, 1998 | MARK HEISLER
OK, now you're underdogs. Those aging monarchs, the Chicago Bulls, who have taken to wondering if anyone loves them, if the world is out to get them, if the press is trying to rush them off the stage, whatever, announced upon arrival they were not only underdogs but had already been, as resident loose cannon Scottie Pippen put it, "written off."
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May 11, 2010 | Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Salt Lake City -- Then he came to Pau Gasol and raised his eyebrows in admiration. Bryant pointed at him, smiled and embraced him for several seconds. The Lakers advanced in no small part because of Bryant and Gasol, their one-two punch knocking back the Utah Jazz for good, 111-96, Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena, the Lakers sweeping the Western Conference semifinals, four games to none. Gasol had 33 points and 14 rebounds, Kobe Bryant had 32 points, and the conference finals begin next Monday against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.
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April 29, 1990 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Stockton is the basketball player Norman Rockwell would have painted: size and style of play the average person can relate to, boyish looks with straight black hair cropped around the ears, married his college sweetheart, bought the house next door to his parents in Spokane, Wash., all within a mile of the important stopping points of his youth. Americana with a behind-the-back dribble. St.
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November 6, 1988
Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone agreed to a new 10-year, $18-million contract, and Jazz guard Bob Hansen signed a 5-year deal that will pay him nearly $3 million. David Checketts, Jazz president and general manager, made the announcement following Friday night's game against the Seattle SuperSonics, which the Jazz lost, 107-94. The 6-foot 9-inch Malone, who signed a 6-year, $6-million contract last fall, worked as his own agent this fall.
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September 24, 1990
Forward Karl Malone has agreed to an eight-year contract with the Utah Jazz, team officials said. Word of the agreement, negotiated personally by Malone with Jazz owner Larry Miller, filtered out of Ruston, La., where Malone was honored Saturday by his alma mater, Louisiana Tech. At a banquet in Ruston attended by Frank Layden, Jazz president, and Coach Jerry Sloan, Layden told the audience that an announcement on Malone's new contract with the club would be made within a week.
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May 10, 1988 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
If that proposed league for short basketball players fails to make a go of it, Utah Jazz guard John Stockton--who stands 6 feet 1/2 inch in his stocking feet, according to his college coach--could be a disproportionate reason. So could Denver's 5-9 Michael Adams, Cleveland's 6-1 Mark Price and, eventually, Washington's 5-3 Muggsy Bogues. Who needs a league exclusively for little guys when the land of the giants--the National Basketball Assn.--is being overrun by Lilliputians of such skills?
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April 16, 1999 | TIM KAWAKAMI and SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
The Utah Jazz have watched the entire Dennis Rodman-Laker soap opera from afar, and just happened to be in L.A., beating the Clippers, when the inevitable finale was announced. Rodman released? Of course, it had to happen that way, said Utah Coach Jerry Sloan, whose team has defeated the Lakers in the playoffs the last two years and faces the Lakers on Saturday in Salt Lake City. "You want to know the truth?
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June 8, 1998 | Associated Press
As if the high score wasn't bad enough, the Bulls also were goofing off on the bench for everyone to see. Michael Jordan and Ron Harper were giggling at the fan limbo contest on the giant scoreboard screen, with Jordan even joining in at one point. Jordan also threw a towel in NBC commentator Ahmad Rashad's face. * The Bulls got a few unexpected--and unwanted--souvenirs from the Delta Center.
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April 25, 2009
Staff writer Mike Bresnahan ties up some loose ends before Lakers' playoff games. Q&A of the day Question: I just saw that the Lakers lost tonight! I just hope they can take the next one. Do you believe Cleveland will make it to the Finals, and if so, can the Lakers take them for a game or two at Cleveland? --Chad Rourk Answer: I'm not even sure the Lakers can take a game or two in Utah. Foul math Andrew Bynum had five fouls in seven minutes of Game 3, which scales out to 34.
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April 25, 2009 | Broderick Turner
The opportunity to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round series, to put the Utah Jazz in a vise grip, was there for the Lakers on Thursday night. Instead, the Jazz turned the playoff tables on the Lakers, putting them in a tenuous position with Game 4 tonight at EnergySolutions Arena. The Lakers lost Thursday because of poor rebounding, because they blew another lead and because Andrew Bynum was in foul trouble and therefore ineffective. The Lakers now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
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April 21, 2009 | Broderick Turner
When a team loses Game 1 of a playoff series the way the Jazz did to the Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center, it usually makes the first adjustment. But don't expect the Jazz to make big scheme changes for Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round series tonight. Utah is what it is, a team that depends on its system. What the Jazz needs is an attitude change. Here's how the Jazz hopes to give itself a better opportunity to win in Game 2 at Staples Center: * Don't fall behind by 22 points.
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April 20, 2009 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
The Lakers actually won a playoff opener on their home court, which Boston, San Antonio, Orlando and alleged up-and-comer Portland couldn't claim. But nobody beyond a briefly optimistic Kobe Bryant seemed enthusiastic about a 113-100 victory Sunday over the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series.
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April 20, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
First-game blues, first-game jitters. Or just call the title of recent Lakers-Jazz opening playoff encounters, same result, next year. Game 1, 2008 conference semifinals: Lakers 109, Jazz 98. Game 1, 2009 first round: Lakers 113, Jazz 100, on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. What's the difference between an 11-point loss and getting hit by a 13-point defeat? Not much. "It is kind of getting repetitive," said Jazz guard Deron Williams, who made four for 14 shots and scored 16 points.
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May 5, 2008 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams is finishing only his third year in the NBA and is in the midst of only his second postseason. Yet his coach, Jerry Sloan, finishing up his 20th season at the helm of the Jazz, defers to Williams, letting him call the shots on the court. "I kind of let him do what he does best," Sloan said. Williams has shouldered a responsibility not assumed by even his most illustrious predecessor, John Stockton, one of the most successful point guards in league history.
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June 8, 1998 | MARK HEISLER
Ten days off that will live forever in infamy in Utah, 10 days when their team sailed off into the blue, like Amelia Earhart. . . . No, the Jazz aren't quite in sync yet. Karl Malone returned with a vengeance Sunday but they lost the rest of the team as emphatically, resulting in a 96-54 rout for the ages at the hands of the Bulls, who went from out on their feet to out in front over the weekend.
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June 6, 1998 | MARK HEISLER
The Jazz defenders might not be bothering Michael Jordan--according to Jordan, anyway--but all those minutes he's playing might be. In Game 1, he played 22 minutes in the first half and scored 20 points but faded in the second half, though he finished with a game-high 33. In Game 2, he played 21 minutes in the first half, then missed 12 of his last 19 shots, though he finished with a game-high 37.
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May 4, 2008 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
If it seems like forever since the Lakers last played, they feel that way too. Their team dinner party at an Italian eatery on Melrose Avenue erupted in joy Friday night after Kobe Bryant was e-mailed a story that he had won the NBA most valuable player award, leading to a degree of jubilation that seemed to follow the team to practice Saturday. After six days without a game, the Lakers are eager to go up against someone other than themselves. They'll play Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals today against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center . . . finally.
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May 14, 2007 | J.A. Adande
There's another coach in this Golden State-Utah series, a guy who's one of the best ever -- and certainly the best who never received a coach-of-the-year award. Golden State's Don Nelson has three of those trophies. He has the praise of his players and the gratitude of NBA fans who were sick of the status quo thanks to a freewheeling style that made stars of castoffs and a mockery of NBA standards. But Nelson doesn't have the lead in this series.
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