The Utah Jazz Intra-Team Scrimmage
What could be better than sitting four rows up from the floor at the ESA?
Jazz players all lined up in chairs being interviewed by Craig Bolerjack. Fans got to hear first hand from the players their expectations for the season, how their offseasons went, and what they did on their preseason trip to Europe (there seemed to be some inside joke between Ronnie Price and a few other players about a card game, maybe that they all kept laughing about).
Ronnie Price called out the rookies of the team to do what is now a traditional dance off. The dance off was between the reigning champion Kosta Koufos, Wes Matthews, Goran Suton, and Eric Maynor.
Suton and Maynor were quickly eliminated but Koufos and Matthews had to go two rounds to determine the winner. Kofous won the crowd over with his dancing skills and won the dancing crown.
Check out the Utah Jazz on Twitter for highlights of the dance off.
A new addition to the Jazz's annual scrimmage was the taping of three Jazz Ticket commercials. Fans at the scrimmage were able to participate in doing commercial shots with Jazz players. Great laughs abounded with Jazz players hawking tickets, Jerry Sloan being upstaged by a break dancer, and the Jazz players acting as human billboards.
Make sure to watch the Jazz this year to see the creativity of the Jazz players (they are the creative geniuses who came up with the ideas for the commercials).
Fans were then treated to watch the players warm up, running drills up and down the court. What's more fun then watching D-Will, Boozer, and AK running a break together during the warm-ups?
David Locke, the new radio voice of the Utah Jazz held a Q&A session with the crowd. Questions ranging in degree from what flavor gum does Boozer chew, to where will the Jazz finish in the West were asked by the fans.
Locke feels the Jazz if healthy have the talent to finish as one of the top three teams in the West. Locke commented on how the Jazz finished with 48 wins with all the injuries they had last year squeaking into the playoffs, but with a healthy roster they easily could have won around 56 games.
As if interviews, dance-off, commercial shootings, warm-ups, and drills weren't enough, there was actually a scrimmage held last night. The Blue Team starting five was Williams, Boozer, Memo, AK, and Price. The White Team starting five was Maynor, Brewer, Matthews, Millsap, and Kofous.
The first half was competitive with neither team taking a lead larger than about four. In the second half, Williams was let loose leading the Blue team on a 27-5 run. The final score was 70-46.
The stars of the scrimmage were easily Williams and Price. Williams finished with a game high 14 points. Ronnie Price added 10 points and some high energy defense. If you thought Ronnie looked good in the last game of the season against the Lakers you should just see how he played in the scrimmage!
How much would you be willing to see all of this and have this much interaction with Jazz players...you'd think you'd have to be a high paying season ticket holder.
Well, guess what? It was FREE. The amazing dream night cost fans nothing at all. Thanks, Utah Jazz.
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