Jazz players support Joel Bolomboy, SLC Stars on night off

Jazz players support Joel Bolomboy, SLC Stars on night off

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz had a rare night off in their hometown Monday night, so it only makes sense that a bunch of the players spent that time together watching basketball, right?

Half of the Jazz squad, including Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, Boris Diaw, Joe Johnson, Raul Neto, George Hill and Trey Lyles, went to the SLC Stars game to watch teammate Joel Bolomboy and the organization’s D-League squad play at SLCC.

Johnson apparently didn’t get the memo that Jazz guys get in for free. He went to the ticket window and asked to buy the most expensive ticket to attend the game, according to KSL.com’s Andy Larsen. Johnson ended up being seated on the baseline with his teammates.

“We just wanted to go out there and show support,” Lyles said. “This is the first time we were home when they had a game, so we wanted to go watch them.”

Jazz coach Quin Snyder also ended up at the game, a 91-81 loss to the Oklahoma City Blue.

“I took my son up there, too,” Snyder said. “It was fun.”

As a coach, Snyder loved that so many of his players attended the game on a night off after a rough stretch in which the team lost four straight games.

“It says a lot about our group and how connected our group is,” Snyder said. “My hope is that continues and it begins to progress even more on the floor, but that’s a coach looking at something. … It says a lot about Joel that the guys would think to do that and want to come support him.”

Bolomboy, drafted late in the second round out of Weber State, played 41 minutes in this game after having only played in 11 total minutes in the Jazz’s first 15 games. The athletic forward scored nine points with 12 rebounds.

Lyles said the NBA rookie, who was called back up to the Jazz for Tuesday’s practice, said he wasn’t used to playing that much.

Any advice for his first-year teammate?

“For me, I would’ve told him he needed to shoot a little bit more. Nah, he looked good,” Lyles said, smiling. “He’s just getting acquainted with guys who he doesn’t really know because he’s been with us the whole time, just getting acquainted with different players. He looked good. He looked athletic. He was moving well. He was doing what he was supposed to.”

Snyder agreed with that assessment. He added that it’s not easy for a player to come into a situation like that because he hasn’t been practicing with the team and his timing might not be there.

“I think he played hard,” Snyder said of Bolomboy. “I thought he did a good job.”

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Published at Wed, 23 Nov 2016 03:02:00 +0000