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With the Utah Jazz in Minnesota on Friday, all eyes were on Rudy Gobert since it was the first time he had faced his former team since this profession of which he was the centerpiece.
But Friday’s game was also a comeback for outgoing players who landed with the Jazz. Two of those players, Jarred Vanderbilt and Malik Beasley, were traded from Denver to Minnesota during the 2019-20 season.
When Vanderbilt talks about his move to Utah, he can’t help but compare it to what was going on with the rebuilding Minnesota team when he was traded there, and even to Denver before that.
The Timberwolves won just 19 games in his first season with the team, then just 23 games in the 2020-21 season before returning to the playoffs last year.
“It’s a great organization, great staff, the team has been good,” Vanderbilt said of the Jazz. “I’m just trying to bring those same qualities and we’re pretty much in the same boat, trying to rebuild and establish a culture and create winning habits…we’ve been on three programs that before we got there happen, weren’t playoff teams competing.
“We ended up helping to be part of the rebuilds and part of the evolution of the culture. It’s not new to us. »
It’s a good reminder for Jazz fans that even through a rebuild, players can become legitimate players in the NBA, and that everyone who contributes to a rebuilding team understands the weight of the situation.
“I was there and I was able to grow and carve out my role and my niche in this league,” Vanderbilt said. “To be involved in helping change cultures and taking a team that was at the bottom of the league and making them a playoff team is always great.”
There’s value in having players like Vanderbilt and Beasley, who are familiar with rebuilds, in a team that faces so much new. And, it’s never easy to predict who might end up being part of the future, once the team hits the road to rebuilding.
This time around, Vanderbilt and Beasley could be there to see the fruits of their labor.
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In a game against the New Orleans Jazz on October 22, 1976, twin brothers Tom and Dick Van Arsdale played together in a game for the Phoenix Suns, becoming the first pair of twins to play for the same NBA club. The Suns ended up losing the game, 111-98, to the Jazz.
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This week, the crew reacts to the players who have been canceled and takes a look at the finalized 2022-23 Utah Jazz roster.
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- How to face the 2022-23 season as a jazz fan during a rebuild (Deseret News)
- ‘It’s called patience’: How the Jazz approach the 2022-23 season (Deseret News)
- Jazz players want to prove they’re not into tanking (Salt Lake Tribune)
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October 21 | 6:00 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Minnesota Timberwolves | AT&T Sports Net
October 23 | 5:00 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ New Orleans Pelicans | AT&T Sports Net
October 24 | 6:00 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Houston Rockets | AT&T Sports Net
October 26 | 7 p.m. | Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets | AT&T Sports Net
October 28 | 7 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets | AT&T Sports Net