Kelby’s takeaways from the Utah Jazz Meet The Team Event.
The Utah Jazz Meet The Team event went off without a hitch Friday evening. The beginning-of-year fan night experience sees small changes in format year to year, but this season’s event was one for the books.
For an overview of the Utah Jazz Meet The Team Event, CLICK HERE.
First Thing’s First – Utah Jazz Meet The Team Event.
First off, I know it’s a bit of a stretch to try and find takeaways from the friggin’ FAN NIGHT, but that’s the kind of thing we do at The Jazz Fan Show.
Without further adieu, my takeaways:
#1 | SO MANY Utah Jazz Fans
I arrived at Vivint Smart Home around 3:30 PM to record some segment for an upcoming episode of The Jazz Fan Show. I miraculously found free street parking next to the steps on the northwest corner of the arena.
As I came around the corner, I was surprised to find a line of people waiting for the doors to open… at 5:00 PM.
Now, I know an hour and a half isn’t actually that long, but this wasn’t for a game. This was a FAN NIGHT.
As the night moved forward, the entire lower bowl of the stadium filled up. To my surprise, the first few rows of the upper bowl were also full.
Thank you everyone who came out tonight! It’s gonna be a fun year! Huge shoutout to my guy Wyatt for dunking the ball today!! pic.twitter.com/J9mlFhduxs
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 29, 2018
We love this team, plain and simple. They work hard, win games and never back down.
But I think a lot of that love lies in how the team interacts with each other. We’re all friends when it comes to our Utah Jazz.
That will never change.
#2 | Still Looking Good in Purple
It was rumored ahead of the Utah Jazz Meet The Team Event that players would be showing off their new Classic Edition Purple uniforms.
Even though I knew the purple was coming, it was still almost overwhelming to see the jerseys in person. I felt it my chest.
It literally gave me chills.
These Classic jerseys tho 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/NWBw2RdmDo
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) September 29, 2018
“We look good in purple,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.
I think all of here at The Jazz Fan Show agree.
#3 | Offseason (of Nothing) Was Good To Us
When Jae Crowder was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Rodney Hood, I have to admit I had my concerns. He just didn’t look good in Cleveland, which was surprising following his time in Boston the previous year.
Again, as happens so often in my life, I was forced to admit I was wrong almost immediately.
After seeing what Jae did during the final stretch of last season, I could see some serious potential.
“Give him an offseason with the Jazz coaching staff and I think he’s gonna make a big improvement,” I’d always say (mostly to people who didn’t want to be talking to me about basketball).
It already looks like that offseason is paying off. Jae is noticeably thinner and moving around better. I can’t wait to see how his role evolves throughout the year.
Derrick Favors also came into camp in even better shape than his already surprising transformation last season. Could it be that chasing kids around the house all summer is better for you than we thought?
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) September 29, 2018
#4 | Taking a Shot In The Dark (Hey-oh)
There were a few things I wanted to see improvement in almost immediately this upcoming season. One of those things was the shooting of one Dante Exum.
Coming off shoulder surgery last season following an injury-plagued career, Dante’s shot looked like the rust may have done permanent damage to those shooting mechanics.
But I’m happy to say he was absolutely lighting it up during the 3-point shooting competition, along with Ricky Rubio, who has improved his shot exponentially since arriving in Utah.
— Maren Baumgartner (@Mare_Bear_Baum) September 29, 2018
Can’t wait to see how Dante improves after an offseason of health.
#5 | Watching Grown Men Dance Badly
I hate this, and that is a MASSIVE understatement.
I literally had to turn my head and pretend it wasn’t happening.
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This gives me no joy.
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