Multiple former Utah Jazz players were involved in the EuroLeague Final over the weekend. Also — crazy news regarding the Houston Rockets’ Twitter account.
Much has been said and written about former Utah Jazz players finding success during the NBA Playoffs. Most recently, former Jazzman Jonas Jerebko and the Golden State Warriors officially punched their ticket to the 2019 NBA Finals.
Elsewhere, George Hill is balling out with the Milwaukee Bucks, Rodney Hood and Enes Kanter helped the Portland Trail Blazers get to the Western Conference Finals and Paul Millsap was an integral piece of the Denver Nuggets’ postseason run. But they’re not the only Jazz alums making title pushes.
Over the weekend, CSKA Moscow took on Anadolu Efes Istanbul for the EuroLeague title in a game featuring three players with Jazz ties.
One-time Jazz center Tibor Pleiss and former summer leaguer and camp player Brock Motum both suited up for Anadolu Efes in the game, while big man Joel Bolomboy took the court for CSKA.
In the end, it was Bolomboy’s CSKA squad that took home the trophy, beating the Turkish side 91-83 at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Of the three, Motum had the biggest impact on the game, although he played less than 10 minutes and scored just four points in the contest. Pleiss and Bolomboy, meanwhile, both went scoreless in similarly limited action.
Speaking of Bolomboy, specifically, the fact that he’s part of a championship team in a strong basketball league is a major accomplishment; one that’s more than worthy of praise. In hindsight, though, it’s kind of wild to think back to two years ago when he and Royce O’Neale were duking it out in the preseason for the chance to be Utah’s 12th man.
Since that time, O’Neale has evolved to the point where he’s started several games in the NBA, even in the playoffs, while Bolomboy is a bench player in Russia.
Clearly, Dennis Lindsey made the right call there, in spite of the team’s purported affection for the former Weber State standout.
Houston Rockets Twitter account suspended
Finally, for those of you among the Jazzland masses looking for something to hold over Rockets nation after James Harden and Co. dismantled the Jazz during the teams’ first-round match-up, here’s some fuel for the fires of pettiness.
The Rockets’ social media side was the recipient of a beat-down from Twitter on Monday when their official team account was suspended. The reason — use of copyrighted music, per reports.
This isn’t the first time the Rockets’ Twitter account has come under fire, either. In 2015, the team fired its social media manager following a tweet that alluded to gun violence.
It looks like Rockets Twitter has taken a page out of Harden’s book with regards to bending the rules of play. Now, we can only hope that NBA officials drop a Twitter-like hammer on the Beard for his insane step-back
travel jumper and unnatural shooting motion.