The Utah Jazz are a team on the rise. Granted, it is a slow rise. But, it is a rise nonetheless. Whereas some teams like to get a rise out of the media like the Los Angeles Lakers, the Jazz are the polar opposite. The closest they ever come to doing anything crazy as a team is when one of their players does something nutty. For some strange reason in 2014, Trey Burke certainly held down that part of the deal.
Burke did score a season-high 26 points for the Jazz in a win over Minnesota on Tues. Dec. 30 to close out the year, but then he’s done a few other things that make you scratch your head and add him three times to your top 5 sports moments. His mocking of a handicapped man on Twitter immediately comes to mind. So does the mere fact that he, a public figure, would even consider tweeting a picture of his manhood over the Internet, knowing full well it could be re-tweeted. On the other hand, Burke did splash a game-winning buzzer beater against the New York Knicks and so he’s showing signs of shedding his sophomoric stupidity on and off the basketball court.
As for other players, well, Enes Kanter has had his big moments–ask Dion Waiters. Then again, he’s had worse days, such as the one where he threw a temper tantrum after not getting his way and throwing his mouthpiece, spittle and all, into the seats of the Sacramento Kings’ arena. Then he had a brilliant steal against the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night in a Jazz victory, preceding to rumble down the court and float in a layup in the hoop, displaying uncanny athletic ability for a big man even if he might have taken a few too many steps.
Then, there is Gordon Hayward, who had a funny beef going with the King, LeBron James. First, it had to do with some video game and hoax on Hayward’s Web site. Later when the two teams played at EnergySolutions Arena, he burned James and drilled a step-back game-winner against LeBron and the Cavs. Even if the Jazz rarely crack the win column these days, leave it to these youngsters to keep things lively and highly entertaining in the SLC, yo. Here then are your top 5 Utah Jazz sports moments of 2014.
Trey Burke’s dagger in the NYC
Weeks after having his manhood published and re-published and re-published for all the world to see, Burke happened to be doing his job, playing a game in a Jazz uniform. Utah happened to be playing at the New York Knicks at storied Madison Square Garden, making the occasion even more momentous. Also, it was just before Thanksgiving and the Jazz, well, they were in the midst of a holiday road trip back East.
Looking like Macklemore’s long lost brother with his fresh haircut and matching red beard, Gordon Hayward happened to be covered on the inbounds play with two seconds left, tied at 100-100. But Burke wasn’t. Well, he was actually, by J.R. Smith of all people.
But Burke still managed to squeeze off an off-balance jumper from the coffin corner over Smith’s outstretched arms. That it splashed sent people in MSG off to the exits with a few Bronx cheers. Burke fell back into the expensive seats after his fall-away dagger and into the arms of his teammates after his big win. For him though, there was never a doubt. “It looked good as soon as it left my hand,” he said.
Enes Kanter schools Dion Waiters on being Muslim
ISIS and the Islamic State have been in the news recently for a number of reasons. Islam is one of the world’s oldest religions. So why would one guy from the Cleveland Cavaliers create such a furor for choosing not to participate in the national anthem and pray in his own way inside his locker room? Well, that’s what Dion Waiters did, choosing, rather, refusing to stand with the rest of his boys during the Cavs-Jazz game at EnergySolutions Arena.
The game would become legendary for reasons other than this. But, Jazz center Enes Kanter’s priceless response on Twitter along with his religious lesson to Waiters, who is a convert to the religion Kanter’s practiced all his life, became Internet fodder for weeks afterwards. Kanter is also teaching lessons to Blake Griffin, as well as to his own mouth piece.
Trey Burke manhood re-tweeted 100,000 times
Never, ever, ever, EVER make a woman mad. Also, when you send her a photo, make certain that it does not include any view of your uh, um, yeah. And for God sakes, never, ever, ever, ever, EVER send the thing over Twitter! That’s what Burke did and well, he paid dearly. In a moment that he probably thought was romantic and whatnot, Burke fired off a pic of his D to a girl he liked.
But, when he made her mad and they broke up, the girl tweeted his D-pic on her profile, which was re-tweeted 100,000 times. Reactions were mixed, as some saluted Burke. Others, however, weren’t as nice, comparing the pic to a piece of spaghetti. Ouch.
Gordon Hayward burns LeBron … twice
You knew things were about to get a little cray-cray when Hayward’s crack team of Web designers had the bright idea that they would concoct a little hoax on his Web site, gordonhayward20.com. The hoax was brilliant, frankly. Hayward would tell everyone he was the best player in the game. The part people had to wait for was that he was the best player in the game … at a video game called League of Legends.
Of course everyone thought Hayward was saying he was the best basketball player, and so they lost their minds, visiting Hayward’s site millions of times in a matter of hours to complain–causing his Web site to shut down. Then, in the afore-mentioned Jazz-Cavs game with that sticky Dion Waiters-religion pre-game situation, Hayward roared around his pick, which caused LeBron to stumble and fall.
Hayward then stepped back and hit the game-winning jumper to upset LeBron and the Cavs–again. The first time was the charm–the hoax. But, the second time? Maybe Hayward wasn’t talking about video games, after all.
Trey Burke and Shaq mock handicapped man publicly
People can be cruel sometimes. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal saw a picture of a guy making what he presumed was a funny face and so he made one similar to the one he saw and tweeted his side-by-side comparison to his millions of followers. What followed was a classic case of never judging a book by its cover.
The man Shaq mocked suffers from a condition known as ectodermal dysplasia, which “produces abnormalities with the hair, teeth, nails, sweat glands and face … and prevents him from sweating.” But, before Burke could discover any of this useful information, he joined in on mocking 24-year-old Jahmel Binion on Twitter.
Well, for Burke, Shaq and the other famous people (rapper Waka Flocka Flame included) who teased the man, it appears someone else might have the last laugh. Binion, of suburban Detroit, has now filed a civil suit against Burke, Shaq and Flame earlier this year, meaning Burke’s public relations nightmare isn’t over.