Utah Jazz: Who’s in the Utah Jazz Breakfast Club?

Utah Jazz: Who's in the Utah Jazz Breakfast Club?

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Utah Jazz fans, are you ready to meet the Breakfast Club?

This isn’t a story about how big a Utah Jazz fan Molly Ringwald is or about Emilio Estevez attending an upcoming Utah Jazz game. My apologies to any 80s movie buffs who were expecting something to do with John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.”

Jazz’s Breakfast Club is a group of players, coaches and staff who sneak into the gym hours before the rest of the team to do some extra work.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jared Butler, Juancho Hernangomez, Xavier Sneed, Udoka Azubuike before he was injured and Trent Forrest before he started getting regular rotational minutes were all among the early risers who call the “Breakfast Club” with members of the coaching and DAV (player development, advanced scouting, video) staff like Irv Roland, Keyon Dooling, Jeff Watkinson, Bryan Bailey and Sanjay Lumpkin.

Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz All-Star guard, is often impressed with the work provided by the Breakfast Club.

“You don’t see it, but every day before shooting… they’re there at 8, 8:30, training hard, sometimes playing 2v2, 3v3, then staying after practice Doing fitness again“, Mitchell said. “Then they come to the gym and train again, then they maybe play in the game.

Mitchell joked that the reason Hernangomez threw a 3-pointer in a recent game is because he had practiced three times that day.

But joking aside, the group that continues to work hard behind the scenes, when there are no promises of playing minutes or a place in the rotation, has earned a reputation for keeping players ready and delivering results. impressive.

The latest sign of the Breakfast Club’s success was the defensive effort of Hernangomez and Alexander-Walker and Alexander-Walker’s flurry of fourth-quarter goals in the Jazz’s win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. But that didn’t mean the job was done as the group knew they would be back at the gym the next day, the first to turn on the lights before the rest of the team were in the building.

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Statistics of the week

Utah Jazz Guard Jordan Clarkson set a new career high Sunday when he scored 45 points off the bench in a win over the Sacramento Kings. Clarkson’s 45 had a 15-of-21 shooting performance, including 7-of-13 from 3-point range and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.


This Week in Jazz History

At March 19, 1997John Stockton of the Utah Jazz recorded a steal in the Jazz’s 113-100 win over the Celtics, becoming the first player in NBA history to record 2,500 career steals.

Bonus points

  • Could Quin Snyder replace Gregg Popovich in San Antonio? (Desert News)
  • Mike Conley told Jordan Clarkson to go score 40 – so Clarkson did (
  • Why Rudy Gay thinks he can still shoot his season with the Jazz (Salt Lake Grandstand)
  • Donovan Mitchell vows to be better in clutch moments after Jazz crashes to Bucks (

around the league

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry sidelined with sprained footshould return for the playoffs.

Former Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson sues the team.

Reports suggest Ben Simmons could make his debut with the Brooklyn Nets before the playoffs.


March 18 | 7 p.m. | Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers | AT&T Sports Net

March 20 | 5:30 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ New York Knicks | AT&T Sports Net

March 21 | 5:30 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Brooklyn Nets | NBA Television

March 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Boston Celtics | AT&T Sports Net

March 25 | 5:00 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Charlotte Hornets | AT&T Sports Net