Howard Beck reveals details about Utah Jazz locker room issues
NBA news: Howard Beck reveals details about Utah Jazz locker room issues.
The Utah Jazz are reportedly embroiled in locker room disputes after Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
Beck said on Friday’s show of The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix and Howard Beck. He said (h/t HoopsHype) that “certain tensions” exist within the Jazz locker room. And that they “may be a little worse than we’ve been led to believe”.
With a 34-21 record, the Jazz have won four straight games and sit fourth in the Western Conference. Utah was not very active at the trade deadline. But he won two players in a three-team deal with the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.
Joe Ingles, an injured guard, and Elijah Hughes, a forward, were both released by the Jazz. Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker and forward Juancho Hernangomez each received two second-round picks.
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This provides the Jazz with more depth to complement Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson, who form the core of the team. Mitchell and Gobert are three-time All-Stars for the Jazz, and Gobert is a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
However, since the start of the 2019-20 season, allegations of a rift between Mitchell and Gobert have been circulating. Due to Gobert’s conduct during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Gobert insulted NBA rules on social distancing by touching every microphone and recording equipment in front of him. Just days before he became the first player to test positive for COVID-19.
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Gobert was also “negligent” in the locker room before testing positive, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Interact with other players and their own objects.
Mitchell later tested positive for COVID-19. He said he was unhappy with Gobert during an interview on Good Morning America (h/t ESPN’s Tim MacMahon), saying, “It took me a while to calm down.”
Mitchell and Gobert’s connection has been a source of controversy. The Jazz have not made it past the second round despite making the playoffs in each of the previous five seasons. This may have added to the apparent discontent in Utah.
The Jazz are still a candidate to exit the Western Conference this season. Even if they haven’t reached the milestone yet, especially after a 111-85 win over the second-seeded Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.