Dan Feldman

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Jazz unveil new uniform, court (photos)

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The Jazz aren’t getting just a new logo.

They’re getting a new uniform and court:

The pride uniform is the big addition, and I’ll wait to make a final determination until I see it on players . But I doubt that helps.

The horizontal stripes above the stomach definitely leave potential to make players look pudgy. Plus, the layout crams the number and musical note into too small a space. And sleeves gonna sleeve.

I like the colors, and the blue looks purple enough to give a Mardi Gras vibe with the green and yellow. I don’t know whether the Jazz intended to pay homage to their original city, New Orleans, but this uniform does.

The home, away and alternate uniforms are pretty similar to the previous versions. There are minor striping adjustments, and a basketball on the waistband.

That multi-colored basketball at center court just isn’t iconic enough to stand on its own as the center-court logo. Maybe eventually, but for now, it looks like it’s just missing the rest of the musical note.

Most of all, I love this gif of the logos:

I can’t stop watching.

Report: Trail Blazers, Terry Stotts exploring contract extension

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 11:  Head coach Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts to Ken Mauer during their game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA in on May 11, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Trail Blazers haven’t even picked up Terry Stotts’ team option for next season.

What’s taking them so long?

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:

sources say management and Stotts’ representatives soon will explore a contract extension beyond 2016-17.

Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and Stotts share an agent, so that made it easier for Stotts to trust a deal would come his way – and he has earned a raise.

Stotts finished second in Coach of the Year voting, and he would’ve gotten my first-place vote. He did a masterful job as Portland rebuilt around Damian Lillard on the fly, largely turning over the roster. Stotts instilled tremendous confidence in his players, giving them freedom to operate in a system well designed to create quality shots.

That he did all this without a long-term contract speaks volumes. It gets increasingly difficult for a coach to hold respect from the same players without job security.

Stotts shouldn’t – and probably won’t – have to face that challenge.

Scott Skiles: ‘I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team’

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 22:  Scott Skiles of the Orlando Magic points during the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Amway Center on January 22, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Scott Skiles resigned as Magic coach.

As Orlando guard Evan Fournier said:

Magic release:

Scott Skiles has resigned as head coach of the Orlando Magic, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

β€œAfter much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” said Skiles. β€œTherefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture.”

β€œI sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision,” Skiles continued. β€œThe Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success. I will always be thankful, especially to the DeVos family, for the opportunity.”

β€œWhile we understand it was a challenging season, we reluctantly have accepted Scott’s (Skiles) resignation,” said Hennigan. β€œWe appreciate Scott instilling a culture of accountability and certainly wish him and his family well.”

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Skiles is notoriously headstrong. He’s the type to suddenly resign rather than compromise.

Elfrid Payton lost his starting job for a few games in March. Before reinserting Payton into the starting lineup, Skiles warned, via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

“It’s imperative that we get away from just playing guys regardless of what they do. That’s a terrible mistake, in my opinion. I don’t think that’s how guys develop properly,” Skiles said.

The Magic also traded Tobias Harris and Channing Frye before the deadline essentially for cap space, taking away two of Skiles’ key players. I wouldn’t be surprised if Skiles – who, like most coaches, is focused on winning as quickly as possible – didn’t like those moves, either.

Scott Skiles resigns as Magic coach

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31: Scott Skiles the head coach of the Orlando Magic gives instructions to his team during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 31, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Magic hired Scott Skiles before this season, and he guided Orlando to an underwhelming – though not unexpected – 35-47 record.

Magic:

Um, what?

The Magic’s front office has been notoriously demanding. It was possible to see a season that fell short of the playoffs leaving the brass unsatisfied.

But this comes so far out of left field, I wonder what else is going on here – especially with Skiles resigning, not the team firing him.

Adam Silver leaves Stephen Curry hanging in MVP trophy presentation (video)

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 11:  Adam Silver, the Commissioner of the NBA, gives the MVP Award to Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors before their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Stephen Curry became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.

Apparently, that didn’t earn him a handshake from NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the trophy presentation.

You’re on Riley Curry’s watch list now, Adam.