Jazz facing new ownership structure as Greg Miller resigns


Larry Miller bought the Jazz in 1985 and owned the team until dying in 2009.

The franchise has remained in his family with his widow, Gail Miller, owning it.  Son Greg Miller is CEO and holds the team’s vote on the NBA Board of Governors. Another son, Steve Miller, is next in command as president.

But a shakeup looms.

Mike Sorensen of the Deseret News:

Greg Miller, the CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, including the Utah Jazz, will step down after seven years to pursue personal interests.

The Deseret News has obtained a copy of the press release announcing the decision. It says Gail Miller, the owner of the LHM group, would transition the Group to a new corporate structure, which will include an outside board of directors.

Besides Greg’s departure, Steve Miller has also chosen to step down from his role as president of Miller Sports Properties to assist in other areas of the family’s interests, according to the press release

What this means for the Jazz: For now, uncertainty. A new ownership structure could take a variety of forms, and it’ll be a while until we know how that affects the team.

At least Utah faces this transition with no key contract decisions looming. Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Dante Exum, Alec Burks, Trey Burke, Rodney Hood and Rudy Gobert (perhaps the Jazz’s most promising piece) are all locked up for at least the next two seasons.

Undrafted Langston Galloway making mark with Knicks, has sights set even higher


BOSTON – Langston Galloway considered returning home to his native Louisiana during the All-Star break, but he figured he wouldn’t have enough time to properly visit with everyone in his large and supportive family.

Besides, he had an opportunity of a lifetime in New York.

The Knicks rookie leaned on teammates to secure tickets to All-Star festivities in Madison Square Garden and Barclays Centers. In a highlight of his young NBA career, Galloway watched three days of events, particularly enjoying the actual game Sunday.

“Just looking at it as, hey, maybe one day I can get there,” Galloway said.

Galloway was on hand for the Rising Stars Challenge, too. Asked about the possibility of making that game next season, he lights up.

“Definitely, yeah,” Galloway said. “Shooting for anything and everything possible.”

At this point, anything and everything seems possible for the 23-year-old.

Despite going undrafted, Galloway ranks third among rookies in points per game (11.0) behind only No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins (15.9) and No. 2 pick Jabari Parker (12.3).

Galloway didn’t get called up from the D-League until January, but he has quickly shown:

A clutch streak, making 6-of-9 3-pointers in the final five minutes of a five-point game, including these:

An opportunistic sense for making thrilling plays:

“He just showed a level of composure and poise for a first-year player that was pretty special,”  Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “Didn’t seem to get sped up by competition. Even sometimes the guy’s better than him, he still seems to play at a pace that’s comfortable for him. He’s not afraid to take and make shots when he’s open. Doesn’t pass up on opportunities. And he’s not afraid to guard any guy out there.”

Galloway, who has started 20 of his 24 games with the Knicks, has a real shot at making an All-Rookie team. If he does, he’d become just the 11th undrafted player to do so* and just fourth to do it in the season immediately after going undrafted.**

*Gary Neal, Jamario Moon, Walter Herrmann, Jorge Garbajosa, Marquis Daniels, Udonis Haslem, J.R. Bremer, Chucky Atkins, Matt Maloney, Larry Stewart

**Daniels, Bremer, Stewart

Galloway’s chances are certainly helped by playing in New York. His success in league’s largest market has already boosted his profile.

But how good is Galloway actually?

The main reason he has an All-Rookie chance despite playing a max of 45 games is the underwhelming output – due to injury or otherwise – of this draft class.

And the Knicks have been starved for a young player of his caliber. Sure, his 11 points per game are nice, but they’re hardly historic – at least for teams outside New York.

Channing Frye, the No. 8 pick in 2005, is the only Knicks rookie to average so many points per game in the previous 25 years. Just the Jazz (Trey Burke) and Pacers (nobody) have had so few rookies hit that mark in that span.


Galloway gets his points in a variety of ways, which is a bit surprising. He shot 39.2, 46.6, 39.4 and 44.7 percent on 3-pointers in four seasons at Saint Joseph’s. Outside shooting appeared to be his only NBA-caliber skill, but Galloway also gets into the lane consistently, and he rebounds well for a guard. It’s hardly a strength yet, but the 6-foot-2 Galloway has also improved as a point guard after primarily playing off guard in college.

If you want to extend it further, he plays with an infectious joy on a team headed for its worst record in franchise history.

“Just going out there each day and having fun, that’s the main thing,” Galloway said. “It’s not a job to me. It’s just like out there having fun like I’ve been playing since I’ve been four years old.”

Not every day of this journey has been fun, though.

Galloway recalls the disappointment of draft night, hearing 60 names – though not his own – called. He took the following day off, his first relaxing day in months. Since Saint Joseph’s lost to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament, Galloway had been working out daily to prepare for the draft.

On June 27, he just laid in bed and played video games.

“You’d rather be going to another city or wherever you’re playing at,” Galloway said. “But at the same time, just to spend time with my family, they definitely helped me get through that whole day off and then moved onto the next day to start getting back in the gym.”

The Knicks signed him for training camp, waived him and assigned him to their D-League affiliate in Westchester. When New York signed him to an NBA contract, Galloway was ready thanks to his parents.

“They’ve always told me never be scared of anything,” Galloway said. “And just my confidence in myself, knowing I can go out there and compete against anybody in this world.”

It’s a message his extended family, including his uncles, has reinforced.

Appreciative, Galloway is looking forwarding to doing this summer what he didn’t have time to do during the All-Star break – going home and celebrating his success with everyone.

“Eat some crawfish and some bad food that people wouldn’t understand around here,” Galloway said. “But just catch up and eat some Cajun food.”

Report: Thunder discussing trading for Enes Kanter rather than Brook Lopez


Will the Thunder trade Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones and Kendrick Perkins for Brook Lopez?

Not so fast.

Enes Kanter, who wants out of Utah, could be headed to Oklahoma City instead.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:

Kanter could make a little more sense for the Thunder. He’s younger and cheaper than Lopez, and he shouldn’t require Oklahoma City to surrender as much. As the Thunder are headed toward paying the luxury tax, cost could be a prime factor.

It’s not clear whether Jackson would go to the Jazz, but they already have Dante Exum and Trey Burke. This could just be about improving an asset.

Patrick Beverley replacing John Wall in skills challenge


People took too long to appreciate how skilled John Wall is.

So, he became even more polished.

Now, just as Wall is getting recognized for more than just his athleticism, he’s missing a chance to dazzle everyone with his all-around talent.

Wall – originally slated to compete in the skills challenge during All-Star Saturday night – won’t compete in the event, and Patrick Beverley will take his place.

Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:


Beverley is certainly not the contender Wall was to win the skills challenge. The Rockets point guard is strong defensively – not a factor of this event – and limited in his playmaking opportunities both because he plays with James Harden and because Houston knew he’d be better off in a limited role.

Isaiah Thomas, Michael Carter-Williams, Jeff Teague, Trey Burke, Brandon Knight, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are still scheduled to compete. Beverley will face Thomas in the first round:


John Wall, Kyle Lowry highlight lineup for All-Star weekend’s Skills Challenge


In the past, the Skills Challenge event that takes place on All-Star Saturday night had players going through the course one at a time, with those who completed it the fastest advancing to the later rounds.

This year, the format has changed slightly — not only will we have two players running the course at the same time, but there’s a bracket system in place, as well as a three-point shot at the end of the course that should make things extremely interesting.

The list of participants is as follows:

Participant, Team                                                              Pos.        Ht.      Wt.

Trey Burke, Utah Jazz                                                        G             6-1      185

Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls                                             G/F         6-7      220

Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers                 G             6-6      190

Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks                                 G             6-3      189

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors                                           G             6-0      205

Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks                                             G             6-2      181

Isaiah Thomas, Phoenix Suns                                          G             5-9      185

John Wall, Washington Wizards                                       G             6-4      195

And here’s the bracket of the how the matchups will shake out:


Last season featured a team format, where Trey Burke and Damian Lillard took home the title for the West.