Utah Jazz: Walker Kessler’s Hilarious Story With Football

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The 2022 World Cup begins on Sunday morning with host country Qatar and Ecuador. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to discuss which Utah Jazz players are big football fans and what their experience of the game is. Current, right?

But then Walker Kessler came into the room and everything he said needs to be shared with jazz fans.

Kessler said he’ll likely catch some of the World Cup action, but learned early on that he wasn’t destined to be a footballer.

“My foot-eye coordination is not good,” he said. “I played soccer for a year. My mom let me play soccer in seventh grade because she said I took basketball a little too seriously back then. And what position do you think I played in?”

With such a length? It has to be Go Goalie, right?

“Right.” said Kessler. “Had played goalkeeper and didn’t use my feet at all.”

But was he good?

“You know, there was a game where I had 37 saves,” Kessler says, with a pause that has reporters gasp and jaws drop. “We lost 0:10.”

The interview room at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus erupted in laughter. A game with 37 saves is crazy, but a game with 47 shots on target is too.

Kessler laughed with everyone else, knowing how crazy the whole thing sounded. He admitted his team wasn’t the best. So what does the wondrous goalkeeper, who has made an incredible number of saves, say about his team?

“I’m a competitive person, but I don’t know any of the terms,” ​​says Kessler, still laughing. “So I’m just like, ‘You all need to play a better defense! I’m getting killed out there.’”

As if the situation wasn’t bad enough, Kessler described a play where he was completely out of position.

“There was a game where we had a corner kick,” he said. “I sprinted down to try and get a header. Missed it completely. And then I had to hit like the ball. I had a race with one of the guys with the ball to my own goal.”

What happened?

“You scored.”

Kessler said his team only scored two goals all season. But, of course, Kessler has managed very well to take basketball seriously and he can at least say he played in a game where he had 37 saves. He doesn’t have to tell the rest of the story next time.

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This week in jazz history

On November 19, 1977, the New Orleans Jazz then set an NBA record for the fewest free throws in a game – one. Despite 17 fouls from Houston, the Jazz only went to the foul line five times and committed only one, but still managed to defeat the Rockets 103-101. On January 9, 1996, the Toronto Raptors did not make a single free throw in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets, erasing the Jazz record for a single free throw.

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This week, the crew recaps the three-game losing streak against the Wizards, Sixers and Knicks and talks about how they look forward to seeing this Jazz team respond to adversity.

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From the archives

extra points

  • How do you deal with a losing streak? The jazz seems to have the right approach (Deseret News)
  • Why did the Jazz lose to the Knicks? Second Chance Points and Sales (Deseret News)
  • 3 Losses in a Row – A Slip to Overcome or the Beginning of the End? (Salt Lake Grandstand)
  • Atlanta native Walker Kessler is ready for Salt Lake City to make it snow (Salt Lake Tribune)

around the league

Kawhi Leonard is back on the basketball court for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Former jazz player Royce O’Neale won his first triple-double along with a game winner.

Spain overtakes the USA to become No. 1 in FIBA ​​men’s basket rankings.


18 Nov | 7 p.m. | Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns | AT&T SportsNet

19 Nov | 8 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Portland Trailblazer | AT&T SportsNet

21 Nov | 8:30 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers | AT&T SportsNet

23 Nov | 7 p.m. | Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons | AT&T SportsNet

25 Nov | 8 p.m. | Utah Jazz @ Golden State Warriors | AT&T SportsNet


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