A BIG-TIME ADDITION

//A BIG-TIME ADDITION

A BIG-TIME ADDITION

2018-12-20T13:42:07+00:00February 3rd, 2015|

It’s been an incredible year for me and my family. I got married to Robyn. I signed to stay in Utah, and we settled into a new home. And now, our team is making its greatest addition ever.

Robyn is pregnant with a baby girl. She’s due to join us in mid-June.

I’m really excited about becoming a dad. We’re starting the next chapter of our lives together, and I’m ready for it. We found out that Robyn was pregnant a while ago, but we didn’t tell anybody because we wanted to make sure everything went well in the first trimester. She went for a checkup recently and everything looks good so far. Since Robyn is going to start showing soon, I figured now was as good a time as any to share the news with everyone.

Sonogram

As you can imagine, Robyn is very excited, too. She’s already turning a room into a nursery. Her pregnancy has been going well, though she was pretty sick through the first trimester, and really tired, too. It’s one of those things as a husband where you want to be able to do something, but there’s not much you can do. You just try to take care of her, and make sure you get her anything she wants or needs. The tough part is when I’m gone on the road, and there’s not anybody to take care of her at home. That’s been pretty difficult on her. We’ve got a puppy and a new house, and she’s been sick with the pregnancy.

I’ve been getting advice from any and everybody about the process. Fortunately, a lot of the guys and coaches on the team have kids, so they give you advice. It helps to be surrounded by a bunch of people that have been through it and can help. Guys on the team have wives who are also kind of by themselves when we go on the road, so sometimes, they hang out with Robyn and give her some company when I’m gone. We’ve also had both our moms fly out to help. It’s really great that we have such a good support system of family and friends to help us through this.

We’re both looking forward to the next several months of this journey.

COMMITMENT TO THE CRAFT

A big thank you to all of our Utah Jazz fans for sticking with us through the first half of the season. There have definitely been some exciting moments so far, and I think there are a lot more exciting ones to come.

We have a great group of guys here in Utah — guys who want to get better, and want to win.

We’ve been getting tighter as a unit as the season has gone on, and we’ve spent more time together. That has definitely helped us out.

Brooklyn Nets v Utah Jazz

We’ve been doing a lot of film work both at home and on the road. A lot of teams, when they go on a road trip and arrive in a new city, let the guys go for the night. But we usually have a quick film session to go over what we did well, and what we need to do better. That’s a tough thing to implement and get guys committed to, especially in this league. Guys want to do things in the city and don’t necessarily want to be watching film at night, but we take the time to do it.

I think it makes us a lot better.

There’s a lot of teaching that goes on in those sessions. Coach Snyder and his assistants break down how we need to guard things, what we did wrong in previous games and what we should have done. But it’s not a one way street. Guys will chime in during the session about what they’re seeing. We’ll have a discussion about things. It creates a dialogue that helps all of us communicate better.

As you become better acquainted and more bonded with your teammates, it becomes easier to critique each other. Everybody knows that your intentions are good. As a leader on this team, part of my job is to lead those conversations.

I feel comfortable doing that. There have been times where I’ve stopped practice and posed questions to my teammates. I’ll ask somebody what they thought of what they saw, and what everybody else was seeing. Coach has encouraged me to step up and do things like that. He feels that there’s a lot of value in hearing feedback from one of your peers — someone that’s in the same spot as you.

Utah Jazz v Milwaukee Bucks

We’re trying to help each other become better players, and become better as a team. That’s the goal. Knowing that, everybody is more receptive to criticism. So in recent weeks, there has been a lot more pushing each other and holding each other accountable.

That translates in a lot of ways. The closer you become off the court, the more it feels like you’re out there on the court playing with guys who aren’t just your colleagues. They feel like your family, and you want to see each other succeed. It all goes into making us a better team.

Coach Snyder is also extremely detail-oriented in practice, and wants us to make sure we’re executing to perfection. His attention to detail in film sessions has us a lot more prepared. We leave each session knowing the details of our game plan for attacking and defending each team, and that helps you when you’re out there on the floor.

PERSONAL GROWTH

Our preparation has helped me out tremendously and I definitely feel like I’ve improved as a player from last year.

On the offensive end, I’m shooting the ball a lot better. Having a year of experience under my belt as one of the main guys on the team and the focal points for defenses has really helped me pick my spots better on the court. I know where I can get my shots, and how I can be more effective.

Utah Jazz vs San Antonio Spurs

I believe my play on the defensive end has improved as well. To me, that’s a matter of staying focused throughout the entire game, playing consistently and being engaged in every single play. When you have a huge load offensively, you still have to make sure that you’re putting in just as much effort on defense. So I approach each game making an effort to start out strong on the defensive end, and get myself going from there.

The time we spend preparing comes into play there, because studying an opponent allows me to see when I might have an opportunity to be aggressive and look for a steal. It’s as much mental as it is physical. You learn not only from watching film, but then taking that knowledge, applying it to a game and learning through each contest as it goes on. If a team ran a play in the first quarter and they give you a similar look in the fourth, you can anticipate what they’re going to attempt to do. You can play a bit of a mind game. Cheat one way or disguise your coverage. Make them believe there’s something open when there really isn’t.

It’s all a matter of being a student of the game.

I always tend to play a lot better when I’m active on defense and get some rebounds, grab a couple steals or make some deflections. The offense usually comes on its own after that. Maybe it’s just the basketball gods rewarding me for playing well on defense. But it gives me a burst of energy, and the shots seem to fall on the other end.

I also think that, because of our offense and the way we’re playing and spacing the floor, I’m not being forced into as many end of shot clock situations, where I take a fade away right in front of the three-point line or a contested shot. So my percentages are better in that regard.

I’ve also added a bit of a floater into my game, which is something that I’m going have to work on even more. That could turn into a huge weapon for me.

Brooklyn Nets v Utah Jazz

As one of the guys who handles the ball in the pick-and-roll a lot, I’m able to get into the teeth of the defense. If I can hit that little floating jump shot, that leaner, it will really add a whole other dimension to my game. Coach Quin and our assistant coach, Johnnie Bryant, have been working with me on that, and I’ve started to incorporate it. With more work, it will get better as the season goes on.

All of that said, there also still a lot of room for improvement. There’s a long way to go. But I feel like I’m on the right track and making progress, and I can definitely say the same for our team.

13 Comments

  1. John February 3, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Congrats on parenthood! In the grind and pull of your NBA career remember what is most important. If you are in your childs hall of fame 40 years from now that will be a bigger honor than anything you could achieve as a player. Toronto would be a great place to raise a family by the way!
    John Blackman

  2. Ace Feltman February 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    congrats Gordon!! This has been quite the year indeed. Love when you take us behind the scenes also, very cool and I’m glad your transition to a leadership role seems to be going well! Keep it up!

  3. Anita E. February 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on the new baby girl, G-Time! If Robyn (and you) need a “Utah Mom” during this wonderful time in your life, I’m volunteering!

  4. Jen February 3, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Wow! That’s great news all around! We’re so glad you and your new little family are here! This new team is so much fun to watch. I’m glad I get to be a part of it. Congrats, and keep doing what you do 🙂

  5. Todd H. February 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the baby, Gordon! I relate quite a bit to your most recent post. My wife is also pregnant but a couple months later, she’s just finishing up the first trimester. She’s been sick throughout it all so I know exactly what you mean feeling helpless but wanting to do anything to help. Good luck with everything and keep killin it on the court.

  6. hakan February 3, 2015 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Congrats Gordon, i have become a father of twins 7 months ago. It is a fantastic feeling I know. I can easly say that yoh will feel much different – in a positive way – when you hold your baby in your arms. I am happy for you and your family. I have you on my roster of Istanbul Nba Fantasy League by the way. Regarfs from Istanbul Turkey.
    hakan

  7. Bryan February 3, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Massive congratulations to you and Robyn! New member of the Jazz Nation family is on the way.

  8. Austin February 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    congradulations Gordon! I watched the game you guys had against the Warriors and was so impressed/happy. Being a lifelong Jazz fan I can honestly say that game against the Warriors really struck me as being incredible. You guys all shared the basketball and played so unselfishly. That alone is going to make this team a championship contender in the near future! Congratulations and keep it up!

  9. Ryan F. February 3, 2015 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the awesome news with the baby! And thanks for the insight into your development as a player, as well as the team’s activity and development. As a fan this is really awesome stuff to read. We are behind you guys 100%, and people and as professionals, and appreciate your work ethic and dedication. Cheers from Orem.

  10. Dan February 4, 2015 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Watching the Dawgs play right now. If you want to improve your floater just watch Rosey Jones. That kid is a magician with that shot. Go Dawgs!

  11. Gordy February 4, 2015 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Congrats to you and Robyn. We have a couple of kids ages 9 and 12 and having them around is really the best part of life. I’m already sad that they’ll be grown up so soon. Happy for you that you are going down that path. Good luck and cherish every moment.

  12. Gordy February 4, 2015 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Oh and congrats on being in such a good place with the team and your own game. It has been fun to watch you guys coming together and us fans can tell that you guys are enjoying the process and forming stronger bonds. As for your game, it has been a pleasure to watch you develop since the first year when you already showed so much promise. My son is on his third Hayward jersey…I can’t buy them big enough…he just grows out of them! Maybe someday yours will be in the rafters.

  13. Megan February 4, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Congratulations to you and Robyn!!! What exciting news and really excited for you to welcome the new addition.

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