SALT LAKE CITY — Have questions for Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley? HoopsHype has the answers.
The outlet — which is a part of USA Today Sports — specifically Alex Kennedy, sat down with Conley for a Q&A session that broached a variety of questions, including his first impression of Utah, how he feels he and Donovan Mitchell will work together and what the adjustment has been like moving from Memphis to Salt Lake.
Perhaps the most poignant question revolved around Conley’s time in Memphis, though, and what his time in the Bluff City meant to him.
Conley’s response was as genuine as they come.
“Memphis made me,” he said. “I always say that. The experiences I had in that city and with those fans made me. Accolades aside, the things that we accomplished aside, we grew up there. We were kids. We were 19 years old and we had to learn so much. That city helped groom us into who we are, especially myself, and I love all of the memories that we created. It was never easy.
“Nothing was ever easy in Memphis and I think that’s why the fans were drawn to our team so much. It’s because the way we played and the way we got overlooked and the respect that we didn’t get most of the time was very similar to how the city felt and how the locals felt about life in general. It was an easy bond. It was a family-type atmosphere. Man, it was just [special]. All of those playoff runs and even the years we didn’t make the playoffs… Like last season, I might have had the most fun just because I was around guys who really gave everything they had and, even if we didn’t win, those were some of the best teammates I’ve had over the years. I was so blessed to have such good guys over the years. We created so many great memories.”
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Jazz general manager Justin Zanik sat down with ESPN’s Ryen Russillo — who has since moved on to Bill Simmons’ site The Ringer — on the Russillo Show podcast to discuss all things Jazz, including the Mike Conley trade, the growth and development of Mitchell and how to get everyone within the organization thinking NBA championship.