Joe Ingles reflects on past Australian Christmas pool parties

Additionally, Rudy Gobert praises Deron Williams for his boxing match and a few links to happy things adjacent to Jazz, in the spirit of the holidays.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz goalie Joe Ingles (2) as Utah Jazz hosts the Boston Celtics, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Friday, December 3, 2021.

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Joe Ingles was asked after Thursday morning’s Jazz shoot if, as a native Australian, he had any Christmas traditions different from those Americans might be used to. His response was surprising at first, but then when you really thought about the circumstances, it made sense.

“Obviously the most different thing… our Christmases have always been, well, for me growing up, it was always in my family’s house because we had a pool, and it was like, you are. outside all day, you swim all day, ”he recalls. “I wouldn’t say the same food, but very similar – this same kind of festive Christmas food like this isn’t too different, but obviously there are a few other cold food options, with a temperature of 115 , 110 degrees. “

It turns out that Australia – being halfway across the world and in the southern hemisphere – has different seasons than, say, Utah.

Joe also joked that “I was probably pretty confused as a kid” because whenever he watched Christmas movies a major theme was always the cold, snow and winter that didn’t look like not at all to his own real life experiences.

After noticing that none of his children have yet had the opportunity to have an Australian Christmas, due to his career, he realized that he had not had one himself- even for quite some time either.

“Funny, we were actually talking about it – I haven’t had Christmas in Australia since I was 21, which is 13 now,” he said. “… One day I will enjoy a warm Christmas again.”

Rudy Gobert, combat fan

Former Jazz point guard Deron Williams recently made headlines for debuts in professional boxing, in which he earned a split decision victory over longtime NFL running back Frank Gore on the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley II pay-per-view undercard.

With a group of former athletes now embracing boxing as a second career (D-Will, Gore, Nate Robinson… even Le’Veon Bell has said he is set to retire from football to train for boxing before I got a call from the Buccaneers), I asked Jazz’s biggest fighting fan, Rudy Gobert (he not only incorporates boxing into his workouts, but often hosts teammates at his home for boxing and sports events. mixed martial arts) which he made the trend.

“I think it’s cool, you know? Sometimes it’s cool to see guys step out of their comfort zone and step into the ring, ”said Rudy. “When you train your whole life to play basketball, retire and start training [for] another sport and you step into the ring in front of millions of people, it’s not easy. It is not something that you are comfortable doing. So it’s cool, it’s cool to see guys stepping out of their comfort zone. Guys are going to be judged, or if they get knocked out, they’re going to be internet memes. But at the end of the day, they’ve got the balls to go out there and get in the ring. So it’s cool to see.

And finally, good holiday vibes

Listen, times are stressful so we can all use a little extra happiness in our lives. And so, two quick separation things:

1. Read Andy Larsen’s article on Hassan Whiteside’s modified six-wheel Jeep named “Big Shirley”. It’s funny.

2. Look this video of how the Jazz dance team played a joke on one of their members during a performance in Monday’s victory over the Hornets (watching it unfold in real time I honestly wondered how she screwed up so badly!) her boyfriend to make a surprise offer.

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