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Jazz players say goodbye to Alec Burks
Alec Burks wasn’t much for post-game interviews. When reporters filled the locker room, the shooting guard preferred to slip between them, the way he might split defenders on his way to the rim, and make a silent escape.
But after news of Burks’ trade broke this week, his teammates wouldn’t let their appreciation go unspoken.
One of the best teammates I’ve had, he had some bad luck & never stopped working to get back to who we all knew him for. Everyday was upbeat & positive. We will all miss you round here, wish you nothing but the best @AlecBurks10! #bigfax— Joe Ingles (@Joeingles7) November 29, 2018
Burks was drafted by the Jazz with the 12th-overall pick in 2011. “I was 19 when I came here,” Burks said recently. “I became a man here. They made me mature, as a man and a father.” Many of Burks’ teammates grew up here with him.
Burks averaged 9.6 points and 2.9 rebounds over his 382 games with Utah. And though his time with the Jazz was hampered by a series of major injuries—setbacks he said made him a smarter player, and more appreciative of his opportunity to play the game—there was always a chance of magic from the man Jazz broadcaster Craig Bolerjack lovingly called Houdini.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will play at Vivint Smart Home Arena on January 18, and you can bet Burks’ former teammates will be glad to see him.
@AlecBurks10 they don’t get any more professional than my guy!! Wish u nothing but the best!— Georges Niang (@GeorgesNiang20) November 29, 2018
It’s been great playing with you my guy @AlecBurks10 great teammate but more importantly and great dude man! Loved playing with you for the past year! Good luck to you my brotha! Just not against us— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) November 29, 2018