Jazz hold scrimmage at Hill Air Force Base

Alec Burks and Donovan Mitchell shine in first Jazz scrimmage

CLEARFIELD, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz took to the sky Friday afternoon, playing a scrimmage in front of hundreds of Air Force servicemen and women at Hill Air Force Base.

This was fans first look at new point guard Ricky Rubio, who distributed several fancy passes, mostly to Rudy Gobert.

Jonas Jerebko and Thabo Sefolosha also made their Jazz debuts, as did rookie Donovan Mitchell.

Mitchell, Alec Burks and Dante Exum were all standouts during the scrimmage. But the most important part of this day was entertaining the troops.

"They were looking forward to playing," said head coach Quin Snyder. "We've had some good practices, and we've tried to play in practice, but it's always different when you get to go up and down. We really moved the ball. I think you can see the depth and we played the right way. I thought we were efficient offensively. You can't articulate the respect, admiration and appreciation that we have for the servicemen and women and what they do on a daily basis."

"It was awesome to get out here and sign some autographs and take some pictures, hang out," said Joe Johnson. "It was fun, we had a great time, a great scrimmage, so I hope they enjoyed it."

The Jazz open the preseason Monday against an Australian professional team, the Sydney Kings.

 


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