Joel Bolomboy obviously didn’t log many meaningful minutes this season, but the outlook that he expressed in his end of season interview was absolutely spot on. He was positive about the improvements he’s made since getting drafted, talked highly about how playing with the Salt Lake City Stars helped him and was optimistic about his chances to be a contributor on the team next year.
Bolomboy was a fan favorite, largely because of his Weber State roots, and would without a doubt have plenty of fans pulling for him. He said that he expects to play in Summer League this year, so if he can put together a good offseason, make a statement in summer play and maintain the positive attitude that he exhibited in his end of season interview, he could find himself in a great situation next year as a young but up-and-coming player.
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It’s unfortunate that the Utah Jazz’s season has come to an end, but the team put together a solid and memorable year and if the overall sentiments expressed in these interviews hold true, then there is plenty to be excited about during this offseason and beyond. Many of the guys alluded to the fact that the team (including Hayward) wants to stay together and most of them sound confident that they’ll be able to have a great summer and come back even better next year.
I know the season just ended, but after going through all these interviews, October could not come soon enough.