The Jazz and the Spurs have a lot in common, and they owe each other debts both long-standing and fairly new. Coach Popovich has often spoken of the things he learned from watching Jerry Sloan's incredible run at the helm of Utah's teams with Stockton and Malone -- and beyond. Both are small-market teams that have found ways to survive and thrive in a league that's often been dominated by teams spending large-market money to build their championship squads. Dennis Lindsey, the Jazz's general manager, served under R.C. Buford as the Spurs' assistant GM from 2007-12 before joining Utah. And the Gordon Hayward just tested the waters as a restricted free agent, something that the Spurs usually try to avoid with their own players -- but might not be able to before Kawhi Leonard's contract ends next year. All of this offers a ton of topics to choose from, which is why I reached out to Amar to ask him to a weekend chat.
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