Jazz’s Mike Conley Leaves Bubble for Birth of Child, Return Uncertain
Already set to play without Bojan Bogdanovic, the Utah Jazz will begin the 2020 postseason without the services of point guard Mike Conley.
The veteran guard has left the NBA’s bubble campus to travel back to Columbus, Ohio for the birth of his son. Prior to the restart, it was widely known that Conley would leave the Jazz at some point to be with his wife and he is expected to miss at least the first three games of the Jazz’s first round matchup against the Denver Nuggets.
“My first reaction is my best wishes to Mike Conley and his family. I hope everything goes well,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “… If Mike Conley is not available for Game 1, whatever it is, I am sure other guys will step up. We were able to go into Utah this year and win with seven guys. I don’t buy into that too much. If Mike Conley is not available, that means more Donovan Mitchell, who is an all-NBA-caliber player.”
Conley posted a photo on Sunday of his newborn son.
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@livinglereve and baby are doing great! In the words of our oldest son , “Welcome to the world Lightning Thunder Michael Alex Conley”! 😂 We settled on Elijah Michael Conley instead.. close enough though. What an awesome reminder of what’s important in life and what motivates us to be better! ✊🏾#mommydidgreat #blessed
Conley, who spent the first 12 seasons of his careers with the Memphis Grizzlies appeared to finally be getting a feel for his new situation with the Jazz inside the bubble.
“Any time you go through change at whatever capacity in life, there are challenges,” Head coach Quin Snyder said over the weekend. “And Mike probably went through as much change over the course of this offseason than certainly anyone I’ve ever coached. Playing with new personnel, playing in a new city, having been in Memphis for his whole career, which was a long, great career there, and not starting over, but trying to process all of the things that were new.”
Game 1 between the Jazz and Nuggets will go on Monday afternoon at 1:30 PM.