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Utah Jazz players take to the football field to train with Real Salt Lake

Both teams are connected by the same owner, Ryan Smith.

(Utah Jazz) Utah Jazz goaltender Jared Butler walks down America First Field during a joint practice between the Jazz and Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

Notable NBA players like Steve Nash and the late Kobe Bryant have often said that there are many similarities between basketball and football. On Wednesday, the professional teams of these sports in Utah had the opportunity to prove it.

The Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake held a joint practice at America First Field. Jazz players and coaches like Collin Sexton and Will Hardy were able to engage in skill work with Jefferson Savarino and Pablo Mastroeni. Both teams finished training with a penalty shootout.

“It’s not what I used to do, so I’m trying to figure it out,” Sexton told official Jazz media. “I’m here really awful.”

Sexton added that the unconventional practice is good for the camaraderie and chemistry an NBA team needs to get through the season.

“Everyone is having a great time here,” Sexton said. “You see everyone smiling and having fun.”

Mastroeni told reporters the practice was good for “breaking things up” for RSL, who are in the final stretch of their season.