Off-Day Odds and Ends
1. The Bulls honored 10 franchise greats this past year with life-sized photos of the players around the United Center. Jerry’s picture can be found outside the Bulls’ locker room. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t know about it and, when asked whether he’d seen it, said in typical Jerry fashion, “I don’t think it affects me too much. It’s like my friend always said, ‘I’m going to be eating hamburgers anyway.’” (Chicago Tribune)
Jerry might not think it’s a big deal, but I for one think it’s pretty darn cool. Wish I could get my hands on a picture.
2. Speaking of Jerry’s old playing days, we’ve been treated to more archive footage of Jerry aka Mr. Chicago Bull’s playing days lately than we normally see due to the Jazz signing Chicago native Othyus Jeffers and recently playing the Bulls. Some were surprised that Kyle Korver was allowed to continue sporting knee socks after being traded to the Jazz. Maybe it’s because Jerry used to wear them himself:
3. Speaking of recent games, Scott Skiles, Andrew Bogut, and Brandon Jennings were full of high praise for our guys prior to yesterday’s game against the Bucks. In particular, Skiles and Jennings followed in Larry Brown, SI, and Dime’s footsteps in calling Deron the best point guard in the league.
Coach Skiles: “They’re playing as well as anybody now for a long time. Deron Williams is playing as well as anybody in the league right now. You can make a case in the past six weeks or so, he’s playing as well as any player in the league, let alone point guard.”
Jennings: “They’ve got the best point guard in the NBA. He’s been playing really well. Deron Williams is a true point guard and he just gets it done.”
Bogut: “Utah is going to be a tougher test than Boston and Cleveland. Boston and Cleveland are great teams, but I don’t think they’re playing better basketball than Utah at the moment. Utah is very team-oriented, they set high picks, they play well, and I think they’ve got one of the best coaches in the NBA in Jerry Sloan.” (Journal Sentinel)
4. Speaking of playing the Bucks, OMSW’s mom, Pam Moore, joined both the radio and TV broadcasts during the game. She shared a great anecdote with Locke: On the night of his first NBA game, she had dinner with Wesley and got a fortune cookie that said, “Soon, someone will make you proud.” Wesley then opened his, which said “Participation in sports may lead you to a lucrative career.” Fortune cookies FTW.
5. Speaking of Wesley, sltrib reports that he’ll be changing his jersey number from #23 to #11 (his mom’s number) next season, while the Koof will be changing from #41 to #31 (Jarron Collins’ old number) and Yatta will be changing from #15 to #2 (Brev Brev’s old number).
I think the Jazz definitely have to keep OMSW and I’d love to see Yatta and the Koof back as well. However, apart from Boozer, aren’t these the three with question marks next to their names when it comes to next year’s roster? (Not because the Jazz won’t want to re-sign them, but because they haven’t (yet) been signed for next year and/or possible logjam.)
6. In his debut for the Humacao Grises of Puerto Rico’s National Superior Basketball League, Paul’s older brother and former Flash player John Millsap scored 22 points (5/16; 9/12 FT), grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and blocked a shot against a team that had Robert Tractor Traylor on its roster. Prior to landing in Puerto Rico, the elder Millsap played in Mexico.
7. Are we on the verge of losing Ty Corbin? He has signed with an agent for the first time in his career. Kauffman Sports mainly represents coaches, and desnews previously reported that Ty is interested in the head coaching job at his alma mater, Depaul. The Jazz have never held its assistants back from pursuing head coaching jobs elsewhere, but I’d hate to see Ty go if for no other reason than I’d miss his great reaction shots from the bench after big Jazz plays.