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Off-Day Odds and Ends

December 16, 2010

One. The Jazz are headed off on their annual pre-Christmas road trip, and Jerry will celebrate mark fail to notice until someone tells him that the last game of the trip (@Min) will be the 2,000th game of his coaching career.

Coincidentally, Jerry’s 20th anniversary as Jazz head coach two years and one week ago also came at Minnesota. I know that that’s an odd thing to remember, but I do remember this because the Jazz asked the NBA to schedule that game at home, and the NBA said no.

There are more ties between the two franchises now more than ever. Apart from Al Jefferson now playing here and the Koof and Yatta playing there, Kevin O’Connor and David Kahn have known each other 30+ years since KOC was an assistant coach at UCLA (under Larry Brown) and Kaaaahn was editor of the student paper.

Two. Remember when this was long hair?

So after we played Golden State, I found a way for AK’s hair to look decent even if he refuses to go to the barber:

I really like this Lou Amundson/Westley-Man-in-Black look (and yes I know none of you care lol). Just for archival or whatever purposes, on the right there’s Amundson as a Jazzman. Quite reminiscent of Fes, though half the size (and coincidentally his jersey number is exactly half of Fes’.)

Three. As you’ve probably noticed, Deron has been playing some 2 alongside Earl Watson this season. Before the Golden State game, he was asked about this and he said, “I like it. I like it this season. I like coming off screens. Earl gets me the ball in good position to score, and even if I don’t score I have a chance to get it to other people where they can score.” (KALL audio)

Jazz fans might find this strange, because in the past when he’s had to play the 2 (Olympics, alongside Maynor last season), Deron was always adamant that he’s a point guard and always said that he likes to have the ball in his hands, and treated it as a temporary situation even though the few times it happened last year with Maynor it really worked.

After the game, Deron was asked about it again and he said what’s changed from before is that he’s committed to playing some 2 this year and he knows that’s what he has to do because he has to carry more of the scoring load on this team. “Before when I played the 2, there wasn’t plays being run to me and I don’t like being out there and not touching the ball. Now we’re running plays where I get the ball back and can create for myself or others.” (KALL audio)

Four. On Gordon Hayward: So…why are people hating on Gordon and calling him a bust already? He’s barely played and he’s a kid. Yes, he was a lottery pick, but is it fair to analyze his stats in extremely limited playing time and judge him and what kind of player he will be in the future at this juncture?

His stat lines would be a lot fatter if he were starting for and getting 30 minutes a night on a losing team. That’s not the situation he is in, though. His struggles stem from overthinking everything and trying too hard not to make mistakes. That’s a lot smaller problem than if he were a shooter-without-a-conscience, with attitude problems, prone to feuding with the coach or something.

We all love CJ now, but let’s not forget that it took 6 years–6 YEARS–for CJ to get to where he is now.

Five. It was truly classy of Mavs front-row season ticket holders to donate their seats to wounded soldiers the night the Jazz were in town.

Why do I get the feeling that if the Jazz tried to suggest something like that, the Jazz’s super awesome and wonderful “100 Club” season ticket holders would sue the team?

Six. It’s been a long road, but it looks like Memo’s return is finally around the corner. Stay tuned, boys and girls.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jazzy Girl permalink
    December 17, 2010 2:18 am

    I like this post, thank you.

    I would also like to note that Jazz season ticket holders would NEVER give their seats up; you are right, they would sue.

    And now for my Rant/Soapbox/Bitch Session/Sorry in advance…

    I was a very lucky member of the short lived Utah Jazz Rowdy Fan Club. Short lived because of the complaints of the season ticket holders; going as far as threatening to sue.

    Lower bowl season ticket holders (vast over generalization coming) are NOT season ticket holders because they love the Jazz and want to support the team up close and personal. They are season ticket holders, because it is a status symbol and to be seen. “Fans” in the lower bowl DO NOT wear Jazz colors, shirts or jerseys. Instead they wear suits, sequins, and stilettos.

    I fear Jazz fans are becoming like Laker fans; just waiting for the paparazzi to show up, take their picture and make them famous. Soon enough Thunder fans will strip away the title of the loudest fans in the NBA.

    The End… I think

    • December 17, 2010 8:26 am

      Wow. I’d wondered what happened to the Rowdies. I don’t think I ever read a single word in the Utah media about this. Sadly, I’m not surprised. Those season ticket holders’ sense of entitlement amazes me.

  2. RRR permalink
    December 18, 2010 12:40 pm

    Talk about how he is a young up and comer, will get bigger stronger, and oh so much better than he shows today. I look forward to what his to become for, hopefully , the Jazz in the future, as he displays the kibble and bits of that scene for us today.
    Deron can play 1 or 2 all night day long. With the right 1 he is a destroyer as a 2, as a 1 he is a destroyer with a great 2.

    Meaning he brings the best out of others.

    Encourage folks to not git down on him because of such.

    I posted that on the dunk awhile back.
    http://www.slcdunk.com/2010/12/5/1857095/sunday-syncopation-10

    Personally I’d reserve judgment on the ticket holders if faced with the same decision. Today I’d wager they too would give up their seats to vets. Besides they will probably have a couple boxes handed to them for the night.

    ********

    Post hammering by the hornets, my gawd how many stingers can one hold? It effects shooting, rebounding, oh wait, the jazz did not even show up. OK.

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