Off-Day Odds and Ends
One. So, we’re currently in the middle of a 5-games-in-7-days span (January 30-February 4) that includes not one, but TWO sets of away-and-home back-to-backs. The second is potentially killer–at Denver followed by vs. OKC.
The NBA scheduler guy was real awesome to us, because after this, we have a 12-day stretch (February 11-February 23) of only four games. That does include All-Star weekend, but instead of the usual four days off we get seven. Nice and balanced schedule.
Two. Q: Who’s the governor of the state of Utah right now?
Jeremy Evans: Coach Sloan? (video)
Three. Q: Can you give us a quick rundown of what hurts on your body right now?
Paul Millsap: I don’t think we got enough time for that. (video)
And speaking of injuries, AK sprained his ankle in the last game and is in a walking boot:
As has been previously noted, we have six guys new to the system this year (including Raja) and seven returning Jazzmen. Of the seven returning, Fes and Ronnie P don’t play much. Of the five remaining of the seven returning, four are on the injury report. Stay healthy, CJ.
Aside for out of state fans: If you watch or listen to Jazz broadcasts, “Siegfried and Jensen” are no doubt names you are familiar with. Well, that’s what they look like. You know, just so you can put faces to the names.
Four. Big Al on NBATV: If I play my cards right, this offense is perfect for me. I just think the biggest thing for me was just to learn the offense inside-out. Learn the counter-moves and everything, learn how to read guys. They take one thing away, go to the next option. That’s been the biggest thing for me, but Coach been very patient with me, my teammates been very patient with me because they understand what I’m going through, and I think I’m getting better and better as the season go on. (video)
Five. Question: How much is energy about attitude?
Earl Watson: I think energy and attitude sometimes go hand in hand, but energy is more or less about playing with unconsciousness. You just play, and whatever happens, happens, and it’s usually always good. When you start to overanalyze every small thing, when you put so much pressure on yourself, you kinda deplete your energy, you deplete your unconsciousness. (mp3)
Six. Getting to know Phil Johnson:
“[Coaching] has been my life. Started out as a farm boy in Idaho shooting baskets on the snow.” Phil was the first person in his family to go to college, and aspired to one day be a high school basketball coach. He kinda overshot his goal there, don’t ya think? :) (video)