Quotes and Tidbits
“You just don’t do it,” Ronnie Brewer said. “You have to want to do it, because it definitely doesn’t feel good having to play defense every possession, bending down, sliding, getting physical with the other team. “But if we just buy into the concept of being in help position, not being afraid to go and help and then have confidence that another teammate will help you if you go help somebody, I mean, that’s what the good teams did.”
“It’s basically all in his hands as to how he wants his career to be — how he takes care of himself day-in and day-out,” the Jazz coach said. “Because I saw that with two other players, and he’s in the same category talent-wise as they are.”
“Here I am thinking, ‘It’s a magazine in the hotel, Dee’s on the cover, OK, he’s the cover story,’ ” Jarron Collins said. “I start flipping through and I realize, ‘No, no it’s the actual Dee Brown book.’ I take it he’s a popular guy here.”
Hollinger’s All Breakout Team: Deron Williams, Jazz
Does anyone else find it a little weird that he hasn’t made an All-Star team yet? Although he’s had a bit of a setback thanks to Saturday night’s ankle sprain, that oversight should be corrected this season — especially if the Jazz are as good as I think they’ll be. Williams has a good chance of passing Steve Nash and Chauncey Billups in the point guard hierarchy given his steady improvement; even last year, his numbers were much stronger after the break than before, including 12.0 assists per game in the second half. And while Carlos Boozer busies himself with the vagaries of the South Florida real estate market, Williams will spend a full year as Utah’s unquestioned go-to guy.
Just what was Miles thinking as he and Brewer carried Williams off the court Saturday at the United Center, where the Jazz’s max-money point guard sprained his left ankle in the opening quarter of an exhibition victory over the Bulls?
If I drop him, it might make it worse,” Miles said. “That’s what I was thinking.”