Offseason Odds and Ends
1. First of all, I want to apologize to Al Jefferson for assuming pre-trade that the reason for the lack of defense over his career was due to indifference (in my own defense, I sat through six years of Boozer. I kind of hold myself only partially responsible for that erroneous assumption). Defense isn’t about athleticism or skill; it’s about effort and heart. As Ronnie Brewer often said, defense is something that you want to do; it should be something you take pride in.
I neglected to consider the possiblity that Jefferson was a product of the systems he’s played in and the coaches he’s played for. That is my bad. After hearing him talk about how he will do whatever it takes and whatever the coaches ask of him, and with the addition of locker room whip wielder Raja Bell, I am excited as can be.
2. Many NBA players have no-ski (and, I would imagine, no-moped-riding) clauses in their contracts. Is competing in “So You Think You Can Dance” a ploy by Chris Paul to get himself traded?
This strategy totally sounds like something LBJ’s marketing “company” would come up with. Also, I totally would not be seeing CP3 on the stage every week if Adechike weren’t so tiny.
3. (Via SLC Dunk) During a recent interview, the Mailman revealed that Willis Reed would be inducting him into the Hall of Fame. (Apparently, Malone and Reed were grew up five miles and 20 years apart from each other.)
You could have knocked me over with a feather. This is as surprising to me as Stock choosing Isiah to induct him, especially when Karl can get inducted by Jerry or Stock, or both. It would have been an epically historic moment for Stockton to give Malone one last assist into the HOF. Oh well. I guess the choice of Reed, for Malone, also has a lot to do with history and where he came from.
4. Can we schedule a pre-season game between the Utah Jazz and Utah Jazz East (aka the Chicago Bulls)? Throwing the conventional NBA model out the window, I’d like to see a 3-on-3 exhibition game of Boozer, Korver, and Brewer vs. Jefferson, Hayward, and Raja. The Koof and Jerry (a man with ties to both sides) can officiate. Tell me people wouldn’t pay to see that. Also, such a format would keep Deron away from Derrick Rose’s meddling feet.
5. During his interview with Greg Miller on last week’s SportsBeat Sunday, Tom Kirkland asked Greg what it would’ve been like if LHM had been on Twitter.
GM: “We might be broke by now, he might’ve been fined so much.”
Greg also said that with the additions of AJ and rAJa, this is the most excited he’s ever been to see a Jazz team hit the floor. Me too! But then again (for me), every new Jazz season is like the first Jazz season. :)