Off-Day Odds and Ends
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?
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.