Random Tuesday/Wednesday Odds and Ends
One. Today, the day of the NBA Draft Lottery, took forever to get here. It’s going to be another long wait until we get to the next major event, the actual draft, which is over a month away.
For the occasion, Kevin O’Connor didn’t want to leave anything to chance and broke out the good luck charms.
Of course, some might say that the Jazz would’ve been better served in the luck department by sending Karl and John to the lottery to sit there in one chair (“some” = “me”), but it was not in my hands.
Two. Whatever KOC did, it worked. The first of the Jazz’s two picks came out where it was expected to come out:
The Jazz’s second pick was skipped over at #6 (or rather, #7 because the Cavs’ first pick had moved up between the Jazz’s two picks), meaning we had moved into the top three. At this point, KOC *almost* cracked a smile.
In the end, this is how it shook out for the Jazz:
Three. Jazz artist extraordinaire Jashin Mizuho recently posted some videos from his (her?) recent trip to Utah.
Here’s one of the Jazz’s pre-game huddle on March 26th:
Fes hilariously jumping over Al at 1:08 aside (not that the jump itself was hilarious; it’s more that somehow everything Fes does is hilarious), it is, as Jashin said in the video description, “so quiet. No chants. No hopping. No dancing.”
Now, compare it to this video of the Jazz huddle from 2008 (keep your eye on Memo in the beginning. Also, Matt Harpring is popping his booty.):
Watching (and comparing) these, I can’t help thinking…no wonder we lost so many games this year. *cloud of sadness and doom descends overhead*
Four. If you’ve been in the market for a Gordon Hayward T-shirt for ages and have never been able to find one, it’s your lucky day. You can now get them from PEAK’s online store for just $30, and it is surprisingly in stock at the moment:
Five. After Jerry retired, he said that he didn’t want his name coming up every time there was a coaching vacancy. It already has with the Warriors’ vacancy, and it’s starting to with other teams as well.
“I just can’t see him staying on the farm,” the Spurs coach said. “Jerry’s too freakin’ competitive.”
“L.A. is very ‘un-Jerry,’ but he’d have the respect, that’s for sure,” Popovich said. “People would listen.” (Spurs Nation)
The NBA’s Hang Time further expounds on that idea. Just for the record, 1) If this happens, you can just kill me though I must believe Jerry would never accept that gig; 2) I don’t believe the Lakers really have a coaching vacancy. I think this is just Phil Jackass whoring for attention as usual.