“That Reminds Me Of…” Odds and Ends
One. This video from The Fan(‘s FB) takes a look back at the 1980s Jazz.
Apart from being possibly the first video in history that gives us a look at Larry H. Miller’s chest hair (you can choose whether to click or not; no one’s holding a gun to your head), it was also the first time I’ve ever seen Karl Malone in the Jazz’s green alternate uniform:
Two. Jarron Collins is headed to China. I love that he’s completely honest about the kind of player he is. I also wonder whether he ended up going to China because players are slapped with technicals for flopping in Europe.
Three. From Jody Genessy’s article on the 1998 lockout negotiations:
[Jazz guards John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek] “were shouted down when they tried to move the discussion from militant speeches to a dialogue on what percentage of revenues the players could live with.” (DN)
From a radio interview with Jarron Collins earlier this year (and yes, this is an all-time record for the number of Jarron Collins mentions in one post), we also know what happened with Karl during the negotiations. As told by John Salley:
I saw the breakdown of this union. I saw Karl Malone come in and read a statement. David Stern said, “You’re not going to come in here on a white horse” and all of a sudden we no longer saw Karl Malone commercials and no longer were we talking about Karl Malone. He became an enemy to the league.
John, Karl, and Jeff: My heroes.
Four. Jeff Van Gundy’s assessment of the Jazz’s coaching staff:
I always have really respected Sidney Lowe as a coach. I think he’s got a brilliant, brilliant offensive mind. The head coaching jobs he got were very bad jobs, very poor teams, but I always thought he got them to play well.
I think Hornacek was one of the smartest players I ever saw in my time in the NBA, somewhat overshadowed by the greatness of Stockton and Malone, but I always thought Hornacek had great understanding of how to play, and a terrific competitor.
Ty Corbin, his length of his career speaks volumes about who he is.
I worked for Scott in New York, and have nothing but the highest respect for who he is as a basketball man and more importantly, as a person. So to me, they have an outstanding staff. (KALL)
s on Ty reminds me of what an NBA player (can’t remember who; maybe it was Karl) said when Bill Laimbeer retired: “The only nice thing I can say about him is, he played for a long time.”
Five. Alec Burks, interviewed on KZNS:
Q: What are you doing [during the lockout]?
A: Right now, I’m grinding to get better. Working out twice a day, just trying to get better. Waiting for the call, the lockout to end. Until I get that call, I’m just gonna keep getting better.
Q: What’s it like working out with Gordon Hayward?
A: We just getting better, pushing each other to get better…getting stronger, getting better at basketball, and we becoming great friends, so it’s a great thing.
This reminds of the episode of “Friends” where Joey is writing his speech for Monica and Chandler’s wedding:
“It is a love based on giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And the love that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have…and receive.”