Off-Day Odds and Ends
One. Don’t know how many fans know that the Mailman has a mini-museum of his personal memorabilia at this Karl Malone Toyota? These pics come to you courtesy of @clintonite33, who was kind enough to share them with me.
Top: Karl and John’s Dream Team jerseys are part of the only complete set of game-worn Dream Team jerseys and shoes in the world. They were collected by Karl’s wife, who went around collecting them from every member of the Dream Team during the Olympics (more on that here). I get a kick out of seeing their sizes relative to each other; Stock’s looks like a kid’s jersey. :)
Middle Left: A mini-version of the statue of Karl standing outside EnergySolutions Arena.
Middle Right: Picture of Karl and his mom.
Bottom Left: I actually remember seeing Karl’s daughters holding those signs at a game during Karl’s 1997 MVP season. Because I’m old.
Bottom Right: Complete set of aforementioned Dream Team jerseys.
Two. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine: Tyrone Corbin
** Corbin: Enes is just a big body in there just banging guys. He meet bigs early and he’s just wearing on them because he’s gonna have his body on them the entire time out there. (1)
** Corbin on Kanter and Derrick Favors: They’re learning to play with each other which is great and it’s such an early time they’re feeding off each other and not getting in each other way and not bumping into each other too much on the floor. One pop, the other one’s low. When the other one pop, the other one is low. (1)
** Corbin on Kanter: He’s a big young guy that can take a pounding and can deliver it too. (1)
** Reporter: What’s it like watching him and Derrick go at each other? Corbin: It’s fun. It’s fun. (1)
Three. List of people still calling Alec Burks “Alex” — Randy Rigby, Matt Harpring, Ty Corbin
List of people still calling Enes Kanter “Eenis” — Earl Watson, Derrick Favors, Alema Harrington
Four. Meanwhile, Al Jefferson calls Kanter something else altogether:
[on young guys’ energy] Sometimes they show us how it’s supposed to be done. It’s good to see the young guys with confidence. Especially Derrick, I’m not really surprised with Derrick ’cause you can see it in Derrick last year, he just got the confidence this year. Big Turkey really responding well far as coming in and learning our new offense, learning our defense, might be learning a new language but he coming in and responding real well. (1)
Five. Josh Howard wore headbands because he didn’t like using towels:
Actually I didn’t hear anything about it til the first day of practice, but like I said it wasn’t a big deal to me. It’s just a part of the game. I wasn’t a fan of using towels. That was one of the main reasons I wore a headband, actually, ’cause I sweat a lot. Like I said, use my wristbands and I hope to get a clean towel every time I come out. (2)
Six. Earl Watson on Raja Bell and his role as a point guard:
I know that Raja’s not done. He’s not over the hill, and it’s up to us as point guards to get him better shots. As a point guard, you have to take that into your own hands and you have a guy that’s in a slump or you have a guy that’s struggling or a guy that’s having a bad game, that’s when you have to go beyond just being a point guard. You have to [say] let’s get him good shots, let’s get him some good rhythm shots, three or four rhythm shots in a row, and set some better screens to get him wide open or get him a bucket in transition…
It’s a long season. You’re going to have different guys going through slumps, and that’s what we as teammates and brothers and “family,” we have to step in and protect each other, make each other better. (2)