More on Jerry Sloan from San Antonio, and a Karl Malone Reference (Updated)
The following via Spurs Nation; H/T C:
In addition to having a daily reminder of Malone, the Spurs last week were under the observation of another Jazz Hall of Famer, retired coach Jerry Sloan.
Long a favorite of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Sloan spent several days at camp and sat in R.C. Buford’s box in the stands at AT&T Center to observe Wednesday’s intra-squad scrimmage.
“Having Coach Sloan here was really special, not just for me, but our players,” Popovich said. “They all respect him so much. Being able to just talk basketball and be around the guy was really special for me, because every time the season begins everybody is doing their own thing with their own team and you don’t get to do that. Being able to go to dinner with him, to have him in our coaches meetings and add to what we’re doing is really a win for us. I think he enjoyed it, too.”
One more Jazz-related bit:
At each end of the three full courts inside the team’s practice facility, magenta-colored lines mark the sides of trapezoids that delineate an area in which defenders are reminded to play traditional post defense — squared-up and keeping their bodies between offensive players and the basket.
The baseline and free-throw line form two sides of the trapezoid. The magenta lines run from the corner of each baseline and sideline diagonally to the sides of the free-throw line.
Curiously, the magenta markings are inscribed with the letters K and M because the club is calling the area inside the trapezoid the Karl Malone zone, homage to the Hall of Fame Utah Jazz power forward who did the bulk of his scoring inside the delineated area.
“If you’re on the line or closer, you play post defense,” Spurs forward Matt Bonner explained. “If you’re on the other side, you play perimeter defense. It determines how you position your feet.”
More on Jerry attending Spurs practice here.
Non-Jazz related, but fun reading nonetheless:
In his continued efforts to broaden his players’ horizons, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had DVD copies of Wednesday’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney distributed before practice on Thursday.
“Coach Pop made sure we all paid attention,” forward Matt Bonner said. “Just perspective. Basketball isn’t everything. There are bigger things going on in the country we live in.”
Whether the DVDs are actually watched is another matter.
“Of course, all the French guys…they were quick to point out they can’t vote so they shouldn’t be obligated to watch the debate,” Bonner said. (SN)