New Year’s Off-Day Odds and Ends
One. Jazz at Clippers post-game: How do you keep the locker room positive and what is your challenge?
Tyrone Corbin : Well, continue to work. You know, continue to work. I mean, it’s a long season…Effort has been for the most part consistent. We getting better. And we just, we a little undermanned with, with, with a couple of guys being out. But we just have to keep playing hard, and it’ll work itself out.
Again, the definition of insani-ty.
Two. Per @saltcityhoops:
After the Clippers game, Paul Millsap was asked whether he was frustrated about being on the bench the entire 4th quarter. In response, Paul “bristled a terse reply” (DN) / “snapped” (Trib), “What do you think?”
Media personalities on the Jazz payroll have been saying that Paul’s struggles are the result of him regretting that he didn’t take the extension the Jazz offered him, but from where I’m sitting it’s more likely that Paul is pressing (if indeed he is pressing) about 1) being on the worst-performing team of his career in what is probably the biggest contract year of his career; 2) having the least defined role of his career this year.
Three. Also possibly struggling with his role is DeMarre Carroll.
DeMarre before the Clippers game:
“I feel like without the Jazz I wouldn’t even be in the position I’m in now for me to be able to display my talent to 29 other teams,” said Carroll, who mentioned his impending free agency. “That’s how I look at it. Whenever I step on the court, I’m not only playing for Utah, I’m playing for 29 other teams.” …
“Until I can get to a team that really want to put me in a rotation, really want to play, I’ll just take advantage of my opportunity whenever I get it.” (DN)
“A lot of people don’t realize I’m going to be a free agent in the summer,” Carroll said. “I’m playing for 29 other teams, not only playing for the Jazz.” (Trib)
In a vacuum, these comments are not a big deal at all. But he has repeatedly talked about playing for other teams since he’s been on the Jazz. DeMarre during locker room cleanout in May:
Until it’s set in stone, til it’s on paper, I gotta continue to be a true professional and still continue to play for 29 teams. (1280)
When you combine that with his comment about how he “didn’t work this hard to be out of the rotation” (Trib) just two weeks into the season, and other players’ complaints about playing time, and Corbin’s flip-flopping every time someone complains, you have to wonder what kind of atmosphere we have in the locker room right now.
Four. Jerry Sloan doesn’t get shown on the Jumbotron at Jazz games, but not so for BYU games. Here are Jerry and Phil Johnson on the Jumbotron at the BYU game (played at the ESA) on 12/29, via @saltcityhoops:
Per Jeremiah Jensen (@jjsportsbeat), Jerry and Phil got a nice ovation from the crowd:
As this game took place at the ESA, one can only wonder whether the Jumbotron operator faces disciplinary action and has lost Jumbotron privileges like the Jazz employee that accidentally sent that Phil Jackson tweet out on the Jazz’s official Twitter account.
Five. The Jazz have been showing this ad during game broadcasts and promoting the “Return of AK” to sell tickets:
This, shown during the Jazz’s last game, is therefore kind of a bitch move: