Off-Day Odds and Ends
One. Jackson Emery tweet from last night’s game (H/T @Mac_Jazz):
Two. Also from last night: Here’s the awesome Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap locker exchange transcribed in the recap, via @da_breezman:
Three. More from last night: The guy wearing this quite colorful outfit…
…has been confirmed to be DeMarre Carroll:
Four. An awesome Jerry Sloan and Karl Malone hunting story, as told by Greg Foster, as posted here:
Three friends set out on a pheasant hunt early one morning. Two of them were from the country, were seasoned hunters and knew their way around a shotgun; finding the game bird was second nature to them. The third hunter was a city boy. He had never used a shotgun and when it came to hunting, he didn’t have the slightest clue.
Greg Foster knew why Jerry Sloan and Karl Malone took him hunting that morning.
“They told me when you hunt pheasant you use a ‘bird dog’ that finds them for you,” Foster said. “We didn’t have one so they had me running around trying to scare up these birds. Here I am running like a mad man, waving my arms around while Jerry and Karl laughed in the distance.”
Foster, who’s currently an assistant coach at UTEP, also talked about how Jerry influenced his own coaching style:
“He demanded that you executed and were consistent at every aspect of the game and it showed on the court,” he said. “He would definitely ride you but he got the most out of us.”
When asked if he had a little of Sloan in his own coaching style he let out a big laugh with a resounding nod.
“Oh you bet I do,” he said. “I’ll get after a guy and have no problem with it. I learned playing for Jerry that it’s not personal and we’re just trying to make the player better. It’s all about winning and nothing else really matters.”
On his years with the Jazz:
“I still get chills when I see [Salt Lake City],” he said. “I had so many good years here. Hands down I loved playing for the Jazz more than any other team. We played the right way and had a great group of guys. We came up a little short but I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything.”
Five. Off-Day Quotage:
** Sidney Lowe, unintentional dirty quote machine (UDQM): Obviously without Gordon and without Earl, you know, a lot of that time falls on Jamaal, and certainly he needs a blow. And I think Alec is coming and doing a great job.
** Spencer Checketts: 48 games in, you know who you are now.
Kevin O’Connor: Exactly.
Checketts: And who would that be?
KOC: Don’t know yet. When I say we know who we are, we still don’t know yet. I mean, that’s probably the best answer.
** Big Al on camraderie: It’s my ninth year in the league, and I have to say this is by far the best, you know, team far as off the court, and great guys, that I have ever been on. You know, I think that can take you a long way. You know, since I been here, really. You know, even Raja Bell. Raja Bell was a great teammate, beside his other issues with [Tyrone Corbin], but I just think that it’s the best set of guys that we have, and I think that have a lot to do with our success because it don’t matter who scores or who have, you know, the success that night, you know, long as we get the win.
** Alec Burks on whether he prefers playing point guard or shooting guard: As long as I’m on the court, man. That’s the position I like.
** Lowe on Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter: When you look at Derrick and Enes together, you can see where, you know, defensively, you know, it picks up for us a little bit. They really get after it pretty good, rebounding and defending and running the floor. And then Coach* will go to them in the post. You know, our offense really doesn’t change much, you know, we go to Al, and when Derrick and Enes are in the ball game, you’ll see, you know, they touch the ball quite a bit.
* As always, Lowe is very careful to only deferentially and reverentially refer to Corbin as “Coach” and never by name.