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Final(?) Off-Season Odds and Ends

September 25, 2014

One. Back in the summer of 2009, Ronnie Price (forever “Ronnie P” to me) was asked how much of the final 17 minutes of the Jazz’s last Playoff game was “Hey, you forgot about me and I’m proving to you what I could have brought.”

His response: “It was more ‘I hate the Lakers’…It was more about that. It had nothing to do with trying to prove a point to Coach or anything like that. I just like getting my name called and like being on the court and having a chance to compete, especially against a team I can’t stand.”

Price just signed with the Lakers, and the comment was picked up and tweeted out by a Lakers blog.

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How are Lakers fans responding? Pretty much how you’d expect:

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Two. I’ll let Kyrylo Fesenko break the news himself:

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For the record, he was listed at 288 when he was with the Jazz.

Three. Patrick Beilein’s path to Jazz player development coach/video analyst:

Patrick landed the job with Utah after being approached from deep left field by the Jazz. The team’s front office came calling this summer to gauge his interest in being head coach of the Idaho Stampede, the franchise’s NBA Developmental League affiliate. He was one of three finalists and, after interviewing with general manager Dennis Lindsey and others, was confident he’d be hired.

Instead, not long after, the Jazz called Patrick Beilein to say he’d be more valuable on Jazz coach Quin Snyder’s staff. The offer came despite Patrick having “no connection whatsoever*” to Snyder or the franchise. He accepted with little hesitance, leaving his head coaching gig at West Virginia Wesleyan after going 35-24 in two seasons. (M Live)

* His dad, John, was Trey Burke’s college coach.

Four. I believe the new season of Downton Abbey isn’t airing stateside until next year, but for those who have already watched the Season 5 premiere, did this scene bring to anyone else’s mind one Carlos Boozer?

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Five. The new Stockton and Malone (aka your beloved Jazz beat writers Aaron “Stockton” Falk and Jody “Malone” Genessy) at the Jazz’s Media Training Camp, via @DJJazzyJody:

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