Odds and Ends from a Busy Week
Wow. A lot of player activity happened this last week. I know that none of it had the fanfare of “The Decision,” but several teams look a lot different than they did a week ago. I’ve collected some random notes:
Jefferson’s Press Conference
I’m impressed. Jefferson intro to the media as a Jazz man was solid.
Immediately after the deal was announced, I think two of the biggest question marks that Jazz fans had for Jefferson was his defense and his knee, both of which he talked about very openly. He talked about his hopes to raise his game in general, and that he’s happy to have fellow players (and a coach) that will push him to get better. Living and Diving By The Jazz did a great write up on this, which I highly recommend. Also, if you’d like to listen to the audio, you can find it here.
Here are a couple of my favorite moments:
”The first thing [Deron] said to me [when they talked the night before was], ‘I’m going to make you an All-Star.’ That’s what he said to me. I [almost] dropped the phone. I was just so excited to know that I have his support. That meant a lot to me.”
“Boozer can beat you a lot of different ways. My whole mindset ever since I’ve been playing basketball is, I like to be in the ring, I like to be in the paint. That’s where we get nasty at, that’s where you become a man.…I think he had the edge on me as far as the outside range, but maybe I have the edge on him–no disrespect to him–I got the edge on him in the post game.”
Korver Says Farewell
Earlier today, Kyle Korver sent a farewell note to his Utah fans from his Facebook page:
Hey Jazz fans! Just wanted to take a couple minutes and say thank you for everything you guys have done for me these past 2.5 years. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I came here. My Grandpa Korver always tells me, when you pray, expect the unexpected. Well, Utah was very unexpected! But man…. but you guys have helped make these past seasons the most enjoyable of my career.
Warriors Under New Management
ESPN reports that the Golden State Warriors have been sold for a record $450 million dollars to Boston Celtics minority partner Joe Lacob and Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber.
“I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be the next steward of this storied NBA franchise. This is my dream come true,” said Lacob, who is also the managing partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “Peter and I intend to do what we do best — innovating and building. It is our passion to return the Warriors to greatness and build nothing short of a championship organization that will make all of us in the Bay Area proud.”
No word yet on what changes – if any – may be coming to the front office staff there, or if Don Nelson will hold onto his job as head coach.
Vote Today to Keep Pacers in Indiana
I’m honestly still pretty shocked that this wasn’t more heavily reported – though maybe I shouldn’t be in the wake of LeBron-Gate, but the Pacers are in some serious financial trouble, and may have to leave Indiana. A vote is scheduled for today for the city’s Capital Improvement Board to provide the Pacers with 10 million dollars a year for 3 years along with 3.5 million dollars for capital improvements for things like telephones and scoreboards.
In exchange, the Pacers would need to stay in Indiana for three years.
In other Pacers news, Clark Kellogg has been named the Pacers Vice President of Player Relations.
Kevin Durrant is a Stud
This from his Tweeter feed:
Now everybody wanna play for the heat and the Lakers? Let’s go back to being competitive and going at these peoples!
So say we all.
The ESPYs Poke Fun at “The Decision”
I’ve got to hand it to ESPN, after a brutal backlash for their part in airing LeBron’s decision, they reached for a bit of redemption by getting Paul Rudd to interview Steve Carrell’s recent ‘Decision.’
And Brewer Makes Three…
Word is coming through now that Ronnie Brewer has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bulls. That makes three new Bulls (Brewer, Boozer and Korver) who played for the Utah Jazz last year.