the soul is the prison of the body

January 5, 2008 at 12:09 am | Posted in basketball, brian | Leave a comment

a phone-call from an old friend and i’m off the the jazz game. and perfect timing. i’d been working out a post in my head about the giricek (and future first round pick) for korver trade ever since korver’s first game in a jazz uniform (which was monday) and now i’m going to a game between the two teams involved in the trade.

parking was a nightmare. we opted for the gateway. did you know there’s an urban outfitters at the gateway now?

back to the trade and it’s repercussions: i can’t believe the jazz didn’t trade for this guy years ago. korver’s exactly the kind of player the jazz want: a great out-side shooter who isn’t a liability on defense, deceptively physical and white. and he’s almost exactly the kind of player jazz fans want on the jazz: he drains threes, is a white american and he’s handsome. the only negatives for jazz fans is his long hair and the fact that he’s not married, but those are both changeable qualities and ones that can be overlooked as long as he’s hitting threes.

when he checked in monday night, it was like a dream. the jazz are struggling against the trailblazers (who have won twelve or thirteen in a row) with lamarcus aldridge going crazy. i mean, he’s not missing. part way into the second quarter, korver makes his first appearance to a near standing ovation. he hasn’t even played a second as a jazzman and i would guess that most of the people at the nuclear fallout arena had no idea he existed prior to the trade and he enters the game to a deafening applause. once in the game, he nails a couple threes and plays some solid defense. more importantly, the entire jazz team plays better. they go on to win, which isn’t something they’ve been doing a lot of lately. now korver is every jazz fan’s favorite from fourteen year-old girls to hipsters who watch basketball ironically to ron boone, thurl bailey and craig bolerjack.

now it’s wednesday night and we arrive just after tip-off. but the story line tonight isn’t korver and his three-pointers but gordon giricek. giricek had been on the jazz for a couple of years, was a decent (but inconsistent) role player who helped the jazz to the conference finals last year. giricek and sloan never got along, but i don’t think very many people get along with sloan. so what happens when he enters the game? he gets booed. not just booed, he gets booed substantially more than korver gets cheered. every time giricek even touched the ball, the boos rained down. even these ten year-old girls in breast-cancer-pink boozer jerseys who sat two rows behind me joined in the boos even going as far as chanting giricek sucks for while he attempted free-throws. (i admit that this was pretty funny.) i couldn’t believe it, everyone hated giricek. i mean hated him. and why? because he got in a couple arguments with sloan? because he was a streaky shooter who sometimes slacked a little defense? because the jazz where able to trade him for korver (a player who will make the jazz better)?

fight thought the jazz should have put together a little highlight reel of giricek’s best jazz moments. kind of a little thanks for the memories kind of thing. that would have been nice.

oh yeah. and even okur hates giricek. in the fourth quarter, gordon has a fast break lay-up to the ground and memo slams him to the ground and then stands over him and stares him down. but i heard that giricek is just going to play out this year with the sixers and then finish his career in one of the european leagues. and good for him, the nba is bs.

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