Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Live at the Hi-er, Nest: Jazz players discuss their team name

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 1:32 AM

by Alejandro de los Rios

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Going down this stretch run towards the playoffs, Tyson Chandler and Byron Scott have both talked about how these last couple of games work as conditioning for the playoffs. Well, the Hornets are getting one hell of a workout right now courtesy of the Utah Jazz. and were down at the half.

But let's get onto more important matters. Specifically, what do Jazz players think about their team's name?

"We actually had a discussion about this less than a week ago," C.J. Miles said. "If it started in Utah they wouldn't be the Jazz."

So what would they be if they did?

"I don't know," he said. "We couldn't think of a good name that's not already taken or isn't corny."

Athletes, apparently, aren't the best at coming up with original team names. Miles said that among the names thrown around were Avalanche and Grizzlies, both of which are taken. I asked what the best jazz club he's ever been to in Salt Lake City is.

"I've never been to a jazz club in Salt Lake," he said.

Kyle Korver noted that there probably isn't a single jazz club in Utah. So what kind of music do people listen to up there?

"There's a really strong mountain vibe, you know what I mean?" he said.

Um, no actually. Care to expand.

"Snowboards, skiing, climbing, stuff like that," he said. "People that hang out listen to stuff that's not real mainstream. Kind of alternative, easy going."

Like Jack Johnson?

"Yea, that kind of vibe," he said.

So it's established, the Jazz have nothing to do with Utah. Any chance they'll give back the name?

"Because of the tradition, you can't really change it," Miles said.

Yes, nothing screams "JAZZ" like a tradition of mountain climbing, alternative rock and an 85% white population.

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