Utah Jazz: Randy Foye hosts school children in Philadelphia
Philadelphia • If not for Randy Foye, there may have been nobody at Wells Fargo Center to watch the Jazz play the 76ers Friday night.
The Jazz guard, who played collegiately in Philadelphia at Villanova, provided 100 tickets for school-aged kids from New Jersey who participate in the Randy Foye Foundation, which helps them through school with grade monitoring and other programs.
"Sometimes you're in the inner cities, kids are in tough situations," Foye said. "Single-parent home, no parents. Like, I grew up with no parents; they may be easily influenced by others. That's where we come in."
Foye grew up in Newark, N.J., and attended East Side High School. In his first year with the Jazz, the former lottery pick has been the Jazz's leader off the bench. Entering Friday's game, Foye averaged 12.2 points per game in 25.4 minutes.
In Friday's lightly attended game in Philadelphia, Foye gave his fans something to cheer about at the start of the second quarter, when he made a 3-pointer as the shot clock ran out. The basket pulled the Jazz within seven amid what turned out to be a 17-2 Utah run.
Following Friday's shoot around, Mo Williams scratched his beard. By the sixth day away from home, it had gotten too long.
Fortunately, Foye had a remedy. It wasn't just kids in his foundation he helped out in Philly.
Foye called up his longtime barber, who Foye said is named Christian, "but we call him Cake."
Cake was busy Friday, as Foye, Williams, Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams all got haircuts.
"We've been on the road for a while," Foye said, "and we all need haircuts."