When I saw newly-crowned NBA slam-dunk champion Jeremy Evans prior to Monday afternoon's practice, I jokingly asked if he was still talking to the local media or if you needed to be a national guy to get an interview.
"Oh, man. Come on," said Evans, who won his title on Saturday night in Orlando.
The Jazz's second-year forward called his participation and victory in the slam-dunk contest "a dream come true" because "... not many people get this opportunity."
According to Evans, the globally-televised win has made his life "... a lot different. Everybody recognizes my face now. I thought it wouldn't happen like that, but it has."
Asked how his Utah teammates reacted to his slam-dunk title, Evans smiled and said, "They are just happy for me. They're glad I came back with the win. ... They're just proud of me."
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said, "We're happy he won. He's demonstrated he has a lot of skill in that area. ... We see his athletic ability on a daily basis. It's great to see the league and the world get the chance to see him."
So far this season, Evans averages 5.6 minutes in 16 games. He plays behind Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter in the Jazz's big-man rotation.
Will the slam-dunk title translate into more minutes for Evans?
"I'll have to talk to him and see what he wants," Corbin said, laughing. "... If you're the slam-dunk champion, I guess you get a voice."
-- Steve Luhm
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