Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah Jazz Notes
Jazz Reporters
Aaron Falk and Steve Luhm cover the Utah Jazz and the NBA for The Salt Lake Tribune. The Tribune on Twitter - Aaron Falk: @tribjazz, Steve Luhm: @sluhm

» Jazz section

» E-mail Aaron Falk

» E-mail Steve Luhm

» Subscribe (RSS)




Carroll says fans 'understand what I do'

Coverage from tonight's 113-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets:

Favors tutoring Jefferson on defense

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Kragthorpe: Quick analysis of Nuggets 113, Jazz 96

Nuggets drive by Jazz defense

Nuggets stay red-hot with lopsided win at Utah

The chant was not quite as loud, but no less sincere than the boos. When a small group of fans began chanting, "Carroll!" in the final minutes of the Jazz's 113-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, No. 3 noticed.

Marooned on the end of the Jazz bench for the last 10 games, DeMarre Carroll has continued to feel the love from Jazz fans.

"Fans they appreciate what I do and how I play," he said. "It's just one of those things. Keep waiting for my opportunity so I can get somewhere where I can get consistent minutes, be out there and really play my game."

Carroll, whose entire career feels like one giant Kickstarter campaign, became a fan favorite in Utah by interacting with supporters on Twitter, inviting them bowling, and a devil-may-care playing style that has alternated between him earning 12 starts and getting lost on the bench.

Carroll will be a free agent at the end of this season, and went so far Wednedsday night as to say his relationship with fans will play a role in his decision of whether to stay or go.

"They definitely are a priority," he said. "I'll decide what I'm going to do at the end of the year. Me, man, I'm just ... at a level of my life, a level of my game, I can play in the NBA. I can be a rotation player and contribute. It's just finding the right opportunity, finding the right system, the right coach that believes."

Carroll said fans "understand what I do" and "that's why I love it here in Utah. But I just got to see when it's all said and done, see what's my best opportunity."

With 3:05 left in Wednesday's game, Carroll checked in along with Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans and Earl Watson. With 30 seconds of being on the floor, he had his first rebound. Another 30 seconds later, he made a 22-foot jumper.

"Everytime I get out," Carroll said, "I leave it out on the floor, if it's two minutes, three minutes."

***

Earl Watson continues to be the most thoughtful, inquisative member of the Jazz roster. Tonight before the game he wanted to learn about newspapers. Watson asked why reporters, as a rule, tend to congregate around one player in the locker room following games. If you watch interviews on TV, you will often see hands and microphones poking at athletes from all directions. The answer I had for Watson was multifold: 1) Players get done showering/dressing at different times and are rarely ready to be interviewed at the same time; 2) When an interview subject is obvious, such as Randy Foye following his 8-for-9 night, you don't want to waste the guys' time by asking the same questions; 3) The one-on-one interview in that setting is almost impossible. Even if you step away from the pack that is, say, surrounding Mo Williams and go over to Foye, a couple of other reporters invariably will see you peeling off and, fearful that they'll miss something good, follow.

This isn't terribly interesting, but does explain why you see many of the same quotes in competing publications. Also, I think, it's more telling of Watson's role in the locker room. He aspires to coach one day, and if you listen to him speak or watch him in practice, it's difficult to imagine that day being too far off. He's a guy who wants to know how everything works and why. Come to think of it, if coaching somehow doesn't work out, he'd make a pretty good reporter.

— Bill Oram



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Twitter


Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
 
Jobs
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.