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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jeremy Evans drives on Golden State's Klay Thompson during first period play as the Jazz hosted the Golden State Warriors, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
Utah Jazz notes: Jeremy Evans eyeing ESA art exhibit

He has 20 paintings ready if he can talk arena into displaying them.

First Published Mar 26 2014 04:03 pm • Last Updated Mar 26 2014 11:54 pm

Jeremy Evans’ first big art unveiling came two years ago in the slam dunk contest, when the Utah Jazz forward jumped over a portrait of himself slam dunking a basketball.

Now the part-time artist is hoping to put a few more pieces on display.

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"I’m working on it," Evans said this week. "I talked to one of the guys over at the arena maybe two or three days ago. Talking about getting an exhibit up just so I can show some. Hopefully before the end of the season if they’re able to work it out."

The fourth-year pro said he doesn’t have much time for art during the season, though he occasionally begins to sketch things in his free time. But Evans has 20 or so pictures — a mix of styles and subject matter ‚ ready to go for a possible exhibit.

"I put them together just for this," he said. "I can’t go in with like eight or nine pictures. So I’ve put together at least 20."

The Madness continues

"San Diego State doesn’t stand a chance," Jazz forward Richard Jefferson said, patting the Aztec logo on Malcolm Thomas’ jacket as he walked out of the locker room this week.

As the NCAA tournament continues, the brackets have pitted two Utah Jazz teammates against each other. Jefferson, who helped take the Arizona Wildcats to the 2001 title game, and Thomas, who played at San Diego State from 2009-11, will be able to settle things once and for all Thursday, when their alma maters go head to head in the Sweet 16.

Jefferson has shown confidence in his ’Cats, but has some concerns.

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"I want my team to win. I support them," he said. "Do I like them? They are a good team but there are some holes in their game. They don’t have a dominant scorer and they don’t shoot free throws very well. But their defense is probably the best in the country."

Another assist

Wednesday, on John Stockton’s 52nd birthday, rookie point guard Trey Burke reflected back on some of the lessons he learned spending time with the Jazz legend this summer.

"He taught me a lot," Burke said. "I think the main thing is just staying the course. He told me his rookie year he didn’t have the type of year he wanted, or he wasn’t playing as much as he maybe thought he could have. I always think about that. He told me you’re going to face adversity. You just have to learn how to get through it and continue to learn from your mistakes."


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