No sweating headband policy
All three of the Utah Jazz's draft picks participating in the Rocky Mountain Revue - Ronnie Brewer, Dee Brown and Paul Millsap - wore headbands in college.
Will they be allowed to continue the practice in the NBA?
"Not unless I get fired, said a smiling Jerry Sloan.
Now 63 years old and entering his 19th season as the Jazz's head coach, Sloan is known for insisting that his players respect the game and obey some old-school rules.
Among other things, Jazz players are required to wear their jerseys tucked into their shorts. Headbands are also prohibited.
Brown has been wearing a headband "ever since high school. I'm a sweater, you know, and I didn't like the sweat getting in my eyes.
In Friday night's Rocky Mountain Revue, however, Brown played without a headband for the first time in years.
"That's the rule Coach Sloan has, he said. "You can't argue with it. So I'll make the adjustment.
As soon as the Jazz used the 14th pick in the draft on Brewer, he knew his headband days were numbered.
"After talking to some people, I knew that wasn't going to slide here, he said. "But it's not a problem. I'm still in the NBA.
In opening night action at the Revue, Deron Williams produced 16 points and seven assists in only 19 minutes to power the Jazz to a 98-76 victory over Atlanta.
Brown nailed three straight three-pointers in a four-minute span of the third quarter, when Utah opened a 76-51 lead and put the game away. Scoreless in the first half, he finished with 12 points in the third quarter.
Newly-acquired center Rafael Araujo was not around for the finish.
He was ejected midway through the third quarter after being fouled, knocking down Atlanta's Marvin Williams on his way out of bounds and being slapped with a technical foul. Araujo, who had flagrantly fouled Williams in the first half, finished with six points and three rebounds in 10 minutes.
In other games:
l Shavlik Randolph scored 25 points and rookie Rodney Carney added 17 as Philadelphia overcame a 19-point deficit and defeated Seattle, 88-74. Randolph also grabbed 13 rebounds. Noel Felix scored 19 points for the Sonics, who got seven points, five blocks and four rebounds from first-round draft pick Saer Sene.
l Melvin Saunders scored 23 points and San Antonio outscored Dallas 50-38 in the second half en route to a 79-71 victory. The two teams went 0-for-12 on three-point shots. For the Mavs, Rawle Marshall finished with 20 points despite 6-for-18 shooting while Snow College product Jackson Vroman added 11.
One more gone
The Jazz started Revue play with a 15-man roster. David Hawkins, a guard-forward from Temple who has spent the last two seasons in Italy, left the team Friday morning after getting another offer from overseas. His chances of making the Jazz's final roster probably ended when veteran swingman Matt Harpring re-signed on
Wednesday. Hawkins averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for Lottomatica Roma.