--He is a diehard fan.
But with a busy NBA schedule and all, it hasn't been easy for Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward to totally focus on this year's NCAA Tournament and the Final Four run of his former Butler Bulldogs.
He's watched some games from the Jazz locker room, some from the training room and some from his hotel room. The most difficult to keep track of was Butler's March 24 win over Wisconsin, which took place when Utah was playing a game of its own, at home against New Orleans.
"We were playing at exactly the same time," Hayward said, "so I really didn't get to see any of that and I just saw, like, updates in the arena."
So how did Hayward learn of the ultimate outcome? Thank an ex-Badger guard and current Jazz teammate for that.
"I bet Devin Harris that (Butler) would win," Hayward said, "and I came back (to the locker room) from the (Jazz) game and there was a $100 bill on my chair, so I knew (Butler) had won."
--With guards Devin Harris, Raja Bell and Ronnie Price and small forward Andrei Kirilenko all injured and out, the Jazz on Thursday signed combo guard Kyle Weaver from Austin of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract.
The 25-year-old Washington State product from Wisconsin has played 68 NBA games for Oklahoma City from 2008-10, and he was in Chicago's training camp last October. Drafted in the second round by Charlotte in '08, he started this season with Iowa of the D-League and later was traded to Austin.
"I loved his attitude," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, who worked out Weaver prior to the '08 draft. "He's a hard worker, a good defensive player."
Weaver is the 15th different D-League player promoted to the NBA this season. That list includes Austin big man Marcus Cousin, who spent 10 days in March with the Jazz. Weaver also is the seventh D-League call-up in Jazz history, joining Cousin, current Washington Wizard Othyus Jeffers, current New Jersey Net Sundiata Gaines, current Golden State Warrior Lou Amundson, Mikki Moore and Rusty LaRue.
Weaver backed up Earl Watson at the point on Friday. He had two points and two assists in his Jazz debut, going 0-for-3 from the field in 10 minutes.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It is what it is. Numbers-wise, I guess we can't get in now. But we're going to continue to play hard, try to win ballgames, and develop the guys. It's still unclear 'who are we,' so we've got to continue to play right." -- Coach Tyrone Corbin, after the Jazz were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
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