It's hard to believe, but the NBA season is just around the corner. So come with us now as we present five tiny tidbits on each team, just to get you in the mood. Today we continue with the Northwest Division, so do us a favor and send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 1. What Will Brown Do For You? Graduating from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, where he played quarterback on the football team and drew recruiting interest from Florida State, Dee Brown finished with a class academic ranking of 16th out of 382 graduates. Oh, and Dee Brown is freaking awesome ... and back with Deron Williams!
• 2. Money Don't Matter 2 Night. Carlos Boozer is the only member of the Jazz to have sued rock star Prince. Boozer, through his corporate entity C Booz Multifamily I LLC, maintained that Prince had made unauthorized alterations while leasing Booser's house. The suit was later dropped by Boozer.
• 3. Andrei The Giant. The Russian Superleague has a slam dunk competition — who knew? — at which Andrei Kirilenko finished second in April, 2000 as a member of CSKA Moscow. The winner was someone named Harold Dean of Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody. But in the overall scheme of things, isn't Kirilenko the winner here? His wife reportedly has agreed to allow him to sleep with another woman for one night a year.
• 4. His Nickname Should Be Midnight Express. Please enjoy Mehmet Okur's web page. Hope you speak Turkish.
• 5. Shifting Gears. Mark Eaton, who played for the Jazz from 1982 to 1993, attended the Arizona Automotive Institute right out of high school and graduated as a repair technician. He was discovered while repairing cars by Cypress Junior College basketball coach Tom Lubin.