Jazz-Lakers Notes: AK47 Ready to Return; Would Sloan Destroy Twitter?
Andrei Kirilenko is ready to return after missing 23 of Utah's last 25 games, having strained both his right calf and the Jazz's playoff potential on March 12. We'll see if he can pull off a Brandon Roy and lift his team to a much-needed win, but Kirilenko is as curious as everyone else to see what kind of game he can have in his limited state.
"I want to get in the game and try to be valuable, to stay in rhythm and be a part of this aggressive game," Kirilenko said. "I will try to be aggressive defensively. Just try to play my game. Again, it's going to be pretty tough. That's a lot of days, a lot of games without rhythm, but I have to do it."
Kirilenko said he was unaware of a minutes limit and expects everything to be gauged on his performance.
"I think it's going to be up to how I play, how I look on the floor," Kirilenko said. "In my mind, I'm ready to play the whole game, but you're going to see it on the floor how you handle it."
As for Artest, he reportedly opted to use Twitter to vent frustrations about Lakers coach Phil Jackson. The game's winningest coach hasn't seemed too bothered by Artest's method of communication, but one can only wonder what the less-tolerant Sloan might do if it was one of his players complaining in such a way.
Carlos Boozer's guess? The Jazz forward is pretty sure Twitter would end as we know it.
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Sloan was later asked that very question.
"Twittering? How do you spell that?" he began with a laugh. "I'm really not all that familiar with it. I don't even know any of that stuff. We always try to tell our guys at the beginning of the year to try and use common sense and good judgment to where you don't put yourself in a tough position, and hopefully they can abide by that.
"It's the age now of that sort of thing, and I think you always want to try to keep it as positive as possible. If (something like that happened), I'd probably have to talk to somebody about it."
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