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"He just keeps getting better and better," Rivers said. "The thing that I thought I'd never say about Al, but Al's becoming a better passer and I'm very happy about that for him."
DERRICK FAVORS IS AN INCONTROVERTIBLE FORCE OF NATURE WHO HAS TRANSCENDED THE PREVIOUSLY ESTABLISHED BOUNDARIES FOR HUMAN ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENT AND WHOSE MERE PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE KEY STRIKES EARTH-TREMBLING TERROR INTO THE HEARTS OF NBA LEGENDS OF THE LIKES OF KOBE BEAN BRYANT
Okur occasionally called me by name, which was a rarity among recent Jazzplayers. I wasn't there with the team on the road, except during playoffs, and wasn't even there for every home game, either. As a columnist, I was just a random face. He could have treated me like one of the potted plants.
''It feels good to get the monkey off our back,'' he said. ''The first one seems like it's the toughest one but I'm glad the first one was as tough as it was today because we can learn from this.''
It's suggested that not all veterans would be so accommodating, especially with a couple of players who may wind up taking his job. Corbin agrees. "Great mentor for the young guys," Corbin says. "Especially with Enes and Derrick."
Had the kid from Louisiana Tech been satisfied just being a part of the NBA his night would have been over. The scouts would have been right his size prohibited him from becoming an NBA regular.
I had never met another Jazz fan in my life . . . but now with all of the connections we've made . . . I feel like you guys are with me at almost every moment of my day.