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The Downbeat - 25 March 2010 - #193 - The So Long Greenies Edition

 1_medium Details on the SLC Dunk night out coming later today in a post.  So get ready to sign up.  It's going to have to be quick so that we can get what we want.

Hope you're all readying moni's "best of" opponent's game threads.  There are some choice comments.

Looks like Memo is going to be playing in the World Championships this summer,

But after meeting over dinner Tuesday night here in Toronto with two officials from the Turkish Basketball Federation, Türkiye Basketbol Federasyonu, Jazz center Mehmet Okur seemed confident Wednesday that he'll play when later this year his home country hosts FIBA's World Championships.

"Pretty much I'll be there," said Okur, who scored 16 in Utah's win Wednesday at Toronto.

He goes on to say,

"It's really hard to ... to run outside, and mountains, jumping, stuff like that," added Okur, who won silver with Turkey's 2001 European Championships team. "Because we play 100 games over here (in the NBA, including preseason/postseason games) ... I said I'll do that stuff, but if you want give my 100 percent, you just have to trust me. It went quite well."

I would think that by training in Utah, he'd be used to that, it's a lot higher elevation that most places in Turkey.  I find it humorous that he lists running and jumping as hard things when that's what he does for a living.  Maybe something was lost in translation and we was talking about running up and jumping over mountains?  What is this, Russia?

So long to the Jazz green unis for the season.  Last night was the last night we'll see them for a while.  I don't know if they'll bust them out next season or not.

However, it's likely the Jazz are going to get new unis next season that should be sporting the note and a little bit of the old Jazz colors.  Maybe the throwback next season will be the white/purple unis with the note?

I don't think you can blame Denver's struggles on Adrian Dantley in the slightest.  Like I've said before, they're missing Martin to help on D.  Still, it's got to be quite a bit of pressure on AD to take over a hot Denver team down the stretch.  I'm not sure who would blame him, but it's not the players,

If the Nuggets falter down the stretch, Dantley likely takes the blame. If Denver thrives during the final days of the regular season, the players get the kudos for winning under such circumstances.

"AD is doing a great job, and the last couple of games I don't think it has anything to do with Coach AD,'' Carmelo Anthony said. "I know it's hard for him.

"As a head coach, it's his first time, losing three straight like this. Every time you lose three straight, as a coach, you are going to start thinking what you're doing, what you're not doing.

"But it's nothing he's not doing. He's doing the best he can.''

They're in a tough spot but they'll be fine for the playoffs.