Oh, brothers: Utah Jazz pros and their bros

Published: Monday, Feb. 1 2010 1:52 a.m. MST

Kirk Korver is a 6-foot-7 freshman forward for Missouri-Kansas City, where he averages 5 points.

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Paul Millsap was once bitten by a dog.

Ask his younger brother, Elijah. He'll happily tell you about it.

Very happily.

Paul will talk about the biting in the Bayou, too. Just don't expect the same tone or tale.

If you believe Elijah's take on the family story with varying versions, it wasn't just any ordinary pooch that sank its teeth into Paul and his pants down the street from their Louisiana home when they were kids.

"He got bit," Elijah said, failing to hold back laughter, "by a three-legged dog."

Asked about the rajun Cajun canine caper, the 6-foot-8, 246-pound Jazz power forward acted like he'd give his brother's noggin a noogie if they were in the same room.

"It's not true. The dog wasn't three-legged," Paul insisted. "Everybody wants to make fun and say that."

Can't imagine why.

Perhaps hoping to clear up the family fable once and for all, Paul added with emphasis:

"It was a four-legged dog."

While the Millsap brothers have their detail-sharing differences — and amusingly so — Paul and Elijah have a bond that's common in these parts.

Basketball talent runs almost as thick as blood in many Utah Jazz families. Four of the NBA pros have bros currently on Division I college basketball rosters.

When he's not dishing up dirt on his brother, Elijah Millsap stars for the 25th-ranked University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Kaleb Korver is daring enough to play at Creighton where his sharpshooting sibling, Kyle Korver, remains a legend. The Jazz guard has another brother, Kirk, who is on the University of Missouri-Kansas City's squad.

Charles Boozer is at Iowa State, where he's much closer to cornfields than the Crazies at Duke who cheered on his two-time NBA All-Star older brother, Carlos Boozer.

And Cameron Miles headed even further west from his family's home in Dallas than his big brother in Utah, C.J. Miles, to play for the University of San Diego.

Not counting their superior basketball skills, the Millsaps, Korvers, Boozers and Miles boys act like many other brothers.

They're usually friends, but expected rivalries exist.

They get along but are competitive, roughhouse and go at it pretty hard when they're playing.

And they keep in touch.

Sometimes harder than others.

Take, for example, Kyle and Kaleb. The current Creighton player, who's now 21 years old, ended up with a bloodied face near the end of a pickup basketball game last summer when his mouth met his 28-year-old brother's elbow up close and personal.

"I made a move and drilled him right in the face with my forearm and knocked out his tooth," Kyle admitted — with a laugh, of course. "His tooth goes flying and he goes over … spits in the drinking fountain, blood all over the place."

Kyle continued, chuckling: "He's like, 'Game point. Our ball.' It was pretty fun."

Carlos didn't exactly take it easy on Charles, either, despite their six-year age difference.

"We used to have some battles back in the day. I used to beat him up pretty bad," the 28-year-old Jazz forward recalled with a smile. "He would go home crying."

Not every time, though.

Sometimes, Charles, now 22, would burn the midnight oil to better both his game and his chances against his brother.

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