Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A national sports writer visited Utah last week to do a feature on what he described as "the awkward relationship between (Carlos) Boozer and the Jazz these days."
The lengthy article by Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears gave a wider audience an interesting overview of the ongoing saga — from the infamous raise comment to the offseason trade ordeal.
Boozer also revealed to him why he didn't attend the viewing and funeral for the late Larry H. Miller after the Jazz owner passed away in February.
Other teammates didn't attend, but Boozer's absence in particular, team sources told Spears, "raised the eyebrow of some in the organization."
Boozer explained his reasoning.
"Funerals are a tough thing to go through. After I saw (Miller) in the hospital, I wanted to remember him how I just saw him last. Confident. Happy. Not happy-happy, but happy enough to give us some words of wisdom for the rest of our season," Boozer said.
"That's how I want to remember him. I didn't want to go to his wake and see his body lying there. I didn't want to go to his funeral, where it would be sad. I wanted to remember Larry as Larry, as a fiery competitor — happy, emotional, a leader."
The article also touched on Boozer's personal life. The power forward told reporters on media day that he'd reconciled with his wife. The Boozers are all in Utah now.
"My wife and I got remarried and we are the happiest we've ever been," Boozer told Yahoo!. "The kids are here and doing good, too.
"That means I'm here and I've planted a seed. I'm planted here, so I'm happy to be here. It means that I'm committed and they are committed also."
Regarding that, Spears wrote:
"Planting a seed and letting it grow are two different things. For now, though, Boozer has vowed to play hard and help the Jazz return to the ranks of the Western Conference's elite. For one night (the preseason-opener), at least, he heard more cheers than boos. That's a start."
NO PRACTICE: After experiencing tendinitis soreness in his right knee in Thursday's preseason-opener, Deron Williams sat out practice Friday because of a sore right heel. The Jazz left for Europe on Saturday and didn't practice.
Williams is listed as probable to participate with the Jazz once they hit the ground in London today.
Kyle Korver (inflamed left knee) missed the game and only practiced lightly Friday. He is questionable for now.
ON THE AIR: Good news for Jazz fans who didn't splurge on a European vacation. NBA TV will televise both Jazz games this week. Utah plays Chicago in London at The O2 on Tuesday (12:30 p.m. MT) and then faces Real Madrid at the Palace of Sports in Spain on Thursday (12:30 p.m. MT).
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