CHARLOTTE — He doesn't hang out in the media room just yet. But he no longer has a locker, either.
Former Jazz point guard Brevin Knight instead is taking baby steps toward a broadcasting career, working his fifth game as a part-time radio analyst Saturday night when another of his nine former NBA teams, the Charlotte Bobcats, played Utah.
He's done a bit of work in the past for NBA TV, too.
But he doesn't consider him retired as a player quite yet.
"I'm still in that in-between stage," said Knight, the Jazz's primary backup at the point behind starter Deron Williams last season. "I'm not playing, of course. But I'm not full media.
"Mediaer. I guess that's what I am."
Eventually, Knight — who averaged 2.4 points and 12.7 minutes while shooting just 34.9 percent over 74 games while in Utah — wants to make NBA broadcasting a full-time endeavor.
To that end, he took part this past July — in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association — in a broadcasting career development program at Syracuse University's noted S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with five other current/former NBA players, Tony Battie, Mike James, Anthony Parker, Malik Rose and ex-Jazz forward Donyell Marshall.
"I know this is what I want to do," said Knight, who for now is working this month's home games only in Charlotte.
"I don't want people to think I'm not serious about it," the Stanford product added.
"And I don't want somebody to let me do it 'just because.' ... (But) this is making not playing go a little smoother for me."
Knight, though, hasn't giving up on the notion of a 13th NBA season.
Even though a few opportunities with other teams didn't materialize, including perhaps playing for Philadelphia or rejoining Memphis, the 34-year-old still is working out and staying NBA-ready.
"I'm not begging anybody for anything. That's pretty much where I am," said Knight, who decided to keep Charlotte as his family home even after leaving the Bobcats in 2007. "I would love to play. I would love to help a team. If somebody needs a veteran guard that can play the game, I'm willing.
"But I'm not out there with 'Knight For Your Team' posters and pins. I've been a professional in this league for 12 years and feel like I've helped teams, and if it happens I would love to do it. If not, I'm happy being here with my family, and doing the radio has been a lot of fun."
Knight wasn't sure if the 2008-09 season with the Jazz would be his final one in the NBA, but he did contemplate the possibility.
"Every year I played in this league that was the last year of my contract," he said, "I treated it as if it was my last year.
"It's been hard, because I miss the guys, being able to be in the locker room and talk junk," Knight added. "I miss all of that. I miss being able to go out and play basketball. I don't miss the politics of it at all. I don't miss 'the games' that get played. I don't miss that side of it at all. I just miss the pure basketball, the camaraderie with the guys."
Knight — traded to Utah for fellow point Jason Hart in 2008 — had nothing but good to say about his season with the Jazz, though.
"You know what you're going to get when you go to Utah if you're gonna be a backup point guard," he said. "So, were there any games or politics (there)? No. It is what it is.
"You know, or you hope, that maybe playing one way would make a difference. But, shoot. I mean, how can you play? You playing against a top-three point guard in our league (in Williams). ... You had to live with it.
"But I love the guys," added Knight, who spent all of Saturday's pregame warmups greeting and talking with one former Jazz teammate after another. "I have not a bad thing to say about (coach) Jerry (Sloan) and his staff. Nothing negative at all to say about the organization."
Knight's only regrets in Utah?
"I wish that we could have played better in that (first-round playoff) series, of course," he said. "But the (Los Angeles) Lakers were who they were. The outcome was what it was, and for the right reason.
"You would have liked to have seen what would have happened," Knight added, "barring the injuries, and our lineups being what they were."3 comments on this story
Knight knew he wouldn't be back with the Jazz after they selected current backup point Eric Maynor in the first round of last June's NBA Draft, then re-signed combo guard Ronnie Price in the offseason.
"I think Maynor will turn out to be a very good point guard," he said, "and Ronnie's Ronnie.
"His (Price's) thing is just being able to go out and get the time to do what he does. He's not a prototypical point guard, at all. He's exciting, he scores, he plays very hard. You just want to see him get the opportunity."