@flyskiwake: "No way. We have built upon that name and given that name an identity with the likes of Sloan, Malone, and Stockton."
@SurlyMae: "Nope. Wouldn't give up the name for a dozen rings either."
Finally, a heartfelt plea sent to me from New Orleans resident Paul Guillion (visit Jazzland.blogs.deseretnews.com for the entire letter): "Jazz is New Orleans. It is the very essence of our city. ... It's not a team nickname for us. It's a Name. Jazz represents everyone in New Orleans. If you guys can have (a) chance to correct this, please give us the Name back."
Today vs. Dallas, 7 p.m., ROOT
Bad news: Jazz have lost seven straight to the Mavs. Good news: Jazz killer Lamar Odom is an ex-Mav.
Wednesday at Portland, 8 p.m., ROOT
Jazz won't have to face LaMarcus Aldridge (hip surgery) as they end a rough road season in R.I.P. City.
Saturday vs. Orlando, 8:30 p.m., ROOT
Al Jefferson might be the happiest man on the court, seeing as Dwight Howard (back) won't be on it.
HOT: Derrick Favors
Second-year power forward has notched three consecutive double-doubles.
NOT: Enes Kanter
Rookie center hasn't pulled down more than five rebounds in two weeks.
The BIG stat
Golden State was 18-25 when owner Joe Lacob said "We think we can get our pick back" from Utah. Since then, however, his tanking team has gone 4-12 — a .250 winning percentage. The Jazz get the Warriors' first-round pick if it's not in the top seven after the lottery.
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