Fresh Prince sidekick a hit with fans, Jazz

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5 2013 10:25 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Mo Williams wasn't at Monday's Jazz-Kings game, but one of his friends came anyway.

That pal?

Alfonso Ribeiro.

Fans of cheesy sitcoms and cheesier dance moves know him as Carlton Banks — Will Smith's sidekick comic relief buddy from the old 1990s hit "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Jazz fans went nuts at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday when "Fresh Prince" footage was shown of Ribeiro doing his infamous "Carlton" dance. He was then greeted with a loud ovation when shown on the JumboTron in the stands.

Ribeiro chilled out by the Jazz locker room following the game, chatting with players and coaches and getting his photo taken.

He might have barely been noticed at Staples Center with all the A-listers. But Carlton's presence was much appreciated by Utah. He's on a ski trip at Park City and decided to swing by for an NBA game.

"He's a good guy. He likes basketball," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "He's a golfer also, so I had a great chance to visit with him a little bit. I was happy to see him at the game."

Corbin admitted he's a fan of Ribeiro's.

"My son (Tyrell) is actually a big Fresh Prince fan. He has all the episodes," Corbin said. "I still occasionally watch it. I like to see him dance."

Paul Millsap also had a good time with the actor, even posting a picture on his new Twitter account with this message: "Lots of fun chillin with this guy in the locker room after the game. Always loved fresh prince! @alfonso_ribeiro."

NO POINT: One thing you probably shouldn't expect between now and when the Jazz get back to full strength is Al Jefferson at point guard, something Big Al has offered up this season.

"I'm going to hold that one," Corbin said. "You saw the 3-pointer (Monday) night."

That was a playful dig at Jefferson's airball attempt at the end of regulation, an unplanned-for shot that happened after the center went the wrong way on a pick-and-roll play.

"After (Monday) night, I know he's not going to let me do that now," Jefferson said about playing point guard. "I've got to try to redeem myself."

Teasingly called "Hot Shot" before Tuesday's practice, Jefferson chuckled but added, "I don't think I like that nickname."

INJURY UPDATE: Gordon Hayward (sprained right shoulder) and Earl Watson (right leg, bruising and stress fracture) are both officially listed as "doubtful" for tonight's game. Starting point guard Jamaal Tinsley is expected to play despite a left ankle injury.

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