Utah Jazz notebook: Mo Williams, Randy Foye back in familiar territory, Staples Center in L.A.
LOS ANGELES — For Mo Williams and Randy Foye, it was like old-home week when they played Saturday night at Staples Center.
The 13-year-old arena was their home last season, as both played for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011-12.
Unfortunately, neither player had a great game Saturday as each went 1 for 7 from the field, although Williams did hand out seven assists.
Williams, who played 74 games over the past two seasons after getting traded from Cleveland to the Clippers in February 2011, wasn’t too concerned, saying, “We won the game that’s the most important thing.’’
Foye played two full seasons for the Clippers after joining the team in the summer of 2010. He played in 128 games during which time he averaged 10.4 points per game.
“It felt good man, especially since we got the victory. It felt good to be back in L.A.,’’ Foye said. “It was weird coming in to the different locker-room. But we won, so everybody’s smiling and having a good time.’’
Corbin wasn’t too concerned about the Jazz's lack-of-shooting prowess, saying, “I’m not worried about that. They’re taking the right shots and they’ll start to find the hole.’’
LONG TRIP: It’s going to be a long stay for the Jazz, who have two games this week here — Tuesday night in Anaheim against the Lakers and back to Staples Center Wednesday for a game against the Clippers. In fact, it will mark the longest stretch of the season in one place for the Jazz aside from a couple long homestands during the regular season.
The Jazz left after Friday night’s game with Oklahoma City and arrived in L.A. after midnight. They will stay in Marina Del Ray the whole time and bus down to Anaheim.
No report yet if the Jazz are going to spend one of their off days at Disneyland or Universal Studios, but Jazz media relation director Jonathan Rinehart said the team has “no big plans” that he knows of — other than daily practices.
Perhaps they can take one of those tours in Hollywood and check out the mansions of movie stars ... or Kobe Bryant.
NEW GUYS: The Lakers made some big off-season acquisitions in getting Steve Nash as as free agent from Phoenix and Dwight Howard in a four-team trade from Orlando.
Nash received a loud ovation from the Staples Center crowd in his first appearance since signing with the Lakers. He was wearing a short haircut, looking more like he did in college when he played for Santa Clara. In Saturday night’s game he struggled, finishing with just two points and five assists in 23 minutes.
Howard, meanwhile, hasn’t played yet as he recovers from offseason back surgery. He isn’t expected to play for as long as another month. Howard was watching the game in the arena and received a nice ovation in the fourth quarter when he was shown on the jumbotron, wearing his “Clark Kent” glasses.
JAZZ NOTES: After the L.A. road trip, the Jazz will play the Clippers Saturday at home and then have two games against Portland next week — Monday at the Rose Garden and Thursday in Salt Lake City. ... After blocking a shot by Gordon Hayward into the stands, Metta World Peace walked back to retrieve the ball and kissed the hand of a female fan in the stands, drawing a response from the crowd. ... Jeremy Evans had the block of the night when he rejected Robert Sacre’s dunk attempt in the second quarter. Unfortunately, it didn’t count as a block because he fouled Sacre in the head on his follow-through of the dunk. ... Sacre fouled out early in the fourth quarter and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds ... Evans later drew some "oohs" from the crowd with a fourth-quarter dunk. ... The Lakers will play just once in Salt Lake City this year, in the second week of the season, Nov. 7, at EnergySolutions Arena. The two teams will play twice more, in Los Angeles Dec. 9 and Jan. 25. ... Last year, the Jazz and Lakers split four regular-season games with each team winning one game at home and one away. ... Paul Millsap missed his second straight game after leaving for his grandmother’s funeral. No word yet on when he will rejoin the team.
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