Utah Jazz notebook: Players break out their winter gear — and Spongebob?
SALT LAKE CITY — The first big snowstorm of the winter — or is it still fall? — resulted in expected wardrobe choices for Utah Jazz players on Thursday morning.
Gordon Hayward, an Indianapolis product who's no stranger to frigid weather, busted out his coat.
Marvin Williams, who spent his first seven NBA seasons in warmer Atlanta, was bundled up. Mississippi transplants Al Jefferson and Mo Williams each sported grey stocking caps for the cold commute between the arena and the parking lot.
And then there was Enes Kanter.
No, the team's emerging class clown wasn't tromping around in moonboots.
Despite the wintry conditions, the 20-year-old's post-shootaround outfit consisted of gym shorts, canary-colored shoes and a matching bright yellow Spongebob Squarepants T-shirt.
"My teammates saw it," he said, "and they started laughing."
And shaking their heads.
"I had to wear my sunglasses before I could look at him. It was so loud," Jefferson joked. "You're talking about Big Turkey."
"H.T.," Mo Williams added. "Hollywood Turk."
A.k.a. SpongeKanter Squarepants.
Marvin Williams both complimented and counseled his teammate, who was within earshot.
"I kind of like it," Williams said of Kanter's cartoonish top. "Give him plus points for wearing it at shootaround."
The 26-year-old then dished out advice to the second-year Jazzman: "He's got no sweats on. I woke up today and it's snowing. You've got to put some type of sweats on, man."
Mo Williams played in Los Angeles the past year and a half, and his mild-weather homestate doesn't see much snow. But he said Utah's climate doesn't bother him or his Magnolia State buddy, Big Al.
"He's been in Boston and Minnesota. I've been in Cleveland, Milwaukee and also here," Williams said. "A large part of our life, we've been in the snow, so it's nothing new."
"We used to it," Jefferson added.
Before Williams had a chance to discover the snow for himself, his excited children burst into his bedroom to tell him all about the winter wonderland.
"They came and woke me up too early, with their gloves in their hand and they still had their pajamas on," Williams said, laughing. "They told me, 'It's snowing!' I said, 'Why you telling me that?'"
Maybe because it's perfect Spongebob shirt weather?
GETTING ANIMATED: With Kanter's attire being an important topic of conversation at shootaround, Big Al and Williams, doing a combined morning interview, were asked what cartoon character they'd wear on a T-shirt.
"Garfield myself," Jefferson said. "He's a fat, lazy cat."
Williams smiled while unbundling a couple of layers to reveal that he was wearing a shirt with a yellow and black Batman logo on the front.
NO 'WEST' WILLY: Unfortunately, one of the more memorable moments of the 2011-12 season involved Dallas guard Delonte West sticking his finger in Hayward's ear.
The Mavericks will visit Utah for the 2012-13 season-opener next Wednesday, but it doesn't look like West will play. He was suspended indefinitely on Thursday for conduct detrimental to the team.
That was news to Hayward.
"I don't really pay attention to that stuff," he said following shootaround.
Hayward said he never received an apology from West for the weird incident, which resulted in the Dallas guard being fined $25,000 by the NBA.
The Jazz shooting guard said West's possible absence "won't change anything for me" next Wednesday.
One thing's for certain: Hayward won't be tempted to wear earplugs.
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