PORTLAND, Ore. — Take a quick glance at Diante Garrett’s head, and it’s quite evident that the backup point guard doesn’t have as much hair as he did before the All-Star break.
But the Utah Jazz player lost more than just some length in his do. Garrett also lost the distinction of having the most unique haircut on the team.
And he’s OK with that.
“I got back home (in Milwaukee during All-Star weekend) and I’m like, ‘I’m just going to cut it,’” Garrett said. “Start the second half off with a different look.’”
It certainly looks less unwieldy.
“It was like a ‘frohawk/mohawk,'” Garrett said, smiling.
He explained that his do expanded up top into the frohawk when the Jazz were on road trips and he couldn’t make it to the barber.
When he got it cut, it was more of a small mohawk.
Now, Garrett’s cleaned-up hair is quite short and cut to a uniform length.
“I feel good,” he said. “And it looks good, I think.”
He’s gotta be more aerodynamic, too.
Center Rudy Gobert, who had to carry Garrett’s shoes (and others) out of the arena after Friday’s shootaround as part of his rookie duties, wisely declined to comment on whether he liked the original frohawk.
“Just different,” he said. “Just different.”
Gobert smiled when asked who has the best hair on the team now.
“I would say Rich,” he responded.
Rich, as in Richard Jefferson, yes, as in the player who keeps his dome cleanly shaved.
TRADE VETERAN: Before Thursday’s deadline, point guard Trey Burke was teasingly asked what it was like to be involved in a deal. The Jazz sent two first-round picks — No. 14 Shabazz Muhammad and No. 21 Gorgui Dieng to the Timberwolves in exchange for the NCAA player of the year on draft night last June.
“It was a weird trade. It was something I experienced when I first came into the NBA,” Burke said. “You have to understand that it’s a business. Things happen. That’s just how it goes.”
One of the weirder parts of that night for Burke was how an NBA official confiscated his Timberwolves hat after the trade went down. He was given a new Jazz cap, though.
The former Minnesota player will face his old team Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
PRACTICE DEFENSE: Utah Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan bemoaned the fact that you don’t see kids out in the driveway hoop practicing defense. They’re always shooting. With that in mind, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin admitted it can be difficult to get guys to commit to the defensive end of the court.
“Guys value the other side more because that’s the numbers game, that’s where the numbers are,” Corbin said. “If you can be an offensive player and a defensive player, you’re usually one of the top players in your position.”