DALLAS — Sometimes the best interviews are the ones that don’t follow the script. That was the case recently when a certain Jazz beat writer asked Gordon Hayward about the dunk he had over Suns center Alex Len in Saturday’s win at Phoenix.
As he occasionally does, Joe Ingles listened in on his road locker neighbor’s interview — and then some.
The result was this humorous interaction:
Reporter: That dunk on the baseline. It didn’t look like you had space and then all of a sudden you’re jamming it down.
Ingles (overhears interview and interrupts): Jamming it down. HAMMER TIME!
Hayward and reporter: (Laughs)
Hayward: Joe could take some notes. His shot was under the rim there in the fourth quarter.
Ingles: That was finesse, baby. Finesse!
Hayward: I guess two points is two points if you want to look at it that way.
Ingles: Hey, stay in your lane. I got told to stay in my lane.
Reporter: I can’t even remember what the question was now.
Ingles: (Unintelligible Australian words, presumably about the reporter saying the dunk was “nice.”) Just say, “Yeah, thanks. I felt kind of athletic ”
Hayward: Here, Joe will take over this interview.
Ingles (speaking on behalf of Hayward): I felt kind of athletic. I saw Alex (Len) laying down there and just thought, “I’m going to hammer this thing down!” That’s about it. The rest is history.
Reporter: (Ends interview before it really goes downhill.)
HOMECOMING: Jazz guard Erick Green, the reigning D-League player of the month, was selected to participate in the D-League’s All-Star Game this Saturday during the NBA’s midseason festivities in Toronto.
Instead, Green will be headed to his home in Virginia.
In order to play in the D-League showcase, players have to be on an active roster on one of the teams.
“I’m just happy to be on an NBA team,” Green said. “Don’t get me wrong. It’s great to be selected, but now I get a chance to go home and spend time with my family who I haven’t got a chance to spend time with all year. It’s a good time to see my sisters play college and high school basketball so it will be great.”
Green’s second 10-day contract with the Jazz will expire during the upcoming All-Star break, which begins Thursday. He’s hopeful Utah will pick him up for the remainder of the year.
“I would love to be (with) the Utah Jazz. I love it here. They’ve been great to me, welcomed me in,” said Green, who was drafted in 2013 by the Jazz as part of the Rudy Gobert trade. “It’s been a great opportunity, but you never know what’s going to happen in this business. I’m just going to be prepared. If they do keep me, be ready to go.”
FAMILIAR FACES: Dallas has four former Jazz players on its roster, but only Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews played on Tuesday night. ... Devin Harris (toe injury) and Jeremy Evans (inactive) didn’t dress for the game.