SALT LAKE CITY — If Joe Ingles was disappointed about not being invited to be in the NBA's 3-point contest, he has a funny way of showing it.
Ingles won't be among the sharpshooters at All-Star Weekend (Feb. 17-19), according to ESPN, despite being second in the NBA in 3-point shooting (44.8 percent).
He's taking it in stride.
"I honestly haven’t thought about it," the 29-year-old father of newborn twins said. "I thought about getting away with the family the whole time."
Ingles jokingly said he was snubbed when Rudy Gobert, his locker room neighbor, was asked about not being voted in as an All-Star reserve.
The Australian wing, called Slow Mo Joe by some, also humorously said he might not have done that well in the contest anyway.
"I probably would've only got five or six shots off," Ingles joked.
Gobert was a bit more generous.
"I think two racks," the Jazz center said.
"It would be 10-for-10," Ingles rebutted. "I would've ran to the third (rack) and the buzzer would've gone off."
RODNEY'S RETURN: Fans, teammates and management weren’t the only ones who freaked out when Rodney Hood stepped awkwardly on his right leg during a drive and appeared to have done serious damage to his knee.
Hood also feared something bad had just happened.
“I was thinking worse,” Hood said after Thursday’s shootaround. “That’s why I was screaming a little bit more, because I was just frustrated at the time.”
Though Hood missed five games after injuring himself late in the Orlando game almost two weeks ago, he was very relieved to be diagnosed with a hyperextended knee when many feared he had torn ligaments.
“I thought it was a lot worse than what it was,” Hood said. “I’m just very fortunate to come out like this.”
Instead of being out for months, Hood returned to action against the Lakers. He's still quite back to where he was two weeks ago.
“Not 100 percent. I just did a partial shootaround,” he said. “I did some things to try to get my movement back, try to get some explosion back, things like that. It’s just going to come back as time goes on.”1 comment on this story
TIE GOES TO THE COACHES: Jazz coach Quin Snyder, Lakers coach Luke Walton and their entire coaching staffs wore bowties Thursday night as part of a tribute to the late Michael H. Goldberg. The former NBA Coaches Association president passed away earlier this week.
All NBA coaching staffs will wear bowties through Sunday's games in honor of Goldberg, who led the union for four decades. He helped secure increased retirement funds and disability insurance for NBA coaches and oversaw the union during the league's largest period of growth.