PILOT OF THE AIRWAVES: Jazz forward Mike Brown, who already has a reputation for being quotable, is now taking his talents to the air. Brown has been hired by KISN radio to team with morning personalities Fisher and Todd, as a movie reviewer.
Brown, a died-in-the wool motion picture fan, is on the air Friday mornings to give his opinions on the flicks. "Basically," says Brown, "my job is just giving my opinion of how good I think the movie is. I see a lot of movies."Brown's qualifications as a critic are that he attends one or two movies a week, then verbally reviews them. "I've been doing it for a lot of year's just for the fellas on the team and my friends. They always ask me before they go see a movie," he says.
Although he says he likes some of the mega-productions, such as Dick Tracy and the Die Hard movies, he plans to review some of what he says are less publicized efforts, too. "Borderline movies," says Brown, "like for example, a Darkman."
Brown's reviews won't be limited to current releases. He says he will also, handle videos. "Always a lot of sleepers at the video stores," he says. "The type that stayed in the movie theaters two or three weeks."
The variety should be good. Brown says he watches action/adverture, murder mysteries, comedies, westerns and others--and likes them all. "Ieven like horror movies," he says. "Not everyone's a horror nut, but it doesn't bother me, so I go see them. I"ll let them know if it's worth their time." Among Brown's favorites are The Ten Commandments, the Planet of the Apes series, the Psycho movies and the Star Wars series.
As for the best actors in the business, he says it varies according to their era. Among the young stars he likes the Brad Pack (Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, etc.). In the next generation of greates he includes Robert DeNiro. Then there's the geriatric set, i.e. Katharine Hepburn and Jessica Tandy.
Brown says he isn't going to give a star-rating for movies, because "people know how many stars there are by the way I talk about it (the movie)."
A word of warning to the more established cri6tics: "Look out, Chris Hicks," says one Jazz official.
HELPING HAND: It was Tuesday morning when former Jazz President David Checketts, on the way to work in the NBA's New York offices, read about the previous Sunday's tragic stabbing death of Provo's Brian Watkins. "I said, I've got to do something about his," checketts recalls.
But being only his second fulltime day of employment for the NBA, he was immersed in work. At about 2 p.m. his phone rang, and the voice on the other end said it was Sherwin Watkins, father of the salin young man. "He said he was at the district attorney's office and that the police Commissioner had given him my number," Checketts continues.
Watkins has apparently been advised to call Checkettys, a native Utahn, for help obtaining airline reservations back home. Checketts said he talked to NBA Commissioner David Stern, who said, "The NBA's got to take care of these people." He then asked Checketts to take the Watkins family out to dinner.
"It was a nice dinner, sort of a quiety time," said Checketts. "There was nothing we could do to take away the grief, but we just talked quietly with them."
GROWING LINEUP: Former BYU center Greg Kite, who was recently acquired by the Orlando Magic, and his wife, Jennifer, are building a team of them own. The Kites had two four-year-old adopted tweins. Now they have added two other adopted children, both toddlers.
But as Boston Globe writer jackie MacMulland notes, the Kites are still far behind in the Orlando sibling sweepstakes. Magic team President Pat Williams and his wife, Jill, have adopted eight children--in addition to their own four natural children.
LAND OF THE GIANTS: With the invitation of 7-foot Brett Vroman of Provo to the Jazz veteran's camp in October, the total of seven-foot-and-above players grew to four on the roster. Not that all of them will stay. It is a certainty Mark Eaton and rookie Walter Palmer, both under mult-year contractws, will survive the cuts. The other two, 7-foot-5 Alan Bannister of Arkansas State and Vroman, formerly of UCLA and UNLV, aren't likely.
Are the Jazz looking for more size inside? Perhaps. More likely, they're looking for someone to work out with Palmer and give him the experience with big people that he didn't get in the Ivy League.
The Jazz, whot ry to avoid the NBA's herd mentality, say they are willing to take a chance on a Bannister, who didn't even start on his college team; or a 34-year-old Vroman. Says Direct of Player Personnel Scott Layden, "We don't want to waste their time or ours if we didn't think they had a chance to make the team."
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