The Jazz faced Charlotte's Rickey Green and Muggsy Bogues Monday, and take on Miami's Jon Sundvold and Rory Sparrow Tuesday night and Golden State's Steve Alford Saturday. As for the point guard who did end up playing for the Jazz this season, Jim Les is doing OK.
"I feel comfortable and confident," noted Les, which is saying something, considering he works less than 10 minutes a game.Les had trouble breaking into the NBA and may be nothing more than a career reserve, but he's just right for this job. The Jazz needed somebody willing to play just enough to rest John Stockton and still be effective. "His personality fits it ideally," said Coach Jerry Sloan.
"If you're mentally really into the game, it makes it easier to step on the court and get into the flow of the game," says Les, the Jazz's No. 1 bench cheerleader.
Les has struggled sometimes, forcing Coach Jerry Sloan to rush Stockton back into games. But in the three games when Stockton was bothered the most by foul trouble, Les responded - eight assists in 16 minutes at San Antonio, seven assists in 16 minutes at New York, and six assists in 11 minutes against the Lakers. Playing his usual spot minutes, Les had seven assists against Charlotte.
***** The fans' and/or coaches' voting will likely place one or more Jazz players in the All-Star Game, and they'll also be represented in the Legends Classic. Hot Rod Hundley and Zelmo Beaty, the Jazz's broadcast team for cable TV games, were named Monday to the East team.
***** About two weeks short of the season's halfway mark, Stockton is ahead of his NBA season-record assists pace. He leads the league with a 13.9 average and is sixth (2.6) in steals. Mark Eaton (4.1) has fallen behind Golden State's Manute Bol in blocked shots and is eighth (10.5) in rebounding, while Karl Malone is second (29.7) in scoring and fifth (11.6) in rebounding. Thurl Bailey is 18th (21.2) in scoring.