BOISE, Idaho Move over, Chip 'n' Dale. Scoot, Alvin.
The world's most famous chipmunks might want to make room for another.
Jazz point guard Deron Williams still has that nut-in-his cheek look with which he reported to Media Day on Monday one so bad it prompted team personnel to physically block photographers from taking pictures of him and the pain stemming from its cause was enough to keep him from taking part in both sessions of two-a-day training camp Tuesday.
Williams had his wisdom teeth also known as third molars removed Friday, and complications from the procedure still had him holding ice to his bloated face while teammates opened camp at Boise State University.
"Mine were impacted bad," the Jazz's starting point said. "(One) broke on the way out, then they had to put a bone graft in. And it was right on top of the nerves."
Williams' jaw started hurting a couple weeks ago, but it wasn't until he felt extreme pain while chewing something soft during a recent visit to New York for an advertising shoot that he realized he'd have to see the dentist right away.
Tuesday, he didn't even want to think about practicing.
"I haven't (eaten) anything in four days, at all," Williams said. "I would have no energy even if I did."Williams isn't sure when he'll be ready to go, but Jazz brass don't seem too concerned especially since his absence gives newly acquired reserve points Jason Hart and Ronnie Price extra time to learn their new offense.
MISSING BOOZER: Also absent from camp's start Tuesday was starting power forward Carlos Boozer, who was excused as expected while his 1-year-old son, Carmani, recovers from a bone marrow transplant related to his bout with the genetic blood disorder sickle cell anemia.
Jazz officials said Tuesday they still aren't sure when Boozer will report, but in the meantime teammates have the club's leading scorer from last season in their minds."I would do the exact same thing Carlos is doing right now," forward Matt Harpring said. "His family is his No. 1 priority, and I have no problem with that. I'm sure the Jazz have no problem with that. When you have a son and I do you're gonna do everything and anything for him. And I feel for him. It's a tough situation."
FAMILIAR FACES: Several familiar faces were on hand at Jazz camp Tuesday to observe and/or assist.
There was longtime Jazz scout Dave Fredman, now general manager of the D-League's Jazz-affiliated Utah Flash, and new Flash head coach Brad Jones, another ex-Jazz scout.
There was retired Jazz shooting guard Jeff Hornacek, who was in town from his Phoenix-are home to work with some of the Jazz's younger players on their shooting technique.
And there was Utah State grad Dick Motta, the former Chicago Bulls, Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets head coach who also coached at Weber State.
"Dick brings back a tremendous number of memories, because I played for him eight years. I loved playing for him," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who spent most of his NBA career in Chicago. "He was a great coach, did a great job. Our teams played hard every night. We were hard to beat. Now we may not have been as good as some of the other teams, but the teams had to beat us."He's not (here) to be critical or give us a lot of advice," Sloan added, "but he knows basketball."
OLD ACT: Sloan suggested Tuesday that disgruntled forward Andrei Kirilenko's recent trade request isn't the first time he's heard a player ask out of Utah."I coached Karl Malone," he said. "He didn't want to be here a lot of time. But he was a great player, and we wanted him on our team."
HE SAID IT: Sloan, talking Tuesday about Kirilenko: "Andrei will be just fine. The outside stuff he has to deal with is a distraction, but I think if he gets out here on the floor and starts playing and carries the confidence that he has (from winning MVP honors at this summer's European championships) it will carry over to the confidence with this team, and we'll be right back to where we felt we should be with him in the first place. ... He's a good player, and we need him to help us win. That's what it boils down to."
MISC.: Harpring took part in the first session of two-a-day practices Tuesday but not the second. He'll do the same through the conclusion of two-a-days Thursday. It's typical routine for Harpring, whose has had microfracture surgery on the same knee twice and underwent knee surgery to clean out scar tissue this past offseason. "We just call him one-practice Matt," Sloan said. ... Jazz assistant coach Phil Johnson, who played for Motta at Weber State, worked the floor Tuesday only about a month-and-a-half after undergoing hip-replacement surgery. ... Kirilenko, who arrived in Utah just last Saturday after flying in from his native Russia, admitted he isn't in tip-top shape. "It will take some time to get my legs back after a long trip back here," he said.
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