BOISE It was in a different tent.
But newly acquired Jazz guards Jason Hart and Ronnie Price have done the whole camping together thing before.
Previously, the two both signed as free agents this past offseason, and both reserves throughout most of their NBA careers were in Sacramento's training camp, battling to back up point guard Mike Bibby in Sacramento.
Price ultimately won out last year, and Hart wound up finishing the season as an injury-replacement starter with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Now they're both in fall camp with Utah at Boise State University here, each trying to show Jazz coach Jerry Sloan who deserves first crack at playing time behind starter Deron Williams.
Not that either one sees the other as the enemy.
"I don't consider it 'competing for minutes,"' said Price, the former Utah Valley State star who spent his first two NBA seasons in Sacramento. "Because we're all teammates, and we're all fighting for one goal, and that's to win games."
In fact, Hart who logged reserve-role 818 minutes two seasons ago in Sacramento, 668 more than then-rookie Price said that as former teammates he and Price "lean on each other."
"We definitely want to play. That's how the NBA goes," said Hart, a Syracuse University product who also has played for Milwaukee, San Antonio and Charlotte during his six-season, 240-game NBA career. "But that shouldn't take away from the relationship."
Friends or foes, either way, Hart and Price apparently are making quite an impression just three days into Camp Sloan.
"They've been in the league long enough that they pick stuff up pretty well," Sloan said. "It's not like you're working young guys that never have played, or never have been to a shootaround, or never have done any of those things.
"These guys know what you're trying to do, and that's why things have moved along pretty good in the couple practices we've had. Because they have competed very hard," he added. "They've busted their butt out there every second. And that's not just when we're running plays. Drills, all the other stuff we're doing they've done a terrific job."
Besides whatever little time may be available when Williams is not on the floor he averaged a whopping 36.9 minutes per game last season, eight-plus more than during his rookie season with the Jazz Price and Hart both are among the many contenders in camp who could see ample regular-season action next to Williams at shooting guard this season.
Before worrying about that, though, they've been focusing on trying to learn the Jazz offense from the point position.
With Williams missing the first five sessions of camp two-a-days while recovery from surgery to remove three wisdom teeth and resulting complications, opportunity to do so has been abundant in Boise."This is our first time running (Sloan's) offense," Hart said, "so we're just trying to get that down."
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