SEATTLE After sitting out two straight games due to a severely bruised tailbone, Ronnie Brewer hopes to play tonight.
"I'm anxious to get back," the Jazz's starting shooting guard said Tuesday, before practicing for the first time since he sustained the injury in last Wednesday's win at Denver.
Still, Brewer isn't sure if he'll be good to go or not tonight in Seattle. He's being called a "game-time decision" by the Jazz.
Also uncertain: Brewer's status for Friday's Rookie-Sophomore Challenge game in New Orleans, part of NBA All-Star Weekend.
"It's a great honor to be in the rookie-sophomore game, but this team (the Jazz) comes first, and my health is the most important thing," said Brewer, who along with Utah backup power forward Paul Millsap was selected to play for the sophomores.
"So," Brewer added, "I've got to get healthy. And if I'm healthy I'm gonna play in (Friday's) game. But if I'm not 100 percent, I'm not gonna play."
Brewer intends to travel to New Orleans whether he's available or not for the exhibition game.
LAST TRIP? Should the Sonics wind up moving to Oklahoma City, as some suspect could happen as soon as next season because of venue issues in Seattle, this will be the Jazz's final trip to the city.
"They've got to get a new arena," point guard Deron Williams said. "It's that simple."
"It would be unfortunate (if the Sonics left)," shooting guard Kyle Korver added. "I like Seattle. I've always enjoyed it. It rains a lot, but it's got a nice little feel downtown."
If the Sonics do exit, some with the Jazz suggested, Seattle-area faithful may be the biggest losers.
"Oklahoma City has great fans too," power forward Carlos Boozer said, "but they've been in Seattle so long (since 1967) that it would be nice for the team to be able to stay there."
TV TALK: The Jazz's Feb. 29 game at New Orleans has been picked up by ESPN, replacing previously planned Washington-at-Chicago.
The game can still be seen locally on KJZZ, and remains a 6 p.m. (mountain time) start.
E-mail: [email protected]