SALT LAKE CITY - So great is Antonio Daniels' desire to play for Rick Pitino that the Bowling Green point guard is trying to schedule a second audition with the Celtics.
was suffering from a sore knee when he worked out for the Celts at
UMass-Boston two weeks ago, and he wasn't pleased with his performance.
Nor were the C's overly impressed.
"I had a
bit of jumper's knee, and it limited some of the things I could do,"
Daniels said. "I'm almost fully recovered now, and I want to get back to
Boston to work out for them again.
to show them Antonio Daniels at 100 percent. I didn't like how things
went the last time, and I'd hate to have that be the main thing they
remember of me."
Like others who figure to go at the top of the June 25 draft, Daniels would like to be a part of Pitino's up-tempo system.
just think he'd be great to play under," Daniels said. "He was a great
guy to talk to - a very classy guy. But I don't think he really saw what
I have to offer, and I want to show him."
Daniels hopes to impress with his passing skills.
think the shoot-first point guard is kind of outdated," he said,
neglecting reigning rookie of the year Allen Iverson. "I'm a team point
guard. That's how I play."
Crowd sounds off
of the main issues for Utah heading into last night's 78-73 Jazz
victory over Chicago was the expected noise level of the Delta Center
"It will be a somewhat different
crowd," Jazz owner Larry Miller, who did not watch the game from the
stands in observance of his Mormom faith, said the day before. "But the
city's population - Mormon versus non-Mormon - is a lot more diverse
than most people think.
"It's, give-or-take, 50-50. But it will be just as loud," he predicted.
arena did live up to the volume level of one of its sponsor's flights
at takeoff, but there was a healthy scattering of open seats in the
facility's lower bowl.
Finding good tickets
for sale on the street two hours before tipoff was not a difficult
task, suggesting that the local economy got a non-taxable boost.
For the pregame pyrotechnics, which the Bulls have complained about, coach Phil Jackson wore ear plugs.
It isn't the color purple
staff at the Marriott here was quick on the draw, decked out in fine
NBA Finals polo shirts. But there's a reason the colors don't fit the
omnipresent purple of the Jazz.
the J.W. Marriott in Houston was so certain the Rockets would be making
this series, it ordered the shirts in the home team's colors and waited.
to one of the hotel staffers here, "When the Jazz beat the Rockets, we
got a phone call from Houston offering us a real good deal on some NBA