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Marvin Williams still has great memories of his time with the Utah Jazz

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Charlotte Hornets’ Marvin Williams (2) reacts to creating a basket in opposition to the Utah Jazz all the way through the 2nd part of an NBA basketball sport in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE — Jazz fanatics will consider Marvin Williams as one of the few vivid spots for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Utah Jazz groups. He used to be a popular participant through fanatics, teammates and the media.

He began 101 video games and averaged eight.2 issues and four.four rebounds all the way through the closing two years of the Tyrone Corbin regime.

Williams signed a free-agent contract with Charlotte after leaving Utah and mentioned he’s “having a great time” taking part in close to the place he performed his school basketball at North Carolina. He has began each and every sport for the previous 3 seasons and is averaging simply over 10 issues in step with sport. In Friday’s 99-88 victory over his former group, he scored 15 issues.

When requested about his time in Utah earlier than Friday’s sport, Williams couldn’t forestall gushing.

“They were all great memories,” he mentioned. “I was just telling the guys 20 minutes ago, how much I enjoyed playing there. We didn’t have the best record and I still remember walking around Salt Lake and so many people would come up to you and were so encouraging, so enthusiastic about the team. It’s definitely a great place to play if anyone ever has an opportunity to play there, I hope they’ll take advantage of it because they’ll see how happy they are about the Jazz.”

The most effective gamers left from his time in Utah are Derrick Favors and Alec Burks.

“He was one of the great guys,” mentioned Burks. “He would do anything for you. It was great to play with him I learned a lot from him on and off the court. He was definitely a great guy.”

Williams, who used to be the No. 2 select of the 2005 draft in the back of Utah’s Andrew Bogut, mentioned he hopes to stay taking part in so long as he’s bodily ready.

“I’ve been blessed,” he mentioned. “I feel good and Lord willing, as long as I stay healthy and physically strong enough, I’ll keep doing it.”

FIRE WITHIN: Rodney Hood could be the maximum mild-mannered man on the complete Jazz group, however he used to be advised to cough up $35,000 to the NBA for the incident Wednesday night time when he knocked a mobile phone out of a fan’s hand after being ejected with his 2nd technical foul past due in the 3rd quarter.

“(It was) general frustration,” said Hood Friday before the game. “On the phone situation, I apologized to the man — it wasn’t intentional and I regret it and I’ll move on from it.”

Coach Quin Snyder didn’t deal with the effective however mentioned the normally low-keyed Hood “has a bit fireplace burning in him” and attempted to place some context to all of it.

“Those things happen,” he mentioned. “You’d like to sit here and say ‘I’d like to you to deal with it this way or that way’ and sometimes the game dictates your emotions. It’s happened to me, it happens to everyone, it happens to officials. In this case, Rodney got heated and ended up getting ejected and we move on.”

GAME NOTES: Steve Clifford, who has coached the Hornets since 2013-14, took a scientific depart of absence on Dec. 6 and affiliate head trainer Stephen Silas took over. But Thursday, Clifford used to be medically cleared to go back to training on a full-time foundation starting with observe on Tuesday with his first sport again on Wednesday in opposition to Washington . . . The Hornets took a similar-sized participant to Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, two selections earlier than Utah at No. 11 in closing summer time’s NBA Draft in Malik Monk, a 6-Three, 200-pound guard out of Kentucky. Monk didn’t play Friday and has scored simply 9 issues in closing six video games . . . The Jazz play at house in opposition to Indiana Monday night time, pass to Sacramento for a sport Wednesday, then go back house to play New York Friday and the L.A. Clippers Saturday . . . The Hornets play at Utah on February nine.

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