One thing fans may not know about is pregame chapel. Each team is in charge of providing a staff person to oversee 10 minutes or so of chapel services before tipoff, which is (of course) voluntary for the players to attend. Services in OKC were just a few doors down from our locker room. I saw a few players from both teams heading in and, all of a sudden, running down the hall to get to chapel is Jeff Green. Coach Mack says, “Ataway son, you’re a runnin’ for Jesus!” Jeff and I looked at each other and chuckled. (Credit to chapel or not, but Green had 23 points and 8 rebounds and his team won.)
So the questions remain. Is the staff person assigned to monitor Utah Jazz chapel services Mormon? Is the staff person assigned to monitor chapel services OK with Kyle Korver being the only Jazzman to ever attend, or does it get weird when game after game it's just the two of them alone in a room praying together? Finally, is the staff person assigned to monitor chapel services, in fact, Head Coach Jerry Sloan? Inquiring minds want to know.
In the meantime, speaking of believing in things, guess who still has a soft spot for Old St. Nick!