SALT LAKE CITY — Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said he’s available to help forward Jeremy Evans when he defends his NBA Sprite Slam Dunk contest title later this month.
“I gave him one (idea),” Corbin said before Friday’s Jazz-Bulls game. “I don’t know if he’ll use it, but we’ll see.”
Corbin joked that Evans might jump over a van.
Actually, leaping and dunking over a mini-van might be a nice tribute to the Beehive State and its well-earned reputation for having large families.
The NBA on Thursday announced the field for the 2013 dunk contest. Evans will compete against Gerald Green (Indiana), Terrance Ross (Toronto), James White (New York), Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Eric Bledsoe (L.A. Clippers), will compete in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk contest Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center.
The event will air live on TNT, starting at 6 p.m. (MST) Evans was a late invitee to last year’s contest but made the most of it, winning the event with a dazzling display in which he leaped over teammate Gordon Hayward and dunked two balls at the same time.
What will he do this time?
“I’ve been working a little bit, but you’ve got to have legs,” Evans said. “I’ve been practicing on what’s going on. We’ve got games. Hopefully I’ll have a couple days (to work on dunks) after (Utah’s Feb. 13 game at Minnesota, the Jazz’s final game before the All-Star break).”
Corbin said he was happy Evans will get a chance to defend his title but would not reveal the dunk idea he shared with his young power forward.
“That thing (has) a whole element of surprise,” he said. “You can’t let it out before you actually do it.”
Bulls 93, Jazz 89
• BEST PLAY(S): Over a two-plus minute stretch of the second quarter, Derrick Favors scores six straight points for the Jazz, four of them off ferocious dunks, each over Taj Gibson. The first comes as he flies down the lane and throws one down with bad intentions. The second is a hard straight-up move over Gibson.
• BEST LINE: Boozer scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on the way to his 25th double-double of the season.
• SIDELINE MOMENT: Longtime Jazz coach — and beloved former Bull — Jerry Sloan was at Friday’s game, sitting in the same seats he’s had throughout the season.
• YOU AGAIN?: Veteran NBA official Dick Bavetta worked Friday’s game, it certainly wasn’t his first Jazz-Bulls game (as many Utah fans know). He worked game 6 of the 1998 NBA finals and made a couple of controversial calls that went against the Jazz. Bavetta also worked the Bulls’ last game in Salt Lake City, Feb. 9, 2011. The 91-86 Bulls victory happened to be Jazz coach Jerry Sloan’s last game before resigning.
• INJURY REPORT: Mo Williams (thumb surgery), Gordon Hayward (shoulder sprain) and Earl Watson (bone bruise, stress fracture) did not play for the Jazz. … The Bulls went without Derrick Rose (knee) and Kirk Hinrich (elbow). Center Joakim Noah (foot) played as did guard Marco Belinelli (ankle). Each was listed as a game-time decision; each played.
• UP NEXT: The Jazz will visit the Sacramento Kings tonight, then get a few days off before playing host Oklahoma City on Tuesday.