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Jazz going green with retro unis

Jazz going green with retro unis With no offense intended to Kermit the Frog, the jolly giant on vegetable cans and environmentalists, Deron Williams admits he's never worn as much green as he and his Utah Jazz teammates will sport tonight. Even if it's not easy for some, he doesn't mind giving the color a chance. In fact, Williams said he's excited to "Go green" while also going retro by wearing throwback uniforms as part of the NBA's Hardwood Classics Nights program. Utah players will don lookalikes to the duds the team debuted in the 1979-80 season, featuring the familiar Jazz musical note logo, a bit of yellow and white trim and a whole lot of green.

"It's gonna be great," Williams said. "I'm gonna feel like Incredible Hulk." You might not like him ? or Bruce Banner, for that matter ? when he's angry. But Williams is pretty sure fans will like taking a stroll down uniform memory lane with the Jazz , who will wear the old alternate road gear 10 more times this season. "It'll be fun for everybody," Williams said. "Fun for us to have some new jerseys, fun for the fans. Get into the green act." The Jazz occasionally wore these alternative road uniforms during their inaugural season in Utah 30 years ago when, believe it or not, Tom Nissalke was the head coach, not Jerry Sloan, and Pete Maravich, Adrian Dantley and Bernard King were the team's top players. "We're excited to wear them," Carlos Boozer said. "We don't get a chance to wear throwback jerseys too often, so we're looking forward to it. Hopefully, we can do those guys justice that wore the uniforms before." Two nights, in particular, seem particularly fitting for the green uniforms ? replicas of which, of course, are available for sale at Fanzz stores. The Jazz will wear them in New Orleans on Feb. 17 and on St. Patrick's Day ? March 17 ? at home against Houston. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan got into the old-school spirit a day early. At practice, he and assistant coach Scott Layden wore green polos ? Sloan jokingly said they were a John Deere hue ? with old Jazz logos on the front. "I don't think I'll wear it during the game," Sloan admitted. "I'd like to. It's pretty comfortable." Don't count on Sloan wearing a groovy outfit for throwback night, either. But when asked about leisure suits, he admitted they had their merits. "We used to blow our nose on the lapel, it was so long," Sloan joked. "You didn't have to have a handkerchief because it went all the way across." Williams quipped that he knows one fashion-conscious Jazz guy who might try the leisure suit look while others wear green uniforms. "Kyle Korver probably will," he joked. "I don't know if I've got anything quite like that," retorted Korver, who's pulled off a variety of funky and stylish looks while sidelined with a knee injury. Korver might be a bit, well, green with envy if he can't play tonight against the Indiana Pacers, so he's glad the Jazz have plenty of opportunities to rock the retro look. "They look pretty sweet," he said of the green uniforms. "I'm excited." Rookie Eric Maynor hadn't seen the Irish-colored garb yet, but he was looking forward to the new old unis ? mostly, that is. "I heard the shorts look really short," he laughed. "Yeah, John Stockton style." Williams is just relieved the Jazz don't have to wear the uniforms Utah wore in the 1990s ? the purple and white ones with the mountains plastered all over the tops and shorts. In fact, he almost feels bad for his shooting coach whose No. 14 jersey in that style hangs in EnergySolutions Arena's rafters. "The mountain logo's one of the ugliest jerseys that ever has been in an NBA arena," Williams said. "That's why I said Jeff Hornacek shouldn't have it up there. They should just put the Jazz note for him, too, regardless of if he wore it or not. That jersey's horrendous." Williams is not the only one who feels that way, though Boozer admitted he actually loves the jerseys with the massive mountains. There are those who wish the organization would bring back the Jazz note on a permanent basis, too. Count Paul Millsap among that group. "I actually like those (J-note uniforms)," said the Louisiana native, who was born six years after the Jazz left his home state. "If we can go back to those, that'd be great." Who knows. Perhaps that swap will sprout from this green movement, but Millsap is happy the Jazz get to give a nod to their predecessors. "All that is cool," he said. "I'm 100 percent for it. I like it." "They look pretty cool," echoed Andrei Kirilenko. "It's more fun to play in a different jersey rather than playing in one every time. It's not boring. It's fun. Everybody will like it." Somewhere, Miss Piggy's boyfriend has to be smiling. Jazz going green Utah will wear green, retro-style uniforms 10 more times this season as part of the NBA's Hardwood Classics Nights. Here's the schedule: Dec. 9 ? at L.A. Lakers Dec. 12 ? vs. L.A. Lakers Jan. 9 ? at Dallas Jan. 14 ? vs. Cleveland Jan. 20 ? at San Antonio Jan. 29 ? vs. Sacramento Feb. 17 ? at New Orleans Feb. 27 ? vs. Houston March 17 ? vs. Minnesota March 24 ? at Toronto e-mail:

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