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News » Jetlagged Jazz arrive late in London after delay in N.Y.

Jetlagged Jazz arrive late in London after delay in N.Y.

Jetlagged Jazz arrive late in London after delay in N.Y. LONDON ? A rather haggard-looking Jazz team arrived here on Sunday morning, some seemingly dazed and others quite confused. "I'm up and running, but I don't know what day it is, I don't know what time it is," swingman C.J. Miles said. "It was crazy: When I walked into my room, I looked at my TV, and it said, like, '13:05.' I thought I was losing my mind."

That would have been 1:05 p.m. in London, but just 6:05 a.m. back in Utah. "My body's telling me to go to sleep," Miles said, "but I see the sun." So it goes for a club that left Utah a little later than planned Saturday afternoon, endured a delay of about an hour-and-a-half at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and finally landed at London's Gatwick airport late Sunday morning. The weather-related setback in New York left the Jazz's charter flight ? replete with a traveling party of about 90, including players and coaches and front-office staff members, their spouses, two team doctors, a massage therapist, two public-relations staff members, a handful of EnergySolutions Arena workers, the club's usual game-night production and stat-keeping crews, dancers, stunt performers and even mascot "Bear" ? 67th in line for takeoff. All this for a preseason game Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls at The 02 Arena, followed by another exhibition Thursday in Madrid vs. Spanish power Real Madrid. By the time everyone got to London, few noticed that traffic was driving on the left side of the road. "(Assistant coach) Phil (Johnson) was the one that mentioned it," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "I was so tired, I was half-asleep when I got on the bus." Jazz point guard Deron Williams ? a gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team member and, in recent years, frequent world traveler ? said he slept for the entire flight from New York to London. For him, 10-plus hours on a plane and two landings were no big deal. "I usually fly over on all my other foreign trips," Williams deadpanned. Not everyone was so fortunate. Miles ? an architecture fan and admittedly anxious to do some sightseeing in one of the world's great cities ? didn't notice much at the team's bus rolled from the airport to its Marriott hotel. He was way too jetlagged. "I was just focused on trying to keep my eyes open," the 22-year-old said, "because I was so tired." Miles plans to soak in as much as he can in London, though, before moving on to Madrid. "I want to see everything," he said. Sloan understands and isn't exactly treating this like a business trip. That's why wives were permitted to tag along, and a Sunday practice ? with bodies sore, heads aching and bags building beneath many eyes ? was limited to about 30 minutes' worth of stretching and light shooting. Some players ? including Miles and guard Ronnie Price ? even walked into the massive O2 with video recorders rolling and cell-phone cameras in hand. "I'm not gonna get in the way," said Sloan, whose Jazz will have five more preseason games to play after this week. "This is not a regular-season game. "We went to Japan and played two regular-season games once (in 1990)," he added. "That was totally different from this, because obviously, we don't have our team set, and I don't think Chicago will have their team set to play." Still, the Jazz coach does hope his club gets something out of the NBA-mandated trip abroad. "Hopefully, our players can come together a little bit and realize, wherever we are or whatever we're doing, we've got to play to win," Sloan said. "We've got to learn how to do that. This is as good of a time as any." e-mail:

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