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News » Kirilenko, wife adopt a baby girl in Russia

Kirilenko, wife adopt a baby girl in Russia

Kirilenko, wife adopt a baby girl in Russia LOS ANGELES ? Now it's known why Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko left in such a hurry last Wednesday and returned to his native Russia. And it's good news. The quick trip was so Kirilenko and his wife, Masha, could attend a court hearing to formalize the adoption of a 2-month-old baby girl named Alexandra.

The couple has two other children, both boys. "I think it's a special thing that he's doing. I know they're happy about the situation," Jazz point guard Deron Williams said Saturday. "We talked about it a lot all summer and it was a hard process for them." The adoption process reportedly has been under way since last February, and in a report on the Russian sports Web site it was cited by Kirilenko as the reason he did not play for Russia's national team at this past summer's FIBA European championships. Kirilenko didn't play in Thursday night's preseason win over Portland, and, as expected, missed Saturday's exhibition loss here to the Los Angeles Clippers as well. But he does plan to play today, when the Jazz face Charlotte at 5:30 p.m. at the Staples Center. No one with the Jazz organization faulted Kirilenko for his hasty trip, one whose timing he had no control over. "What do you say? Don't go?" general manager Kevin O'Connor said. "He had to go." "You've got to take care of that," Williams said. "It's the preseason, so definitely it's not a big deal. But even if it was in the regular season, it's something he's got to take care of." There is some worry, though, about Kirilenko being worn down after having made five transoceanic flights, including two for Jazz preseason games in London and Madrid, in the past month or so. "We'll probably try to play him a little bit more when he gets back," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He's gonna have some jet lag, and he's gonna have to push through that," O'Connor added. "The fortunate thing is . . . he's traveled a great deal, and changed a lot of time zones over his career. So, are concerned about it? Yeah. But we also have nine or 10 days until we open." KORVER'S KNEE: Inflammation in his left knee ? now attributed to chondromalacia, which is softening or irritation of cartilage under the kneecap ? again kept shooting guard Kyle Korver from playing Saturday. "After the scrimmage (Tuesday) night it was really sore," he said. "So we've just been kind of careful with it, and I've seen a couple more doctors. "It's just one of those things now where it's 'How much do want to push it?' when there's still however many days until we start up," added Korver, who has missed all but one of Utah's five preseason games to day. "So I'm going to try to play a couple of these (three remaining exhibition) games, for sure. That's the plan ? to be ready for (Oct. 28, when Utah's regular season begins). You want to be out there now, but the goal is play in the real games." EMPTY HOUSE: Saturday's game was the first in a Los Angeles doubleheader, with Charlotte visiting the defending NBA-champion Lakers later in the night. That left the Staples Center mostly empty for the Jazz -Clippers tip, and throughout most of the game. "It's just like playing in Memphis," Williams said. "We were playing the JV game, you know? That's what happens when you're the JV." The Clippers are second-fiddle tenants to the Lakers in Staples. "It was crazy," power forward Carlos Boozer said. "It felt like a pickup game, to be honest. ... We walked out there to do layups and I was like, 'Is anybody coming?' But they showed up as the game got later. I guess they wanted to see the champs." e-mail:

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