CHICAGO -- Illinois native Jeff Hornacek had his number retired Monday.
Not by the Jazz. Not by Iowa State, where he went to college. Not even by his old high school.Rather, it was Hornacek's former grade school doing the honors.
The Jazz guard, who plans to retire from the NBA after this season, was recognized by the faculty, staff and students at Komarek, an elementary/middle school in the nearby Chicago suburb of North Riverside, Ill.
Hornacek's old No. 20 was retired, and he was even presented with a piece of the floor he once played on at Komarek.
"It was a fun thing," Hornacek said after the Jazz's 87-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. "It was amazing that we had five or six teachers still there from when I was there. You know, my kindergarten teacher -- what's that, 32 years ago? -- is still there.
"It's great," he added, "to see teachers stay there that long . . . I told the kids, 'I got a good education, so I'm sure they did, too.' "
FORGETABOUT IT: Karl Malone commented Monday on the possibility of USA Basketball considering him for the U.S. Olympic Team vacancy created by a season-ending knee injury to Phoenix's Tom Gugliotta: Don't even consider me, Malone said.
ENOUGH ALREADY: Consistent with their stance taken last week, both Malone and Jazz coach Jerry Sloan suggested the NBA has no right to admonish coaches for refusing to wear microphones during nationally televised games. Toronto and Seattle were fined $100,000 each by the league on Monday because their coaches -- Butch Carter and Paul Westphal, respectively -- refused to be miked Sunday.
MISC.: With the win, Sloan moved ahead of Philadelphia 76ers head coach Larry Brown for 10th place in all-time NBA coaching victories with 718 . . . Monday's win also guaranteed the Jazz their 15th straight winning season -- just one shy of the NBA record, held by the Los Angeles Lakers . . . Monday's game was the first for the Bulls since assistant coach Jim Wooldridge agreed Sunday to a five-year, $2 million contract to become head coach at Kansas State . . . Though numerous seats at the United Center were empty, Monday's game also marked 598th consecutive sellout for the Bulls -- a regular season/postseason streak dating to a Nov. 20, 1987, game against Atlanta at old Chicago Stadium.