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Two-a-day sessions await the Jazz in St. George

After Monday's media day, Utah will open camp Tuesday

The Utah Jazz open training camp with double-days Tuesday in St. George and will hold their annual public scrimmage at the Delta Center on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.

The Jazz hold media day and have physicals Monday in the Zion's Bank Basketball Center and then travel to St. George with 17 players now on the camp roster.

They return to Salt Lake City following a St. George workout that ends at noon next Friday.

FORMER JAZZMEN: Ex-Jazz guard John Starks (2000-01, 2001-02 teams), the New York Post reported Thursday, may be hired for a front-office position with the Knicks involving basketball and community relations. He would remain a part-time broadcaster for MSG Network. He has spent the last two years coaching the NBDL Westchester Wildfire.

The Denver Post says that former Jazz starter Bryon Russell (1993-94 to 2001-02) will likely be at the Nuggets' training camp next week.

And Rusty LaRue (2001-02) is now coach of Greensboro (N.C.) College in his hometown.

BLOGGIN': Rookie forward Kris Humphries, Utah's top draft pick in July, has become part of the NBA.com Blog Squad. His first entry talks about going to the Rookie Transition Program spending 12 hours a day for several days learning how to deal with a professional career.

Humphries says he's "excited to get an opportunity to play for a coach like Jerry Sloan, who just loves to have his players be tough and work hard. That's what I've done to get where I'm at."

He also says he plans not only "on making an impact on the court but off of it as well. Getting involved in the community in a new city is something I am looking forward to."

He tells of speaking to a Boys and Girls Club founded in Minnesota by his grandfather. "My grandfather was so proud, he was beaming with joy," Humphries writes. "There's nothing better than helping out kids or a great cause. Giving back to the community is important to me."

MORE NBA.COM: The league Web site recently did a long feature on Western Conference players doing good and included contributions by Andrei Kirilenko for kids in Russia and former Jazzman Karl Malone in Los Angeles.

Malone took a group of kids from a youth program to see his racing team, held a party for them and gave 25 kids $1,000 each to shop for clothing. He and Los Angeles Sparks player Lisa Leslie helped paint a Boys and Girls Club, and he donated 1,000 pairs of shoes to wildfire victims and joined with his agent in paying "tens of thousands" for first-aid equipment for police cars, said the NBA.com story.

The Web story noted Kirilenko's clothing drive in Utah to help neglected kids in Russia.

Kirilenko was also on the Sept. 21 cover of NBA.com, the subject of a long feature article touching on Kirilenko's Kids Russian charity; an NBA kids' camp he ran in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late August; and his thoughts on Sloan, Jazz teammates and Russian players and the NBA Draft.

ADD ANDREI: The Boston Globe last week noted the Jazz may have had the best summer personnel-wise in the NBA but must now lock up Kirilenko for the long term.

The paper spoke with Kirilenko's agent, Marc Fleisher, also agent for Gordan Giricek and Mehmet Okur.

"I have a good relationship with Kevin O'Connor," Fleisher told the paper about Utah's senior vice president of basketball operations. "I hope they feel the way I feel, that Andrei is a special player in this league who deserves to be compensated accordingly."

Talks between Fleisher and O'Connor are ongoing.

MEMO TO FANS: Also check out Okur's Web site www.memo13.com; there's a recent interview with him about his experience with his Turkish national team this fall, thoughts on Sloan and the Jazz and about his bride's having to arrange for new quarters in Salt Lake City and move him out of the old home in Detroit.

The Okurs arrived in Salt Lake City late Thursday.

SLOAN AWARD: The first Bobbye Sloan Symbol of Hope Award was presented recently during the Evansville (Ind.) Race For The Cure festivities to her husband and children, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, daughter Holly Parrish of Crystal Lake, Ill., and son Brian Sloan of Indianapolis. That was reported in the Evansville Courier & Press.

The award will be given each year to an individual or group that has served as a symbol of hope in the fight against breast cancer. Bobbye Sloan, who survived breast cancer, died June 18 of pancreatic cancer. She was twice honorary chairman of the Evansville race.

BOOZER REPRESENTED: New Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer, signed as a free agent from Cleveland this summer, retained CSMG and Henry Thomas as his new agent, according to that company's Web site.

Boozer's former representative, Rob Pelinka of SFX, resigned after the flap when the Cleveland Cavaliers made Boozer a restricted free agent expecting to renegotiate and lock him up long-term for $41 million. Instead, the Jazz offered a six-year, $68 million deal, and Cleveland did not match.

Originally, the Cavs could have exercised an option and paid him $650,000 for this season, then risked losing him to free agency next summer.


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