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Brown gets roster spot, business lesson

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New alternate uniform for Utah.

New alternate uniform for Utah.


SEATTLE — Some might view the Jazz's decision last Tuesday to waive point guard Brian Chase as a ringing endorsement, and an opportunity to breathe a bit easier, for 2006 second-round rookie Dee Brown.

Even Jazz coach Jerry Sloan conceded this much:

"I think Dee's earned it," he said.

But Brown, who beat out Chase for the team's No. 3 point position, doesn't exactly see it that way.

"You still have to come and do your job," the survivor said Thursday, before the Jazz — sans Chase, who never did actually take part in a regular-season game — left for tonight's visit with Seattle. "Any job, you can be replaced."

Chase's departure seemed to hit Brown, who has averaged 6.35 minutes while appearing in three of eight games so far this season, particularly hard.

The two played together on the Jazz's Rocky Mountain Revue summer-league team in July and went head-to-head battling for the job throughout training camp and preseason play in October.

"That was my teammate, that was my friend, that was family — so I look at it as a situation where it was business," the University of Illinois product said of Chase, who was undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2003 and still is waiting to play in his first NBA regular-season game. "He's talented enough to be in the league, so it just let me know further that it's a business."

NEW LOOK: The Jazz will debut their new alternate uniforms Saturday night versus Phoenix at the Delta Center, with an upward-slanting "JAZZ" splashed across the jersey front and a retro-feel "UTAH" applied vertically to the shorts.

The primary color?

Think either Carolina blue, or — for those going gray, bald or both — something not far off from old Buffalo Braves blue.

The uniforms eventually will become a second option for road games.

Three other teams — Charlotte, New Jersey and Washington — also will reveal new alternate looks in the coming days.

HMMM: According to Thursday's Newark Star-Ledger, two Jazz players — Deron Williams and C.J. Miles — phoned friend and fellow 2005 draft-class member Antoine Wright of the New Jersey Nets with some helpful hints on how to play Milwaukee's Michael Redd.

The conversations took place shortly after the Bucks star scored a Milwaukee franchise-record 57 points against Utah last Saturday.

"It was right after the game, and I was like, 'Wow,"' Wright told the Star-Ledger. "They said he just got going and couldn't miss. So (their advice) was, 'Get on him early, and make it hard for him.' They were just warning me that if I let him get going early, it's going to be a rough night."

The Utah aid paid dividends as Wright helped hold Redd to 25, more than seven points below his league-leading average, in a 100-87 Nets win Wednesday.

COLLINS OK: Jazz big man Jarron Collins, who rolled his left ankle in last Tuesday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers, made it through all of practice Thursday and accompanied the team on its flight to Seattle.

E-mail: tbuckley@desnews.com