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Utah Jazz: Web questions and answers from Greg Miller

Jazz owner Greg Miller watches as the Utah Jazz are defeated by the Houston Rockets  113-96 as they play NBA basketball  Monday, Nov. 2, 2009,in Salt Lake City Utah.  Tom Smart, Deseret News
Jazz owner Greg Miller watches as the Utah Jazz are defeated by the Houston Rockets 113-96 as they play NBA basketball Monday, Nov. 2, 2009,in Salt Lake City Utah. Tom Smart, Deseret News
Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz fans with questions for Greg Miller now have a way to get their queries to the team's CEO. No self-addressed stamped envelope or carrier pigeons are required, either. Just the Internet.

The team unveiled a new feature on this week called "Ask Greg." He received nearly 200 questions for the debut Q&A and responded to the three most-asked questions similar to these:

Why aren't the Jazz on KJZZ anymore?

Moving Jazz games to FSN-Utah and no longer televising them over-the-air for free "came down to simple competitive economics," and teams with games on cable "receive significantly more revenue," Miller said.

"The reality," he said, "is that as a small-market team, we needed that extra revenue from a cable deal in order to stay competitive on the court."

It also helped the Jazz keep a popular and productive player.

Giving new insight, Miller said the Jazz used TV funds to pay for Paul Millsap's front-loaded contract after agreeing to match Portland's offer sheet, saying "the only way we were able to do this was by using the extra money we received from FSN-Utah for moving all of the games to cable."

Continued Miller: "We felt like we would have been a worse team if we'd let Paul go, and in retrospect, we think we made the right decision."

Can the Jazz win with this team?

Not surprisingly, Miller was bombarded with questions about trades and Carlos Boozer. He reiterated the Jazz aren't going to make a move by the Feb. 18 trade deadline "just to get under the luxury tax." The front office will, however, "look long and hard" at deals that might improve the team.

Miller also talked about his excitement and high hopes for this team, which had won nine straight before Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Over the past month, we are playing the best basketball I've seen in this building since John and Karl's Finals years in '97-98," Miller wrote of the Jazz, who have won 13 of their last 15 games. "These guys have exploded, and it's fun basketball to watch. ...

"Personally, I like what we have on the court right now, our team chemistry is great, the locker room is united, and I think we have a good chance to win the Western Conference and get back into the NBA Finals this season."

Is the old logo with the musical note coming back?

Miller admitted that he also enjoys the popular throwback green uniforms, which feature the old Jazz logo with the J note. Regarding whether or not the Jazz are thinking about permanently "going retro" with new old-look uniforms, Miller admitted the team is checking things out.

"We are in discussions with the NBA to see if that's a possibility," Miller wrote. "We've had an outpouring of calls and e-mails this season from fans who support the change back to the old logo, and we're seeing what our options are with the league to possibly make that happen. Stay tuned!"

NOT FESSING AROUND: Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko, notorious for goofing off, came to realize he needs to take his NBA job seriously after being placed on the inactive list Tuesday for the first time while healthy this year.

"I need to be a little bit more disciplined — stop playing around that much, maybe pay attention a little bit more to the little things that basketball contains of and work harder," said Fesenko, who dressed and played Wednesday. "Obviously that was what Coach (Jerry) Sloan was trying to tell me, and I got the message.

"I can't promise that I will," he added, "but I will work hard to succeed in that."

THIS AND THAT: Millsap will formally announce today that he is teaming up with local McDonald's restaurants to help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain area. ...The Jazz go into the All-Star break leading the NBA in both field-goal percentage (.492) and in assists per game (26.1). ... Utah also enters the break with a 32-19 record — 2 1/2 games ahead of last year's 30-23 record.


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