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Paul Millsap couldn't be prouder of Jazz guard Elijah Millsap

Utah Jazz guard Elijah Millsap (13) celebrates after a play as the Utah Jazz play the Indiana Pacers Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Pacers won 105-101.
Utah Jazz guard Elijah Millsap (13) celebrates after a play as the Utah Jazz play the Indiana Pacers Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Pacers won 105-101.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

BROOKLYN — Paul Millsap couldn’t think of a better spot for his brother to land in the NBA.

He loves Utah, respects the Jazz and is quite fond of first-year head coach Quin Snyder.

Millsap, the Paul one, got to know Snyder very well during the 2013-14 season when the two were in Atlanta together.

“I know with Quin, he’s going to get the best,” Paul said of his younger brother Elijah. “He’s going to get the best treatment, good or bad. Quin’s not afraid to chew somebody out, get on somebody. But he’s not afraid to rub you on the back.

“With Quin, I think his game is going to go to a different level.”

Though Elijah Millsap has worked out for several teams and been on summer camp/training rosters, the Jazz gave him his first shot to actually play in the NBA. He was signed to a 10-day contract with Utah after having been called up from the D-League on Jan. 5. He then got another short deal before signing a three-year pact with his older brother’s former team.

Because of an injury-depleted wing crew, the 6-foot-6 Millsap quickly immersed himself into the Jazz rotation with a hard-nosed playing style, defensive savvy and some surprisingly good outside shooting.

Paul couldn’t be happier for his brother.

“It’s great. It’s rewarding,” two-time All-Star power forward Paul said. “To watch the sacrifices and watch the things that he’s done to get where he’s at today, it’s great. I’m so proud of him.”

The two Millsaps talked about every day on the phone after the younger one joined the Jazz just over a month ago. They’d especially talk after each of Elijah’s games.

The teachable younger brother wants feedback from his successful sibling.

“The type of player he is, he’s a player that’s called me and asked me to critique how well he did on the court,” Paul said. “I’m able to give him feedback on things that I see. I know Quin is on him every day about things that he sees. With that, he’s going to be a good player.”

OI! OI!: Not many Australians have particiapted in All-Star Weekend events. The list begins with Andrew Bogut, who was in the rookie-sophomore game in 2006 and ends with Jazz rookie Dante Exum and Cavs second-year guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Exum was excited that Dellavedova was named as a late replacement to the squad.

“I’ll have Delly with me," he said Thursday, "so we can both enjoy that experience together.”

Exum said he didn’t tease Jazz teammate Joe Ingles, a 27-year-old rookie, about not being invited.

“I’m sure Joe loved taking a little holiday,” Exum said.

Ingles wouldn’t have been able to play anyway probably because of his lower back muscle spasms.

SURE YOU WERE: Point guard Trey Burke made one of the sweetest moves of the Rising Stars Challenge, driving to the hoop, faking a pass and then pulling his arm back with the ball cradled before going up for a layup.

Exum passed him up after Burke faked him out.

“Oh no. I let him have that,” Exum said of falling for Burke’s ball fake. “I was just trying to give the crowd a bit of something, so I just ran past it.”

Uh, huh.

“I had two guys behind me and I’m sure he thought I was going to pass so I just faked it and kept it," Burke said. "If he would’ve stayed with me, I would’ve faked it and ended up passing it. That was just a read. We had fun out there."

TITLE DEFENSE: Burke saw a couple of his All-Star Saturday night competitors, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Beverley, and he could tell they want to take the Skills Challenge championship away from him this year.

“I’m sure everybody wants to win that trophy. I got a bit of a taste of it last year,” said Burke, who won it with teammate Damian Lillard in 2014. “This year you’re by yourself, so I’m going to take it seriously. I’m going to go out there and try to win it again.”

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