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Rock On: Ex-Ute is One for the Ages (7 items)

By , Deseret News

Jan. 6, 2014

AGE APPROPRIATE

Ex-Ute Andre Miller played in 239 consecutive NBA games. So it makes sense he wasn’t happy with Denver coach Brian Shaw for benching him the entire 48 minutes, last week against Philadelphia.

A verbal exchange resulted in Miller’s two-game suspension, though it was later lifted.

Miller has had a fine NBA career, no question. But at age 37, you have to wonder how he plans to protest the next time he gets benched.

What can he do, refuse to take his meds?

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1 of 7. AGE APPROPRIATE 2

You’re never too old to dream — or to get a good shock.

Last week, USA Hockey officials sent text messages to players, telling them they had made the Olympic team. But one of the invitees, Ryan Kesler, had changed his number. The invitation ended up on the cell phone of a 67-year-old Canadian man.

Maybe this explains why Jason Giambi keeps showing up at spring training.

2 of 7. LITTLE MAILMAN

Trey Burke was named Western Conference NBA Rookie of the Month last week, the first Jazz player so honored since Karl Malone in 1985.

No truth to the rumor Burke plans to start a trucking firm, get a hunting license, and knock out David Robinson with his elbow.

3 of 7. TOUGH CALL

Last week’s Chick-fil-A Bowl was a doozy.

Texas A&M stormed back to beat upset-minded Duke.

Great game, but it raised a serious question: Which do fans hate worse, Duke because it’s Duke, or Johnny Manziel because he’s Johnny Manziel?

4 of 7. KID-DING AROUND

Jake Schellenschlager is a 14-year-old eighth-grader who weighs 115 pounds, but can deadlift 300 pounds.

Funny how quickly kids grow up these days.

Remember when people thought Gordon Hayward was doing heavy lifting for his age?

5 of 7. WATERWORLD

Due to a rainstorm in Jacksonville last month, Georgia’s football team held a Gator Bowl practice indoors at the team hotel.

The Bulldogs were staying at the Omni, appropriately located at 245 Water Street.

Sources say all went well until coach Mark Richt called for a line plunge and both guards leaped into the pool.