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Jazz see no 'extra hype' in playing against their former teammate

The Utah Jazz aren't paying any special attention to their former teammate, Deron Williams, in tonight's game against the Nets.

Doug Pensinger

For the Jazz, it's no big deal to see their former teammate and one-time franchise player Deron Williams lined up against them on the other side of the basketball. At least, that's what they're saying publicly when asked about whether or not they buy into any of this, well, 'extra hype' surrounding tonight's game in Brooklyn.

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, in fact, could care less about the individual matchup against Williams, according to Mike Sorensen of the Dessert News.

"I don’t care who we’re playing, Deron and Brooklyn is the next team up,’’ Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said at Monday’s practice before flying back East. "I thought he had a great run here, unfortunately it came to an end. We’re not going after him, we’re going after the Nets.’’

Williams, who was drafted 3rd overall by the Jazz in 2005, is 0-2 against his former team. And remaining from his days with Utah are five players -- Earl Watson, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans.

In fact, Millsap, who remains a close friend of Williams', also isn't buying into the hype. For him, it's just business as usual.

"He’s an opponent, he’s not our teammate any more, so we’ve got to go at him,’’ he said. "We’re friends, but when the ball goes up, it’s a different story.’’

Utah is currently on a two-game slide, which brings more of a sense of urgency tonight than an act of "revenge."