"It was coming down already and I just went up and took it," Carroll said. "I actually took it home. They let me take it home."
Carroll said he gave the hoop "the last yank and I got it." So, what? Is there video? Is there proof?
"We got a couple witnesses," Carroll told a group of reporters. "I will be sure to let the witnesses call you guys and let y'all know. But you know I go the rim in my trunk so I'll bring it to the game tonight just so y'all can see it."
Bringing down the rim, Carroll said, "made my day."
But he may not be keeping it for himself.
"I might sign it," he said, "and put it up for auction for the Utah Jazz, for the Larry Miller Foundation." Somehow, this discussion led, as many with Carroll do, led back to bowling. Carroll has talked on Twitter about joining the Professional Bowlers Association.
"I'm really going to try this bowling," Carroll said. "I'm really going to try PBA. I watched some PBA this weekend and I saw Terrell Owens had his own team and I actually know some people who know him. I'm going to reach out to him and see if I can get up there ... and be on his team." Stay tuned on this issue, as well.
- Bill Oram