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When the Jazz play the Bulls on Tuesday night in Chicago, Carlos Boozer makes his first appearance at the United Center since openly talking about playing for the Bulls last summer.
Boozer says he won't be distracted by playing a team which might be one of his most ardent suitors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"My thing right now is trying to get my team as high up in the conference standings as we can get," Boozer said Monday morning's practice.
"The rest of that stuff will take care of itself this summer. I don't have any worries about the Bulls or their organization at all. Right now, I just want our team to win -- period."
In their first meeting of the season, the Jazz beat the visiting Bulls on Thanksgiving night, 105-86.
Boozer finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.
He calls Chicago "a good, young team that plays hard every night" and says point guard Derrick Rose is "something special. ... a stud."
Koufos sent down
The Jazz have assigned second-year center Kosta Koufos to the Utah Flash of the NBA Developmental League. Koufos reported to the Flash immediately and did not make the trip to Chicago. He will play in their games Friday and Saturday at Reno.
In only 25 games for the Jazz this season, Koufos averages 1.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.4 minutes.
Being Jerry Sloan
According to Othyus Jeffers , one of the things that helped him reach the NBA was trying to emulate the way Jerry Sloan played during his career.
Growing up in Chicago, where Sloan spent 10 seasons with the Bulls, Jeffers said he had heard of his coach's reputation as a determined competitor and physical defender.
Told that Jeffers has tried to play a similar "style," Sloan smiled.
"I didn't have a style," he said. "I was just trying to get through the day."
Sloan downplayed any discussion of his career.
"Those days are over," he said. "I'd rather talk about the people playing now. I'm so far out of that. My career is shot. So [talking about] that will get you a toothpick and a glass of water."
Sloan continued: "I had my fun. I don't think anybody had more fun playing basketball than I did. I hope everybody has fun playing."
Minding the minutes
Finishing up his ninth season in the NBA, Andrei Kirilenko is close to reaching another statistical milestone.
Kirilenko has played 18,863 minutes for the Jazz. He needs to play 137 more to reach 19,000 in his career.
Currently, Kirilenko is sixth on the franchise's all-time list for minutes.
He trails Karl Malone (53,479), John Stockton (47,764), Mark Eaton (25,169), Darrell Griffith (21,403) and Thurl Bailey (20,523).
Kirilenko needs to average 33 minutes game to catch Bailey and move into the top five by the end of this season.
At the United Center
Tipoff » 6 p.m.
TV » Fox Sports Utah
Radio » 1320-AM, 98.7-FM
Records » Jazz 40-22, Bulls 31-31
Season series » Jazz, 1-0
Last meeting » Jazz, 105-86 (Nov. 26)
Line » Utah by 31/2
About the Jazz » They are 15-14 on the road and 15-6 against the Eastern Conference. ... They have won eight of their last 10 on the road. ... They have lost four of their last five in Chicago. ... In the last two games, C Memo Okur has scored 51 points and gone 5-for-8 on three-pointers. ... Okur needs 11 three-pointers for 500 in his career.
About the Bulls » After winning eight of 10 games, they have lost four straight (Indiana, Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas). ... They are eighth in the East, one-half game ahead of Charlotte in the race for the East's final playoff spot. ... They are led by G Derrick Rose (20.3 ppg) and F Luol Deng (18.3). ... C Joakim Noah (foot) won't play.