Utah Jazz: Tough day for Hart's Cadillac

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The trying start to Jason Hart's first season with the Utah Jazz got a little worse Wednesday morning.

While the Jazz were holding their shootaround prior to facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, a food service truck driver making a delivery at EnergySolutions Arena collided with Hart's parked car - a Cadillac Escalade.

No one was injured in the accident, which occurred when the truck came down the west ramp and into the congested close-in parking area. The truck failed to squeeze through an opening between a cement guard rail and Hart's vehicle, which was parked at the bottom of the ramp.

The back bumper and tail light on the right side of the new Escalade, which sells for between $55,000 and $70,000 depending on options, was badly damaged.

Hart was told about the accident after the shootaround. He went out to inspect the damage, made a couple of phone calls and returned to the locker room to get dressed.

On his way back to the parking lot, Hart stopped and said, "It's the inconvenience. It's not material. It's just - now - I've got to call and get me a rent-a-car and they're going to try and give me a car that's [worth] $40,000 less than what I drive. I don't want my kids back there sitting low. But you know how insurance companies do it."