The jokes flood Joe Ingles’ Twitter mentions during every game.
The theme is always the Average Joe appearance of the Utah Jazz wing. He’s most often called a math or science teacher, which Ingles finds humorous, kidding that poor academic performance was the primary reason he turned pro at 17 in his native Australia. Accountant is also popular, among other pencil-pushing professions.
Anything that’s like a boring, receding-hairline white guy is pretty much what I get, Ingles says.
Ingles’ teammates, who in fairness are frequent targets of his own biting sense of humor, are just as relentless as the amateur comedians on social media. Center Rudy Gobert, whose loud suits provide Ingles plenty of comedic fodder, refers to him as a 40-year-old farmer. Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell, whose social media posts always get a snarky reply from Ingles, just calls him old man, saying it fits his game, appearance and lifestyle.
Denver Nuggets: Paul Millsap returned Tuesday and logged 23 minutes after missing 44 games with a wrist injury. Based on how well he played, finishing with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal against the Clippers, you have to expect the veteran to cut into Nikola Jokic’s scoring, rebounds and assists the rest of the season. Any game when Millsap is rested, though, will be a huge opportunity for Jokic to do what he does best.
And he’s dead serious.
It went from like an unsure lunch to, ‘We’ve got to get back to the hotel and get our s— really quickly and get out of here,’ Ingles says. We literally didn’t finish our meal, paid the [bill] and went straight to the airport and came here.
Ingles’ initial goal after getting to Utah: survive through the mid-January deadline for his minimum salary to become guaranteed.
Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker saw his minutes rise in each of the three games since the All-Star break, going from 21 to 24 to 27. With at least 18 points and five rebounds in each of his past two games, we are starting to see Parker play like the player he was before the injury last season. Pick him up now if he’s still available in your league, as he is in nearly 42 percent of ESPN leagues.