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Hot Rod Hundley was the “Jazz” in Utah


Non-Salt Lakers don’t understand why the “Jazz” monicker stuck when their basketball team moved in from New Orleans. If they ever listened to Hot Rod Hundley do play by play, though, they’d know that the team had to be called that as long as he was on board. He was the very best – hands down. His verbal skills behind the microphone matched his physical skills as a ball player on the court: elastic, playful, and always entertaining. (He was the perfect voice to put the visual experience of kindred spirit “Pistol” Pete Maravich into words during the New Orleans years.) Every motion on the court crackled off Hot Rod’s tongue in real time with phrases like “yoyo back,” “hippity hop” and “belt high dribble” and when the Jazz won, they’d “put the game in the ol’ refrigerator.” Hot Rod Hundley was music, and if I had recordings of every game he called I would listen to all of them on road trips.

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  1. Boneyard Media » Blog Archive » Hot Rod Hundley Transcribed, Pt. 1 Says:

    […] night the Jazz played, was Hot Rod Hundley, the heart and soul of the organization. As I’ve mentioned before, if his play-by-play patter was ever released, I’d listen. If they were ever transcribed and […]

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