Jimbo’s Mailbag – Will Rodney Hood Be Traded?

May 17th, 2015 | by Jimbo Rudding
Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Greetings Jimbo mailbaggers! I’m writing this from sunny Arizona, where it gets hotter than Cher in her “Believe” video. You 40-something gentlemen know what I’m talking about, right? Yowza!

Now that I’ve got your attention, go ahead and sit back and enjoy the pleasures that come from reading a Jimbo’s Mailbag!


Q: Which Utah-based company would you like to see the arena named after? Also, did I see you at Lagoon shouting insults from the Skyride?


I don’t have any special relationship with anyone in the airline industry, but I’m going to be honest — in my heart of hearts, the ESA will always be the “Delta Center” to me. That being said, I have to admit that the Energy Solutions Arena name has grown on me quite a bit.

First things first—here is a list of companies that I believe should go after the arena naming rights and also what the arena should be called after those naming rights are retained:

  • PC Laptops – The Love Circle
  • Crown Burger – Pink Sauce Arena
  • Tucanos – Carne Center
  • Lagoon – Rip Off Arena
  • Classic Skating – Floor Burns Garden
  • Word Perfect – The Ctrl-X Center
  • Seven Peaks Water Park – The Splash Pad
  • Totally Awesome Paragliders – Owl Arena

Now, on to your question about Lagoon. I haven’t been to Lagoon since last summer. However, I coincidentally WAS on the skyride shouting at people on the ground. I wasn’t shouting insults though. I was shouting out my last will and testament to anyone in earshot because I looked up and saw the small metal hook that I realized was the ONLY thing preventing me from falling to my death.


Q: Have you ever had a celeb ask you for an RT?


A celebrity ask me for an RT? No…not yet. Although, I’m not sure if you’ve heard yet — Jimmer Fredette follows me. It took years, but he finally saw the light. Now we’re, like, best friends. We practically finish each other’s tweets.

It would be pretty cool if I could get someone really famous to RT me or follow me on Twitter.com, like maybe Lisa Whelchel or Jim Les.

***BONUS: First one to tweet me and explain what Lisa Whelchel is famous for gets a RT.***


Q: Did Blue Edwards like “Little House on the Prairie” more than “Who’s the Boss?”


Blue Edwards. Now there’s a former Jazz player I haven’t thought of for six days now. (I usually think of all former Jazz players every three to six days.)

I’m not sure what TV shows Blue Edwards liked. His Jazz era was sort of the exact time my fandom was birthed. I guess that means that David Benoit period was the potty training of my fandom. There’s really only one thing I remember about Blue Edwards, and it’s that his real name is “Bloodhound Cornelius Edwards XVII.” Crazy name, right? His parents must have been Joe Cocker fans or something.


Q: Will Rodney Hood still be a member of the Utah Jazz next season?


Great question! I’ve been thinking about this ever since the Jazz played that stellar game in Houston to end the season.

I have this reoccurring fear that the Jazz are going to do something horrible this offseason, like trade Hood and Burks for the bad Morris twin or something. That scares me more than a bird somehow getting into my house through the fireplace and pecking at my eyelids while I sleep.

Here are some reasons I think the Jazz should hang on to Rodney Hood:

  • First of all, he’s Rodney Hood: Prince of Threes. That nickname right there means you can’t trade him.
  • He’s a good shooter. Seriously, what was he shooting, like 89% from three and 96% in the paint? I don’t know for sure. I don’t know math. All I know is what I saw with my own two eyes and that was good shooting.
  • He can play with Hayward. I believe that you can have Hayward and Hood play the 2 or the 3. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Coach Snyder starts the season like that.
  • He’s not afraid to shoot it…anymore. I loved when Coach Snyder pulled the Prince of Threes aside and said, “I put you out there to shoot the ball!” I think that’s where things changed for him mentally.
  • He has a cool/cold demeanor. I remember another player with this type of quiet, yet ultra-competitive demeanor. His name rhymed with Ron Flockton.
  • He’s going to turn into Manu Ginobili…or at least Tayshaun Prince.
  • If he went to dinner with me, he looks like he’d be pretty cool with me going on and on about how I wished I would have stuck with piano lessons when I was a kid.


Thanks for the questions, y’all! Hope you’re having a great summer. Stay cool and I’ll see you next year! Call me 801-876-9087-98785-3498!

Jimbo Rudding

Jimbo Rudding

I am a typical Jazz fan. I think Jordan pushed off, Derek Fisher lied, Bavetta cost us at least one game in the Finals, we should have drafted Tony Parker instead of Raul Lopez, and there will never be anything better than the Stockton to Malone days. I, along with Spencer Campbell @SCampbellSBN, started the first and longest-running Utah Jazz podcast on earth. I enjoy the in-of-doors and telling people a better way of doing whatever it is they're currently doing.
Jimbo Rudding


  1. Paul Johnson says:

    Ditto on the piano lessons.

  2. LKA says:

    Can’t remember the sit com but Lisa Whelchel was on it with a little black girl named Totie Fields. They are both probably older than most of the people reading your post. Lisa was kind of a uppity good looking blonde..I think the only way Jazz let Hood go if it is to move in the top three of the draft..

  3. Matt says:

    “I put you out there to shoot the ball!”

    Nice way to sanitize the actual quote!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *