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Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz Stay Upbeat Despite Down Year

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COMMENTARY | While they continue to lose, the Utah Jazz are staying loose.

On Dec. 21, for instance, before the squad took the court to face the Charlotte Bobcats, Enes Kanter posted a hilarious hand-written note for his former teammate Al Jefferson in the Bobcats' locker room.

Here's what Kanter penned:

"Dear Big Al,

My Boy! I'm gonna pump fake you all night.

Jeremy said he is gonna dunk on you.

Airport was closed but thank you for letting us land on your bed."

(In case you're confused with the bed reference, Big Al owned a $23,000 10-by-12 foot bed while he played in Salt Lake City. Also, Jeremy is Jeremy Evans, the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Champion.)

Kanter, of course, didn't pump fake Jefferson all night -- nor did Evans dunk on him -- but the Jazz did eek out an 88-85 victory, their eighth of the season.

Kanter, by the way, scored eight points on 4-for-8 shooting, while Jefferson made 9 of 19 for 19 points.

The light-hearted trash talking wasn't the only prank of this 8-22 season.

On Nov. 20, just as rookie point guard Trey Burke thought he was leading the team out of the tunnel and onto the court, seasoned veteran Richard Jefferson held the rest of the Jazz back, leaving Burke by himself.

The greenhorn realized he was jogging solo about three seconds after he left the group, which resulted in a hearty, boisterous burst of laughter from Jefferson & Co.

Burke went on to score 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting in his rookie debut. He's now averaging 13.2 points, 4.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 18 games.

Jared Bray is a regular contributor for Yahoo Sports covering the Utah Jazz. He also reports in English and Tagalog (a language he picked up while serving a church mission in the Philippines) as the Salt Lake City correspondent for The Filipino Channel's "Balitang America."

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