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Brooklynite Jamaal Tinsley directs Jazz’s bus driver to team hotel in NYC

Dec 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Jamaal Tinsley, Robert Sacre AP

Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley is a Brooklynite — born in the borough, went to Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, he knows his way around.

Which was a good thing, because the Jazz’s team bus driver didn’t.

Tinsley had to pitch in as a human GPS when Utah first landed in New York, reports the Deseret News (hat tip to KD at Ball Don’t Lie):

“(The bus driver) was kind of lost,” the Jazz backup point guard said, smiling. “He made about two left turns the wrong way and two right turns …”

“We could’ve been to the hotel a half-hour (earlier),” Tinsley recalled. “I thought we were staying at another hotel. I thought they knew something I didn’t know.”

Tinsley is a guy who had to go to the D-League to prove to doubters that he could still ball at an NBA level (and that the distractions of him in Indiana were a thing of the past). The Jazz took a shot with him and it worked, he’s giving them 19 minutes a game (although he is just shooting 31 percent this season).

He’s also giving them directions. Off the court.

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