A funny scene played out in the Jazz locker room Friday night, following their 97-81 preseason victory over Oklahoma City.
In one corner of the room stood 20-year-old Enes Kanter, so proud of his newly-built body he playfully insisted on being interviewed with his shirt off so fans could get a look at his six-pack abs.
A member of the team's media relations staff shook his head and said, "Enes, put your shirt back on."
Like a kid who'd been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, Kanter blushed, flashed a crooked smile and said, "Aw, c'mon. Are you sure?"
Yes, positive. Cover up and act like a pro.
And then there's new Jazzman Marvin Williams, whose locker sits across the room from Kanter's.
At 26, Williams isn't exactly an old man. And yet, because he was drafted after his freshman season at North Carolina, he's been around the NBA long enough to when to keep his shirt on.
"I guess I am older than a lot of these guys," he said.
Williams, the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, is a steal for the Jazz. He left UNC after just one season and was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with ridiculously high expectations.
Believing he could flourish in a new setting, the Jazz traded for Williams in July, sending point guard Devin Harris in exchange for the 6-foot-9 small forward.
On Friday, Williams scored 10 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Jazz. Granted, it was a rather meaningless preseason game and not a real indication of what he'll do once the regular season starts. And yet, there's something in the way Williams acts -- the way he carries himself -- that seems to be an excellent example to young players like Kanter.
Williams will most definitely be a key contributor this season, the Jazz didn't bring him in just to be an example. But already he has made a contribution to the locker room, simply by showing Utah's young core of players what a veteran NBA player looks like.
"True pro. True pro," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "He's not a big talker but he's a big-time worker though. He comes out and does everything to try to help you win. The guys love playing with him and I can see why. He's a great teammate."
Williams was one of the last players to leave the locker room on Friday. While Kanter was entertaining everyone, he quietly spoke to reporters. Afterward, long after everyone else had taken off, he quickly dressed and prepared for the team flight to Los Angeles, where the Jazz faced the Lakers Saturday night.
There was no clowning, no silliness, no "jack-potting around," as Jerry Sloan used to say.
"To be honest, that's all I've every known," he said. "My parents taught me at a young age to always stay professional with everything."
During the offseason, shortly after joining the Jazz, Williams returned to his hometown of Bremerton, Wash., and helped begin the development of the Marvin Williams Youth Recreation and Community Center.
Outside of saying he was always taught to give back, Williams doesn't have a lot to say about his philanthropy. Apparently he plays basketball the same way, he just goes about his business.
Jazz center Al Jefferson has known Williams since high school and believes he's the perfect fit for the Jazz.
He's calm, cool and quiet. And if they're smart, Utah's young players will take notice from across the court ... or the locker room.
"He's just a great guy, a class Utah Jazz-type of player," Jefferson said. "He's the type of guy the Utah Jazz love to have representing their team."