Round-up of leftover quotage
** Phil Johnson on Mo Williams: He is not a true point guard. He is a combination guard, but he can shoot the basketball from the perimeter, and he’s going to help them defensively. So what he’ll do offensively is, you know, he’ll get the team into the offense. He’s not a great pass-first type point guard or anything like that, but he’s not a selfish player at all. I thought that was a great move for them because of his toughness and his leadership.
** Phil Johnson on C.J. Miles: He [is] loaded with talent, and it’s just a matter of consistency and doing it every night, and every day in practice and so forth. I thought he was a good kid. He tried to do the right thing. I think he listened to some of the wrong people as far as what he should do instead of just try to go ahead and make your decisions yourself and go for it. Hopefully, not getting maybe a big contract or whatever, getting signed with a team and having to go play, maybe it’ll help him.
** Phil Johnson on Derrick Favors’ best position: Truthfully, I think he’ll be an outstanding five man…everybody would like to see him play four. He’ll play some four I’m sure, but eventually with his size and defensive ability and shot-blocking ability, I think that he’d be an excellent five man…I would lean towards him being a five man myself…Actually the four and five players are interchangeable in the Jazz system anyway, so it’s not a big deal.
** Phil Johnson on summer workouts, back in the day: I go back many years in the NBA, many players, once the season was over, in fact, a lot of players didn’t even make enough money in the early days, they had off-season jobs. They couldn’t work out that much. In the early days, players didn’t work out in the off-season. In fact, Jerry [Sloan] was one of the few guys, when I was with the Bulls in the early 70s, that did a lot of work. He did a lot of work in the summer, and not necessarily basketball, but working out, running, conditioning-wise. He was one of the few.
** Randy Rigby on expectations: I think our fans, I’m hoping, well, I know, and, ’cause I hear it out in the community, our fans are saying how excited they are that they’re seeing the commitment that the Millers, the Jazz organization is making to having a competitive team. I’m seeing and hearing from our sponsors, of people saying, “I want to be a part of this and we want to be a part of this team and be out there and cheer them on.”
I think also at the same time, that we, our fans are believing in us, and, but they are wise fans. I think hopefully people aren’t trying to build too fast and too big of expectations but hopefully trying to monitor, you know, those to the right kind of level, but, ’cause I think this is going, we are improving. We are getting better. We can potentially even surprise ourselves even to the degree of how fast we are, but I would try to hopefully, I want to control our expectations and not go crazy.
** Kevin O’Connor on the Raja Bell situation: We’ve had conversations. They haven’t agreed to anything we’ve offered.
** David Locke on the Raja Bell situation: What happened with Raja is very clear. He agreed to a buyout with the Jazz under the presumption that he was going to get signed by somebody. Therefore, when he got signed by somebody, he was going to be able to get that money. Raja and his staff must have had such an esteemed view of himself that he thought there’d be multiple bidders, and so he didn’t want to get caught in the waiver system if he got amnestied, and so [he decided to pursue] a buyout.
And then, as it turns out, there are no bidders, so he doesn’t want a buyout because he’s going to lose, like, $1.3 million on the buyout which he doesn’t have a chance to replace. Or, the other scenario is that he completely lied, completely snookered the Jazz during the amnesty just to make sure he wasn’t amnestied.
** Finally, Gordon Hayward UDQM: