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Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 1/4

January 7, 2013
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On whether Mo Williams’ injury necessitates a roster move
While no one wants to have a battlefield promotion, you know, now Jamaal [Tinsley] has to step up. Earl [Watson] has to step up. Gordon [Hayward] and Alec [Burks] are going to have more ball-handling responsibilities, so you know, it’s our job to not alibi, not make excuses, but do the best that we can. We’ll determine our level, you know, real clearly here based upon wins and losses over the next six weeks.

We always keep a ready list in good times and bad, you know, in case something happens…That’s David Fredman’s responsibility. We’ll take stock in, in Freddy and his list that, that he’s given us over the past few months, but the one thing I wanna caution everybody: We, we don’t want to rob Peter to pay Paul and, and make a very short-term decision. We want to have a real long-term, strategic approach to this…I’m gonna err on a long-term vision here.

What about moves that weaken you in the short-term but would improve weaknesses in the long-term?
Kevin [O'Connor], Bob Hyde, Randy Rigby, you know, the Miller family, have been really disciplined to build this 2013 threshold so we can react in keeping our players, so we can react into looking at other alternatives.

And the thing I’d say is, is I’m going to be, you know, really, I’m going to try to be, at least, very disciplined and strategic in, in how we use the, the flexibility that has been so built up in such a discliplined way.

On the Jazz’s bigs
Enes [Kanter]‘s conditioning; Al [Jefferson]‘s mentorship of Enes, his improvement in the low post, has been great. You know, Derrick [Favor]‘s ability to mature has been good. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Derrick.

And Derrick has a quiet personality, but I think deep down he really cares about the results. You know, it hurts, hurts him when he doesn’t perform like he wants to perform.

I think you’ve seen improvement in free throw shooting. Brad Jones has been really instrumental in helping him with some technique, and so Derrick has, like Paul [Millsap], Derrick has a real quiet pride about him.

So I, you know, I’m just ecstatic, you know, to, you know, join the organization and (x5) inherit such, you know, a talented big man group. I really, I feel really lucky. (1280)

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  1. January 7, 2013 1:10 pm

    I quite like Dennis Lindsey. And though he doesn’t say it explicitly, he is clearly thinking long-term. Hence the hesitation at finding PG help right now … lots of things could help team short-term, but many would undo the 2013 payroll purge.

    • January 7, 2013 1:13 pm

      He’s the future hope of the Jazz. And I really like that he keeps it classy, doesn’t make excuses, and gives respect where respect is due.

  2. January 7, 2013 3:53 pm

    you know, i officially give up on this team ….and if fans buy this crap they deserve what they get……….mediocrity. If jefferson isnt moved and corbin replaced with a real coach, this team will never be more than an 8 seed. And i doubt its even that this year. Last game al jefferson STEPPED OUT OF THE WAY so Iguadola could race past and dunk………….and then he threw the ball away and laughed. Thats how classy Big al is. A mentor is it, god I hope not. This used to be a great organization, its not anymore.

    • January 7, 2013 10:59 pm

      I don’t feel so depressed when I read what Lindsey has to say. I really think he has a realistic understanding of the team. Whether he makes a change right now is up in the air. But everything he says makes me feel like he’s going to make pretty smart decisions overall.

    • January 8, 2013 8:04 am

      There are lots of fans that believe the team’s goal is actually an 8 seed or just to make the Playoffs, which brings in millions in revenues.

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