More Draft Bits…
** Trey Burke’s favorite player is Allen Iverson. “A lot of people said he wasn’t big enough, but he still got it done.” (UDQM)
** Burke’s biggest influence is his dad, who taught him the game of basketball. His dad is also his agent.
** For his draft day suit, Burke tried to go with Michigan colors. He tried on three or four suits and ended up going with the blue and gold. As for his pin, “[I]t’s just a pin that a guy offered me to wear. It’s a flower. I had a regular one, but I think it just went with the tie. So I think it was a good look for me.” (ASAP Sports)
** Burke will not be keeping his Minnesota Timberwolves hat.
** Burke on the possibility of working with Karl Malone on the pick and roll: He can teach me a lot. Especially reading the bigs, setting the screen, reading a big that’s guarding the screen. The screener. Just giving me a lot of input about how to become a really good pro. Karl Malone is an all-time great. I can definitely get a lot of feedback from him. (ASAP Sports)
** Burke on how tough it was to be traded: It was tough, but I, like you said, you know, I understood that it was a business decision. And I was kinda surprised the Timberwolves had selected me at the ninth pick. You know, I hadn’t been in contact with them, so you know, once I found out I was in some trade talks, it started making sense and you know, I’m proud to be a part of the Jazz family. I look forward to going right in and helping the team win…I just wanted to go somewhere where, you know, I’ll have an opportunity to play right away and you know, have an opportunity to make an impact. (NBA)
** Burke on being traded to Utah: I didn’t know how to really react to it, but you know, God don’t make mistakes, so I feel like this is the place I need to be at. (Utah Jazz)
Shirtless Raul Neto already posted. Here’s shirtless Trey Burke:
** Burke on what he knows about the Jazz: I know about Derrick Favors, who’s a really good center. You know, I love playing with good centers who can catch and can score. You know, as well (audio cuts out) Burks, you know, a really good slasher, a guy that, you know, another guy that can fnish around the rim, guy that can get out in transition and run. You know, obviously, Kyle Korver, you know, shooting on the perimeter. You know, and then you got Jamaal T– (audio cuts out). You know, I look forward to going in there and you know, really developing a good relationship with him, you know, so he can show me the ropes, you know, he has a lot of experience in this league, and I just look forward to going into Utah and you know, getting started. You know, I’m excited. (Utah Jazz)
** Burke has never been to Utah.
** Burke on how he thinks he can fit in with the Jazz: With a big like Derrick Favors, you know, coming up, setting screens, rolling to the basket, I definitely feel like us two will be a threat out there on the court. (Utah Jazz)
** What Rudy Gobert remembers about his Utah visit: Just, I mean, I went over there, and it was nice. I mean, it’s nice city. It’s maybe not a flashy city but I like camp, so it’s great for me. I went to a very good restaurant, so it’s a good city.
** Gobert, asked whether he knows Enes Kanter: Yeah. I know Enes Kanter, yeah…I know him for a long time because I saw him play in the European Championships, championship in young team, it was Turkey. And I knew he was going to be good, you know, and it’s good to have European players in Utah too. So, good for me…I never played against him.
** Gobert on playing on a young team: I mean, like I said, it’s great, you know? We gonna try to, I know we gonna be young. We gonna get better game by game.
** Gobert on playing in Utah: I was very happy to Utah, yeah, because I know it’s a great opportunity for me, and the fans are really cool, and I think it’s one of the best team for my future, and to get better, and be able to play too, even my first year, so I think it’s great for me.
** You’re in New York for the night. Will you be going out and having fun or…? (UDQM) I’m very tired, so I think I’m gonna go back to the hotel because somebody coming, so I don’t think I’m gonna go out tonight. Probably not. (KSL)
This started out as a perfect, know-your-audience response. It then became not.