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Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 8/2

August 6, 2013
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Non-Basketball-Related Praise for Tyrone Corbin Hour is here again
Ty Corbin did a really good job this year with all of our players and reaching out to ‘em to get them to understand some predominant [off-court/lifestyle] issues. Ty took a real interest in where our players this past season, saving their money appropriately.

Do they know who’s investing their money, what their money is being invested into, which was–I really appreciated, you know, Ty’s just, 16-year vet, highly successful as a player development and assistant coach, and now head coach, and for, you know, a head coach to really, you know, share some stories, you know, from a management and ownership standpoint, we really appreciate it.

Is the roster pretty much set?
You know, I don’t know. That’s a good question. You, this is, you start, you know, in the later stages of off-season free agency period and things start to slow down. Teams have made their moves in the draft and free agency, and trades somewhat. Nobody’s lost a game, so they don’t have a game pressure on ‘em.

So you know, we’ll see. We still have a decent amount of flexibility underneath the cap. We’ll look and see if we want to continue to, you know, accumulate assets in an aggressive manner, or add, you know, a player or two.

You know, we certainly will never turn down the right player at the right cost. You know, we’re gonna look at undervalued players and assets. That’s something that we’ll aggressively look at. But this isn’t typically a period of time where there’s a lot of roster turnover.

Talk to us about Ian Clark
We thought that there was very good value with Ian. He’s someone that can really shoot the ball at a high level. His range, his shot quickness, his ability to shoot and finish off the dribble, is quite unique.

He’s a very high-character kid. A kid that has strong family brack–background. Strong faith. You know, as we started to do more and more research, it just, he came up as a Jazz-quality, you know, in really having Jazz fiber, and again, I think it’s allowed him to maximize some of the abilities that he now has.

And so, we’re, you know, we’re gonna, we’ll let compic–competition dictate, you know, what role, if any, he has. But we feel very good that he, it’s a match on and off the court.

The San Antonio Model
I’ve been sharing a lot with Ty and the coaches about, you know, my experiences in San Antonio and how we wanted to have every guy on the court be able to either be a weapon, or a threat. A threat meaning being able to space the court.

So [I’ve] talked to Ty a lot about our spacing, you use the corner threes, and frankly, with an opportunity like this that came up with Ian who can really shoot the ball, I felt like if I didn’t jump on this one, I’d be a hypocrite because I’ve been talking to [the scouting staff] all about “more shooting, more shooting, how do we get more shooting?” And then this opportunity presented itself.

Have you discovered the state of Utah at all?
Yeah, we have. We love Park City. We love the canyons. We’ve now, we just sent some family, friends home to the airport. We’ve had literally 30 visits. Everybody’s curious about Utah and Salt Lake City, and so, it’s been awesome. (1280)

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  1. August 7, 2013 5:15 am

    I think its praiseworthy of Corbin to offer this advice. I think there are probably better people to offer the advice, but players need to hear it from all sorts of different angles. I think it would be good if NBA Teams offered financial education/financial planners for the players. You can think Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, but there are situations like what Bryon Russell faced.

    • August 7, 2013 10:05 pm

      In theory I agree, but if you’ve ever seen his wife around (which the players probably have), it’s a pretty huge joke to be getting “smart finances” advice from him…

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