** What was it like trying to prepare to play stretch four when you were coming off an Achilles injury and couldn’t change your body?
It was different for me. It was definitely different for me, but you know, coach and I, when I was getting closer to getting back, you know, he kinda mentioned it to me and I told him I would accept it; it wouldn’t be a problem at all. But you know, he really helped me out. Man, I was always down there, you know, trying to rehab an Achilles, and at the same time I’m banging with guys that are 20-30 lbs. stronger than me. So this summer I’ll be better prepared for it if I do come back and try to play that position again.
** You’ve never been an unrestricted free agent. Now what?
I’m not sure…I’ll take a couple of weeks off and kinda rest my body a little bit, and recuperate. And then, you know, we’ll figure it out from there.
Will you be ring-hunting? What’s your preference?
I prefer to be comfortable. You know, whatever position I’m in and whatever situation I go to, I just wanna be comfortable. I wanna have fun playing basketball, and you know, the last two seasons I’ve definitely had a ton of fun playing here, for sure.
** Is this where you want to be?
I’ve said that all year along. You know, obviously, you know, we’re in a rebuilding stage, but you know, the way the Jazz organization has treated me, the way this community has treated me since I’ve been here, you know, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. So, obviously I understand that in professional sports, things happen, but I’ve made it very clear that I would like to return here if possible.
** What needs to change for this team to take the next step?
Just continue to get older. I mean, you got a lot of young guys out there this year. So, just gotta continue to get older, continue to play more, continue to experience different situations, and they’ll continue to get better and better each year.
** What was said at your exit interview?
You know, just talking about the situation. You know, they decided to go young, and you know, let the young guys get as many reps and playing time as they can, you know, with the season we’ve having. So I understood that. No, you know, no hard feelings. You know, I wanted to play, wanted to be more in the rotation, but at the end of the day, you know, I come out here and I do my job. Make sure I push the guys in practice. Continue to be a all-around professional. A great pro. So, that’s what I brought.
** Do you have a sense of your status for next year?
I’m always gonna be okay. I know what I can do. I know I’m ca–I know what I can do on the court. And you know, I know I can do off the court. So, to me, I never worry about, when, at the end of the season, I don’t worry about if Imma have a job next year. Like, I’m fine, you know? I walk by faith, and you know, I feel like God put me in this position…I always look at, you know, everything as a learning situation. This year, I learned about, you know, you ain’t get that much playing time like you normally do, but you also got to mentor the young guys.
** Did you enjoy playing the mentor role?
I was just showing, like, everyday I’m, I try to come in to practice to destroy whoever was in front of me, from Trey [Burke] to D[iante] G[arrett] to Ian [Clark] to B[randon] Rush to everybody. You know, showing them, like, look, practice is just like the game. The way you practice is the way you gonna play in the game. And if you think you just coming into practice just half-assing it, then that’s what you gonna do in the game.
** Other than Vegas,* what are your off-season plans?
You know, getting ready for my wedding. So that’s exciting. Just looking for this next chapter in my life, you know?
** You are the most social man in the world. How many people are you inviting?
We made it a destination wedding so we can cut down a lot of people, so it’s just close family and friends. Just a real intimate wedding in Jamaica.
* Some of the players, including Lucas, Rush, Garrett, Burke, Ian Clark and Malcolm Thomas are heading to Vegas together later today.
** Do you have anything you’ll say to the Jazz about, “If I’m coming back, we gotta…”
I think we should have utilized our athleticism, as far as our speed getting out in transition. I think our pace of play has to increase. And to some extent, that wasn’t necessarily, I mean, a lot of that is determined by defense…Trying to get out and increase our pace of play would be a little better, but we do have two bigs, so. We play with [Derrick] Fav[ors] and Enes [Kanter] a lot, and it would be hard to run with that.
** Do you want to be back?
You know, it’s a business. I understand it’s a business, and whatever happens happens…Can’t thank everybody in Utah enough for what they’ve given me so far, so we’ll take it from there.
** Would you tell the Jazz not to match an offer sheet?
I mean, that’s something that you look at down the road, and, based off of decisions that are made, and you can make that decision…We’ll see what my options are. I think you gotta keep an open mind, and go from there.
** Could you please give me (David Locke) a rundown of your off-season?
So, I’m going to the Philippines, like, next week, to do, like, a junior NBA little coaching thing, I guess. And then I get back, and turn around and pretty much get married. And after that, I mean, you start talking about negotiations, and have to start working out to do the Team USA, try to get ready for Team USA so I can make that team. And if I do make that team, I’ll be gone from end of July ’til September, middle of September.
** Did your contract situation weigh on you this season?
Not at all. Put it out of my mind once we didn’t get the deal done, and haven’t thought about it.
** What are you going to work on this summer?
Shooting for one, and that’s probably making contested shots more than anything. Mid-range shots. Finishing at the rim. And ball-handling.
** What did you see from Tyrone Corbin this year?
Well, I thought Ty did a good job for the position he’s put in. You know, it’s a tough position when you try to go young and you’re trying to win games. And I thought he did a great job of teaching us things. You know, we continued to work all season.
** (New) Over the course of the season, you went from taking “number one option shots” to picking your spots. Did the coach talk to you about that or was it something you took upon yourself?
I think a little bit of both. I, also, again, I mean, we didn’t have a couple of our guys in the lineup [at the beginning of the season], so having them back helped me out, so you know, everything was directed defensively all on me. And it started opening things up a little bit more and I didn’t have to do everything…I’m still learning [when to pick my spots].
** (New) How different was it this year for you without Jeff Hornacek helping you?
I mean, Jeff’s my guy, so. He was great for me. He was great for Jeremy [Evans] as well, [and] Alec [Burks]. He was great for a lot of the people here. But you know, they had some other assistants that stepped up. I really worked with Johnnie Bryant a lot, and coach Brad Jones. So, they just kind of stepped in and played that role. It’s been about the same.
** What’d you prove?
That I can play. That I’m going to be a pretty good 4-man if I pick up some weight.
So you don’t think you need to become a “three”?
No, I can become a three. I think I’ll, you know, maybe get more minutes and better time at the three position, but you know, if I gotta play the four, you know, so be it. I’ll go out there.
** What’s it like when you’re, like, higher than everybody else?
It’s kinda scary sometimes, especially when you got guys under you. Or, you know, you never know how, what kind of foul they might, you know, try to do. So, I feel like, but once you’re up there, a lot of people, they won’t jump. Like, couple times last night, I had the ball and I was like, man, this guy’s not even gonna jump. Like, and after that, you know, it’s over with. So, it just feels great.
** What has to happen for this franchise to improve?
Just keep playing hard, and playing together. You know, I feel like so many times we were right there, just, you know, gotta get a little more focused and just being mentally ready, and prepared.
** On Gordon Hayward
Of course we’d love to have him back. I don’t know what I’ll do without him. So, I’ll see how that will go, but I’ll be happy, you know, to see him come back.
Though the .gif above may be more representative of the season as a whole, there’s something to be said for ending the season on a positive [J-]note. :)
Couple of thoughts…
–Can’t wait to see Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert next year with one season under their belts.
–Was this the last time we (didn’t) see Enes Kanter as a Jazzman?
–Malcolm Thomas. Could be intriguing.
–Also intriguing: Raul Neto in a Jazz uniform next year?
Random Stuff, etc.
** Marvin Williams previously said his nickname for Alec Burks is “Easy 20.” If Gordon Hayward is gone, should Burks change his number to 20 so that we can see this during nickname jersey games:
** One final (as Jazzmen) Brandon Rush – Rudy Gobert Instagram exchange:
** Before this season began, a LHM media member predicted the Jazz would win games this season due to Tyrone Corbin’s experience advantage over the nine rookie coaches in the league. (It was 10 by season’s end, with John Loyer replacing Maurice Cheeks in Detroit mid-season.)
FWIW: By my rough count, Corbin (8th longest-tenured coach in the NBA) achieved a record of 11-14 against rookie coaches this year.
Corbin swept the season series against two rookie coaches (Philadelphia’s Brett Brown and Charlotte’s Steve Clifford) and was swept in season series by three rookie coaches (Brooklyn’s Jason Kidd, Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer and Memphis’ Dave Joerger).
** And to close: Who wore the retro pornstache best, Kevin Love or former Jazzman Othyus Jeffers?
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Canis Hoopus.
This is the most important “get to .500″ game in the recorded history of mankind!!
by SoDakHmr on Apr 16, 2014 | 6:35 PM
Ty Corbin in a Century 21 realtor costume.
by Cynical Jason on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:13 PM
Back up plan.
by SoDakHmr on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:14 PM
Lol… I was thinking Re/max, but same idea.
by GDG on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:14 PM
Barea not playing
by PoohRubio on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:13 PM
by CaliWolf on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:14 PM
Matt Harpring isn’t a goon but a really thoughtful guy in real life
He just elects to play a pig ignorant homer goon for the Jazz audience. That’s sad
by Ailuridae on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:18 PM
What’s with the porn-stache, Love?
by Cynical Jason on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:20 PM
did we really just give up 3 straight fast breaks?
by rgreen16 on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM
idk that richard jefferson is “fast”
by keylimekai on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:31 PM
This might be Rick Adelman’s last game as a head coach
he deserves better than to have to watch this. Same with us
by Ailuridae on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:37 PM
Anybody heard some good music lately??
by SoDakHmr on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:39 PM
Pssttt Jim Pete they weren’t hard screens that Horacek and Stockton set
they were illegal screens. Jerry Sloan won’t beat you up, I promise
by Ailuridae on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:42 PM
I wonder if Kevin Loves mustache
came with windowless van
by mrhankey8170 on Apr 16, 2014 | 7:47 PM
I can’t believe we’re only down by 10.
by Lunchman on Apr 16, 2014 | 8:36 PM
by zebano on Apr 16, 2014 | 8:37 PM
Can’t touch this!
(And don’t want to . . . )
by Cynical Jason on Apr 16, 2014 | 8:37 PM
fuck Gobert gets rebounds by being tall
by zebano on Apr 16, 2014 | 8:42 PM
we better not end this season by losing to the lowly Jazz
by zebano on Apr 16, 2014 | 8:45 PM
Someone catch me up as to what has happened so far
by jacob9 on Apr 16, 2014 | 8:50 PM
We play bad
they play well
we play well
they play bad
we play bad
they play well
by ProfessionalCrastinator on Apr 16, 2014 | 8:51 PM
Kevin Love’s line in the box score should be
1 mustache, 0 efforts, 0 shits given
by TheH on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:10 PM
I only hope that my last memory of Kevin Love in a Wolves jersey will not be bearing that moustache
by antrodax on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:11 PM
It’s probably fitting that Love misses the game ending shot.
by Dogpile on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:21 PM
This season WON’T END!
by GDG on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:21 PM
Make it stop!
by E-6 on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:21 PM
This is what we have played all year for!
by ProfessionalCrastinator on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:22 PM
LOL Double OT
by ProfessionalCrastinator on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:33 PM
does this count
as a deep postseason run?
by eshold on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:33 PM
WHY WON’T THIS SEASON END?
by GDG on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:33 PM
Hummel vs Hayward
Indiana Boyfights 2
by Ray Williams? on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:33 PM
Corbin pulls off that suit well i must add
by rgreen16 on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:42 PM
by davechisholm on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:43 PM
Lol. Jazz keeping us in this one.
by jried on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:51 PM
Consolation for CH
Fasting tomorrow. Colonoscopy Friday. Fun times.
by uncle rico on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:53 PM
Check out the film afterward,
Well worth the price of admission…
by Dogpile on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:54 PM
Will be looking for Raquel Welsh
by uncle rico on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:54 PM
She may have a cameo in the feature,
but the plot is twisted enough that I don’t recall.
by Dogpile on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:56 PM
Or sell it
I’m sure there is some guy around here who is interested in that kind of stuff
by jacob9 on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:55 PM
is ship-shape in there
by eshold on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:56 PM
Thanks, all. Shitty ending. Just like Wolves basketball.
by uncle rico on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:55 PM
Congratulations and don’t panic. You just finished watching the Wolves 13-14 season.
by GDG on Apr 16, 2014 | 9:55 PM
How are you dealing with this season?
Well, you just manage it, you know? It’s not the ideal situation to be in. We are where we are. You know, we talked about this end of last su–during the summer last year, and talked about, you know, once they decided to make the change into what the season could be like.
And now we’re here. We’re at the end of the year. It’s been a long year. A lot of ups and downs, a lot of learning for different guys in different roles. A lot of questions about everything that’s going on, and it was to be expected.
I said right from the beginning, when they decided to go down this route, in no way this is good for the coaches. Because in the, you know, you get questioned about everything going on with young guys. So, we are here. I, you know, it’s not completely a surprise, but then again, you know, you hope for the things to go a little different, and then they have. But we are where we are.
Has this been the most frustrating season of your basketball career?
In coaching, it has been…
It’s been a little bit more frustrating because the ups and downs, the peaks and valleys. You, you know, you have guys out in the beginning of the year, you hit a stride, you going along pretty good, and you, maintaining those things and trying to find out what you’re gonna get from different guys on a consistent basis.
And we just haven’t been able to get a consistent group together for a long period of time and get the same performance…That’s to be expected with young guys in this league.
What effect has “outside voices” had on the team this year?
Well, it’s, you know, it’s been a task managing that all year. Right from the beginning, you talk about young team, and then this whole tanking thing became popular because of where you are and what some other teams are doing. …
I thought last night, you know, with all the talk last couple of days, and I don’t listen to a lot of it. I just kinda heard, they briefed me on something about, you know, how it’s better for where we are now to lose games. And that’s difficult for players, especially young guys, to understand.
How critical is it for young players in this league to listen to the right voices, when sometimes the people that happen to be talking to them are people they trust in their basic real life?
It’s huge. I, you know, I was a young player in this league, and you know, I have family and friends that just talk about what’s best for me.
And my coaches may be saying different things than what role they’re looking for me to play, and they’re the ones who control it, and they’re the ones who dictate how much I will play on the floor. And if I’m not on the floor, how I get a chance to expand my role.
So you have to make sure you’re listening to the right people. You have to make sure you understand and honest with who yourself, and who you are and what you do well to help your team win, and you to get an opportunity to get on the floor, so you can expand your game by being on the floor.
And that’s one of the biggest tasks in this league that guys got to fight against, and coaches have to deal with, because all these guys have inner circle who’s telling them what they wanna hear and not necessarily what they need to hear. (1280)
From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series.
First team ever played on: Park and recreation team in Columbia, S.C.
First buzzer beater: With the Hawks in a game against the Sixers.
First dunk: Jumping off a chair in my old neighborhood.
First pair of basketball shoes: Can’t remember.
First time you ever saw yourself on TV: When I was in an elementary school math competition.
First nickname: Cornbread.
First CD: Still waiting to buy one.
First video game ever played: Pokemon.
First day off in Utah: I was here with Coach [Jerry] Sloan so I probably slept all day.
First poster: Ice Man. The one with him sitting on an ice cube seat.
First sports jersey owned: Probably one of my older brothers’ that I took from them when they were done with it.
First autograph: Probably a Larry Bird autograph that I took from my mom when I played in Atlanta.
First time you ever got in trouble as a kid: Probably when I put my hands on some money that wasn’t mine. I remember getting that beating.
First pet: Probably a goldfish. I’m not a big pet guy.
First kiss: That I want to talk about, was with my wife.
Best game ever played: Basketball? High school state championship game.
Worst game ever played: Freshman year of college when we lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Best place ever traveled to: The Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Best meal ever: I’m a big-time eater. I love my mom–my wife’s a great cook. I love my mom’s cooking. Imma go easy, and go spaghetti with the South Carolina sauce that my mom and wife make. And some cornbread.
Maddest you’ve ever been: Probably when somebody was messing with my kids.
Earliest you ever woke up to work out: Probably just after I went to sleep about 1 a.m.
Best friend in the league: Let’s say, right now, Sidney Lowe.
Best movie ever: Lean on Me.
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Jesus; Martin Luther King; Barack Obama.
What’s your mom like? The wisest, most consistent, most honest person that I know. She’s more of a lover now, but she was, when I was a kid, a very, very, very, very good, strong disciplinarian.
You knew you were in trouble when… You were in trouble first. She would swing and talk later.
You made your mom most happy when… Graduating from high school, and then graduating from college, and in there were so many moments of achievements that she’s been excited about for me.
Good day in the house when… When the weather was bad outside and we all had to stay in the house.
Last sport played besides basketball: Golf.
Last vacation: I go on trips, but my wife don’t really call those vacations…I hear it all the time, trust me.
Last item bought: We remodeling our house in South Carolina, so it’s been many items.
Last music downloaded: Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Last time you were scared: What time is it?
Last time you were incredibly happy: My daughter graduating in June.
Last book you read: That I read completely? Just finishing up John Wooden’s book. Can’t think of the name of the book.
I’m sure you’ve all seen this everywhere already, but I still have to post it. Karl Malone, scene stealer.
This is how the Lakers’ night went:
And this play is representative of how the Jazz’s night went:
The thing is, I don’t think anyone on the Jazz from top to bottom was trying to lose this game…
** Tyrone Corbin on finishing the season strong
You are your brand, and you wanna make sure every night you step out there on the floor, you try and put the best foot forward, in your effort, first of all. And then the game will follow from there. So, we wanna make sure we come out and play a certain way.
** Corbin on the Burkcourt
In the last two games, one of the two guys have gotten in early foul trouble because of anxiety or whatever, the flow of the game, we’ve had to get away from it to come back to it. But, they’ve grown from the beginning of the year, during the course of the year to being able to now to start the game with them.
Bits from Dennis Lindsey Appearance on the Broadcast
** Can Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors co-exist as starters?
I think as you’ve, as we’ve seen especially the last month, the, clearly those guys can play together. Enes is a good shooter; Derrick’s very good on the roll. Derrick can anchor, you know, our defensive schemes. You know, they both need to improve in several different areas. You know, I think Derrick’s a step or two away from being fully who he can be. You know, I think a lot of that has to do with energy and activity, something that we’re gonna coach him hard on in the off-season. Clearly, with Enes, you know, we have to improve him defensively, but there’s no question they can play together.
** What is Step 2 of “the plan”?
There’s multiple parts to it. You know, clearly, the salary cap [lends] flexibility, so we can react to a bunch of different alternatives. Look, if the right free agent wants to say yes, you know, the Millers are fully committed to, you know, funding this team all the way up to the luxury tax. And we have great ability to do so in the off-season with, you know, even with Gordon [Hayward]‘s contract coming up, the ability to get him a number or match a number. And then, still have maximum flexibility…And then from there, the draft. It’s been a much talked-about draft. There’s a lot of strategy around there. Look, you know, we’re not married to any three of the picks, although all three are very good picks.
How To Make Your Boss Notice Your Hustle 101:
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
These guys have been through a lot this year, man, with all the talk about where we are and what y–what’s going on and what you’re trying to do, and it wears on them. And I thought tonight, we gave in to the talk a little bit…I thought we gave into it a little bit tonight.
** Corbin on what he’s taking away from the season
It’s been an interesting year, and you know, I have a lotta evaluating to do, that I wanna do for myself, and figure out what’s my next step.
** Trey Burke, asked if the team bought into “outside voices” tonight
No, I don’t think so. You know, I don’t think we bought into that. You know, we know what type of team we are. We know, you know, our strengths and our weaknesses. You know, we, bottom line is, we didn’t get stops…Nick Young got hot, and they ended up winning the game.
** Enes Kanter, asked if the team bought into “outside voices” tonight
People can talk. They can say whatever they wanna say, but you know, I think this team has a lot of friendship, and this team gonna stay together, I think. And you know, I think for next season, we gonna be more exper–we have more experience time, and for next season, we gonna be more focused, and gonna do better.
** Gordon Hayward, asked what he would say to the fans if this were his last home game in Utah
You know, thanks for all the support. I mean, it’s still, you know, we’re done, this is the last home game. We’re clearly not in the playoffs, and the fans are still out there cheering us on. I mean, that’s pretty special…So, just thank them for all the support they’ve given, and you know, we really appreciate it as a team.
** Hayward on what factors will affect his decision this off-season
I mean, it’s not, I mean, it’s not really up to me. I mean, it’s, you know, my agent, and then the front office. Hopefully we can get something done. You know, I will cross that bridge when we get there.
** Hayward, asked what he learned about himself this year
You know, I learned that I can be the guy. Just have to be more consistent, you know, so. I think that’s kind of a theme for our whole team.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Brandon Rush tweeted this earlier in the day, and then deleted it.
Rush is definitely the Jazz’s deleted tweets leader.
** A combination of awesome photography and the stars aligning, via @DJJazzyJody:
** I love Trey’s parents.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: If I’m Enes Kanter right now, or Derrick Favors, and I got Kelly guarding me, I’m licking my chops right now.
** Harpring to Craig Bolerjack: You give me vertigo sometimes.
** Dennis Lindsey on the draft: It’s always where you sit.
** Lindsey on the draft: Frankly, we like the players that we’re slotting.
** Bolerjack to Lindsey: You wanna take Matt’s spot, Dennis? Just move him on out of here. Lindsey: We can swap. Boler: Yeah, we’ll swap. Harpring: Oh, man.
** Harpring on having Lindsey on the broadcast: We can go all night. Boler: All night. Interesting stuff there from Dennis.
** Steve Brown on the first half: Nobody should read any lack of desire there at all.
** Harpring on Nick Young: He celebrates on every single shot he makes. He’s got the goggles. He’s got the tongue. You know, he’s got a lot of stuff, but sometimes you just gotta act like you’ve done it before.
** Boler on Nick Young taking a three-pointer with the Lakers up 17 and 1:49 remaining: I know what you’d probably do, is put Nick Young on his backside. Harpring: Absolutely. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.
God Boston sucks.
by LadyAlannya on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:09 PM
Ugh clear path.
Come on Philly you know your tank is stronger.
Utah obviously wants to lose this game.
by LadyAlannya on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:15 PM
Jazz miss both clear path FT attempts AND then turn over the ball
Fuck this, they’re trying to throw the game.
by PatRaillyFTW! on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:18 PM
Rondo just threw away the game for Boston
by alphax91 on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:22 PM
Lakers showing the Jazz that they can tank too.
by LadyAlannya on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:28 PM
The tank is strong with Boston. (glares at Rondo)
Just for that minus 500k from your future contract with the Lakers sir.
by LadyAlannya on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:29 PM
The tank is revving up
by Lakerchariot on Apr 14, 2014 | 6:43 PM
Jazz had the stronger tank
help us Silver, pls
by sumo390 on Apr 14, 2014 | 9:06 PM
I will never speak harm against Silver if he helps us out.
Lakers should put a statue of him outside Staples Center if we get the #1 pick.
by Cobra123x4 on Apr 14, 2014 | 9:08 PM
At this point in reading the game thread, my browser crashed. When I tried to reload the page, the game thread had been deleted.
These last few comments are from the game recap:
I’ll say it again. I LOVE this team.
I don’t think I could stand to watch a team tanking on purpose. I appreciate the fight in these guys. There are no guarantees in the draft, so I like the guarantee of effort that this bunch of previous cast-offs brings to the court. They’re wearing the Lakers logo on their chests and it apparently means something to them…as it should.
by Lkrs4eb on Apr 14, 2014 | 9:27 PM
Yes it’s great that these guys play to win every night
I just can’t say the same for our tanking rivals, the Celtics & Jazz. And if they snag the top prospects right under our noses, it’ll feel like they got rewarded for cheating & the Lakers got punished for playing honestly.
by PatRaillyFTW! on Apr 14, 2014 | 10:21 PM
Has there been a most surprising night of the year for you?
[Stephen] Curry. The night Curry went for 44. It was just, like, he couldn’t miss. You know, and he was shooting mostly jump shots; it wasn’t like he was just breaking us off the dribble and getting in the paint. You know, it was, like, some of those shots he was making, was good defense. It was nothing we could do about it.
And I think that was the night they had acknowledged Coach [Jerry] Sloan, and you know, all the old players had came back. So it was kinda like, man, they just seen Curry just basically kill me, you know?
And that’s something I’m not really used to, is another guard going at me the way that he did. And you know, they won the game as well, so I keep that in the back of my mind. You know, but I’m a competitor, so I didn’t let it get, you know, get on, I didn’t let it get me down too much.
Why are you so good with the media and interviews?
Well, I think when I first got to Michigan, well, and Northland [High School], that’s where it started, where I was getting interviews, and we was, you know, getting national attention so a lot of the local media was interviewing us. And I would get so nervous before I did a interview, and it was just like, I don’t wanna mess up; I don’t wanna stutter.
And I think, just doing it so much, you get used to it. You start predetermining answers. You know kinda what you’re gonna axe, or going into that interview, you try to, you know, think about what you’re gonna say. And I’ve had a lot of practice with it too.
I can say that, you know, the Jazz has helped me out a lot with media coverage, and especially Michigan. My two years there, you know, they made sure we were, you know, on point when it came to media, and that we weren’t, you know, embarrassing ourselves.
What has been your defining moment so far this year?
I would say, if I could think of one at the top of my hair right now, would be the Miami game, because, you know, I don’t feel like I had a, the best game that game, but you know, when it came down to that last shot and it came down in the fourth quarter, you know, I was ready to take that shot. I was ready to, you know, whatever the team needed me to do, embrace that moment, just because I played on that stage before.
You know, this is defending na–or the defending, you know, champions in the NBA with LeBron [James] and all these superstars, and you know, a lot of guys wouldn’t take that shot. For me, I, you know, I wanted to embrace that moment and show, you know, show everybody that I’m willing to take that shot.
You’d shot 12-50 in the five previous game, but you still had the pelotas to rise and fire with the game on the line…
I learned that, you know, it’s all about confidence. You know, I think when I was shooting that way, I started losing confidence drastically. It was like, man, can I make a shot? You know, I went from National Player of the Year to not knowing if, you know, who I am now.
And you know, I think something that really gave me a lot of confidence, you know, coach [Tyrone] Corbin would pull me to the side, and you know, be like, “Look, just play. Just go out there and play basketball. You know, don’t, you’re putting too much pressure on yourself.” … I think that gave me, you know, an incredible amount of confidence because this was coming from my head coach.
What’s it like to have your dad as your agent and your mom so engaged?
Man, it’s actually giving me goosebumps right now, ’cause it’s, it means a lot, man. It really does. You know, my dad being my agent, you know, that’s rare, you know? …
Coming into the league, I didn’t really know who was gonna be my agent. I knew my dad, you know, had the knowledge and had the, you know, type of connections to be my agent, but at the end of the day, I felt like, you know, he was the guy I could trust more than anything. He had my best interests, so I ended up going with him.
And then my mom, man, she’s so supportive. You know, sometimes I have to even tell her, “Mom, just calm down on social media. Don’t say nothing during the game. Don’t say something about playing time. Like, just, you know, people are watching you too.”* That’s just her passion for the game. You know, she’s always been like that, ever since I’ve been playing. You know, you gotta love her for it. She supports me 100 percent.
Is that too much though? Wait, let me rephrase that. [reference to Trey's pregnant girlfriend] Are the back-to-back 2-11 shooting nights worse than they would be otherwise because so much else is involved?
Yes, I think so, but they, even if I have a bad game, they’re gon be supportive, obviously. But for me, I think when I do have those type of games, honest, that gives me strength for the next game. When I go 2-11, or just shoot awful, knowing I can play better than that, you know, that makes me, you know, wanna really play good that next game or wanna, you know, show that I’m not that type of player.
* I hope Trey’s mom doesn’t take his advice. Love her tweets. :)
How will you approach your off-season differently based on what you’ve learned this season?
First and foremost, Imma take a one- or two-week break right after the season and just let my body fully recover, because, you know, I can get fast breaks now and just feel like I cannot dunk. In college, you know, I had legs to get up there and dunk. You know, I haven’t even had a dunk this year, and I can just tell that’s ’cause my lower body’s tired.
You know, I’m going approach it, after that little break I take after the season, you know, I’m gonna approach my lower body hard. You know, my explosion; getting quicker; obviously, shooting the ball. It’s gon definitely be a different approach for me. It’s gon be one of my hardest working summers, ’cause I know what it, you know, what you have to do to be a good guard in this league.
How do you plan to incorporate rim-finishing and the free throw line into your game?
I think that’s something Imma have to, you know, work on a lot this summer. You know, I feel like I got to the line, you know, much more in college. You know, but there are giants down there now. And it’s like, them refs are not, you know, even if you may get nicked, you know, me, I’m not gonna get that call. I’m a rookie, you know? So, it’s something Imma have to continue to work on, which is getting to the line.
You know, going off of one foot, you know, is critical. A lot of guys don’t under–or a lot of fans don’t see that. You know, if a small guard like me goes off of two foot, two feet, you know, the big has an opportunity to time it up. But for me, if you watch guys like Tony Parker, they go off that one foot, you can’t time it up. And that’s something Imma work on a lot. (Locked on Jazz)
The Jazz’s new slo-mo camera being put to good use
** Tyrone Corbin, asked what went wrong in the fourth quarter
They made shots. We didn’t. You know? They made shots, and at the crucial time and situation, we made a couple rotation mistakes. They made the plays down the stretch, and we couldn’t.
** Trey Burke, asked if he and Alec Burks felt fatigued
A little bit. You know, I don’t think it affected us though. I think coming off the bench, I kinda got cold a little bit. And then with the altitude being a little higher here, you felt it a little out there. But I don’t think it affected us. I think we just were a little, a step slower in the third and fourth quarter, and then allowed them to go on a run…I just think that they wanted it more at the end.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Enes Kanter “Inez Kanter”: nba.com recap girl
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Ron Boone: Kanter and Favors just wearing ‘em out.
** Booner: Kanter is just eating their big men alive.
** Craig Bolerjack: Moments ago, I had the chance to go one-on-one with Jazz assistant Sidney Lowe.
** Boler: I think Trey’s actually got an inch on Brooks.