On Jeff Van Gundy’s statement that you’ve got the wrong guys if they need wake-up calls to start playing
Yeah, I have no, take no argument with that. There’s, but there’s always intrinsically motivated people, and those are the type of people in any business that you wanna surround yourself with. I think certainly there’s always context, right? Age, experience, talent level, who you’re facing, the circumstances around your schedule, their schedule, injuries.
So, certainly, I, you know, there, to, our starts have to be questioned, and, on a number of different levels. On what we’re doing, on the players that we have out there to start games. And there’s, as you would imagine, those starts have been strongly addressed by Quin [Snyder], and it’s something that we’re paying attention to.
And starts, middles, finishes, you just wanna have the right result, and you wanna feel good about, if you are young, with your club, the response, certainly. And so, yeah, it’s certainly something to be noted, and we’ll move forward and react appropriately.
Are you happy with the aggressiveness of the team, or does it need to be pumped up?
Richard Smith made a great point in regards to, we, I think right now, because we’re young, we’re finding our way, we don’t have someone that’s really initiating aggressiveness maybe outside of Trevor Booker, and Trevor adding that element has been a value-add. So, to get someone in with great energy, with great physicality.
And I think the overarching thing that I see so far with just our personnel in general, it’s young.
And Dante Exum’s strength doesn’t match his size, much like Rudy Gorbert.* So, we have to improve that. But it’s safe to say over the next 12, 24 months, we’re going to have to add a physical component. I think night in, night out, we need a real set of bodies at the guard, at the wing, at the big man position, to provide the level of physicality you need to play in the NBA.
And I think much of that can be addressed with internal development moving forward, and just good body development. …
Somewhere along the lines of the roster, you know, I’m, we’re gonna have to address our level of physicality. … If you wanna protect your great players, certainly physicality’s always gonna be in our game…but get great shooting. That’s how you protect your great players.
* Not a typo.
On Dante Exum
I love his size. I love his length. I love his speed. But more so than that, I’m really ecstatic with his makeup. He’s just unique. He already has a firm grasp of the offensive system.
He, Quin said this–and we were talking about Dante and him picking up things–sometimes he can’t execute ‘em because he’ll get pushed around the court a little bit, but [Snyder] said, you know, this is a long way away, but at 30,* we’ll be coming to Dante asking him what he sees and what he wants to do out on the court, that he’s already got that grasp and feel.
* That would be the 2025-2026 season.
Is Enes Kanter “getting it” defensively?
Yeah, so, her–a couple things. One, it’s unfair to lay our defensive issues just at Enes’ feet. We have a young team, and we have a team at spots, especially when we sub, that lack some physicality, and that’s on me, frankly.
And so, collectively, and look, and this isn’t an alibi for Enes, but Enes lost two seasons…Enes Kanter is 22 and should be playing against University of Texas right now. …
The nice thing with Enes is he’s intelligent. He’s hard-working. And so, we’ll let it play out and I’ll continue to be very patient because 6-10, 6-11 who can play “four” and “five,” who can step out and shoot, who can drive his man, who can rebound, who’s as mobile and as coordinated, those guys don’t grow on trees. Those are special.
And I’d hate to go through the process with our young players, any young player, and go through all the trials and tribulations, and then let some other program reap the benefits when they turn 24, 25, 26. ‘Cause they’ll get there someday, chronologically.
On Marc Stein’s tweet about a possible Jeremy Evans and Toure Murry for Andrei Kirilenko trade
Yeah, I saw the tweet. And you know, Marc’s a good reporter and guys have jobs to do, but we would never confirm nor deny anything like that. But I appreciate you asking.
Compare DL’s response to this question to Kevin O’Connor’s responses when he was asked about tweets in the past:
— Oct. 2011: I read one once…Didn’t like it. So I shut it off.
— July 2012: The last time I thought about tweeting was when I used to watch cartoons with Tweety Bird.
— Jan. 2013: In today’s day and age, with Twitter and all the blogs and everything else, nobody has any responsibility. They can throw out anything they want, all the minutia that they want, and with all of that stuff being out there, they really don’t have any idea of what’s going on.
** People describing Arron Afflalo’s foul on Alec Burks as “a guillotine”: Dennis Lindsey. (1280)
From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series; recorded around September
Childhood snapshot: Outside playing baseball, basketball or football with brothers and cousins
Childhood room: Trophies and accomplishments; no posters
Best Christmas present ever: Guitar from fiancee two Christmases ago, but still haven’t learned how to play it
Best basketball moment ever: Advancing to the second round of the playoffs last year and feeling a part of a team
Worst basketball moment ever: Losing in the second round last year
Favorite class: PE or math
Least favorite class: Chemistry
How do you treat yourself? Get a massage and pedicure, and then go home and have my fiancee give me another masage
Why do you wear No. 33? Have worn No. 35 since freshman year of high school, but it’s retired in Utah
If you were an actor, what kind of actor would you be? I think I have good acting skills, so I want to try it out one day
Worst job or chore ever: High school job at a distribution center labelling and putting boxes on a conveyor belt. Worked there for two to three months and hated it. Worst job was wishing dishes because it would hurt my back. I had to bend over in the sink.
Superpower: See stuff before it happens
Five most frequently used apps on your phone: Instagram, Twitter, Wells Fargo, American Express and Candy Crush
Top five musical artists: J. Cole, Drake, Biggie Smalls
Top five non-NBA athletes: Serena Williams, Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ronaldinho
All-time NBA starting five: John Stockton, Michael Jordan (alternate: Allen Iverson), LeBron James, “best power forward of all time” Tim Duncan (alternate: Kevin Garnett) and Wilt Chamberlain
Five things you can’t live without: Cereal, family, basketball, sports and air
Mom: Supportive, has always been there for me, did good job of raising me. Was both disciplinarian and lover, but dad was more the disciplinarian
Good day in the Booker house when: Everyone is home at the same time
First person that recognized your talent: AAU basketball coach Steve McNally(?) and high school coach Joe Pitt
“If that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be here today” moment: AAU tournament in Houston. Had a good tournament and all the offers started coming in
First basketball team: Can’t remember the name. Rec basketball league at around five years old
First buzzer beater: High school scrimmage
First dunk: Ninth grade
First pair of basketball shoes: No clue
First time your ever saw yourself on television: College
First video game: Mario Kart
First nickname: Trev
First car: 1995 Chevy Tahoe in college
First CD: Couldn’t tell you
First jersey: Ken Griffey Jr.
First autograph: Kevin Garnett
First big purchase: Suburban purchased rookie year
First time you ever got in trouble: I was always into something. Probably fighting with brothers
First pet: Dog named Candy
First time you got dumped: High school. I tried to have two girlfriends. They heard about it, so they both called me on three-way. I didn’t know the other one was on there and they caught me. So they both dumped me.
Favorite food: Stewed beef and rice
Least favorite food: Celery
Favorite NBA arena: Portland. They’re pretty loud.
Least favorite NBA arena: Boston. I hate their seats.
Favorite thing you do every day: Spend time with my family
Least favorite thing you do every day: Getting up early. Not a morning person
Favorite fast food: Waffle House
Least favorite fast food: Jack in the Box
Favorite personality trait in people: Humble
Least favorite personality trait in people: Cocky
Utah Jazz: On the rise
Defense: Wins games
The greatest: MJ
Jay-Z: Top five
Gordon Hayward: All-Star
Bart Simpson: Homer
William Shakespeare: Too deep for me
Miami: The Heat
On Jeff Van Gundy’s statement that you’ve got the wrong guys if they need wake-up calls to start playing
Well, first of all, he’s, you know, he’s one of the people that I respect as much as any coach in the game. And you know, the teams that he’s put together have done exactly what he’s talking about…
I do think there’s a mentality that certain players have. There’s a kind of competitive juice that they’re able to generate, you know, on their own. I think, you know, my job as a coach is to try to help that process, whether it’s, you know, getting mad at ‘em, yelling at ‘em, challenging ‘em, encouraging ‘em, whatever it is, really, you have to do to try to help those guys do that.
At some point, you know, they’re out there and they’ve gotta compete. And I think, you know, all of us understanding that reality is not shirking any responsibility as much as it is kind of helping them stand up and understanding, like, no one’s gonna do this for you.
And I think, too, when you put a lot of time in and you invest and you work, that eventually that work ethic and that, you know, that investment, you know, turns itself into desire.
You know, it’s rare that we perceive something, you know, in any walk of life, diligently and consistently with passion, where whatever the result is, it, you know, you hang on pretty tight, is what I’m trying to say, when you want something badly. And usually, the investment that you put in it goes hand-in-hand with wanting it to happen.
So, I think that’s something our guys are gonna continue to do. I’m gonna keep making ‘em do it in practice, stopping ‘em and correcting ‘em and challenging ‘em, and you know, hopefully you’ll see results over time.
Is this team tough enough, whether it’s sticking up for teammates or just manning up defensively?
I was happy to see [Enes Kanter sticking up for Alec Burks]. I, you know, I’ve told, I want to see more and more of that. So that response from him–and it’s not, it’s nothing, you’re not asking your team to be dirty or anything like that.
It’s just, you know, you gotta protect one another, and you also have to protect your basket, you know? I mean, when players go in and attack you at the rim, you know, if you’re gonna take a foul, take a hard foul. You know, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, and it sends a little bit of a message that, hey, not tonight. Not, you’re not gonna just walk in here and it’s not gonna be easy, I guess.
So, seeing that flash from Enes was good. I think, again, that’s part of youth and experi–and inexperience. Some of the tough guys in the league tend to be a little older, a little more seasoned. The Kendrick Perkinses and the people like that that, you know, [it’s] like having a big brother [to] beat on you a little bit and it toughens you up.
So, you know, I’d like for our guys to take those steps without having to be pushed around too much, to find that kind of within themselves.
How do you find the balance between getting your players’ attention without tearing them down?
Yeah, boy, that’s the million dollar question, right? It’s, I think you have to be honest with ‘em. You know, there’s no, you know, being po–you can be positive and still be honest. There’s a, you know, reality sometimes isn’t pretty, and they need to know that. It’s not personal, but it, you can’t sugarcoat stuff.
And sometimes that involves going at ‘em, you know? And my, in my experience too, NBA players wanna be coached. I mean, if they know that you’re working, and they respect you even if what you have to say with, to them may not feel so good at the moment.
I really, I went after Alec Burks pretty hard–in fact, it was in the Toronto game up in Toronto at the end of a road trip, ’cause he just wasn’t rebounding. And you know, I didn’t get much of a reaction from him in the meeting. He was probably pretty pissed off at me, frankly. But he came out and got 12 rebounds that night.
And guys after the fact, I know, I think, you know, that you want to see them, you know, be better. So, I think just being straightforward on that, and then at the same time, you know, helping them understand that this isn’t, you know, we’re not gonna be where we wanna be tomorrow. You know, and that they need to know if they keep working, that I’m confident that they will get better.
It may be longer than everyone else would like to see–I don’t know what people’s expectations as far as the timeline are–but I think the players have to know that this is gonna happen, and not get discouraged. Because if they get discouraged, then they start hanging their heads, and that means they’re not working. And then it’s a, you know, then we’re not doing what we need to be doing. (1280)
** Quin Snyder on the state of the team
You know, we haven’t been playing well, I mean, and there’s times when we could play well and still lose a game. But you know, you just, you’re seaching. They’re searching. I’m searching. You know, regardless of what kind of the, you know, your long-term belief, your commitment, you know, to all those things, that there’s an immediacy when you lose that’s difficult…At the same time, it can’t, you know, we can’t hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves.
** Snyder on what he saw from Rodney Hood
I saw energy. You know, I thought, I saw a guy that was out there competing, and you could feel his presence on the court when he was out there. And that’s what it looked like to me. He wasn’t, you know, wasn’t perfect. You know, no one is. But he was flying around a little bit and really working.
** Snyder, asked whether he wants to see Dante Exum being more aggressive
We want to see him be aggressive. I told him in one of the timeouts, like, you need to shoot the ball, especially when it’s swung to the corner. You know, if you don’t shoot that, the–we got up against the clock a few times today. And there were some possessions where we didn’t turn it over, but we basically, you know, we didn’t have a good possession, and it was basically the same result as a turnover.
Some emotion from a Jazzman! Too bad it’s from a player on the bench.
** Derrick Favors, asked what the Jazz are doing defensively in the second half that they’re not in the first
I don’t know. Tell you the truth, I don’t know, man. Whatever we doing in the third quarter, need to do it in the first.
** Favors, asked whether it’s better to talk or not talk about the losing streak as a team
Pretty much don’t talk about it. You know, just go out there and play the next game.
** Gordon Hayward on the play where he fell down
Went to make a cut, and ankle just kinda rolled over. And when that happened, I went down, and just unfortunate, so. … It’s a little sore for sure. I mean, I rolled it. But it’ll be all right.
** Trey Burke on bringing the energy
We just have to make it a conscious effort, every single night. You know, obviously that starts with, you know, me and Gordon, and Fav, you know, to try to bring the energy. You know, I could probably bring more energy, you know, on the ball; on the defensive end, which would allow my teammates to get up. So, it’s, you know, it’s definitely something that we have to fix.
** Rodney Hood, asked if this is as big a test of mental toughness as he’s ever faced
I mean, I’m sure everybody before they got here wasn’t used to, you know, losing seven, eight games in a row. But you know, we just gotta stay, you know, tight-knit. You know, we gotta stay consistent with each other, and be honest with each other, and then, you know, go back to the drawing board. But we gotta find the juice that we have in the second half, in the first half, for 48 minutes. And I think that’s the only thing we need to work on. It’s not X’s and O’s. I think that’s the only thing.
** Hood, asked what is the biggest issue in the Jazz’s first-half lapses
I think it’s just energy. I mean, I think energy take care of everything else. You know, you more focused if you just, you know, talking to each other and you know, you might get some stuff wrong on the defensive end. You might not hear everything, but you know, if you playing with energy, you can make up for that. You know, I think we just gotta do that for 48 minutes. We do it for the second half, but you know, against teams that are, you know, that shooting well, we can’t do that. … I don’t think offense, I mean, sometimes it’s a problem, but you know, it’s more just the juice. Just the energy.
Random Stuff, etc.
** The ponderings of Trevor Booker:
** At least we can laugh over this:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
Tonight’s UDQMs are brought to you by @5kl.
** Craig Bolerjack on Joe Ingles: Ingles drives inside, and the penetration gets a couple Orlando Magic players in the air.
** Ron Boone on Tobias Harris open 3-pointer: See there, all by himself. Gordon tried to get there, but just couldn’t do it.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward: His recovery time is unbelievable. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Channing Frye: Frye popped out, gave it a ride. (H/T @5kl)
** Booner on Harris: That’s twice that he’s been alone in the corner.” (H/T @5kl)
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Orlando Pinstriped Post.
The Jazz are favored
Utah is a 5-point favorite, and a -210 favorite on the moneyline, while Orlando is a +175 underdog. The over/under is 191.
The Magic are 11-10 against the point spread, while the Jazz are 9-10 against the spread.
This game should be close. I like the Magic to beat the 5 points they’re being given, with a decent chance at winning the game outright.
by Mike from Illinois on Dec 5, 2014 | 8:16 PM
I’ll take the Magic, because I feel like this one is going to end in a Trey Burke game-winner
by HeyRiles on Dec 5, 2014 | 8:29 PM
Still hard to believe that Burke only has a .464 True Shooting Percentage
by Mike from Illinois on Dec 5, 2014 | 8:33 PM
Yeah, and 32% from 3PT range.
His rookie year stats and this season’s stats are so close, it’s uncanny.
by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Dec 5, 2014 | 8:50 PM
So he bricks it and Magic win?
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a proven shooter’s shooting numbers fall apart so quickly and completely
by MoveThoseChains on Dec 5, 2014 | 8:33 PM
Stat for the game that favors the Magic winning outright
Utah is only 1-7 straight up this season when facing teams that allow at least 99 points in a game. Orlando allows 100.6 points per game.
by Mike from Illinois on Dec 5, 2014 | 8:28 PM
Now we finally get to see the awesomeness that is Trey Burke.
by MagicMark on Dec 5, 2014 | 9:12 PM
These Jazz commentators are hysterical. They are so unenthused about this game.
by BlueHoosier on Dec 5, 2014 | 10:00 PM
do anybody regret picking AG over dante?
by sara.kena on Dec 5, 2014 | 10:20 PM
hard to tell, the Jazz seem crazy disorganized and are playing with little effort
by BlueHoosier on Dec 5, 2014 | 10:23 PM
Holy crap, come on refs.
The disparity between the amount of contact on Magic fouls and the amount of contact on Jazz no-calls is disgusting.
by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Dec 5, 2014 | 10:43 PM
I forgot about the game until just now
by Tim333 on Dec 5, 2014 | 10:46 PM
by BucsFanz on Dec 5, 2014 | 10:51 PM
Yeah Utah commenters
hype that block, even though its goaltend.
by zakchi on Dec 5, 2014 | 10:52 PM
I know, wtf
by Tim333 on Dec 5, 2014 | 10:53 PM
LOL there’s Utah’s Max contract player
by BlueHoosier on Dec 5, 2014 | 11:17 PM
Boy the Jazz look miserable
Losing streaks suck.
by Tim333 on Dec 5, 2014 | 11:22 PM
wooooo Magic road win!
by IsaacAfterAll on Dec 5, 2014 | 11:23 PM
Way to get it done tonight, Magic!!
by BlueHoosier on Dec 5, 2014 | 11:24 PM
What does it say about a team that needs a wake-up call or alarm clock to suddenly start playing well when they’ve gotten down by 20?
If you need that supposed alarm clock, then you got the wrong guys. You got the wrong guys. I mean, it’s a first quarter league as much as it is a fourth quarter league. That’s been proven over and over and over again. I have never seen low energy players be competitive.
So if you have low energy guys that start out consistently lethargic, you got the wrong guys. You have to have an energy and an urgency and an aggressiveness. That has to be a part of your DNA. No coach is going to change that.
This idea that this guy’s a great motivator or that guy’s a great–there are no such things as great motivators. You can’t motivate the unmotivated. You can help in certain situations with a guy’s habits. You can help with his routine.
But if you have to be the one trying to consistently prod a guy to play with energy and assertiveness and aggressiveness and fire and passion, you got the wrong guy and you gotta move on.
The Jazz have lost seven straight. What are some possible remedies?
The game has changed. It’s so hard, it’s so much harder now than five years ago or 10 years ago to get stops because of everyone shooting such, the volume of threes. They’re putting four 3-point shooters on the floor, and that’s where the Jazz are a little bit different right now, right, ’cause they’re still relying on the two-big approach of [Enes] Kanter and [Derrick] Favors, even though Kanter, you know, wants to step out there and shoot some threes.
Listen, it’s hard. And so, you have to, the ideal situation would be big, be big in the guard area, so you can do some switching of pick and rolls, and have bigs who have great lateral quickness. When I watch Utah, obviously, Kanter is less than mobile. He’s a good offensive player; defensively, more challenged. So, they have some issues defensively.
I do like how they play offensively. I love watching ‘em play, the way they move it and they share it…
To me, their growth will be tied directly to [Trey] Burke, and he’s had some good moments and some struggling moments. And if he can become really good, I think they can have a real shot. If he can’t, then all they are is small in the backcourt. And they need more consistency from [Gordon] Hayward and Favors, and [Alec] Burks.
I mean, they’ve invested in all those guys, and now, you know, hopefully they’ve got the right horses…[Hopefully, they] see that their improvement is going to be tied directly to the defensive end of the floor, [and] they have got to take the defensive, their defensive games, as serious as they take their offensive improvements.
Common thread tying losing teams together
You look at all the teams that are losing, their point guard play has been–let’s keep it kind–inconsistent.
Would you make any changes to the replay/Secaucus process?
I would board up that room and never have anyone enter it again. I am so tired of replays, I can’t stand it. I can’t st–in all these sports. You wanna talk about killing the momentum and flow of a game? To go over there and, like, it, I loved the initial, I was for it. …
Now, there’s so many triggers, it just seems endless. And I know they’re just trying to get the call right–I understand that philosophy–but it’s gonna be a slippery slope where it’s never-ending, where we’re going to be going to more and more calls…
I think everything has to be done so that the game has more flow to it, and I think replays started out with the best intentions, and now, if I never saw that room again during a review to see everyone looking at all these screens and angles and all that, I w–I could, I would be so happy.
Quin Snyder is in the process of trying to get his players to buy into his defensive philosophy. What would you tell him, based on your own experiences?
Well, I would say this. If you truly have to try to sell the importance of defense to your team, like sell it, like, or beg it out of them, you got the wrong guys. It, I never one time had to sell defense to the core of guys I had in New York. They wanted to win; thus, they understood that they were going to have to play really good defense in order to win games.
And so, there’s one thing that you’re a young team, and you’re just not there yet with your reaction time or you don’t have your schemes down. But the first part of it is, you gotta have the commitment of the best players that, yes, it’s important to us because we care deeply about winning. If you have that, eventually they’ll get it.
So, this isn’t about Quin Snyder being able to sell it to his team. The players already know it’s important to winning. Now the question is, is winning important to them? Because if it is, they’ll commit to this long process of becoming a good defensive team. It’s not gonna happen overnight, particularly for young players. The experience of seeing different NBA actions over and over again helps you with that.
But the commitment to the importance of defense and the seriousness of trying to improve on that end has to already be there. And that has nothing to do with Quin Snyder trying to sell something. You don’t con NBA players. Either they want to win, or they don’t.
Kentucky vs. the 76ers
You know what I don’t like, though? I don’t like the idea that people say, “Oh, Kentucky could beat [the 76ers] in a game.” I mean, Philadelphia would drill them every game…It’s mind-boggling to me how the average fan thinks that because a team is gonna have some [future] pros on it…that they could beat a whole team of pros.
Spencer Checketts: No, I completely agree. One hundred percent. [changes topic]* (1280)
* Let’s rewind to just 10 days ago, when Checketts asked Dennis Lindsey, “The real question, Dennis, obviously now that you’ve seen ‘em play is, would Kentucky beat the Philadelphia 76ers?”
Are players more positive after losses this year than last year?
I see, and feel, as much seeing as what you also can feel from the players. There’s still a sense of confidence, of camaraderie, and hope, and belief in one another.
And th–and I think they’re also seeing in Quin [Snyder], the coaching staff is doing an excellent job of really highlighting and pointing out to the players what they’re doing, when they’re doing things right, and how, the results of those things.
And saying, “Guys, we can do this. We just need to be consistent. We need to be more communicative. And we need to be, really come in with that type of an intensity at all times. And then we can play and compete with anybody.”
What do the Jazz need to do to start winning games?
I think we need to come out of the gates with the intensity that we had there in the second half of the Denver game. We need to have that type of intensity at the very get-go of this thing, and have a firs–a firm resolve.
We’re gonna come out and stop these guys defensively, and really–it starts at the defensive end, and I think we need to c–really come out with a tough mindset that we’re going to stop teams of being able to exercise their offense that they want to exercise, and really play tough, strong defense…
I think it starts on the defensive end. It starts by putting together good communication from your team, and I think that’s something w–that we’re working better on as well as opening up our mwouths* and communicating to one another so that we can prepare one another for what’s happening on the floor in the offense and on the defensive end.
* Not a typo.
If you’re good enough to come back from a 20-point deficit, shouldn’t you be good enough to not fall into a 20-point deficit?
That’s a frustrating, and that’s the frustration that the coaches, coaching staff continue to have. And that’s the point of where these players need to come in–I don’t want to justify this. See–age really helps.
A, John Stockton and Karl Malone, veteran players, I think understand the intensity of this game night in and night out. And the importance of having that intensity for 48 minutes. And having the tough-mindedness and the tough heart to be able to give it, at that, at the very start of the bell, and have that same intensity throughout that whole 48 minutes.
And that’s where some of our younger players have got to get, they’ve got to get to that point.
What is your message to Jazz fans if the Jazz win fewer than 30 games this year?
Well, I think our fans, we have smart fans. Our fans, even though we’re going through a, now, six-game losing streak, our fans still have a great, the, respol–remarkable enthusiasm. They’re engaged in this. They have not lost hope, in, from our fan base. …
This building process is taking place. I think we’re seeing the little sparks, of, at which, some of those wins, but also some of those second-half victories, of seeing how this team can play as we continue to commit ourselves, and it’s going to just get better. …
Our fans are saying, “I’m really enjoying coming out to Jazz basketball games. And it’s a different s–feel, it’s a different style, and I’m really liking it.”
Shoutout to Enes Kanter
I gotta give a shoutout real fast to Enes Kanter for two things. Number one, I was proud of Enes, stepping up for Alec Burks, also, in that incident there. I’m proud to see a little toughness…
Enes also had over 30 kids over Build A Bear yesterday making some kids out of Neighborhood House’s Christmas dreams come true. It was darling, and he was great. (1280)
What are your thoughts on superteams?
Well, I mean, if that’s the way you can get your championship, okay. You know, it’s, I mean, when we were coming up, you always wanted to go against the best guy. It was never, “Well, I want the best guy on my team” ’cause you wanted to prove that, hey, I’m just as good as him. So you know, for me, that’s one of those, okay, if that’s what you need to get a championship, then go do it.
But if you gon be a real baller, you really out there, go out there and do the job and make the players that you get on your team better, a la [Michael] Jordan, [John] Stockton, [Karl] Malone, those type of guys. Probably also I would say Tim Duncan and David Robinson.
Some say the traditional center is going away. Do you see that the position is morphing?
Well yeah, if you gon play ballet basketball. You can’t touch anybody…Why would you need a center? Then you got all them guys, the 7-footer, they can put their tutus on and go out and shoot 3-pointers.
You know, it’s just, I mean, it’s a joke to me, for real. I mean, why would, the center position is the greatest position on the floor. It is the only position besides the guard that can dominate a game.
On the Jazz’s Finals years
For me, it was a great time. You know, I was able to really connect with my fans. The fans got really pumped up and I think that is what really made us be able to go those two years back to back against the Bulls. Without our fans, you know, we’ll’ve been doing what Utah had been doing for years: get the first round and out.
But you know, with those guys, you know, you had a different attitude…When you’re playing the Utah Jazz, we had a chip on our shoulder at every moment because no one wanted to give us credit of how good we were.
What do you think of guys today missing games due to small issues like a bit of stomach flu and or a little shoulder inflammation? Did you take pride in being tough men?
Well, for us, we always had that attitude that we’re tough men. You know, a lot–especially with that team, you know, we’re country boys, and country boys tend to get up regardless of the situation and get the job done.
You know, you can sit around, go “oh, my toe hurt” or “my stomach hurt” but when you’re out in the country and you got to bring in the crops or you got to do something, you don’t have a choice. You have to get up, and I think a lot of the guys at that time had that type of attitude.
Do you look at salaries today and think to yourself, “I was born 20 years too early”?
(laughs) Yeah, I definitely do. You know, and especially when you see these guys can only go on one end of the floor. You know, you’re paying a specialist US$ 20 million because he can score, but he can’t stop anyone.
What would the Big Dawg Antoine Carr be like in the NBA today?
They will probably have me as a role player. You know, backing up one of these guys who’s soft and doesn’t really want to get in there and bang. And I would have to come in and do all the banging work, and the real work, and then he’ll come in and get his millions for doing nothing, and maybe averaging 17, 18 points because no one else is working hard against him.
So you know, for me, what you get out of me is the same thing you’ve always gotten out of me. A big guy that’s coming to bang, that can shoot the ball, and keep his teammates and the fans in the games.
What does it take to be a great defender and a great defensive team?
Attitude. It’s strictly attitude and willing to work. You know, do the proper techniques, and work. And that’s where it all is. To me, basketball mostly is effort. You can learn the techniques. You can learn all that.
But if you’ve got the effort, a lot of times the guy who’s not as talented will beat out a guy because he had more effort. So that, for me, that’s the biggest thing. If you’re giving your strong effort on defense, you can cut a lot of guys off, or you can look at the other fact. I’m gon wear this guy down until the fourth quarter. Come the fourth quarter, he has no legs; I’ve done my job.
Can Quin Snyder create that attitude in his players, or do the players have to already have it in themselves?
Oh, I’m sure [Quin Snyder] can create it, and I, but it’ll have to be one of the guys, not him. It’ll have to be one of the guys on this team, that says, “Look. We’re gonna work out. We’re gonna lift weights. We’re gonna do these things in order to make ourselves stronger and better.”
And that, you know, that was kinda John Stockton’s and Karl [Malone]’s thing. We come in. We come in early. Everybody’s going to the weight room. We’re gonna be stronger. We’re gonna be able to outrun guys. And that was the whole idea behind what we did.
What is a day in the life of Antoine Carr like?
I get up, about 5:30, 6 o’clock. I double check with all my guys, make sure everything is good. We go out, we do a demo job or a painting job or construction; whatever we’re doing that day. We knock those things off. Usually done about 5:30, 6 o’clock, if we’ve got a good day.
After that I come home, put my feet up, get a little something to eat, and call back here to Witchita to find out how my mom’s doing, and my sister and family, and that’s about it. And of course, next day, same thing: back to work.
What did Jerry Sloan mean to your career?
Coach Sloan was just, he was a added piece to make me a whole player. He was one of those guys that, “Antoine, we need you to do this. We don’t need you to start. We need you to come off the bench. We need a tough guy. We need those type of things.” And that’s what I tried to give him.
And I think that was, I was able to keep years on me because I was able to see what the coach wanted, and tried to do that. So, he taught me how to play the game as a real player, as a country boy. Get in, get your work done, relax afterwards.
My mom just got diagnosed with cancer, so if the fans there in Utah and all around would just please pray for her, I would appreciate it. (1280)
** Derrick Favors on staying positive after losses
We learned from last year. You know, we lost a couple games last year, we start, you know, being negative towards things. And you know, and a lot of stuff just happened. So I mean, we learned a lot from that last year. So this year, you know, we losing a couple games, a couple close games, so we just try to stay focused, stay positive, stay together, and you know, try to get a win for the next game.
** Trey Burke on staying positive after losses
Just gotta stay focused. You know, obviously we feel like we could’ve won some of them games that we lost, you know, in the past, but you know, we have to get better every day, continue to grow. Coach [Quin] Snyder, he’s staying on top of us, you know, to hold each other accountable on both ends of the court. So I think the level of focus that we come out with tonight will be important.
** Quin Snyder on the game
We were there, but we weren’t there. You know, I don’t think they, you know, on a shooter, but not aggressive enough. You know, many of these guys are, you know, they don’t feel you if you’re in the area. I mean, you’ve gotta impact the ball. … I think we need to compete harder, really, in the, on the defensive end.
** Snyder, asked if there’s one thing defensively that troubles him more than others
I think it would be naive of me to say, “Hey, it’s this. If we fix this, we’re gonna all of a sudden be where we wanna be.” I think it’s, you know, it’s hard, you know, when you feel like you can’t stop a team. It’s, you know, it hurts. But it’s, you know, you keep going. And there’s a lot of things, you know? We’ll do the same thing. We’ll go back and look at the tape, figure out where we can be better, work on it, and hopefully come out and impact shooters more than we did tonight. Be more v–you know, more aggressive in our contests. I thought that was a big thing tonight, if we’re talking about one thing in this game. It felt like that, to me, that we weren’t as, you know, we, you go into the game with them and you, think they’re, I think they’re second in the league in free throw attempts. And we, you know, we showed, we had seven different clips of guys shot-faking us, falling on ‘em last game. So then you’re a little bit afraid to foul, and all of a sudden, you know, you’re there but you’re not really there. So, there’s a balance there, and you know, we gotta do a better job of finding it.
** Snyder on keeping players positive after losses
I’ve said from the beginning, you know, the, we can’t fixate on our record. Certainly, it’s, you’d like for it to be different, but it’s, you know, it’s reflective of where we are right now. I don’t, there’s no magic pill, that all of a sudden, boom. You know, we’re a young team…and I don’t want them to get down. You know, I want them to wanna get better, but I w–I don’t want them to be despondent about the record. I want them to feel despondent about how we play, and want to play better. But I don’t know that our record reflects our commitment.
** Gordon Hayward, asked if the losing streak shows what guys are made of
Yeah, we’ll see who’s got some fight in ‘em for sure. And I think for the most part, all of our team, the guys aren’t gonna quit on anything, so. It’s just one of those things where it’s frustrating, you know, so.
** Hayward on the difficulties of a young starting group
I mean, it’s just a little bit of a lack of experience. But I mean, that’s, to me, there’s enough of us out there who’ve played in big time moments that it doesn’t, shouldn’t matter.
** Derrick Favors, asked what is the biggest issue on defense
You know, I think, you know, we communicating well out there. You know, we following the game plan, but you know, I don’t know. I think it probably just mental breakdowns sometimes. You know, coming out, you know, play good defense, and a guy hit a shot. You know, I think guys just get down from that. So I think it just mental focus. It just mental, I think.
** Rodney Hood on the Raptors’ 3-point shooting
Yeah, I mean, sometimes it’s deflating. You know, you playing hard. You know, you getting stops. You get a little bit of juice, and they hit, you know, tough shots. But you know, we just gotta control what we can control, and hopefully it works out for us.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Media member to Trey Burke at shootaround: Good to have the big guy, one more big guy behind you when you play?
** Craig Bolerjack: Quickest release is former Jazzman Kyle Korver.
Ron Boone: Yeah, that’s as quick as I’ve ever seen. I mean, he just, he’s just flat out ready to shoot.
Boler: [Jeff] Hornacek had a pretty good release himself.
Boone: And very accurate too.
** Booner on Kyle Lowry: Look at that backside. I mean, he puts that on you and he knocks you off balance.
** Boler: Booner, the MO of this Jazz team’s unreal. Dig yourself a hole, and then mount a comeback.
** Boler: Trey Burke goes inside with the left hand. Kanter misfires.
** Boler on Lowry shot: I saw the official put up the two fingers.
Booner: So now he has a career high.
** Steve Brown, asking Rodney Hood about game speed: Do you feel that’s coming slowly?
Hood: Yeah, I mean, it’s coming slowly.
** Steve Brown to Trey Burke on the losing streak: Is it tough to put it out of your mind when you go out to play, or is it now in the back of your mind and it gets bigger?
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