When’s the last time you played basketball?
I embarrassed myself this summer. It was the first time in a long time. I was probably 30 pounds, 30 to 40 pounds probably, over playing weight. I got out with our interns and video guys and young coaches. They were forming a game, and there was nine, and there was, you know, my fat you-know-what on the elliptical machine.
So, I actually felt guilty enough to go out and play, and did OK. But my feet were hurting for the next two weeks. I was walking around like I was walking on glass, and I think I’ve pretty much retired.
What are the benefits of having an international team and coaching staff?
Right. Well, Igor [Kokoskov] is a long-time NBA veteran. Quin [Snyder] actually got Igor his United States start at University of Missouri, and then Igor has been in several places. Detroit, Phoenix, and other places that have had a great deal of success. So, Igor is here because of his own individual merit. He’s an excellent teacher and coach.
He’s the Georgian national team coach, and led them to unprecedented success in Europe and international play with a very lean roster at times. And so, I’ve already grained, gained a deep appreciation.
But the fact that Igor can have a European-base conversation with Tibor Pleiss and Rudy Gobert going forward, that commonality is very important because y–in regards to your team, it’s my opinion and actually studies show, you don’t ever want to have a player on an island that’s isolated. There has to be a tie back to the group.
And so training camp helps with that. Dinners help with that. But being able to speak the same language, or those guys understanding what’s going over, going on with Greece right now and their economy, and having those common conversations can really expedite chemistry. It can make chemistry deeper.
And I, it’s just, it’s a really unique environment when you’ve done it with successful international players. We had Hakeem [Olajuwon] in Houston, Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutumbo. It really added to the fabric of experience and of education to the group.
And obviously in many ways, the San Antonio program has coined itself in a lotta different and unique ways. But as much as anything, Gregg Popovich was a Russian studies major and was on bases over there, and he’s like, “Hey, these guys can play” — way back when Pop was still playing. And so, he brought that experience over.
And so the cultural awareness, the worldliness that others can bring back to a team environment makes it really rich and interesting. And at the end of the day, I don’t care if a guy’s from Salt Lake City or Detroit or Houston or L.A. or Serbia — you know, the country of Serbia — or France or Spain or China. It doesn’t really matter.
It’s what that individual can bring back to the group. It’s individual merit inside of a team setting. But each guy that we’ve brought on with international playing and coaching experience, I do think has individual merit and will add to what is starting to become a unique group.
Love this. So much.
Did Hakeem Olajuwon travel?
No. No. We–it’s very expedient for those who competed against him or who were fans at other places to say, but watching Hakeem play every day, it’s — I know this is gonna be strange, but there are times that — I believe John Stockton, Steve Nash were two of the best at what we call playing between the dribbles. And Hakeem copied that in many ways. He just did it on the post.
So, if I were to break down his basic move — everybody talks about the Dream Shake, and the up-and-under. And really, the program on Houston, from a scheme standpoint, an offensive scheme standpoint, was built around Hakeem’s jump hook. And if I were to show you his footwork, it was, watching him work every day was like watching, I would imagine, Picasso paint. I mean, it was part formulaic, but really it was as much art.
And he could dribble a ball once, and instead of immediately grabbing the ball, in layman’s terms, he would let the ball drop. So he was able to get in an extra, what we call step-slide, in between the dribble, and letting the ball drop. And so he could cover huge amounts of ground in between dribbles. And you see a lot of players on the perimeter do it. Hakeem just did it on the post, and he covered so much ground and he was so graceful.
But even when you showed coaches that had studied post play of what he was doing, they’re like, “That’s a travel.” But if you really were to look at what he was doing with his footwork, it was so quick, so phos–so sophisticated. He was covering so much ground, you immediately covered to, he’s covering too much ground so therefore he has to travel.
I know that’s a long dissertation, but absolutely not. And that’s why he’s teaching post basketball today, and he’s one of the most unique players and individuals our league has ever seen.
Lol at DL saying Hakeem got his Dream Shake from Stockton. A bunch of Rockets fans just dropped dead of shock and horror.
On his gift to Patrick Ewing and Jeff Van Gundy
We had a, we had Patrick [Ewing], who’s a great man, as our, as one of our assistants in [Houston]…One of my biggest gifts to Patrick and Jeff Van Gundy, I was wi–I was a fan at the time. I was still, you know, barely out of college in 1994 when the Rockets beat the Knicks in the Finals.
I made sure in Houston there was this big, fat picture in our player lounge where we sent our players and coaches every day of Hakeem blocking John Stock’s–Stark’s shot. And Jeff Van Gundy and Patrick Ewing and some of that group had to go and look at that picture every day. (1280)
On Motley Crue’s performance in Salt Lake City
Well, I’m singing a duet with Alice Cooper, if the truth be known. So, keep that on the low down.
You’re stuck on a desert island. Pick one movie, one TV box set and one book you’re reading/watching for the rest of your life.
Wow. OK. A movie that I can watch the rest of my life. Maybe something that I can really enjoy. You know what, take my mind off of being on a desert island, I’m a big Peter Sellers fan, and used to love the Pink Panther series. I still watch the Pink Panther series, and can laugh hysterically.
So I’m gonna probably say the “Revenge of the Pink Panther” with Peter Sellers, ’cause I better get, there better be something to laugh about if I’m stuck on an island by myself. …
OK, now I’m gonna listen to one band? I’m a big fan — and well, since I’ll be on a desert island, and I’ve always been a grownup, and have to say that I went as a young kid all the time down to Lagoon, and watched one of my favorite bands, and actually, and that’s the Beach Boys. So, I’ll have a lot of beach there on the desert island, and a lotta waves, so I’ll wa–I’ll listen to a little Beach Boys.
And I’m gonna be rea–let’s say I’m reading now something as well. And, so I’m a big fan of David McCullough, and I’m a fan of, also of history. And I think I’m going to probably go with one of my favorite books that I really enjoyed, and then, and kind of a, one of the early founding fathers, and that was John Adams. So, I’m gonna read “John Adams.”
And let’s see, did you want me to watch a TV series?…Wow. OK. I grew up watching it, so maybe I’ll be watch–since they were on a desert island, I’m, maybe I’ll watch, so I can laugh and get some ideas from them. I’m gonna watch “Gilligan’s Island.” So, that’s really dating me.
Is the Jazz Bear getting a little long in the claw?
He’s our Tim Duncan of the masc–of the NBA mascot. So, he is getting a little long in the claw there, and, but I’ll tell you what. He’s still got some good years in front of him, and you know, and then what we hope is, he’ll, he’s gonna be with our organization for a long, long time.
And hopefully, he can raise up his future, then, young bear that he can actually mentor, to try to be somewhat as good as he is. But I don’t think anyone’ll ever be where our Bear is.
On the Jazz’s preseason games in Hawaii
You know, we’re trying to take our key sponsors on a trip to say thank you for their commitment to us, and to create some camaraderie. For the first time ever, we’re actually gonna combine, then, our relationship and our trip with our sponsors with also, then, our team.
And we’re all gonna be going over to Hawaii for those two preseason games on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, and then hopefully have a little time to have our sponsors interact with our players, and make a nice trip out of it.
It was important, though, for us that, I know the Lakers are going over there and actually gonna do their training camp. We wanna have a good, hard training camp here before we leave and go over there and have those games. But it’ll be something different and new.
It also allows our re–our building, and our building people do a magnificent job in scheduling our building, and keeping it busy and keeping it going, and it’ll allow them to actually have a couple of events that they needed to have here, while we’re, then, kinda going on the road and taking care of some preseason games.
Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward will be going to USA camp. Do you like having your younger players play against some of the best competition in the NBA?
Well, you always worry about injuries. But you know what? It’s, we never want to stop our players from having an opportunity to really improve their game and to play against the best. It also gives them an opportunity, and gives us an opportunity, to have them being showcased in front of the league, and also in front of the NBA, to actually allow them to continue to develop.
We want them to be the future recognized All-Stars, and up-and-comers in this league. And so, and I think it’s a very positive sign to our fans, and to them as players, of what they mean as potential future stars in the NBA, and I think it’s a great compliment to the organization.
So, we send the proper people and we make sure while they’re there, we’re, we have representation, and many times, while they’re there, so that we’re watching our assets and making sure they’re, it pro–they’re protected, and they’re getting the right kind of care and nutrition, and that the right kind of development is going on. But we’re very comfortable at this time with those opportunities.
Rigby on Jazz players and Team USA in 2012:
One of the concerns I have had is our athletes being around each other together and enjoying this idea [of playing together], and by them being around each other, some of our superstars, them talking and just saying, “Well, maybe we oughta stay together and formulate our own little squads in Miami or in New York” or wherever it might be. I think there’s been a little bit of that atmosphere going on, and I don’t like that competitive nature…
You know? Deron Williams wants to compete against Dwight Howard instead of teaming up together after we’ve already gotten all of our money first, and then now let’s make it easier for us to win…And so, one thing I think the Olympics has done a little bit is maybe invite that atmosphere of those guys coming together and wanting to do that.
Quin Snyder recently hired Igor Kokoskov. The Jazz suddenly have international flavor…
Well, that’s what’s, that’s what I think is beautiful about what we’re doing as an organization, is we, we’re not one-dimensional, that we’re really, from literally players, having an international breadth, we have that coaching staff that has development experience, that has international abilities. And this team is so international now.
The knowledge that we’re getting from Quin Snyder, from Alex Jensen, now from Igor, of actually seeing these international players, knowing the style, knowing where this game is going, is very beneficial to us as an organization, to keep us on the cutting edge, from both a game development and a game play, and style, as well as what’s going on with the players that we, that are potentially out there.
And the connections that these individuals have, that allows us to draw upon, then, being able to call other contacts and connections, and get good intel and information about players and their abilities. So, it’s extremely beneficial for us, and very useful. (1280)
What are Dennis Lindsey’s favorite hot dog toppings?
Well, I’ve got to admit, I’ve been on, I’ve been trying to abstain from red meat. So while I used to love a good brat, it’s been about three or four years since I’ve had one…
I love food, and it’s still a vice, I can tell you that. And, but, my weakness is chips late at night, you know, and after a game, [the Jazz] lose, and I eat my sorrows away. And when we win, there’s adrenaline, and I eat ’til exhaustion, how about that? But yeah, I like a lot of different foods.
If you could only listen to one band and watch one movie and one TV show for the rest of your life, what would they be?
TV show, I’d, I’m good with the “24” series. I can watch Jack Bauer solve crimes, and you know, save the world, so I’m good with that as long as I get the series.
[Movie], I’m all hoops all the time, so it’s gotta be “Hoosiers.”
And so you, we’ve been propping up the Zac Brown Band here of late, so we’ll, I’ll stick to the recency bias of that. (1280)
Have you ever done a study on the composite average Jazz fan?
Oh, we have. We do extensive market research…We have literally longinitudal* data going back almost 30 years, about y–what makes up a Jazz fan and a lot of different components of the fan base as well as how we as an organization are doing in, from our game operations to our basketball side of things.
And then we do a lot of market research, that now you can do, through social media, and get immediate responses as well on some interesting things. And we use all of that. The NBA has some very good analytics and information, that they measure all the teams, and so we can do some comparisons on how we’re doing.
One of the big areas that we’re really looking at is the millenial. We found that the millenial is really relating to basketball and the NBA and that’s an area of focus that we’re doing a lot in building as well, is that young fan base.
And one of the reasons that we’ve really had Junior Jazz as well is we want young kids to enjoy playing basketball, know the game of basketball, from both a male and a female standpoint, and then grow up in, wanting to, you know, support the team.
* Not a typo.
Jimmer Fredette just signed with San Antonio. Would you ever sign a local kid that’s had some success?
We, you know, one of the things that we’ve always felt is important is to try, is really, to keep the lines between basketball and marketing very strongly separated, and not letting a business decision or a marketing decision come into the equation before it should, as it relates to basketball talent.
Now, having said that, you know, when Jimmer was actually drafted, we felt like there was, now, we were at a point, as where we looked at him, in actually saying, he truly does fit into the mold, of being selected right around the time, and his talent level matched the time that we felt we were drafting. And so, we really, we took a hard look at Jimmer Fredette at the time.
We ended up getting Alec Burks, and by the way, a lot of our coaching staff said, were extremely happy that we got Alec Burks, because Jimmer actually went two picks before that.
And we had actually had conversations to look at the possibility of having Jimmer be on the Jazz team, ’cause we saw, and knew, OK, his talent matched where he’s gonna be drafted. And now, an added value would be the ou–aspects of what it could mean marketing-wise and community-wise.
What’s the attitude of the Jazz towards international and foreign-born players?
Well, first let me say that I think it, that I, it, this speaks to, is the growth of the international player, it speaks to the growth of this game, and why we are truly the fastest-growing sport internationally, not only nationally, but internationally, in, is there, and it’s globally, all over the world now, players are coming from all areas. And it’s exciting, and it’s bringing the world together, and, what we’re doing. …
We now have seven [foreign-born] players. I mean, Brazil now. Australia, France, Germany. It’s just remarkable where all of our players are coming from, and the involvement that we’re seeing, with it…
Now, one of the funny side notes of this is, I’ve made a big point, as I talked to our players about being proud of, if they’re an American citizen, standing and putting their hand over their heart. My message is gonna be a little more challenging this year now, having so many players now, being from foreign countries.
And I’ll have the side conversations with them, that we also respect those countries, and we expect them to just stand at attention but not their hand over their heart. (1280)
One. Dennis Lindsey on Tibor Pleiss’ body
He’s a big man. I’ll start there. At 7-2 and a quarter in his bare feet, so you know, 7-3, a little over 7-3 in his shoes. His frame — he’s 25 but he has a young look. If he said 22, you’d say OK. But he’s got a good frame and we think that some real directed, pointed work, we’ll be able to move his body forward. But his frame is already much thicker and much more developed than I thought it would be in person.
Two. Lindsey on Pleiss’ non-bodily attributes
He spent a good week with us. Really tested well. Shot the ball extremely well. And we think in time, he’ll be a good player for us…
We think Tibor is really task-oriented. He’s a really hard worker. I think our fans will be pleasantly surprised at how hard he plays, and har–how hard he runs the floor, moving into screens, ability to flip screens, with, which we do a lot within Quin [Snyder]’s system. We’ve taken a big part of Europe and brought it to Salt Lake City relative to what we do, so Tibor’s been very well coached at Bamberg and in Vitoria and now Barcelona. He had three excellent coaches, so we think he’ll integrate well. …
It’s clear that he hasn’t seen the type of athletes that we have in the league. But Tibor’s going to be a [defensive] presence. Will he ever be a shot blocker like Rudy [Gobert] or Derrick [Favors]? Then, you know, that’s of argument, but there’s no reason why he can’t be a great presence and a deterrent.
His standing reach was almost exactly the same as Rudy’s before Rudy’s 2-inch improvement here in the off-season. The wingspan is basically the same. So the dimensions are there, the movement’s there, the mindset’s there. We’re gonna have to help him in strength and power, but there’s no reason why we can’t move that forward.
Three. Lindsey on his own body
My body’s so bad right now, that sometimes I wonder if I was meant for college basketball, ’cause it did so much damage to it.
Four. Randy Rigby on the camaraderie among Jazz veterans this summer
There is a spirit of team and support that I have not seen for a very long time, for our organization…
The support from our veteran players being down here as well, and not only supporting the [summer roster] players, but they’re down [in Vegas], then, working out themselves and supporting one another and kind of working together. There’s a really sense of camaraderie and commitment to our program, to our system, and to one another that is very encouraging to me.
Five. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** Dennis Lindsey on expressing his emotions/talking to refs during games
Sometimes I can go a good two weeks, and maintain, like, some calm and some poise, and then I think that impacts me, ’cause it, there’s like this bottled-up part that, you know, then all of a sudden, I can just explode.
** Gordon Monson: You get any downtime down there, or is it all about the business? Can you have some fun?
Randy Rigby: We’ve been, I’ve been literally going at it for almost 18 hours every day.
D-O-G is for those dogs that end up walking around in their arena, with a little collar on.
D-A-W-G, you get down dirty in the dirt — hunting, swimming, doing whatever it has to do to take care of his master. — Antoine Carr (via @tribjazz)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.
This game is a crime against the sport of basketball
by sumo390 on Jul 17, 2015 | 3:46 PM
by The Lakers’ Future on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:00 PM
what a bust
by The Lakers’ Future on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:01 PM
Mark Madsen looks like the dad at a high school game that takes it way too seriously.
by av1o3 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:07 PM
we should have hired Snyder two years ago
by madmaxx350 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:08 PM
Or anybody not named byron.
by av1o3 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:09 PM
This Trey Lyles kid is good
by av1o3 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:41 PM
What the fuck refs
by sumo390 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:44 PM
Lyles is roasting Julius
by madmaxx350 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:46 PM
Well, in all those replays they showed, Julius wasn’t the one guarding Lyles
by Majic19 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:56 PM
cause he lost him lol
most of the time
by madmaxx350 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:58 PM
Anthony Brown needs some burn with D Angelo
what the fuck is up with these lineups.
by av1o3 on Jul 17, 2015 | 4:56 PM
Russell with a clean strip
but Summer League refs
by sumo390 on Jul 17, 2015 | 5:07 PM
He should be stripped of the title of Mad Dog.
by av1o3 on Jul 17, 2015 | 5:18 PM
these refs fucking suck.
by av1o3 on Jul 17, 2015 | 5:22 PM
Refs with the “game-winning” call
by sumo390 on Jul 17, 2015 | 5:23 PM
Refs gave that game to Utah.
Mark Madsen didn’t help much either with some horrible lineups.
by av1o3 on Jul 17, 2015 | 5:26 PM
One. Vegas show: Donny and Marie, or Mariah Carey?
** Rodney Hood: I gotta say Mariah.
** Derrick Favors: Who are they? I don’t even know who those are…I always want to go to the magic show…David Copperfield. That’s a show I want to go to…I’m picking that.
** Alec Burks: Uhhhhhhh, I don’t know. I’d rather go to one of them water shows. Cirque Delay, whatever that called…I like those. I went to one of those. That was good.
Two. Vegas pastime: Casino or poll?
** Rodney Hood: Probably the pool. I’m not a big gambler. I’m scared to gamble, so I’ll say the pool.
** Alec Burks: Neither. I can’t swim, and I don’t like to gamble.
** Dante Exum (buffet or pool): Well, I haven’t done either. Room service.
Three. Who would be the wildest teammate to spend a weekend in Vegas with?
** Rodney Hood: I gotta say Rudy [Gobert].
** Derrick Favors: I’ll probably either have to say Alec or Eli[jah Millsap]…If he was in Vegas, I would pick Rudy. But Rudy’s not in Vegas. He out in France.
** Alec Burks: I’m gonna say everybody. We all together be wild.
Four. Raul Neto on
why the Jazz drafted him what he likes to do in his spare time
I’m a quiet guy. I like to be at home with my family, enjoy my friends. I really like basketball, so when I’m home, my dad play basketball, so we always talking about basketball. But I’m a kind of house guy. I just like to chill with my friends and my family.
Five. Dante Exum on Vegas for under-21s
I had my 20th birthday, and you know, it’s just a big tease being in Vegas. But you know, it’s been fun, and you know, you get to do everything else except for, you know, the bad stuff. So you know, it kinda saves me, you know, save money. You know, going to the tables. Yeah, you know, Joe [Ingles]’s definitely told me how he’s lost some — all of his per diem and all of his money, so you know, it ma–it puts a smile on my face knowing I can’t do it, so.
Six. Derrick Favors on his adidas Yeezys
Shoutout to adidas. Shoutout to Dante for helping me get them…They comfortable. I like them. They stylish or whatever. I like them.
Seven. Favors on the impact of Jazz veterans showing so much support for the Summer Jazz players
I think it had a big impact on the young players like, you know, Dante, Rod, and the guys who are trying to make the team. You know, just for the vet guys to come and you know, show they support and work out with them in the morning and do things like that, you know, it’s, it means a lot to those guys.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bullets Forever.
Isn’t the game supposed to start at 8?
I paid FIVE FRICKIN’ DOLLARS razza frazza
by ZonkerBL on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:09 PM
Still no game…
by imperialme on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:10 PM
Are these reporters trying to make it to the league also? They are pretty bad.
by AroundtheKlock on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:11 PM
by Hypemaster on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:11 PM
If this game ever starts..smh
by JW2BB3 on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:17 PM
by ZonkerBL on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:19 PM
Cooley schooled Sing/Ves frontcourt lol
let’s see what Famous can do
by DCrez on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:20 PM
Cotton sucks at running an offense but he can score
by ZonkerBL on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:26 PM
These Wizards are just like their NBA counterpart
Taking it easy in the regular season and dominating in the playoffs
by 12AaronJones21 on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:34 PM
Wizards are hitting everything now, who are these guys!?!
by SmileyAllMighty on Jul 15, 2015 | 8:41 PM
Cotton is quick as hell!!
by qthaballa on Jul 15, 2015 | 9:03 PM
Damn Kelly, just being selfish now
by TheBackCourt on Jul 15, 2015 | 9:20 PM
Might need to sit Oubre down to calm his ass down
by JimmyWall on Jul 15, 2015 | 9:24 PM
Damn man, when Oubre starts playing bad, it gets BAD
by TheBackCourt on Jul 15, 2015 | 9:24 PM
oubre is pissing me off with his shot taking!
by Wiz-kid on Jul 15, 2015 | 9:27 PM
at least he hit the back rim that time
by TheBackCourt on Jul 15, 2015 | 9:29 PM
Trey Lyles aka Mr Invisible
never liked his game. Too passive for a dude with so much skill.
by JimmyWall on Jul 15, 2015 | 9:36 PM
Kelly has no right hand
Holy fuck that wasnt even close
by TheBackCourt on Jul 15, 2015 | 9:47 PM
survive and advance baby!
next up the Pels, good team win tonight
by MisterWu on Jul 15, 2015 | 10:01 PM
Seth Curry’s going to be shut down
by 12AaronJones21 on Jul 15, 2015 | 10:01 PM
We coming for that Summer League title
by 12AaronJones21 on Jul 15, 2015 | 10:01 PM