Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 9/26
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine
** You know what? Jazz basketball is right around the corner, and it’s, it’s, it’s getting in me, and I’m really starting to really get excited.
** You know what? I’ve been, it’s fun seeing that spark in, in Kevin [O’Connor]’s eyes.
Holy frickin’ UDQM
Rigby on the Jazz’s free scrimmage: They can just get over here and enjoy us. It’s free. The doors are gonna open at 3:15, and it’s gonna be, I think a fun event.
Gordon Monson: Will the concessions be open? Will we be able to get something to eat over there?
Rigby: Gordon, I knew you would be wanting to make sure you could get your hot dog.
Monson: Well, a man’s gotta have his hot dog. And by the way, why does a hot dog always taste better at an athletic event? I’ve never been able to understand that.
Rigby: You know what? I’m right with you. There’s, for some reason, I just, when I get in, walk into a sports venue, the hot dog just, I, I just gotta have a hot dog.
On NBA officiating
Our, our officials have to make a lot of calls, because of, that, because it’s basketball.
Rigby: [NBA officials] have to put a lot of work into it, and to get it right, I take my hat off to ‘em, because I, I wouldn’t want to be in that situation. I like people to like me too much.
Monson: Well, so many people do, Randy. You’re just a likeable guy.
Rigby on confronting officials: A lot of people have quicker triggers than other people.
Do you have a favorite player?
Well, you know what? I, i–, I, there have been years that I’ve, you know, in, in long, long past, there was sometimes I had some favorites, but right now, it’s, that’s a tough question Gordon, ’cause I really, I’m liking, i–, it’s kind of fun, it, this is a little bit for me, of this, of our, our teams recently, it’s a little bit of a symphony attitude instead of just a one-note attitude, ’cause I’m liking a little bit of what each one of these players brings to our team that’s unique and different, but together, it makes something pretty special, and so right now I’m really enjoying the team in total.
From where this fan stands, this past season was the *most* “one-note” season in the history of the Jazz, or at least in the 20 years I’ve been a Jazz fan.
Do you develop relationships with players?
I’m a little bit of a, of a people person, and, and I cannot, I, I like people. And I like getting to know them, and I like them knowing me. And so, it, it is a business, and I talk to people, and we re–relate that it’s a business, but you know what? I have to say, Memo Okur be, was a, a, a friend of mine.* So was Deron Williams.
When I saw Deron and he came back, we had good visits about their family, and I care about them as individuals and their families, I, and, and talked to them, and I think they know I genuinely care even though we had to make moves unfortunately based on business reasons and, and personal reasons.**
And sometimes I think by knowing them personally, I can also be candid with them in saying, when I’ve seen things that I leave that areas to our coaching staff, but also if I know them well enough as a person, I’ll, I’ll also mention to them, hey, I think you ought to be, here’s some things I think you ought to continue to work on to be a better Jazz-type of person, and, and if I see some character weaknesses, I’ll mention some areas that I would encourage them to continue to work on that would help them.
And, and so, I, I, you know what? I get to know our players, and, and, and from a personal standpoint, and, and I work with them on that aspect, because, I, I, when I want to then ask them to go do an appearance for us at, at a hospital or do something else,*** I feel like we’re good enough relationship that we can do that.
* Rigby on Dec. 28, 2012 after Memo was traded: “Shortly after Greg [Miller] talked with [Memo] and I texted Memo and I told him I was very sorry, that this is part of the business.” Emphasis on “texted.”
** Did Rigby just acknowledge that Deron was partially traded for personal reasons (unless you think he was referring to Memo)?
*** Aren’t players contractually bound to participate in appearances and hospital visits?
Jazzmen working hard
I’ve never seen Al Jefferson work as hard as he worked this offseason, and, and some of the, the camps that he went down to, and the effort he put, and Paul [Millsap] was putting in our young guys,* with [Derrick] Favors, and with [Gordon] Hayward, and, and even Enes [Kanter], and, and [Alec] Burks.
* Rigby probably meant to pause between “Paul was putting in” and “our young guys.”
On playing the young guys
Monson: Randy, would this ever happen, where the businessman in you comes out (UDQM), and Ty[rone Corbin] is playing the older guys instead of the younger guys, and you’re sitting there going, “I know the team has to win, but I think people are excited to see these younger guys play. Ty, how about a moment in my office?”
Rigby: Well, you know, I, I’m glad you mentioned that. And we’ve had conversations about that from, from Dennis [Lindsey], and Kevin, and Ty. In fact, we had a meeting yesterday, and was, and it was very good for us to reinforce to our, us as a team, and saying, you know what, we, we talked about, you know what, we got a lot of young players, and, and, and people might wonder: Should the players get, who, should the young guys get to be playing?
And we reiterated again, you earn your playing time, whether you’re a veteran, whether you’re a young player, you earn that playing time, and you beat out the other player to earn that, that spot on the floor, and, and so, regardless.
And so, I think, Gordon, it’s those type of, for us, it’s those principles that we say, that’s the principle that we teach to our players. That’s the principle we follow as a coach, and as a front office, w–i–and if we believe it, we gotta all stay behind it, and so that we don’t ever start questioning those values, so that we’re always, you know, trying to change, and, and then it puts also into players’ minds, veteran or young players, who is this organization really?
When we can say, “No, this is the standard; we stand behind it,” I think it keeps, you know, that consistency means a lot.
Every new Randy Rigby interview is an instant classic.