Dennis Lindsey on whether the young guys can start next season and other off-day odds and ends
One. Do you feel like Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward, and Alec Burks would be qualified to start next year?
Dennis Lindsey: I think all of them, in different ways, and starters, and look, you know, I, the, the whole starting thing is pretty arbitrary to me. You know, as a player, sometimes I think, guys, if you really ask them, they’d rather close than start. Those especially who want, you know, the pressure, you know, of the end result on, you know, on their hands in the last second…
[talking about Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich, and then John Havlicek]
…We can go through the list of guys, and I really think there’s a, you know, I’m more tangibles than intangibles, but I obviously believe in intangibles…
[starts talking about Manu and Havlicek again]
…You know, I’ve really appreciated Gordon. You know, he could very easily have said, “Hey, that’s not me. I was a lottery pick. I did this at Butler. I took us to the final game. I’m gonna be that,” and [he] did not bat an eye. Not one conversation with his agent. Not one complaint to Ty[rone Corbin]. And he served that purpose well, and now his purpose has changed.
But yeah, you know, I think all four young guys can, can move forward and take bigger roles whether they start or come off the bench. (1280)
Two. Congrats to Rick Adelman on getting his 1,000th coaching win. Rick and Jerry Sloan were teammates on the Bulls once upon a time (via video from @JazzBasketball1):
Adelman sounds exactly like Jerry:
And speaking of Jerry, this tweet came one day ago:
One more Jazz link:
Three. Gordon Hayward, asked about his favorite TV shows: I honestly don’t really watch much TV. Pretty much the only TV show that I watch is “Big Bang Theory.” I’m pretty into that show. (1280)
Five. DeMarre Carroll on free agency: I’ll decide what I’m going to do at the end of the year. Me, man, I’m just … at a level of my life, a level of my game, I can play in the NBA. I can be a rotation player and contribute. It’s just finding the right opportunity, finding the right system, the right coach that believes. (Trib)
Six. LOL at Memo Okur cringing as Matt Harpring surprises him from behind (IDQM):