Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 4/10
On the Jazz’s loss to the Thunder
I was very impressed with the effort that our team gave. We were a little short, with, I think we could’ve used the help of, no question, with, Marvin Williams, and also with Alec Burks on the floor. But unfortunately, they had some injury for Alec and a little flu with Marvin, and of course we know Enes could’ve been a help as well.
So [the Thunder] had their full line-up available to ’em, and we were just a little bit short.
Buy tickets to see opponents!
I hope all of us as fans, of basketball, don’t take it for granted, any of these opportunities, of when you have a player the magnitude of Kevin Durant coming in, and playing this game. Or a LeBron James. [Russell] Westbrook, I’ll tell you, is a great young player as well.
And we have seen literally the best of the best. I mean, it doesn’t get better than what you’re seeing in basketball than what we have coming through Salt Lake City. And it’s really fun and exciting…
Even Kobe Bryant, right now, the way he’s playing, and trying to will himself, you know, the Lakers are the last I want to see, but you gotta give it to athletes that are really, at this time of year, really trying to do all they can to either get in the Playoffs, or really preparing themselves for that Playoff, then, run. And seeing, you’re seeing some great basketball.
Marketing opponents vs. marketing your own guys
Well, we’ve always taken the first position. This is our home, and we want to promote and build the Utah Jazz. Now, we are, we’re not dumb enough, and the world is now so national, and it also, international…
You know what? We have people now coming into this community from all over the nation. And they bring with them their sports interests. And that’s healthy and good. As I’m now traveling, I’m seeing a, you used to never see Utah Jazz fans.
Now you see people who have had to relocate, and they now take their fan loyalty to wherever they might be, and they’re coming and seeing the Jazz play in Boston, or in Minnesota. And so, to a certain degree, for the good of the fans, we also let them know, “Hey, we’re playing, you know, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder,” and their fan base will come with it.
But we’ve always tried to first and foremost promote this as Utah Jazz, and promote our team, ’cause that’s what we’re about. But we also, at the same time, make sure people know who we’re playing, and the talent level, because it is special.
The Jazz are a “buy low” stock and a fun, exciting team
I think some fans want that immediate gratification, and they wanna, they want to buy at the perfect time, and all of a sudden have that quick stock run-up, and reap the benefits.
We’re looking at this thing as a stock that you’re gonna buy the right time, and hopefully have very good dividends over a long period of time, as we draw the stock analogy, and I really think, even, for example, this year, I think [fans] are getting that.
We’ve touched on one thing, early on, in the first part of this conversation. Number one, the caliber of, also, talent that you get to enjoy, not only from the Utah Jazz, but the other teams that are coming in here. And if you are a basketball fan, to be able to come in and see the talent levels, and know you’re going to see the best players that no, in the world, playing basketball right now, it’s r–that’s, that is a great dividend, for our fans.
Number two, I think as you, if you take the victor–the individual victories, and sometimes, yes, we want the thing in total, we want, I want the NBA championship. But as, along the way, there have been some remarkable games this year, that have been really fun and exciting.
This is a fun, exciting team. They are, we’ve talked about, young team, but they’ve played hard. They’ve played well together, and I think coming in and seeing those games and how well they’ve played, and how well they’ve worked, and some of the talent level that, and some of the great moves and things, has been, has made for some really fun and entertaining.
And then one thing that we also try to do, is we know we can’t always control the win and loss. So we try to really add the entertainment value as well.
…[talks about how the Jazz’s dunk team is one of the best in the league, how the Bear is the best mascot, how the new stunt team has “done a really nice element,” and the nice job by the Jazz dancers]…
When you take it in total, it’s been a very exciting and very gratifying and fun year. (1280)