Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interviews, 5/3 and 5/6
The reports that Kevin O’Connor is stepping down have been refuted. Can you shed some light on the infrastructure and how you go back and forth?
Well, one, we’ve moved, you know, from, you know, knowing each other and being friendly to really being friends, and you know, I consider him a professional confidant and a mentor, and he’s someone that, you know, I have a great deal of respect for, you know, and now care for at a deep level.
And I just hope on a personal level, that, you know, we can keep him happy, engaged and in a real sweet spot so he, you know, he’s a member of the Jazz for a long time. I think that’s all of our goal … The best way that I can describe Kevin and my relationship is, we’re a team, and you know, I hope at some level that that’s for a long time.
On Tyrone Corbin and rebuilding
We fully support Ty and the rebuilding effort that we’re undertaking right now…
There are ways to rebuild on the fly. You know, clearly we’re trying to do it by staying competitive.
Will we take a step back? I’m never gonna say that, because I think it lowers the bar for the players, for the coaches, for management, for ownership, collectively. Will we strategically decide to go young and keep our salary flexible for something greater? Possibly.
On the term “Core Four”
I hate it…Yeah, so, one, it’s, you know, I’m, you’ll never hear me say it. You’ll never hear me validate that term.
The 15th guy really has a role, whether that’s a highly respected culture veteran that adds something to the group, or it’s a young guy that’s developing, you know, into something greater. So to parse out one player, to isolate four players, I just don’t think it’s the way you want to build your culture.
Are the young guys developing on a championship arc?
I would say this: Enes Kanter played almost the exact same minutes that Tim Duncan did his senior year. And Tim Duncan developed fine inside of those minutes.
So many times we confuse the minutes in games with “development,”* and if you go and you look at European soccer, if you look at, you know, Central America baseball, they have ratios of practice to play…
And I would say games illuminate development, you know, really development’s done in this gym or in the weight room.
* “Development” is in quotes because Lindsey made air quotes while saying it.
You’ve been saying since All-Star break that the Jazz want Derrick Favors to be playing a lot of one-on-one this summer…
Yes, Derrick is very aware [that management wants him to be doing that]. Derrick actually asked for a workout partner.* We’ll keep those close to the vest right now, ’cause we’re in the process of trying to vet who’s best.
* Yet another worrying instance of a young player having to ask for help instead of being given it or directed toward it.
Also, why are they trying to make Favors a one-on-one player? That is not his game. Sure, he can improve in this area, but why is this the focal point? Is it because that’s all Corbin has in his playbook?
Is there concern over fan [dis]engagement and the swaths of green seats at the ESA this season?
So, you know, I would defer some of those questions to Randy Rigby in the business side. …
[Following the Deron Williams/Carlos Boozer years], we decided we needed to kick-start a new era, so we’re in the beginning process of that, so naturally the level of interest is going to, you know, be, there’s going to be a direct corelation to wins and losses, and right now, look, we can’t hide where we’re at. We’re in the middle of a rebuild.
Now, you can make an argument we stepped, skipped a step or two relative to the rebuild ’cause of Kevin and Ty’s expertise,* but you know, we’re very comfortable with our spot. We’re very comfortable with our position. (1280, KUTV)
* No really, Lindsey said that.