Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 7/19
What are the Jazz looking for in a free agent point guard?
A few things. You know, I think, you know, as Ty[rone Corbin] talked about, we wanted to get someone with some experience that could help mentor Trey [Burke]. I think anytime we can add shooting to our group going forward, I think that’s a good thing.
And you know, there’s a lot of different characteristics, you know, in the point guard market, but someone who’s sound, steady, mature, you know, that understands what they’re getting into with a young team and how Ty’s going to need, you know, a partner, whether it’s the third point guard, second point guard or the point guard who’s taking the court for us in starting every night.
Could Raul Neto have helped the Jazz this season had he been able to join the team?
Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. And you know, it’s something that we’ve talked about.
But I think with where we’re at, with Trey and the rest, that, we’re, you know, it would’ve been hard to put, you know, Ty in the position to try to develop and play two point guards simultaneous. It would’ve been, it would’ve put, you know, him and the team in a couple of rough spots.
Update on Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors has had just an awesome work-summer. You know, he’s really committed to Salt Lake. He’s been back quite a bit. He’s been with our coaches; he’s been with Karl [Malone].
He’s been down in Santa Barbara at P3 on two different stints. He looks terrific. You know, he’s really excited about the opportunity.
And you know, I think because Derrick’s quiet, I think, there, you know, people mistake his quietness. They don’t, you have to be next to him everyday to understand the competitive burn. He really cares about the result, and I think we’re gonna be able to use that going forward.
Update on Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter’s rehab, knock on wood, has gone flawless. He’s been in between Salt Lake and Chicago, and Istanbul with his family, and back in Chicago. He’s currently in P3 right now doing a little bit of work with, you know, out in Santa Barbara. …
He still has a few restrictions in the way he needs to catch the ball and overhead stuff and certainly he can’t have any contact right now, but he’s touched the ball, I think, everyday for about the last two weeks. He’s very anxious to get started, you know, with our coaches, very anxious to get started with Karl Malone.
How curious are you to find out what you have in the players already on the roster?
I think we have a very good idea of who Gordon Hayward is, and Derrick Favors. And now we’re going to see them play even more minutes inside the roles that they’ve had, and you know, possibly some different roles in leadership position.
I think we’ll find out a lot about Enes Kanter if you double his minutes, but you know, we’re very aware of his statistical production, you know, via a minute-per basis. And you know, if you extrapolate that out of, you know, double or, y–na–I don’t think it’s realistic to triple his time, but it’s, you know, it’s a pretty good picture, especially for a 20-, 21-year-old.
I think we’re gonna learn a lot about Alec Burks. You know, I think he’s shown signs the two previous seasons, but the play, it didn’t, intermittent at times for whatever reason. And, you know, some because of the makeup of the team, some, you know, that Alec is a very young guy.
We gotta still remember, guys, Alec Burks really could be starting his senior year age-wise. Enes Kanter’s just 20. You know, there’s college sophomores that are 20.
It’s not a front office interview without praise for Tyrone Corbin
[The young guys] needed to sit and bide their time because we had good veterans last year that were good people and did what Ty, you know, did what Ty asked them to do. So I think now’s the time.
I think, you know, there was a tangible frustration in the market last year about more, more. And look, we were very aware of how well our bench was doing, and they allowed us to come back and win some games, and you know, why didn’t Ty change it earlier or change the starting lineup?
And I would say that Ty did a very good job of, you know, managing veterans and still developing our young players. (1280)