Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 8/9
Analysis of the Utah Jazz’s 2013-2014 schedule
You’re gonna get 41 [games] on the road and 41 at home, and you’re gonna add it up at the end, and hopefully you’ll have a lot more wins than losses, and that will give you a good playoff seed. …
Much of the scheduling, it’s really almost like a book of short stories, that, you open a book and there’s a short story, and the short stories, that, not necessarily game to game, but you can throw it in 3- to 4-game segments, and then because of rhythm, or injury, or great play, or poor play, or the opponent that you’re playing, we’ll make a compilation that you can, you know, write a book on.
On basketball websites and blogs
I like to read Basketball Reference. It’s a interesting website. I actually have several favorite sports and basketball websites, and that’s one that, you know, we’ll actually reference quite often. They have a very good history built up, and you know, as I’m sure you guys know, they’ll write a blog.
I hadn’t visited the website nor read the blog in awhile, but that’s one of my go-to sites, and it certainly, I think, with the level of public access to statistics, analytics now on nba.com and you know, there’s several websites out there that have salary data, whether it be Real GM or Sham Sports, that I think it’s a good thing.
I think it’s, it leads to transparency. I think blogs can speak more intelligently when they have more information. So certainly, the new phenomenon of the smart blog, in sports, writers, you know, with the level of access that they have, you know…
There’s a lot of good writing out there, and you know, I’ve learned things along the way.*
* According to sources, Dennis Lindsey was suspended by Kevin O’Connor seconds after this part of the interview aired for saying the word “blog” without the preceding “reckless.”
Was there thought of bringing in a more established veteran point guard than John Lucas III to mentor Trey Burke and back him up?
Yeah, there were several alternatives at the backup point guard market, and, or I should say the point guard market. I’m not even gonna say John’s a backup at this stage. But a couple things went into the John Lucas decision.
One, coaches trust him at a very high level, as with Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau. He had his best year two seasons ago with Thibs in Chicago, and as we brought John in, and talked to John about his experience with backing up Derrick Rose, and being part of serious programs, we just really felt comfortable with, you know, he was going to compete hard against all of our guards on a daily basis, but yet mentor them.
I think John’s want to be in the coaching profession post-career had something to do with the decision.
I think the structure of the contract and what we were able to do around the contract had a piece to do in our decision, that John and his agent worked within, you know, our parameters as we set forth. And so, it was multi-layered, like it always is.
But John and Ty[rone Corbin] sat together in Orlando [at the Summer League], and I think a couple things that John said really struck a nerve with Ty.
And then, you know, I have great history with the Lucas family, being from the Houston area. Just seeing how, you know, John’s dad raised him in the business, and raised two fine boys.
And he’s a person, he’s a player that always finds the gym. If you look at John’s body, there’s very little chance that someone his size makes the league.
But you know, he’s got superior work ethic and love for the game. And we hope that that experience, all of his experiences, can be transferred over to Trey and really the whole group, because the guy really does love the game, and I think he’ll send the right message and help us build the right culture going forward. (1280)