Bits from Practice, 10/16
** Have you talked to Burke at all?
Trey? [Yeah.] We’ll see. He’ll be in here this morning…He seem to be, his spirits seem to be fine. We’ll talk. He, you know, they, he’s progressing with his rehab now.
** Are Enes Kanter’s issues more conditioning than anything else?
Conditioning. And basketball feel, and with bodies. And trusting his shoulders is completely healed, and not being apprehensive there. And I think he’s getting better™ everyday.
** On Richard Jefferson
I think he understand where he is at this point in his career, the opportunity that he has here to be with a young group, a new group and find a niche with this group of guys. So, and I’m really happy with what he’s been doing.
** On Derrick Favors’ defense
Communication is getting better™, of directing guys from the back. I think that he has an opportunity to be one of the best big man defenders in this league, this year. So, and we’re looking forward to him growing in that area for us to be good defensively.
** On Derrick Favors’ offense
It’s growing. We have to find ways to get him the ball when he has an advantage. We have to move him around a little bit ’cause he’s so quick and so mobile for a big man. As we work on and he get better™ with his one-on-one low post moves, he can score in different ways for us by, through movement.
** How do you feel about your progress this year?
I think I’m doing good. You know, that’s what I am. I’m a rebounder and defensive player first, and I just let offense come to me. But overall I think I’m doing good.
** What are you working on offensively?
You know, just working on little touch shots around the basket. Baseline jumpers. Just little things like that. Just get myself going.
** Does it bother you that defensive players don’t get the attention offensive players get?
Don’t bother me at all. You know, I go out there, I do what I need to do. I get a job done. You know, the coaches love it. The front office love it. You know, that’s the only thing that matters.
** What’s been the biggest change in defensive emphasis this season?
You know, just the focus. Come out there being aggressive. Setting a tone early. You know, just being aggressive from the jump ball.
** Who’s a guy in the league you want to pattern your defensive game after?
You know, guys like Tyson Chandler. How Dwight [Howard] was in Orlando. You know, those type guys. You know, just be like that on the back line. You know, they come in, contest the shot, block the shot, get a rebound or whatever, start the fast break, and beat your man down the court, get a dunk…I try to watch them and just learn from them.
Not Dwight in LA?
Not Dwight in LA. Dwight in Orlando was a monster. Hope he can get back to that.
** Ty has talked a lot about defense this year. Has he changed the defense in terms of Xs and Os, or is it just mindset?
I mean, we changed a lot of things. You know, we are more active in defense, and in every practice, every before or after practice, you know, every, even during the practice, coach just telling us to communicate. And I think this is the, one of the most important thing in defense. So I think in the games, we should communicate more, so.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** Tyrone Corbin on Ian Clark’s release: We’ll work with him as we go forward to try and get it up high, but he can make shots.
** Corbin on Johnnie Bryant using a paddle on Alec Burks in practice: There’re different things that you do with guys to get ’em used to contact, to get ’em to finish after contact…You want ’em to focus on their form, focus on finishing with the right, proper technique through contact, and you use different ways not to beat a guy up, but to get ’em used to a guy having their hands on ’em.
** Corbin on Alec Burks: He has a great body already, and we wanted to make sure he’s continuing–he’s a young guy also, that, you know, his body’s still filling out into this league, and with the pounding that it’s gonna take as we increase his minutes, he’s gonna need to be stronger to handle that pounding and to deliver the blows. (Utah Jazz, @BenKFAN)