Welcome back, Jamaal Tinsley. And farewell, a bunch of people. And hello, Mike Harris.
** On coming back to the Jazz
I was just waiting for a call…I just told my agent, you know, “If Utah give me a call, I want to go back.”
** Why did you want to come back to Utah?
Comfortable with the organization. You know, got a great point guard, young point guard I think I can help. And I’m just comfortable with the system.
** On whether it was tough to go through the off-season unsigned
Not at all. You know, I been through way tougher things in my life than this. You know, I’m blessed to get another opportunity to play basketball, and you know, I’d do this for free. You know, I’ve been running up and down the court, last four, five months without a job. And when I was going through my transition in the D-League, I was doing the same thing. So it wasn’t frustrating for me.
** What did your son say when you told him you were going back to Utah?
He was happy. I just left him, you know, I was supposed to take him to school on Friday. He was like, “Dad, don’t worry about it. You got a job now.” So, it was good.
** On Jamaal Tinsley
Well, we’re excited to have him back. He’s familiar what we, what we’re doing here. He, excited to be back with us, and we need him to help organize the young group, and we’re excited to get him back on the floor.
** What was the rationale for bringing Tinsley back?
Well, the, you know, where we are. We needed a point guard. We needed a guy to organize where we are. Nothing against the guys we’ve had here…With [John] Lucas [III], we really just have one point guard on the roster, and then trying to play Alec Burks there some. And we will probably spot him there some, but Jamaal is a point who’s been a point in this league and know what to look forward to.
** What do you see in Mike Harris?
Been working hard. Big body. He shores up with the, another “four” who can be mobile for us with Jeremy [Evans] being out for awhile and with Derrick [Favors] and Enes [Kanter] and Rudy [Gobert] and Andris [Biedrins] being all the bigs, we need somebody that’s a little bit more mobile and he fits the bill. He’s worked his butt off to be a part of what we’re doing.
** On cutting five guys from the team
Well, just where we are, you know?…Hopefully we don’t kill anybody’s dream and they continue to work on what they need to work on to get better™ and get an opportunity. But as I said before, we really appreciate all the guys coming in and work their tail off to deserve to stay here ’til this point, time, in the exhibition season. But we just, where we are now, with the injuries, these guys, the guys that we kept around, fit better for where we are right now.
** It seems like there are minutes to go around for everyone…
Yeah, well, you know, that’s what it is. And that’s where we are. So we just have to make the most of where we are right now.
** On lessons from the pre-season
The communication has to get better™. The rotations have to be quicker. Our hands have to be more active. The guys have to be more individually better, and more, as a team, cohesive, so that we can make stops in rows, and we get three, four, five stops in a row as our offense try and catch up to where our defense is.
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** Tyrone Corbin on Jamaal Tinsley: Every time we needed him to step up for us, he stepped up for us. And we needed him in short times, short spurts. We needed him in long spurts at time. He was just available. He know what to do. He know how to keep himself ready. (@BenKFAN)