Bit from Randy Rigby Interview, 1/29
On Tanking, Kevin Durant and Alex Burks
We’re not going to [get a championship-caliber team] in a way that is gonna be in any way perceived as doing it in a unfair or in a tanking mode. We’re doing this thing as a legitimate team in the right way so that we can all be proud of this organization.
When I talk to people and say, “Well, Ty[rone Corbin] should be lo–trying to lose games,” if peop–when people say that, I think to myself they have still missed the character and caliber of the Utah Jazz and who we are. …
[To “prune back the tree so it could grow”] is different. That’s different…
That’s the right, and that’s the fair way to do. And that’s, you know, and we can do that. And you know, and Kevin [O’Connor], and Dennis [Lindsey] and all of us in front office, with, working with the coaching staff, those are things, and with the owners, we said that, here’s the strategy. Here’s the plan that we’re gonna do it. And we’re following that plan. And we have a great support from the fans.
As part of this thing, it takes time for these players to have legitimate NBA experience on the floor. And so, you, we wanted to trim back and give these young players a chance to really learn what it takes, ’cause it takes some years.
It, Kevin Durant didn’t get where he’s at today, it’s taken him some time to now develop and grow into that type of a player. And we realized that we needed to give that kind of time and experience to Gordon Hayward, Alex Burks,* Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and now Trey Burke. (1280)
* People calling Alec Burks “Alex”: Randy Rigby.