Bits from Sidney Lowe Interview, 3/4
What do you say to the guys after a loss like that?
Well, you know, C♥ach just talked about, obviously, you know, the game before [loss at Indiana] and how we played, and the energy we played with, and talked about the importance of being ready for these back-to-back situations, and you know, talked to the young guys about, you know, this is the NBA and that’s just how it’s gonna be.
But he didn’t dwell on it much. He, we, he briefly talked about it, and then he talked about moving forward and our game here tomorrow night.
How does the Jazz lose like that to the Bucks?
You know, it’s unfortunate that sometime, it just happens. You know, it’s not something that you want, but it, unfortunately it happens. And it happens at the wrong time. You know, it just happened that, you know, we played probably one of our worst games in a situation there on the road, where we just came from playing a good game against a good team.
And then we just didn’t perform. We just didn’t have the energy. We didn’t defend the way we did the night before. So it’s just, it’s unfortunate but it’s one of those things…You say, how does that happen? You know, so, it’s unfortunate, but it does.
Is that part of being a young team?
You’re absolutely right. The experience is it. You can talk about it all you want, but until they go through it, and experienced it, and you know, I firmly believe that oftentimes, you learn more from a loss than you do from a win.
And by that, I mean you learn what it feels like when you went out there and you didn’t play well and things weren’t clicking. And you get that feeling, you don’t ever wanna feel that again. So, definitely going through the experience is the best teacher for our young guys.
And hopefully, they did not enjoy that feeling. They didn’t enjoy it while it was going on, and probably hate it, hopefully hated it even more so after the game. And that’s what you want. You know, you want that loss to stay with them after the game, and that night; really, until you play the next game. That’s the way I think it should be.
We have seen the Trey Burke-Alec Burks-Gordon Hayward-Enes Kanter-Derrick Favors lineup a lot more in the last few games. Is that situational or a trend?
Well, you know, I think it’s a trend. I think, you know, certainly C♥ach is aware of those guys, and you know, trying to get them in the game together. And you know, we know that that’s the future of this franchise.
And it’s important that those guys get to play now and get the experience of, as we just talked about, playing together, winning, playing on the road, you know, losing the game and being able to handle it and bounce back.
But just the fact that they can play together, you know, that will put us further ahead going next year, and I think that’s what C♥ach is seeing, that if you don’t do it now, then, if you just start doing it next year, then they’re not really used to playing with each other. So, it’s important that those guys play with each other and play significant minutes, as much as possible.
* Would have loved to hear the follow-up question here on why playing these five guys together is suddenly important now, with just 20+ games remaining in the season, when it was only important enough to merit 30 minutes of court time for this lineup in the first 60 game of the season.
Can you address the progress being made by Enes Kanter?
You know, it’s funny, you just don’t know with young guys. You just don’t know when it’s gonna click in. You don’t know what happens in their, whether, personal life or professional life, that they just start to get it.
And you know, certainly he has just come on, and you can see, you could see it in his eyes. You could see, you know, the confidence in him, that he’s starting to move guys around a little bit more now, like he did somewhat last year…And you know, it’s good to see that happen, because you want that, and you want him to continue to have that attitude that no one can hold me down.
He’s gonna continue to get better offensively. I think defensively, he will continue to get better. We have to work. There’s no question about it. We have to continue to work with him, and continue to work in practice on defense, every single day, and drills, and rotations, because part of it, is knowing rotations…He needs to get better there, and I think he will, because as long as we do that every single day at practice, he’ll get better.
On the Jazz’s tour of the Capitol
It’s interesting, again, to see the young guys asking the questions, and, just not aware of everything that goes on. You know, especially in the political sector. Which a lot of us don’t. (1280)