Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 4/4
How do you get superstars?
You draft your core, you trade up when available, and parlay up, and then you augment in free agency…
Part of our job is to tell the story of Salt Lake, you know, that everybody’s, you, torn up by this Arctic blast, and we’ve had this…relatively mild winter, and great weather, and good people, and arena full of people, and great fans.
So, you know, there’s no running around the fact. We haven’t said any one of our young players, you know, is a John Stockton, Karl Malone franchise player. With that said, neither was John or Karl the first couple years.
So, you know, some of our young players will have the first bite at the apple to develop, you know, into core and franchise guys, and then we’ll evaluate that, and we’ll continue to draft, and we’ll look at, again, parlaying up via trade, and we’ll tell our story to free agents, and we have a job to do.
And you know, if it’s a model like the Pistons had where you have five really good starters that make you a contender, then that means it’ll be our model, if we’re not going to be star-driven like a LeBron James or a Kevin Durant. So, there’s many ways to team-build.
What do you think of the one-and-done rule?
In many cases, you know, I’d say I prefer, I’m more old-school that I’d like more looks at a guy, and more maturity coming into the league. But I certainly understand players’, parents’, agents’ point of view that you do have a right to work.
What are your thoughts on how the Jazz are playing of late?
You can’t run away from the record. They, we’ve struggled. You know, we’ve struggled in a couple of different areas. You know, and there’s no question that the season’s getting on our back from a load standpoint.
You know, Trey [Burke] hasn’t played anywhere close to this number of games. You know, Gordon [Hayward] is in a much different role being one of our primary players. Derrick [Favors] has adjusted from, you know, being a part-time “four,” part-time “five” to more of the anchor at the “five.” You know, Enes [Kanter] has [bounced] back and forth between positions. He’s currently, you know, dealing with a, you know, some mild tendinitis in the knee ’cause of the increased minutes.
So you know, I didn’t have expectations. I just wanted to evaluate the season for what it was, what it is, and you know, what we’ll finish up to be. And then, you know, evaluate Gordon in a new role.
And Alec Burks, this is by far the most minutes he’s ever played. He’s done, he’s played in a much different role as our primary offensive substitute off the bench. You know, I think Ty[rone Corbin] has given him, and all of really our primary ball-handlers more space to operate and drive. And there’s times when there’s flashes of brilliance and, you know, at the rim, and getting to the free throw line, and then at times there’s, you know, driving into the pack and too many turnovers.
So you know, hopefully we’re learning our lessons. They’re tough lessons, and you know, we’ll add it all up at the end, and make a bunch of value judgments. (1280)