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Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 8/22

August 24, 2014
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Gordon Hayward will likely be cut from Team USA.* Do you think he learned a lot from the experience?
Those experiences are great. You mix with the other better players…and the other players give you feedback on what you do, and it gives you a sense of appreciation towards your work, and you learn.

I think I mentioned this, if not the last phone call, maybe two ago, that Quin [Snyder] wanted Gordon to watch how Kyle Korver and Steph Curry do their pre- and post-practice shooting routines and little things like that.

I think it’s always great to go in and continue, even though Kevin Durant’s no longer with this iteration of USA Basketball, those days of Gordon having to guard Kevin Durant and learning what those guys do well, I think it’s a great thing.

* He was.

Were you expecting Hayward to get a max offer sheet?
We, I, I’m not sure how to answer the question.

We were expecting a very significant offer. We were in the midst of negotiating, and for a lotta different reasons, Gordon and his agent wanted to go to market and we certainly understood that when we couldn’t strike a deal in our exclusive negotiation period. …

It’s my job to explain rationale, but sometimes “max” doesn’t do justification for what Gordon got, ’cause there’s several different types of maxes. There’s the designated player; there’s a fifth year involved with the incumbent team; there’s a four-year [contract] where you lower salaries…

What Gordon got is not the same type of contract as, that Andrei [Kirilenko] got, you know, six or seven years ago. It’s a different collective bargaining agreement.

What can you tell us about the new additions to the Jazz staff?
Two of the new hires are on the coaching side in player development, and with video, and they’re two young men that are outstanding young basketball professionals growing into coaches, if you will. And really, the credit to find those guys both, and hiring them ultimately, goes to Quin. And we think that [new Jazz player development and video analysts] Patrick [Beilein] and Lamar [Skeeter] will add a lot to our organization.

We, in San Antonio we used a model where we kept a lot of young talent in our offices, whether they were interns or video guys or assistant video guys. We liked the energy that young people bring to the organization and these two have quite a bit of experience in basketball. Lamar in Atlanta with Quin; Patrick as a player for his father* at West Virginia and then a really good start to a coaching career.

So, we’re just, we’re thrilled to have them and their youthful energy. Quin’s going to run a very dynamic, youthful energetic practice, so I think these two people in particular will add a lot to our day-to-day work capacity, both on and off the court.

And with [new Jazz coordinator of analytics] Taylor Snarr,* we’ve made several different investments into analytics. We’re, we have agreements with universities–I’m gonna withhold names wi–to acquire data. And we’ve bought data; we’ve bought software; we’ve bought analytical systems, and we need more personnel to help us organize the data, analyze it, tell us what we need to be paying attention to, and Taylor’s a talented young person in this area.

And there’s just a overall mindset that we want the you–the young professionals with the Utah Jazz to bring a curiosity, energy, work ethic. PhD, if you will: Poor, hungry and driven is what we call it…If we’re performing right, we need to be hiring young people that will eventually gain leadership roles, and the internal hire, so they can grow within the Jazz walls. (1280)

* John Beilein, aka Trey Burke’s college coach
* Son of Jazz Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Mike Snarr

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  1. August 25, 2014 12:49 am

    I love that the organization is so willing to bring in these younger professionals to work on the analytics and development staffs. These guys are driven and you never know when you’re going to hit a home run and one develops into a potential GM, or AGM.

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