Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 9/26
** In DL’s estimate, it will take around 25 games for Quin Snyder’s system to take hold and for Jazz games to stop being ugly.
Will we see some toughness and nasty on this team this year? Will Trevor Booker provide that? Would Gordon Hayward still let Delonte West “wet willy” him? Do the Jazz have the personnel to get that needed “edge”?
So, great question, and we talk about edge all the time…Hopefully Trevor will provide experience and some physicality, some pop around the rim to finish, but certainly urgent, edgy play. So, I think Derrick [Favors] can provide that. We certainly need to, there’s some other things that Derrick needs to do for that to come out. Number one, being more vocal.
But at the end of the day, you know it’s athletic competition, and bodies w–even though it’s not a collision sport, it’s a contact sport, and when one body moves another body, and you get deeper position, that’s a good thing* whether it’s post position or a ledge rebound.
And 50-50 balls don’t come up as much as an open jump shot comes up in an NBA game, but there’re 50-50 balls, and there’re certain guys that are just more apt to not worry about the contact in that situation and come up with the ball than others. And it’s certainly to gain possession of the ball, there’s a level of physicality you have to have…
In San Antonio, there’s competing with an edge but competing with great poise. So there’s that fine line of being very physical, yet not being undisciplined. And so, to be able to have good body position and stances and communicate and play with physicality, but not too much so so your opponent’s at the free throw line, is a huge part of your success too.
Jazz management likes to talk about acquiring good citizens and good people. Is there a contradictory element to good people versus nasty on the court?
Awesome question. I’ve had this debate with a lotta different types, and certainly there is a coaching and personnel element that could lend itself to, if a guy is maybe a little more rough around the edges, and their away-from-the-court life that they’ll naturally bring back to the court.
It, the thing I would say to it, it, that may be true, with, let’s just say, in this case, it would be, that is true. I would argue that, the, to, it’s been my experience you get high-character guys that are highly motivated, and by definition they’re tough. And then, if they’re not losing the game out late at night or certainly doing something illegal, if that’s something you can build around…
We believe in high-character guys, and we believe in workers. And we believe those guys, you can get your “tough quotient,” if you will, out of those guys. It’s been my experience, and you can also build around those guys long term.
Because even if you do get a tough guy and he’s a, he goes out and he commits a felony, what’s the rationale behind it? They’re not gonna be with you long term anyway. And you guys see the level of scrutiny that is placed upon public figures and sports figures and teams, and so, we’re in this for the long term, and we b–we really believe in building around high-character guys.
On Dante Exum having access to money and fame at his age
I would be very surprised if Dante is polluted by the attention, or the money. We’ve had multiple interviews and conversations on this topic. I know, we feel like we have a great pulse for his heart, his motivation, his family structure; the support, the fact that his dad is, was a professional basketball player. He’s been around it, and he’s in it for the right reasons.
And really, the goal for Dante is really simple. It’s to build a physical, emotional, habitual base that he can perform from after this season. We just want to support him in every way, challenge him in every way, have a, and then have a great spot to work from when, you know, he turns 20 next July…I think in time, everybody will be pleased with the returns.
Greg Miller described the Jazz’s team-building approach “organic.” What is your interpretation of that?
So, it’s a great term, and look, it’s, when you’re in a small market, it’s, in my opinion, it’s the best way. I’m not saying it’s the only way. There’s certainly the Reggie Whites, the Green Bay, they can happen. That’s a different sport, and a different collective bargaining agreement. And you don’t want to rule out free agency and trade in your team building.
But the, when you are able to draft and develop a base, a, there’s just something about it. It’s a little bit like raising your own kids and there’s an organic feel. It’s just, it feels right. It tastes right. It looks right.* …
Just step by step, and with the right people, the right amount of character and talent and skill level on your team. (1280)