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Bits from Quin Snyder Interviews, 10/23 and 10/24

November 12, 2014
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Players seem to be excited about playing in your system…
I think a lot of what we’re doing offensively is a series of reads and players being able to recognize situations, you know, make decisions that lead to opportunities to make another decision, and another decision, and hopefully at that point, you know, get to generate some, you know, a high percentage shot.

It’s a little less predictable than, maybe, [the coach] just calling a play. It requires a little more confidence from me to allow these guys the, you know, the freedom to make some mistakes. But I think it gives them an opportunity to really share the ball and play together, and ultimately to feel like more of a unit.

When Dante Exum had eight turnovers in one preseason game, you didn’t exile him to the end of the bench. You tried to educate him. How do you handle players, and do you handle them all in the same way?
I think it’s definitely one by one, and there’s probably an overarching, you know, group umbrella. There’re certain standards and certain things that we believe that we have to commit to as a group, and within that framework, I think each young man and each player is different. And I think that timing of some of those situations impacts, you know, how you wanna approach somebody, too.

I think there’s, often times during, in a game, there’s a window that’s a very teachable moment. Also during a game, sometimes it’s best to not even acknowledge or say something, that it’s better to wait ’til later, whether it be on film or whatnot.

And I think for us during practice, all those opportunities, we have to take advantage of them as much as we can, with our group. And sometimes there’s things that you’re saying to one guy that could apply to two or three of ’em, but you don’t want to keep stopping practice. So you may just try to say it once, and say it in a way that everybody knows that it’s important.

So, that’s something we’ll keep trying to read and keep a pulse on. And I, sometimes when guys make mistakes, if they know what they’ve done, the best thing I can do is help ’em figure out why they did it, and how not to do it again, as opposed to just being, you know, really angry about the mistake. I mean, I may feel that, but it doesn’t seem that that, to me, is the most productive way for us to, you know, to not have it happen again.

What are the advantages of playing fast?
I think the main thing is easy baskets, you know, to the extent that you can gain an advantage getting the ball up the floor quickly, that, the hope is that you’ll have some sort of numbers advantage in a fast-break situation.

If that’s not available, you know, hopefully you can play against the defense even if it’s five-on-five, and you don’t have, you know, a fast-break advantage, that you can play against a defense that isn’t entirely set, you know, which, again, hopefully can lead to a high percentage shot if not, you know, if not a layup.

And then from there, you know, I’d rather not have to pull it out, set it up, call a play. I think that puts a ton of pressure on your execution. There’s some imperfections in playing fast, that oftentimes it’s not as, it may not be as pretty. It looks loose. There may be some more mistakes, but on the whole I think it gives you a better chance to generate some easy field goals. (1280)

* UDQM: I’d rather not have to pull it out, set it up.

Have your players bought in to your system? Do they fully understand your concepts?
I think they’ve definitely bought in. Understanding is a process. I think that, especially the way that we wanna play, supplanting some of the way they’ve done things previously with the new way of doing things, the new way of playing, takes time.

And even if those other habits were good habits, we’re, you know, changing habits no matter how they fit into a new concepts is, takes time. It’s hard.

Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors only started 28 games together last year, and it didn’t work out well. You’ve played them together more, with more success. What have you seen from them?
I think, you know, they both probably are more skilled than I realized, and maybe even than they realized.

So, playing them together, I think there’s had to be a real willingness on their part to adjust to one another, where one of ’em may be spaced out on the floor. One of ’em may be rolling, one of them may be popping. Because they’re both capable of doing those things, and they can present matchup problems because of their size.

By the same token, defensively, they’re both big guys, and you know, having one of ’em out on the floor defensively can be difficult. So, they’ve had to get comfortable with that, those matchups, and maybe being uncomfortable. And they’ve been willing to do that.

So, I’m sure there’s gonna be growing pains with them. Spacing is different with two bigs; two traditional bigs, I should say. It’s a lot easier to have a stretch guy that can space the floor that way, but when it comes to two bigger guys, to, having ’em duck in or move or replace are all different kinds of ways you try to utilize ’em. (NBA TV)

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