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Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 12/3

December 5, 2014
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Are players more positive after losses this year than last year?
I see, and feel, as much seeing as what you also can feel from the players. There’s still a sense of confidence, of camaraderie, and hope, and belief in one another.

And th–and I think they’re also seeing in Quin [Snyder], the coaching staff is doing an excellent job of really highlighting and pointing out to the players what they’re doing, when they’re doing things right, and how, the results of those things.

And saying, “Guys, we can do this. We just need to be consistent. We need to be more communicative. And we need to be, really come in with that type of an intensity at all times. And then we can play and compete with anybody.”

What do the Jazz need to do to start winning games?
I think we need to come out of the gates with the intensity that we had there in the second half of the Denver game. We need to have that type of intensity at the very get-go of this thing, and have a firs–a firm resolve.

We’re gonna come out and stop these guys defensively, and really–it starts at the defensive end, and I think we need to c–really come out with a tough mindset that we’re going to stop teams of being able to exercise their offense that they want to exercise, and really play tough, strong defense…

I think it starts on the defensive end. It starts by putting together good communication from your team, and I think that’s something w–that we’re working better on as well as opening up our mwouths* and communicating to one another so that we can prepare one another for what’s happening on the floor in the offense and on the defensive end.

* Not a typo.

If you’re good enough to come back from a 20-point deficit, shouldn’t you be good enough to not fall into a 20-point deficit?
That’s a frustrating, and that’s the frustration that the coaches, coaching staff continue to have. And that’s the point of where these players need to come in–I don’t want to justify this. See–age really helps.

A, John Stockton and Karl Malone, veteran players, I think understand the intensity of this game night in and night out. And the importance of having that intensity for 48 minutes. And having the tough-mindedness and the tough heart to be able to give it, at that, at the very start of the bell, and have that same intensity throughout that whole 48 minutes.

And that’s where some of our younger players have got to get, they’ve got to get to that point.

What is your message to Jazz fans if the Jazz win fewer than 30 games this year?
Well, I think our fans, we have smart fans. Our fans, even though we’re going through a, now, six-game losing streak, our fans still have a great, the, respol–remarkable enthusiasm. They’re engaged in this. They have not lost hope, in, from our fan base. …

This building process is taking place. I think we’re seeing the little sparks, of, at which, some of those wins, but also some of those second-half victories, of seeing how this team can play as we continue to commit ourselves, and it’s going to just get better. …

Our fans are saying, “I’m really enjoying coming out to Jazz basketball games. And it’s a different s–feel, it’s a different style, and I’m really liking it.”

Shoutout to Enes Kanter
I gotta give a shoutout real fast to Enes Kanter for two things. Number one, I was proud of Enes, stepping up for Alec Burks, also, in that incident there. I’m proud to see a little toughness…

Enes also had over 30 kids over Build A Bear yesterday making some kids out of Neighborhood House’s Christmas dreams come true. It was darling, and he was great. (1280)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    December 7, 2014 4:38 am

    Yay for praising Enes!!

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