Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 4/13
Utah has a summer league again
We’re happy to announce that — we’re gonna be sending out a press release — that the Utah Jazz are bringing back — we’re not bringing back the Rocky Mountain Revue — but we’re bringing back summer basketball. We’re gonna have a summer league here in Salt Lake City.
We’re going to have three other teams, and the Utah Jazz will be playing summer league games. It’ll be July 6 and 7. We’ll be off on the 8th, and then a final game on the 9th. So we’ll have three games. It’ll actually be two games each day on the 6th, the 7th, and the 9th. So, Jazz basketball is back for summer league.
** Other teams participating in the not-Rocky-Mountain-Revue summer league: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs
** Format: Two games per night. The first game will start around 5 p.m. and the second will start around 7:00 p.m.
** The games will be played at EnergySolutions Arena. “The pricing of tickets are gonna very affordable.”
** The Jazz will still participate in Vegas Summer League.
** Pretty clear that this does not happen without Dennis Lindsey’s membership in the Spurs/Pop Mafia. Then again, without DL the Jazz would still be playing in the Orlando Summer League.
** No explanation of why the new summer league is not the Rocky Mountain Revue.
Do you expect a dramatic off-season move?
We’re not gonna do hasty moves, but if there’s a right move, that all of a sudden is gonna propel us even faster, we will make sure that we really do all of our litmus testing, to, that it’s not gonna be a flash in the pan.
We want, we’ve taken the hard steps and the pain, th–in the last number of years, to now make sure that we’re not going to short-change this system, and get us somewhere long-term, something that’s going to make us, in that competitive mix, for a long period of time, and not just a one-time in-and-out.
And so, we’ll wanna make sure whatever we do, that it meets that, those tests to give us that long-term development of this team that is gonna be something special for some time.
** “Question” of the Segment, by Spencer Checketts who appeared unaware that the Jazz were resting Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke: “Dallas rolls into town without Dirk [Nowitzki], Monta [Ellis], Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons. I hate it. I just hate it. Like, we’re gonna show up with half our team, why are we playing the games? Personally, I just can’t stand it.”
What is Quin Snyder doing, specifically, that is resonating with the players?
Well, I, Quin has a very good, I think, he has really worked very closely with his coaching staff, in a system that he feels meets today’s style of play. He has, I think, more than anything, he’s communicated that style, that philosophy, with the players.
When they’re not doing things early on that he was expecting, he doesn’t, he’s teaching them what they’re doing wrong and why. He not only tells ’em what to do, but why we’re doing it. And I think that’s resonated with our players, that they’ve appreciated understanding why they’re doing something as much a–just what they’re doing, and why we’re doing it, and what’s gonna be the end result.
And as they have then done it, performed for good or for when they’ve missed doing it, he’s pointed out and shown them what’s, they’ve mis-done, what the, missteps, and what the end result has been, as well as, then, when they’re doing it right, what the result of, seeing the successes, and they can now visualize it and understand exactly the end result. And th–I think the players have really responded to that type of coaching, and the assistant coaches have done the same thing.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Interview (UDQM)
** Randy Rigby on the Jazz summer league: Greg Miller sat down with myself, and we went in and actually sat down and looked face-to-face with Adam Silver and Mark Tatum, and expressed our desire.
** Rigby on the 2014-2015 season: It’s been a remarkable ride. I remember one of the things we talked about, that I said to our fans, is that I hope we enjoy, this time, the ride a little more, than some times I think we took advantage of.
** Gordon Monson on the teams that the Jazz will be fielding in two summer leagues: Do you anticipate that the entry will be the same entry? ( 1280)