Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 6/15
On the importance of player development
Quin [Snyder] and his staff are not only getting each individual player better, but connecting it back to the group. And frankly, that’s just something that we can’t be just good at; we gotta be great at.
And I think we wanna be known for, an, as an organization that believes in players, in a lot of different ways, whether it’s a draft pick in our own guy that organically grows, or a second-draft guy that maybe didn’t work out somewhere else, or D-League or overseas player that we see married in and they could fit, that adds a hunger and a fiber.
So, all across the board, we want to be able to develop those players, and I think if we do that, if we continue to do that, the word will get out and our program will be even more attractive than it is today. That’s one of our bigger goals, is to, is have players believe in us as much as we believe in them. And we’re starting to, that’s starting to resonate in the basketball community.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Rudy Gorbert”: Dennis Lindsey
If you had one wish for Dante Exum this off-season, what would it be?
Well, there’s so many, and, I, there’s so many. I’ll just say this: He’s been in town for quite a while now…and I’m thrilled with what he’s working on, his openness towards it. Thrilled with his, the way his body looks, and I’m very confident that in the coming years, he’ll move forward as a player.
Free agents sometimes sign with a team to play for the coach. How valuable is Quin Snyder in getting players to come play here?
Yeah, I think, look, Quin wanted to be good at player development at Missouri, and he was. And that was an angle that was attractive to us in Austin, and we got to see three years of his acumen and mindset towards that. And then the five jobs that he’s had since, he, I think he’s even gotten better at integrating the development into the team component, which is really important…
We have a bunch of young guys, so everything that we’re doing relative to personnel, facilities, our staff — we’d be remiss not to totally jump in on development. And then again, as I mentioned earlier, we want to be an organization that players and agents know that if you go to, you’ll get better. And that builds value, and it builds value for them, and the value is reciprocal back to the organization.
So, that’s what I’m really excited about what I’m seeing here today. We were, just had six of our own players in our building this morning working hard, but also working in a very directed way. It just wasn’t wasted motion, and it’s something that the coaches and their planning and their expertise, they deserve a lot of credit for.
On Game 5 of the Finals
Last night, David Blatt was criticized on the [Timofey] Mozgov decision. And you know, no one ever talks about this angle. It’s like, well, if you lost, you should’ve did this and if you would’ve did that, it would’ve been better. Well, there’s, it’s flawed logic.
He could’ve had another personnel choice, whether it’s Mozgov or anybody else, and lost by more. No one talks about what, hey, that was the be–their best chance to win. There’s a good chance that his decisions and his expertise was their best chance to win, but Golden State’s effort last night was just better.
So, the, it’s interesting to listen to the talking heads and no one giving a balance to — sometimes you just gotta shake the other team’s hand, and say hey, Steph Curry was putting some combination moves together that the NBA’s never seen, and he did it in the fourth quarter, and you gotta shake his hand and say hey, we’ll see you in Game 6.
Dennis Lindsey, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine
** On if the draft and free agency were held simultaneously: I don’t know if I can keep all of that straight. I’m struggling as it is.
** On the way the Jazz finished the season: Certainly, our arrow is pointed in the right direction. It went in the right direction in a drastic way.
** On the Finals: LeBron’s load is unimaginable. It’s amazing that he can take that many positions* and still be upright. (1280)
* Probably “possessions,” but “positions” makes a better UDQM.