Leftover Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interviews, 6/25 and 6/26
On Trey Lyles and proprioception
One of the things that we’re doing a good job of [technology-wise] is testing for proprioception, which is just a fancy word for balance. And it’s a very important trait, but it’s something that we’re not good at with the naked eye of saying, “He’s got good balance and he doesn’t.” You know, the guys that tip all over, you’ll say he’s got good balance and the guys that can change — but it’s somewhat arbitrary.
We’ve moved past some of that arbitrary tracking to a very fine, acute system. And Trey was literally the best player that we brought in. We brought in over 100 guys in proprioception, so body control — when you watch him play, it made sense when we were doing our testing.
Rudy Gobert, longer and better than ever
[Through joint mobility and upper thoracic mobility work], Rudy’s standing reach, because his posture’s better and his joint mobility’s better from some of his work here and Santa Barbara, he now doesn’t touch 9’7. He touches 9’9. So, when he was in last week, he was telling me that, and I don’t know if he was expecting a raise or not.
Status update on Ante Tomic, Raul Neto, and Tibor Pleiss
So Raul is, finished his season in the ACB. He’s currently preparing for the Brazilian national team. He will be someone that we take a long look at, and have conversations with here real soon. We’ll see where the nature of those conversations lead us.
Ante did re-sign with Barcelona, and we’re happy for him. We’ll see what that means, from — we’re still getting in the details of the contract. It was just recently done [and it’s for] two or three years, so he’d be 30, 31 by the time he can become available to us. So, we’ll continue to track him…
We also have the rights to Tibor Pleiss. We will be having several conversations with Tibor and his agents here quickly. And we’re excited to take a look at him up close. We want to get him to Salt Lake. We want to get him out to P3. And it’s always good when you have another 7-foot-2, long center in your camp.
And so, we’re very excited about Tibor. His ability to move, set screens, roll, quickly get the ball up to the rim and finish is superior. He can really shoot the ball from the perimeter, and he was an–he did it more at his previous club than he did in Barcelona this past season. And he’s an excellent free throw shooter. He’s an 88 percent free throw shooter. So, we think we could have some very interesting conversations with Tibor here in the next few days and weeks.
On the Jazz’s recent personnel moves
Brian Zettler’s been here a long time, and he’s waited his turn and he’s learned under Gary [Briggs]. And so, when you can have those internal promotions, those are the best conversations to have. And that’s really what we’re trying to do with the staff, is — I realize I’m not gonna be here forever, and we need to be in a spot when that times comes, that there’s natural successors here.
And so, we’re trying to have our, from our interns all the way up, have rich experience, and be part of real diligence, real conversations. So, and many of the guys, there won’t be opportunity here, but they can then move on. So, that’s part of our plan and process. It’s the way it’s been in programs I’ve been before, and it’s always good to be able to help someone out.
And then, there are times when you need to go to market and hire guys. And with [new manager of basketball strategy/technology] Zach Guthrie, Quin [Snyder] and I had great corporate knowledge of him because he started with us in Austin and San Antonio, and went to Orlando with Jacque [Vaughn]. And we knew that he was a great kid and a very good worker, and he’s smart and he will help our program out in a big way.
[New assistant coach/integrated player development] Jeff Watkinson is a very uniquely talented basketball man. We somewhat designed a position that is unique relative to the league. We felt like not just us, but you know, the league in general has holes, and Jeff was able to cover up those holes for us with having skillsets in various disciplines. So, Jeff is already, he was already very helpful in the draft process…
We have a few more things coming that I can’t comment right now.