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Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 7/10

July 11, 2015
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On the Jazz’s glut of point guards
The way we’ve structured the contracts is to be very flexible. And look, all four of those guys and eventually Olivier [Hanlan] in time, have something different to offer.

Dante [Exum]’s 6-6 and 210 pounds and already a plus-defender. We did some testing with Dante this summer. His lane agility — his lateral movement, if you will — was the second best in P3’s database. And at 6-6 and with a 6-10 wingspan, we can now understand a little bit why he is such a tough defender, and really hard to measure, and hard to get by.

Trey [Burke] has late-clock ability with his pullups, and he has very good vision.

And Bryce Cotton plays a very offensive game. We could see Aaron Brooks, Patty Mills type of play, where Quin [Snyder] and Alex [Jensen] and the coaching staff wanted him to score more. I think we saw that last night: Make or miss, be aggressive.

Raul [Neto] is very fast. He’s got a — even though he’s not a large point guard, he’s got a very good build. He plays with great imagination. He’s able to get his teammates layups and open threes, and we think we’ll be able to move his open shooting forward. Johnnie [Bryant] worked with him last summer, and he shot the ball very well, coming out of our two-week work, at the World Championships.

So, each are a little different. All four are on rookie scale-type of deals to allow us to have great competition. And we’ll see where it goes.

Will Exum, Rodney Hood and Trey Lyles play in Vegas?
Yeah, some of that will be dependent upon their health. Even if Dante is 90 percent, and you know, he’s all over Quin and I to play. He certainly wants to play. He wants the competition, but he also wants a platform to show what he’s worked on, and how he’s improved…

But really, we don’t want him chasing a sore ankle all summer. He does have national team play, so we’re gonna be very conservative and make sure that he is symptom-free from that ankle rather than him playing hero and trying to chase it…

A lot of our data and technology’s showing with the foot strike, and to the ground, and the ankle joint mobility, it’s really central to everything else that goes on with your body. So, we’re very cautious in general, and all of our work, all of our exercise science, says to be maybe even more cautious than we were previous to this information.

And then Rodney, the same thing. Rodney was dealing with a shore soulder* coming into summer league. It’s something that he felt like he could manage through. He took a couple of shots that exacerbated the issue, so that’s more the same. We want him to be pain-free, symptom-free before we put him back out there.

I think, again, you know, Rodney got two games; Dante got one. But they were both able to show, you know, our fans what we’ve been working on the last few months.

* Not a typo; H/T @ScottyG311

Update on Tibor Pleiss?
We should have some exciting news fairly soon…Yeah, so I’ll leave it at that.

On Zac Brown Band
Oh man, I’m a huge fan. I actually thought about, for a second, not showing up to our summer league games so I could see that [concert]. I’m a huge, huge fan. (1280)

One Comment leave one →
  1. russellkanning permalink
    July 12, 2015 12:21 am

    I like the idea of our 4 point guards just going at it and see who gets time :)

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