Off-season Odds and Ends
One. Dennis Lindsey on Tibor Pleiss’ body
He’s a big man. I’ll start there. At 7-2 and a quarter in his bare feet, so you know, 7-3, a little over 7-3 in his shoes. His frame — he’s 25 but he has a young look. If he said 22, you’d say OK. But he’s got a good frame and we think that some real directed, pointed work, we’ll be able to move his body forward. But his frame is already much thicker and much more developed than I thought it would be in person.
Two. Lindsey on Pleiss’ non-bodily attributes
He spent a good week with us. Really tested well. Shot the ball extremely well. And we think in time, he’ll be a good player for us…
We think Tibor is really task-oriented. He’s a really hard worker. I think our fans will be pleasantly surprised at how hard he plays, and har–how hard he runs the floor, moving into screens, ability to flip screens, with, which we do a lot within Quin [Snyder]’s system. We’ve taken a big part of Europe and brought it to Salt Lake City relative to what we do, so Tibor’s been very well coached at Bamberg and in Vitoria and now Barcelona. He had three excellent coaches, so we think he’ll integrate well. …
It’s clear that he hasn’t seen the type of athletes that we have in the league. But Tibor’s going to be a [defensive] presence. Will he ever be a shot blocker like Rudy [Gobert] or Derrick [Favors]? Then, you know, that’s of argument, but there’s no reason why he can’t be a great presence and a deterrent.
His standing reach was almost exactly the same as Rudy’s before Rudy’s 2-inch improvement here in the off-season. The wingspan is basically the same. So the dimensions are there, the movement’s there, the mindset’s there. We’re gonna have to help him in strength and power, but there’s no reason why we can’t move that forward.
Three. Lindsey on his own body
My body’s so bad right now, that sometimes I wonder if I was meant for college basketball, ’cause it did so much damage to it.
Four. Randy Rigby on the camaraderie among Jazz veterans this summer
There is a spirit of team and support that I have not seen for a very long time, for our organization…
The support from our veteran players being down here as well, and not only supporting the [summer roster] players, but they’re down [in Vegas], then, working out themselves and supporting one another and kind of working together. There’s a really sense of camaraderie and commitment to our program, to our system, and to one another that is very encouraging to me.
Five. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** Dennis Lindsey on expressing his emotions/talking to refs during games
Sometimes I can go a good two weeks, and maintain, like, some calm and some poise, and then I think that impacts me, ’cause it, there’s like this bottled-up part that, you know, then all of a sudden, I can just explode.
** Gordon Monson: You get any downtime down there, or is it all about the business? Can you have some fun?
Randy Rigby: We’ve been, I’ve been literally going at it for almost 18 hours every day.