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Utah Jazz Media Day 2015: Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward

September 29, 2015

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What did you work on this summer?
I just kept adding, you know, range to my jump shot. Just different offensive moves in the post, mid-range area, free throw line area. You know, just trying to expand my game. You know, I know Rudy’s gonna be down low a lot, so, and the way the NBA’s going, you know, everybody wants that stretch-four type of a guy.

So you know, I’m still working on that, but as of right now just continuing to improve my post game, my offensive moves. And you know, I’ve been working on different shots, you know, around the basket, around the free throw line area, that’ll give me the opportunity to, you know, make more plays.

Pre-game ritual?
I have to listen to certain songs before the game starts…I have a certain playlist that I go to, probably 10 minutes before we gotta meet in the locker room, that I have to listen to before the game, or I won’t have a good game.

First impression of Joe Ingles?
When Joe first came, he was, like, one of those guys that you see who…you see guys and you’re like, can this guy really play basketball? You seen, like, “White Men Can’t Jump”? That’s Joe. Yeah, yeah, that’s Joe. Yeah, we got on the court with training–not training camp, practice, whatever, and he was making all these plays, passes. Making all these shots. And you’re like, man, this guy can, he can play a little bit.

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What was the funnest thing you did during your summer vacation?
Gordon had it easy. He had one [kid]. Yeah, I got two. So you know, it’s a fun process. You know, waking up in the middle of the night, gotta feed them, change them. You’ve gotta sit through the crying. I mean, it’s a challenge, but you know, it’s fun at the same time, and you know, I wouldn’t change anything. I wouldn’t trade it for nothing in the world.

On the birth of his twins
I was actually out here working out, and I was supposed to leave on the Saturday. But something told me to go home on a Wednesday, so I changed my flight. I was like, something just telling me to go home on a Wednesday, and my girlfriend end up having the babies Thursday.

Yeah, so, I was like, oh my God, man. I almost had a heart attack. Like, oh, what if I would’ve stuck to my original plan and stayed here ’til Saturday? I probably never would’ve heard the end of it. Yeah, so, luckily whatever kind of feeling I had, I’m, maybe it was a message from God or something.

On what his twins do
Nothing but pooping…It’s all they doing. They just sitting there and pooping the whole time…Always pooping and passing gas.

** Drove home from the hospital at a speed of 10 miles per hour

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What did you work on this summer?
For me, the main thing was working on my body and getting, keep getting stronger, and, to be able to, you know, to be on some stronger guys and bang on the post. Also offensively, keep working on my post game and improving my free throw and my mid-range shooting.

What was the funnest thing you did during your summer vacation?
Probably going to, you know, Senegal and discover this country and visit all the, you know, the neighborhoods and stuff like that over there.

Pre-game ritual?
The nap.

What does Joe Ingles do to keep the team loose in the locker room?
The bad jokes, you know?

What do you want to be one day?
This year, I want to be a playoff player.

And in five years?

A championship player.

** People calling Rudy Gobert “Gobzilla”: Joe Ingles
** Ron Boone to David Locke on Gobert: He’s the first player that came over here with cologne on and smelling all–
Gobert: It’s natural.

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What did you work on this summer?
Trying to improve everything…I think, worked a lot on shooting again. Think you can always be a better shooter until you start hitting 100 percent of your shots. So, did a lot of shooting this year. A lot of ball-handling as well. Think improving my handle is something that will open up the floor a lot more for me.

And then worked out a little bit on post game. Trying to be able to take advantage of switches. The NBA, they’re starting to switch a lot of things, so hopefully be able to take advantage of some mismatches when, you know, have a little bit of a size advantage, so.

What was the funnest thing you did during your summer vacation?
Having a baby girl. Changes your perspective on life. Definitely a game changer. Pretty fun. There are times that are not so fun with her, but, when she’s crying in the middle of the night…Something that has just been a blast this off-season. Worked, the timing worked out really well.

It’s your sixth season. Where are you as a leader?
As far as a leadership standpoint, I think that both [me and Favors] are the best leaders that we’ve ever been, as far as the off-season, as far as vocally. And I think both of us are guys that like to lead by example first and foremost, but the communication that we had throughout this summer with teammates, with coaches was the highest that I’ve seen since I’ve been here in Utah.

** Drove home from the hospital at 20 miles per hour

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