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Bits from Phil Johnson Interview

March 25, 2017
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Coaching advice for Jeff Hornacek?
From the outside, this is what I always — you know, I told — I know people go into a situation and they say, “We’re gonna run the Princeton offense.” OK? It’s — never do that. Never do, announce what offense you’re gonna run, or what defense you’re gonna run. Go in and run your offense.

It happened to Eddie Jordan, for instance, or the, when he was the assistant coach with the Lakers. They brought him in to run the Princeton offense with the Lakers. Well, you know, [in whiny voice] the player didn’t want to do it.

Well, the same thing’s happening in New York. Everybody’s talking about the triangle offense. Don’t announce what you’re gonna do, what you wanna do. Just go s–run some offense and s–and get guys in position where you think they can play, and quit worrying about attaching names to what you’re going to do, because everybody — the press tends to say, “Well, some players don’t like that.” Some players like it, some — you know, Phil Jackson is telling you what to do.

Don’t — you know, that’s the only thing I would’ve done differently, as I’d gone in and said, “Hey, you know what? We’re just gonna run an offense. I don’t know what we’re gonna put different. We’re gonna draw from 10 different offenses in the league.” Something like that.

You know what? Then, the press, they don’t know what you’re running anyway, so it’s, it works out fine. That’s the advice I’d give him if — before they started. But they’re already into that now. They’re having this huge debate about triangle offense versus this and that. And so, you get players involved in that, and this and that, and it never works out.

Thoughts on the current Jazz
I think that they’ve got a lot of good parts. If they could get everybody healthy, which doesn’t seem to be, it’s gonna be that way. I mean, y–if y–if they could ever get [Derrick] Favors back in the fold a little bit before the playoffs, you know?

But even at that, they’re still a very good basketball team. I think adding the veteran guys really helped their team. I don’t think there’s any question about it. You added some people, and you added a George Hill that has exceeded expectations, because I really had watched him quite a bit, and I had no idea that he could do what he’s done this year.

Now, he’s still had some injury issues, but the team as a whole, they play well together. They seem to get along, and they’ve got a bright future for sure.

On Rudy Gobert
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a guy affect the game like he does. I mean, he is so mobile and has developed offensively where he can catch the ball and deliver on screen-roll situations and has developed — I mean, he’s a very, very good passer too, which helps in his position.

On today’s players resting games, and John Stockton’s view on it
I have an answer to it. Rest them in practice. Don’t practice them. John Stockton had an interesting thing to say. We went to lunch with he and Jerry [Sloan] and I and Thurl Bailey about, oh, a while ago, a month ago, I guess it was.

And John said, “As many game stoppages as they have now, I don’t think I’d have to come out of the game.” I mean, isn’t that a statement?

Now, think about that. I mean, think about how the game was played a few years ago where you didn’t have the reviews and you didn’t have this and you didn’t — I mean, think about how often — frankly, it wears me out to watch the game in person. I tape our games and watch them, but, on the road, but the amount of time that’s spent not playing, you know, the time stoppages.

And so, that’s an interesting concept that John Stockton had. I mean, when you think about it. I mean, that’s another angle. He said, “I don’t think I’d have to come out of the game.” (1280)

One Comment leave one →
  1. russellkanning permalink
    March 29, 2017 10:48 am

    can you imagine Stockton playing 48 minutes for us back then?


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