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Bits from Steve Starks Interview, 8/2

August 3, 2017

On the release of the new uniforms
We’ll release the first two of [four new jerseys] soon. Not this week, but soon. And then over the coming weeks and months, we’ll release the other two as well.

On the uniform design process
It’s been a collaborative process. Nike actually sent a team of people to our market and did market research on us, and they studied what fans were talking about and they studied things that were unique to our city and to our state, and then they brought back a series of proposals and we were able to say, hey, you know, “We wanna be different here” or “We really like that element. Let’s explore that further.”

And one of the things we’ve told them [with] at least one of our jerseys is, hey, let’s push the envelope a little bit. Let’s — we challenged them to say, that we wanna have one of the hippest and, in a lot of ways, coolest uniforms in the NBA, and so, there’s a concept that we’ll be able to show at the right time that people, I think, will absolutely love.

And it will be different. It’ll be very unique, and Nike has told us, “Hey, look. This, like, we’re seeing all the jerseys. This one is gonna be very cool and your fans are gonna love it.” And we agree. …

We are actually planning out five to seven years’ worth of jerseys right now.

Steve Starks, continuing to sound an awful lot like Randy Rigby
I was talking to a veteran NBA person. You would know his name if I said it. All our fans would too. And he said, “Steve, between the Miller family and Dennis Lindsey and Quin Snyder, you guys have an elite front office.”

And I won’t tell you where he ranked us in his mind, and I don’t say that to be egotistical, but we, I agree. I take pride in the fact that not only do we have really competent people at their craft, but they’re just fundamentally good people too.

And, we like what we’re building, and we’re glad that people want to be a part of it. And our fans. Our fans. Y–we’ve not had a single season-ticket holder cancel their order in the last 30 days. We’ve not had a single person call up and cancel their order, or, you know, there have been some that have expl–like, hey, you know, that was difficult. But, u–we’re actually seeing it–w–our season tickets are up double digits over last year.

On messing with Joe Ingles after he injured Gail Miller while diving for a loose ball last season
It was either that game or the game after — we had won. We were sitting in Quin’s conference room and Gail happened to have walked back and Greg Miller and Steve Miller, they were all in the back.

And w–and I said, “Hey, we’ve gotta mess with Joe on this.”

And so, Dennis was like, “Absolutely.”

And Gail was like, “No, no, no, don’t do that.”

But Dennis goes and gets Joe, and brings him back. And it’s just abnormal to bring a player back to the coach’s office after a game like that. And so, Joe walks in and he sees who’s in the room, and he’s clearly like, ok, what’s going on?

And Dennis just, with a perfectly straight face, “Hey Joe, remember when you dove on the ground for the loose ball? Do you remember who you hit?”

And Joe’s just like, “Oh, I’m so sorry” and he goes and gives Gail a hug.

And Dennis just, with a straight face, “Hey Joe, she’s gonna have to get a knee replacement, and we’re gonna have to talk to you about, of some form of compensation for how you’re gonna make this right.”

And it was the funniest thing to watch Joe’s reaction to this. And he said, “I don’t know what I can do, but I’ll come and make you breakfast, Gail.”* And then she lost it, and she started laughing.

And that’s, he is, Joe is as good as you think he is as a fan when you talk to him in person. And he’s just down-to-earth. He’s fun-loving. He’s a really good basketball player, but he’s also somebody who’s just a connector off the court as well.

* Alternative punctuation for UDQMness: “I don’t know what I can do, but I’ll come, and make you breakfast, Gail.”

Steve Starks, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine Hall of Fame (#UDQMHOF)
On office gossip Gail Miller’s injury at the hands of Joe Ingles: Somebody told me, hey, Gail tweaked her knee when Joe slid into her. (1280)

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