On his relationship with the fans
Always with the fans, there’s a magical connection between me and them..I can’t figure out exactly how it works, other than I love them and they love me…
I always looked at it like this: Without them, where would we be? I mean, if they’re not filling up those stands, they’re not buying the jerseys, they’re not getting the tennis shoes and things like that, we’re back to doing the game before the Harlem Globetrotters. …
You know, if I’m — one of my thing is, is I’m signing autographs and there’s a line, I’m not going anywhere until that’s done. Now, I’ve been with some of my guys and they’re, “OK, Antoine. It’s one hour. We gotta go.” Well, that’s not the rule, Antoine. These are for the fans. They made me, so I’m staying. I’ll get done. Then we’ll go.
Looking back, what was it about the Finals team(s) that made it so special to be a part of?
Well, I wouldn’t say it was necessarily just the team, if you want to say the team. But I would say it was the team, the city. Because without the fans being pumped up and doing all that they did, we could’ve never pull that off. You know, it, this was a great thing that this city came together, and pushed us, and made us feel like, you know, we were just part of the town all the time.
* People possibly calling Utah a “city” and then downgrading it to “town”: Antoine Carr
** His sons’ mother “is still traumatized by [the airport frenzy the night John Stockton hit The Shot] a little bit. She can’t really go into crowded areas anymore ’cause it makes her nervous.”
On how he was prepared to play at any given moment
For me, it was more for the fans, because, you know, it’s fans way up top. Those are the guys that really don’t get to see the game the way they want to; don’t really get to spend time with the players.
So, my thing was, I gotta go perform for these guys. I gotta show them that someone out there cares, that their hard work is helping take care of us. So, that’s kinda my idea, is when Jerry [Sloan] called my name, it’s no playing around. It’s time to go.
And I’m not gonna give him a chicken — second chance to think about it. You know, every now and then, you get coaches going, “Ah, wait, wait, wait. Come back.” Nah, it’s too late. I’ve ripped off the clothes, and I’m there.
** Still in touch with Chris Morris and Greg Foster. Talks to Karl Malone sometimes.3
Michael Jordan or LeBron James?
You wanna tell me that this guy actually think he’s as good as Jordan? It’s a joke, ok? Let’s take a look at it. How many time does he travel per game?* I would say probably 50 percent of the time he catches the ball. And they don’t call it.
How many times does he go to the hole, and he takes three steps? Constantly. I’ve got film…Everybody’s telling me, no, you’re just being hard on the guy. No, I’m not. If he wants to be as great as Jordan, do the things that Jordan did…
Now, yes, Jordan pushed on the last shot against Bryon Russell, but he wasn’t constantly pushing the whole game.
You look at these guys now, they dribbling down and the first thing they do is they push their forearm out, and then you step back and shoot a jumper. Well, first of all, that’s a foul — if it’s called properly.
And that’s my biggest thing now is, is you got all this one-on-one so the referees really don’t know how to call it anymore. Let’s get back to the real game, guys…If you’re a specialist at shooting three, then you should be able to do it without using an illegal tactic. And pushing off to me is a illegal tactic.
* There was a transcription break at this point because I broke into applause at my keyboard.
What do we need replay for? Back in our day, we were gonna hit you and then that’s just part of it. Play through it. Toughen up.
On the Dawg Pound
I was doing some autograph-signing upstairs earlier, and the whole place was up there barking. They were having fun. We always gonna do that. The Dawg Pound is alive and well.
On him not wearing sunglasses during the interview
Well, if it was real sunny right now, I’d mostly be wearing them. Every now and then, I take them off ’cause I’m trying to get my eyes used to the sun again, and some days are better than others. You know, it’s still at the point where I get headaches and those type of things if it gets too bright.
Did you see Jeff Hornacek as a coach when you played together?
No, I didn’t. You know, I saw him more as a assistant. I really didn’t see him as a NBA top coach because he was such a good player. You know, what’s he gonna teach them, how to come off the pick and shoot the jumper?
Well, then you start to find out he’s a lot more talented than you know. So, now that I look at it, it was obvious. It was just at the time, I was just thinking he’s just such a great player, there’s no way he’s gonna end up [being] a coach.
What have you been doing in San Antonio?
We did [the renovation of] the Missions, which is Mission San Jose, Mission Guadelupe. We went in, we did s–a little bit of stone work. We did a bunch of painting. And there’re just great looking things and if you ever get a chance to go out to San Antonio, you might wanna go around the Missions, and see how good we did. (KSL, KJZZ, 1320, 1280)
One. This many Jazzmen sitting behind the bench. You gotta love it, baby.
From left to right, that’s Derrick Favors, Elijah Millsap, Raul Neto, [Rudy Gobert leg/knee span space], Rudy Gobert, [Rudy Gobert leg/knee span space], Trevor Booker, Alec Burks and Trey Lyles[‘s back].
Two. Who’s who of Utah Jazz coaches (1981-present) in the house tonight:
Three. Leading Question of the Night
Steve Brown to Trey Lyles: Let’s dispel any rumors. It was not a holdout. You were actually helping the Jazz out with the salary cap flexibility. Now you’re officially here.*
* OK, fine. None of that was a question.
Four. Dennis Lindsey during the broadcast, on what held up Trey Lyles’ contract signing
It’s really simple. Look, his cap hold was a much different number than what he signs for at the full 120 percent. And we needed to have a few days to, in free agency, to have the conversations that we needed to have to gain clarity.
Five. Trey Lyles addressing the media after the game, on what held up his contract signing
You know, just my agent, so. I was listening to him. You know, you’d be better off asking him that than me.
Six. Alec Burks took over the Jazz’s Twitter account in the second half. Best part besides him once again referencing “Alec Burks” as his “government name”:
Seven. Jack Cooley’s walkoff interview, decoded
Steve Brown: All due respect, you’re a guy who proves that you don’t have to skywalk to play this game.
Steve Brown: You white boys can play basketball.
Jack Cooley: Yeah, I mean, it all comes down to fundamentals, and I mean, the more you play, the more you learn.
Jack Cooley: True. We’re scrappy.
Eight. Soon, Raul Neto. Soon.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Pounding the Rock.
Go SummerSpurs Go!!!!!
by Manu’sLongHair on Jul 7, 2015 | 7:57 PM
Bryce Cotton. I wished the Spurs picked him up instead Reggie Williams. Austin Daye was better than Reggie Williams
by KhanRada on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:07 PM
so who’s rodney hood? they keep talking about him.
by twotonkatrucks on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:32 PM
take the commentary with a grain of salt
it is the jazz’s announcers
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:33 PM
he shoots threes i guess
by Prevenge on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:57 PM
God I hate the Jazz’s colors, why’d they decide to change the blue and purple?
by Manu’s Baldspot on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:35 PM
Motun looks like this guy from 30 rock.
[picture of Kenneth the Page]
by Mauro Tardella on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:37 PM
so this miami rapper is mad with pop about signing west to the veteran’s minimum………lmao not making this up
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:46 PM
butthurt random rapper is hilariously butthurt
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:47 PM
Good to see ex Spurs brain power doing so well their GM & Coach.
by indiancharlie on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:49 PM
i do not care about quincy snyder , jazz commentators :V get back to the game
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:51 PM
he looks like a shady business dude.
by twotonkatrucks on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:53 PM
you mean like dan gilbert ?
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:55 PM
No signings today I guess :disappointed:
by Manu’s Baldspot on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:53 PM
you can;t expect them to sign a new player every day xD
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 8:56 PM
Alright, I was remodeling a floor. Someone fill me in.
Fuck it Spurs by 35.
by play_splitter on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:18 PM
Kyle Anderson is remodeling the Salt Lake City Arena floor.
by snoozulooz on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:20 PM
Can timmy wear those Antoine Carr sunglasses next season ? just for kicks
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:23 PM
What about getting a defensive rebound?
by nicolaspursfan88 on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:33 PM
man that cooley guy.
by twotonkatrucks on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:33 PM
Cooley playing very Baynes-like.
by Mark Barrington on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:33 PM
did bryce Cotton play for us last year?
by LakehillsFan on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:34 PM
by play_splitter on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:35 PM
by Mark Barrington on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:35 PM
preseason i think.
by fireballer15 on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:35 PM
yes he did
by Manu’sLongHair on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:35 PM
Lol @ Hood being player of the game..
by Manu’s Baldspot on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:37 PM
by Manu’sLongHair on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:50 PM
by fireballer15 on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:52 PM
by kenshinsama on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:52 PM
ah man so close.
by twotonkatrucks on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:52 PM
by 210to808 on Jul 7, 2015 | 9:52 PM
I mean, Pop’s gonna end up in an effing hip-hop song!
THIS IS AN ALL-NEW LEVEL OF HYSTERIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by CIN-C-STAR on Jul 7, 2015 | 11:45 PM
One. Summer League is back, and you know what that means! Kevin “Sexy Legs” O’Connor is back on the sidelines! Sadly for all the fans of KOC’s glam gams out there, sometimes people get more conservative with age and that’s the case with KOC and how much leg he’s comfortable with showing nowadays. But we take what we can get, right?
Two. Randy Rigby’s ticket sales pitch: It’s gonna be perfect. Hot outside, and great and cool temperature, but some hot NBA basketball on the court.
Three. In the house:
Four. Alec Burks on the broadcast: I can’t wait to be back and play with [the team] and be coached by coach Quin [Snyder] and the rest of the staff…Quin’s a straightforward guy. Everybody knows that. He say what he want, say what he means. So I mean, we have a great relationship…We can talk about anything.
Five. Be well, Dante Exum and Grant Jerrett.
Six. People calling…
** People calling Dante Exum “Mouth Breather”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Alec Burks “Aa Brrs…”: Ron Boone (H/T @UGottaLovItBaby)
** People calling Utah “the city of Utah”: Alec Burks
Seven. Alex Jensen on the game: It was nice to coach in shorts and a t-shirt. We did a good job, much better in the second half. I think everybody was a little jittery. Got a little anxious and tried to make things happen too fast, but we did a great job settling down in the second half.
Eight. Jensen, asked what Trey Lyles is missing with the team right now: It’s just like I said with our guys. They’ve been in the gym. We’ve drilled them for hours. They’ve shot — just the experience of now putting it into practice. You know, a five-on-five game situation with refs. It’s just, it’s, that’s what makes summer league so good, is ’cause you get that experience.
How long does that take to make up?
It’s hard to say. It’s, every player’s different…With Rodney [Hood], he’s mature beyond his years. With Dante, he has a long way to go. But they’re both making progress.
Nine. Jack Cooley on fouls, post-game: Yeah, I mean, when you give me the guidelines that I get 10 fouls in a game, kinda, my eyes get pretty big when I see that…I was a little afraid I’d had my, I got a little, jumped the gun a little bit on the fouls, and [Alex Jensen and Antonio Lang] just sat me down and talked to me. He’s like, “I know you get 10, but you want to try to keep this a little more realistic.” … The coaches do a great job. I mean, to have assistants that are that good, to be able to talk players down like that, it’s fantastic.
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Ron Boone on Phil Johnson and Jerry Sloan: I played under Phil, and so I knew exactly, you know, what Jerry liked. I mean, what he wanted…Those two guys have been together for a long time.
** Craig Bolerjack on Grant Jerrett: Has an interesting shot, Ron. Kinda starts around the numbers, and then he cocks and fires.
** Boler on Jack Cooley picking up his fourth of 10 allowed fouls: Don’t forget, he’s got 10. He’s not even halfway there.
Booner: He’s not even halfway there, absolutely.
** Booner on Rudy Gobert: …see if he was a little chubby, but he was rock hard, and very, very proud of it…He had some ripples in it, that was for sure. And he was very proud of it.
P.S. Joe Ingles will be back with the Jazz, and the nickname “Slow Mo Joe” has made its way to the guys on the team:
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Celtics Blog.
About the Johnny “The Wad” Holmes era beginning. Utah has an interesting lineup also.
by Eric M VAN on Jul 6, 2015 | 4:38 PM
Chris is the better Johnson! I miss that guys hustle. JaJuan on the other hand was one of the few bad picks by Danny.
by GreenCeltics on Jul 6, 2015 | 8:57 PM
they’re actually in a pro gym
last year was what appeared to be a high school gym.
More cameras this year.
by spinetingler on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:12 PM
It was the Magic practice facility I believe. This is the Jazz’s arena.
by GreenCeltics on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:12 PM
Exum looks pretty chubby and out of shape, no?
by Stokes0 on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:21 PM
Seems out of gas already.
by craziness@analltimehigh on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:21 PM
Smart playing aggressive and confident
Not perfect ball but he looks like the best player on the court tonight.
by NYDan on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:28 PM
And Exum still looks like a bust
by Ghu55 on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:29 PM
Plus…we already know Young can shoot from his D-League exploits
I’m not really sure what Exum can do at an NBA level. He doesn’t even seem to be in good shape…
by Ghu55 on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:35 PM
Anybody watching NBATV?
The Jazz announcer just said Exum is just a “mouth-breather” and that makes him look fatigued when he’s really not.
Yep, the science checks out.
by Stokes0 on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:43 PM
Nice to see our offense clicking in the second period.
by mmmmm on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:57 PM
clicking like the sound of an empty revolver chamber
by spinetingler on Jul 6, 2015 | 9:57 PM
[Smart] was getting competitive with Exum
by Terrier Green on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:07 PM
Yeah, thought so too.
Exum, Hood and Johnson look very good. Exum has a little baby and summer fat but he’s young, it’ll go away.
by borikua79 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:13 PM
Man, these announcers are brutally Jazz biased
Exum took a horrible three and they were like “it looked good”
Give me a break
by Ghu55 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:15 PM
Yeah both are Utah tv/radio announcers I believe. At least the bias will go away after this game as we only play the Jazz once.
Unfortunately both are very uninformed. The NBATV Orlando announcers are much better IMO.
by GreenCeltics on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:17 PM
Couldn’t agree with you more
They are so uninformed on the Celtics players
by Ghu55 on Jul 6, 2015 | 11:00 PM
In fairness, we are the last people on the planet to be complaining about homerism from basketball announcers.
No Tommy, don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about
by Terrier Green on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:18 PM
on the whole, utah guys aren’t bad. Harpring is actually solid, although he’s not here for summer league.
by PickNRoll3332 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:23 PM
Motum driving and finishing…lol
he might have jumped at least 2 inches off the floor.
by P stoff on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:16 PM
Is this on tv? How are you all watching it?
by V-Mart Shopper on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:16 PM
via Russia and a strong anti-virus program
by spinetingler on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:18 PM
The Mouth Breather killing it,
by omitasub on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:21 PM
Pretty solid nickname I’d say
by Stokes0 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:22 PM
Nice coverage… how long you gonna interview the guy ..the whole 4th quarter?
by P stoff on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:44 PM
Did Burks just say “[Getting to the playoffs] would be great for the CITY of Utah”?
by Terrier Green on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:45 PM
Have you been to Utah? There’s just the one city..
The rest is purgatory.
by Stokes0 on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:46 PM
Cooley having a nice game for Utah
by NYDan on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Cooley is too big
by eddiefabricio.jacome on Jul 6, 2015 | 10:54 PM
I don’t want to even say that I wanted Hood when we took Young Because no one will believe me and no one will believe I would be saying anything if Hood wasn’t playing well. But I’ll say it anyway, I wanted Hood. I saw a lot more from him at Duke and like him a lot. I thought he was a safe pick who could atleast be a solid 3 and D guy with upside for more. Hood would be nice to have. Hood>>>Young. I still have hope for Young. It’s one summer league game. But show me something!!!
by Bbdub34 on Jul 6, 2015 | 11:09 PM
that game was horrible…
and one thing was clear again……WHERE IS OUR REBOUNDING CENTER?
OMG JUST GET A CENTER……JUST GET SOME GUY TO STAND IN THE MIDDLE…..for crying out loud…..REBOUNDS…BLOCKS…missing..please Ainge….
by Panathinaikos13 on Jul 6, 2015 | 11:09 PM
Overall encouraged by this game
The refs handed this one to Utah. It become increasingly clear, then just flat out obvious in the 4th.
by Andinero1 on Jul 6, 2015 | 11:31 PM
Still in need of a legit center
When Jack Cooley dominated the boards against you…
by Tradetime on Jul 7, 2015 | 12:18 AM
Which is more likely for the Jazz, signing a player or being on the receiving end of a salary dump trade?
I think, I’m not sure, because, look, there was a call today that I didn’t expect. And so, when could we line up things? When could we conceivably, if you will, put someone on our roster that’s a positional and/or skillset and/or fit into the culture, that, u–just a unique chemistry that our guys are gaining? …
Could there be a time where I put on the GM hat and recommend to Quin and ownership that they, this asset-accumulation deal, it’d be worth the roster spot; it’s worth the possible interruption to chemistry at a short level? It’s hard to say.
And then, again, there’s, there are free agents available that we wanna continue to look at at various price points, and, but again, to state the obvious somewhat, we really ne–are excited about this group. And even more so than the excitement, we’re eager to learn more going into next year.
“We tactically decided to stay out of the free agent wing market in a big way”
I had a conversation with Rodney Hood yesterday, and we tactically decided to stay out of the free agent wing market in a big way, if you will, for a couple of reasons:
Gordon [Hayward]’s improved level as a primary player. Alec Burn–Burks’ return back to health. He’s now free for contact, so he’ll take part in portions of our summer league training camp if he’s in town.
Rodney Hood’s ability just to make plays off the dribble, getting to a short pullup, finding guys. You know, he’s a 6-8, 6-9 2-guard in skillset, so.
Elijah Millsap’s unique defensive ability to blow up screens. And as Coach [Jerry] Sloan said — we were, we’ve talked a lot about Elijah relative to some other defensive wings, and Coach Sloan appropriately said this. It was r–just really well stated. He said, “Look, there’s guys that are defenders, and then there’s guys that scare people when they’re defending.” And that list is much smaller.
So Elijah’s an exceptional defender, but there’s also a force and a power and an energy and a mindset where you put him out there and say, “Sic him,” he does — we were, you know, per 100 possessions, we, when Elijah’s out there, we were plus-5…The returns were good. The d–returns were surprising, and we need to know more going forward.
What about the free agent point guard market?
Look, we’re looking all the way through, and want to have those conversations. Really, the higher tier of point guards have either gone off the board — they were gonna stay with their teams or they’re restricted free agents.
So, there’s always the issue of making a good offer. But if it’s a good offer, teams are smart. They’ll match. So, it wasn’t as predominant a thought just because of what was available there.
Was the Jazz’s defensive improvement last year simply due to Enes Kanter’s departure?
We were turn[ing] a corner before that, we — before we became unique defensively. We became average and above average. So, I wouldn’t wanna lay that all on Enes. Look, it’s a, it was a young group and early on, we didn’t have practice time that we had in training camp.
So you saw in the preseason, we were defending very well, and things fell apart temporarily just ’cause we couldn’t reinforce the habits, and our players hadn’t been here seven, eight, nine years like the Spurs were. “If they do this, we, here’s our response.” Our guys just hadn’t been in the league long enough, and more importantly, hadn’t been together.
And so, as we were — we just decided we’re gonna practice more. If we’re gonna be challenged from a win-loss record standpoint, we were really going to reinforce we’re a work program. And so, that started turning end of December into January.
And then Elijah joined the program, and Dante [Exum] started finding his defensive footing. Trey [Burke] made a big improvement, relative to pick and rolls and body position. We were still — Rodney was going in and out of the lineup, but we were starting to get him back.
And then, of course Rudy [Gobert]’s unique at the five, and he has that mindset where he’s going to really intimidate and clean things up and communicate. And you know, that’s just part of his DNA.
And then as we mentioned before, maybe none of it works unless Derrick Favors at 6-10 and 260 pounds with great length, isn’t really smart with the game plan [and] very instinctive. Good on mobile forwards out on the floor; great with his interior defense, especially as now a second shot blocker. And so, that tandem, to, it’s quite unique, and quite young, and we’re very proud of them. They’ve done everything that we’ve asked them to do.
On Dante Exum’s body (UDQM)
All I can tell you is, come out June* 6 and take a look at his body. I was giving him the business yesterday. I told him he was wearing an extra large toddler’s shirt, to stretch it over his body. So we think he found some muscles. (1280)
* July, probably.
On the Utah Jazz Summer League
I hated seeing, the league, really, a–for a time, as they went down to Las Vegas, they slowly kind of crept, or kept stealing teams from us, and it was frustrating. And Kevin O’Connor and myself worked very hard at trying to get the league to recognize what they had done wrong, and to work with us. …
[The NBA] came around, gave us support. Dennis [Lindsey], myself, worked hard with also teaming and kind of coordinating with [Vegas Summer League founder] Warren LeGarie and his group out of Las Vegas, and said, “Hey, we don’t want to take away from yours, but we wanted i–have a league as well.” And he was very supportive and we’ve been supportive of their league.* And we’ve been able to be, w–do a very strategic way of making this happen, and we’re really excited to have it back.
* The Utah Jazz, supporter of the Vegas Summer League since 2014.
On summer league ticket sales
We’ve already sold 4,000 seats for each night, and, plus, for the, for all three games. And we’ve also sold individual game night tickets. So, we’re right now sitting at well over 5,000 seats sold. Of course, we want to try to keep this in the lower bowl, but if we have over, remarkable response, we’ll also start opening up the upper bowl. But we want to fill the whole lower bowl. …
Three-day passes are sold out. But still, go online ’cause we’re selling, literally, specific game tickets and specific seats. So, when you buy your seat, it’s not, you just come in and hope to get a good seat. You can go in and pick out the seat where you want to sit.
How comfortable are the Jazz with standing pat in free agency?
I’ve had very good co–dialogue with Dennis, Quin [Snyder], Justin[ Zanik]. We feel very strong about the plan that we’ve put in place, of our deve–of our desire to really build through the draft, of really, then, taking our selections as well as players that we have on our roster and continuing the development process, and, that we have, and we also have, you know, of course, rights to some other, of our foreign players that we can look at.
And we feel like those tools and the plan that we’ve put in place is a very solid plan that we saw results that we, at the end of the season, of when it was meaning to us, and we want to continue on that path and we feel very comfortable that it’s the right path for us at this time. And of course, we’ll be judged from it, but we’re willing to stand up and believe in it, and move forward.
have been requests has been one request for translations. Given that there are PR talking points making the rounds in the front office (see: “Alec Burks is our best free agent”), here’s a translation for this bit in Dennis Lindsey’s words from the night of the draft:
I think it’s clear the template here is best. You build your base through the draft. I think that’s where it starts…And then augment through free agency, and then parley up in trade…If it’s no [free agents] as we sit today and our team is the same that we go into training camp with, we’re comfortable with that alternative as well. And that’s exciting to us…We’ll be judged if [internal development] is not [enough to get to the playoffs].
If you were to sign a free agent, what type of player and fit would it be?
One of the free agents that we think that we’ve already added to our team, which is going to be Alec Burks.* Alec has done a remarkable job during this time, when he’s had to strengthen, because of his injury, of his rehabbing. He’s worked very hard, though, in preparing himself and we’re excited about what he’s gonna bring, and the dimension he’s gonna bring.
We had Rodney Hood**, that had, you know, spurts during the off-season. He’s had, now, a full off-season to get healthy and strong, understand the NBA game. And we saw at the last of the season, his game was starting to blossom, and we think that that’s, that side can continue to also grow and develop. We’re looking for bigger things from him.
And of course, we had a rookie season from, also, Dante Exum***. And that’s an area I think we need to continue to improve on.
* Not a free agent
** Not a free agent
*** Not a free agent
Randy Rigby’s genie wish for…
Gordon Hayward: Continued development on, now, his offensive end, of finishing stronger in the fourth quarters.
Derrick Favors: Continued toughness and development of his offensive game, and continued hard work out on the floor, in preparation of being, continuing to step closer towards a Karl Malone-style of play out on the court.
Alec Burks: Alec Burks? Defensive toughness.
Dante Exum: I wish him to be two years older, quicker.
Trey Burke: Oh, did we do Tre–I was doing Al–did I, I thought we were on Al–you said Al–oh, sorry. Let me change that. I thought you said Trey Burke. We got a lot of Treys and Alecs and Burk(e)s and everything. Let me rephrase that. Trey Burke’s wish, for me, was t–defensive toughness. Was improved defensive toughness.
Alec Burks: Continued improvement on his off–his outside shooting at the 3-point line.
Dante Exum: I said I want him to be two years older, quicker. I really think his body needs to continue to grow. He needs that time for his body to continue to grow and develop.
Rodney Hood: Continued strengthening of his lower body.
Rudy Gobert: Keep on the path that he’s going…Don’t stop.
On Tibor Pleiss
Tibor was in town. Watched him working out last couple of days, and number one, he moves very well with the ball. I was very impressed with — character-wise, our type of player. Very positive personality. Open, teachable, hungry and hard-working. Great attitude, and I was really excited about that. I was excited to see his conversations that were having with our coaching staff and with the workouts that he did. I’m very optimistic and hopeful that we can possibly see Tibor involved with the organization.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines (UDQM)
** Randy Rigby on Gordon Monson’s absence: I figure with the three of us, we can easily handle Gordon’s spot.
** Spencer Checketts on Joe Ingles: He’s got a little dog in him, and I like that…He’s not afraid to open his mouth.
Rigby: And at the same time, he can also loosen up his teammates a little bit also. You know, take that tension off as well. (1280, KALL)
When his NBA career is over and if for some reason he can’t get a job with his philosophy, political science, law and business degrees, Quin Snyder can always join the circus.
Thanks to @andyblarsen for the audio.
On his evaluation of last season
I’ll go back after summer league and really dig in and watch, you know, not all of our games but a good chunk of them. And you know, I’ve got, you know, I do the old yellow pad thing. Left over from law school.
I’ve got a lotta notes from the course of the year that I used to coach the team, and some of them are literally a couple pages of notes for every game that I’ll review with ideas.
And over the course of the season, you keep a lotta stuff on video. And we’ll go back through all that and basically create a video playbook that we’ll get a chance to evaluate and look at.
You know, there’s a lotta preparation work that could be done during the summer, but I, I’m, I’ve been focused on the draft and then I’m gonna go through summer league and take a deep breath and clear my head before I dive into that.
On the Jazz’s new hires
This past year, I really wanted to just take inventory of what everybody’s strengths were. You know, we, the idea of, you know, development coaches versus coaches’ bench behind them, that to me, those were, I wanted a flat organization. Those things just, I don’t like those categories. …
I’d like to focus more on what guys’ strengths are, and me, as the manager, try to play to those strengths. …
In Zach [Guthrie]’s case, Zach’s had, you know, he had experience with me way back in Austin when he was going to school at Texas and then worked in San Antonio for [Mike] Bud[enholzer] for two years, and then built the video room in Orlando.
So we, we’re in the process of overhauling what we’ve done with video. A lot of that’s happened already. It just hasn’t, we haven’t, it hasn’t been codified. You know, we’re creating those systems.
And I think in Zach’s case, he’s got a very good basketball mind. So, some of what he’s gonna be doing is, you know, literally basketball strategy — how to attack defenses and various things like that; research for me, in addition to his video responsibilities. Kinda grafting in, you know, different ways we can use technology too.
So, those things, in addition to — you know, I want all my guys to be on the court and have a chance to touch players, and work with them. I think it helps them in all different aspects. So, I have a lotta confidence in Zach’s kind of acumen for the game.
** Quin Snyder on summer workouts, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine: You don’t want to sit on these guys too much in the summer. They need their space.
On Quin Snyder
We have a very dynamic coach that I think it’s clear that NBA players believe in and gravitate towards. …
The beauty of [Quin Snyder] and his staff is, is the grass isn’t greener. In some ways, I wish, you know, he would come in my office and demand this player, but he’s been great.
And so, when we have people calling us for Dante Exum, you know, Quin has stopped that. Quin’s like, “I believe in him. I believe in his makeup. I believe in his insights.” …
We have a real asset in Quin that he’s not gonna put a guy in a box and leave him there. You know, they’re gonna have to play within certain roles and concepts that the team and Quin define, but he’s also growing their games. And so, you can see that in several ways.
On the coaches working with players during the summer
It’s very dynamic. It’s very teaching-oriented. And here, when you wanna emphasize player development, you gotta create an environment. And if it’s hard work to the point where it’s obnoxious, the players will just go away. So the coaches have to have a little feel. There has to be a little give and take…
And as long as the players feel like they’re being well taken care of here and well taught, it’s not [necessary] for them to go out and hire a personal coach. They have the resources here. So, that’s the environment we’ve tried to create.
We wanted to have several workouts. We wanted to have a mini-camp, because we want our gym to feel alive when our players are here as well.
On on-court proprioceptory* consequences
There are movements and patterns that if you study — if you have the video, if you have the data, if you have the coaching expertise to then apply what you see and replicate — you can create a unique deal.
And one of the things that we have — it was really a three-year job interview that Quin had with me in Austin and San Antonio. We saw that every day. It was just a really unique, deeper dive towards footwork and towards balance. And so, it also capitalized on some of the technology that we’ve added to the building. It’s right in the same genre that, our work towards P3.
And so, and what we’re trying to do — one of the reasons why we hired Jeff Watkinson is [the] coordination of all those efforts of medical services from an athletic training standpoint, from a strength and conditioning standpoint — which was Wat’s primary background — and then skill and development.
And so, to help coordinate that and make sure it’s well communicated, and that we’re doing not too little, not too much. The right, and pardon the pun here, the right balance for those things. So, I think over time, maybe not instantly, but over time, it’ll provide us with an advantage relative to the league.
* A word I just made up
How much did advanced metrics play into the draft process?
Yeah, we believe in it. We believe in the data…Those efforts are a big piece of the puzzle.
But, look, there’s scouting opinion. There’s coaching opinion. There’s medical. There’s our athletic testing. There’s the opinion of the workout and the skills that they have. And then there’s the math.
And really, if you’re doing it well, you want to create an environment where all of those departments are working together, and there’s not a domineering personality in the department that can squash opinion.
And that’s the neat thing about what we’re trying to create here, is a real open environment where everybody can feel free to share their opinion.
And you have to work on that, just ’cause the whole analytic front, you know, is relatively new compared to some of the more traditional scouting, and we have to systematically make sure that they have a voice, and I think we do a decent job [of that]. And it was a big part of our process.
** Dennis Lindsey on the coaches working with players during the summer, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine: I wish I could open it up and show you guys.
On Trey Lyles and proprioception
One of the things that we’re doing a good job of [technology-wise] is testing for proprioception, which is just a fancy word for balance. And it’s a very important trait, but it’s something that we’re not good at with the naked eye of saying, “He’s got good balance and he doesn’t.” You know, the guys that tip all over, you’ll say he’s got good balance and the guys that can change — but it’s somewhat arbitrary.
We’ve moved past some of that arbitrary tracking to a very fine, acute system. And Trey was literally the best player that we brought in. We brought in over 100 guys in proprioception, so body control — when you watch him play, it made sense when we were doing our testing.
Rudy Gobert, longer and better than ever
[Through joint mobility and upper thoracic mobility work], Rudy’s standing reach, because his posture’s better and his joint mobility’s better from some of his work here and Santa Barbara, he now doesn’t touch 9’7. He touches 9’9. So, when he was in last week, he was telling me that, and I don’t know if he was expecting a raise or not.
Status update on Ante Tomic, Raul Neto, and Tibor Pleiss
So Raul is, finished his season in the ACB. He’s currently preparing for the Brazilian national team. He will be someone that we take a long look at, and have conversations with here real soon. We’ll see where the nature of those conversations lead us.
Ante did re-sign with Barcelona, and we’re happy for him. We’ll see what that means, from — we’re still getting in the details of the contract. It was just recently done [and it’s for] two or three years, so he’d be 30, 31 by the time he can become available to us. So, we’ll continue to track him…
We also have the rights to Tibor Pleiss. We will be having several conversations with Tibor and his agents here quickly. And we’re excited to take a look at him up close. We want to get him to Salt Lake. We want to get him out to P3. And it’s always good when you have another 7-foot-2, long center in your camp.
And so, we’re very excited about Tibor. His ability to move, set screens, roll, quickly get the ball up to the rim and finish is superior. He can really shoot the ball from the perimeter, and he was an–he did it more at his previous club than he did in Barcelona this past season. And he’s an excellent free throw shooter. He’s an 88 percent free throw shooter. So, we think we could have some very interesting conversations with Tibor here in the next few days and weeks.
On the Jazz’s recent personnel moves
Brian Zettler’s been here a long time, and he’s waited his turn and he’s learned under Gary [Briggs]. And so, when you can have those internal promotions, those are the best conversations to have. And that’s really what we’re trying to do with the staff, is — I realize I’m not gonna be here forever, and we need to be in a spot when that times comes, that there’s natural successors here.
And so, we’re trying to have our, from our interns all the way up, have rich experience, and be part of real diligence, real conversations. So, and many of the guys, there won’t be opportunity here, but they can then move on. So, that’s part of our plan and process. It’s the way it’s been in programs I’ve been before, and it’s always good to be able to help someone out.
And then, there are times when you need to go to market and hire guys. And with [new manager of basketball strategy/technology] Zach Guthrie, Quin [Snyder] and I had great corporate knowledge of him because he started with us in Austin and San Antonio, and went to Orlando with Jacque [Vaughn]. And we knew that he was a great kid and a very good worker, and he’s smart and he will help our program out in a big way.
[New assistant coach/integrated player development] Jeff Watkinson is a very uniquely talented basketball man. We somewhat designed a position that is unique relative to the league. We felt like not just us, but you know, the league in general has holes, and Jeff was able to cover up those holes for us with having skillsets in various disciplines. So, Jeff is already, he was already very helpful in the draft process…
We have a few more things coming that I can’t comment right now.