Re: 2013 Fall camp/Pre-Season!
The new-look Utah Jazz are counting on a breakout season by Gordon Hayward.
So far, so good.
According to coach Tyrone Corbin, Hayward has gotten off to good start during the first three days of training camp.
"His maturity, his body, his mental state," Corbin said Thursday morning. "… I think he understands what he’s getting ready to face. The experiences he’s had the last couple of years is really starting to show."
With veterans like Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Randy Foye and Mo Williams no longer in the locker room, Hayward is apparently taking his role as a team leader to heart.
"… He’s more open with his teammates," Corbin said. "He’s starting to talk to them more. He’s starting to lead them more with his voice. He’ll raise his voice a little bit to let them know what he’s thinking *— what he sees on the court. And it’s always to help the team get better."
Hayward says he’s worked on improving his speed and quickness. He weighed 220 pounds at the start of camp, although he expects to be down to 215 by the time the season begins.
"I wanted to make sure I came in faster than I was last year," Hayward said. "… In basketball you want to be as fast as you can out there, so I tried to do that during the offseason."