With eight unrestricted free agents this offseason headlined by Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, Ty Corbin acknowledges the upcoming process is affecting Utah Jazz players and their slide out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings.
"It may have a little something to do with where we are," Corbin said. "We canít do anything about it. Weíve got to play our way through it, that stuff we canít do anything about until itís time to do something about it."
Along with Jefferson and Millsap, Mo Williams, DeMarre Carroll, Randy Foye, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley all will be seeking new contracts.
"All that stuff could come into play," Corbin said. "Iíve been a free agent before. Youíve got a lot of things that come into play now."
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They better not bring this guy back after this great quote and his crowning of the Spurs as the next champs after game 3 last year! Rather he feels this way or not he is their supposed leader and he needs to exude confidence. It's ridiculous that they have revolved their offense around him the past 2 + years.
Al Jefferson has been the focal point of the Jazz offense since his arrival in 2010. There is no surprise when the Jazz pound the ball to the center on the left block. That part of the court is his workshop, where he toils and tinkers, finding new ways to frustrate competent, professional big men into looking foolish.
Jefferson took 23 shots on Wednesday. His role in the Jazz offense is not diminished. But is it changing?
That was the sense given by both Mo Williams and Paul Millsap following the Jazz's 103-88 win over the Phoenix Suns. Jefferson finished with 25 points on 12-of-23 shooting, and he scored six of the team's first 10 points to start the game. However, both Williams and Millsap said the Jazz have changed the offensive philosophy at beginnings of games, which could explain the fast starts in Monday's win over Philadelphia and Wednesday.
Both nights, the Jazz made their first six shots.
"I think we got a little carried away with just coming down, starting the game, just throwing it down to Al, letting him work." Millsap said. "It made it too tough on him, made it too tough on everybody else. It's basically just getting everybody moving, moving the basketball around."
Millsap said the Jazz's focus needs to be "getting different options."
Every Jazz starter had scored by the 5:57 mark of the first quarter when Mo Williams made an 18-foot jumper. At the end of the first, the Jazz led 34-23 and had shot 69.6 percent from the floor.
Here's Mo Williams' explanation of what the Jazz are doing:
"I think we're coming out and we're running different stuff than we usually run. More and more pick and roll situations. We're going to eventually go to Al ó a lot. I think it's better when we come out and we get some pick and rolls, which we have, and kind of getting Gordon going early, getting him in motion, getting some ball movement. Getting bodies moving, instead of just coming in and going to Al. The perimeter first shots or the jump shots, those are tough."
Better late than never. Hope it's not too late. Still need to replace Foye with Burks in the starting line-up. Deron was the focal point until he was traded though not Al.
There was a bit of confusion on the play when Kanter was injured. Head trainer Gary Briggs immediately started to lead Kanter to the locker room but Tyrone Corbin and Briggs had a conversation first. Corbin said later that he wanted to make sure Briggs believed Kanter's injury was serious enough to keep him out of the game. Per NBA rules, if he left the game without jumping, he would not be eligible to return.
The shoulder looked ugly after the injury, with a clear protrusion.
"It looked like it was out a little bit," Corbin said. "I've thrown my shoulder out before and popped it back in, so looks can be deceiving at times. But he's a 20 year old kid, so it's his first time."
Maybe? Spurs are definitely the last team they want to play. Only one game was a blowout last year though. They might get one at home? Question will be is at what point will Jefferson crown the Spurs the next champs?
The parade of NBA teams officials continues in Greece, as Giannis Adetocunbo seems to be one of the hottest NBA prospects in Europe. A representative of Utah Jazz was present in the junior league game of the 18 years old Philathlitikos player against Panathinaikos on Monday, 1st of April, and on Wednesday, 3rd of April, Adetocunbo will be playing with the senior team in front of a well known NBA figure. Danny Ainge, the president of Boston Celtics, together with assistant general manager Ryan McDonough will travel to the Greek city of Volos (327 klm north of Athens) in order to see the road game of Philathlitikos against the local team named Niki for the second division. A win for Filathlitikos will be a big step towards the Greek first division, itís an important match up and an important person will be among the crowd. EuroHoops.net