Utah Jazz: Kevin O'Connor gives 'State of the Jazz' address
Did they both throw the ball away in the overtime the first two possessions (of overtime)? Absolutely, but we wouldn't have been in that position if they hadn't have played crazy to get us to that position.
Q: Corbin is obviously in a tough spot this season. Are you evaluating how he's doing coaching now or giving him a pass until next year?
KOC: Everybody's going to be questioned. Again, if those two shots didn't go in (for the Hornets and Wizards), we wouldn't be sitting here talking about it maybe as much. But what you've got to understand is he's going to be questioned because he's a young coach.
The second reason he's going to be questioned is he's following a coach who was here for 23 years and was successful. All of those things he knew going into it. That's why we felt he was the right person for the job. That's why we felt that everybody outside of the organization needed to understand that's why we gave him a contract, because going forward we feel he's the right guy for the job and going on from there.
One of the funny things is if Coach Sloan had done it and played the young kids (people) would have said, 'That's great. Jerry stuck with the young kids and did that and whatever happened he was in there with them.' But now you're questioning it because it's somebody else that's the coach. You (media) should be doing that. That's your job and your responsibility, but let me say this, our responsibility is to support our coach, which we do.
Q: Do you see any problems with Corbin and Jefferson?
KOC: No. I don't see anything. Look, there are always going to be dust-ups and (when we) have issues we'll try to keep them as internal as possible. I really don't (see it). I'm around it enough to say. Look, do you get upset with each other at times? Do you get upset with your boss? You don't want to answer that, do you? (Laughs) Ask me your question again. You see any problems with Al then? No comment. (More laughs).
Q: Jefferson didn't talk to the media after Monday's loss. Do you have a problem with him (or other players) not talking to media after games?
KOC: I do. And that will be addressed. Here's what I've got a problem with — we're professionals, we've got to do the right thing whether we win or lose. If that's the situation and that's occurred, I can understand being upset and giving a one-word answer. But (not talking) that's not who we are. That's not what we'll continue to do. He'll address the press afterwards, as far as that goes. You've got a job to do. We've got a job to do. Players have a job to do and we'll make sure that all of our jobs are done and done professionally.
Q: Do you like Jimmer?
KOC: No comment, but I'm not allowed to (by NBA rules).
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