Utah Jazz: Coach Tyrone Corbin not announcing starters yet

Published: Saturday, Dec. 17 2011 11:00 p.m. MST

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — It's the question du jour in Jazzland, but Tyrone Corbin is in no hurry to announce starters.

The second-year Jazz coach still wants all 18 players in camp to play like they have a shot to start.

"There's no sense of urgency to get the lineup set," Corbin said. "The sense of urgency is to get the guys familiar with each other on the floor and to be able to play with different lineups."

To that point, Corbin said he might switch lineups this season to take advantage of his team's depth and versatility.

"Different nights and match-ups may dictate that we start differently," Corbin said. "We may want to force the action sometimes and start a different way just to see what we get from different guys."

Corbin's biggest emphasis is having players focus on preparation rather than worrying about starters or rotations. Jazz combinations will be worked out "on the run" because of a shortened camp and only two preseason games instead of eight.

"The message has been and will be the same," he said, "we expect you to be ready to play."

SITTING OUT: Neither Al Jefferson (sore left hamstring) nor Paul Millsap (sore right quad) played in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage for precautionary purposes.

Jefferson said his hammy had a "little tweak," but no big deal.

"I could've went tonight," he said, "but better safe than sorry. ... No (reason) to be a hero tonight."

And Millsap's injury?

"What injury?" he asked, slightly smiling. "It's a little sore. I wouldn't consider it an injury."

The durable power forward said he'll "probably" play in Monday's preseason opener in Portland.

"We're trying to get ready for a season," he said, "so you don't want to take any risk out there."

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: Corbin is banking on Josh Howard's signing to have a positive effect on the two guys who've been battling for small forward minutes in camp, Gordon Hayward and C.J. Miles.

"I think they'll respond to it very well," Corbin said. "He's a good guy and a competitor. They're good guys and they're competitors. We want everybody to compete."

Hayward and Miles also have the advantage of being familiar with the Jazz system.

"He's behind the guys a little bit," Corbin said. "He's got to catch up and learn the plays."

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