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Utah Jazz: The meaning behind meaningful minutes

Published: Wednesday, April 11 2012 11:37 a.m. MDT

Our take: 1320's David Locke talks about the meaning behind the amount of minutes the Jazz players play. Read the full article on KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY -- Meaningful minutes was the mantra for Jazz Senior VP of Basketball Operations Kevin O'Connor and Head Coach Tyrone Corbin. As the Jazz embarked on the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season the questions about the young players, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter were continual. How would they be worked in? How will they develop? How much time will they get?

The answers from O'Connor and Corbin were consistent, "We hope they will earn meaningful minutes." Two words should be highlighted, earn and meaningful.

The Jazz were not interested in giving minutes to the young players simply for the sake of giving them time this year. They wanted those minutes earned and they wanted the franchise to play to win. They want a playoff team. They wanted earned meaningful minutes.

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