Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Some random bits and blurbs from the Utah Jazz's locker cleanout:
Al Jefferson on Derrick Favors' potential: "He feel like he can just jump over and dunk over everybody. Once he learn how to play the game, it's going to be trouble. I hope I'm his teammate for the rest of my career."
Earl Watson on the Raja Bell vs. Tyrone Corbin issue: "This is a tough business, and for me, I have enough on my plate with knee surgery and trying to get healthy. I'm more concerned about how do I get my daughter to Disneyland. She keeps bugging me. She's like, 'Basketball season's over Dada. You told me you were going to take me to Disneyland.' "
Big Al on Corbin's criticized communication skills: "Me personally, I think Ty did a wonderful job. The position he was put in, for a short season, short training camp with a young team, he got us here. I think he communicated well. I think that's one of the things that stand out to me for Ty because he's not afraid to come out and say what's on his mind."
Bell on having regrets: "None whatsoever. I don't live my life with regrets, brother. You make decisions. They either work out or they don't. You learn from them and you move on. After (Corbin and I) had an altercation, they (Jazz) started to play a lot better. Maybe I needed to be out of the mix and maybe I helped this team by removing myself from the mix and having him remove me from the mix."
Alec Burks on the pink backpack he had to wear his rookie season: "I'm going to light it up on the Fourth of July."
Paul Millsap on his summer plans: "Resting first, try to shake a little bit of this knick-knacks off that was caused by this compressed season. It's not always all work for me. I'm a fun guy. I've got fun people around me. I'm going to have fun but also get my work done."
Corbin on possibly consulting with Jerry Sloan this summer: "I think he had a good amount of time off, so it's time for him to do something. I'd like to call and talk to him. … He wanted time away from it and I didn't want to pull him back by putting my problems and my concerns on him. He's had some time now and I think it's time to make a few more calls to him. … I think he'd be a great asset for whatever position or area he wanted to work with us. I'd love to have him around."
Enes Kanter on his now-famous speech/mic drop before the Phoenix game: "We (teammates) talked before that and they said, 'If you do that, you're not going to be a rookie anymore.' So I was like, 'All right.' We worked on it before the game and after the game I told them, 'I'm not a rookie anymore, right?' (They said), 'No, you're still a rookie. We just lied to you.' I'm like, 'No, I'm not.' So when I was taking a shower (after the game), they put cold water on me with ice and everything (and told me), 'No. You're a rookie.' "
Millsap on his upcoming contract year: "I'm hoping to stay here forever."
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