Foye, raised by his grandmother, continued: "I didn't have parents. I struggled. It was tough for me. But at the end of the day, I always had blind faith and understanding that if I did what I'm supposed to do, if I work hard, that I would ultimately be in the position where I would be able to be successful, and that's something that I've tried to pass along to them."
On another note, Foye has a rare medical condition called situs inversus. When he was 10, it was discovered after 10 days of being hospitalized that his organs, including his heart, are all on the opposite side of his body from the vast majority people. He joked that it was like finding out he was an alien when that condition was first discovered.
But after some bouts of bronchitis as a kid, Foye functions normally despite the abnormal condition.
"Everything is just flipped," he said. "It's just working in the opposite direction."
On the court, Foye comes in as an experienced combo guard, having played both the point and shooting guard, giving the Jazz yet another veteran ballhandler along with Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson. But he played mostly shooting guard (his preference) while filling in for Chauncey Billups and helping the Clippers make it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Interestingly, Foye will be one of a half-dozen Jazz players whose contract is up at the end of the season. That group includes his former teammates, Al Jefferson and Mo Williams, along with Paul Millsap and Earl Watson. (Raja Bell's deal ends after the 2012-13 season, but it isn't likely he'll be in Utah.)
"You can't really think about that. You have to play basketball," Foye said when asked how all of those expiring contracts might affect the team. "If you play basketball and you play the right way and the team wins, everything else (will) take care of itself."
Foye admitted the Jazz have work to do to improve outside of Utah — where he believes Corbin's club enjoys an altitude advantage. But he is optimistic about the Jazz's playoff chances in part because of the talent — he mentioned Big Al, Mo Williams, Hayward, Burks and Millsap — and also because "this team competes." He admired that from afar at the end of the 2011-12 season when the Jazz just kept plugging along toward a postseason return.
"This team continued to fight and that's something that I watched," Foye said. "That's' something that I'm a part of because I'm a fighter."
Foye held up a No. 21 jersey with his name on the back at Thursday's introductory press conference, but he said that number might change before the season starts. He's been wearing No. 4, but he acknowledged that won't be possible in Utah because it was retired in honor of Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley.
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