"So the first couple of days, he'll be around the young guys that's doing well to see how those guys work and talk about their experiences, where they can build relationships and learn from each other what kind of work it takes to be successful in this league."
R.J. IS ON THE REBOUND: After struggling through a forgettable season last year with Golden State and getting traded to Utah during the offseason, Jazz forward Richard Jefferson has enjoyed a career resurgence this season.
The 6-foot-7, 13-year NBA veteran battled through injuries and averaged just 3.1 points and 10 minutes a game last season with the Warriors. Indeed, it looked like his days in the league might be numbered.
But this season, he has started all 50 games for Utah — the only Jazz player to do so — and is averaging 10.1 points and 3 rebounds a game.
What's more, Jefferson currently ranks tied for eighth in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 42.9 percent, and has had 11 games when he's hit at least three shots from beyond the arc.
"I think just being healthy, that was the key," said Jefferson. "Last year, I know people thought I was going to retire and all this and that, I was pretty much done. But last year I was injured. I tore my calf early in the year and I think that's what set off my back not being right.
"As my career has progressed and I've become a little bit less athletic, my 3-point shooting is something that I've definitely focused on, learning from the veterans around me when I was a young kid that having a 3-point shot will make it more difficult to guard you day in and day out."
MARSHALL PLAN: The last time the Jazz faced the Lakers, Kendall Marshall — making his first start for Los Angeles — finished with 20 points and 15 assists in the Lakers' 110-99 win at the Staples Center.
The 6-foot-4 point guard, who formerly spent some time with the Development League's Bakersfield Jam with which the Jazz are now affiliated, is currently shooting 49.4 percent from 3-point range. That would lead the league by a considerable margin, but he has not had enough attempts yet to qualify.
"He's a capable player and we've got to make sure we don't underestimate him," Corbin said. "He's very good on the pick-and-roll. He made some 3-point shots against us — he made one out by the hash mark there — but he's playing very well for them.
"He got a breath of fresh air here and another opportunity in L.A. and he's making the most of it. So we've gotta make sure we keep him out of the lane area and not let him pick us apart on the pick-and-roll."
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