SALT LAKE CITY — Offense has a headstart at Utah Jazz training camp.
"I think offensively we're a little ahead of defensively right now," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said Thursday.
"But that's to be expected because we kept a lot of things the same (on offense) and tweaked some of it. The defensive stuff is coming around."
Adjusting to pushing opponents' offenses to the baseline — thus forcing the ball out of the paint — has taken some getting used to for Jazz players not used to that philosophy.
"They're a little less hesitant to make the extra rotation because in the past we may have helped some and now it's a rotation," Corbin said. "It's just an adjustment mentally that they have to get past, and I think we're getting better at it every day."
Power forward Paul Millsap, entering his sixth season, admitted it's a work in progress after focusing on bringing offenses into the middle in the past.
"It's working out for us. It looks good," Millsap said. "I've still got to think about it. Right now, it's a thinking process, but when game time comes up it's got to be second nature."
Corbin continues to be pleased by the production, unity and adaptability of his players in practice.
"The most intriguing thing is how the guys are sticking together and they're really trying to communicate on the defensive end to get better defensively," he said. "The effort's been great so far, and we're looking forward to that to continue."
Email: email@example.com Twitter: DJJazzyJody