SALT LAKE CITY — As it turns out, Alec Burks will have to have surgery on his broken left fibula, an injury he sustained in Saturday night’s game with the Los Angeles Clippers, after all.
After the injury was announced Sunday, the Jazz said no surgery would be required and that is still the case. However, Burks will undergo surgery on Tuesday to potentially speed up the healing process.
A top Jazz source addressed the issue after Monday night’s game with Philadelphia, saying, “Alec has chosen to have the surgery because it will potentially allow him to come back at an earlier date. The surgery will allow him to be weight-bearing after two weeks.’’
The timeline is uncertain, but the Jazz source said it will likely be after the All-Star break, approximately two months before Burks will be able to return.
Earlier coach Quin Snyder said the Jazz aren’t going to go out and do anything drastic with all the injured players out.
“I don’t think adjusting the starting lineup or signing someone from the D-League or any of those things is the answer,’’ said coach Quin Snyder. “It could help and I’m not saying we wouldn’t do it. But there’s no singular move that all of a sudden says Wow! We’ve got to figure it out now.’’
CRUISY JOE: Philadelphia coach Brett Brown got to know Joe Ingles well when he was the coach of the Australian national men’s team from 2009 to 2012. He had plenty of good things to say about Ingles before Monday’s game and how he’s improved, particularly on the defensive end.
“There was an aloofness to Joe, a cruisy side of Joe when I first coached him,’’ Brown said. “I would get on him hard and . . . I would remind him of what could be if he devoted his whole mentality to guarding. So in the London Olympic Games, I would always give him the toughest assignments and he turned from somebody very cruisy and aloof to somebody who hardened up and took pride in his defense."
Brown sounded like he wouldn’t mind having Ingles on his team.
“I think he is a gifted passer, he’s every bit of 6-9, he’s got a wingspan that makes him even bigger — he’s a classic small-ball four-man who can step out and hit a three,’’ he said. “I’ve known him for many, many years and I think Utah’s very lucky to have him and he’s a great teammate amongst it all.’’
HELP FROM MIKE: When the 76ers hired Mike D’Antoni as an assistant coach last week, a lot of people figured new special advisor Jerry Colangelo was bringing him in to eventually replace third-year coach Brett Brown.
That could still happen, but Brown says he doesn’t feel threatened by D’Antoni and, in fact, welcomes him to join him on the bench.
“To be able to sit next to Mike . . . I would pay to go to listen to him at a clinic,’’ said Brown. “Now I get the privilege of sitting next to him on an NBA bench, in meetings and so on. I want to learn as much as I can from him. He’s a gifted offensive coach and changed the league in many ways.’’
D’Antoni, who was the head coach in the NBA for 12 years at Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles, may already be paying dividends as the Sixers defeated the Suns 111-104 Saturday night.
JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz head out Tuesday for a game at Minnesota Wednesday and return back home for games Thursday against Portland and Saturday against Memphis . . . The Jazz have won six straight against the 76ers. The Jazz haven’t lost to Philly at home since 2005 . . . Trevor Booker and Philadelphia’s Jerami Grant both received technical fouls in the third quarter . . . Jazz coach Quin Snyder spent a season as a Sixers assistant in 2010-11.