SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin’s team only has a few days remaining to put the final touches on this rebuilding squad before its official debut Wednesday at home against Oklahoma City. The following are five questions from Deseret News sports writer Jody Genessy and other reporters who had a Q-and-A with Corbin the day after the Jazz finished their 1-7 preseason.
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A: “The way the guys (were) paying attention to what we’re trying to change, especially on the defensive end. The communication has to get better. The rotations have to be quicker. Our hands have to be more active. The guys have to be more individually better and (work) more as a cohesive team, so that we can make stops (and get) three, four, five stops in a row. As our offense tries to catch up to where our defense is, we have to be able to contain and stop guys from scoring on us.”
A: “Execution — execution on the offensive end. (We need) a sense of urgency getting the ball down the floor to get us more time in our offensive sets. The accountability on everybody’s part to do the right thing every play, make the right pass, make a hard cut, set the good screen, move the ball and move your body, so that we can become better as a team where we may not be as good right now individually.”
A: “The way it is right now it’s looking like we’ll start with 11 healthy bodies. Trey (Burke, finger surgery) will be out for weeks to come. Jeremy (Evans, rotator cuff) will be out for a few more weeks. (Marvin Williams, Achilles, and Brandon Rush, knee, are also out indefinitely.)
“Those four guys more than likely won’t be available for us Wednesday, so we’ve got 11 bodies and we have to make sure that we’ve got everybody ready to go and up to speed.
“You have to make adjustments and you want to have as many weapons as you can. … It’s going to be some juggling here, but we’ll organize and look at things and see what gives us the best chance.”
A: “Cutting the guys, it’s a difficult thing. It’s always tough to do. You’re derailing some guys’ dream right now. Hopefully, we don’t kill anybody’s dream and they continue to work on what they need to work on to get better and get an opportunity.
“As I said before, we really appreciate all the guys coming in. They worked their butts off to deserve to stay here up until this point and time of the exhibition season. Where we are with injuries to these guys, the guys that we kept around fit better for where we are now.
“There’s no right way to do it (cut players). The message is the message. You’re making a change and you’re letting a guy go. It’s a difficult part of the business.”
A: “To his (credit), he’s done a good job of listening to everything, It’s been a lot of stuff thrown at him in a short amount of time, He’s now starting to figure out how to understand what we’ve thrown at him and now how to implement it on the floor in the games and in practice. The more reps he can get in, the better off he will be at it. He’s making great strides for us, so we’re happy to see him continue to progress. …
“He’s always demonstrated that he’s a tremendous worker. He’s continued to do that. He’s putting the time in. He had a little setback when he got hurt. (But) he studied; he watched when he was not on the floor, and now it’s starting to show. He’s starting to not have to think as much about every little thing. He’s getting to his spots where now he can play. It’s good to see him make those strides right now.”