Utah Jazz: 5 questions with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin (5 items)
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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1 of 5. Q: WHAT WERE SOME POSITIVES YOU TOOK FROM THE PRESEASON?
2 of 5. Q: WHAT WERE SOME NEGATIVES TO THE PRESEASON?
3 of 5. Q: HOW IS THE INJURY SITUATION HEADING INTO THE SEASON?
“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.”
4 of 5. Q: HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO CUT PLAYERS?
“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.”
5 of 5. Q: HOW IMPRESSIVE IS THE PROGRESS OF ROOKIE CENTER RUDY GOBERT?
“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.”