2011-12 Media Day Questions
By Matt Sanchez - UtahJazz.com
The jerseys were clean, the haircuts were fresh and the sneakers still had that new-shoe smell. Media day occurred this past Friday evening, with training camp set to commence as soon as the cameras stopped rolling. It was the calm before the storm, or as rookie Alec Burks put it, "Everyone's smiling right now, but it's about to get real up in here."
As the Jazz prepare for this compressed season, questions about the team abound.
We turned to some of our fans to help us out with some of the team's most pressing matters.
Adam G. from Facebook: "Is Memo coming back 100% healthy? And, if so, where does he fit with this team now?
A: "I am completely healthy and everything is good to go," Mehmet Okur said. "This off-season I was able to work hard and play at a high level in a professional league back in Turkey. If I'm starting or coming off the bench, five minutes or 30 minutes, I will do my best and do whatever the team needs."
@Jprebb4 from Twitter: I want to know if the Jazz will be running the same Jerry Sloan offense or if (Coach) Corbin has implemented his own.
A: "The foundation of what Coach Sloan did will still be my foundation," Tyrone Corbin said. "The responsibility he put on each guy to come in and work and be solid. He was a total professional and he expected that from his players. I'll be putting in some new things in the offense and defensive schemes. We're going to run, push the ball but we'll be structured."
@Buddahfan from Twitter: For Enes (Kanter)- What do you think will be your biggest challenge in adapting to the NBA?
A: "The speed and the size of the players," Kanter said. "This whole league is the best players in the world, so I just need to work hard, learn and I'll adapt."
@kurtadison fromTwitter: What advantages do the Jazz have with the compressed season?
A: "Our depth and mix of veterans and young players is a great advantage," Derrick Favors said. "During back-to-backs, or back-to-back-to-backs, when the vets get tired, us young guys can come in and take the load off and they'll be there for leadership and to keep teaching us the game."
A: "We have big-guy galore on this team," Devin Harris said. "We are going to cause a lot of teams problems with the size and depth we have."
Cameron C. from Facebook: Who is the leader of this team?
A: "I'm one of three guys that will be the leader of this team with Devin (Harris) and Paul (Millsap)," said Al Jefferson. "We have to be accountable and step up and take responsibility on and off the court-make sure we're doing what we're supposed to. Great leaders have to be able to dish it and take it and I'm good with that," he said.
A: C.J. Miles added, "Leadership will be a collective effort on the team. I've been here a long time and there's definitely responsibility on me to step up," he said.
A: "I assume the role of leader and guys look up to me, being a veteran," said Paul Millsap. "You have to lead by example and that's what I'll do."
Mark J. from Facebook: What will be the biggest challenge with so many games in a short period of time?
A: "The wear and tear on our bodies," Gordon Hayward said. "It'll come down to a lot of recovery and nutrition and those teams that take care of their bodies the best will be ready to play night in and night out."
This Jazz team may be an enigma to some, if not most. One thing is for sure: they're going to work, they're going to compete and they're going to leave it all on the court.
"We're definitely a playoff team," said Jeremy Evans. "We have talent and depth and if we do what we're capable of, we're going to surprise a lot of people."