Opposing Views: Interview with Jazz Play-by-Play Announcer David Locke

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Before the Phoenix hosts Utah on Friday night, Suns beat writer Matt Petersen caught up with Jazz play-by-play man David Locke. The long-time announcer talked about both teams' respective youth movements, the early progress of NBA big men like Enes Kanter and Alex Len, and the reaction to former Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek getting a job as a head coach in Phoenix.

On the difference between the youth movements of Phoenix and Utah:

“It’s a little different than the situation I think than you guys were in. We had these guys on the team for a while. There’s been this branding toward having the young guys play. A lot of fans have been calling for that for two or three years and now they finally get it.”

On the progress of Jazz big men Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors:

“What’s interesting is Enes has played very little basketball and ironically he’s further ahead. He just has a natural understanding. He learned a lot from Al Jefferson. He has fabulous footwork but he lacks the athleticism. You’ll see he won’t get over the rim very often off of natural plays. He’ll use his body and his size.”

“Favors is the opposite. The hand of God came down and gave Derrick a tremendous gift. He’s trying to figure out how to corral that. It’s almost as though he has too much talent.”

On how critical early-career learning and health is to big men like Alex Len and Enes Kanter:

“Any time big guys miss any time at all, it’s very detrimental for them. It really sets them back because so much of what they’re doing is building tiny lego building blocks. When they get hurt and have to miss time, then you have to tear down the entire lego and start over. It's really that incremental.”

On his reaction to Jeff Hornacek being hired as an NBA head coach:

“I don’t think you can be anything but happy for Jeff Hornacek. I think he’s truly one of the better people you’ll ever meet. One of the most enjoyable nights I ever had was in Denver, Colorado, when he was telling stories of his old softball days with his dad and his brothers. That is kind of who Jeff Hornacek is.”

“It was so obvious that this guy was going to be a head coach in the league that he doesn’t need the resume. Every now and then you’ve got a guy that comes up your corporate structure that you look at and say, ‘that guy is going to be a CEO.’ He jumps people on the list.”