Quin Snyder revealed a phrase with the media today that his players will hear time and time again this season: “obvious unselfishness.”
“The biggest thing I have asked from them is to be unselfish—to have obvious unselfishness, to have it resonate with people that have watched us practice,” Snyder said.
Each of the last two days have had great examples of “obvious unselfishness.” Yesterday in the 4-on-4 setting, Derrick Favors took a pass off the pick-and-roll on the right side of the lane. Favors caught it in traffic in the lane and rather than forcing the shot, he immediately moved the pass to the corner for a wide open 3-pointer. For Snyder, that is “obvious unselfishness.”
Today, the Jazz were playing a high-intensity 5-on-5 where the defense must get three straight stops. The defense accomplished this on a missed three attempt by Rodney Hood, but Snyder was ecstatic about the play Enes Kanter had just made.
Kanter caught the ball on the left block and started a move to the middle. However, the space evaporated. Kanter, who had only eight assists as a rookie and averaged 0.9 per game last year, fired the ball to the top of the key to Hood for a wide-open look. It was “obvious unselfishness.”
Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today the topics include Day 1 of training camp, why transition defense is that important, and the NBA 5.
The morning session of Day 1 was focused entirely on defense and, more specifically, transition defense. Snyder says he doesn’t want to sacrifice the offensive rebounding of both Kanter and Favors, but if you don’t get back in transition you don’t get to play any other kind of defense.
Enes Kanter shared that the pace of the practice was intense. There was no slowing down for nearly the entire two hours.
Danté Exum says that he got yelled at in his first NBA practice. Coach Snyder also said that he and Rodney Hood both showed some rookie flashes.
Rodney Hood was surprised that they ran sprints. “I didn’t think they did that in the NBA.” However, Hood said it only happened when someone didn’t pay attention to details.
According to Quin Snyder, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors played like two players who the team was going to rely on—on both ends of the floor.
Carrick Felix injured his left shoulder in practice and will be further examined.
Brock Motum and Jack Cooley have both found ways to be effective basketball players without great athletic skills.
Jerry Sloan, Phil Johnson and Michigan head coach John Beilein were among those in attendance.
Today was officially Day 1 for the players, but for Quin Snyder and his coaching staff it represented several months of work coming to fruition.
From the moment Snyder took over as the Utah Jazz head coach, his staff has been working tirelessly to be prepared for today’s practice and the rest of training camp.
“We have worked at it pretty hard. I felt it was important for our staff to really, really have a strong command of what we want to teach and what I want to see,” Snyder said. “The level of intensity and the juice you bring into the gym, that to me is hugely important for our players to feel that when we start. To have a really clear picture of how we want to do things allows [the coaches] to be passionate in teaching it. If you are little gray then it is hard to be as demanding.”
The “clear picture of how we want to do things” started with a multi-day coaching retreat in which the staff dissected every aspect of the game and how they would teach it. The retreat included team-building moments, but was dominated by endless hours of basketball coaching philosophy.
From there the group spent hours debating and the ins and outs of how they would teach. The went from the meeting rooms down to the hardwood, breaking down the tiniest details of spacing, pick angles and more.
Most recently, Snyder had his coaches prepare scouting reports for FIBA teams and take the other coaches through a film session and a shootaround for this “practice” scouting report. Snyder says the details got down to what to capitalize and what to boldface in your reports.
This work came to fruition today as Snyder and his staff ran the players through a briskly paced practice that incorporated somewhere from 15 to 20 stations.
Universally, the players were impressed. All of them mentioned the quick pace when speaking to the media after their practice had ended. The words “details,” “pace,” and “intention” were used consistently as the players described the coaches’ approach to the first practice of training camp.
Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he debuts the NBA 5 and then digs into Quin Snyder’s preparation and shares his reaction to Media Day.
Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke sits down with Steve Novak, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Dahntay Jones, Jeremy Evans, Alec Burks, Ian Clark, Jack Cooley, Brock Motum, Trevor Booker and Carrick Felix.