Tinsley isn't complaining about role with the Jazz
Published: January 6, 2012 12:25AM
Updated: January 6, 2012 12:27AM
Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah's Jamaal Tinsley holds his hands in the air claiming he didn't tip the ball out of bounds during second half action of the Utah Jazz versus Portland Trail Blazers game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday, December 21, 2011. The refs agreed with him reversing their original call after watching a video replay.
I talked to Jazz veteran Jamaal Tinsley briefly before Thursday morning's practice.

In his first significant stretch of the season, Tinsley played well during Utah's 85-73 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday night:


Question: Are you O.K. with your current role on the Jazz, which is the No. 3 point guard behind Devin Harris and Earl Watson?

Tinsley: "I can't complain. It's a job and Utah gave me an opportunity to be a part of a good organization and get back in the NBA. So whatever minutes they need me to play, I'll make the best out of it."

Question: How much fun was it to play a noticeable role in the Jazz's victory over the Bucks?

Tinsley: "It's always fun to be in an NBA game, especially in the clutch when a team is trying to push back and the coach believes in. ... Being around for awhile, my job is to make sure we don't lose a lead and try to keep everybody together -- basically be a general out there."

Question: After the game, coach Tyrone Corbin was extremely complimentary about the way you have stayed in shape and fit into a new environment with the Jazz. Your reaction?

Tinsley: "You can't always control everything. You can't control what people say about you. But you can always control taking care of your body and being ready when you are called."

-- Steve Luhm