Oakland, Calif. • Ty Corbin hasn’t tipped his hand all through training camp. He didn’t offer a hint at Monday’s shootaround in downtown San Francisco, either.
But the Utah Jazz’s preseason opener at Golden State may offer some insight into the battle at power forward and, more grandly, the Jazz’s near-term plans for the position depending on whether Paul Millsap or Derrick Favors starts.
Corbin is drawing the suspense out as long as he can. However, the Jazz coach cautioned that preseason decisions shouldn’t be viewed with much finality.
“We’re going to look at different guys,” he said. “We’ll start a way tonight but that don’t mean that’s the way we’ll start [the rest of the year]. We’re looking at guys and see what combinations all exhibition season give us the best chance to win.
The Jazz went through their final preparations Monday at the downtown Olympic Club before crossing the San Francisco Bay to play the Warriors at 8:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena.
“My message to the guys,” Corbin said, “is, ‘Look, don’t worry about starting, just be ready to play when you play.’”
At least one of the players affected seemed to be following the advice.
“I don’t think about it,” Millsap said. “My goal is to get out there and play basketball whenever I’m called and my job is to get better. I’ll leave that up to Coach.”
While veterans Mo Williams and Al Jefferson sat out Saturday’s public scrimmage, both practiced Sunday and were at Monday’s shootaround. Corbin said the Jazz are expected to be at full strength for the game. That means the Jazz are likely to get a good look at what this current compilation of players will look like. With the additions of Mo Williams and Marvin Williams, the Jazz are likely to showcase a more fluid, athletic brand of basketball.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to run a lot more,” Gordon Hayward said. “Pick the ball up and get in the open court. We’ve got a lot of new guys so hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”