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Interview: Jazz's Price discusses Jefferson, team chemistry

Published September 20, 2010 7:31 pm

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Transcript of a media interview conducted with the Utah Jazz guard Ronnie Price during the Dodge Barrage charity dodgeball tournament Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

On newly acquired center Al Jefferson:As far as a teammate and the upcoming season goes, we can't be happier to have him. We're happy to have him. He's a great addition, and we're going to be a much better ball club with him. We're just excited to get into training camp to start molding together. There's a lot of expectations, of course. But I think everything's going to work out for the best. On Jefferson picking up the scoring Utah lost with the departure of Carlos Boozer:He's always been a 20-10 guy. So, I don't think that will be an issue at all. Actually, in our system, he'll actually be able to succeed more. Minnesota, he didn't have a Deron Williams-caliber point guard. He didn't have a team that moves the ball as well as our team does. So, he'll have easier looks. His job will be a lot easier, and the load's not going to be all on his back. He'll be able to score and help us out in a lot of ways. On the team's chemistry heading into training camp:I mean, look at all the guys that are here. That just kind of shows you a lot about the way the organization gets guys; it says a lot about our team. We've been playing pick-up games in the morning — we played this morning before dodgeball even started. Great turnout. And, man, we're just really excited to get this season on the way and start seeing how good we really are. — Brian T. Smith

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