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Interview — Jazz's Devin Harris on first child, NBA lockout, playoff return, improved Al Jefferson

Transcript of an interview Monday with Jazz guard Devin Harris.

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Harris on his offseason: It's been good. It's been a pretty normal offseason for the first part, I guess. It's a little a bit different not being back to work and all, but it's been pretty quiet and a pretty normal for myself.

Having a baby: Everything was perfect. Everything went really well. … It's been pretty cool to know this little person is so dependent on you. She's been great, she's been a really good baby. She didn't give mom too many problems coming out. It was always good. It's pretty cool waking up and seeing her everyday.

Ramping up workouts: I've been ramped up since July, which is my normal workout routine. I go two-a-days everyday, usually five days a week. Lifting and conditioning in the mornings. Working in the afternoon with some five-on-five work.

Who's training him: Normally I work out in Chicago at Tim Grover's. But obviously the baby situation, I had to be here a lot more. So he just sent me one of his guys here, and I work with him along with my other trainer who's based in Dallas, and that's pretty much the bulk of my fitness team.

Any NBA players involved in workouts: That's the tough part. I spent a little bit of time at SMU with those guys. And actually the team D-League team up in Frisco, they've been playing some pickup games at the gym that I shoot at, so I've been playing with those guys as well.

Pushing himself: I know what I need to work on and where I need to be. You would like to play against NBA talent, but you've got to make the best of the situation.

Specifically working on: Yeah, I've been working a lot on my jumpshot. Pullups, 15 to 18 feet and the standstill 3. Just trying to shoot for a better percentage and knock it down at a higher pace.

Keeping in touch with Jazz teammates: I spent a little time with Al working out in Santa Barbara … and Gordon, Jeremy, as well as Favors. That was the beginning part of the summer. Actually I just saw Al about two weeks ago.

Jefferson working hard: Oh, Al's been doing a tremendous job. I know he's been to Santa Barbara since May. I've gone through the workouts with him, so I know extensively how hard he's working and I think people will be really surprised when we get back to work to see how good of shape he's in and the weight that he's dropped.

The lockout: It's affected everybody. … We know what we feel is fair as a union, and we to stay unified and wait til we get to that point. Negotiations are negotiations and they're never easy, never pretty and they can get ugly. We just have to stand pat and do what we think is right.

Hearing a deal is near: I haven't heard anything as far as we're closer.

Unique offseason: It's been weird. I made sure I talked to [Kevin O'Connor and Tyrone Corbin] actually the day before the lockout, so we kind of got on the same page of what's expected. Depending on how things [develop] we know what we're supposed to do. … We saw a lot of those guys before the lockout started, so I think everybody will be on the same page. It's just been a little weird for the extent of our time to not be able to talk to those guys or just be back there working all together.

Getting together with teammates: I think we will shortly; just trying to gauge — I think everybody's kind of bouncing around right now with different stuff that's going on. C.J.'s normally in New York around this time, Gordon and Alec are definitely in Indiana; and I think Jeremy's bouncing around somewhere in the South — I don't know exactly where. … He bounces around a lot.

Trade rumors during 2011 NBA Draft: You've got no control over it. Teams are going to do what they think is best and … you put it behind you, move forward. I've been there lots of times the past couple years. I've been traded, been not traded. So you come to work and do what you're expected to do and things will take care of itself.

Excited to play a full season with Jazz: Yeah, I am excited. I'm excited for the talent that we have, about the new guys that are coming in, and just having a chance to really gel and put it together. Obviously we ended last year with kind of a disappointment, knowing Jazz fans are normally rooting for a team that's going to the playoffs. That's what the history has shown, of us making the playoffs and being a playoff team. We didn't meet those expectations last year so we'll try it to get the chance to meet those this year.

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz



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