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Tinsley isn't complaining about role with the Jazz

I talked to Jazz veteran Jamaal Tinsley briefly before Thursday morning's practice.

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

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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



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