No player at EnergySolutions Arena at last Saturday's scrimmage received a louder cheer than rookie point guard Trey Burke.
Unfortunately, it came before the game started.
After going 1-for-19 from behind the arc in summer league, Burke did little during the scrimmage to show fans that his shooting woes were simply a fluke. His coach, however, said the biggest thing Burke needs to do right now is calm down.
"He has to relax," Ty Corbin said. "We've got to get him to relax. He has a lot of pressure on him and that's from wherever the pressure comes. … He has to go out and relax and just be the player he is every day in practice."
In the confines of the Jazz practice facility, Burke has impressed. Third-year center Enes Kanter said the rookie has quickly learned the team's offense.
"Trey is just making everybody's job easy because he's such a good leader on the court," Kanter said.
Burke will have a chance to show off some of that ability in public. The Michigan standout will start tonight against the Golden State Warriors.
"A lot of people doubt me, but that's how it is," Burke said. "Everybody gets doubted when you come into the league as a rookie. As a top 10 pick, you know there's expectations. I'm just going to go out there and not worry about it, not worry about the pressure, just go out there and play my game and let it come to me."
— Aaron Falk
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