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"Jamaal and Josh were not only model citizens but good examples of someone who got a second chance and performed pretty well," O’Connor said.
Will they return next season?
"You never commit to anything because you’re always trying to improve your team," O’Connor said. "But they didn’t do anything to prevent them from coming back, let’s put it that way."
Said Tinsley: "I would love to come back. ... Good fans. Great organization. Good players that like each other. Just a classy organization. That’s what I wanted to be a part of."
Watson still on crutches
Earl Watson, who remains on crutches because of late-season knee surgery, plans to attend the Orlando Summer League.
"They probably won’t let me play, but I’ll start working out," Watson said. "Right now, it’s one step at a time. My first step is to learn how to walk. That’s big for me — to walk. I’ve been on crutches for a month. I’ve been like a gymnast — constantly helping myself up."
The Jazz earned $194,016 of the NBA’s $13 million playoff pool for reaching the first round against San Antonio. If Utah’s portion was divided into 15 shares, each would be worth $12,934.
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