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"Getting stronger, my legs and all my body. Getting stronger, quicker. … You got to be tough, especially me. I’m a center."
The rookie will go back to France to train, then return to U.S. at the end of May to go to P3 in Santa Barbara. He’ll participate in the Jazz’s summer league schedule in July.
Gobert finished the season strong with eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes last night in Minnesota. Waiting for his turn to play has been difficult.
"Just sitting on the bench, keep working and waiting for time, that was the hardest part," he said.
— Aaron Falk
Hayward cites ‘mental fatigue’ in Jazz collapse
The Jazz’s 2013-14 season can be split into three distinct phases — the 1-14 start, the 20-22 middle and the 4-21 finish, even with counting Wednesday’s double-overtime win at Minnesota.
Explanations? The start is partly attributable to injuries to rookie guard Trey Burke and veteran forward Marvin Williams. That makes the stretch in the middle a function of health, in addition to a softer schedule. The team’s struggles in the closing portion had to do with facing more playoff-bound opponents in the Western Conference. Clearly, though, the team hit some kind of wall around March 1.
Gordon Hayward cited "mental fatigue" as the cause, besides giving credit to the other teams.
"A lot of guys haven’t been in this role for this many minutes for this many games," Hayward said, citing in-game lapses that continually hurt the Jazz.
— Kurt Kragthorpe
Corbin dismisses questions about his future
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin dismissed questions about his future Thursday, when the team held its annual end-of-the-season meetings at EnergySolutions Arena.
"We’ll sit down in the future," Corbin said, when asked if he has met with general manager Dennis Lindsey. "We’ve got to talk to the guys [today]. We’ll have a schedule going forward."
Asked if he felt he would be offered a new contract for next season and beyond, Corbin said, "I always feel I’m going to be where I am."
On Thursday morning, The Salt Lake Tribune learned that Corbin’s future could be decided by this weekend.
The Jazz finished 25-57 this season, which began with a gutting of the roster and commitment to playing Utah’s young foundation — a group that includes Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and rookie point guard Trey Burke.
"Anything can happen in this league," Corbin said. "I’ve been in it a long time. You want to have a fair shake and you want the best opportunity to win.
"The organization just decided to go in a different direction from the guys we had before. I knew it would be difficult. No way when you change the roster like we did it is good for the coaching staff, especially in the last year of your contract."Next Page >
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