Utah Jazz: Trey Burke sits out, learns from bench
Orlando, Fla. • Late last week, Tyrone Corbin promised prized rookie Trey Burke would play at the Orlando Pro Summer League as long as he could stand.
Three games in, he sat.
The former Michigan star was held out of the Jazz's 98-69 win over the Brooklyn Nets, a move assistant coach Sidney Lowe said was to rest Burke and allow him to observe from a new perspective.
Burke struggled in his first two games, averaging 9.5 points on 6-of-27 shooting. The Jazz acquired the 20-year-old in a draft-day trade from Minnesota, which picked Burke ninth before swapping him for the 14th and 21st picks.
He couldn't remember the last time he sat out a game, but Burke said he understood the coaches' decision.
"I knew it wasn't a punishment," he said. "It was just that they wanted me to rest, recover for tomorrow, learn from the bench."
The Jazz play Indiana Thursday at 9 a.m. MT. The game can be seen on NBA TV.
Burke spent the entire game next to assistant coach Brad Jones, who intently instructed the rookie throughout.
"First thing," Lowe said, "was the pace of the game. We want him to push the ball a little more, use his speed get the ball up the floor. He's been accustomed to kind of at his pace at Michigan and running pick and rolls and that nature, so with our offense we want to get the ball up the floor."
Lowe said that watching from the sideline allowed Burke to see the game unfold without being in the middle of the action and better understand the timing of plays.
"I'm still trying to get adjusted," Burke said. "Still trying to get comfortable to the whole offense, the defense, the terminology as well. It's different from college, now playing for the Jazz. I think I'm doing a good job of picking things up, I think the coaches are doing a good job of letting me play through mistakes and teaching."
In a rare twist, the Jazz's 30-point blowout win was most compelling in the final seconds.
The Orlando Pro Summer League added this year a tournament format, in which each game counts for a certain number of points, which go to whichever team wins the game and each quarter. By the fourth on Wednesday, the Jazz had won each of the first three quarters, but with 1:20 left had outscored the Nets just 16-15 in the quarter.
And while most blowouts lose their zip pretty early, this one held meaning down to the buzzer and, in fact, beyond it.
With 11.9 seconds left, Brooklyn's Carleton Scott made a 3-pointer to tie the quarter at 20 points apiece even though it was still a 96-69 game. The Jazz came the other way and after Dionte Christmas missed a jumper, Jeff Brooks won the loose ball and put it back with six-tenths of a second left to once again give the Jazz the edge.
Then, the lights went out. No kidding.
After referees consulted with coaches from both sides, the game was completed in a gym illuminated only by natural sunlight. Scott received the inbounds pass and shot a 3 just after the buzzer. It went in, of course.
The Jazz ended up with all seven points available. Tournament points determine matchups for Friday's games.
Gobert faces surgery
Rookie center Rudy Gobert is expected to undergo minor surgery on a toe to remove an ingrown nail.
French newspaper L'Equipe first reported that Gobert will have surgery following the week in Orlando. It's unclear how much time he would miss, but all indications are the 7-foot-1 center will be healthy well before training camp begins in October.
Gobert will not participate with the French national team at the European Basketball Championship.