Joe Ingles becomes philosopher on the ever-growing NBA talent pool
Plus: Eric Paschall’s strange “injury”, Mike Conley’s “backing music”, coffee time with Boris Diaw and Jordan Clarkson’s moonlighting for Uber.
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After training earlier this week, Jazz PBP radio man David Locke asked Joe Ingles if there was more talent in the NBA now than when he arrived in 2014. Joe leaned on. on his experience playing in Australia, Spain and Israel to give a thoughtful answer to how lucky American basketball fans are to be inundated with so many outstanding players.
“I was a little fish in a big pond at the time. I probably didn’t really get much of it, ”said Ingles. “When I first came in I was playing against Kobe and that older era that was kind of starting to retire. I mean, there are a lot of good players every year in this league, obviously; there are some very good young children who have been going through this for the past two years. As to whether it’s better, I don’t know. You probably have a statistic on that.
An injury report with … a facial infection?
I tweet reports about Jazz’s injuries all the time, but I do admit that seeing people like “Eric Paschall – QUESTIONABLE (Facial Infection)” was new to me.
Naturally, after seeing EP play against the Nuggets with a little bandage on his face, we had to ask him what had happened.
“I’m like all of you – I don’t know,” he said. “I thought I had a pimple the other day, and I think it just got infected. i just had a bump [on my face], then all of a sudden I wake up and my eye is swollen, my whole face is swollen. I’m fine, I’m fine.
A first assessment of the new strengths
New interpretations of the NBA’s point-of-emphasis rules in which referees have tried not to reward players who create unnatural contact in search of free throws have been a hot topic in the league so far. . Mike Conley said players are already seeing a trickle down effect and wondering how long these calls will last:
“The emphasis on the ball carrier can’t jump into a defender, they leave that [created contact] drag. But it seems like they let a lot of other things slide too, and play and get more physical. I’m okay with that as long as it’s gonna be consistent. If this is just how we play, this is how we are going to play. But we’re just trying to figure out what will really be called for the rest of the year, and sort of dictate our games based on that.
“… Always when there is a new emphasis on the rule, they certainly pay more attention to it early on and they let things go a little bit more, or they make that decision more, whatever they try.” to underline. So I also try to learn: do I have the right to do this or that? Or is it a fault as opposed to that? I’m trying to find the line that I can sort of step over it or not. So if I find myself in that position in a game, I’m not complaining about not having committed a fault.
Divide road trips
Someone asked me on Twitter the other day how Andy Larsen and I decide who goes on which road trips, because the Tribune has two beat makers. It’s not as easy as alternating each trip. First of all, with 41 away games in the regular season, we have a 21/20 split as a first principle. Also, if there is a multi-game trip, one person takes it all.
Then we indicate the places we hope for, and then we negotiate. For example, I try to get to all arenas in the NBA, so the trip from December 5 to 11 was high on my list, as it will go through two stops for me (Philadelphia and DC). I also requested the sprawling January 3-10 trip as it includes one of my favorite cities to visit (Toronto) and will technically allow me to reach completion status with a January 5 visit to the Indiana. (This status will have an asterisk, though, as I visited the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for an NHL game, but not an NBA game. And Andy is covering the Nets game this season.)
After that, you just need to fill in the blanks to make the math work, while somehow trying to alternate so that no one spends most of a whole month on planes and in hotels. Road burnout is a reality. Either way, our setup is pretty ideal and incredibly fun.
JC… on the hustle and bustle as a carpooling driver?
Since we’re talking about travel, a funny little story. I had just returned from Sacramento last weekend and was waiting for Ms. TribJazz to pick me up from the airport. A matte black Rolls Royce with a purple hood ornament stood up a few yards from me to pick someone up, and none other than Jordan Clarkson came out on the driver’s side.
When I saw him two days later in training, I jokingly asked him why he hadn’t driven me. And, bless his heart, he laughed and replied, “I didn’t know it was you, man!”