Jazz news: In a summer that has been filled by news about championship aspiring teams forming superstar tandems, the Utah Jazz have managed to become one of the best teams on paper by making the right moves.
The team has acquired Mike Conley Jr., Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green, and Emmanuel Mudiay during the offseason. And while the Jazz may not look imposing on paper, a lot of fans and media experts have already dubbed them as one of the favorites to win the title next season.
However, Jazz head coach Quin Snyder isn’t ready to ride the bandwagon just yet. In an interview with Sam Amick of the Athletic, he said that Utah will won’t be thinking too much about their status as a championship contender, as they plan to be patient about all the adjustments that they need to make this upcoming season.
“Well, I think our players are enthusiastic about the opportunity. I think our focus, with a new mix, it’s going to be important for us to learn about each other, to begin to know each other collectively and how guys interact and how they play. And then from our standpoint as a staff, it’s what level do you want to adapt, and what areas? How can you maximize what we now have?”
Of course, the Jazz wants to win, and the offseason moves they’ve made just put them in a great position to do just that. Snyder just wants everyone on the team, players and staff, to have a better understanding of what they are trying to accomplish.
“I think we have a group that, I think, knows the importance of that and understands that can be a strength of ours and working towards that. As far as expectations and whatever the end goal is, certainly you want to win, you know? And I think we’re a team that is going to learn how to win with this group, (but) win at what level?
The Jazz have been a really good team over the past couple of years, and although their playoff runs have been relatively short, they haven’t been discouraged. Snyder said that the team’s identity and playing style won’t change despite the arrival of new players, but he also understands that it will take time before everyone gets used to playing with each other.
And right now that’s where they want to focus their attention to.
“For us, we want to maximize. I guess that’s the (goal), just to max out what we have and see where that takes us.”
The Jazz are a championship contender alright.
A patient one.
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