CHARLOTTE — Former Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Stars coach Bill Sharman is credited with starting the modern “shootaround” where NBA teams meet the morning of their game night for about 45 minutes to practice lightly and go over the gameplan for the game in the evening.
Some have joked that the real reason for morning shootarounds is to make sure players get out of bed in the morning, but for whatever the reason, day-of-the-game shootarounds have become the standard in the NBA.
Most teams, including the Utah Jazz, hold shootarounds on a regular basis. However, coach Quin Snyder didn’t have a shootaround before any of the first three games of this four-game road trip and there isn't one scheduled Friday either. To Snyder, it's not a big deal that they've held fewer shootarounds this season.
“The thing about the NBA season is that there are a lot of variables, whether it be rest, flights, back-to-backs,” Snyder explained. “We had a couple of days off so we were able to practice really hard (Tuesday). So to have a shootaround for the sake of having a shootaround — I thought we were better off getting some rest.”
Snyder said one of the main reasons for fewer shootarounds is because his medical staff has advised the coaches to rest players' legs sometimes after a hard day, to keep them healthier. So the Jazz, after hard practices Tuesday and Thursday, opted not to have shootarounds.
Snyder also said that the Jazz sometimes hold shootarounds without actually shooting baskets.
“There are different ways to prepare for a game,” he said Wednesday. “We had a shootaround (today) — it just happened to be in a hotel ballroom. We didn’t do a lot of shooting, but we had a lot of preparation.”
PRAISE FOR QUIN: After his team’s second defeat to Utah this season and fifth in a row over the past three seasons, Wizards star John Wall had high praise for Snyder.
“Whatever their coach says or what their game plan is, they kind of stick with it and live with it,” he said. “They try to bait you into what they want instead of what you get. They’re just a team that is well-coached, a good defensive team.”
JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz are at the halfway point of the schedule at 17-24, eight games worse than last year when they were 25-16. The Jazz have been 17-24 at the halfway point just twice before in their 44-year history, in 1977-78 and 1982-83 . . . Just when the Jazz thought they might get a break in the schedule, they are faced with four games in six nights next week. Fortunately for them, three are at home, as they play Indiana at Vivint Arena Monday night, New York Friday and the L.A. Clippers Saturday. In between they must fly to Sacramento for a game Wednesday night . . . The Jazz were outshot (52.6-46.7 percent) and outrebounded (45-39) in Wednesday's win but came up with 15 steals, second most this season, as Washington had 23 turnovers to just 12 for Utah.