Alec Burks RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:202 lbs. / 91.7 kg.
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:202 lbs. / 91.7 kg.
But, clearly, internal development remains Lindsey’s biggest focus. “Our best free agent, I’ve said this before, is Alec Burks,” the general manager says of the shooting guard’s return from injury. Asked about the need for improved shooting, Lindsey again points to internal development, saying, “I wish I could show you the work that Rodney Hood has put in.”
On account of the Jazz’s youth, Snyder says they remain a moving target as it pertains to what must be added. They need more perimeter shooting, but then, nobody’s ready to shut an eye to what Hood and Exum might become, or what a healthy Alec Burks might add to the mix. “We’re capable of shooting the ball better with the guys we’ve got,” Snyder says. “We’ll get better offensively as guys get more comfortable with each other. … We have so many young variables. I think there’s really a sense that we don’t need to jump the gun and say, ‘we need this, we need this,’ we’re just going to try to be patient, and that’s really how we went about last year. We’re in this thing for sustainability. Sometimes, that requires more patience. We’ve got committed guys.”
Q: What changed over the last couple of weeks? Dennis Lindsey: “Just over time we got more information. As you guys know, it was no secret, Alec was wearing a pad and has a previous history. As we went through more pre-hab, practices, games, I think we got more and more information and the reality of the situation, I think, hit Alec as well. … Just that running conversation as much as anything.” Q: Can you tell us more about the injury? All we’ve been tad is that it’s a shoulder injury? Dennis Lindsey: “Yeah. I’m a layman, so I really can’t. I’ll let the medical experts. We’re bound by HIPAA on what exactly we can share. It’s a fairly common shoulder injury in contact athletes, and we’re very confident that he’ll come back 100 percent given the history of this type of injury”
Q: Did the team know about his shoulder issues when you worked out his four-year, $42-million contract extension? Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey: “Yeah. We knew because we knew about it during the draft. This is an inure that predated Alec and the Utah Jazz. … Really, I think as much as anything, the reason why he was so durable is a credit to Alec, [trainer Gary Briggs and strength coach Mark McKown] and all the pre-hab.”
Tony Jones: Quin Snyder on Alec burks: “We’re losing a big piece of what we do. It’s not easy but best thing for him to get healthy. He’s been getting better but it’s in his longterm best interest to get it fixed right away”
“Alec’s long-term health has been our top priority throughout this process, and although it is unfortunate that we will be without his services on the court the rest of this season, we commend Alec’s commitment and continued effort to play through considerable pain to this point,” said Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “After continued consultation with our medical staff, Alec and his representation, we have unanimously agreed that it would be most prudent for Alec to have this procedure performed now in order to ensure that he will be healthy and ready for the start of next season.”
The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks, who has missed the last two games with a left shoulder injury: After examination by the Utah Jazz medical staff it has been decided that Alec Burks will undergo a surgical repair on his injured left shoulder. The procedure will be performed by Jazz head orthopaedic team physician, Dr. Travis Maak, on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the University of Utah.
Jody Genessy: Jazz SG Alec Burks did not participate in shootaround because of ongoing issues with his left shoulder. He is doubtful tonight vs. Philly.
Tony Jones: Burks: I’m thankful that the diagnosis came out positive. It makes you appreciate things. I just want to try and take things day by day. I want to make sure my shoulder is rehabbed
Burks has met recently with specialists in Cleveland and New York. Burks, 23, re-aggravated the injury following a hard foul by Denver’s Arron Afflalo in Monday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. The NBA fined Afflalo $15,000 for striking Burks out of the air on a breakaway. The Jazz have turned to rookie Rodney Hood as the starting shooting guard in the absence of Burks.
Burks has been dealing with an inflamed left shoulder since the preseason, but the consensus of four specialists is that an aggressive rehab program can restore the strength in his shoulder for him to return to the lineup in December.