The news of Utah Jazz rookie point guard Trey Burke’s broken right index finger dealt a blow to the team’s backcourt, but the University of Michigan product will resume his lessons in NBA point guard methodology on the bench. Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey sees time on the pine as a learning opportunity for the ninth overall pick in the 2013 Draft.
“We’ll try to make lemonade and try to turn this period that he’s out with injury into a positive,” said Lindsey. “I think it will give Trey a chance to sit with coaches and reflect on what it means to be a Jazz point guard.”
Burke follows a lineage of point guards in Jazz history that include Hall of Famer John Stockton and former Jazz point guard Deron Williams. Utah hopes Burke will become that next great floor general to assume the mantle, but his injury comes at an unfortunate time as the 2013-14 season will soon get underway.
Burke jammed the finger during a 106-74 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last Saturday. He is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks, which should keep him sidelined through November and possibly December.
“We’re going to miss him on the floor,” said Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin. “But we can do some different things to try to keep getting him up to speed.”
That, of course, will include building Burke’s NBA basketball IQ. Keen observation from the bench will give Burke the opportunity to absorb knowledge and hopefully apply it once he’s ready to resume basketball activities on the court.