Mr. Instant Energy Ronnie Price dressed but did not play for the second game in a row Monday night.
While I didn’t get a chance to chat with him after the game, I find something that he said at Monday morning’s shootaround regarding the rotation and distribution of playing time all the more interesting now.
“The guys who are playing well should be on the floor,” said the backup guard, who’s still nursing a left, big toe injury that’s kept him out of action for a month. “If we’re winning games, that’s the way it should be. The key is to win games, that’s it.”
Price continued, saying that it’s the coaches’ job to “make the right decision” on figuring out the PT and that it’s the players’ job “to play when our name gets called.”
“Everyone’s priority here – none should be worried about playing time if we’re winning,” he said.
Hindsight is 20-20, they say, but it makes you wonder what might have happened Monday had the Jazz coaches stayed with the regular rotation that helped them beat the Spurs, Magic and Lakers.
It is tricky, though, because the coaches have to integrate Kyle Korver, Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles and Price back into the rotation somehow. They’re just too good to sit.
But what expense will it cost to play them when rookie Wesley Matthews and others have been playing so well?
You have to like Price’s attitude that the best players – the ones helping the team win – should be the ones on the court.
Don’t know if I’m the only one, but I was kinda hoping to see Price – a player who competes with fire in his eyes at times – get a few minutes to see what he could do against Minnesota in the 110-108 loss.
His time, no doubt, will come.