SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Remember when Derrick Favors was supposed to be one of the cornerstones of the Utah Jazz franchise?
Well, Favors has missed a total of 52 games the last 2 years because of injuries, but he says he’s finally back to where he wants to be.
“This is the healthiest I have been in a year and a half,” Favors said. “Last year was very difficult for me and everybody involved, my teammates and coaching staff because I knew they were depending on me. But physically, I just couldn’t do it.”
It was obvious Favors wasn’t himself last season. He struggled through 50 games, averaing 9.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. But this summer, Favors has worked hard to be the explosive post player he once was.
“I got my body back in shape,” Favors said. “I worked on my leg muscles to strengthen my knee muscles. I just put in a lot of work to make sure my body is back to where I want it to be.”
Alec Burks’ career has been riddled with injuries virtually his entire career with the Jazz. Over the last two years, he’s missed a total of 91 games. So he’s hoping this the year he can stay on the floor.
“This summer I felt like I was where I was before I got hurt,” Burks said. “That December day, two years ago, I felt like that. More explosive and more like myself because as you could tell last year, I wasn’t myself.”
With Gordon Hayward in Boston, the Jazz are really counting on Burks to provide a spark off the bench.
“I came in the league as a scorer,” Burks said. “I’ve been doing that, besides the years I’ve been hurt. So, I think I can help the team, but there’s going to be a lot of people picking it up.”