Sloan will have to integrate some new faces: Rookies Quincy Lewis and Torraye Braggs will get looks at the forward spots. With Anderson gone, Bryon Russell will be asked to upgrade his offensive game and play both shooting guard and small forward. Citing recent championship teams, Hornacek believes that a shortened rotation might be a blessing in disguise, and he is willing to log as many minutes as needed.
"[Team owner] Larry Miller asked me once, 'How long do you want to play?' " Hornacek says. "I told him, 'Probably until we no longer have a chance of winning it.' Every year I believe we have a chance, but I guess you finally get to the point when it's time to stop even if you still do think you can win it all. I told Larry this would be it for me. He said, 'Don't shut the door yet.' "
At least not while Utah has good reason to think the window is still open.
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