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Dennis Lindsey takes funny dig at Joe Ingles, ditches comparison to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson


Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey took a few playful digs at forward Joe Ingles, a self-proclaimed sniper from long distance after knocking down treys at 44 percent or better during the last two seasons. Ingles declared himself the league’s best shooter (even above the Golden State Warriors backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson) — a bold claim that now has him as only the second-best shooter in his own team after Lindsey acquired Kyle Korver last week.

“I’ve been greatly offended by Joe Ingles’ claim to be the greatest shooter on the planet. and as a proud American, that is comparing himself to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver, I was offended,” Lindsey told Eric Woodyard of The Deseret News. “So, I wanted to make sure that not only he realizes that he’s not the best shooter in the world with his as I describe it leverage arm, Aussie slingshot that he’s trying to shoot balloons in the Australian circus, that he’s no longer even the best shooter on the Utah Jazz. That was my No. 1 deal is to make sure that Ingles is now No. 2 as a shooter.”

The Jazz were in dire need of floor spacing, but having a proven all-time sniper to bring Ingles down to earth doesn’t hurt either.

Korver knocked down his first trifecta in his return to the Jazz within seconds of coming off the bench, quickly exemplifying what true deadeye marksmanship really is.

Lindsey and Ingles trade barbs often, in what has become a close-knit relationship between the executive and the Aussie jokester.

“Now we’ve got the two best shooters, it’s all good,” Ingles said when asked of Lindsey’s comments.

Ingles is only shooting 37.9 percent from deep this season, a far cry from the gargantuan 44 percent from last season, yet still enough to make defense respect him.