SALT LAKE CITY -- Never mind walking the walk, for now Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin wants his guys to talk the talk.
He wants them to communicate.
Hours after his team dropped its preseason opener on the road at Golden State, he had them back at the team's practice facility focusing on making adjustments and improvements.
One such area is communication. He wants them to communicate on the defensive end of the floor.
"One of the things we must get better at is communication," Corbin said. "We've got to have a lot more talk."
Corbin said his players did a good job of communicating and synchronizing their defensive assignments last week during training camp but it didn't carry over into Monday's game.
"We've got to get better," he said.
On a few occasions players confused their assignments, leaving opponents completely unguarded.
"That's learning, that's some of the communication we must get better at," Corbin said.
The Jazz added guard Mo Williams and Randy Foye, plus wingman Marvin Williams in the offseason.
Corbin said he isn't worried those three won't be able to pick up the Jazz's defensive sets.
"I'm not afraid they're not going to get it," he said. "It's just how soon we get it (so we can) be able to click on all cylinders before the season starts."
Center Al Jefferson said most communication on the floor is universal and not complicated for an NBA veteran.
"Regardless if you're adding new guys to the roster, everybody that's new to the team knows how to play defense on a high level," he said. "It's all about communicating, talking, being there early and helping the helper. I think for the most part we did a pretty good job. We had a couple slip-ups but the first preseason game is what that's for."
The Jazz will kick of their preseason home schedule on Friday with a game against Oklahoma City at EnergySolutions Arena.