Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin broke the news before training camp even started.

Already numb to questions about Utah's starting five, Corbin offered a speculative what-if response about power forward Derrick Favors as proof everything would be up for grabs in Jazzland during 2011-12.

"He may come into camp and blow our minds away," Corbin said.

The words were issued Dec. 8. Eleven days later, Favors did just that.

The broad-shouldered big man was the only player on Utah's roster Monday during a 110-90 blowout preseason road loss to Portland who appeared prepared to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 27.