Maybe his headband was on too tight. Maybe it was too loose and drooped down to cover his ears. Whatever the case, there was no way he was hearing this properly.
Time off was a good thing?
"I didn't believe it at first, but it was definitely reassuring for them to say that," Jones said. "They aren't forcing me to do anything. They want me to take some time and get better."
So many things are changing for Jones. He calls a hotel room home, not an apartment, and that hotel is in Cleveland, not Morgantown. His old roommates and teammates are gone and replaced by new ones, some that were enemies in college. The new people may respect and even revere Jones, but not at all like the old people did at WVU.
It's that last part that underlines all the changes. Jones was so valuable, so irreplaceable the past few years that he couldn't consider taking time off, let alone actually commit to it. Now he's being told to wear a walking boot, submit to electronic stimulation and sink his foot into hot and cold water interchangeably for three weeks.
And yet, the team still needs him and has promised him an invitation to training camp. He's not irreplaceable, but he's still someone the Cavaliers want to have healthy in the fall. Imagine if he had lumbered through the summer league, submitted some sort of false narrative about his game and then spent the training camp trying to tell the truth.
That's nothing for Jones to worry about now.
"When I got that reassurance from the team that definitely changed the way I was feeling about things," he said. "I don't feel like there's pressure to get back where I need to be. It's good peace of mind knowing all I have to do is get my body healthy."
College was different. His coach, Bob Huggins, punished players with his demanding practices and he wanted them out there six days a week, three hours a day, even if they were hurting. It made them the players they are, but also the competitors they are. Ask Huggins and he'll tell you the NBA values the latter trait in his players and cherishes the knowledge that his guys are going to be there every day.
That's where the Cavaliers want Jones to be in a few months. Really, when was the last time he had fresh legs that had weeks to recover? Now he's being told to stay off his foot to get a jump on the future.
"In college, I was scared to take a week off," he said. "The guys would have to run me out of the gym. I never really had a chance to get a lot of rest like this, but it's going to be a benefit in the long run."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.