What's wrong with the Utah Jazz? DJJazzyJody — aka moi — asked that question on Twitter Saturday during the Bulls' blowout. I received even more tweets back than Chicago hit 3-pointers. (For the record, @GreginUtah — Jazz CEO Greg Miller's Twitter account — did not submit a response.)
According to fans, here are some problems that ail the struggling Jazz (with tweets being kept mostly intact):
bsutefan: players left sloans system and disappeared (anderson, eisley, etc). It seems our whole team sign FA offers how they disappeared
mhumeniuk25: D is atrocious. pick and roll defense is not there they don't get under screens they go ovr top and can't get back. Pathetic.
khart1968: They have no leadership since Jerry and Deron are gone now.
Rasmunky: the jazz are struggling with their allergic reaction to defense. #allswollup
herrminer: Better question: What's NOT wrong with the Jazz?
moni__: if you are taking non-serious responses i blame purple ties. we are 2-12 when the head coach wears one. (sloan 2-9, corbin 0-3)
Bluemoon_76: AK's contract has suffocated the Jazz. They would of been able to keep some key players who left for free agency.
brgredd: There best shooter can't get into a bar.
Jazzybucman83: can't we just blame it on Boozer? Oh, forgot...well, can't we blame it on Deron? Oh, (dang)...well, forget it.
blindeaf: No Jerry and no dwill. KOC has done a poor job.
My_Lo: Clearly the problem is too much cowbell—minus the cow.
kebzach: what's wrong with the Jazz? Ownership and mgmt.
JD23UT: thanks, I'm going to go slit my wrists and do push-ups in lemon juice.
kurtadison: 1) lack of leadership 2) can't stay healthy 3) lack of full 48min effort 4) inconsistency 5) "feeling sorry for ourselves"
blrhees: I'll tell you what's wrong with the Jazz... they died. Doesn't matter though. It's all about getting ping pong balls now.
ChaseAmes: Defense, spacing, execution, no shooters, rebounding, effort, Raja Bell giving team nothing, no DWill, no Korver, no Matthews.
Bluemoon_76: not enough Red Panda for the halftime shows.
Sunathetuna: there's no cohesion or clear leadership, and way too many injuries throughout the season.
dianaallen: I'd like to think that playing time and fresh start next season will change that
jazzingitup: for the 7th year in a row the jazz have failed to have adequate interior defenders. This is 90% of their problems.
jazzhype: fact of the matter is, last year's solid team was gutted. Replaced with inferior talent. Now coach & superstar are gone.
Lord_Chadeous: not much talent, no team ball, and a coach who has a looooong way to go. That and they just plain suck
CowhideGlobe: We've collected stars from losing teams. Key players now have losing mentality. On Ty to fix.
@slcdunk: The Jazz are obviously giving up defense for Lent.
Clintonite33: With unfamiliarity comes struggles on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor. No one knows who to trust and when.
averagejoseph: Jazz didn't fully embrace rebuilding after Deron trade. Foolishly thought they could still do it this year even w April sched
JasonForTheLove: jazz (stink) cause they shipped their defense with Ups
increase_always: No flow, game-plan, or chemistry on either end of the court. bad coaching
Clintonite33: The Jazz just have too many new faces and not enough cohesion.. Staring to wonder if more PT together will change that though...
Bluemoon_76: ya! What Clint said. But he learns everything from me so just substitute my name.
hamblindave: NO DEFENSIVE EFFORT
JD23UT: they have accepted losing as ok. p.s. Regardless of what they say, the body language and effort shows it.
Clintonite33: *end response* *end playoff hopes*
Monday vs. Sixers, 7 p.m., FSN6 comments on this story
The Jazz's one-game home winning streak, no doubt, strikes fear in hearts of visiting Philly players.
Wednesday vs. T-Wolves, 7 p.m., FSN
Who would've ever thought Big Al would be on the (currently) inferior team in this match-up?
Sunday at Rockets, 5 p.m., FSN
Once upon a time, a thrilling comeback win at Houston seemed to be a positive turning point.
THE BIG STAT
4: As a team, the Jazz struggled on their 1-3 road trip. But all four of their rookies hit career-highs on the Eastern swing: Gordon Hayward (18), Derrick Favors (16), Jeremy Evans (14) and Marcus Cousin (4).
It's always exciting to see D-League guys get a chance.
Only shot 33.3 percent during four-game road trip.