Jefferson thought Favors needed the time to develop and adjust to the NBA’s pace. The Jazz front office obviously agreed, to a point.
The Jazz changed their minds by letting Millsap seek greener pastures in Atlanta over the summer and by giving Favors an exceptionally nice contract extension.
There is more to being a basketball warrior than stats and legs. There is attitude as well. Utah knows the kind of necessary attitude it takes to be a basketball warrior. Fans witnessed the stoic aggression of backcourt assassin John Stockton and the pride-filled passion of Karl Malone. Favors is just not this kind of person.
But I have hope.
Malone used to say he did his talking on the court, which he did plenty of, but he also did loads of talking to the press. The national press liked Malone almost as much as they loved defensive specialist Dennis Rodman. Favors doesn’t talk nearly as much as either Malone or Rodman. Everyone would like to see Favors to do all his talking on the court.
Favors and Malone play basketball much differently as well.
During the preseason, Favors averaged only 26.5 minutes, 8.3 defensive rebounds, 9.4 points and 1.4 blocks per game. According to my tabulation, if his stats are adjusted to 36 minutes a game, he would average 11.2 defensive rebounds, 12.8 points and 1.9 blocks.
Malone averaged 37.2 minutes per game during his career. Reduced that figure to the 36-minute measurement and Malone would have averaged 7.5 defensive rebounds, 24.2 points and 0.8 blocks.
The defensive rebounding stat is the most interesting, rather than a combined rebounding stat because Favors is a defensive minded player first. If Favors is truly a better defensive rebounder than Malone (he owns the all-time rebound record at 11,406 rebound) and if Favors sticks it out for 19 years, it is conceivable that Favors could break Malone’s record, if Kevin Garnett doesn’t do it first. He os currently at 10,757 and counting.
The nice thing is Favors’ attitude is easier for a coach to deal with than Malone’s.
Still, I could cope with Favors being chippy with his opponents and demanding of his teammates. Not that I would complain if Favors never chips or demands and only competes with himself.
My only competitive claim to fame is quite safe from Favors. I am a doughnut warrior. I once ate 53.5 Krispy Kreme doughnuts in one sitting. The funnier story is what happened afterward.
Regardless, Favors is a warrior.
He is a young guy and is still to develop rivalries with other players or become famous for signature moves. I’m good with that.
Favors has many years to show what I believe in and what the stats speculate about and as a side note, if he wants to go doughnut for doughnut with me, I’m game. The only stipulation is he’s paying. He can afford it.
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