Utah Jazz: Summer was a season of change

Published: Sunday, Sept. 29 2013 8:24 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz haven't been assembled as a full team since cleaning out their lockers at EnergySolutions Arena on April 18, a day after bowing out of the 2012-13 season with a loss in Memphis.

They're back together now, but, my how things have changed in that five-and-a-half month period.

Before the Jazz begin anew with training camp — two-a-day practices start Tuesday — let's review some of the significant events that happened while you might've been camping in the High Uintas, boating at Lake Powell or helping one of the seven departing veteran free agents move.

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Tators
Hyrum, UT

Sometimes an organization has to take one step back in order to then take two (or maybe even three) steps forward. I'm actually quite excited for this experiment and for the longer term plan now in process... and whole-heartedly support it. Bigger dividends down the road trumps a smaller payout now. Patience fellow fans. Please proceed!

DRay
Roy, UT

Thanks for the article, timeline. Football still King now, but I'll definitely be interested in any news of development the Jazz may bring starting Tuesday. It appears the team is putting a lot of trust in the newly hired leaders, in their plans to get better. For many of us its just a wait and see thing, as all the other NBA teams also work to improve and move up in the standings.

SWWeatherGuy
South Weber, UT

I am going to miss a few of the outgoing "vets" and especially Horny but I don't know if I've ever been as excited for a season to begin. Win or lose, the Jazz win and there should be some exciting, youthful play this year. Follow this season up with great anticipation and high expectation for next year's draft and free-agent market-- the Jazz are at the doorstep of great times!

Captain L
Provo, UT

Very excited to see how much improvement the core youngsters show , I feel Kanter, Favors and Hayward should show they can be almost All Star or close to it in talent , it may take some time but as long as they compete and improve I'll be able to handle the losses. If they can be as good as we think they can be they should win more than a lot of people think. With this draft being as talented as it appears to be , I would be fine with finishing in the bottom 5 or so but on the other hand that would probably mean the core 5 youngsters weren't improving much and I don't want them to accept losing, I hope they improve enough to be able to compete with most of the teams in the league, even if they end up losing close games. It's time to get playing. Go Jazz

bigv56
Cottonwood, CA

Gee ,I can't understand why everyone hates Isaiah Thomas. Good player,horrific gm and coach.

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