Published: Friday, Feb. 25 2011 12:00 a.m. MST
Look on the bright side, the last place team gets the first round
Hanson's letter is typical of the modern sports fan who has lost sight of what
athletics is all about. This trade was absolutely the right move.Historically, athletics were about sportsmanship, loyalty, and respect for
authority. Williams did not have any of those qualities. His game was about
selfishness, disloyalty, and respect for no one but self.Williams
had become a corrosive influence who was beginning to destroy team moral.
Nothing typifies this more than his total disrespect for Coach Sloan because he
could not stand the reality that the coach was bigger than he was.The Founding Fathers established this Country on the principle that we must be
willing to sacrifice short-term gains for the long-term good of the group. This
is what the Jazz Organization has done.
Deron wasn't coming back Hanson.So why wait for him to leave and do
what Lebron did to Cleveland? At least we got something out of him. Devin
Harris, Derrick Favors, and 2 lotto picks is fine with me! If the
Jazz didn't care about winning a championship, they would have kept Deron. IN
the next few years he could have kept the jazz at .500 and we would have earned
a sweet 6-8 seed and be defeated by the Spurs or Lakers in the first round. The Jazz instead, proactively acted and brought themselves pieces that
can be used to build a championship team.
Two words and two words only: "Who cares?"
What? Listen up, L. Kim...That was actually a very GOOD deal. Jazz
brass knew that he probably wouldn't stay anyway, so why not take the
generous deal..picks, money, 2 proven good players.I'd say
after my 15 years here, that this was one of the most lucrative moves made by
the usually blah Jazz.
Frankly, if the letter writer is no longer a Jazz fan, than good riddance. There are so many jazz fans who take a "Sean Hannity type"
approach to their team. They complain, complain, complain, and then complain
some more. When the team finally does something that they wanted, they complain
anyway because they have a personal vendetta against someone. Its a
joke. Go cheer for the Lakers.
It's too bad the Jazz had to make this decision, but they were stuck between a
rock and a hard place.D-Will's heart was no longer in Utah. He
wasn't going to resign here. He was a very valuable all-star player. We had to
deal him while we could still get SOMETHING for him. He would have been gone
after next season anyway... and we would have gotten nothing to replace him.They made the best deal they could in a tough situation.When
it becomes clear that a player isn't where he wants to be... you don't have many
Deron wasn't coming back.Might as well get value for him while we
still could.Or does the letter writer prefer we waited like
Cleveland and Toronto did?
Sour grapes from Idaho.All kinds of money, some picks, 2 very good
players. We haven't had a true power forward, one that scared
anyone since Karl. Favors won't shoot threes, and dance around like AK or
Memo. He'll rattle the rim, and likely a few teeth.And what
were the guarantees that Williams would agree to whatever the Jazz offered next
contract?Bone-headed is not an accurate description of this move at
all.Moreso for the tunnel-visioned missive from up north
DWill was going to leave after next year anyway. Instead of getting burned the
Jazz go out and get a decent PG (Harris) and a PF with limitless potentional
(Favors) plus two first round picks that could end up being lottery picks. Yeah
this was a bone-headed trade. By the Nets.
At first I thought it was a bone headed trade too. You just don't give away
your FRANCHISE PLAYER... an all-star player. There are just so few of them out
there. Even if they give you some players with potential (we all know how that
usually turns out) or draft picks (we all know the probability of a draft pick
becoming an all-star)... out of all the draft picks the Jazz have made over the
years it's happened 3 times. There's very little chance the draft picks will
replace D-Will.But after hearing the Management explaining the
reasoning behind their decision... it made perfect sense.
I'm not familiar with the Idaho Jazz. Are they a D-League team? And they had a
guy they traded named Williams too, huh? What are the odds?But
seriously, Ms. Hanson, I'm not going to question your basketball acumen, nor
your business acumen; I won't point out how Jazz management made the decision to
trade Williams because they weren't convinced he would re-sign with Utah and
decided to get value for him while they still could; I won't even suggest that
two young players and two first-round draft picks puts the Jazz in excellent
position for the next 10 years.Instead, I'll just say thank you for
improving my game day experience by ensuring that there will be one less
nervous, slow-driving, no-turn-signal-using Idahoan I have to dodge when I'm
downtown for the game. Please feel free to visit Salt Lake City and enjoy our
many cultural, culinary, and retail options on other days of the year. But it's
crowded enough for Jazz games, and going 15 mph--or "Idahoan in the 'big'
city speed"--down 300 West really jams things up.
The potential is there for a home-run. The potential is there for a strike out.
Deron wasn't going bring a championship to SLC with this group. Bless their
hearts they try. There is s little vendetta here also for Jerry Sloan. Great
players like Stockton and Malone were winners but not champions. Champions don't
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