The pre AD days of the Jazz were pretty ugly so hopefully things don't get that
Man; what a bunch of "what have you done for me in the last 2 minutes"
mentality "blanks". The Jazz have a bunch of injuries, a new coach,
several new players and are having a bad season. Aren't they allowed a bad
season once every 10 years on average? Fans are spoiled and the media seem to be
chaining cement blocks for the team preparing to throw them into the great salt
lake. They have 2 lottery picks to use or trade. Kirilenko is gone so they
have some money and they have some great young talent. Give them until January
next year and we will be enjoying a young, up and coming team that is pretty
darn good. Give them support, not a shove up the gallows stairs.
therapy may not be enough for the current players to forget how to lose...come to think of it therapy may not be enough for fans to forget what a
train wreck this last half of the season has been.It is like a high
school team playing at the collegiate level where nobody expects the team to win
and they do their best not to disappoint.
Reasons why I'm optimistic about the future of the Jazz.Derrick
Favors--Jeremy EvansBoth Rookies have left highly positive impressions
this season.Two relatively high draft picks this year (by Jazz
standards).Memo's contract expires at the end of next season, making
him a target for a big time trade.AK's a free agent, freeing up
money the Jazz need to improve the team. He may re-sign with the Jazz but it
will be for a lot less money. If not, he bites on the bigger contract New Jersey
is likely to offer and leaves. Though I hope AK stays, either outcome helps the
Jazz.Gordon Hayward continues to improve and no longer has that
"Deer in the Headlights" look.Devin Harris is a solid NBA
point guard and will get much better at running the team next season.Al Jefferson has shown he can score, now if the Jazz can get him to improve
his defense.Paul Millsap, the experiment with him playing the small
forward position might just work out. He'll need time to adapt but if anyone can
do it's Paul.Corbin's coaching will improve.
Therapy, it does everyone good from time to time........I can recall a great
Utah Ute team, they're horrible now, I can remember Jimmer and how all the BYU
fans worshiped fake idols and lived in a fantasy land and then came along Sloan,
Stockton, Eaton and Malone.......Let's hope Jimmer makes it to the
Utah Jazz, thats about the one and only place he'll survive in the NBA with the
JIMMER JAZZ fanatics in Utah. I'm getting a vision that Utah may be getting
another Karl Malone and Mark Eaton....or was it Ostercannot jump 2 inches???
That 26-56 year started out with 6 wins and 1 loss, so we certainly did NOT know
from the get-go that it would turn out bad. Short memories...
TJ good comments you are correct we as Jazz fans have become spoiled, its OK for
us to take some lumps as fans.I think we fans will be pleased with
what we see next season!
Sorry TJ and others that say quit whining:If I was a fan that was
paying hundreds of dollars each game for a seat, I think I would want the
franchise I was supporting with my dollar to put the best quality product out on
the floor possible. Not that anything but winning an NBA championship is
acceptable, but I would expect a good product. I would expect the players to
play hard, I would expect the coaches to be prepared and make solid strategic
decisions to win games, and I would expect the management to be capable of
evaluating talent and doing the necessary things to acquire this talent. Now since the Jazz, who most experts prognosticated would end up in the
NBA playoffs this season have failed to do so with one of the most historically
half season flops in the history of the NBA, will season tickets be lessened
next year? If the payroll is trimmed, will that savings be transferred to the
fans that put their butts in the seats?
Good comments RV.One thing I will add if I may: Fesenko can be tied
up for cheap. It doesn't hurt to have him on the roster if they will develop him
more. Especially when Kolby and the Lakers come to town.
The Jazz should be in a "reloading" mode rather than a
"rebuilding" mode. If the current Jazz team was completely healthy,
it would be the 4th or 5th best team in the West, and 9th or 10th best team in
the NBA. Plus, the Jazz have two lottery picks this year, at least one lottery
pick next year, and the rights to Ante Tomic.I hope the Jazz keep
the current team intact as much as possible, replacing only those players for
whom it can clearly obtain an upgrade--by draft, trade, or free agent signing.
I would like to see the Jazz re-sign Kirilenko, Miles, Watson, Fesenko and
Evans, and trade Bell--and perhaps Okur. That would give the Jazz a core of
Harris, Miles, Kirilenko, Millsap, Jefferson, Watson, Hayward, Evans, Favors,
Fesenko, and perhaps Okur, with a couple of high draft picks.Players
to consider for trade are Jonny Flynn, O.J. Mayo, Andre Iguodala, Terrance
Williams and Ersan Ilyasova. Interesting free agents are Leandro Barbosa
(restricted), Jason Richardson, Michael Redd, Chris Douglas Roberts, Mickael
Pietrus, Sonny Weems, Caron Butler, Peja Stojakvic, DeAndre Jordan (restricted),
Samuel Dalembert, Greg Oden (restricted), and perhaps Eddy Curry or Yao Ming.
Another player that may be available in a trade who could help the Jazz is Chris
Kaman. The Clippers would probably like to dump him now that they have a much
younger and cheaper DeAndre Jordan playing center.Players I really
like in this year's draft are Derrick Williams and Brandon Knight. The Jazz
would have to get a top three pick to get Williams, but Knight should be
available for them. Perry Williams is also interesting, but is a more long-term
project. There are some other nice players that should be available for the
Jazz. The draft should be interesting and exciting for the Jazz this year.
Kolby is still sore from Big-Fezz knocking his wrist, knocking him down hard,
chucking the ball at him when he was down and knee-ing him hard in the leg as he
went by.That is just good physical basketball.We have
not seen that in Salt Lake much since Malone, Stockton and Harpring left.
Now would be a really good time to rally around our very impressive soccer club
in Salt Lake. Go Royals!
Other than the Jazz road trip at the first of the season when the Jazz made all
those amazing comebacks--which the league will probably never see again--the
first half of the Laker's game was the most enjoyable Jazz basketball I have
watched for a long time. I especially enjoyed Fez's hard foul on Kobe's
shoulder as Kobe went for a lay up, Fes's kneeing Kobe hard in the leg as Kobe
tried to drive by Fes, and Favor's block on Kobe's lay up. Fez's and Favor's
efforts in frustrating Bynum and Gasol in the first half were also extremely
enjoyable. If only Fes had not gotten tired and Favors had not been left out of
the game for most of the second half, so they could have maintained that effort
for the entire game, it would have made the whole season successful for me,
despite the Jazz's meltdown during the second half of the season.It
would have been similar to those years when either BYU or Utah has had an
unsuccessful football season, but they beat up their hated rival in the last
game of the season.
Wow! Talk about kicking somebody when they are down...brutal! But most of the
posters here on this article are pretty upbeat (thankfully) about the
possibilities of next season. We are either loyal fans or we are not. Even the
Clippers fans have stuck with them over these past years. We Jazz Fans can at
least be that good...ya think??!!??Go Jazzboys tonight and what's
left of this dreary season. It will get better and the sun is coming out after
this big snow storm. Life is good!
The only reason I read articles by Hollis is to count how many times he uses the
word "heck." Well heck, he only used the word one time in this
article, gosh darn it. That was a fewer than I'd expected, but heck, I knew the
word would be in there somewhere. Good work, Hollis. You're a heck of a
You guys who enjoyed Fesenko doing those deeds on Kobe certainly would not think
it was just "Good physical basketball" if Ron Artest did those things
to any of the Jazz players. Probably the same people who loved Raja coming back
because of the clothesline he put on Kobe all those years ago. How's that Raja
thing working out for you now?
Reasons to be optimistic..........CJ Miles averages 18 points a game
since being inserted into the starting lineup!!
@Draft Dumbiei think there's a pool of excellent SG/SF in the free
agency...as well as a solid C with Dalembert...CDR and Caron Butler should be
looked into...the Bulls are looking for a SG as well...i think that's the only
piece lacking for them...and i like the Chris Kaman trade...on Drafting...i like
the prospect of Perry Jones and Jan Vesely...both are 6'11 both play the
3...think about it...if we have a 7 footer at C with Favors or Al Jeff and
either Jones or Vesely...that's a pretty tall lineup...the future is definitely
bright...im just going to support the team...and i know for sure they'll get
back on their winning ways...
@458italia--Raja hasn't worked out but you take risks and the Jazz lost on that
one--big deal. What's your point anyway? Don't forget your boy Kobe desperately
wanted Bell to come play in LA...remember or did you forget that little bit of
factual info?? Oh, italia the only thing Fes did that was wrong was
"toss" the basketball at Kobe after fouling him--not cool. He made a
couple of hard fouls and was going for ball--watch the tape. The time Kobe drove
he knocked his severely degenerative knee against Fess's. That was incidental
I don't go to Jazz games so I don't care if they win or lose. They have never
won a championship and they never will. This market will never be able to
support a championsip team becuase they just don't have the money for one. They
can always be a good team but not a great team. Great teams win championships.
Since Karl and John left, we have never made it to the finals. I seriouly doubt
it will ever happen again in today's free agent market. Good luck but I wouldn't
bet on it. Truth may hurt but it is what it is.
If the Jazz lose the rest of this year I am not worried about next year.They are going to have a very good team which has some experience
playing together. They are going to be in a much better financial position and
maybe the new CBA will level the playing field to some degree.They
are going to have 2 lotto picks and money to get at least one decent free agent.
They will also have some time to jell.The Jazz are going to be good
and deep. KOC is very good at getting cheap role players who fit the
Jazz system. My biggest worry is Harris and the outside shooting.
If Hayward and Favors live up to expectations, Weaver is a find, and
the Jazz get 2 lotto picks that is a lot of talent to go with the players under
contract/coming back.It takes the right combination of players and
time to get them all playing well together.I actually have some
faith in KOC and Corbin. Lets see who they draft and the size of the salary cap.
I'm optimistic about the Jazz future, they have several very talented players to
build on. I think we need to give Corbin some time to learn and figure things
out. Hayward and Favors have tremendous upsides. Big Al & Milsap are quality
players, CJ & Harris have good potential to perform, time will tell.I
liked what I saw in Weaver, would like to see the Jazz keep him and develop him,
I like that he can play the point at 6'6".Two lottery picks should
add quality talent, we will need to be patient though as all these young players
will take time to mature and develop. Plus a rookie coach will need time to
im not sure why no one seems to mention that we own rights to three
europeans...that is including Ante Tomic...i dont know much about the other
two...but i hope we get to see them play...