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Published: Wednesday, April 6 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Too much praise for Hayward at the moment. The dude had his first really big game. He should have stayed in college one more year.

Let's reserve the love for this kid until he becomes a little more consistent.

Rexburg, ID

Most of the guys coming in should have stayed in college a few more years but the NBA teams have to draft them because they will be so good and have so much potential. It is just how it works now, they wanna get paid and I can't blame them. And I agree he is getting a little too much praise, he has been pretty consistent though over the past month in shooting but just never had the ball in his hands that much like last game against the Lakers. But I say we still just let him work hard and don't tell him he is finally "broken" out...this is why players go into slumps once we all start praising everything they do and they don't have that fire anymore.

Ivins, Utah

As Hayward gets more minutes I think he will gain some consistency. I still think because he hasn't played a ton of minutes this year his confidence will be a little shakey. I'm afraid if he misses a couple of shots he will tense up and quit looking to shoot. By next year he will have the confidence to keep shooting through a little slump to get his shot back again. But one of the best thinks about Hayward is that even if his shot is off he still contributes in other areas.

Las Vegas, NM

Let's give this guy sometime...Two good games does not make a superstar..Let's hope they do not shower this guy with undeserved cash like they did Ostertag and the equally worthless Kirilenko.

Salt Lake City, UT

I also agree that Hayward is getting too much praise. CJ and Fess got a lot of praise after the playoffs last year and that hype didn't materialize into what fans expected this year.

I will say this though, because of Hayward and Favors' recent play I am much more excited about Jazz games now than I was 2 months ago. This Portland game is now much more interesting because of how well the rookies are playing.

I do think that Hayward and Favors have a different makeup than CJ and Fess that should equate to a more promising future. There is also the difference between 2 2nd round gamble picks vs a #3 overall and a #9.

Both rookies have a long way to go, but they are showing they are on the right path.

Bountiful, UT


He's on a rookie contract. We wont be dealing with the extension until 2014 when he becomes a restricted free-agent and we can match any offer made.

Same goes for Favors.

Hamilton, MT

I like the fact he has been brought along slowly this season allowing him to improve his skills and body while he gains more and more confidence every day. We have all watched his shooting improve throughout the year but he has never taken many shots. I have noticed more aggressiveness over the past couple weeks and it seemed to really grow in the Laker game. He had never had the ball in his hands like he did against the Lakers so we will have to see if that continues or not. What I saw, is was what Gordon said. He is trying to be more aggressive. The other thing I saw is confidence from his team mates that I have never seen before. Confidence starts within yourself and grows from there.

When other people start to trust you, your confidence grows bigger. Thats how players become stars. That is the biggest reason rookies struggle in the beginning. It's not that they lack the skills. They simply have to earn the coaches trust and the players trust and mentally, that's a difficult thing to overcome. The NBA is for the mentally tough.

Hamilton, MT

Agreed Sokol. That is the one thing that worries me about this rebuild. How are we going to pay all these players in the next 2-3 years when their contracts are up. We will also have 2 lottery picks coming up as well which could generate 2 more future stars. I guess we just need to let the chips fall and see what happens.

Winter Springs, FL

I think the Jazz should go after Grant Hill in the free agent market. I know his best years are behind him - LONG BEHIND HIM - but just think what he could teach in practice each day these young players. He goes after it in a way we had hoped Bell would go after it. Bell is a bitter disappointment.

Hamilton, MT

I have always loved Grant Hill and have thought the same thing however, I don't think he will leave Phoenix to come to Utah and like you said his best days are long behind him. He would probably just end up being like Bell.

Orem, UT

I'm just grateful for a bright spot for one night.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Calm down people. Too much praise? As far as I have read he has not been given praise for anything besides what he has done...which is essentially carry the Jazz IN LA against the World Champs.

Nobody has said he is on his way to an allstar game etc. Nobody said he is supplanting Kobe.

Kevin Durrant and now Kobe have been complementary of him so clearly players who know how to play believe Hayward can.

Give him his due. The guy has shut his mouth and worked hard and finally some of it is working out for him.

Clearly he has more athletic ability than most people gave him credit and clearly he is starting to figure out how to use it.

Of course he is still a rookie and he will struggle and do dumb things. People are excited and rightly so given then fact this team has looked like a dismal mess until Hayward and Favors have showed us something lately.

Everyone is panicking over contracts years down the road. Relax and solve later.

The Jazz always get a core group and make their run. Then if no success, they make major changes and start over.

Hamilton, MT

Good points Jazz Source... Good points..

Gillette, WY

I agree he should have stayed in college one more year but he didn't and deserves the praise for this last game. Bigger and better things from Hayward are coming just keep watching!

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

You can spin each game however you want to spin it. However the season is 82 games long and all players have their ups-and-downs.

Looking at all games played, the biggest contributors to the team have been AJ, Millsap, CJ and AK.

Guys like Hayward, Favors, and Harris still need to prove their worth to the team.

Guys like Fes, Bell and Elson have proven they are not needed for next year.

Hayward may be the hero today but where has he been all year? He needs to be able to bring it more often than not. So far this year he has been more "not" and less "yes". Hopefully he finishes the year out strong and brings it next year. Same with Favors.

It takes 8 players to win in the NBA. The Jazz are close if everyone steps up their game next year.

The Jazz Truth
Draper, Utah

What about trading our picks to move up and grab Williams or Harrison and then go get Rip Hamilton. Bam two shooting guards, one for now and a rookie to work in. We have some trade bait. Addressed our shooting needs and have money to go get a good backup center.

Salt Lake City, UT

Re the Jazz Truth:
Trading up in the draft is a real possibility, but after what KOC did to Portland to get D Will it's going to be hard to find a GM willing to trade down with us. I think the Jazz will end up keeping the picks.

As far as spending money on free agents goes: if I'm the Jazz I'm more concerned about spending to try and get Tomic out of his contract and bringing him over this year than spending money on older pricey veteran swing players. Neither Fess nor Elson have much of a future with the Jazz, but it sure would be nice to have another young 7 footer with potential if Okur can't stay healthy.

The Jazz should act as if Hayward is the 2 of the future, CJ and Bell will make fine backups.

Hamilton, MT

Not sure if it's credible but I am hearing that Tomic is not coming along nearly as quickly as expected, he plays little defense and does not rebound well. I am not sure we want a guy like that at this point. If we are concerned about Okur's long term health, I think I would look elsewhere. Possibly to a player like Macus Cousin who we signed to a 10 day contract earlier this year or someone else.

I still have faith that Okur will be back healthy and ready to contribute next year. I think he just needs more time to strengthen that calf and let his back heal. When he played this year, he was not terrible so that leads me to believe he will be healthy next year. Also, they were going to try and bring him back before the end of the season but decided it might be a bad idea to rush him. Now he has about 6 or 7 months to get healed up and maybe longer depending on a possible lockout.

Hey CJ Miles: Your just upset that CJ might loose his starting job to Hayward. Common Admit it...LOL

Hamilton, MT

@CJ Miles: You're right about Hayward's production for the year and we'll see what he can do the rest of the year but you have to admit, he looked fantastic. He made plays for his teammates. He drove and dished, he went left, he went right and no one could stop him. He made the Lakers great defenders look silly.

I think what really happened is he gained the confidence of his teammates. It's been building little by little. It started a few games ago and came to a head in the Laker game. Before that game he rarely touched the ball. He never had plays run for him and I mean never. The bulk of the plays have been run for Jefferson, Millsap and Miles and that's a fact. In the Laker game, his teammates started to look to get him the ball and that's something that hasn't happened this year at all. They started to trust him and the part I loved the most is that Hayward seemed to want to carry the team. He wanted to be the one to make the play and he excelled.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Montana....... I don't need to worry about that. When Bell and AK are healthy, Jerry Jr. will make sure neither CJ or Hayward start!! Jerry Jr. likes the slow starts which is Ok with me. He just makes CJ look better when he comes in and gets them back in the game.

Okur will never step a foot on the Jazz floor in a Jazz uniform. He is toast!!

If Tomic were so good, don't you think the media would be talking about him? There is so many media members, they are always looking for a story. Tomic is not in the mix nor does he have the talent.

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