Comments about ‘Brad Rock: Whomever Utah Jazz draft, he won't be a lifer’

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Published: Wednesday, June 22 2011 2:13 p.m. MDT

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Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe we can get one of these fine young men to join the Church, and he'll want to stay and raise his family in Zion. I sure hope so!

SloanHater
Farmingtown, IL

What a waste of time. Rock writes that the Jazz (or any small market team) can keep an All-Star for their entire career. Then he cites Durant and Duncan who repudiate the entire basis of the article.

Let's use some logic here. Big Market teams draw all the best talent. We can assume this makes them better. Which leaves the small markets constantly drafting high (ie the best talent). Thus small market teams are more likely to have a 'lifer' than big market teams.

Wiley Old School
RIC, VA

Dear DesNews:
The "NBA Highlights" video window on the Jazz page is in an incredibly annoying position. Please drop it to the bottom of the page or to the side if you feel you must have it somewhere.

Veracity
Morgan, UT

I can think of at least one very small market of which people desire not only to stay in and play in (even when it is winter) and that is Green Bay, smaller than Provo with no large cities close by for support.

The reason, they build dynasties. Utah does not.

Until the front office is first class, the team will never be first class.

When restructuring a Corp., you do not start at the bottom and work up. You start at the top and work down.

If everyone is open for trade, other than the Millers, then lets trade, starting at the top.

I know, I know...you don't throw the baby out with the bath water. But the baby will never get clean if the water isn't changed some time.

aljmac
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, this is a depressing article for a Jazz fan. Unfortunately, I think it's more right than wrong.

Doctor J
Manti, UT

Rock...may be losing his touch...or is he just angry about something?

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

This is why I dislike the NBA.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

I'd take Jimmer #3 and let the chips fall where they may. No way the guy won't play well in NBA. Almost zero risk, and maybe he'd hang around for a while.

There is no guarantee anybody will play better than Jimmer, and his college record speaks for itself. I haven't seen anybody in the draft that is a Kobe or LeBron. Walker? Didn't impress me in the horrible NCAA final. Irving? Well he played, what, 14 games?

Of course I really don't care what the Jazz do, but if they did pick Jimmer, I'd watch at least a few games to see what happens. Otherwise, no way.

TownsvilleJazzFan
Townsville, Queensland

The current labor discussions are not just about players' interests versus owners' maximizing their profits. They are also about getting an agreement in place that supports the long-term viability of small market teams. This is one of the logics of the hard cap, and one that I like for Utah. So I really think that player negotiation may change a fair bit after the new agreement, and however it shakes down it will be more favorable to small market teams than the current agreement is.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

At least Brad got his grammar correct (Whomever vs Whoever).

Not so much the rest.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

@ Bill Shakespeare,

Jimmer's already a member. He'd probably stay. Has family in the area.

shaybo
Richfield, UT

One thing your missing Rock, nobody wants to come here, but most who do like it and want to stay. DWill would have stayed if we had put together a team with a possibility of going deep into the playoffs.

If the NBA doesn't do something about it and continues to overlook the conspiring and collusion of the players and teams (no way you can tell me Miami wasn't in on it the way they cleared their payroll leading up to last years free agency), eventually there will 3 or 4 teams comprising the entire all star team at which point I for one will completely give up NBA basketball.

alandgreg
Murray, UT

Rock is right. But remember that we're in a group of several small market cities that can't keep their talent the way things are now. Milwaukee, Portland, San Antonio, Charlotte, New Orleans... Basicly everywhere except LA, New York, Chicago and Miami. Who wants to see them win every year? Even if you live in these cities and cheer for your team, eventually the league will loose it's credibility. I'm hoping that the new CBA they're working on will address this issue. You would think so since there are more small market owners then not. But then again, the big market owners seem to have all the money.

jazzhater
Humble, TX

players want to leave utah....shocker

gizmo33
St. George, Utah

NBA stars want to leave Utah ? well of course thats because they want a championship ring to wear.

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

Want a championship ring to wear then you have to move to a big market. You are all lucky to have a quality NBA team right here in good old Utah. some people are never satisfied with what they have, even if it is the best of all worlds.

sprywolf
Salt Lake City, UT

That's why The NBA need to allow Teams to "Franchise" a player or 2. But Saldy I don't think they would ever do that.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I wrote this on a post a few days ago but taking Kanter or Jonas would give the Jazz a player that may stay for 10 + yrs. Alot of Euro's are satisfied where they play and don't feel the need to leave. AK, Dirk, Ginobli, , if having the player stay long term is a desire, we need to draft a Euro.

Bugoff
Houston, TX

Knight just indicated he would prefer to be drafted by CLE. Not sure he is all that high on staying in Utah.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

I'm not sold on Kanter, but if the Jazz do take the big man at 3 and Fredette at 12, they'll have the best chance at getting two players who might stay for a long time.

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