Hopefully Miller has benefited from his father's business savvy but obviously
lacking in sports business 'gamesmanship'. Clashing egos play more a negative
than a positive role in strengthening a sports franchise and 'doing' what's
right may be more important than 'being' right at this point. Miller would be
wise to take Jazz great John Stockton's advice to heart...and soon! To continue
to drag another Jazz great like Malone's name through the mud publicly is not
only a distraction to the present team's season but will also disenfranchise
many in Jazz Nation who revere the likes of Malone and Stockton as putting the
Jazz on the map in the first place not to mention keeping them here this long.
Such 'petty' personal differences are best settled behind closed doors!
Can anyone really see Malone coaching? Malone seems to get bored real easily.
Though he was a great player, he often played out any dis-pleasures with
management though the media. I don't think anyone believes that Malone was
forced to get a ticket from a scalper to attend a game. John is the
reason Malone was so good. Stockton made everyone around him better. Malone was
good but would only be an "Orlando Woolridge" type player without John
Stockton. Stockton even made Mike Brown, Shandon Anderson into good players.
Once they left Utah, nobody ever heard of these guys.Stockton would
be a great coach, with Hornacek and Tyrone Corbin. Malone would be a good part
time, off-season coach to teach positioning to the big guys.
If LHM treated KM as a son, was GM jealous, and now that's showing? K may well
have called the Jazz ticket office, and they had no ticket for him as he said,
it may not have been a lie as G said...clearly some animosity has been brewing
for some time there.I don't "love" John Stockton's lack of
interface with fans when he was a player...the game face thing worked for him,
but it seemed then like pulling teeth to get John to give more than a painted on
smile and act genuinely friendly towards fans. And he really could have helped
the team by shooting 3-4 more times a game.
I miss Stockon's level headed approach. This is definitely something that is
missing from management, players and fans in the sports world.To me
Sloan did look tired. I'm not Jerry Sloan so I can't say how he really felt but
watching him on the bench last year he did not appear to have the same fire that
he had always demonstrated. I take his statements at face value. I think he was
ready to retire.
Everyone is speculating what would have happened if LHM was still around. How
do you know that anything would have been different if he was? It is all
speculation. Malone is holding true to form by going to the media to air his
greivances. Does anyone here remember some of the public spats between Karl and
LHM? They eventually made up in all cases. Bottom line, that is what needs to
happen now between Karl and Greg.
@BrianDavis1326. You said it well.
A face-to-face meeting would be fine, but I think the point that everyone's
missing is that Karl probably doesn't even want to have anything to do with Greg
Miller. LHM and Malone were like father and son. Greg Miller is like a king
looking over his realm and expecting everyone to fall in line. Sloan is too
classy to attack the Jazz or Deron Williams, but I don't believe for a bit that
he "just got too tired." I agree it's time to move on, because the
past is the past, but when Greg Miller attacks a Hall of Famer and a guy who
made his dad millions of dollars (while getting paid millions), he should be
taken to task for it.
Spot on Stockton.
Love, love John Stockton!! He definitely has his priorities straight, and when
the time is right, it would be great to see him coaching. I also
think he is exactly right that issues like those between Greg Miller and Karl
Malone are best discussed face to face. Blogging and twitter are just not the
way to handle interpersonal relationship, as it is too easy to fire off comments
that are hurtful or disparaging with just the touch of a button. Hopefully,
they will be able to mend things between them.
Thanks Monster. Good job, I give John credit when he did not have to, for
trying to put this to bed. Especially as a private non-controversial person.
It is hard to belief this guy is almost 50, I wish I looked that good turning
50. He is an amazing guy