@ The Real MaverickI appreciate your passion, I am also a passionate
Jazz fan. I would not call this team one of the most talented teams in the
league. They are deep, but deep with role players. Favors, Kanter and Hayward
have the ability to be all stars, but they are not there as of right now.
Millsap and Jefferson are good players but not superstars. In this league you
have to have a superstar to be an elite team. The Jazz are on par
for what their roster is. 28-24 is about right. That said, I think
the Jazz could be much much better defensively. They should have won the Bulls
game, Millsap let Boozer beat him down the stretch repeatedly. Come on Millsap,
Boozer always goes left and you should know that. He made Boozer look amazing
and Boozer is a quality player but not a superstar.The Kings just
flat out ran the Jazz of the floor. They need to get back on defense. If there
is one thing I wish the Jazz could change, it would be their defensive culture.
@brave sir robinDo you make notes in the early season about who says what
on these boards? I have no idea about what the people commenting on this story
were saying about the Jazz at the beginning of the season and I doubt you do
either. I for one have never abandoned ship nor have I predicted the Jazz would
be in the top tier of the west. My feeling has always been we might make the
playoffs and then get beat in the first round. I'm a Hugh Jazz fan and
always will be and it is because I care that I exercise my right to criticize
what I think is going wrong with the team. My ongoing complaint is coaching is
holding the Jazz back from moving up the ranks to someday be a top tier team in
the NBA. We have some great young talent that will play out their contracts and
then move on to teams that will allow them to become great players all while we
hang around the middle of the pack. That frustrates me!
need a new coach...who will coordinate with the GM on the kind of identity his
team wants...he could build around the solid 4 young guys that we
have...Hayward, Favors, Kanter and Burks...and i strongly believe...with the 4
playing together starting...would be better...than Al Jefferson and Paul
Millsap...we just wasted two seasons for the 4 to get minutes and improve
rapidly...if they are really..going to build around the four...they should be
targeting young players right now that could help the team...you only need one
more player...to have the starting 5...make Burks your starting PG...and share
duties running the plays with Hayward...both Hayward and Burks...can
penetrate...and will pass the ball if needed...Kanter and Favors can handle
themselves down low...all they need are minutes to rapidly increase their game
time experience...what we need is a shooter...which should have been harrison
barnes...but golden state tanked...and proceed with the bench...I would target
John Henson from milwaukee as a super sub for Favors and Kanter...along with Ed
Davis...and Jimmy Butler of Chicago...
Jody,That was a "class act" by you to respond to the
comments. The DN should be very proud of you. Even better, perhaps you should
go to work for the Jazz and add some of you class to their organization. Keep
up the good work.
The players can blame the crowd all they want but the fact is your team allowed
them to score 120 pts. How is it that the team just goes through the motions on
defense half the games and they actually play defense the other half. If you
play defense you don't get blown out! Look at the Bulls they don't
have near the amount of talent Utah does, yet there a better team, because they
play DEFENSE! I'm getting sick of the excuses that we just didn't get
it going to play hard enough defense, the fact that you know the problem and
don't fix it is frustrating. Jazz fans know when your under performing
because we're used to team over performing. I put a lot of blame on our
coach, when you have some starters not playing defense play your deep bench
until that starter starts playing defense. There's reason our best quarter
is usually the second it's because those subs play DEFENSE, and they always
get us into the game. I would like to see him sit those starters that don't
The people who are abandoning ship in this comments section are the same people
who were predicting the Jazz being in the top two in the west during the
preseason. Let this be a lesson to you: Next preseason, don't drink the
Kool Aid that's being served up by the Jazz and their media lapdogs.
Another efficient performance with limited minutes by Fredette.
The Real Maverick, you asked some good questions - some of which have been asked
multiple times by myself and other media members. Some, however, are simply
unrealistic to ask, especially on deadline.I thought the more
intriguing overall story was how the Jazz couldn't match the intensity and
energy of the Kings or their crazy fans last night. Last night wasn't a
surprise by a Jazz team that has straddled mediocrity all season but has mostly
survived through injuries with a successful run the past month despite this
two-game slide.There are other factors that played into my story
decisions - a rough deadline being the largest.It's possible we
have differing views about what my job is and what kind of stories should be
written. It's always interesting to hear others' opinions, so thanks
for the constructive criticism. I appreciate the other comments, too.Jody
Even Bolderjack and Boone blundered their way through this mess. Half the time
they got the names wrong, once they even credited a basket to Memo "the
money man" . Jefferson will be gone in a week, I hope Millsap doesn't
get traded. Saps game can only flourish if Jefferson isn't plugging the
lane. Jefferson's lack of movement on offense and inability to set a screen
kills Millsaps game. Jefferson is also the worst defender in the league, which
effects the entire team. Williams is not performing because they run zero
offense through him, he is one of the few that will set a screen on this team.
Nice work Corbin! Your coaching is some of the best I've seen in a long
time. Your knowledge of the game is absolutely phenomenal...Just
kidding. You're a joke and you're making the entire organization (this
includes management, the players, & US FANS) look like a three ring circus.
You were a mediocre player at best & your coaching has followed suit. Greg,
your dad would not have let this embarrassment go on for this long. We sure do
miss you Larry.I've been taking my kids (3 of them) to several
games a year for the past several years (ya, we're the ones that buy the
bundle packs and watch every available game religiously on tv), or should I say,
used to be...
The Real Maverick said all that needs to be said about this game and this team.
Play the bench...let em start. At least we can see some action and maybe a few
more wins.they also will need help and encouragement from a good coaching
Tinsley is the most frustrating player to watch right now. He shot 3 three
pointers and surprise surprise he missed all 3. Anyone remember his shooting
against the Lakers a couple weeks ago? Atrocious! At least twice a game he
shoots and badly misses a wide open 3! Also he couldn't stay in front of
Thomas for anything. Burks played much better defense on him! I love watching
Tinsley's fancy passing and dribbling too, and Watson's ally oops, but
they both can't shoot a lick!
djjazzyjody said it a hundred time in his article. the jazz just aren't
exciting. what happened to the "earl-e-oop"???? i saw on stub hub the
other night you could sit in the lower bowl for 15 bucks. lose or win, if they
want interest they need to offer excitement.
Nice cop out dnews. So instead of asking Ty Corbin about the game you focus your
entire article on sacramento's situation. Nice.Why don't
you folks do your jobs and ask Ty Corbin why his offensive strategy and
execution looks non-existent? Why don't you ask him why he didn't
switch to a zone or change the match ups against Thomas? Ya had to do something!
Why don't you ask him what changes he will make after yet another
embarrassing loss? Why did al and Millsap look so disinterested? Why is Marvin
playing at all? Why doesn't burks start? Why can't kanter and favors
start since big al and Millsap look like they're already ready for
vacation? Can we finally commit to the young players now that this season is
being trashed?It's time for the dnews and the rest of the media
to grow up and do their jobs. Ask big boy questions. This jazz team looks
horrible despite being one of the most talented teams in the league. We demand
answers and for the fo, coach, and players to be held accountable.
How sad! A loser to Sacramento? Come on Miller and Corbin. If you can't
do better than that you bother should get out of basketball. We have a lot of
talent but no one seems to know how to use them or mold them into a winning
team. I repeat, "How sad".
Sadly, sigh, the Jazz are in a rough position without a viable point guard. With
nine potential free agents, there is a great deal of wonder for this squad. When
Mo Williams returns, in what shape will he be and in what shape will the Jazz
be. With five year rookie contracts, Favors will move into year four and Kanter
into year three. What kind of money will they be asking for when the road is
"right around the corner"?
I remember when the ESA used to sound like that every game, all game long. Those
were the days. Sigh.
Thanks Kanter and Burks for your hard work tonight. The rest of the team, and
coaching staff acted like they weren't interested in winning this game. Be
careful or you might fans no longer interested in buying tickets to pay your