My first inclination when reading this article was to lash out at Brad Rock for
taking the easy road and being critical towards the Jazz. But by the end I
thought he had made a number of valid points - so I let off the hook. The Jazz do business in a very tough environment. They are in a small market
city that holds very little appeal among NBA players. I don't really care
what anyone says... The Jazz have wind blowing at their face at all times, they
deserve our loyalty and devotion.
@JazzleDazzleYour criticism of Rock lost all luster when you used
the dreaded 'potential' tag. Sure, I love the athleticism of Hayward,
Favors, and Kanter, but I don't hold out much hope for All Star status for
them. None of the three show me night in and night out consistency. They all
struggle to know what they want for themselves. Are they tough enough mentally
to battle each night? I don't see it. There is no bring your hard hat to
work with these guys. To me, they look like they crave the lollipop more than
the meat of the meal.
Here's what should happen. Greg Miller should wise up, let Sacramento keep
their failing franchise, and move the Jazz to Seattle. Corbin's a good guy
and a decent coach, but when Sloan left the Jazz died.
I stopped watching the Jazz years ago, not long after Stockton, Hornacek and
Malone retired/left. It just hasn't been as exciting or interesting to
watch. Even with Boozer and Williams; I got tired of Boozer constantly being
injured and Williams' selfish attitude (i.e. run-ins with coaches, etc.).
I was glad when they both left. But the quality of play has really been
non-existent for years.With that said, I have also stopped watching
the NBA as a whole. Once the last lock-out hit, I kissed the NBA good-bye.
So you think Kanter and Favors will be all starts once or twice maybe? Sorry
Rock Monster, your Cynical articles have gotten old. They have potential to be
much better than that.
Deron Willams was on his way to stardom in his 3rd year because 1st, he is a
great player and 2nd, Coach Sloan put the ball in his hands and let him develop.
The core 4, with the exception of Hayward have been under utilized since
they've been with the Jazz and it's only because of recent injuries
that they have started to get more time on the floor. And low and behold as they
get time they have begun to show promise. I don't know what Deron Williams
future would have been if Corbin was coaching the team back then.
"Realistically, the current Jazz are only interesting to Utahns." - Brad
RockNot true, the Jazz have many fans here in Southern Idaho,
including me. Though perhaps, I still count as a Utahn; since I was born in
Brigham City.As for the Grantland article, it is an interesting
read, one that any Jazz fan should find engrossing.
the article at Grantland's point about the Jazz being interesting was from
a GM's perspective. Williams was also a top - 3 pick and played 3 years of
college ball at Illinois. the Jazz are likely going to need to find their
"stars" in the unconventional way, by finding consumate pros who make
the use of their talent. Favors, Kanter, and Hayward all played 2 years of less
or college so have had less time to mature as basketball players.
There is a reason time and everyone else forgot the Jazz, they are
forgettable.When the Jazz had Williams (the other better one) and
Boozer and they rolled into a stadium anywhere in the country with Sloan as
their coach there was a very good chance they would beat the other team.
Didn't always happen but the chance was there. The team had
the players to pull it off. Boozer gave the team 20 and 10 each night and never
did Deron play at a less than caliber level, if Okur or AK had a good night the
team won as Williams and Boozer just about always had the team at a position to
win if any other player stepped up.Our team now needs the
consistency of Deron and Boozer scoring instead the team has 3 players who are
better than CJ...on most nights.The Jazz have cap space to affordLebron JamesDwayne Wade,either of the GasolsKobe BryantDirkKevin DurantCarmelloKevin LoveAnd if none of
those will come (and they won't) Utah will continue to dwell in the levels
Lowe's point about the Jazz being the most interesting team in the league
has to do with its future being as unclear as any in the league, in that it has
lots of cap space and is looking like having two more lottery picks, three more
first round picks, between this season and next to go along with a whack of cap
space, and the fact that Utah has persisted with an offense not oriented around
shooting (or unfortunately defending) the three ball when the rest of the league
The scariest part? His point about after 3 years it was obvious D-Will was a
star.Valid question about what we really have with our young guys.
Lots of "potential" which is code for uachieved status.