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Published: Thursday, April 18 2013 2:50 p.m. MDT

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Scott1
Quiet Neighborhood, UT

So I am curious. Do you think players are truly sad when they do not make the playoffs? Or do you think that some players feign disappointment, but deep down are happy to be able to start their vacations sooner? Just an honest question that I would enjoy hearing some responses to; not trying to be offensive.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

All I can say is if they truly wanted to make the play-offs they had a strange way of showing it during the 82-game season. And why did they just want to get the 8th seed?

I think they know all about what was happening and that's just how it is.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Utah Jazz. Perfect reason to be a soccer fan...

one day...
South Jordan, UT

I've been reading about what Jazz fans are saying about this season, some of them are very blind to criticize the franchise and players, Utah Jazz is a franchise...they need to make money to pay the management and players, like any other company and job, if they dont deliver or perform for what they get pay, they should be fire like any other job after some "warnings" or "coaching development".
This franchise dont have in mind to build a team for a championship, period. Its only about selling hot dog and pizza and have families for their home family evening activity.

WE the fans, deserve better, we are the ones that pay for cable to watch them, buy the tickets, t shirts and all the products they offer to show passion and commitment to this team.

Real fans will be in good and bad times with the team, that's true, but also will be able to recognized when its time to do things better or change

Bigpics
West Haven, UT

He's a popular target, but I watched about 77 games, and saw development in most phases of Al's game.

And his interview here reveals a guy who really does get - and is working - on his strengths and weaknesses. Remember, he'll still only be 29.

Millsap had multiple career lows this year, is still undersized, both can't stay, and the Jazz can use 3 quality bigs over a long season. Foy's good, but someone good and no more streaky is likely out there if he goes (maybe for a new three - I like Hayward better as a two).

The same applies to most of the free agents - e.g., doubt we'll see two backup PG's of the age we have.

Kantor, Favors, Hayward, and likely Burks and Carroll are keepers. And all should improve.

The owners have already announced Corbin's staying.

I say Big Al's worth the big bucks and next season could be that 20-10 clutch guy with even better offensive awareness (he's gotten pretty good now) and not a defensive liability.

So Al, upgrading at PG (and trying to upgrade the level of twos/threes we have) are the real focuses.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Basically the team has 5 players left after this season and 2 of them hardly played. The chances of a relatively new team making any progress in the NBA are remote to be polite. But when the Jazz play the Thunder or the Heat or the Spurs or..... next season the fans will be led to think they are a:
1. young team doing their best
2. a team that has not played together for very long
3. a group getting used to the coach and the system
4. a group just short of one key player...

in reality this will be more excuses for losing.

the list of stories the fans have had to swallow has been endless and next season will begin anew but the long and short of it is if the team had a direction they would have signed the players they wanted. Hopefully KOC learned something from his the Wesley Matthews meltdown and instead of losing players to huge salaries sign them while they are onboard.

Currently the admin looks as if they are drifting without direction. Jefferson ranked #1 center FA, Williams as #3 PG and the Jazz think they will do better?

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

Dennis Lindsey, general manager, needs to make a realistic appraisal for Tyrone Corbin. Corbin played for Ray Meyer at DePaul. Likeability does not mean productivity. There is no doubt that Big Al has made a statement. Good for him. The Jazz should make every effort to restructure his contract and bring him back. The rest of the signees need to be left on the "Titanic". The need is for a good "D-Wil before the earthquake". Favors and Hayward left their hearts on the floor with Kanter leaving his shoulder as well. You have a core with cap space. Go to it, Mr. Lindsey, and then find out if your leader is indeed the captain or just "Gilligan". Do you have a USS Enerprise or just the SS Minnow?

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

Brililliant and well said.

However, Big Al seems vulnerable to the real bigs in the business. Many of the really big guys can shut down his scoring and overcome his defense. He will never be ranked as a super star if this is what we are hoping for. He does not have the physical ability or presence.

Also, we should not be in the coach training business, that kind of talent can be hired on the open market. Good guys like Corbin are a dime a dozen but coaches they are not. I am sorry, the Jazz management is not structured for future success. Lets try to find something else to cheer for.

AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO

I believe the Jazz should still resign Al for about the same as he is making now if possible. If you start Favors next to Al and have him guard the other teams best big you instantly improve the d. Milsap was good but undersized. Bring Kantor off the bench with more minutes at both the 4 and 5 and see how he plays the next 2 yrs before trading Al. Hayward should start at the 3 with Burks at the 2. I also like Foye in the rotation at the 2 and he really helped the deep threat this year. Mo should be resigned at the point and then go draft a point to develop behind him with the 14th pick. Marvin Williams should be allowed to walk as he is still a draft bust and role player off the bench at best. Go get another shooter. Most improvement should be focused at the 2 and 3. Maybe sign and trade Milsap to beef up one of those positions?

TerryHaimes
Sturgis, MS

If Lindsey don't want to get rid of Corbin, he needs to go along with him. Quit buying tickets and you will hear some different music.
The five under contract would make a decent starting team, if all five work hard this summer could be a lot better than decent. Marvin Williams will elect to come back so Jazz need to try to get rid of him. Jazz need to resign Mo Williams if price is right. Jazz need to resign Jefferson and Millsap if at all possible. Don't know about last year's draft pick. Resign Demarre (sp) if price is right. The rest need a ticket out of town, maybe resign Foye, if he is cheap. Do everything possible to get the two Russians from the Wolves. Little Mo, Sheved, Burks, Heywood and AKA can handle the point.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

Corbin will stay...too bad...since Adelman might be free...Adelman would be a great pick up....Adelman + Lindsey in making team decisions would be nice...at least it would be a team...that Adelman would be happy with...and for sure...we would be happy as well...i think highly of him...for the Players...i wont commit to Al Jefferson Long Term...a short contract for 10M would do...probably 2 years @ 10M a year...with a team option for a third year....the reason behind this is that...it stumps the growth of your 2 3rd picks Favors and Kanter...if Big Al...wont accept a pay cut...there's a ton of rotational Big Men available...Jose Calderon could be a short term fix...if we couldnt get Jeff Teague...i think Jose Calderon would be a great backup PG...to a future PG...and would probably get him for long term...they could try to talk to Houston for a Sign and Trade for Big Al or Millsap....we get Thomas Robinson who'll be the anchor of our second group...and probably some draft picks...and Carlos Delfino...

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