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Published: Wednesday, May 1 2013 10:15 a.m. MDT

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Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

If the report is true, several posters on this board will have gotten their years-long wish. I will not be among those rejoicing. O'Connor, for the most part, knew what he was doing. The Jazz were fortunate to have had him.

milner
Centerfield Sanpete, UT

The Jazz were not in the finals in 1999!

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

The king is dead. Long live the king. It happens. Time to move on with a younger set. Hopefully, the Jazz will make some good decisions with the core bse of players that they have in Favors, Kanter, Hayward, and Burks. Youth must be served.

louisiana jazz man
Dubach, LA

looks like linsey going to clean house, even get his boss out.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@louisana jazz man
Lindsey is not cleaning house, and in fact I'm pretty sure he is the last person that wants to see KOC leave. If Kevin O Conner is going it is because he wants to go. He won't really say what he feels to the media, but you can bet that O Conner is fed up with ownership. O Conner is a basketball junkie and he loves this stuff but I think he feels that with Larry Miller gone, Gail and Greg Miller are in over their heads. It has to be frustrating to finally have the chance to bring in high lottery picks with a ton of potential and then see the head coach fail to develop them. This is the same head coach that the Millers gave an extended contract to that has never displayed the ability to be a head coach. I think I would run away from this train wreck if I were in O Conners shoes as well!. I wish him well with his next team.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I'd kind of like to know what the demanding day-to-day duties could be that are so stressful. Sure, he has to know who is available and what money can be spent, etc, but day-to-day? It's not like being an E.R. doctor who has life-making decisions at any time of any day and several in the same day. And we all know KOC was paid very well for his services, just like Frank Layden was as well.

Pro Baxketball (and all major professional sports) is way out of line with the salaries versus the responsibility and what players, coaches, etc are paid for what they do. And then they always grumble and complain!! Go figure.....

netmaster
Farmington, UT

O'Connor has positioned Utah Jazz perfectly for the upcoming non-fantasy basketball team building season. The Core Four -- Favors, Kanter, Hayward and Burks -- all have "future All Star" written all over them. Jefferson and both Williamses can be replaced. Jefferson has been improving in small increments but his tendencies to hold the ball on offense and his continued Boozerlike failure to commit to helping teammates on defense continue to surface, particularly in tight games and when the team falls behind. Marvin seldom adds enough on either end of the court to make much difference. He lacks that streak of meanness. Mo has flashes of brilliance but tends to shoot way too much rather than setting up his teammates. His man beats him way too much, penetrating at will and exposing the weaknesses of the interior defense. If Utah can add a couple of dynamic playmaker guards and a couple of outstanding outside shooters, the Jazz can be a dominating team offensively as the Core Four mature and improve. The Core Four have shown a capacity to play aggressive defense. Add some other players who are willing and able to play tough D, and long playoff runs could ensue.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@netmaster
Where can I pick up a pair of those rose colored glasses like you have?

In truth netmaster, I'm buying what your selling. I also believe in the core 4, and with some strategic off season moves this team can get better. What you didn't mention though was anything about coaching or ownership troubles the team has. Without fixes in these areas that hoped for improvement will probably not happen.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

KOC is like a boxer fighting 31 opponents but with one hand tied behind his back. He has to woo NBA players to a place they don't want to be (market size, perception of Utah's culture being the reasons) or he's forced to overpay to get them to overlook those things. He has to do all this with an owner who has goals that are contrary to what KOC wants, and with a coach who's in the bottom 5 of NBA coaches. Frankly, the fact that the Jazz are as good as they are is a testament to the marvelous job KOC has done.

Daddiooh
Orem, UT

You know JBQ, Someday you will be in your 40s and deemed "old" by someone and left out of contention for some career move. Maybe at that point in your life you will come to the realization that "youth" is not the answer, but rather good solid experience. But in truth, at some point your "experience" will be less valuable to someone else than your "youth" will be and you will wonder why people are thinking you are irrelevant even when you don't think you are. Good luck then. In all aspects of basketball--experience wins out.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@ Daddiooh
I happen to be already past my 40's and I'm sure considered old in a lot of circles, but you are comparing apples and oranges my friend. In the NBA you are considered in your prime after about 4 or 5 seasons. Remember, even rookies have been playing high school, AAU, and college basketball for most of their lives and so they are pretty experienced by the time they get drafted. The best players do continue to grow and improve but by 26 or 27 they are in their prime. The Jazz have some great potential in their young players and if coached properly should start becoming the "experienced" players on this team in the next couple of years. We could use some good "more experienced" players over that time to round things out but I sure don't want the Jazz to be building this team with guys that are already on the decline.

I enjoyed my youth and I am all in favor of seeing some good young players to join the core 4 and build for the future. Let old guys like you and me sit back and enjoy the ride.

Jazzsmack
Holladay, UT

@Brave Sir Robin

Sounds like an excuse.

I believe the jazz can do better.

But not until they change their name.

Really, who wants to be a "jazzy", tit causes no dread in others, and does not inspire anyone, and it has no winning tradition just 15 years of futility only to lose in the finals. NO true champion ever took 15 years to make it to final.

But in the old ABA, no one had any problems with being a "Star", and the Stars won a championship.

Names are your identity.

Osgrath
Provo, UT

Opinions!
A name change would bring a championship! Really? Why didn't anyone ever think of that before? I can see the anxiety in LeBron's or KD's eyes having to go up against the Stars instead of the Jazz. That's a whole lot cheaper than paying big salaries for good players.
Also, missed by one person recently, Daddiooh was referring to change in the head of basketball operations when responding to JBQ, not the players. It pays to refer to the antecedent before responding.
Of course, one person is too smart to accept that there might be stress in a job that is not in the E.R. At least the ER doctor doesn't have hundreds of thousands of fans scrutinizing and questioning his every move.
The vet correctly shot down the opinion that Lindsay is cleaning house. Quite the feat to fire your own boss, but it ain't happening. However, he seems to be putting thoughts in KOC's head that are not there. Kevin's job is to analyze talent. He can do that as well on the East Coast as in Utah. He can still work for the Jazz from there.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

Glad O'Conner is staying.

Sure he isn't perfect we couldn't upgrade there so why bother.

O'Conner has done remarkably well considering the ? owner he now has to operate under.

oleblu
Ogden, UT

Bring Sloan back........he wants to coach in a small market. (Utah)

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

If i had the russian's money...i'll buy the team...just to fire corbin...

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