Here are the facts. The Jazz really have little choice but to play all the
youth in order to adequately determine who is going to pan out and who will wash
out.Can you imagine the accusations of incompetence in two years if
we had re-signed Jefferson and Millsap and continue to play Favors and Hayward
limited minutes, extend their contracts only to subsequently find out they were
not worth the contract we gave them. Can you say AK all over again? The jazz are smart to learn who is worth the money BEFORE they give them big
deals. If you consider all the timing and strategy to coordinate
all the salary cap flexibility, the crop of top free agents next summer, and the
awesome deep draft all lining up next season the fans ought to be giving thanks
and not whining about a couple of losing seasons.The Jazz will lose
a lot initially but in order to eventually win you have to get a young talented
core playing together for years building the chemistry it takes to consistently
@ Jazz SourceWell it wouldnt be AK all over again because AK proved
himself worthy of that contract it wasnt just based off of limited time and
hope. AK was already a terror for apposing teams to play against before he got
his big deal which is why no one complained when he got it (ala Jeremy Lin) it
is also further proof he was proved when recently NBA champ Chauncy Billups (pre
AK's pile of injuries) was asked the question if a game of 2 on 2 out of
the entire NBA who would you want to be teamed with he picked AK47 out of the
Lebrons, Kobes, Prime Shaqs, etc... What derailed AK was his
injuries and maybe Boozer being injected into the team but pre-injury you could
go on NBA's homepage or ESPN, foxsports and there was certain to be a
headline with AK47's latest game. I mean he was one of the reasons
the team did good after the Malone and Stock era.Now if favors and Kanter,
etc. were to get big contracts it would be based on limited time and hope which
would mean you would be correct then
Amazing little word, the word "the". In you article, you wrote that the
Jazz going young in order to get a high draft choice is the perception. If you
had said instead "a common perception among the media" or something like
that, it wouldn't sound like almost everyone is believing that the Jazz
might tank this year. I believe that the Jazz are better, just less deep, and
that, barring major injuries, will surprise many with a decent year. Also, how
could anyone still be shocked that Alec Burks will play some point this year. He
already had played some point in the last two summer leagues as well as at times
last year. Go Jazz!
I said last year either we win or go with the youth movement. I am now wondering
how good some of the young core really are. We have all seen glimpses of
greatness from them but can they recreate it night in and out. Not to mention as
a greater fear of developing talent and watching them walk away from the
organization. As a dedicated Jazz fan I am intrigued but nervous at the same
time. I am excited to see the season start but also scared we will suck and not
be worth watching with the chemistry. I think that Evans is going to have a
career year with the Jazz.
I don't deny chemistry and a talented young core are important for NBA
success, but those things are not that highly correlated to winning a
championship. You have to go back to 2007 to find a team (San Antonio) who was
able to win the title under that model. More recently you've seen veteran
free agents come together and win a title together with limited experience as a
team (Miami, Dallas, Lakers, Boston).OKC is heralded as the model
NBA franchise for bringing up a young core but they've won one NBA finals
game. I don't think the Jazz will ever have the luxury of a
marque free agent signing (coach Sloan was our biggest draw) so hopefully one of
our young players can emerge into that caliber of a player. Otherwise we can
expect more of the same results from our team.
It would appear that in baseball terms that this is a "triple A" squad
competing with the big league squads. It had to be done. The team needed to be
pruned. You have to give management credit for doing the obvious. You just have
to wait and see what happens. Rush could be a steal from Kansas if his knee is
in good shape. Clark played well for Belmont an emerging small school. The
Jazz went for "the diamonds in the rough". Actually, Hayward could be
classified as such also. Sometimes, you just have to make the best educated
guess possible. Unless the Lakers sign LeBron or Carmelo, they will be in worse
shape than the Jazz with a star guard with only "one wheel". The fans
need to be patient.
If the Jazz finally learn how to play defense, they will be fine.
The current philosophy being exhibited by the Jazz hierarchy remnds me very much
of the way I learned to swim....Flinging me about 10' out into the mighty
Mississippi, my Dad told me to "Sink or swim!"....I fought the water
hard, but stayed up....and every time we went back there, with Dad's help I
got a little better....Before long I was swimming like a fish.I see
the Jazz looking rough for the first few games, before starting to shape up as a
team. Then, as they get attuned to each other, they will start being tougher and
tougher to beat. They'll lose a lot, but by the end of the season, they
won't be anybody's patsy.Consider that in that projected
starting lineup, we'll have two guys who led their college ball clubs to
the NCAA final game...That's not exactly chopped liver!
I think this is a fine group-. They will surprise many. Crow for many..
Maybe i am biased but I think the jazz have something extremely special here.
Will they be competitive this season, no, but they'll fight harder than
most "bad" teams. I cannot think of another team that was built through
the draft at every position and had their starting 5 all young and having them
grow together. It seems like they're doing it right and these guys are
oozing with potential. I actually think this will be Corbin's
best year coaching. He'll have a terrible record, but coaching-wise
he'll be excellent. Having a young team and a direction of where your going
will help him out a lot and take some pressure off. Hopefully they'll
reintroduce the pick and roll offense and focus mainly on defense. Most of the
young guys cannot score other than Hayward and Burks, but if they can develop
into a top defensive team, they'll be in a lot of ball games. I
cannot wait for this season. I know it will test jazz fans, but I'm excited
and very optimistic!
@I'm with you on everything except your Corbin analysis. I'm really
excited for this team and the new season to begin this Fall but I am concerned
with the inexperienced coaching staff. I think this team needs a real teacher
like a Popovich for example. A team like the Miami Heat could be coached by
anyone that could fog a mirror. Just stay out of the all stars way and try to be
a peace maker when they need some TLC. The Jazz are in a different situation
however. They need an experienced coach because they are all so young and have
little experience. I'm afraid it will be difficult for management to
evaluate Corbin because expectations will be low, so if we are losing a lot of
games it will be easier to blame it on the players instead of the inexperienced
coaching staff. I hope im wrong and Corbin gets everything possible out of these
youngsters, but I'm not confident he will.
Beat. The. Lakers.... That's all I ask.
I think the Jazz will win 15-20 games this season. And that we'll look on
this year as one of the most important in franchise history. There's
nothing more dispiriting than to follow a team that finishes 8th or 9th. Good
enough to kind of compete, not good enough to play for a championship. This
team will be young, and will take some lumps. But watch. Something great is
Sloan will be coaching this defense from behind the curtain. You can already
tell that they're building this team to improve their defense.
Will the Jazz re-calibrate their ticket prices to reflect the fact they've
already waved the white flag, 3 to 4 months before the season starts?
I don't believe the Jazz are tanking. It could happen, a combination of
injuries and people not living up to expectations. The Jazz were faced with two
choices, make the future Jefferson/Millsaps or Kantor/Favors, possibly another
combination of the four. They have either decided or have to decide if the Jazz
are going to be Heyward's team. They gave Kirlenko the money but took the
team away from him. Jazz management apparently think the new point guard can be
the future but if so why did they draft the fellow from Brazil. Little Mo is the
only one leaving that I would have brought back after they decided to go with
Favors. If nobody gets hurt this team makes the playoffs unless Corbin screws up
so bad they can't; however, his job is on the line and he should know it.
Sloan is watching.
@TerryHaimesMo Williams is a terrible decision maker for a
PG...would look to score first...if there was one guy...that fits this team
well....it'll be demarre....if the young guys live up to their
potential....and we get a guy like Wiggins or Parker...it will be
awesome....plus...if Trey Burke pans out...Marcus Smart...
Jazz are better...pure pipe dream. Didn't Lindsey come from San Antonio
who tanked not once but twice to get it's big men of the past and present?
Looks clearly like an MO to me. Look for the worst jazz record since their move
@King BlackInitially it would not be the same as AK as that was the
market at the moment he was signed but not long after he did not play to warrant
his pay scale and it went on for years. Regardless of the reasons
the facts were he was way overpaid for what he delivered and we want to avoid
that, especially since we have time to evaluate now.It would be
silly to not evaluate our talent under regular starter minutes before we pay the
big bucks. The Jazz would be derelict in their duty if they signed these guys
to big deals without playing them big minutes first.
I'm good with what they are doing I would rather be last than 9th place.
And i have said this before if we jazz fans think this young group are as good
as we think than we should be a lot better than 15 wins if not than they
aren't as good as we all think I would hope for 30 wins.
In another article, Ansris Biedrins is noted by his home country coach as
"absent" status on the team for this summer. When asked why, Biedrins
said he wants to work this summer to improve for this season in the NBA.
I'm sure he wanrs playing time, but it is also a contract year for him, so
he needs to impress. If he is serious about improving, maybe he will have a
breakout year for the Jazz. He is 7' 4" and 240, 1" taller and 8
lbs lighter than Kanter, so maybe needs to bulk up in muscle before the season
starts. Maybe Malone can help there - if he really is serious, he might listen
to Malone, unlike a previous 7' 3" former center on the Jazz team. He
will be someone to watch. Rush is another player to watch - he could have a
breakout year along with Alec Burks. Maybe Jazz management had something else in
mind when they brought in the 3, including Jefferson via trade to give them cap
space for next year. They can go either way on all 3 of them - if any of the 3
pan out, they can give them an offer.