@dave22I think it's too early to tag Favors with a "very little
fire" description, and compare him to Swift or Brown. I think the kid is shy
and did feel over shadowed by Big Al and Millsap the last couple of years
because Corbin really never gave him time to develop and gain confidence in
himself. He really does seem excited about what lies ahead however and I think
we will seem him insert himself more now that he will be counted on so much
more. You have to remember that some of the best minds in basketball invited him
to play with the Select Team last year and then participate with Team USA
hopefuls this year. I don't know if he will be a prolific scorer in the NBA
but he has already proved himself a beast on defense and that by itself will set
him apart from Stromile Swift of Kwame Brown.
@Doug10you're point was moot when you brought up the
Clippers...how many years have they been in the league?...how many times did
they had a winning season?...do you want me to take you down the memory lane on
how bad the clippers were before they became a mediocre playoff bound
team?...they are not going to be champions anytime soon...i could clearly name
10 centers way better than deandre jordan...Blake Griffin is a product of
Hype...no D...no back to the basket moves...waaaaayyyy overrated....Lakers?
probably an 8th seeded team...that would be out in the first two rounds...i
guess that's what you like...a team who is borderline good...but not good
enough to win it all....among the teams you mentioned only the heat and spurs
have the chance to win it all...
@Doug10Wow, do you always suck on a lemon before posting about the
Jazz? I've never seen such a sour outlook on the team. Plus your team list
is bunk. You think Boston will be better than the Jazz this year? Please. I
fully expect the Jazz will sweep the season series with Boston for the first
time in... well, a long time. And none of the rest of the teams on your list are
in complete rebuilding mode like the Jazz are (and the Jazz still have a shot at
being better than at least two of those teams).And what exactly was
Favors supposed to learn sitting on the bench while Al and Paul took all of the
playing time - how to wave a towel while cheering? The young core needs playing
time and lots of it. Yes, it's probable that the team will lose a LOT of
games. But I think it's quite possible that we'll be about where we
were last year - 10th or 11th in the west. And if we don't do that well -
hello draft lottery. A win/win situation.
Amazing physical gifts and a very nice kid... very low skill level and very
little "fire". Does anyone remember Stromile Swift or Kwame Brown?
@Doug10Everything you're saying is a real possibility, and
everyone in Jazz nation knows that. All we are saying is we prefer shaking up
this team because we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Mediocrity is
what we've had and mediocrity is like kissing your sister. (Kissing a girl
is exciting, but not so much if the girl is your sister). If we stink next year,
at least we find out who our keepers are and we will have a great draft pick and
tons of money to throw at free agents. We will have to outbid other teams for
the best free agents, but I do believe some of them will still come to Utah if
the money is right. That's our prospects for now. The old plan just meant
42 wins and a boring end to the season and we are ready for something different.
Favors can be an animal and is fun to have him on the team. When will he learn
and who will he learn from? His offensive repetoire consists of 4 moves. Seems
like the Jazz admin have thrown him under the bus. In two years
time this team will have grown together but will have learned only one thing and
that is how to lose. Admin will blame Corbin and he will be gone and then the
team will have to adjust to a new coach. By then these players will be fleeing
this state and going to a team that wins.Bringing this team to the
NBA is like bringing the Provo high school team to play against the Utes. It
will be interesting for the parents of the Provo high school team but the other
viewers will not be interested in the bloodletting and the outcome will be known
beofre the first whistle.Lakers, Boston, Clippers, Heat, Spurs,
Knicks, Nuggets, Maveriks are all ranked above the Jazz and none of them have
thrown the baby out with the bathwater when it came time to rebuild. On the flipside Minnesota and Toronto tried this...so far so bad.
its nice to see a lot of positive outlook here....before it was a lot of
negativity...let's continue to do this...support this team...and expect to
have growing pains...let's not air out the negative the coming
season...because i know we will get frustrated as these kids grow...let's
be mindful that they are still young..and they will commit mistakes...let's
focus on the positives...and instead of asking for them to leave...lets just
point out the things they need to improve on....we need a positive
atmosphere...and we need to fill those seats so that they know...we got their
backs....that'll boost their confidence even more
The bold moves the Jazz are making this off season seem to be very supported by
most Jazz fans. There is going to be tremendous interest when the season finally
begins this Fall. There are a few "glass half empty" types that are
critical and you know they will be very vocal when the Jazz lose some games, or
they're not in playoff contention next year. I think they are short-sighted
and not understanding the big picture. I wish the season was starting today so
we can start to see what we have. Good luck Jazz!!
For all those that complained about letting Jefferson and Millsap go. It is no
coincidence Favors just NOW finally purchases a home here in Utah. He was as
good as gone if we re-signed those guys.As a rookie, Favors played
better pick n roll defense than Jefferson did on his best day.Once
this young group learns each others tendencies and gains some chemistry, we are
going to be able to defend well because we finally have some personnel at every
position to do it.Who will score in the paint with Gobert and Favors
out there together? Nobody!!Hallelujah!
Hope the Jazz do everything they can to hold on to favors. He is a hard worker
and has shown signs of being an awesome player. I like his attitude and will be
great here in Utah!
I really enjoy articles like this one that lets us get to know these young men.
Looks like we have a good thing going (so far), and I am eagerly looking forward
to more insights on the other new fellows. This will be the most fun season to
watch as these players get used to each other and enhance their individual
talents into a well-meshed team. I'll continue to be the head cheerleader,
fer shure!!!Go Jazzboys!!
Great article! This is the kind of stuff that gets me through the LONG
off-season. Can't wait to see what Derrick and the rest of the young guys
can do this season.
@JBQUnder the current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), Rookie
scale contracts are always for two seasons, with team options for the third and
Very good article on an emerging star. It is my understanding that rookies sign
a five year contract. This will be "Gil" (Rawhide) Favors fourth year.
I think that Kanter and Favors, with Gobert filling in for one at times, will be
the best post presence the Jazz have ever had. Big words, big goals, good and
exciting times to come. Glad to hear that you're feeling more comfortable,
Derrick. Go Jazz!
Great article, Jody. I really feel like I know a lot more about the kind of
person Favors is. We are lucky to have such a person on the Jazz.