Play to win, Jazz, like I know you will. Tanking talk detracts from my enjoyment
of this team and also leaves me suspecting that those who espouse it know few
humans who will stick by their values even when doing so might cause them some
short-term grief. This is my last post for a while. I have a writing project to
finish and my postings here don't seem to be influencing much positive
thought, anyway. Go Jazz!
"As one former NBA coach said a few weeks ago, management might sometimes
want to tank, but players? Not likely. Who wants to play poorly so someone can
take their job?"As Jazz Source source pointed out, Management
can, and maybe should, trade away the talent they aren't trying to grow for
the future and hope the young ones will lose enough games to put the Jazz in a
good lottery position, no matter how hard they and Corbin try to win games.
I have never wanted the Jazz to tank on purpose. All I have wanted is for Corbin
to play (as much as possible) the players who will be here next season. Those
are the players who I want the Jazz to win or lose with. Not playing them as
much as possible is retarding their development.Jefferson, Williams,
and Biedrins are not going to be here in the Fall. Why? Jefferson and Biedrins
just don't fit into the Jazz long range plans and Marvin William's
asking price (to stay with the Jazz) will likely be way too high for Jazz
management to stomach. That money is going to be needed to keep Hayward in the
fold. The only player that might stick around is Brandon Rush and I give him
only a 60% chance of still being here in September.
Coach and players have nor role in all this "tanking" business. If
Lindsey wants to get serious about tanking he needs to unload Marvin Williams
and Richard Jefferson. As long as Corbin has those two he will continue to play
them and they are the glue in some of these wins. Money ball in reverse
maybe?William/Jefferson are not taking over games but they are
making some plays that help make the difference. We were losing at a good clip
until they benched Kanter and insterted Williams. Jefferson is shooting nearly
42% from 3 point range. That sure won't help tanking. Marvin is defending
well and did a decent job on Durrant despite the points he ended up with. Did
you see how many shots he had to take to get those points? Mission accomplished
and it was Williams and Jefferson who guarded him all night.Trading
or injuries seem to be the only options if people are interested in losing more.
Trey Burke or Favors go down with injury and this team would be in free fall.
There is nobody that can step in and provide what they do every night.