@TerryHaimes"Jazz management is not tanking. They are giving a
group of players and Corbin room to hang themselves. We'll see."Uh, so let me get this straight. Nearly every person with a pulse
believed the Jazz would constantly lose this season after they essentially
released every single free agent last season. Right?So the
expectation was close to the 1-14 season start. Many people thought they should
be winning a few more than that but not really that far off.Enter
Trey Burke. Enter Marvin Williams into the starting lineup. Ever since those
changes they are winning at a pace near what all the veterans were winning at
last season.So this is what Corbin was given to hang himself with?
The Jazz are now exceeding expectations that most had for them.Your
theory doesn't seem to be working.Most of our young players are
progressing more/faster than outside analysts expected them to. Trey just got
rookie of the month. Derrick Favors is changing shots and game outcomes on a
routine basis now. Even Hayward who hasn't been able to throw it in the
ocean all season is suddenly stringing multiple good shooting performances
When a fan goes to a game to watch their team play, it's always more fun to
win than lose. Always. The more a team wins, the more fans support it. If a team
loses too often, many fans quit coming... even though the idea of a lottery pick
at the end of season sounds nice.First and foremost, team owners try
to keep fans happy and supporting the team. It's hard to fit any kind of
losing (intentionally or not) into that equation. If I was a coach,
I would always try to win as many games as possible... in any way I could.
It's called job security. Tanking games will never equate to job security
in any situation.
Trey Burke has become a blinding ray of sunshine in an otherwise dark season
once headed directly on a path to become the worst, by record, for the Jazz as
well as the NBA.May the Jazz be as lucky in the 2014 NBA Draft!
And for the 2nd time the Jazz drafted a PG in the draft they get the 2nd best PG
that was available. MCW is tearing it up in Philly while Burke, who has had his
moments and is playing solid, is clearly 2nd best. Hopefully long term he is
better than MCW but that is not the case so far.
How can anybody expect to evaluate a draft after only half a season? The jury
will be out on the 2013 draft for 3-4 more years at least. Some of the players
mentioned in this article may still turn out to be good NBA players for many
years. In fact, I suspect that will be the case.behappy: The Jazz
resurgence coincides with Marvin being inserted into the starting lineup. The
Jazz were 0-4 between Trey's return from injury and Marvin becoming a
You can't judge the 2013 draft this early. Let us wait and see said the
blind man to the deaf fellow.I'm not ready to annoint Trey yet
either. Jazz management is not tanking. They are giving a group of
players and Corbin room to hang themselves. We'll see.
@workingman & Little AndyWhat a ridiculous statement this is Ty
Corbins fault. He is the coach and his job is to win. His job depends on it.
Do you seriously expect him to play worse players while better ones sit? If
that were true then you should be expecting him to play Lucas/Garret 30 minutes
a night.Blame O'Conner/Lindsey because they are the ones that
acquired and keep the players Corbin has to work with. This is the movie
moneyball in reverse. Lindsey should be unloading players that are making us
win too much and removing the option Corbin has to play them. In fact I think
he tried with the Bynum deal. Didn't happen.I'm no Corbin
lover to be sure but good grief, the Jazz have never been a tanking organization
and never embraced losing so suddenly we are going to collude with our coach to
intentionally lose games? Ridiculous.By the way, Trey Burke is the
reason we are winning "too much". 1-14 without him and nearly .500 with
him. Sure Williams and Jefferson are some glue and filling roles nicely but
we'd be in the tank if Trey went down with an injury.
The Jazz got the best fit for them in the weakest draft ever. Only a handful of
teams got a truly long term contributing player. Carter-Williams will be the
Rookie of the Year, but Burkes fits the Jazz better.Everyone
complains that the Jazz are winning too much. Don't blame Corbin or his
playing the two veterans that play. Blame it on Burkes, they only started
winning when he came back from injury. You don't want them to lose too much
because it can be negative mentally. These players know now that they can be
competitive. That is a good thing.Don't get caught up in expert
predictions. They claimed the best players from last years draft would be
Bennett and Porter. They all had reservations about Carter-Williams and
Burkes.Don't worry be happy.
@meworkingman: Ditto. Along with most of the fan base..
Please. Of course a high draft pick doesn't guarantee a star player.
However, the 2014 draft class is expected to be the best draft class in a long
time. This story seems a lot like a CYA for the Jazz's horrible coach. This
was supposed to be a year of discovery with the C5 (Burke, Burks, Hayward,
Kanter, and Favors) getting big minutes along with a certain 7-foot
Frenchman.It was supposed to be a no-lose season: If the young guys
couldn't cut it and lost a lot of games, we would be getting a great draft
pick in a loaded draft. If, on the other hand, the young guys caught fire and
won enough games to push us out of a top-5 pick, at least we would know that we
have the makings of a good, strong, young core.But what have we
gotten instead? Winning too many games while guys who won't be on the team
next year get HUGE minutes while most of the younger guys (everyone but Favors,
Hayward, and Burke) languish on the bench. When will the SL media quit covering