I am already annoyed imagining all the whining that will happen if we get a new
coach. I remember how poorly Jerry Sloan was treated by these fans, and the new
coach will not be perfect. I think Hayward is worth something close
to a max deal if we have a real star on the team to take the pressure off.
Hayward can be "the guy" when it isn't forced upon him every night.
He fills up the stat sheet, and almost had a couple of triple-doubles this
year. Having Big Al was great for him, because Jefferson was the go-to guy on
offense. Most of the players on our roster need that superstar type player to
rally around. Defense is really the big problem. It is sad that so
many people believed that Big Al was such a poor defender, when in reality, he
was a victim of Corbin's coaching. It would be nice to sign a guy like
Avery Johnson or Larry Brown even for one season to teach these guys to defend
as a team.
I'm not down on Trey Burke at all and think he did pretty good for a rookie
with a lot of weight on his shoulders, but if you take the same core 4 and add a
Lillard, or any solid experienced point guards and I believe you.would see a
much improved team. Maybe Trey moves closer to that level next year but this is
still a young team and could really benefit from a point guard that can drive
and kick, and find open players for easy shots. I wish Stockton would sign on
along with Karl to work with these young guys and teach them how all stars play
this game. Otherwise I think we have some talent and will be adding more to the
stable next season.
IMPROVED-- Burks, for sure. Most improved player by far. Love the
way he gets into the paint, and to the line. Solid future.-- Evans.
Surprised me by what he could do offensively away from the basket. Increased
minutes helped.MIXED-- Favors. Dominating factor in
some games, disappeared in others. Would have expected more from him in his
fourth year.-- Kanter. Gradually becoming a reliable offensive factor.
Could see him as a 20-10 guy. "Mixed" rating because, obviously, of his
defense. Is he destined to be Al Junior, or can he learn to defend?Neither of them could stop opponents' bigs in close, which is
disappointing.-- Burke. A few brilliant games, most acceptable, some
awful. Thought he would develop more as the team quarterback. Not thrilled
with his propensity to jack up shots rather than facilitate the offense. Cut
him a lot of slack as a rookie.REGRESSEDHayward. Why, I
can't figure out. Started the year very promisingly, but last few weeks
were downhill. Especially with the turnovers. Certainly not worth max contract
at this point. Can he rebound and be "the guy" next year if he stays?
It is the Jazz we are talking about here. Don't forget the Ostertag and
Kirilenko contracts, among others. They will bring corbin back. As far as
talent, the jazz have little. And if Gordon Hayward thinks he is "the
guy" he is more delusional that I thought.
"Having carried the burden of leading an inexperienced and talent-deficient
team all season..."I disagree. This team did have some talent.
They just didn't have a coach who understood how best to use them to win
games. The Jazz could have and probably should have won another 10 games. The
right coach would have made all the difference. While they would not have made
the playoffs, they would have been well on their way to becoming better
defenders and a better team.What to do now? Hire a coach along the
lines of a Rick Majerus. Someone who understands Xs and Os and knows how to
instill a defensive mindset in the team. Until Jazz management does that, this
team is not going to get much better even with a top five draft pick."Championship teams play defense. It all starts with defense." - Rick
Glad this agonizing season is finally coming to an end. What a waste.
I would think that if the Jazz wanted to retain Ty's services they would
have signed an extension before now. My guess is they will offer him some sort
of front office job. Of course the next question is who will they bring in?
Certainly a coach who can teach defense I hope.
Don't be surprised if NN plays their bench. This is the game to definitely
Orlando should be favored tonight over Indiana. Orlando has been playing well
lately, and Indiana's starters will only see pine since they have nothing
to play for.
The Front Office erred in putting this crowd of yearlings under the tutelage of
Ty Corbin...None have progressed beyond what progressing they would have done
with no coach at all, and some of them have regressed....What this
year's team needed was a teacher....one who could evaluate what he had ,
create a scheme which best utilized their particular talents, and then work with
them individually to get them playing within the scheme to their full
potential...Ty didn't fit the bill....He did his coaching by
screaming at the players from the sideline during games.....He didn't seem
to realize things like: You don't have the right to scream at a player for
not playing proper defense until you have personally taught this player HOW to
play proper defense.
I am certainly elated to move on to the post Corbin era. The last four years
have been tough on us Jazz fans. Corbin is a very good person and an excellent
assistant coach but we need a good NBA caliber coach in here to get us back to
Jazz basketball! Go Dennis! Go Jazz!