It's stupid to 2nd guess picking Hayward over George. Both are good players
and the Jazz wanted Hayward. The assertion that there is no team identity is
correct. They have no defensive toughness nor do they have a 2 minute offense
that the team believes in. In Sloan's time the Jazz knew exactly how they
were going to close out games and it came down to execution. This jazz team
gives it to Hayward and he shoots an off balance 30 footer. They need a coach
that the team can believe in.
That was a great article and obviously written according to one man's
opinion. It still bugs me that the organization (apparently) stood being D-Will
more than Coach Sloan. It was well known for years that Coach Sloan was not a
big Player Ego person. You come to play and play how I (the Coach) want you to.
I think the Jazz have pretty much done everything right since then.
I would love to Paul George in a Jazz uniform, but the likelihood of him staying
in Utah in not very high. Hayward has more of a chance at staying which could
have been a big reason why they drafted him. As much as we love Utah and our
Jazz, the rest of the country doesn't really feel the same way. There is no
Glamor. A player isn't going to take his persona far being in SLC.I'm excited for what the coaching change brings. I'm hoping Lionel
Hollins gets an opportunity to interview!
I think assuming the Jazz could have gotten a long term asset for Jefferson or
Millsap is folly.My guess is that team looking to sign and trade
with them, which is what it would have taken for them to get something in
return, would have wanted the Jazz to take back salary in return, which was
completely contrary to what the Jazz were trying to do going into this season.
The only contracts they took on were one year contracts expiring this off
season.It also isn't as if Millsap or Jefferson were max
contract guys, so there was absolutely no motivation for their teams to seek a
sign and trade, because they didn't have to venture into the realm that
only the Jazz could contractually offer.So grading that move is
totally off.I absolutely give that move an A+. Now, what they do
with the financial flexibility remains to be seen, but the move was absolutely
It's an amateurish pundit move to grade someone on criteria you arbitrarily
set up. I'm talking about the idea that it is best for development that
they young guys play a certain amount of minutes. Kanter, for instance, totally
sucked for most of the year on defense. It's a totally accepted practice
that playing time is used to motivate a player to get better at something. Burks
is another example. He got the ball as a number one option coming off the bench
which developed his game and that didn't happen when he started with the
other young guys. Another example is that playing Williams and Jefferson helped
create a more viable team which helped the young guys more than if they were
just thrown out there to struggle with about one and half 3 point shooters. And
finally, Lindsey himself said he had no problem with the minutes and rotation.
I agree with a lot of your grades but your ideas about minutes and
development make it seem like you don't know much about basketball.
I'm impressed with your ability to read the situation, explain it and make
spot on analysis. You're impressive. I also like that you don't
candy coat anything and just tell it how it is. It's refreshing and
realistic. I enjoy reading an honest opinion and inteligentl comments.
Paul George may be good...but he isnt a superstar yet...he is a solid
player..and would be a great second option....i think Paul George is like an
athletic Joe Johnson....a good player...but cant be the number 1 guy...evidence
being the almost collapse at the end of the season by indiana...and their first
game loss to atlanta...i do not take away anything from Paul George at this
point...he is indeed the better player than Hayward...but we have to look at how
the team's system and players fit in...would we be better if we had Paul
George? probably...we wouldnt know...and i am guessing...the Jazz would let
Hayward walk...if the asking price is too much...Nik Stauskas could replace
Hayward if we are able to draft him