Keeping all things within context, it was an exciting and entertaining game. And
those are the primary reasons we as fans watch basketball. What I
especially enjoyed was the noticeable improvement in most of those very young
players from their first game. They seem to be adjusting and learning quickly.
For only playing together a few games, their teamwork seemed ahead of schedule
and without being pushed or forced. Very impressive... especially with their
defense.Though very impressed with Hood's game, it wasn't
a big surprise for me. I've watched him enough to know he will have this
sort of game fairly regularly. He's a true athlete. But what did
pleasantly surprise, was the game the big undrafted center from Australia had.
16 points off the bench and with a lot of effort and enthusiasm.If
he continues as he played last game, he would be a great 7'1" pick-up
for the Jazz. And for minimum salary, he would be well worth the money. This exceptionally young team has oodles of potential. As such, this
will be an exceptionally exciting year for fans. Snyder will end up vying for
coach of the year.
Some talking heads in Chicago are calling Hood "The steal of the draft,"
even before the last game. Hayward is clearly worth the money.
Come on, Gobert is much better than Kareen!
Lots of uneducated comments. Gordon just got selected to continue with the
national team so somebody who actually knows basketball thinks he has something
to contribute. The stats hounds on here who only care about ppg embarrass
themselves with their inane anti-Gordon commentary. Gordon is probably still the
best player the Jazz have on their roster. He is almost certainly the most
likely to become an All-Star and will probably reach that level before any of
his current teammates.Some Jazz fans have a tendency to drive their
analysis to zero or infinity. I was very encouraged by Gobert and Hood and Exum
last night but they are still not Kareen, Jordan, and Magic. First, let's
see if they can do it multiple games in a row. Then let's see if they can
do it against NBA caliber talent. Finally let's see if they can do under
pressure in prime time.
I'm a Duke fan and watched a fair number of games. Rodney Hood was the
only REALLY athletic player on the court for Duke last year. Jabari Parker is a
scorer, but has no interest in playing defense, doesn't seem to explode off
the floor for rebounds or dunks and can disappear at times. I think Parker will
score a lot of points in the league then again so has Carmelo Anthony. I
don't think that Hood is the next Jordan but I think he can play in the
league. At the end of the day desire, a killer instinct and work ethic matter
almost as much as ability. Jordan had it droves along with incredible
athleticism which is why he was such a great athlete. The same could be said of
Kobe Bryant. Only the future will tell what Hood has on the inside to make the
most of his obvious athleticism.
Brave Sir Robin, with all due respect, you don't know what you're
talking about. Hood is 2" taller and 1 lb. lighter than Michael Jordan. You
really think that makes a bigger difference than his desire, attitude, and
ability to shoot coupled with his coach's ability to teach the team how to
get open shots? If so, you don't know squat about basketball.I'm encouraged for the future of the Jazz. Anybody who knew what Hood
could do for the Jazz before the draft was watching, like I was, in ecstatic
disbelief that he fell to #23. Hood, IMO, has a better chance to be rookie of
the year than Exum does - even though Exum's potential is probably much
higher than Hoods in the long run. BOTH of them are likely to be major
contributors to the Jazz's chances for a championship run sometime during
the next four years. After that, it remains to be seen how well the young core
grows - as individuals and as a team.
@coleman51Do you realize that on multiple occasions--NBA players
have been over $20 million per year to not even step on the court? Like Stephon
Marbury, for example. I get that you think it's too much but go look at
hoopshype website. They have every NBA player's salaries and every team has
players that are overpaid.
@Brave Sir Robin:I remember the knock on kevin durant was that he
didnt have an NBA body either. That turned out just fine. Not that I'm
saying Hood is going to be KD, I'm just saying people adjust their game and
get bigger as well.
I know its just one game and its summer league but WOW. The Jazz actually
playing defense... Rudy Gobert blocking shots, dominating the paint, and
actually scoring on offense. Perimeter scoring from Rodney Hood. Some actual
speed on the guard line. I can get used to this.
@coleman51 I really hope you are wrong but fear you may be right. Just hope that
Hayward stays healthy and performs adequately. He may blossom when he is not the
Apparently Jody G. has been shown the Jazz draft board. Either that or
he's been told who they wanted at certain slots. If the Jazz don't
now care, would be nice if Des News published their entire board.
Hayward is very tradeable if Hood steals his minutes. His contract is only 4
years. It won't be until year 3 that he becomes expendable. Burke looked
great last night. So did Exum. I hope Motum makes the team. He plays hard the
entire time on the floor. Not sure how Gobert's game will translate when
up against the better players. Burke, Hood and Exum can all contribute in a big
way next year. When Burke and Exum play together, people are wide open when
they drive to the basket. Defensively, the Jazz will be better but still pretty
bad for NBA standards.
I believe the Jazz organization will one day regret the incredibly stupid Gordon
Hayward deal that may end up being the worst deal in NBA history, and even
exceeds the bad deals we have had before with Kirilenko and Okur. Rodney Hood
already is a better shooter than Hayward and may end up being a better defender.
By the end of Hayward's ungodly 63 million dollar contract, we may be
seeing a second string player that consumes an enormous amount of the Jazz
payroll. No one else in the NBA will want Hayward because of his contract so we
will be stuck with him. The Hayward deal insures that the Jazz will be a lottery
team for the next four years. Fortunately, we will be able to pick up some good
assets in athletic young players which will make the Gordon Hayward deal even
@ Brave Sir RobinAgree Hood doesn't have an NBA body yet, but
if you look at his Dad and his older brother, he'll get much stronger as he
matures. It's always a rough road for young players to find their place in
the league while they develop but I am encouraged by his potential and the fact
he can shoot.@VeracityOf course we'd prefer to have
Parker but we're talking about the 23rd pick.
Hood is good...I would still take Parker. Also, I would sign and trade the over
paid, over rated AK Hayward.
Temper the enthusiasm just a bit - he does not have an NBA body and will
struggle to get those shots against real NBA players.
I enjoyed listening to Bolerjack interview Hood's Dad. It sounds like
Rodney was raised by terrific parents who taught their son the important lessons
to prepare him for his future. Rodney will make a great addition to the Jazz
and our community.Looks like the draft Gods were smiling on the Jazz
Very impressive. Seven for nine is great even in warmups. The Jazz could very
well have a gem. The new coach is from Duke and now Hood. As Rick said at the
end of "Casablanca", this could be the start of a wonderful
Whoa, Rodney...nothing but net!
The stat line also does not show the nature of an athlete that Exum is. He is
extremely fast, made some terrific passes and was excellent on the defensive
end. This team was fun to watch with Hood, Gobert, Exum Burke, and Company.
There are five or six playmakers on the summer league roster. Motum did not
look bad either.