@CJ Milesyou do know...that players often times...limit the teams
they would talk to...example...Kevin Love...another example...Lebron James...we
may have all the cap in the world...but if that superstar doesnt even
consider...moving to Utah...i dont see it happening...to be honest...if we had
the team intact...minus corbin as coach...we would have been in the
playoffs...right now...with this team...Lindsey put his stamp on it...and i am
sure...he'll try to improve it....its not really simple to create a
championship team...if it does...every team would have won it...and saying that
the team is not trying to win every game...is just a slap to their face....you
can see their frustrations..in not winning...if you would see them laughing on a
20 pt defecit...then you can say they are not trying to win...
I am content with the Jazz trying to win every year. Stop giving guys like
Hayward, Favors, etc a fee pass to not win and then reward them with big
CJ MilesYou are content with an 8th seed in the playoffs. Just come
out and admit the truth.
Dwill would have stayed in Utah had the Jazz treated him better towards the end.
And don't go down the road that he ran Jerry out of town. Jerry left on
his own. They could have kept Al Jefferson to play with Favors and let Millsap
go. Demarre was an easy signing but they didn't even try. You can't
win with Youth in the NBA. But this management team thinks they can. Never
will happen. And based on fan's assumptions, no one wants to play in Utah
so when they become unrestricted free agents, they will all leave. So why build
a team around a bunch of players who will leave? I think the Jazz need to stop
whinning about the small market and start selling themselves as a stable
franchise that goes to the playoffs every year and start going to the playoffs
every year. This rebuilding process is just a smoke-screen for Lindsey not
doing his job. Even after Stockton and Malone retired, the Jazz kept on winning
and making the playoffs. Give the fans something to cheer about!!!
The best players will be offered max contracts from multiple teams at the end of
their current contract and even though the Jazz can offer the same money they
will go to LA or Miami or Chicago and not the Jazz. Durrant will stay in OKC
because that team is knocking on the door every year for a championship. The
Spurs best players will take contracts way below their market value to play for
championships. Lebron has a special relationship with Cleveland and so they can
sign him but you can see how much a small market team like Minnesota that is not
a contender has no chance of keeping an all star player like Love. Carmelo
wants the money and the opportunities available of playing in New York so he
won't ever wear a Jazz uniform. The best players the Jazz ever had were
Stockton and Malone and they were both drafted here and we were lucky to keep
them. We have to hope some our young players will become all stars and the Jazz
will have the chance to lock them up because they will be restricted free agents
when their contracts expire.
What would I do with the cap space? I would go get the best players in the
league. Most teams and players don't win championships. How many does
Carmelo have? How about Love? How about Durrant? So you can't say that
players only want to play where they win championships. Then everyone would
sign with the Lakers or San Antonio or play with LeBron. But history shows that
players will chase the money. The Jazz have just as good as a chance as
Portland, Dallas, Houston etc to sign the best players in the league. Salt Lake
is actually a great place for married players to raise their kids. I never hear
anyone that plays for the Jazz complain about the city. Small market teams have
just as much money as large market teams. With internet and TV access, a player
can make money on endorsements anywhere these days. Jazz management just has
you all brain-washed into thinking that can't sign big free agents.
When's the last time you heard management say, "we tried to sign
LeBron, Kobe, etc etc. If you don't try, you fail 100% of the time.
Hayward has put up better numbers than CJ but CJ just signed for around 3
million a year, not max money. There are plenty of coaches in the USA that can
teach shooting. Hayward has plenty of money to hire his own shooting coach if
the Jazz can not provide one for him. Hayward pushing the ball out of his hand
and does not let it release normally at the top of his shot. Even I could fix
him with a month in the gym. It's not rocket science on how to shoot a
basketball. His release point is good, but how he releases the ball is bad. He
has no flow in his shot. I am not sold on Burks. He can't shoot the ball
as a 2. I would like him a lot if he would become a lock-down defender and then
being solely a slasher on offense works for me. The Jazz should have never let
Demarre get away.
@CJ MilesTy Corbin...was coaching to save his job...not to win
games...or to develop players...evidence of this is few minutes for Alec Burks
who could have done wonders if given a lot of minutes also who was missing on
the coaching staff last year? that was on the team on Hayward's first two
years with the Jazz? that's right Jeff Hornacek who was Hayward's
shooting coach...the new coaching staff...focuses more on player development
which would be beneficial for this young team including Hayward...and Demarre
has credited coach snyder for the improvement of his outside shot...i understand
you dont like Hayward coz it forced CJ out of the Jazz...just admit it...Hayward
is a better overall player than CJ Miles
I agree Haywards numbers were not that inspiring. However, even coach K feels
he will thrive playing under Synder and he appears to be playing very well
against some of the best in the world right now, again according to coach K.Korver and Millsap were important pieces on that playoff team. It's
players like Korver that open it up underneath for players like Boozer, and
Millsap also put up solid numbers backing up Boozer. The Jazz would do well now
with an outside shooter like Korver. Hopefully Hood might be that kind of
player. What would you like the Jazz to do with all the cap space
CJ? It's difficult to bring in top free agents to a small market team that
is not winning. The Jazz best chance is to get some top not draft picks like
they're doing and using that extra cap space to resign them after their
rookie contracts expire, like they did with Hayward. This is why it is going to
take some time to rebuild. We can't just reload like the Lakers and all
the other glamor teams in the NBA.
Hayward was on a very very horrible team last year and still couldn't put
up the numbers. If Hayward were on a playoff team, he would be the 3rd or 4th
option. Korver and Millsap didn't take them to the Western
Conference final. That was all Dwill and Boozer along with Fisher. After Dwill
and Boozer left, the other 3 never did a thing that amounted to bring success to
the Jazz. Thus, Lindsey blew up the team. I always liked Millsap, but he gave
away too many points on defense by putting guys on the free throw line all to
frequently. Korver never impressed me while in Utah. His defense was horrible
at best too. I think Exum and Hood have more potential than anyone
on the Jazz team. The Jazz were rated #25 of all the teams for their off-season
moves. That doesn't tell me that the Jazz are interested in making their
team better. Other than the draft picks, they did nothing with their cap space
to improve this team.
@CJ MilesThe Jazz not only won a playoff series with Korver and Millsap
but actually made it to the Western Conference finals. The difference is that
team was coached by Sloan and not Corbin, and they also had an all-star point
guard (D Will) and power forward (Boozer). When you take away Sloan, D Will and
Boozer the team dropped off even when Big Al was added to the team. That is
what made it necessary to make the big changes that we've seen under
Lindsey. I do agree that I was opposed to paying Hayward the max but more than
anyone I hope he makes me eat my words. I am a big fan of what the Jazz are
doing but I think I'm a lot more patient than many Jazz fans out there.
Let's see what happens with a new coach and some new young players that are
oozing with potential.
Big dose of praise from one of the top basketball coaches in the country. Keep
it going, Gordon. Hope you make the team. CJ, Coach K said right in the
article that Hayward might have moved forward towards the final roster even if
George had not been hurt. Also, Hayward probably averaged as many minutes as
most of the team last year...add in the amount of touches he gets during a game
and he is anything but a role player.
Hayward, Korver and Millsap all tried out for the USA team. All were together
on the Jazz. So are you telling me the Jazz had 3 of the top 18 players in the
country on their team and still couldn't win a playoff series? Or is USA
basketball that bad this year? Hayward might be the luckiest man I know. He
gets a max contract (undeserving) and might make the USA team. For a role
player, he sure is coming out smelling good. Sometimes being in the right place
at the right time is all that matters.
C'mon, Hailstorm... his name is right in the article's title.
**Hayward**Let's hope you're right about this year though,
he has a lot to prove still.
Playing all summer against the NBA's and worlds best should keep him sharp
and alert, plus in good physical condition! With the emotional relief after his
wedding , and contract fiasco, this may turn out to be a very , very good year
for Haywood/( Hood ) position. For Gordon , new coach, new wife , new life. Bring Your game Haywood. You made this bed.
If Hayward makes the USA team and actually contributes to their success. Does
this mean he was worth the max contract the Jazz sign him to?