The only bad thing about making it to the playoffs is... now we get to draft
24th.We will probably lose some of our best players who are free
agents at the end of this year (because people with deep pockets have now
noticed them and really really want them). And we will replace them with the
24th best player coming out of college this year.Then if we are
lucky enough that that 24th best player in the draft turns out to be a
"diamond in the rough", and we work with him for a few years and develop
him into an all-star... we can look forward to loosing him to one of the
California teams as soon as he becomes a free agent.Oh well...
I'm used to it.
I don't care if the team doesn't go all the way. That's
unrealistic. What I hope to see is the team being in the playoff picture
consistently now. That would require not only keeping the best players, but
also attracting more top-quality free agents and finding new gems in the draft.
In other words.... it's going to take a TON of money.To be
consistent, we need to get over the trend of Utah being a training ground for
young players. Spending our time and money transitioning them to being NBA
ready, weeding out those who don't have the ability to become NBA ready,
and then shipping the best players off to other teams as soon as they are proven
and become targets for other teams with more money and more media attention to
acquire.I can't blame the players for leaving Utah. And
it's not that they are mis-treated in Utah or anything. It's just
the irresistible lure of money and media attention (and championships) in other
cities. Our best players will almost inevitably move on when they become
all-stars and other teams want them and can pay them anything to help their
team.Salary-cap means nothing to championship contending teams.
No reasonable person can root against the Jazz in this series. There can be
only one choice.The Jazz are last last bastion of hope in the NBA.
The Jazz are the last team to fully embrace the "team first attitude."
The players display the values of loyalty, hard work, and sacrifice. In
contrast, the Clippers players display a "me first" attitude in which
each player is primarily interested in his own stat line.The NBA is
a far cry from what it was years ago. In fact, it should largely be condemned
for its greed and devotion to outlandish play. Indeed, the Jazz organization is
one of the last things to keep the NBA from imploding.