I don't think West is in his eighties.
Water Rocket-- Bill Sharman was the coach of the Utah Stars in the 1970-71
season when they beat the Kentucky Colonels. Jerry West was never the coach.
It was a very gracious comment from K. Durrant. As for the Jazz resigning
Hayward, this issue is much bigger than the Jazz/Hayward deal, or even K.
Durrant leaving OKC. The REAL issues are the super wealthy team owners and the
NBA trying to fatten their own pocketbooks at the expense of the rest of the
league. Until the NBA can establish rules similar to the NFL, professional
basketball will continue to belong to the wealthiest team owners. Want more
proof than just the player's contracts? Consider how Jerry West has been
on the board of directors of the Warriors until just recently. For those who
don't know J. West, he is the former coach of the Utah Stars when the won
the ABA championship. Then he was hired away to lead the Lakers to
championships, including the hiring of Phil Jackson to replace him as coach when
he moved into the front office. Now, after serving on the board of directors
for the Warriors, he is moving on to the Clippers. Not a bad track record, but
he in in his eighties, so the Jazz are young and , yes, they are dangerous. Now
if they can only stay healthy!
@soutahn & @Brave Sir RobinAgreed. However...Gordon Hayward, leaving the Jazz would mean: Less moneyLeaving a great boss for your previous boss (who knew you when you
weren't as skilled) Leaving great co-workers you have good chemistry
withLeaving family-friendly/safer city to raise your familyGiving up
one of the most talented young teams for another (Although Jazz &
Celtics had identical records. Celtics got to 51 with a softer EAST schedule,
while the Jazz achieved 51 in the WEST with a league leading amount of missed
games due to injury)So asking your same question: Why would Hayward
when given the opportunity to get a more money, receive awards, and work with
"better" coworkers, leave and go to the Celtics/Heat? Easier route to a
Championship. The "easy route" is what NBA fans found
distasteful about KD's move. Since Hayward doesn't have those
same reasons KD had to leave, Jazz fans would deserve to be upset. However if the Jazz can't sign a great PG, then I'll understand him
leaving. But I'll still hate it.
My prediction is Hayward is History!! Mediocrity here we com.
I know this is a pipe dream, but it would be nice if his admiration for the Jazz
translated into him wanting to play for the Jazz. The Jazz would be a
championship team with KD wearing the green and blue!
@soutahnAgree completely. 99% of those same people who whine about
NBA "super teams" and "chasing money and chasing rings" have
left jobs for money, to work with better co-workers, or to work for a company
that's bigger/better/more dominant in their industry. We've all done
it - so why can't KD?
So, what's the big deal about Durrant fleeing Oklahoma City? Who would
really want to play with the human black hole, Russell Westbrook? And who
wouldn't want to play the style of basketball the Warriors play? Tough
defense, share the ball, and score in bunches. I agree, the Jazz have a good
thing going, but Hayward, Hill, and Ingles will need to return to keep the ball
@soutahn 100K vs 75K is a pretty big difference. I think most people
would take the 100K unless there are some pretty hefty bonuses that aren't
evident in the face value of that figure.
@Weige86I keep hearing everyone talk about Durrant's lack of
loyalty to the Thunder & only wanting to chase a ring. I'm a giant Jazz
& Hayward fan too, BUT.... tell me any profession that people are given
the opportunity to get a raise, receive awards, and work with "better"
coworkers & most of them opt to stay put? Bueller? Bueller?KD is not from OKC. Hayward is not from SLC. More money, chance at a ring, and
(in some cases) opportunities to play with great players, former coaches, etc.
No brainer. We all think that they are greedy for wanting to make $35 million
instead of $28, but that's no different than us making $100K instead of
$75K. Again, I'd hate to see Hayward leave, but I wish him the
best in whatever he chooses to do.
Keep fans interested, make a boring winter sport a 12 month sport.
Kevin Durant showing his pity on the Jazz.
Kind of ironic that Durrant would say that. "If they keep things together
" He who bailed on Oklahoma City. Same could have been said of them last
year but Durant leaves and OKC is middle of the pack. Same will be said of
the Jazz after Hayward leaves. It's a shame there is no more
loyalty in the NBA. It's all about the money and chasing a ring
"The blueprint for beating the Warriors hasn't been created,..."I'll create it: Make the FREE THROWS! If he Jazz had done this
one simple thing, and I mean everyone not just Gordon Hayward but Favors and all
the others, they likely would have won Game #3 against the Warriors. But GS was
able to "foul for profit" because our guys couldn't score at the
charity stripe. Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals...