Utah Jazz: Matt Harpring's love story is all about basketball

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  • clover
    Aug. 4, 2010 2:25 p.m.

    love harpring's straight-talk color commentary, wherever it may land! locke is play-by-play; harpring is color. two separate animals.

    fyi: many of us would take locke's voice and broadcast style over hot rod ANY game of the week!

    now... what can the jazz do about getting rid of lifeless boller, and his football/volleyball references? fresh talent, with b-ball cred, please!

  • Jopnilk
    Aug. 4, 2010 10:04 a.m.

    @ Jesse
    That was hilarious. Now i know i'm not the only one that couldn't care less about the wp48 score.

  • Live-In-AZ
    Aug. 3, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    Bugoff who???? Who is Bugoff?

  • Jesse
    Aug. 3, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    I like Harpring too but maybe Bugoff can run his wp48 score before we decide if he really is missed.

  • JFFR
    Aug. 3, 2010 3:01 p.m.

    I miss Harpring so much!

  • Jazz-Nation
    Aug. 3, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    Matt and Booner would be great together.

  • durwood kirby
    Aug. 3, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Matt, enjoy your new job. Booner, you're ok too. I like to see former Jazz players do well in the post-player years. Both of these guys have presented themselves well, in my opinion.

  • Long Lost America
    Aug. 3, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    When the Jazz finally realize Locke's high pitched squeaky voice is not a basketball voice, hopefully it will not be too late. Harpring, anyone, would be better.
    I refused to listen to jazz games last year and likely will continue to do so. Locke's punk personality over the years was excruciating to listen to on his radio show, why KFAN gave him such a pass for constant factual mistakes on early jazz history and allowed him to stumble in arrogance over the airwaves all of those years while trying to learn the ropes is mind-boggling. In the meantime through OJT he developed a passing knowledge of the Jazz from the 90's era on; still not acceptable in my book.

  • Henry Drummond
    Aug. 3, 2010 12:00 p.m.

    I think Matt brings a lot to a broadcast. I hope he can do a Jazz game or two when he's in town.

  • bgl
    Aug. 3, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    It's nice when talent, hard work and heart come together and make for a wonderful career. I loved watching this guy play the game the right way and I now love hearing his take on things. Matt simply has a great talent for talking about the finer points of the game and making it interesting and fun for the viewer. The three person commentary team of the Jazz--two of whom I loved as players--are very very savvy basketball guys, but they don't have Matts' talent for making it interesting for the fan. Also, their banter is very weak. It sounds doubtful that we'll get him as a color commentator, but he's a good one.

  • Jazz-Nation
    Aug. 3, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    I want Matt in the booth. His commentary and analyst skills are great!

  • USAlover
    Aug. 3, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    I ate dinner with a former NBA player with local ties about 4 years ago and I asked him the question: "Are any NBA players good husbands?"

    He said, "Maybe only a handful, but Matt Harpring was a teammate of mine and he definately was a good husband and father".

    Enough said.......

  • Johnson72
    Aug. 3, 2010 10:12 a.m.

    I think Matt should replace Boler whatever his name is.. That guy is just wayyyyy to onesided, I believe he is the reason I cannot stand the spazz.. Fire boler

  • Big_Ben
    Aug. 3, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    A couple of thoughts:

    First of all, Matt Harpring is the man. I really hope they retire his jersey, but he just didn't do enough Im afraid. The guy is a stud. I always appreciated his toughness.

    Second, I don't know that Harpring could replace Locke, I think hed rather have a color commentary job, rather than play by play. Locke needs to be replaced in the worst way, but harpring should be color commentary.

  • The "A"
    Aug. 3, 2010 9:15 a.m.

    Isn't Matt's WP48 too low. I wonder what "Bugoff" would say!!

    Matt you're the man!

  • ennayr
    Aug. 3, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    Matt's play reminded me of the good old days when players gave their all because of their love for the game and not their love of the $$$. I wish also he would replace Locke, I like David but I have such trouble understanding him when I listen on my computer. Good luck Matt, wherever you end up!!

  • Bleedblue
    Aug. 3, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    Yes, Harpring's class and toughness are sorely missed. He will forever be one of my favorite members of the Jazz! Good luck Matt!

  • Dolly
    Aug. 3, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    Pleeeeeze, Matt, Pleeeeeeze! Make it the Jazz in ANY capacity! Whatever it may be, best wishes to you for success. What a wonderful role model, not only for your own children, but for any youngster you come in contact with! Thanks for your hard work here in Utah with the Jazz. You were and are respected and cheered always.

  • John Wicks
    Aug. 3, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    Matt should be signed by the Jazz and replace Boone. Boone is terrible and needs grammar lessons very badly. Matt would be a welcome addition.

  • japete
    Aug. 3, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    Too late.... my hopes have been up since last season!!! Matt on the color was AWESOME!!!!!!! I would love it if he stayed in Utah ...but I will listen to him wherever he is!!! His passion and love for the game is so obvious and he brings a whole new perspective to the game with his knowledge!! Best of luck in all you do Matt!!! You will always be the toughest player I have ever seen!!

  • Jazzman72
    Aug. 2, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    You are missed Matt. You are a total class act,and were a fierce competitor. Best of luck with your broadcasting. I hope it's for the Jazz. You would make a better replacement for Hot Rod than Locke.