Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward is more concerned about defense than shooting

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  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    Oct. 15, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    Soft. Tentative. Shy. Intimidated. I'm not exactly sure what the emotion or issue is but watching last nights game, when Hayward got in the paint, he was NOT agressive. He didn't go strong to the basket. He had more than 1 opportunity to go strong to the rim and he settled for a soft half-layup.

    I'm not worried about point. Those may come. But for now, they'll be from outside. He's the antithesis of Ronnie Brewer, or Tyreke Evans for that matter. Gordon his soft. When he goes in the paint, he needs to get an attitude and go strong to the rim. That's NOT what I saw last night.

    On the flip side, Fes actually played strong and big around the rim last night. It was a pleasant surprise.

    All in all, I'm actually getting excited about the season. This will be the most energetic and athletic team we've had and that makes for exciting basketball. Go Jazz!!

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Oct. 15, 2010 5:54 a.m.

    No worries here on Hayward's shot. Like he says, it all just needs to slow down for him a little.

    Good to hear that Sloan is going to have him in the rotation. The Jazz need at least one smart passer on the floor at all times, and he can rebound and bring the ball up the court, too. I thought he might be playing the first month or two for the Flash, but being on the bench is good, too, as long as he gets more than just mop-up minutes every game.