Utah Jazz full of hope, optimism as the season gets under way in Denver

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  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    I just love that we have a bunch of guys now who WANT to be here and care about each other and the team. I think that goes a long way to improve chemistry, which helps win games. This will be a great season!

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    I agree with Sloan. They will have both high and low spots to deal with. Let's hope character, and Chemistry shine on.. As a side not I'll bet Ming is out for good by the new year. He is just too big for those feet to take any more..

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    Looks to me that even if the Jazz are improved they will win less games this year than last. This should be true for other teams in the West as well as the east and the bottom of the West is better this year. The winner in west may have as few as 50-53 wins, the Jazz 48 to 50 and coming in as the fourth seed with a first round home court advantage in the playoffs.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    One game at a time! Lets get it on!

    GO JAZZ!!

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Oct. 27, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    I`m excited and ready to root for our boys,but also am going to temper that excitement,it`s a long season,I like our starters,but really our bench is unproven with Memo out.Miles needs to step up big time,breakout year,hopefully Fes proves his worth.GO JAZZ! oh,and Millsap...not to worry, 3rd in the league in rebounds possible all-star

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Oct. 27, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    Al's enthusiasm to finally play for a good team is contagious and helps some of the other players realize how fortunate they are to be here. As the season goes on, the rest of the league is going to realize just how good a trade the Jazz made when they picked him up.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 8:11 a.m.

    If you've got 'em use 'em

    Buckle up, it's time for Jazz basketball. You gotta love it baby!

  • netmaster Farmington, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    Even if the Jazz are improved over last year, they won't be expected to win on the road against contenders. Jazz fans are unrealistically optimistic about individual games just because the team did not lose in the pre-season. Still, I'm guessing the team will win 54 to 56 games this year and will be in the Western finals. If Fes gets enough playing time during the season, he could learn enough to give Gasol trouble in a series.

    Also, Houston should be included as a contender. They're pretty deep, the Great Wall of China is back, and they have a collection of good shooters that few other teams in the league could match. And they have an excellent veteran coach.

    Two keys to the season are the turnovers of Williams and Price. I see both men as improving in this regard as they mature and learn to take fewer chances. That bodes well for the Jazz and should result in more wins.

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Oct. 27, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    This Jazz team has been re-built this year. I beleive they "hope" they can come together quickly and learn how to play as a team. I'm sure the players are confident they can be good but it could take a little time to mesh now that the games mean something. I didn't get from the story that there is any lack of confidence and the team is "hoping" to be good.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Oct. 27, 2010 6:14 a.m.

    "Hope" is not a word that a successful athletic program aspires to. I leaves room for excuses.
    They better have some confidence and desire to have a successful season.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 27, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    The team is looking good. This season is going to be sweet!