Utah Jazz: Rookie Gordon Hayward to start tonight in place of injured Raja Bell

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  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    Nice move Sloan. Start the second half just like you did the game when Dallas blew your team out of the water. Hayward and A.K. playing at the same time is stupid, both are weak sisters, then throw in C.J. and he stinks up the joint, what chance do we have? None I would bench Jefferson also he's not doing anything. Lets see Elson, Mathews and Evans coach. When these softies don't play with desire and heart- bench them!

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    The only negative about tonight is Gordon, Sloan pulled him when he went out of Jerry's system. Gordon in fairness to Sloan thinks he is still at BUtler and trying to beat guys at times when it is not there. Gordon seems smart and willing to learn with a good attitude. He was not fed the ball much. It was like 4 on 5 in the first quarter. He has to improve because I do not feel he has yet totally earn DWIL trust.

    It just suprises me, Gordon has not picked up more yet but I will be patient he is a Rookie and I hope Jerry and the squad remain patient with Gordon equally.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Hayward blew his first shot at playing, lets hope he does better with his 2nd chance. We could really use his ability to rebound.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    @SJ- most teams don't do that great in the draft. Plus the Jazz decide by committee, there is blame to share, its not just O'Connor.

    @CJ- Hayward is only 20 years old, his body is still developing. Do you remember what CJ looked like when he was a rookie? According to David Locke, Hayward has the 2nd highest standing vertical leap of all the 2's and 3's in the draft this year. Despite being white, he is very athletic.

    Vince Carter is licking his chops just thinking about Hayward. I predict he'll last 5 minutes.

    The Flash are just licking their chops thinking about the return of Okur and Sloan's desire to get Hayward minutes.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 10, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    When Sloan says about a player that "you couldn't ask him to work harder," that is high praise indeed.

  • jazzfanzz Farmington, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    Why play Hayward in front of Price?

  • Griz Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    I hope Sloan is true to his word and tries to get more playing time to these younger guys. The Jazz have a really good athletic group that give them some much needed depth and versatility. Develop them now and it will help in the playoffs.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:19 p.m.

    Hayward will never make it in the NBA with that body. Find the weight room.

    CJ is going to go off tonight for 25 points.

  • SJ Bobkins Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 10, 2010 1:00 p.m.

    I would love to see the kid explode offensively and be OK defensively, but I don't think he has the body or the talent to do so.. Since the Jazz gave up three first round choices for Jefferson, overcompensating the T' Wolves who had no choice but to trade him since they had already offered MIchael Beasley to take Al's place. Beasley is averaging 22 pts, 7 rebounds, and shots 41% from 3 point range. It just doesn't seem like the Jazz had to send anymore than Koufos and the #1 in 2011 to Minn. for Al, a guy KOC drafted around in picking up Humphrey and "Mr. Forgettable" Kirk Snyder. It's going to be 2013 before the Jazz can draft to their needs, a shooting guard and a power forward. With a draft record of Almond, Koufos (to Minn.) Maynor, ALL BUSTS, how does KOC keep his job? I like Jefferson, but Kevin must take a ribbing for overlooking him, drafting a bad shooter and a man with severe mental problems and now coming back and wasting three-first round choices to "FIX" HIS BLUNDER. Love Jerry, O' Conner is deplorable.

  • John Stewart Pill Vienna, VA
    Dec. 10, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    Good luck, kid. Run the picket fence at 'em!