Jazz's season of hope veers off track

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  • OrlandoJazzFan Winter Springs, FL
    April 13, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    Time for the true Jazz fans to come forward..... We love what Jerry did over the years and will always be grateful for the memories... We could not build around Williams - he was gone mentally this year and physically next. That being said the deal the Jazz pulled off was brilliant. The future is Bright and exciting even though we are at the bottom looking up. Go Jazz - we will always love you

  • Walter Bellhaven Las Vegas, Nevada
    April 13, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    Coach Sloan was awesome. We truly lost one of the "greats."
    That picture of him with the tear in his eye breaks my heart everytime.
    He didn't not leave easily, and I wish him the best.

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    April 13, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    they will not win a championship next year no matter what they do. so they might as well draft a couple of rookies and see if corbin can mess them up. don't think corbin is the man for the job hpe he proves me wrong

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    April 13, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    I think the Jazz, even during the Stockton and Malone years, never fixed the holes in their system...They do not have any great 3 point shooters. They have not had any quality 2 guards, and they still have no quality big man to help their forwards.

    Eaton- a great rebounder and hot blocker, but no offense.
    Ostertag- lazy and kind of loopy.
    Collins-no offense or talent, just steady
    Fesenko- lazy and kind of loopy, must be what KOC likes in a center.

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    April 13, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    That is why Jerry was so brilliant.To the people who bash on Sloan for leaving the team high and dry , did you ever think that he might have known what he was doing the whole time? I look at it as a gift he gave Corbin and the Jazz. Think if he quit this summer Corbin starts fresh with no head coaching experience. Maybe he does good maybe he does not. But at least now he has had this half a season to learn from to gain from. He got a good taste of it and that should help him out a ton this summer and starting next season.

    I say thank you Jerry Sloan !!!

    I think the Jazz knew more about Deron not re-signing then they lead on. They had something big on him. Face of the franchise for six years then without any warning he gets a 30 second phone call? Yeah he needed to go. I couldn't stand his on court complaining anyways. Did enjoy the early years though. Sad...

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    A lot of people are understandably down on this team but lets face it, the DWill, Boozer, AK, Okur era never would have produced a Western Conference championship let alone an NBA title. Jazz management recognized over this past year that instead of being a perennial 1st round out in the playoffs they would rather start over and try again.

    As a fan I'd rather have a team that I can believe has a chance to win it all in the near future than a team that I know is lucky to get past the first round.

    It's not like the Jazz will be starting from scratch next year either, Harris, AJ, and Milsap are good veterans and Favors and Hayward are legitimate building blocks for the future.

    If the Jazz can draft well this year and if they can get some good, consistent play from CJ and Okur I could see this team in the playoffs next season.

    I'd much rather have a team on the rise than on the decline. I just hope the fall we took this year wasn't as big as our record the last 3 months might suggest.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    April 13, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    College is where it is at anyway. Hopefully there be a walkout/lockout. NBA=boring. Real excitement and fun is with college ball

  • mkSdd3 Ogden, UT
    April 13, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    I totally agree with the point that this blow up was inevitable. Because it was inevitable the Jazz have done the best they could.

    Next season we will continue to grow, but we will not make the playoffs. Big Al will need to learn to be a leader ( he has never learned how to do that). Favors is only 19 and has a lot to learn before he can dominate other big men. Hayward still has a lot to learn and will not start to be a go to guy for another year or two. Everyone will need to learn what Tyrone Corbin wants them to do. Even Tyrone will need to learn how to be a head coach.

    All of these things will take more time than just one off season. Have patients Jazz fans, it will take another year, but we will return to being competitive and in 4 or 5 years if we can keep everyone progressing we will be competing for a championship.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    I believe the take this article gives that Jerry Sloan left because of disputes with DWill, losing the energy to coach etc., is inaccurate. Management came to the conclusion after watching the team and DWill through
    December and early January that it was not going to compete for a deep run in the playoffs. They concluded they needed to move on with rebuilding the team
    including trading DWill.

    Jerry, KOC, and GM discussed and Jerry decided that at his age he did not have the energy to be part of another rebuild. So, they made a fast decision and left of his own accord even though KOC and GM wanted him to stay.

    KOC, then quickly moved forward to secure the coach they had been grooming to take over for years, make the trade of DWill to provide the necessary resources to rebuild 1 veteran, 1 potential star, and future draft picks.

    Pretty good effort to rebuild in one year rather than 5 to 10 like most franchises. It will be intersting to see if it works.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 13, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    It appeared Williams was the next step to a championship for this team. Instead his moody arrogance has blown up the franchise.

    We lost Sloan and then all of Deron's talent. Those two things have left a gaping hole that will not be easily filled.

    Deron's attitude was clearly destructive to the team. He demonstrated zero ability to lead and inspire his teammates to play above and beyond their individual ability.

    There is not denying his individual talent and I LOVED watching it and I am still frustrated by the absence of his talent.

    All that said this team was not going to the top with his grouchy approach.

    How many teams win a championship with their PG as their best go-to player? Even the Lakers and Kobe were nothing until they got their BIG's.

    The Jazz had to unload Mr. mutiny and I think Favors is going to be an awesome BIG for alot of years.

    We need to use these draft picks to trade and get some decent younger veterans around him and Hayward. The last thing this team needs is two more rookies from the draft.

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    April 13, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    I think I'm more excited about the Jazz than ever and I've been a fan since Maravich first stepped on the Salt Palace court. If nothing else, it's going to be interesting.

  • Hubble65 Sandy, UT
    April 13, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    Seems in the article that we face that old view again. The Jazz are successful in the media and in many fans view IF they get to the playoffs. Yes, being a playoff contender year in and year out makes this a great organization. Nope. Winning a championship (actually more than one) would make this a great franchise but it won't likely happen. Why? This team is in Salt Lake City and top talent will no longer stay here so you have maybe a 5 year window now to win one. Two, fans here I believe are fair weathered and won't endure 2 to 3 years of rebuilding in order to win championships. Finally, I don't think that Jazz management or ownership know how to win a championship. The choices the front office makes on draft day will say a WHOLE lot on the direction of this franchise. That is the real story, draft day. It will tell us if they are in it to win it, or just in it to keep the franchise profitable.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 13, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    They will be better next year. I still think the Williams trade was brilliant. The Jazz got a lot for him and it will improve them over the next few seasons. I am betting they will make the playoffs next year and will have a strong 2nd half of the season once the team gells. I am looking forward to seeing who is on the roster next year.

  • BelieveInAmerica St George, UT
    April 13, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    I think the Jazz need to really throw out the bath water and start with a completely fresh methodology. Gone is Jerry Sloan, the Pick-and-Roll, and gone is the half-court system.

    I say we bring in Jimmer Fredette and try a completely fresh new approach to the game, adopt a more run-and-gun offense like Phoenix, and try to be different.

    No coach is going to be able to replicate Sloan's system as well, so I think we need to stop trying. After 23 years people have become weary of Sloan's system. There is really no better time than now, to shake things up and create a new Jazz "brand" next season.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    to all the Sloan bashers, I guess you showed him? LOL!

    What we can surmise from all this:
    1) Larry Miller was a great owner and a great motivator for his team.....and he loved Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson~

    2) Jerry Sloan really was a Hall of Fame Coach....and we lost him~

    Face it we are in rebuild mode the second Jerry and Phil walked out the door....its not going to happen over nite....but given that Larry too is gone...its a long shot! Greg has proven one thing so far...he is not Larry!

  • Shawnm750 Lehi, UT
    April 13, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    I think the Jazz are in an excellent position to rebuild themselves for next year. As good as Williams was, it was time for him to move on (it would have happened eventually.) Favors is a great up-and-coming player, and we've got some other really good talent too. I think it's time to let Kirilenko go, along with Okur, and Fesenko, and free up that money for some better talent. Depending on what happens during the off-season, I think the Jazz could have a great season ahead of them next year.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    April 13, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    There is an old adage in the business world that when you have a change of management you will inevitably have a large disruption in the ranks.There will be a lot of turn over among managers as the new management hires their own team of leaders, and institutes THEIR philosophies. It was probably predictable that Sloan had to go. I think all of this pain had to happen, it's just good it all took place over one season. (we hope)

  • grj Bountiful, ut
    April 13, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    The question was asked "what did we witness?" We witnessed the inconceivable: Jerry Sloan walking out on his team - on OUR team - and that, my friends, is something none of you ever thought would happen. Call it what you want, but he quit in the middle of a season.
    At least CJ tries every night, plays hard even when things aren't going well. At least Paul Milsap tried to play through his knee injury.
    At least Andre Kirilenko tried to play through his constant back, knee and ankle injuries.
    And on and on we could go about Jazz players showing up every night and playing with guts and heart. But Jerry walked on them all, in mid-season at that.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    April 13, 2011 6:28 a.m.

    If you consider all the things that did happen to the Jazz they did do pretty well. Many of the Jazz fans will not understand or agree that this season is going to help the Jazz in the long run but I have high hopes and I know that the Jazz organization always proves the doubters wrong. We are the underdogs of the NBA and will always fight to be on top. I think that with our youth and the way that all the big teams of the west getting older Kid,Duncan,and Kobe are showing signs that they are in the final years of there career so I am sure that we will be taking over the west before any one knows it.
    I also love Haris's comment about wanting to not give up and build team chemistry.

  • Name Already Used Fort Duchesne, UT
    April 13, 2011 5:44 a.m.

    I've been in business a long time. There is a hard fast rule. "The boss is still the boss even if he is wrong." Sloan was the boss. As long as he was the boss he should have had management's full support. They always had the full right to remove home. Having chosen to keep him in, there should have been no question who was boss. That didn't happen--so consequences were paid. Live and learn jazz management.