Utah Jazz thrilled to be back in business

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  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 9, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Jazz back in business......are you kidding me? They are a glorified D league teams....that's when the D league meant anything. Have you taken a look at D league rosters lately? Wow. Where do these guys come from....as in no-names. Why doesn't Stern buy all the franchises and then he can nullify any trade he wants to when he deems not enough value is being given? The Jazz roster right now is a collection of characters/wannabees. If a team wins 25 games they have a chance to be in the playoffs this season. Why doesn't the NBA just adopt my proposal, and say all teams are eligible for the playoffs, since the real players can ultimately go to any team they choose, and its FAIR. It's unfair what is going on now. Don't you just love professional sports. We can root for any team now. No sense rooting for your favorite local team. And don't get attached to any particular player. He will be gone when he signs his next contract anyway.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    yawn...the nba isn't what it use to be. The players are just spoiled children, with money grabbing unions backing them. Most people would love for a chance to play in the nba, and not at the salaries current players have. The players don't even try to win. They're more concerned about themselves, their contracts, how much money they get to pocket etc.

    If they wanted to market themselves outside of the arena and run a business that's one thing. But, to drain the owners dry...

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Dec. 9, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    To say the Jazz don't have even 1 player in the top 50 makes it sound like we're playing against stacked odds. I don't see it that way. We have 2 players in Jefferson and Milsap that are at #52 and #54, but then you have to remember that the best of the rest Jazz players are rookies or sophomores in the league. We have what I think are some very good young players and if the coaching staff can develop them we can have a solid team in a year or 2. Jazz fans have to have some patience and let this team mature. We don't need to be paying up for these expensive free agents and go into the luxury tax, but just develop the talent we have. I don't know if the Jazz, or any of the smaller market teams will ever win a championship (even after the new CBA), but we can be competitive and play some exciting basketball

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    Dec. 9, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    I'm excited for the new season. Millsap should be top 50. The people who compile lists of top players look too hard at offense and not hard enough at rebounding, defense and hustle. How many players made the NBA all-time top 50 list for defense? Answer: One. That was Bill Russell, but he wouldn't have made it, either, if had played on a losing team. Sloan didn't make that list. Neither did Rodman. Nor Payton.

    The Jazz will make the playoffs and advance this year if Big Al passes the ball more quickly out of the post and learns to play better one-on-one defense. Very few players in the history of the league have been good enough to hang onto the ball and go one-on-one or one-on-two and still come out winners. Jordan, Kobe, Chamberlain, maybe even Barkley, but not Big Al. Team ball will win. I don't care whether anybody becomes the "go to guy" for the Jazz. At the end of games let's go with the player who has the best shot within his range.

    But the Jazz have talent this year. I hope Harris is working on his shot.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Dec. 9, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    Unlike Doug, I am excited about the team and the new season. And I would love to see AK back and Okur healthy.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Dec. 9, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    With all the back to back and 3 in a row games shoved into this shortened season the teams with the most players that can contribute will be way ahead of the game. I hope coach Corbin can overcome the disdain for rookies he inherited from Sloan and give the rooks plenty of playing time so they can become comfortable in the system and be solid contributors later on in the season because they could give them the edge.

    Say no to Josh Howard and his 24% three point shooting.

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    I think jefferson should be top fifty on that last dvds probably millsap too!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    Millsap didn't you hear KOC don't use the young word.

    A great coach surrounds himself with people smarter than him...look at Sloan..has not happened with Corbin.

    Jazz have been disappointing in acquiring help on the court. There has been an extra long offseason for the administration to prepare and so far things have gone thud, no exciting new players, very little to hope for and not one top 50 player.

    Can hardly wait. The bear can take wagers at halftime if Okur or AK will be the first to be injured and out of the lineup. that will be the most exciting thing for the upcoming season.

    Alternative options are:
    sign and fire AK
    sign and fire Fesenko
    trade CJ
    trade Raja
    trade Okur

    all of these options help and draw interest and maybe help attract new talent to this team.

    What the team is doing now does none of those things.