Utah Jazz: Ready for life without Harpring

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  • montana
    Dec. 3, 2009 4:01 p.m.


  • Big Buddha 2
    Dec. 3, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    How can you not like a player that hustles. Who cares if he cannot shot. Shooting is overrated anyway. He plays defense like no ones business, well if fouling the player is playing defense anyway. He hustles, and that's all that matters in the Jazz scheme. Hustle, hustle, hustle... he's like watching a real life Will Ferrell, the funniest man in Hollywood I might add, he's completely crazy.

  • Perry Mason
    Dec. 2, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    Harpring is living up to his contract. That is all that can be expected. He gets paid, no matter what he does....even if he announces his retirement. A deal is a deal.

  • harpring
    Dec. 2, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    should be coaching or sweeping the floors now. not the same as should the kids help the janitor kids not getting payed 6 mil. if i am paying someone 6 mil they will be doing something. at least sitting on the bench were we can see were the money is going. that is crazy paying someone 6 mil and they are at the house kicked back.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 2, 2009 7:47 a.m.

    I love the idea of Harpring coach.

    We should work out a deal where we release him and then resign him as an assistant for the same salary. That way Matt doesn't lose any money, and we save a little cap room.
    Then in a few years he can be in the running for head coach when the Sloan/Johnson coaching tenure ends.

    Harpring for Jazz coach 2011-12!

  • Re: Doug
    Dec. 2, 2009 4:17 a.m.

    Actually, Anonymous has a point. Harpring has been doing some TV time with NBA TV. So why he cannot be here doing it for our fan base is a good question.

    That aside, Harpring for me will go down as one of my most favorite players to watch on the Jazz. He just put it all out there. Miss you Harpring. Hope you get better whether you play or not. Thanks for everything !!!

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 2, 2009 12:08 a.m.

    I hope harpring isn't so injured that he can't walk.

  • jazz man 98
    Dec. 1, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    Harpring needs to come back at the end of the year and go out like Dikembe Mutombo did. Getting a career ending injury on some sort of typical jazz man/harpring swan song play, like a game winning block on kobe, diving on the ground for the ball, defensive rebound. Whatever, that would be sweet.

  • Matt gone? Maybe not...
    Dec. 1, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    When Sloan retires, you could put Matt in his place on the bench with not even a ripple. Same tough, in-your-face, down-to-earth... If you liked Sloan as coach, you'd like Matt as coach. If you hated Sloan, you'd hate Matt.

    Only difference, it would be like going back 20 years - the assistant coaches would have to hold onto Matt's jacket a lot harder, like when Sloan used to go after the refs in the past.

  • re: Huge Fan
    Dec. 1, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    You are exactly right about Harpring. He is a tough, dedicated warrior, always leaving everything on the court. My favorite Jazz players of all-time are Stockton, Hornacek, and Harpring. Big T would not be far down the list either.

  • Huge Fan
    Dec. 1, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    I've always loved watching Harpring. I love the way he plays. He was the only remnant of toughness carried over from the Stockton-Malone era. We need someone to step up and fill that void.

  • Thanks Matt
    Dec. 1, 2009 3:52 p.m.

    In reality it's one less vetran for Sloan to cater to. That much more playing time for someone who should be getting it.

  • rvalens2
    Dec. 1, 2009 2:38 p.m.

    Miles is right. Matt isn't coming back.

    But Harpring is going to help the Jazz one more time. Though injured, his expiring contract will be huge when the February trading deadline comes along.

    Matt will "miraculously" get better by then and will get traded, retiring at the end of the season. It's good for Matt ($$$) and helpful to the Jazz.

    Whom else will the Jazz trade?

    I'll leave that up to the other pundits on this blog. But the emergence of Matthews and Maynor have broaden the Jazz's options to pull the trigger on a trade they might not have considered before.

    Thanks Matt! You've been a real trooper. We're gonna miss ya!

  • Miles
    Dec. 1, 2009 11:12 a.m.

    Hapring is not going to retire until the end of the year. If he did, he would lose his money this year. No one is dumb enough to give up over 6 million and retire early.

    Matt is not coming back.

    Dec. 1, 2009 9:47 a.m.

    It would be nice for Matt to come back and end his career on a high note. He deserves that.
    What I am trying to understand is why you would quote Boozer regarding Max Hall?
    Does anyone car what comes outta his mouth?
    Its like I told all of you last summer, and I quote:
    Boozer will have his best year this year! Their isn't even a slim chance he will come up with a un diagnosable injury again.
    I just hope the Jazz don't let him hold them hostage.

  • Doug
    Dec. 1, 2009 9:31 a.m.

    Thanks Anonymous but you seemed to have answered your own question. Why doesn't he have to do PR work? Then you say he is a player. That is what he gets paid to do.

    Do the teachers at your school let kids out early so they can help the janitors sweep?

    The Jazz have KOC to spout and spew and manage PR.

    I love to see the Jazz compete, and more often now they seem to be winning which is great for them. They will develop that habit of winning and then it becomes painful and hard to break.

    Boozer has shown he is everything he was hired to be. I have a question though and that is about his scoring. Why does he regularly score 25-28 points but he does not have breakout games of 35-45 points?

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 1, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    I love Harpring, but why don't the Jazz make him at least do some PR work or something here in Utah if he's getting paid? My ticket money is going to a guy hanging out at home in Atlanta doing nothing for the organizaition?
    Shouldn't he at least visit a few schools or something and sign a few autographs?
    Seems silly, he can just stay home and get paid. Even if he is one of most fans' favorite Jazz players...

  • bob2
    Dec. 1, 2009 7:05 a.m.

    Yeah shirm, they've looked really listless and out of shape recently, haven't they? When they strolled out to a 30-14 lead last night, I kept thinking--why aren't they in better shape?
    PS-Think before you spout.

  • King Black @ shrim
    Dec. 1, 2009 4:40 a.m.

    Its called an injury for a reason, though getting in better shape can help, it doesn't mean it will keep people from getting hurt.

    A person in better shape just means they will be able to play longer periods of time without being so tired than they usually would be.

    Of course you have proper stretching and yoga type of conditioning but they just mainly help joints and muscle so if you break a bone or something like that then stretching will not matter.

    To help minimize injury one of the best things to do is to constantly provide the body with the right amounts of natural supplements so the body can naturally strengthen all of its bones, joints, tendons, etc...

  • re: shrim
    Dec. 1, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    If they're is anybody on the Jazz working really hard during the offseason, it's Harpring. While I do think it's rediculous how much athletes get paid these days, it's not as easy of a lifestyle as you think. He's dealt with some really tough injuries in his career that would probably keep a lot of guys down much longer but Matt plays through the pain.

    At any rate, I hope the best for Harpring and will always remember him fondly as a Jazz fan.

  • shirm
    Nov. 30, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    get a new trainer. Get these guys in shape. What are these guys doing in the offseason...not enough.