Brad Rock: Utah Jazz continue to learn lessons from the Spurs, but class is dismissed

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  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2012 9:44 p.m.

    This is a wasted year, and a wasted playoffs. What can you learn from the bench? NOTHING.

    Too little PT for Favors, Kanter, Burkes. "We played the veterans to make the playoffs" you say? What's to say the Jazz wouldn't have made it while playing the young guys more?

    What we DO know for sure is this: No team will EVER win a championship with Jefferson and Harris as their best players, and no team will ever win a championship with Millsap as one of its two best players, probably not even with him as their third best. Millsap is a very fine player, but if he were on the Celtics it wouldn't be "the big Four," if he were on the Lakers he'd be fourth best at best, same with the Heat. If he were in Chicago or OKC, he wouldn't be the third best.

    So if the Jazz ever want to win it all, they HAVE to have better top-two or top-three players, and that will only come one of two ways: trade for better players, or actually DEVELOP the players they draft.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    May 6, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    One of the lessons the Jazz might have learned is that the team's overall defensive philosophy of taking away the close-in baskets by clogging the paint is a good one. Not that they have done it -- but they have watched San Antonio do it. The Spurs have showed how to defend in the paint, push guys off their spots, clog the passing lanes, etc. This is what the Jazz say they want to do. And how has that gone? But now they've seen up close and personal how well it works when it's done right . . . .

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 6, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    One more game and then the Jazz have some evaluating to do. The evaluation will center around Jefferson and Harris. One game does not set the tone for next season. Favors is an up and coming star. The clock is already ticking on him. This is year two of five. For Jefferson and Harris, this will be the final year on their contracts as with Millsap. Again, there should be some soul searching on the direction of this team. It is obvious that the way things are is not good enough. Is Jefferson worth his 14 million and is Harris worth his 9.4? Those are key questions which probably will be allowed to fester till the end of next year when it won't matter.