Utah Jazz: 'Underachieving' but 'OK' so far into season

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  • Bring Back Sloan Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 12:06 a.m.

    All this bickering amongst us fans is rather silly. It's obvious we all love our Jazz and want them to perform at a level that we've become accustomed too...thanks for spoiling us Stockton, Malone & coach Sloan.

    Bottom line, the Jazz has always been a top notch organization and the team (including the coaching staff) needs to step it up. I can handle them losing, as long as they're giving it their all and playing their tails off. This season, so far, the only one that's been playing hard whenever he gets on the court has been Demarre Carroll.

    With so many new faces on the team, there's gonna be some tough dynamics and it's up to the coaching staff to figure that out and make it work...and give the young guys more playing time!!!!

    And, if that doesn't work, bring back Sloan!!!

    Dec. 8, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    Best regular season NBA record is 72-10 by the 95-96 Bulls, winning almost 88%. I guess no team in NBA history deserves an A grade by plyxply's standards. The top 10 teams in NBA history have an average 80% winning record, so I guess the best teams ever are only collectively worthy of a B-. Winning 50% is hardly an F in any sport.

    plyxply - you are a great fan in your own mind I'm sure, and are likely not used to making relevant analogies. You're exactly the type of fan organizations hate - a chronic whiner who expects perfection immediately and constantly. You should probably just scour the top 3 teams in every sport, and pick one to cheer for. Make sure they're in L.A., New York and the SEC, because most other teams have more downs to go with their ups over the years.

    Most of us are happy with a very decent team to follow, that despite some mediocre play gives us glimpses of potential for improvement and something greater to hope for.
    Maybe sports are more fun if you're not like Laker fans who cry if they don't get a championship every year.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Dec. 8, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    Obvious lack of defense is losing games for the Jazz. I am a casual fan and I can see that.
    Like Boozer used to do....just stand around and watch them score. that is unacceptale for guys being paid well for doing their best.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Dec. 8, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    I would have said that a B- sounds about right. Except for the fact that--the other night--with Jerry Sloan sitting in the stands, they allowed the LA Clippers to out tough them, erase a ten point (or so) lead and score about thirty in the fourth quarter. That dropped them right down to C land. C plus at best.

    As far as the tone and comments from the players and coach Corbin---I don't really take too much from that. How they choose to speak to the media is probably not the most accurate reflection of who and what they are--but I certainly could stand to see more fire and passion on the defensive end when guys on the opposing teams are cruising toward the basket with the round, orange thing in their hands. Everyone on defense should be made aware of the fact that they are allowed to try and stop that person (all the time--not just when the crowd is loudly encouraging them to do so) and no one is going to accuse them of being mean if they should happen to pick up a foul.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 8, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    dustin for those of you new fans Sloan expected a great effort every night from every one of his players so yes he did call out his players all of the time and they knew they couldn't get away with a poor effort.
    You are a great TV fan I'm sure, and are likely not used to doing whatever it takes to be successful and you are exactly the type of fan the new Jazz organization loves, someone who is happy with mediocrity and half efforts.

  • Scandrus Cedar Hills, Utah
    Dec. 8, 2012 1:56 a.m.

    Go to a game and sit where you can hear the coach, Corbin "calls out" his players all the time. If you expect him to do it in the press your nuts, it will not happen and it shouldn't happen. Also, to the guy who said .500 winning percentage would be an F, keep in mind the team is graded on a curve that is dependent on what the rest of the teams do. I would give the Jazz a solid B- for the season so far.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 7, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    Ha ha ha! I think it is so funny that they make reference to driving 10 MPH under the speed limit in the fast lane. That is exactly how people drive in Utah.

    @plyxply--I don't remember Sloan calling out his best players for not giving a good effort. Is that what makes a good coach? Perhaps you need to study up on your basketball.... or root for a team where they have a lot of public drama. We don't need you.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    Um, if you only get 50% on a test it's an F. Of course for Corbin and the Jazz front office that means half of the games were A's and half of the games were moral victories which I guess equals out to a B.
    It's so disappointing to watch this team which is content with being mediocre and it comes down from the top. Corbin doesn't expect great things from this team. I've never once heard him call out his best players for not giving a good effort, yet nearly every night several players let their guys blow right by for easy layups. I guess Sloan spoiled Jazz fans by expecting a good effort every night and holding his players accountable.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    With all the new faces that aren't used to playing with each other, and so many road games early in the season, their record is better than I'd expected.

    I think they'll make the playoffs, but whether they advance depends on injury issues and getting used to each other enough.

    Sure do miss having a superstar to follow.