Utah Jazz: Clean-cut Gordon Hayward helps team whack Dallas Mavericks (+ video)

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Jan. 8, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    I agree with dumprake...i have been saying this about Hayward for quite a while...since he was a rook...the kid has mad potential...if he is in the right system...unfortunately...Corbin's system kinda sucked...still sticking with vets...who is notoriously inconsistent...except probably for Paul Millsap...but lately...it seems Paul isnt playing with much gusto anymore...since he and Al are already in their final year of their contract...i'd like the team...to move forward...if we really want a championship...develop young guys...get a coach with a system that would complement the talents of our core of players..and get supporting players that would help...i think the team needs an overhaul...but i'd keep the young guys, Demarre caroll and tinsley...i like how tinsley plays for us...looking to pass rather than to score...

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    Memo to Corbin: wake up, Hayward is your best player, build your team around him, Burks, and Kanter. This team isn't going to make the playoffs this year anyway, so develop these young guys, trade Jefferson and start Hayward, Kanter, Burks, Favors...and whoever. Hayward outplays everybody on the roster, yet he is relegated to coming off the bench and is your third or fourth option in your offense.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Jan. 8, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    "The Jazz have been in the NBA since the early 70'S ... I don't beleve any other team has been in the league that long without winning a championship." - Paul J Henderson

    There are many NBA teams who have never won a championship. Here's the list:

    Charlotte Bobcats
    Cleveland Cavaliers
    Denver Nuggets
    Indiana Pacers
    Los Angeles Clippers
    Memphis Grizzlies
    Minnesota Timberwolves
    New Jersey Nets
    New Orleans Hornets
    Orlando Magic
    Phoenix Suns
    Sacramento Kings
    Toronto Raptors
    Utah Jazz

    Would I like to see the Jazz win a championship? Absolutely, but it's not easy to accomplish; especially for a small market team. The current financial structure of the league's bargaining contract all but guarantees that most of the above teams will never win a championship.

    As long as the current NBA bargaining contract remains in place, big market teams are going to poach the best players from the smaller markets, making it extremely hard for the small market team to develop a contender.

    Consider that after this season ends, the Jazz are likely to lose Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. Why? Because of the big contracts they are going to be offered by teams like the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Jan. 8, 2013 3:01 a.m.

    I guess Haywards going to have to keep the "clean cut" look, now that it seems to be working for him. The only problem is he doesn't look very intimidating. While I was at the game I thought I heard someone yell, "Get the high school kid off the court!"

  • jazz4ever San Mateo, CA
    Jan. 8, 2013 2:50 a.m.

    Fantastic comeback win! Now to work on keeping a lead the same way with good defense and working the offense to get decent looks. Things I liked best:
    - Burks not getting too excited after the 3 to tie the game. This means, this kid is aiming for bigger and better things!
    - Hayward, not flinching after TO'ing the ball on the fast break and getting whacked in the face by Nowitzky in the bargain. Instead he came back with a tough, tough layup.
    - Jefferson stepping up to take a key charge. I feel he is much better when he is put into a good role player role rather than the one who has to carry the team to a win.
    Now for a 3-0 record on the road!
    Go Jazz.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 12:42 a.m.

    Gordon Hayward is an "Eagle Scout". Physically fit, mentally awake, and morally straight. He is such an asset to the team and gives his best for every minute he gets. He is a super star in my book. thanks for being such a great example to the team Gordon. THANKS!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 8, 2013 12:19 a.m.

    I know that Hayward is still working on his consistency and the Jazz are trying to solidify the roles of their young talented core. But those who booed Hayward as a draft choice have to admit they misjudged him now. I was one of the few who applauded (and was mocked for it) this pick three years back.

  • Paul J Henderson West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 12:07 a.m.

    The Jazz have been in the NBA since the early 70'S. In all that time I don't believe they have ever won a league championship. I don't beleve any other team has been in the league that long without winning a championship. Some teams have won several. Whats the matter with us don't the good players want to play in Salt Lake. Some teams have won several championships during that tim. How do the Millers feel about the future of their team.