Utah Jazz: Team holds onto hope while slipping into lottery land

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 11, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    "I trust my guys. I believe in them," Corbin said. "I know they have the fight in them."

    This line...i laughed so hard...i cried...Believe in them? one game Enes Kanter was playing like a monster...next game 10 mins...if i was a player...how can i believe that coach who cant reward my effort...Trust? Favors playing one of his best first halfs of his career...although offensively he wasnt much of a factor in the dying minutes of the 4th quarter...he could have been a difference on D...so if you can't trust favors to finish...how can favors trust you coach? to make sure he gets rewarded with his efficient play?....too funny...and too sad...obviously Corbin can't coach to save his life...

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    March 11, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    "Corbin can't be a veteran coach until he sees many games in the hot seat ".

    So are you suggesting Corbin needs a chance to receive some on the job training? That's not how things work in the NBA. Phil Johnson was the assistant coach on staff that had the experience to be elevated to a head coaching position. At best, Corbin should have been made the interim coach after Sloan left so he could be evaluated. Management could then go with Corbin if he proved himself, or they would have time to get a new coach with more experience. But, management decided to give Corbin an extended contract up front and now how many more games do we wait until "he's seen enough time in the hot seat " as you suggest.

    Corbin is a good guy and he was a decent player back in the day but it just appears he is over whelmed at this stage in his career. There are millions of dollars at stake in this game and OJT doesn't have a place here in my opinion.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    March 11, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    Way too much blame headed Corbins way, he can't be a veteran coach until he sees many games in the hotseat.

    The Jazz had enough injuries this season they nearly had to dress Greg Miller.

    Perhaps the new GM who seems to be good at keeping a low profile and a lower ability to make a deal should be brought into this equation.

    Was one thing acomplished by keeping Raja's contract until now? did he save the franchise one penny? He did not.

    Did he negate any trades that might have made us better? Perhaps.

    Now that Mo is back the new GM makes the callup from the D-league, what about when we were down to the third stringers and cheerleaders? Where was this most impressive GM then?

    Can this group of Jazz win? the answer is yes just send them to LA and have Kobe play with them, or to Oklahoma and give them Kevin as a teammate. They can easily win then. However without a superstar or even two they will continue to be about where they are.

    Pull Corbin out from under the bus, encourage the players abnd light a fire under the GM.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    March 11, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    I hope they completely tank the rest of the season. They are going nowhere and have zero chance in the playoffs. It's too bad because they do have some talent.Fans can see now what a good coach Sloan was. He would not let them self destruct in the final 2 minutes of every game. He had an offense that worked at the end of the game.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 11, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Not a good situation.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    March 11, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    I just don't see the purpose of sticking with the veterans and pushing for the 7th or 8th seed in the playoffs. That would just be another embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Thunder or Spurs like last year. The best part about this season has been to see the potential the core 4 has when given time on the floor. They are young and make dumb mistakes but the effort is there and they will get better with more playing time. If we play the kids and they don't make the playoffs, who cares. That just means we get a better position in the draft and we have a ton of cap space to try and bring in additional players to build around the core 4. All we need after that is a new defensive minded coach and then I see hope for the future. Come on management, try looking outside the box a little here huh.

  • John Wicks Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    I would gladly coached the Jazz for 50 grand a year.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    March 11, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    The Jazz have barely made the playoffs only once since Jerry Sloan left, and even that once didn't last long. And now the best we can even hope for this season, and which sadly is starting to seem improbable, is to barely make the playoff's last place spot... again.
    Lack of consistency and the inability to win close games has been this team's nemesis all year long... again. There's an old saying which goes something like, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten".
    So far, I haven't heard neither the coach nor the players propose doing anything different. So is there any reason to expect getting anything different from what they've been getting?

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    March 11, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    I agree with the consensus here. The Jazz appear to be a potentially talented team mismanaged and headed nowhere.

  • genkidaiyo DUNCAN, SC
    March 11, 2013 6:55 a.m.

    The Jazz need 5 first round picks and a coach who can keep his timeand his team in order!! I won a couple of Stake championships as a coach so I am available for a lot less $ Jazz owners if you need me!!

  • genkidaiyo DUNCAN, SC
    March 11, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    The Jazz have always been their own worst enemies! This year is no different!! It is like they are giving the Lakers the ball on a purple and gold platter, ugh!!

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    March 11, 2013 6:24 a.m.

    There have been at least a dozen games lost by a point or two. Most of these the Jazz gave away. Older vets not playing well were still played with many minutes. I don't see a change in the next nineteen games. Stick a fork in them, they are done..

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    March 10, 2013 9:59 p.m.

    Corbin has been too soft on guys not playing D. He also seems like he can not get the right play down the stretch which is totally his fault. Jerry could call plays with the worst of players and get things done. Someone needs to put on his big boy pants and man up. The Jazz have far too much talent to have such poor results. Team captains need to hold each other accountable for botched assignments and poor effort. No effort should equal no min in my mind.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    March 10, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    "I trust my guys. I believe in them," Corbin said. "I know they have the fight in them."

    He is pleading for them so he doesn't have a mutiny on his hands and then he hopes he can keep his job.

    It seems clear he is too buddy buddy with the veterans at the expense of wins. Marvin Williams? He has played 2/3rds of the season and has been basically worthless 90% of the games. Sends a great message to the young guys or guys like Carroll who work their butt off in practice and contribute when they get the chance in games. Veterans play....no matter what.

    Every analyst and talk show host tv and radio said last season that the prior 2 seasons were unfair to judge Corbin by. (Half season Jerry left and then lockout shortened season) and that this would be the year to judge him.

    Well, by most any measure this team is headed backwards and down. They made the playoffs last season but they won't this year.

    Bye bye Corbin.