Utah Jazz: The team that time (and America) forgot

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  • #1 Champ Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    My first inclination when reading this article was to lash out at Brad Rock for taking the easy road and being critical towards the Jazz. But by the end I thought he had made a number of valid points - so I let off the hook.

    The Jazz do business in a very tough environment. They are in a small market city that holds very little appeal among NBA players. I don't really care what anyone says... The Jazz have wind blowing at their face at all times, they deserve our loyalty and devotion.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 15, 2013 3:26 p.m.


    Your criticism of Rock lost all luster when you used the dreaded 'potential' tag. Sure, I love the athleticism of Hayward, Favors, and Kanter, but I don't hold out much hope for All Star status for them. None of the three show me night in and night out consistency. They all struggle to know what they want for themselves. Are they tough enough mentally to battle each night? I don't see it. There is no bring your hard hat to work with these guys. To me, they look like they crave the lollipop more than the meat of the meal.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 15, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Here's what should happen. Greg Miller should wise up, let Sacramento keep their failing franchise, and move the Jazz to Seattle. Corbin's a good guy and a decent coach, but when Sloan left the Jazz died.

    March 15, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    I stopped watching the Jazz years ago, not long after Stockton, Hornacek and Malone retired/left. It just hasn't been as exciting or interesting to watch. Even with Boozer and Williams; I got tired of Boozer constantly being injured and Williams' selfish attitude (i.e. run-ins with coaches, etc.). I was glad when they both left. But the quality of play has really been non-existent for years.

    With that said, I have also stopped watching the NBA as a whole. Once the last lock-out hit, I kissed the NBA good-bye.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    March 15, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    So you think Kanter and Favors will be all starts once or twice maybe? Sorry Rock Monster, your Cynical articles have gotten old. They have potential to be much better than that.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    March 15, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    Deron Willams was on his way to stardom in his 3rd year because 1st, he is a great player and 2nd, Coach Sloan put the ball in his hands and let him develop. The core 4, with the exception of Hayward have been under utilized since they've been with the Jazz and it's only because of recent injuries that they have started to get more time on the floor. And low and behold as they get time they have begun to show promise. I don't know what Deron Williams future would have been if Corbin was coaching the team back then.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    March 15, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    "Realistically, the current Jazz are only interesting to Utahns." - Brad Rock

    Not true, the Jazz have many fans here in Southern Idaho, including me. Though perhaps, I still count as a Utahn; since I was born in Brigham City.

    As for the Grantland article, it is an interesting read, one that any Jazz fan should find engrossing.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    March 15, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    the article at Grantland's point about the Jazz being interesting was from a GM's perspective. Williams was also a top - 3 pick and played 3 years of college ball at Illinois. the Jazz are likely going to need to find their "stars" in the unconventional way, by finding consumate pros who make the use of their talent. Favors, Kanter, and Hayward all played 2 years of less or college so have had less time to mature as basketball players.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    There is a reason time and everyone else forgot the Jazz, they are forgettable.

    When the Jazz had Williams (the other better one) and Boozer and they rolled into a stadium anywhere in the country with Sloan as their coach there was a very good chance they would beat the other team. Didn't always happen but the chance was there.

    The team had the players to pull it off. Boozer gave the team 20 and 10 each night and never did Deron play at a less than caliber level, if Okur or AK had a good night the team won as Williams and Boozer just about always had the team at a position to win if any other player stepped up.

    Our team now needs the consistency of Deron and Boozer scoring instead the team has 3 players who are better than CJ...on most nights.

    The Jazz have cap space to afford
    Lebron James
    Dwayne Wade,
    either of the Gasols
    Kobe Bryant
    Kevin Durant
    Kevin Love

    And if none of those will come (and they won't) Utah will continue to dwell in the levels of mediocrity.

  • Queensland Jazz fan Townsville Australia, 00
    March 15, 2013 12:22 a.m.

    Lowe's point about the Jazz being the most interesting team in the league has to do with its future being as unclear as any in the league, in that it has lots of cap space and is looking like having two more lottery picks, three more first round picks, between this season and next to go along with a whack of cap space, and the fact that Utah has persisted with an offense not oriented around shooting (or unfortunately defending) the three ball when the rest of the league has

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    The scariest part? His point about after 3 years it was obvious D-Will was a star.

    Valid question about what we really have with our young guys. Lots of "potential" which is code for uachieved status.