Favoring Utah: Beehive State becoming home, sweet home for Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors

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  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    I think it's too early to tag Favors with a "very little fire" description, and compare him to Swift or Brown. I think the kid is shy and did feel over shadowed by Big Al and Millsap the last couple of years because Corbin really never gave him time to develop and gain confidence in himself. He really does seem excited about what lies ahead however and I think we will seem him insert himself more now that he will be counted on so much more. You have to remember that some of the best minds in basketball invited him to play with the Select Team last year and then participate with Team USA hopefuls this year. I don't know if he will be a prolific scorer in the NBA but he has already proved himself a beast on defense and that by itself will set him apart from Stromile Swift of Kwame Brown.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Aug. 1, 2013 5:55 p.m.


    you're point was moot when you brought up the Clippers...how many years have they been in the league?...how many times did they had a winning season?...do you want me to take you down the memory lane on how bad the clippers were before they became a mediocre playoff bound team?...they are not going to be champions anytime soon...i could clearly name 10 centers way better than deandre jordan...Blake Griffin is a product of Hype...no D...no back to the basket moves...waaaaayyyy overrated....Lakers? probably an 8th seeded team...that would be out in the first two rounds...i guess that's what you like...a team who is borderline good...but not good enough to win it all....among the teams you mentioned only the heat and spurs have the chance to win it all...

  • meworkingman PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 3:30 p.m.


    Wow, do you always suck on a lemon before posting about the Jazz? I've never seen such a sour outlook on the team. Plus your team list is bunk. You think Boston will be better than the Jazz this year? Please. I fully expect the Jazz will sweep the season series with Boston for the first time in... well, a long time. And none of the rest of the teams on your list are in complete rebuilding mode like the Jazz are (and the Jazz still have a shot at being better than at least two of those teams).

    And what exactly was Favors supposed to learn sitting on the bench while Al and Paul took all of the playing time - how to wave a towel while cheering? The young core needs playing time and lots of it. Yes, it's probable that the team will lose a LOT of games. But I think it's quite possible that we'll be about where we were last year - 10th or 11th in the west. And if we don't do that well - hello draft lottery. A win/win situation.

  • dave22 SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Amazing physical gifts and a very nice kid... very low skill level and very little "fire". Does anyone remember Stromile Swift or Kwame Brown?

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 9:51 a.m.


    Everything you're saying is a real possibility, and everyone in Jazz nation knows that. All we are saying is we prefer shaking up this team because we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Mediocrity is what we've had and mediocrity is like kissing your sister. (Kissing a girl is exciting, but not so much if the girl is your sister). If we stink next year, at least we find out who our keepers are and we will have a great draft pick and tons of money to throw at free agents. We will have to outbid other teams for the best free agents, but I do believe some of them will still come to Utah if the money is right. That's our prospects for now. The old plan just meant 42 wins and a boring end to the season and we are ready for something different.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Favors can be an animal and is fun to have him on the team. When will he learn and who will he learn from? His offensive repetoire consists of 4 moves. Seems like the Jazz admin have thrown him under the bus.

    In two years time this team will have grown together but will have learned only one thing and that is how to lose. Admin will blame Corbin and he will be gone and then the team will have to adjust to a new coach. By then these players will be fleeing this state and going to a team that wins.

    Bringing this team to the NBA is like bringing the Provo high school team to play against the Utes. It will be interesting for the parents of the Provo high school team but the other viewers will not be interested in the bloodletting and the outcome will be known beofre the first whistle.

    Lakers, Boston, Clippers, Heat, Spurs, Knicks, Nuggets, Maveriks are all ranked above the Jazz and none of them have thrown the baby out with the bathwater when it came time to rebuild.

    On the flipside Minnesota and Toronto tried this...so far so bad.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 31, 2013 10:21 p.m.

    its nice to see a lot of positive outlook here....before it was a lot of negativity...let's continue to do this...support this team...and expect to have growing pains...let's not air out the negative the coming season...because i know we will get frustrated as these kids grow...let's be mindful that they are still young..and they will commit mistakes...let's focus on the positives...and instead of asking for them to leave...lets just point out the things they need to improve on....we need a positive atmosphere...and we need to fill those seats so that they know...we got their backs....that'll boost their confidence even more

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 31, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    The bold moves the Jazz are making this off season seem to be very supported by most Jazz fans. There is going to be tremendous interest when the season finally begins this Fall. There are a few "glass half empty" types that are critical and you know they will be very vocal when the Jazz lose some games, or they're not in playoff contention next year. I think they are short-sighted and not understanding the big picture. I wish the season was starting today so we can start to see what we have. Good luck Jazz!!

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 31, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    For all those that complained about letting Jefferson and Millsap go. It is no coincidence Favors just NOW finally purchases a home here in Utah. He was as good as gone if we re-signed those guys.

    As a rookie, Favors played better pick n roll defense than Jefferson did on his best day.

    Once this young group learns each others tendencies and gains some chemistry, we are going to be able to defend well because we finally have some personnel at every position to do it.

    Who will score in the paint with Gobert and Favors out there together? Nobody!!


  • Jefe-Ute SLC, UT
    July 31, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Hope the Jazz do everything they can to hold on to favors. He is a hard worker and has shown signs of being an awesome player. I like his attitude and will be great here in Utah!

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    July 31, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    I really enjoy articles like this one that lets us get to know these young men. Looks like we have a good thing going (so far), and I am eagerly looking forward to more insights on the other new fellows. This will be the most fun season to watch as these players get used to each other and enhance their individual talents into a well-meshed team. I'll continue to be the head cheerleader, fer shure!!!

    Go Jazzboys!!

  • pm2215 Clearfield, UT
    July 31, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    Great article! This is the kind of stuff that gets me through the LONG off-season. Can't wait to see what Derrick and the rest of the young guys can do this season.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    July 31, 2013 9:51 a.m.


    Under the current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), Rookie scale contracts are always for two seasons, with team options for the third and fourth seasons.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    July 31, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    Very good article on an emerging star. It is my understanding that rookies sign a five year contract. This will be "Gil" (Rawhide) Favors fourth year.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 31, 2013 5:32 a.m.

    I think that Kanter and Favors, with Gobert filling in for one at times, will be the best post presence the Jazz have ever had. Big words, big goals, good and exciting times to come. Glad to hear that you're feeling more comfortable, Derrick. Go Jazz!

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    July 31, 2013 12:28 a.m.

    Great article, Jody. I really feel like I know a lot more about the kind of person Favors is. We are lucky to have such a person on the Jazz.