Brad Rock: Jazz's curse is playing in the West

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  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 5:08 p.m.

    Richie, Popovich would be a great coach. Which rookies are you talking about? And with the most veteran lineup in basketball I'd bet he can blend in the rookies. Two big men? Are you talking Tim Duncan? If we had Duncan as one of the two, we could play both at the same time too. Duncan and Spitter are not Favors and Kanter. Really. I'd take Spitter over Favors or Kanter right now. Hopefully Dennis can build a really good team in Utah within three years. Getting players to stay here is the big problem, not because of Corbin, it's because it's Utah. It's bad winters and small town stuff for most people. I'm not a Corbin fan, but I'm not blaming him in every sentence for everything wrong in Utah. I already think he could be more versatile than Sloan. I've been a season ticket holder since Layden was here. Jerry squandered many a good rookie. He pulled Stockton with six minutes to go in every first quarter of Johns career, no matter how hot he was. He never called timeout to stop a long run from an opponent.

  • srw Riverton, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    In fact the East-West imbalance is worse than reported here. Western conference teams play each other about twice as much as they play teams from the East. If they played all teams on an equal basis, the records in the West would be even better, and those in the East would be even worse.

    General and obvious principle for all sports: if you want things to be fair, get rid of conferences and divisions. And isn't it obvious that things should be fair? I guess to the owners and leagues, some things are more important than fairness...

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    I don't know which Michael Thompson fortydam is referring to but the kind of coach I would like to see would think and act like Gregg Popovich. He makes good use of rookies and can play two big men at once.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    gehelmke, the Jazz need to show case the vets for a sign and trade. More important than anything is the flexibility to get the perfect role players in a Spurs like building fashion. And get off the Corbin thing, he doesn't decide how much they play the Vets. He might have everything to do with substitutions, but nothing to do with direction. Between you and Richie in St. George the Corbin blame game has reached nails on the blackboard pitch. Corbin cannot be blamed for the disastrous start without a point guard, and then the winning too much because of the Vets. And what happened to all of the Marvin Williams banter? Now that he's getting healthy he is playing very well. I'm sure that Richie supports a Michael Thompson like for coach, are you in favor of that?

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    The Jazz curse is that they don't know how to tank a season in the Jabbari sweepstakes. Everyone in the East is trying their best to lose games.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    Jan. 1, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    @Man in Charge.....I think you can forget about Jabari...Unless the Jazz do some wheeling and dealing, he'll be gone before the Jazz get their first pick...Corbin is upsetting the apple cart. The Jazz got rid of Millsap and Big Al so they could play younger guys and build. Then they trade for Richard Jefferson to get his expiring contract...So Corbin is playing Richard and Marvin Williams major minutes while the youngsters (including Kanter, a number 3 draft pick) sit on the bench and watch...Neither Richard nor Marvin figure in the Jazz's future.

    @Abeliever....I don't see how the Jazz get those good rookies you speak of if they win 35 games....The "good" rookies will be gone by the time they draft....The step you leave out is getting a coach who can make whatever they have a cohesive unit...They are playing as a team right now because of mutual respect, but what you are seeing is typical playground basketball....They need a coach.

    Dec. 31, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    Right now it is a blessing that the Jazz are in the West, and that the Jazz are young and are learning how to play as a team and win. The next step is to get a couple of more rookies and a very good veteran and watch this team in a couple of years win 50 games. I hope the lottery balls bounce our way for one of the picks and we get a top 5 draft pick, that would make it sweeter. If the Jazz win half of their remaining games which is a good possibility then the Jazz would win 35 games. Wow, who would of thought we would win that many games. Management sees the vision and I believe in what management is doing. The West is tough and that makes it a great opportunity to get a solid foundation for a run for the ultimate prize The NBA championship.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    Dec. 31, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    Lamarcus Aldridge is nothing without Damian Lillard. Without him, portland would be tanking for a high draft pick like half the league is doing this year. Maybe the only reason why Portland is winning this year. Jabari Parker will knock them out of the playoffs next season.

  • Denver to Portland Portland, OR
    Dec. 31, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    LaMarcus Aldridge. You forgot to mention him so I went ahead and added him in for you, Rock.

    The Jazz are certainly not helping the west. Can we exchange the Pacers and the Jazz and put the Jazz in the east with all the rest of the worst teams in the NBA, where the Jazz belong and are a part of. Thanks.