Brad Rock: If Jazz quit, it won't be an on-court issue

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  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Jan. 8, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    Play to win, Jazz, like I know you will. Tanking talk detracts from my enjoyment of this team and also leaves me suspecting that those who espouse it know few humans who will stick by their values even when doing so might cause them some short-term grief. This is my last post for a while. I have a writing project to finish and my postings here don't seem to be influencing much positive thought, anyway. Go Jazz!

  • cowshed Provo, Utah
    Jan. 8, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    "As one former NBA coach said a few weeks ago, management might sometimes want to tank, but players? Not likely. Who wants to play poorly so someone can take their job?"

    As Jazz Source source pointed out, Management can, and maybe should, trade away the talent they aren't trying to grow for the future and hope the young ones will lose enough games to put the Jazz in a good lottery position, no matter how hard they and Corbin try to win games.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Jan. 8, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    I have never wanted the Jazz to tank on purpose. All I have wanted is for Corbin to play (as much as possible) the players who will be here next season. Those are the players who I want the Jazz to win or lose with. Not playing them as much as possible is retarding their development.

    Jefferson, Williams, and Biedrins are not going to be here in the Fall. Why? Jefferson and Biedrins just don't fit into the Jazz long range plans and Marvin William's asking price (to stay with the Jazz) will likely be way too high for Jazz management to stomach. That money is going to be needed to keep Hayward in the fold. The only player that might stick around is Brandon Rush and I give him only a 60% chance of still being here in September.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 12:01 p.m.

    Coach and players have nor role in all this "tanking" business. If Lindsey wants to get serious about tanking he needs to unload Marvin Williams and Richard Jefferson. As long as Corbin has those two he will continue to play them and they are the glue in some of these wins. Money ball in reverse maybe?

    William/Jefferson are not taking over games but they are making some plays that help make the difference. We were losing at a good clip until they benched Kanter and insterted Williams. Jefferson is shooting nearly 42% from 3 point range. That sure won't help tanking. Marvin is defending well and did a decent job on Durrant despite the points he ended up with. Did you see how many shots he had to take to get those points? Mission accomplished and it was Williams and Jefferson who guarded him all night.

    Trading or injuries seem to be the only options if people are interested in losing more. Trey Burke or Favors go down with injury and this team would be in free fall. There is nobody that can step in and provide what they do every night.