Utah Jazz: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich not surprised by Richard Jefferson's success

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  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Jan. 17, 2014 4:10 a.m.

    “Then I went to Golden State, (and) they were obviously trying to get a good draft pick, so they kind of rested guys.” - Richard Jefferson

    A diplomatic way of saying they were "Tanking the season." Is it any wonder Jazz fans were upset? Harrison Barnes would have made a great addition to the Jazz.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    "Corbin admitted that having Burks fill in for injured Gordon Hayward (left hip flexor) in the starting lineup eases the pain a little for Utah."

    Ya, eases the pain just a little Corbin. Especially given the fact that Burks stats starting since Hayware has been out are across the board better than Haywards have been with the exception of maybe 3 point shooting.

    Burks shoots less and scores more. He also draws more fouls and his last two game he has had 6 and 5 assists respectively.

    Ya Corbin, your bench player is scoring better than your #1 scorer on the team. Hmmmm. Might be worth exploring.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    @ jamsenior:

    The first part of your statement is pretty easy to agree with. Performance numbers verify it.

    But your statement about coach Corbin is very difficult to agree with. "A remarkable job"? What performance numbers can you justify in using that adjective?

    He has never had any head-coaching experience prior to his current job with the Jazz. It's all been OJT. And each year as head coach, the team's record has consistently gotten worse.

    Even with high performance and big money players Millsap and Jefferson to go along with other proven veterans... and combining them with additional high-potential lottery pick young players, he still wasn't able to make even the last spot in the playoffs last year.

    Even though there's no doubt Corbin is a very nice person and was a decent basketball player, as a coach his teams have mostly been inconsistent and seldom, if ever, showing any improvement from one season to the next.

    If the Jazz owners decided not to extend Corbin's contract, it would be extremely doubtful any other team in the NBA would hire him as a head coach. Why would they?

  • jamsenior SANTAQUIN, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    It seems like Alec Burks plays better when he starts and gets a good rhythm. I like RJ but being a vet couldn't he come off the bench and be a leader to the 2nd group. I like RJ . He gives good leadership. The Jazz need a seasoned vet like him now and next year. Keep him but not at his current salary. I'm not sure ANY player with the Jazz is worth 12-13 million a year. The Jazz also need to think about extending Ty Corbin. He's done a remarkable job from the start considering every year he hasn't had any roster continuity from management.

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    Coming off of an injury which apparently kept him from playing much last season, I wasn't sure of what of what to expect health-wise from Jefferson. So his personal conditioning and obvious talent were pleasant surprises. His team leadership is an added bonus.

    Many of fans thought the Jazz were just buying the contracts of the Golden State players to give the Warriors cap space and at the same time putting the Jazz above the minimum salary line with a few other perks thrown in... all while our young guys would get the opportunity to gain experience and develop.
    And of course the other big factor was putting ourselves in a situation to take advantage of the exceptionally good draft coming up.

    Jefferson (and Burke) are key reasons the Jazz are doing better than most people expected. Some sports analysts and fans thought the Jazz might even set a record in futility this season. But they've been beating some good teams lately and even gave the Spurs a run for their money last night.

    Ironically, we're now in danger of losing one of the coveted top 3 lottery picks coming up, causing mixed emotions for some.