Utah Jazz: Corbin, players have one last game before questions must be answered

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  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    April 16, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    I am already annoyed imagining all the whining that will happen if we get a new coach. I remember how poorly Jerry Sloan was treated by these fans, and the new coach will not be perfect.

    I think Hayward is worth something close to a max deal if we have a real star on the team to take the pressure off. Hayward can be "the guy" when it isn't forced upon him every night. He fills up the stat sheet, and almost had a couple of triple-doubles this year. Having Big Al was great for him, because Jefferson was the go-to guy on offense. Most of the players on our roster need that superstar type player to rally around.

    Defense is really the big problem. It is sad that so many people believed that Big Al was such a poor defender, when in reality, he was a victim of Corbin's coaching. It would be nice to sign a guy like Avery Johnson or Larry Brown even for one season to teach these guys to defend as a team.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    April 16, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    I'm not down on Trey Burke at all and think he did pretty good for a rookie with a lot of weight on his shoulders, but if you take the same core 4 and add a Lillard, or any solid experienced point guards and I believe you.would see a much improved team. Maybe Trey moves closer to that level next year but this is still a young team and could really benefit from a point guard that can drive and kick, and find open players for easy shots. I wish Stockton would sign on along with Karl to work with these young guys and teach them how all stars play this game. Otherwise I think we have some talent and will be adding more to the stable next season.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 16, 2014 1:38 p.m.


    -- Burks, for sure. Most improved player by far. Love the way he gets into the paint, and to the line. Solid future.
    -- Evans. Surprised me by what he could do offensively away from the basket. Increased minutes helped.


    -- Favors. Dominating factor in some games, disappeared in others. Would have expected more from him in his fourth year.
    -- Kanter. Gradually becoming a reliable offensive factor. Could see him as a 20-10 guy. "Mixed" rating because, obviously, of his defense. Is he destined to be Al Junior, or can he learn to defend?
    Neither of them could stop opponents' bigs in close, which is disappointing.
    -- Burke. A few brilliant games, most acceptable, some awful. Thought he would develop more as the team quarterback. Not thrilled with his propensity to jack up shots rather than facilitate the offense. Cut him a lot of slack as a rookie.


    Hayward. Why, I can't figure out. Started the year very promisingly, but last few weeks were downhill. Especially with the turnovers. Certainly not worth max contract at this point. Can he rebound and be "the guy" next year if he stays? A mystery.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 16, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    It is the Jazz we are talking about here. Don't forget the Ostertag and Kirilenko contracts, among others. They will bring corbin back. As far as talent, the jazz have little. And if Gordon Hayward thinks he is "the guy" he is more delusional that I thought.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 16, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    "Having carried the burden of leading an inexperienced and talent-deficient team all season..."

    I disagree. This team did have some talent. They just didn't have a coach who understood how best to use them to win games. The Jazz could have and probably should have won another 10 games. The right coach would have made all the difference. While they would not have made the playoffs, they would have been well on their way to becoming better defenders and a better team.

    What to do now? Hire a coach along the lines of a Rick Majerus. Someone who understands Xs and Os and knows how to instill a defensive mindset in the team. Until Jazz management does that, this team is not going to get much better even with a top five draft pick.

    "Championship teams play defense. It all starts with defense." - Rick Majerus

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    April 16, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    Glad this agonizing season is finally coming to an end. What a waste.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 16, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    I would think that if the Jazz wanted to retain Ty's services they would have signed an extension before now. My guess is they will offer him some sort of front office job. Of course the next question is who will they bring in? Certainly a coach who can teach defense I hope.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    April 16, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    Don't be surprised if NN plays their bench. This is the game to definitely TANK.

  • no comment New Orleans, LA
    April 16, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    Orlando should be favored tonight over Indiana. Orlando has been playing well lately, and Indiana's starters will only see pine since they have nothing to play for.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    April 16, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    The Front Office erred in putting this crowd of yearlings under the tutelage of Ty Corbin...None have progressed beyond what progressing they would have done with no coach at all, and some of them have regressed....

    What this year's team needed was a teacher....one who could evaluate what he had , create a scheme which best utilized their particular talents, and then work with them individually to get them playing within the scheme to their full potential...

    Ty didn't fit the bill....He did his coaching by screaming at the players from the sideline during games.....He didn't seem to realize things like: You don't have the right to scream at a player for not playing proper defense until you have personally taught this player HOW to play proper defense.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    April 16, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    I am certainly elated to move on to the post Corbin era. The last four years have been tough on us Jazz fans. Corbin is a very good person and an excellent assistant coach but we need a good NBA caliber coach in here to get us back to Jazz basketball! Go Dennis! Go Jazz!