Jazz poised for a turnaround, but it may not come immediately

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  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    April 26, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    If Hayward comes back the Jazz will make history for their biggest turnaround.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    April 26, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    Gotta say something I guess

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 25, 2014 11:51 p.m.


    Hilarious comment, made my day! :o)
    Let's see if I can name them all.

    Carlos Boozer (Chicago)
    Ronnie Brewer (Chicago)
    DeMarre Carroll (Atlanta)
    Paul Millsap (Atlanta)
    Kyle Korver (Atlanta)
    Deron Williams (Brooklyn)
    Andrei Kirilenko (Brooklyn)
    Al Jefferson (Charlotte)
    Kosta Koufous (Memphis)
    Mo Williams (Portland)
    Wesley Matthews (Portland)
    Earl Watson (Portland)

    12 former Jazz players, did I leave anybody out?

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    April 25, 2014 7:40 p.m.

    I'm enjoying watching the NBA playoffs because I can watch so many Jazz players.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 25, 2014 6:49 p.m.


    I miss DeMarre Carroll too. He is the one guy I wanted the Jazz to keep. But for whatever reason, Corbin decided he didn't want to play Carroll much, even though good things almost always seemed to happen when DeMarre was out on the court.

    DeMarre's stats with the Hawks this year were very good. 2PointShot% .54% 3PointShot% .362 FreeThrow% .773 TotalRebounds: 403 (second only to Millsap) Steals: 108 (again second only to Millsap)

    Carroll defense could have helped the Jazz out immensely this past season. Why the Jazz let him go is beyond me. He would not have cost that much to keep.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    April 25, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    Great breakdown rvalens.

    Only thing I would add--Even with Hayward, I would want Jabari starting over Kanter at the 4. With Wiggins, they would have to figure something out because he would need to be on the floor. I think Kanter might be best off the bench.

    I don't think the Jazz should draft Exum. I think he'll be very good, but I feel great about Burke and Neto as the future PG's and they can play together in most games. With Burke's catch and shoot ability, he can play the 2 on offense and can guard many 2's about as well as he does the point (which admittedly is not very well).

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    April 25, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    I agree with all your comments my brotha but I feel one other Lindsey poor decision was to not resign Demarre Carroll last year. Other than that I'm all on board with Lindsey.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    April 25, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    The Jazz have been wallowing in a sea of mediocrity for about 15-16 years....Yes, they made the playoffs a few times, but generally didn't make much of a splash other than the year when GSW knocked out Dallas in the first round and gave the Jazz an easy path to the Conference finals....Dennis Lindsey is here to get rid of the mediocrity, and he's doing a good job of building a team which can contend....As we move into next season, we'll start to see the fruits of his labor materialize. They might not win 30 games....Wins and Losses are too "iffy"....but they'll be a better basketball team.

    In my opinion, the only questionable call Mr. Lindsey made was in allowing Tyrone Corbin to coach all these young players during this all-important "experience" year...That could come back to bite him, but at least he has now corrected that mistake.

    I look for a good coach, a decent draft, andf a free agent or two...and bring on 2015!

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 25, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    "Is Dante Exum going to beat out Trey Burke at point guard?"

    Initially Exum would be the backup to Burke, but he might well replace him as the starter by February. The hype on Exum is sky-high and if he proves to be as good as projected, the Jazz will have a tough time keeping him on the bench.

    "Would Julius Randle move ahead of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter on the inside?"

    No. Randle, however, would be a great addition. He would play along side them, but rarely with both at the same time. His skills will draw a lot of attention and be a big help to Favors and Kanter. If the Jazz end up with Randle, you can expect to see sizable increases in Favors and Kanter's stats. I liken it to what happen when Hornacek joined the Jazz. Malone and Stockton performed even better, because suddenly teams had to worry about Jeff Hornacek.

    "Are Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins good enough to be starters from day one?"

    If Hayward leaves, Wiggins or Parker will start from day one. They will beat out anybody who is currently on the team.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 25, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    I believe that Dennis Lindsey is doing a great job. The rules of the NBA currently allow for wild swings in win numbers due to the ability of teams to "play the game" of losing intentionally which is "tanking". The draft lottery was an attempt to minimize this. There are 16 teams which make the playoffs. Teams with losing records making the playoffs is not good. However, tv rights and "t-shirt" sales are wild in number. If the NBA wanted to be a common sense league, they would outlaw the dunk once again. It won't happen and teams will continue to tank.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    April 25, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    "Jazz poised for a turnaround"... What else can you say to try and sell tickets? "Uh, it's a building year"..."They're still young"..."NEXT year we'll be there"... Yawn....