Randy Hollis: The next few weeks may be the most critical time in the history of the Jazz

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  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    May 19, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    Greg....hire me...what do you have to lose. I can't be any worse than Corbin. We would have fun and compete night in and night out. I'd bring a globetrotter flare to the game so that fans would have fun as well. Consider this my application. First move; trade Favors. He is not a starter in the league. Trade for a first round selection this year (deep draft). Sign and trade Gordon for a first round selection this year. With a young roster, I'd run teams out of the gym and smother them with D. Calaperi style.

    Hire me Greg...they will make a movie based on your decision and the championships we will win. Guy out of nowhere puts on a clinic in the NBA. Fans will love it.

    Go JAZZ!!

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    May 19, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    "Today's world is full of LeBron's where there is a great deal of 'me' in team . . "

    Seriously? LeBron is a selfish player, eh? Only a complete basketball novice could type something like that. Find me an article from a credible source about LeBron or the Heat (or the Cavs from a few years back) that describes LeBron as a selfish player.

    The reason he's been constantly climbing the list of "best ever" since he entered the league is not because he's all about getting his points. He's always been an excellent and willing passer who rarely takes bad shots unlike some other elite players *COUGH* Kobe *COUGH*. Ten players took more shots per game than he did in 2013-14

    He does get his points, but then a force of nature with off-the-charts efficiency like him should get his points. If he was "all about me," the guy could probably average 35-40 per game without much trouble. By the time he's done, he'll be in the discussions of "best ever," just like the other handful of superstars who made teammates better.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    May 18, 2014 10:55 p.m.

    I don't like using the word 'never' but I will here and now. There will never be another pair, plus one (Sloan) like Stockton and Malone. Two top players, and a coach, willing to sacrifice a little bit to stay together while they grow and mature. Stay together so they can reach for the sky, not just for themselves, but for the rest of the team, the staff, coaches, owners and fans.

    Today's world is full of LeBron's where there is a great deal of 'me' in team. I simply predict that like many others, most others, Hayward will be gone to a team willing to over pay. That the Jazz will end with pick #5, that their selection of a coach will be mediocre, and finally that the Jazz teams over the coming years will be the same, mediocre.

    Simply put, Stockton, Malone and Sloan ruined it for us all because we will never see their likes again.

  • CWJ Layton, UT
    May 18, 2014 7:04 p.m.

    @Big Bubba,"It's the end of the Jazz as we know it, I don't feel fine."

    Makes one wonder if Jazz management is losing out on 'REM' sleep at night worrying about the team they're trying to build.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 18, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    And I will second the second for

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 18, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    The Jazz have certainly put themselves in a position where they have multiple options. I don't know that there is a truly "safe" option available for the coaching position. The guys with experience typically want elsewhere. Maybe the Jazz will have to roll the dice on this one. I hope they take a good look at Earl Watson. There's no question he'll install a "defensive culture."

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    May 18, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    It's amazing how modest expectations have come. Many Jazz fans have been saying they were tired of just making the playoffs every year. They want players and coaches that will give championship opportunities. Now they want a coach that never even got home court advantage for his team. These are probably the same fans that hated Jerry Sloan and wanted to replace him. Now Hollins is their guy. Tired of what they viewed as mediocrity (even though it was much better than that), now they want a coach who has a history of mediocrity.

    The funny thing is that they don't even see the irony of it. They probably view themselves as "guru-fans" with a detailed understanding of what makes a successful NBA franchise.

    Yes, all our fan dreams are about to come true as we get another draft project that will take at least 3-4 years to develop while our other players are moving to other teams in trades or as free agents and we will pick a coach that has never reached 60 wins or the NBA finals.

    Happy days!!

  • Big Bubba Herriman, UT
    May 18, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    It's the end of the Jazz as we know it, I don't feel fine.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    May 18, 2014 12:32 a.m.

    I want to second the vote for Lionel Hollins. The guy did great work with Z-Bo and Gasol, and we could use that with Kanter and Favors.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    I like ya Randy, but Mark Jackson signed up with ESPN earlier today as a commentator. He won't be coaching again anytime soon. Jazz would be better served getting Lionel Hollins, a no-nonsense coach that gets his guys to run through brick walls and turns average players into good ones. And he has experience with small markets (Portland as a player, Memphis and Vancouver as a coach).

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 17, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    Bingo Randy you hit the nail on the head this is a very critical time.

    However the Jazz seem to be going in many directions.

    They fired the coach three weeks ago and are without a coach at a crucial time. The coach is integral in helping choose who play for him. Who is going to choose the players in the draft? Is the administration now going to choose?

    The team has been building around the core group of 5-6 players and sacrificing this entire season so they can grow together. Now with a high draft pick is the administration willing to break up the core group?

    With the high draft pick do the Jazz save money again for this season and again be content with playing as basement dwellers in the league?

    How are their deep pockets going to help the team as they have decided the core is going to win down the road? Hayward is going into his fourth season and has yet to prove himself in clutch situations so it would be silly to pay him more.

    It seems the team and GM are stumbling in a time of need.