Brad Rock: Skip the Mormon marketing — just get the guy who can score

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  • Bigpics West Haven, UT
    June 22, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    @Henry - re "Basketball and religion are not one in the same."

    You're right..ish.

    For many they're two different religions... :-D

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    June 20, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    Adding Parker is a better option for Utah long term. Play Parker at the 4, he can stretch the floor and still has a solid inside game as well. He would open up lanes for Burks by drawing out the other team's bigs. Add Hayward (at the right price) at the 3 and his ability to help create. You have a line up of

    Draft another big at 23 Saric/Nurkick or package the #23 with next years first round and move up (Maybe in the Hood range 9-15). Get better faster instead of waiting. This draft goes deep. Take advantage of it now!

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    June 20, 2014 6:18 p.m.

    Don't forget Tommy Chambers and Thurl Bailey (as well as Phil Johnson, if you're counting the coaching staff).

  • RoyceN Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin

    Lets be honest not all LDS members want to live in Utah. But all the "faithful" LDS members do want to live in Utah.

  • RSL* Why, AZ
    June 20, 2014 4:06 p.m.

    I wished that KJZZ TV would show the games like they did back in the old days. Then I would watch more games since it gives access to more people. But that will be unlikely.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 20, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    Can't agree more. Half the state is more interested in supporting the mormon athlete even if better options are available for team success.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    June 20, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    @TheRock, yes I was not happy that he didn't come to BYU. I didn't follow him at Duke but I won't boo him when he will play at the ES Arena with any team. You have to remember here, Dennis Rodman, Dominique Wilkins and name a few didn't like or didn't want to come Utah. If he becomes available with the Jazz then take him and he will be committed to play hard for this franchise.

    Oh yeah, I didn't booed John Stockton when he got drafted by Jazz on draft day. All I said about John Stockton it was, WHO? Well, he turned out to be the best that the Jazz ever got him and then came Karl Malone. Karl was testing us and then he accepted us.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    June 20, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    @ The Rock - "He might get booed by the BYU faithful because he snubbed them." There are definitely several BYU fans who are blue-blind. However, the majority I know are fairly hoops savvy and understand the reasons behind playing for Coach K rather than at BYU. Should he go to the Jazz, I don't believe there will be any difficulty having fans cheer for him ... BYU or otherwise!

    Now if we could only find the next Stockton-Malone combo to go with him --------

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    June 20, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    As an active LDS, I see his religion as being almost a detriment. I don't want to see all the silly news stories about it. Just play ball. I almost hope he doesn't come here. It might be better for both parties if he can go somewhere else where his religion isn't such a big issue.

    Best of luck to him wherever he goes.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    June 20, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    Latest rumor is Favors and the #5 for Clevelands #1 pick.

    The fact Lindsey is even possibly trying to make a deal of this magnitude shows he is willing to go for the home run.


  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 20, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    Basketball and religion are not one in the same.

    Nobody who has even been a referee at a Church Basketball game can doubt the above statement.

    If Utah drafts Parker, it will be because he's the best player on the board, not because of which Church he attends.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    I've never viewed him being LDS as a marketing benefit, but more of a "Utah is a small market, if he does become a superstar maybe it'll be less likely he bolts" benefit (though isn't he from Chicago?).

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 20, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    @Where Is Hadley?

    "But due to his Mormon faith he's probably more likely to like Salt Lake well enough to stay here long term - and yes that could factor into a play to move up higher in the draft."

    You're assuming that all LDS people like Utah and want to live here. That assumption is absolutely wrong. You can be devout LDS and not want anything to do with Utah - it's allowed. I know many Catholics and they're not clamoring to move to Rome.

    This discussion doesn't matter anyway - the Jazz are not just one player away from being a contender. They are several players, a front office, and an owner from relevance.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    June 20, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    I hope Jabari Parker has an amazing career. After he decided to go to Duke, I still followed him there and marveled at his prowess on the hardwood. I wasn't too happy with him when he did not go to BYU.

    He could be a marketing bonanza if he came to the Jazz.

    He might get booed by the BYU faithful because he snubbed them.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 20, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    I would hate to give up Burks in any trade scenario. I really think the kid is just getting better every time he steps on the court. He might not have the best shooting percentage but he makes things happen and scores more points from the free throw line than anyone on the team even with limited minutes. I've also heard in the national media that it is Favors on the trade block to get the number 1 pick. If we had the number one pick I would side with local blue and choose Wiggins, but I don't think you can go wrong either way.

    @IndeMak "Most of us watch less than 10 televised games a year". Do you really have stats to back that up. I think there are still a lot of die hard fans like me that watch every game and will continue to until I die, or my wife takes the remote away.

  • Bdamajd Centerville, UT
    June 20, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    I used to be a huge Jazz Fan when I thought they had a chance at being a solid team and when they worked together as a team like the Spurs do now. I hope the new coach can teach them how to play like a team so I can have the energy to watch them again. Sadly, I haven't watched a Jazz game in several years. I didn't even know how they were doing last year until the end of their season. Winning is important but even if they won a good amount of games and played their best as a team, I am sure they would have a lot more of us "old" Jazz Fans in their corner. Go Jazz!

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    June 20, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    There was a time where millions of Jazz fans planned their schedules around the Jazz. I was one of them. Most of us watch less than 10 televised games per year. The office needs to do something quick to get the old fans engaged in the team.

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    June 20, 2014 2:13 a.m.

    Nice article. Don't overdose on the Parker koolaid though. You said:
    Wiggins is everyone’s favorite potential Kobe. At the same time, he has shown a tendency to drift in and out of the action. Parker has defensive and conditioning questions, but those are fixable.

    Isn't drifting in and out of the action just as fixable as defense and conditioning, perhaps even more so? I'd take Wiggins first, then Parker. But both are great.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    June 19, 2014 11:46 p.m.

    Bill Russell said only one question should be asked of a gay player: Can he play?

    Perhaps it also the only viable question related to religion regarding basketball. Plenty of Mormons already in Utah but none of them are on the Jazz team.

  • Chester Brough Providence, Utah
    June 19, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    Brad Rock is on point again, a good coach like Greg Poppovich can teach better passing, and overall court skills and demand improved defense with fine teaching, with the result--a fine team concept, but he cannot teach someone how to score, play the game instinctively to help a team; he wore out Miami chasing continual fine passing, no one in San Antonio makes such decisions on culture, background or religion--they follow what employment law is in the United States: "hire someone because of ability, qualifications with the temperament to blend into an employment environment sought by the company". What your religion focus, or purpose might be is not even a valid question during an interview to hire, so why is it in marketing a small network audience like Utah similar to the Spurs?

  • Where is Hadley? Salt Lake, UT
    June 19, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    But due to his Mormon faith he's probably more likely to like Salt Lake well enough to stay here long term - and yes that could factor into a play to move up higher in the draft. Jazz ownership would be more willing to give up a lot in return to secure the guy if we thought he may stay here long term and if he truly is as special of a talent as many believe. If we thought we could only keep him for the first contract, might be less reason to give up the assets to go get him. So ya, his LDS faith could play into it