In our opinion: Let's hope Jazz run this year is for long haul

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 18, 2017 2:34 p.m.

    The only bad thing about making it to the playoffs is... now we get to draft 24th.

    We will probably lose some of our best players who are free agents at the end of this year (because people with deep pockets have now noticed them and really really want them). And we will replace them with the 24th best player coming out of college this year.

    Then if we are lucky enough that that 24th best player in the draft turns out to be a "diamond in the rough", and we work with him for a few years and develop him into an all-star... we can look forward to loosing him to one of the California teams as soon as he becomes a free agent.

    Oh well... I'm used to it.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 18, 2017 8:56 a.m.

    I don't care if the team doesn't go all the way. That's unrealistic. What I hope to see is the team being in the playoff picture consistently now. That would require not only keeping the best players, but also attracting more top-quality free agents and finding new gems in the draft. In other words.... it's going to take a TON of money.

    To be consistent, we need to get over the trend of Utah being a training ground for young players. Spending our time and money transitioning them to being NBA ready, weeding out those who don't have the ability to become NBA ready, and then shipping the best players off to other teams as soon as they are proven and become targets for other teams with more money and more media attention to acquire.

    I can't blame the players for leaving Utah. And it's not that they are mis-treated in Utah or anything. It's just the irresistible lure of money and media attention (and championships) in other cities. Our best players will almost inevitably move on when they become all-stars and other teams want them and can pay them anything to help their team.

    Salary-cap means nothing to championship contending teams.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    April 18, 2017 8:26 a.m.

    No reasonable person can root against the Jazz in this series. There can be only one choice.

    The Jazz are last last bastion of hope in the NBA. The Jazz are the last team to fully embrace the "team first attitude." The players display the values of loyalty, hard work, and sacrifice. In contrast, the Clippers players display a "me first" attitude in which each player is primarily interested in his own stat line.

    The NBA is a far cry from what it was years ago. In fact, it should largely be condemned for its greed and devotion to outlandish play. Indeed, the Jazz organization is one of the last things to keep the NBA from imploding.