Kevin Durant: Utah Jazz 'are going to be really good'

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  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    June 18, 2017 12:03 a.m.

    I don't think West is in his eighties.

  • Coug93 OREM, UT
    June 16, 2017 3:35 p.m.

    Water Rocket-- Bill Sharman was the coach of the Utah Stars in the 1970-71 season when they beat the Kentucky Colonels. Jerry West was never the coach.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    June 16, 2017 1:00 p.m.

    It was a very gracious comment from K. Durrant. As for the Jazz resigning Hayward, this issue is much bigger than the Jazz/Hayward deal, or even K. Durrant leaving OKC. The REAL issues are the super wealthy team owners and the NBA trying to fatten their own pocketbooks at the expense of the rest of the league. Until the NBA can establish rules similar to the NFL, professional basketball will continue to belong to the wealthiest team owners. Want more proof than just the player's contracts? Consider how Jerry West has been on the board of directors of the Warriors until just recently. For those who don't know J. West, he is the former coach of the Utah Stars when the won the ABA championship. Then he was hired away to lead the Lakers to championships, including the hiring of Phil Jackson to replace him as coach when he moved into the front office. Now, after serving on the board of directors for the Warriors, he is moving on to the Clippers. Not a bad track record, but he in in his eighties, so the Jazz are young and , yes, they are dangerous. Now if they can only stay healthy!

  • h2oSkee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2017 12:09 p.m.

    @soutahn & @Brave Sir Robin

    Agreed. However...

    Gordon Hayward, leaving the Jazz would mean:

    Less money
    Leaving a great boss for your previous boss (who knew you when you weren't as skilled)
    Leaving great co-workers you have good chemistry with
    Leaving family-friendly/safer city to raise your family
    Giving up one of the most talented young teams for another
    (Although Jazz & Celtics had identical records. Celtics got to 51 with a softer EAST schedule, while the Jazz achieved 51 in the WEST with a league leading amount of missed games due to injury)

    So asking your same question: Why would Hayward when given the opportunity to get a more money, receive awards, and work with "better" coworkers, leave and go to the Celtics/Heat? Easier route to a Championship.

    The "easy route" is what NBA fans found distasteful about KD's move.
    Since Hayward doesn't have those same reasons KD had to leave, Jazz fans would deserve to be upset.

    However if the Jazz can't sign a great PG, then I'll understand him leaving. But I'll still hate it.

  • samps alexandria, VA
    June 16, 2017 11:15 a.m.

    My prediction is Hayward is History!! Mediocrity here we com.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    June 16, 2017 10:30 a.m.

    I know this is a pipe dream, but it would be nice if his admiration for the Jazz translated into him wanting to play for the Jazz. The Jazz would be a championship team with KD wearing the green and blue!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 16, 2017 10:01 a.m.


    Agree completely. 99% of those same people who whine about NBA "super teams" and "chasing money and chasing rings" have left jobs for money, to work with better co-workers, or to work for a company that's bigger/better/more dominant in their industry. We've all done it - so why can't KD?

  • Wanda B. Rich Provo, UT
    June 16, 2017 9:42 a.m.

    So, what's the big deal about Durrant fleeing Oklahoma City? Who would really want to play with the human black hole, Russell Westbrook? And who wouldn't want to play the style of basketball the Warriors play? Tough defense, share the ball, and score in bunches. I agree, the Jazz have a good thing going, but Hayward, Hill, and Ingles will need to return to keep the ball rolling.

  • burningblue Provo, UT
    June 16, 2017 9:34 a.m.


    100K vs 75K is a pretty big difference. I think most people would take the 100K unless there are some pretty hefty bonuses that aren't evident in the face value of that figure.

  • soutahn St George, UT
    June 16, 2017 8:34 a.m.


    I keep hearing everyone talk about Durrant's lack of loyalty to the Thunder & only wanting to chase a ring. I'm a giant Jazz & Hayward fan too, BUT.... tell me any profession that people are given the opportunity to get a raise, receive awards, and work with "better" coworkers & most of them opt to stay put? Bueller? Bueller?

    KD is not from OKC. Hayward is not from SLC. More money, chance at a ring, and (in some cases) opportunities to play with great players, former coaches, etc. No brainer. We all think that they are greedy for wanting to make $35 million instead of $28, but that's no different than us making $100K instead of $75K.

    Again, I'd hate to see Hayward leave, but I wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    June 15, 2017 10:24 p.m.

    Keep fans interested, make a boring winter sport a 12 month sport.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    June 15, 2017 9:32 p.m.

    Kevin Durant showing his pity on the Jazz.

  • Weige86 Roy, UT
    June 15, 2017 9:26 p.m.

    Kind of ironic that Durrant would say that. "If they keep things together " He who bailed on Oklahoma City. Same could have been said of them last year but Durant leaves and OKC is middle of the pack. Same will be said of the Jazz after Hayward leaves.
    It's a shame there is no more loyalty in the NBA. It's all about the money and chasing a ring

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    June 15, 2017 8:22 p.m.

    "The blueprint for beating the Warriors hasn't been created,..."

    I'll create it: Make the FREE THROWS! If he Jazz had done this one simple thing, and I mean everyone not just Gordon Hayward but Favors and all the others, they likely would have won Game #3 against the Warriors. But GS was able to "foul for profit" because our guys couldn't score at the charity stripe. Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals...