Jazz are selling their product on not tanking

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  • Hubble65 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 27, 2018 9:20 a.m.

    Jazz have been and always will be about competing enough, just enough to keep fans interested. Playoffs? Playoffs? Well, if they get to the 1st round that's a win, and the seasons they go beyond that make it even funner for fans. Fans speculate how great this team will be. Truth, the goal is not a championship. The goal is to be competitive in the playoffs as that sells seasons tickets, gives fans hope that "maybe someday soon" and thus sells luxury boxes as well. No, don't fool yourself. The Jazz are the Jazz and players and management may come and go, but they are not going to be more than what they are. A competitive team at times, rebuilding at others. Two seasons where that wasn't true, and I don't see a John Stockton or Karl Malone type player staying in Salt Lake their whole careers. Be happy when their competitive.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Feb. 27, 2018 8:56 a.m.

    Everybody is forgetting how the Jazz were "supposed" be be in full rebuild mode after losing Hayward, Hill and others, while being left with an oft injured Exum, Favors, Hood and Burkes. But the Jazz have successfully patched together some solid players, including an incredible rookie, to have a good chance at making the playoffs again this year. Remember how the season started out? It was rough, to say the least, but now the Jazz seem to be jelling together and understanding their rolls better. Even Hood was (finally) playing up to his potential. The trade of Hood, while not helpful for this season, was a good move for a long term benefit. Shucks, the Jazz have even beaten some of the NBA's best this year!

    If this team sticks together, they have a very good chance next year of playing for the NBA championship! Think about it, King James is past his prime, as are Durrant and others, while the Jazz are very young. If Rubio continues to develop, Mitchell keeps his head, Gobert and Favors stretches their shooting, Ingles continues to be a play maker, and so on, this team is going to be a force to deal with.

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 27, 2018 7:22 a.m.

    Every sports team will tell you they are not tanking...

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Feb. 26, 2018 11:37 p.m.

    Sorry Brad, but you missed a VERY IMPORTANT aspect of this year's Jazz team. Please keep in mind that they lost Gordon Hayward, last year's all star leading scorer, their point guard, a couple of "veteran" players, and a new season ending injury to Exum. All this while adding a rookie, a point guard with scoring issues, and a few other pieces, all while finding that the hold over they had counted on to be a scorer was having head issues, and finally had to be traded. Considering all this, coupled with the fact that this team has actually beaten some very good teams lately, and yes, I think there is plenty of room for optimism. Even if they didn't make the playoffs this year (I think they will) there is plenty of reason to be optimistic for the future. And now that the Jazz have figured out how to use both Favors and Gobert (both playing at near all star caliber games), and with Donivan Mitchell gaining experience, this is going to be a team to pay attention to for years to come.