I agree that there is no one who currently should be retired. I think
they've retired too many already. I think Thurl is ahead of BRuss, but
really both were role players and shouldn't be retired. I do
think we should put something in the rafters for Danny Ainge. He kept the Jazz
from paying Hayward max money. I wonder how Donovan Mitchell might have
progressed if Hayward was here taking up a bunch of the possessions.
None of those players warrant having their jersey retired. Why the compulsion
to retire a jersey?
I don't see Olden Polynice on that list which was very disappointing. They
should make him the Sheriff of Salt Lake as well after they retire his number.
Phil Johnson makes a lot of sense for a jersey retirement. He was with the team
for over two decades, performed extremely well, and carried himself with class.
Checks all the boxes if you ask me.
I agree with "toosmartforyou" who said no jersey should be retired until
they earn it, and the way to earn it is to become an all star, or win the
national championship, Russel was a very good (not great) player, and his
jersey should not be retired simply because he wants it done. Furthermore,
Russel "moved on" (left the Jazz behind) years ago, and has done
absolutely nothing for the Jazz since. Now that the Jazz are getting headlines,
he wants some, too. B. Russ., please let us enjoy this current Jazz team
without your seeking attention.
Absolutely it should not be someone that says they deserve it.No
need to retire any jersey's right now. Wait until it is obvious instead of
a debate, then it won't require discussion---it will be obvious.
What about The Big Dawg !!
You forgot a couple of names:Jeff Malone - without whom, the Jazz never
could have traded for Jeff HornacekMel Turpin - which of you out there
didn't love "Turpin-time"?Seriously, though, while
Kirilenko, Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, and Okur, for a time, carried the
Jazz, none have had the impact on the league that those who have retired numbers
do.Next should be Thurl Bailey. Not only did his mid-range shot free
up a lot of room for Adrian Dantley and Karl Malone, he has also remained a
consistent advocate for the Jazz with his outreach and broadcasting for the
team. He might not have the stats as a player, but as a Jazzman, he deserves the
honor alongside Hot Rod and Frank Layden.
There is no compelling reason to hang a jersey just to hang a jersey. The group
of people currently honored deserve to be there. In my mind, no other player has
earned that honor. Let's just leave the number of jerseys at 11 until
someone else proves themselves worthy of the honor.When someone
earns that honor, it should be self-evident. Retired jerseys should not be a
result of a popularity contest or a fan vote.