Morning links: Utah Jazz fans decide which jersey to retire next; Donovan Mitchell imitates 'Prince'

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  • Rusty Shackleford Layton, UT
    May 4, 2018 10:34 p.m.

    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.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2018 5:46 p.m.

    None of those players warrant having their jersey retired. Why the compulsion to retire a jersey?

  • QDiesel SLC, UT
    May 4, 2018 3:41 p.m.

    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.

  • KellenJW Peachtree City, GA
    May 4, 2018 2:34 p.m.

    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.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    May 4, 2018 1:55 p.m.

    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.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    May 4, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    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.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    May 4, 2018 11:04 a.m.

    What about The Big Dawg !!

  • Turfeditor Tooele, UT
    May 4, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    You forgot a couple of names:
    Jeff Malone - without whom, the Jazz never could have traded for Jeff Hornacek
    Mel 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.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    May 4, 2018 10:16 a.m.

    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.