Brad Rock: Jazz are pretty good team in a pretty bad situation

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  • SGU84770 St. George, UT
    April 23, 2019 11:34 a.m.

    Ute gymnastics does not fall in "pretty good" category. Top eight in the nation is more than just pretty good (it would be reasonable to say they were number 7 given their score in relation to 4th place finisher in other semi). As a comparison, Georgia finished #8 in final football rankings last year. They were more than just pretty good.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    April 22, 2019 10:55 p.m.

    The 2018 BYU womens volleyball team was much better than pretty good, they were a final 4 team that had the bad luck of drawing the eventual champion in the semi final game. The beat Stanford in a pre season game but lost to them in the semi finals.

  • jumpinjax22 clinton, UT
    April 22, 2019 4:04 p.m.

    @Vonsvomit, You do realize both Gobert and Mitchell are products of trades that the Jazz made. The jazz are willing to spend money these days. I do agree with the fact that the Jazz have a habit of losing assets for nothing tho. In recent memory, both Hayward and Millsap walked for nothing. Trying they're hardest to re-sign Hayward isn't good enough. Indiana made Paul Goerge tell them he is gone so they had time to get a great player back! Also, not being willing to trade Dante Exum, WTH! Maybe Connely is overpaid, but combine Rubio and Exums contract and that is worse! At least Connely is great when he plays, more then can be said about our guys! Also, other than Mitchell, why do all our draft picks stink?

  • Vonsvomit Tooele, UT
    April 22, 2019 2:22 p.m.

    How can the Jazz be a good team in a bad spot, when they are a bad team that sadly put themselves there?

    How can the Jazz recreate the good old days of Stockton to Malone when Jazz management gets rid of decent players every one to three years? Case and point is Gordon Hayward, the one contender that the Jazz management let slip through their fingers. Same thing happens to other Jazz players . They are traded away in gross almost criminal incompetence every time the Jazz do not want to pay a players salary. Same thing that is going to happen to Mitchell, Rubio, Gobert, Epke Udo, Favors and other players on the Jazz roster. Then comes the rebuilding. That takes at least 20 years before the Jazz even look likes a team that plays ball. And so the circle of life goes in Jazz land.

    In defense of the Jazz players, the Jazz has some good talent that could be molded into great talent if kept to play for the team. The Jazz has potentual to become another championship caliber team like in the days of Stockton to Malone. In the case of the Jazz, it's the team owners and other staff to include coaches that need to leave and never come back. Then, and only then can the Jazz become great.

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    April 22, 2019 12:45 p.m.

    Coach Quinn should insert Grayson into the lineup and have him dog Hardin end to end, shadow him until he losses his temper and gets thrown out of the game. Need is to make Hardin work harder, all game long. Grayson is a pretty good defender, bordering on excellence, and should have plenty of energy to burn.
    The Jazz team mentioned by Rock that almost won the NBA Championship, they did win it, except for the infamous non-call push off by Jordan. That Jazz team was awesomely excellent, so I take exception to anyone saying they were just "pretty good." The author of this article takes liberties to extend his "pretty good" theory that are a stretch.
    I look for the Jazz to win tonight's game.

  • Stenodude7174 St. Louis, MO
    April 22, 2019 12:08 p.m.

    Yeah, that's pretty much it. My Utah roots have tied me to a lifetime of "pretty good." Once Stockton and Malone couldn't seal the deal, I fear my best chance for a title disappeared. I guess I could force myself to care about BYU rugby or their volleyball program.

    The Jazz, more than probably any team in the NBA (or major pro sports in the US for that matter) need good luck to field a contender. We just have to hope some superstar wants the chance to lead a backwater team to a title (unlikely) or draft another guy who turns out to be twice as good as expected.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    April 22, 2019 10:32 a.m.

    Rudy doesn't need to get a mid range shot. How about a five footer. The rest of the team needs to start getting and taking them. One NBA player I like to watch is Demar Derozan of the Spurs. He knows how to get a good percentage shot. He doesn't spend all of his time shooting the long bombs.

  • utahfisher Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2019 7:22 a.m.

    Brad Rock is a pretty good sports writer but great at always emphasizing the negative...

  • utahDoug Murray, UT
    April 22, 2019 12:39 a.m.

    The NBA is just getting boring. It's just a 3 pt game now.


  • SorryNotSorry Draper, UT
    April 21, 2019 7:20 p.m.

    We desperately need another super star scoring option and Rudy needs to develop a mid range shot.