God-bless the Utah Jazz and their kind hearts. This is a touching tale,
considering the political strife between our two nations. It is good to see all
feelings laid aside and the warm greeting for our Iranian brothers.
The Persian people are a noble and goodly bunch. I am glad that the Jazz made
this kind and heart-warming gesture. I hope the Iranians do well and I hope
eventually they can get rid of their psychotic leaders and restore freedom and
prosperity to their land.
not living in utah the past several years, I do not get a lot of jazz coverage.
This artical got me confused, am I reading the human interest section or the
sports section. this was a great human interest story but I want my sports and
Jazz coverage. Is the lack of interest in the review this year from lack of
interest of the reporters? when I lived in Utah the review was one of the
summer's main evens, is this a signal of the reviews demise? is it the lack of
teams and tallent or the change of venue. What I want is to know what how the
jazz prospects are doing. is Fesenko making progress? has Almond inporved his
floor game, his defense, his intensity. are any of the draft picks making the
Jazz brass look good? will the play in SLC or Orem what about the standout
undrafted free agents. when wil the jazz find the next Byron Russel? undrafted
players who not only make the team but play a significant roll on the team. but
I guess at least this year I have to settle for human interest stories with and
with out box scores.
go Jazz for a kind and wonderful gesture....
This just goes to show that regular people from whatever part of the world can
live and get along fine with each other if the politics are left out of the
equation. Our politicians are as guilty of this as any in the world. Let the
people make their choices and lets get back to some world harmony.
Oh Wayne, lighten up. There's more to life than basketball.
Wayne, you obviously know nothing about journalism. That "news" about this game
was the human interest story of the Iranian team and its fans, not the stats on
a mostly meaningless exhibition game.
The game was a great game last night made all the more special by the
recognition of the other teams lost player. Almond showed some of the talent he
has with some great moves and good defense. Fez did a good job also. Probably
the biggest concern for both is that they seem to be a bit laid back. I would
think that if you are on the edge you would give your all every night. John
Stockton used to advertise that you need to give 110%. I did not see 110% from
either player. Maybe in the future. Faced with Brewer, Korver and maybe price
ahead of him, Almond need to contact Karl and follow his advice regarding
hustle. Same with Fez.
Wayne,Here's your sports update: Jazz won. They're now 1-2 and probably
have no shot at winning the RMR championship. Since the RMR is so
important to the success of the franchise, it's not looking good and I'm sure
the team will most certainly miss the playoffs this season. Look for Atlanta to
run away with the NBA title. They've looked unstoppable thus far.Seriously, the RMR is basically a round of pickup games. No disrespect to
them, but do we really want to know what Mike Efevberha or Haminn Quaintance
did? And no, those aren't Iranians. Those are two of the Jazz players at the
revue.There are plenty of places to source Jazz info (like the
official team website at NBA.com). The DN isn't the center of the universe. But
judging by the responses, the majority of people who source the DN site like the
combined human interest/basketball stories.I think it's great to
hear the Jazz organization cares about people and not just the bottom line. What
a great gesture.
I saw part of the game I think it is very disrepectful to be in America and
waving an Iranian flag, expecially if they are U.S. citizens. Wearing a Iranian
Jersey is fine but not waving a flag in the U.S. Expecially because Iran has
vowed to wipe the Israel of the map.
Hey, I'm with Wayne. I live way out east, and can't watch the Review games on
KJZZ. I think this article was great, and am not complaining about it being
written. I just want some feedback on how the young Jazz players played. Seems
neither of the big guys are going to be able to help us this year, which is a
disapointment...Keep the love coming, but don't leave out coverage
of the review.
How could you?
Get over yourself. There are other countries in the world and if you ever watch
an event in another country that involves a national team it is natural that
they wave the flag of that country. What's the big deal that they support where
they came from. It has nothing to do with disrespecting the US, it has something
to do with honoring their country and cheering them on. During the World Cup in
2006 in soccer, the American fans were waving American Flags in Germany, is that
disrespectful? In your eye probably not because it is the US. No disrespect,
just respect for where someone is from. And after all, it is an athletic event
and not a political convention.
Devan: huh? It's disrespectful to root for the visitors? Surely you don't
think this fan had some subversive political agenda for waiving the flag of her
home country in support of these visiting athletes?If watch the
olympics in China this summer, and see someone--even a Chinese
citizen--supportively waving a U.S. flag at an event, is that disrespect to the
I don't think it is disrespectful to waive the Iranian flag as was done. It
simply shows support for that team & for the country. While you could intend
political commentary or disrespectful intentions, it isn't fair to assume
such.I'm glad there was some good flag-waving going on, as I think it is
important for the people in Iran to realize that though our governments have
some major problems with each other, that people in general hold no such
I flipped away from the game last night during the first half when the score was
a little too close for comfort. Thanks to the Deseret News for doing this story
and helping me see the game from a completely different angle. And thanks to
the Jazz organization for showing a lot of class.
That's a pretty ignorant and cultural-centric statement. It's great the Iranian
fans showed so much enthusiasm for their team. If we were in another country
cheering for the U.S. team, I think it'd be appropriate to wave our country's
flag. Watch the Olympics next month and I think you'll see a few non-Chinese
flags. They aren't doing it to disrespect our country, simply to show
enthusiasm and pride for their own.
What are you talking about? I'm an American from Puerto Rico, I take the Puerto
Rican flag to sporting events and wave it. Its not anti American,its called
pride. Don't be so insecure. I thought it was awesome that they had that much
support here. Just because we live here doesn't mean we need to forget where we
Congratulations to Utah Jazz organization, and the N.B.A. officials for having
the vision to invite the Iranian National Basketball team to Utah. Utah Jazz
proved one more time, beyond reason, why they are the class act organization of
N.B.A. I wish for the day that the Jazz team go to Iran for some friendlies.
The Iranian people would love the opportunity to return the favor in kind.
Thanks Utah jazz.Mansour
As an Iranian taht lived here for last 30 years I would like to say thanks to
the Jazz Organization for such a great and friendly gesture last night
As an iranian i salute the Utah Jazz for being such gracious hosts. I was not
expecting such a wonderful gesture at halftime. The commentators were also very
good and respectful as well. As a nugget fan it will be very hard to root
against the jazz this coming season after this display:D
I was at the game last night and found the support of Iran's team to be very
amazing. Except for the Kazoo (which happened to be about 3 rows back from
me...my ears are still ringing), I wish the Jazz fans would cheer on their team
in the same way. If I lived in another country and the USA basketball team came
to that country to play and I were in attendance, I'd wave my flag too. I
thought it was very patriotic and a fresh look at basketball. I compliment the
Iran team fans and Iran's team. It was interesting to see the stark contrast
between the Jazz players, who are playing for large contracts and money, with
the players from Iran who were playing for the pride of their small country. If
only the Jazz players played with the same heart we'd win the championship every
year.It seems doubtful to me that Iran will go far in the Olympics
if they are having a hard time keeping up with summer league teams.
Nevertheless, I wish them well.
i'm an iranian and i was born here and i cheered for my country to the fullest.i
waved flags because thats where my parents are from and i'm so proud to be an
iranian teenager living in another country. living in u.s doesn't matter the
only thing that matters is where you are from and cheering for my country is a
pride.i had the best time and i was so happy that i could see people from my
country that bring pride for us iranians in foreign countries. this will
probebly never happen again but i'm greatful that it did and i'm a jazz fan but
when it comes to choose btw. my country and jazz i choose my country iran.thanks to the jazz
You're waiting for the next Byron Russell? Don't get me wrong, he served a good
role for the Jazz but he never had the athleticisim to give the Jazz another
dimension to the offense like Ronnie Brewer does.
The information you wished to see was in there, it was about the same
information as all the other games' information. The main story was the human
interest story. How arrogant and culturally biased are you if you believe
that they should not waive the Iranian flag. I guess you think that in the
Olympics, nobody should wave the American flag, because they need to respect the
Chinese. Or, if you live in New York, for example, you should not wear any Utah
Jazz apparel at a Jazz/Knicks game. The halftime ceremony was very
emotional. I am an American, and the gesture that the Jazz did almost brought
me to tears. This was a great story about basketball overcoming supposed
differences. I hope that this event will help open the hearts of the citizens
and leaders of both countries so that we can respect each other. We can then
focus on the positive relationships.
I love different cultures. I am about as American as you can get, but I have
lived in many different places, and people are great in most places in the
world. When I was in Europe, I became close friends with Iranians. Friendship
means a lot more to them than it does to Americans. I hope Iran does well in the
olympics even though it isn't likely. Jazz, that was impressive to show them
that kind of respect.
If you were born here, isn't your country the U.S.If Iran was so
great Why did your family leave it in the first place.People
allegiances are incredibly missed place these days.My family
ancestors came from great britain, germany, demark, norway. etc, but I don't
support their teams or wave their flags.Hoew many sporting events do
see spectators and particpants waving foriegn flags of countries they weren't
born in or have ever lived.It's fine to recognize and appreciate
your ancestory, but you are no more Iranian or Mexican, etc, anymore
than I am british, german, danish, norwegian, french, etc.
i enjoyed watching the game on tv except for when the iranian flag filled up
half my screen and that wazoo was sooooooooooooo annoying
Great story and wounderfull actions taken by both sides to show that after all
we are all human beings sharing the same plant and sharing the same problems and
feelings. This shows that it is only politics and politicians who try to make us
hate other people from other countries. and we have to be educated enough not to
fall for that hate ingnited by politicians all over the world.
Hey give her a break. Of course she is a US Citizen if she was born here in the
United States, but of course she has the right too to cheer for the Iranian
Basketball Team if she wants to. I look at it this way, I will be
cheering for the USA during the upcoming Olympics but I will also cheer for
Sweden because it's where I served my mission.So lighten up and have
To Tree hugger: Devan will never get it. If someone wave American flag in the
Chinese Olympia, Devan will not think this is disrespect, since it is "American"
Suggest bringing e3 national teams into the review nezxt year.
I am glad the team from Iran was well treated. It also made national news. We
have a number of people that came here in the 70's from Iran. All the people I
know from Iran are very nice. They are here, in many cases because of who is in
power over there now. Many have become US citizens, but still have friends and
we've been iranians we are and we'll always be no matter where we arethanx
to Jazz for its kind gesture
ok so i suppose that no one will be waving US flag in china. ofcourse i ll cheer
for the country where my parents are from and my parents came here to go to
college and they never planned on living here forever and iran is a great
country. you don't have to judge everything by the goverment. if iran will
comeback next year for other games, i will go cheer for them and wave my flag
and actually i will get a bigger flag and lots of my american friends came to
the jazz game with me and cheered for iran because of me and all iranians that
live in utah are the jazz fan too. i am a big fan of jazz myself.
It doesn't matter where you go, there is always people that are racist, selfish,
clueless, etc... Iranian people, just like all types of people, deserve respect.
We are all human beings!!! It's a free country, so cheer for the team you like.
This is a nation of immigrants. If my family was from Iran, I would support that