I don't see a problem having T.B. in the playing mix from day 1. Unlike
some teams, the Jazz have two guys in Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward who can
bring the ball upcourt anytime. Burks will probably play some point guard, T.B.
will play some, and by the end of the year, hopefully, we will all be talking
about the core-5, a significant upgrade on the already pleasing to watch and
improving core-4. Also, I'm looking forward to seeing how T.B. compares to
Williams and Stockton in his ability to get past the first defender. I like what
I see on tape. As far as shooting ability, T.B. may prove to be the best of the
three someday. Passing and seeing the court...well...Stockton and Williams are
among the best all-time, so we shall see.
The applicable word for T.B. is "charmer". The first words that I heard
in a so-called fashion interview in his blue suit and gold tie was "I'm
proud to be here and I'll do everything I can to help those guys win".
I think that about sums it up. Once an interview with mom came in, it was all
over. I think that Karl has to give him his "facts of life talk" about
all of the "camp followers". We'll see if the honeymoon lasts with
the free agency. It looks like big jealousy from Mo. Bring in another free
agent to mentor Burke. It's also time to cut loose Big Al and Mil. They
need to hand the young players the ball. It's time to kick them out of the
Wonder why the Jazz drafted two point guards? Burke said, "he wouldn't
drop below 6, I think it was". If he can play, he won't be in Utah very
long. I would try to sign little Mo to a long term deal at close to minimum
money, which for him would be close to two million, not exactly chump change.
Also time to get Hayward long term.
Great moves; Great Pick
I too worry that all these young guys, will either get taken or run away to
other teams like the Lakers or Heat. With that said, I do believe one of the
best resources small market teams like Utah and San Antonio can use, it to try
and bring guys in as groups. Get a bunch (or a couple) of guys around the same
age, with some common interests, and they will end up keeping each other around.
Example's: Stockton and Malone, Parker, Ginobili and Duncan, and lastly
to make a point Ronnie Brewer and D Will (I know, not the ideal pair)! If you
remember Deron just signed his last contract, Jazz lied to Brewer, then traded
him last minuet. When asked about the trade, Deron said "I guess thats why
its good I signed a short contract". And he was never the same since. So
if the Jazz are smart, they will pay attention to their players and who's
friends with who, before they start making trades. I feel like this group of
guys are going to be amazing, Go Jazz!!!