Here is tip for our new "point forward". There is an 8 second count to
get the ball across half court. I know it is a brand new rule and everything
but do your best to remember that.Haywards execution (and the Jazz
in general) down the stretch last night was awful. There really isn't any
other way to describe it.Hayward shouldn't really be as bad as
he was with his experience. The others have more of an excuse as they truly are
inexperienced for the most part.Overall though I have to say the
effort was there and I can live with losses like that if they are playing hard
which I though they did despite the really poor execution.
Bird was a good team defender. He usually guarded the opposition's weaker
offensive forward, which made sense because he was a relatively poor one-on-one
defender but a great rebounder, and he could cheat towards the boards when
appropriate. Once Kevin McHale was named the starting power forward, Bird was
officially the starting small forward. Bird might have been the all-time best
passing forward, but Hayward is among the best passing forwards in today's
NBA. He has often played a version of point forward already over the past couple
of years whenever a Jazz point guard fails to get the ball inside at the
beginning of an offensive play. I like to see Burks and Hayward on the floor
together, even if neither is lighting it up from the offensive end. They are
ballers and fun to watch. Be patient.
I meant to refer to Hayward as a combo shooting guard/forward. Just get him on
the floor, right?