Bingo Randy you hit the nail on the head this is a very critical time.However the Jazz seem to be going in many directions.They fired
the coach three weeks ago and are without a coach at a crucial time. The coach
is integral in helping choose who play for him. Who is going to choose the
players in the draft? Is the administration now going to choose?The
team has been building around the core group of 5-6 players and sacrificing this
entire season so they can grow together. Now with a high draft pick is the
administration willing to break up the core group?With the high
draft pick do the Jazz save money again for this season and again be content
with playing as basement dwellers in the league?How are their deep
pockets going to help the team as they have decided the core is going to win
down the road? Hayward is going into his fourth season and has yet to prove
himself in clutch situations so it would be silly to pay him more.It
seems the team and GM are stumbling in a time of need.
I like ya Randy, but Mark Jackson signed up with ESPN earlier today as a
commentator. He won't be coaching again anytime soon. Jazz would be
better served getting Lionel Hollins, a no-nonsense coach that gets his guys to
run through brick walls and turns average players into good ones. And he has
experience with small markets (Portland as a player, Memphis and Vancouver as a
I want to second the vote for Lionel Hollins. The guy did great work with Z-Bo
and Gasol, and we could use that with Kanter and Favors.
It's the end of the Jazz as we know it, I don't feel fine.
It's amazing how modest expectations have come. Many Jazz fans have been
saying they were tired of just making the playoffs every year. They want players
and coaches that will give championship opportunities. Now they want a coach
that never even got home court advantage for his team. These are probably the
same fans that hated Jerry Sloan and wanted to replace him. Now Hollins is their
guy. Tired of what they viewed as mediocrity (even though it was much better
than that), now they want a coach who has a history of mediocrity.The funny thing is that they don't even see the irony of it. They
probably view themselves as "guru-fans" with a detailed understanding of
what makes a successful NBA franchise.Yes, all our fan dreams are
about to come true as we get another draft project that will take at least 3-4
years to develop while our other players are moving to other teams in trades or
as free agents and we will pick a coach that has never reached 60 wins or the
NBA finals.Happy days!!
The Jazz have certainly put themselves in a position where they have multiple
options. I don't know that there is a truly "safe" option available
for the coaching position. The guys with experience typically want elsewhere.
Maybe the Jazz will have to roll the dice on this one. I hope they take a good
look at Earl Watson. There's no question he'll install a
And I will second the second for
@Big Bubba,"It's the end of the Jazz as we know it, I don't feel
fine."Makes one wonder if Jazz management is losing out on
'REM' sleep at night worrying about the team they're trying to
I don't like using the word 'never' but I will here and now.
There will never be another pair, plus one (Sloan) like Stockton and Malone.
Two top players, and a coach, willing to sacrifice a little bit to stay together
while they grow and mature. Stay together so they can reach for the sky, not
just for themselves, but for the rest of the team, the staff, coaches, owners
and fans. Today's world is full of LeBron's where there
is a great deal of 'me' in team. I simply predict that like many
others, most others, Hayward will be gone to a team willing to over pay. That
the Jazz will end with pick #5, that their selection of a coach will be
mediocre, and finally that the Jazz teams over the coming years will be the
same, mediocre.Simply put, Stockton, Malone and Sloan ruined it for
us all because we will never see their likes again.
"Today's world is full of LeBron's where there is a great deal of
'me' in team . . "Seriously? LeBron is a selfish
player, eh? Only a complete basketball novice could type something like that.
Find me an article from a credible source about LeBron or the Heat (or the Cavs
from a few years back) that describes LeBron as a selfish player. The reason he's been constantly climbing the list of "best ever"
since he entered the league is not because he's all about getting his
points. He's always been an excellent and willing passer who rarely takes
bad shots unlike some other elite players *COUGH* Kobe *COUGH*. Ten players took
more shots per game than he did in 2013-14He does get his points,
but then a force of nature with off-the-charts efficiency like him should get
his points. If he was "all about me," the guy could probably average
35-40 per game without much trouble. By the time he's done, he'll be
in the discussions of "best ever," just like the other handful of
superstars who made teammates better.
Greg....hire me...what do you have to lose. I can't be any worse than
Corbin. We would have fun and compete night in and night out. I'd bring a
globetrotter flare to the game so that fans would have fun as well. Consider
this my application. First move; trade Favors. He is not a starter in the
league. Trade for a first round selection this year (deep draft). Sign and
trade Gordon for a first round selection this year. With a young roster,
I'd run teams out of the gym and smother them with D. Calaperi style. Hire me Greg...they will make a movie based on your decision and the
championships we will win. Guy out of nowhere puts on a clinic in the NBA.
Fans will love it.Go JAZZ!!