Posted by: Ben on December 27th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I think the lockout left everyone a least a little bitter and jaded. But when the lockout ended, I still didn’t feel like it was “Jazz time” yet. When the schedule was released, when we had played our 2 preseason games (does anybody really count those anyway?), when the season opened on Christmas day; none of it really sank in… until today.
This morning I reached into the back of my closet and pulled out my old Jazz shirt to wear to work today and I came to the realization that tonight is OUR season opener and I noticed something else; I REALLY missed basketball. More specifically, Jazz basketball. I really didn’t realize how much I missed it until today and I’m genuinely excited about tonight’s game!
David Locke has a post on his blog about how, with AK and now Memo gone, this is officially the beginning of Jazz 4.0. This is a very new, very young squad with much that is unknown. We have 5 players that are either a rookie or might as well be. Miles and Millsap are the only players that have been with this team for more than 1 season (let that one sink in a bit). No, I don’t count Raja. With a new coaching staff and essentially a brand new, start from scratch, young team; A LOT is unknown. I, like all of us, are eager to see what is in store for this new team. Tonight’s game (truth be known, these first several games) will be a great test to see where we are and what we have to work with:
-If we win, was it- because we are fresh, because the Lakers are coming off of a back-to-back-to-back series? because we ARE that good? because the Lakers AREN’T that good? because we got lucky?
-If we lose, was it- because we didn’t have enough of a preseason or practice to mesh? are we really that bad? are the Lakers really that much better? because we just need more time? because we were in the Staples Center?
I don’t care about how tonight’s game turns out (OK, I really do care). I’m just so excited about the season starting. With some luck, we mesh right away and don’t experience very many growing pains (I know we’ll have a lot some, but it makes me feel better to say it). It is Jazz 4.0! And hopefully by the end of the season, that’ll also be our NBA GPA. Go Jazz!
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