Posted by: Ben S. on February 18th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
So what’s most important to the 4th best point guard in the league; money, fame or winning? Jazz fans should be hoping its money. I get tired of everybody already talking about if Deron Williams will opt out after next season and sign with another team, yet for some reason here I am doing the talking. I’m sure he won’t put much thought into his decision until the proper time and I know D-Will will continue to play his butt off until then. I don’t think issues such as trading or not re-signing his pals (Brewer and Korver) or disagreements with the coaching staff will play much of a factor in Deron’s decision. What it really will come down to is who can give him the biggest paycheck and who can give him the best opportunity to win. The Jazz will be in position to offer him the most jack, which is why I hope D-Will finds the security of financial freedom to be most important. Will they also be able to offer him a realistic chance to win a ring? The “always optimistic Jazz fan” in me says yes, however the team will really have to catch some breaks between now and then for that to happen. Lebron could have taken more money from the Cavs but because he was already raking in cash through endorsements, he took less to hook up with D-Wade and Bosh. Cleveland bent over backwards to give King James everything he wanted but he still bolted. Are Greg Miller, Kevin O’Conner, and Coach Corbin going to start wearing W-W-D-D bracelets? It would be wrong to put Deron’s feelings and desires above their own when making decisions concerning the welfare of the organization, although input from their #1 player might be o.k. in certain situations. I’m sure Mark Cuban is well aware that he could bring both D-Will and D-Howard to D-Town in 2012. Will Deron find the opportunity to play with a fellow Olympian too good to pass up? Will the promise of more exposure and pub from playing in a bigger city be too much for the Jazz to counter with? Who knows how it will play out but I do know what I’d do if I was Deron Williams…and Jazz fans wouldn’t like it.
Having the Mailman back in town was awesome. Man, every time somebody would stick a mike in his face he would entertain. It doesn’t even matter what he’s talking about or if you agree with him or not. He’s got takes and opinions about anything and everything. I love when he starts his response with, “I aint gonna talk about that.” He then goes on to talk about it. Karl is the best. I also miss his game and what he brought to the Jazz while he was here. Yeah, he had Stockton, but it was the Mailman who shouldered the pressure of the entire team (like Deron will have to get used to, especially now that Jerry is gone). John would talk but say nothing. Meanwhile, Karl would accept responsibility for losses, motivate his teammates, and find ways to lead his team. He had his faults, like we all do, and would always contradict himself and say some crazy stuff, but he was the ideal cornerstone player for an NBA franchise. He meant more to the Jazz organization than any other player. I can’t see him as a coach, however. I think he’d have the same problem that Magic and Bird had as coaches. They expect too much from their players. Karl still looks like he could come back and average a double-double.
All-Star Weekend should help Deron regain his confidence. A week from now he should be back to an attacking, physical, beast-to-defend point-guard who can take over games.
Can you believe how windy it was the other day? I saw some newspaper, McDonalds wrappers, Jeremy Evans, and a couple of napkins helplessly pinned up against a chain-link fence. The wind was so bad, Tiger Woods’ spit missed the green and landed in the rough. A gust of wind almost blew a strand of Mitt Romney’s hair out of place. I couldn’t tell if my neighbor was walking his pet poodle or flying a kite. Ric Bucher’s foot blew up into his mouth. The good news is the cloud of smoke that is hovering over Ogden after last weekends Ice Cube concert is just about gone.
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