Posted by: Jazzed uponit on November 21st, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Were a .500 team. It seems that there shouldnt be much to complain about this early in the season and theres not. Not if we are aiming to become the most historical average team in the NBA. The jazz are “good”. In the last decade we have been good at being consistently average. Everyone keeps their jobs. No feelings hurt and we have a pretty good idea who the next years starting lineup is going to be sometime in April the previous year. We are a small market franchise and I get it. I get that taking a more conservative route ensures business success. Its more secure, etc. But for the love, can we please at least act like we would someday want to compete for a championship and not a bottom seed entry in the playoffs?
We are a team with no superstar. We have a slightly above average roster at every spot , but nothing that stands out except Favors defense and Mo williams when hes hot. So what do you do?? …experiment.
Experiment #1 The big 3 lineup. This is basically a fluke that corbin had to put in when there were alot of injuries on the roster late last year, or he was just saving the idea all year. It works because Favors is a mobile defender at all 3 positions and it clogs lanes and defends the paint well. It worked better last year. Millsap was a step quicker last year for whatever reason to keep this brief, he is slower now. This year so far its a fail. The opponent has built significant leads every game we have started with it.
Experiment #2 Friendship motivation. Or adding players in the offseason that know each other well and might in turn play well together. Mo, Foye, Marvin and Al all know each other since childhood. We hoped that maybe that bond would transform into a strong veteran chemical force that would uplift our youth and have the experience to win big games. We now have bad chemistry. We depend on the bench vets and low paid huslters to win games, so Fail.
Experiment #3 Develope our youth in a winning environment. Making the playoffs last year was neutral if not negative. The only young talent to get solid playoff minutes was Favors. Only because Corbin was forced to play him. So far this year Favors is the only one getting enough minutes for the development needed for high calibur players. Lottery picks are projected to be high calibur rotation players if not super stars, allstars, or at least starters. We have 4 of them. 2 number 3 lottery picks and now only 1 of them starts. Are we winning? not really. .500 isnt a big motivating environment. It is average. And the players that were supposed to get experience are not even playing. FAIL.
What the hell are we doing anymore? whats the philosophy. For 2 years we havent known who the jazz are. We have young players , but the majority of the team is vets in their prime. Doesnt the player project the philosophy of the coach on the court? Wouldnt that happen sometime within 2 years? Otherwise why even practice if players are supposed to teach themselves how to lead. How to reach their potential and use their talent and then translate that to the court. Just let them do shootarounds and show up for games.
So the expirements have failed. We have expiring contracts of players that should have been traded last year if they are going to be traded at all. Our roster linups are a disaster. There is no room to give minutes to the up coming talent that we want on the roster. And we only have 5 players on the books for next year. So whats the plan now?
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