Posted by: deb on May 13th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
There are many aspects of Utah Jazz basketball I do not fully understand, one of which is the basketball mind of Jerry Sloan, so I hope I can get some answers from those of you who do understand him. I would like to know if the benching of Ronnie Price and Kyle Korver in the game Monday was about one specific play or in general how they were playing. Both played minutes well below their season average and even below their playoff average. For Kyle who shot 90% in the previous game, this seemed odd. Please let me know what you think the reasoning was. I wondered if it was Jerry’s subtle way of letting them both know they would not be playing in Jazz uniforms again, either by trade in Ronnie’s case or not offering Kyle a contract.
My other question is whom you think has a chance of being gone after this summer either by their own choice or Jazz management’s trades and lack of offers. My guesses are: Boozer, Korver (will cause me many tears-as anyone who knows me would tell you), Kirilenko, Price, Jeffers and probably Fes. This is a long list and somewhat unlikely, but could happen. Please let me know your thoughts on this subject.
The following exit remarks from Kyle were very interesting and I have to wonder if he really wants to come back, listen and tell me what you think. A couple of things really stood out for me, “there is nothing wrong with sun”, he did spend the first third of his life in Southern California and has extended family there. And then there were a couple of comments about what he was looking for in his next employment location, “a place with opportunity to excel as a basketball player, where you can play in a system where your talents are utilized and where what you do is appreciated”. Asked if Utah provided all this he responded “a lot of it”. Do you think the Jazz can provide all that for Kyle or any player for that matter?
So your job is to be a mind reader and let me know what was in Jerry’s mind when he drastically reduced Price’s and Korver’s minutes in the last game of the season and if Kyle wants to come back or if the Jazz want him back?
Thanks for your comments and insights.
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