Posted by: disco on January 11th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
What do Portland, Denver, Golden State and Houston have in common? The answer is ambition. All 4 teams have recently blown up their teams through trading away their franchise player (Denver, Golden State) and to a lesser extent Portland with Wallace, while Houston literally traded everyone for draft picks before the draft. Denver surprised everyone last season with their play after trading Carmelo and therefore haven’t really surprised anyone with their success this season, the other three teams were expected to be in the lottery again next draft.
If we look at the standings tonight, al three teams are in playoff positions, despite everyones opinions at the start of the season. The reason for this is that all these teams have ambition. They realised they couldn’t build Clippers style by attracting big names in trades and keeping them in FA, so they took a punt, a calculated risk, that has paid off for all four teams.
What does this have to do with the Jazz you might ask. The Jazz missed a great chance to show their ambition in the last off-season, missing out on Harden or acquiring some draft picks, instead rebuilding through signing veterans and extending the contract of a coach who had shown very little skill or development since taking over.Now the Jazz have one last chance to show ambition, with the trade deadline fast approaching, will the FO show some ambition to succeed or will they be happy playing for 8th spot and remain mediocre for years to come
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