Posted by: Jazzaholic on March 2nd, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The only way Ty will make line up changes is when Dennis/Kevin will play money ball or injuries.
Dennis/Kevin either have been reluctant get rid of inefficient, high salary players or the right opportunity has not presented itself. Whatever the case, it has not been done. This summer will be the perfect opportunity, with up to 9 roster spots opening up.
This leaves us with injuries as the only way to see the young talent rise to the surface. We saw it last year and again this year.
When injuries finally forced Ty to start the kids, they responded.
Did anyone notice the change in defense and ball movement?
The “bench” started and actually played defense! They got around screens, switched players and actually, I know it’s hard to believe, but they clogged the middle and rebounded.
Yes, the pundits and Jazz paid media can continue rationalize Ty’s starters, rotations and minutes played, but we saw a display of basketball against the lowly Bob Cats.
No forcing the low post pass (at the 3 point line), hold, hold, hold…tick, tick, tick. No lack of rebounding effort or taking plays off. No lagging down the floor, while the other team gets fast break points. No lack of effort on defense or taking plays off.
The kids wanted to play, and it showed.
They are not suddenly the top team in the NBA, but we got a glimpse of the talent, which has gone largely undeveloped at the rate it could have been.
The 2 games Big Al has not started, forcing Ty into lineup changes this year have resulted in two of the largest victories this year.
The Jazz have been headed out of the playoffs with the high paid vets, so what do you lose by playing AND developing the kids?
This is the 1st chance we’ve had to see that Pogo can really play, if he gets the chance.
I have been an Enes the Menace fan since I first saw him play. We finally get to see his potential! We watched him school Bynum, in a Jazz victory over the HATED Lakers, but Ty yanks him almost as quickly as he puts him in. After all, we can’t offend older, higher paid veterans.
We saw inefficient Howard brought back from injury to replace the more efficient kids last year. Will it be Déjà vu, all over again? Do Big Al and Paul get the automatic start or will Ty look to the future and start the kids?
I’m afraid we already know the answer.
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