Posted by: Jazzaholic on December 29th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It’s just a glaring fact, that Ty is not going to fix the problem on his own.
The problem is the starting lineup loses ground, the kids come in and regain the lost ground and Ty just can’t control himself. He puts the starters back in. Every time! When the bench is doing well, he just won’t ride the success.
Over and over again we see this.
The only way to deal with a coach who will not play the young developing, efficient players is to trade off the older, high priced vets, forcing him to play the Core4.
You can get the movie Money Ball on DVD from the library for free. Check it out.
The Jazz have the same problem. The older and more highly paid the player is, the more likely he is to start and get the extra minutes. It does matter who starts. Starters get more minutes! Any team and almost any player, the starters get more time. What does our Core4 need more than anything? Game time and crunch time experience. They’re not getting it sitting on the bench.
Raja Bell, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley, Mo Williams, Randy Foye and DeMarre Carroll all have expiring contracts, which are attractive to other teams, making them more easily traded. DeMarre and Randy have small enough contracts and make a great enough contribution to the team, that they should be off the table, unless something special comes back.
Toxic Raja is gone one way or another. He will be traded or waived. Anytime he wants out, all he has to do is offer the Jazz a discount to waive him and he’s gone. Unless the Jazz get a discount, they pay the same amount, while he’s on South Beach evening out his tan. There’s no incentive for the Jazz to waive him, unless they get a discount or are forced to make room for another player (they are at the 15 max player roster). A trade will be the best for the Jazz. His salary goes to another team and they get a roster spot. He could be included as a bitter pill to sell an unpalatable trade for the Jazz, just to get rid of him. Unless he’s traded or discounts his salary, there’s no reason for the Jazz to waive him before Mar 1st, so he can play for a playoff team, without a discount.
Obviously, Millsap and Jefferson will be the main focus of trade talks before Feb 21st. Trading either one, or both, breaks up the starting lineup and forces Ty to come to grips with the reality of starting Favors and/or Kanter, the obvious future of the team. Depending on the player(s) and draft picks picked up by the Jazz, there may be further changes in the starting lineup.
The starting lineup just DOES NOT WORK!
This is the 2nd year they have been playing from behind and losing gains the bench gives them.
There are occasional sparks and Big Al is starting to take it to the hole, instead of just jump shooting each possession, and his crunch time performances have been great. Paul comes to life every so often, but they both move up and down the court like sludge oozing toward the opposite basket. A fast break? They are nowhere to be seen, even to follow up on a missed shot. Their defense on the pick-n-roll is improving, but usually a disaster. Paul would be great coming off the bench against smaller power forwards, but Ty won’t put him on the second unit. Instead, he forces him to play undersized and out manned on the starting unit.
If Ty won’t do it, then Dennis and Kevin need to force the issue with a trade or two…Play Money Ball!
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