Posted by: Jazzaholic on August 2nd, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
There are lots of new moving parts in the Jazz system.
Ty will have lots of challenges ahead this year.
1. How will he get the most out of the talent he has?
2. How will he find time to develop the core 4?
3. Can he alter his defense (stop the fouling) to make it better?
4. Can he alter his offense (integrate the 3 pointer) to make it more productive?
5. Can he break with his past habit of playing a veteran over a developing player?
6. Can he get rid of the the more a player is paid, the more he is entitled to start attitude?
7. Will Kevin have to play “Money Ball” and trade away players, who should NOT have been starting? (This should ring a Bell )
8. Will Ty have too many options?
The biggest complaint with Ty’s coaching was fear of offending a veteran, by giving a productive kid more time. This has got to end! If I see a starting lineup of the highest paid or longest tenured players, you may see my head spinning on my shoulders and smoke coming out of my ears, just before I explode.
Next, it’s time to adapt. Stop trying to use the same lineups, and the same rotations, all the time. Use the ol’ knoggin and try different matchups. Solicit lineup/rotation changes from your assistant coaches and try something different. Don’t make injuries force you to play more efficient players (who don’t yet have the years or pay grade).
Ty needs to integrate more 3’s, along with the corner 3, not only to open the middle up and keep the defense honest, but to make the offense more productive. The layup and 3 point shot are the most effective shots. The rest are referred to as $h!% shots for a reason. The offense should have two priorities… The layup and the catch-n-shoot 3 pointer. Remember how San Antonio would pass up a layup for a wide open 3? Times are a changin’. Kevin is pushing the personel in that direction. It’s time for Ty to respond.
Ty needs to upgrade his defensive scheme, and avoid the fouling, with his upgraded talent. The 3 new additions are better than the 3 they replaced. Defense was the biggest problem the Jazz had last year. They ranked near the bottom of the league.
Ty must make the core 4 are a top priority, almost everyone else is on an expiring contract.
Lastly, can Ty finally shake the Sloan mantle off and be his own man?
I know it sound harsh, but the NBA is a big boys game. You better adapt or you are looking for another job. Ty needs to look toward the future, instead of looking over his shoulder. The Jazz would not have made the playoffs, if injuries wouldn’t have forced line up changes to younger, more efficient players.
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