Posted by: Jimmy on December 13th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Oh yeah, it was D-Will.
What was your reaction when Deron was dealt last February? Did you curse KOC? Did you regrettably relinquish hope for winning in the future? Did you fear that the Jazz were entering a full-on rebuilding mode?? If so, you may appreciate this video of Utahns who felt largely the same.
Me? I wasn’t worried.
Now, I’m not saying I thought we were going to pick right back up and storm into the playoffs; after all we had already hit a losing skid and lost Coach Sloan at that point in the season. But I recognized the value we were receiving back for Deron, and I knew that we had stopped the spread of a cancer that was hurting the team.
We were also receving a potential future superstar (and #3 pick) in Derrick Favors, and a replacement starting PG in Devin Harris. Harris had been an All-Star only two seasons earlier. And last but not least, we were receiving two first round picks (one turned into Enes Kanter!) Sounds pretty good for one guy who was a year away for skipping town.
So now here we are on the cusp of a new season. I must say, it has turned out much the same as I so optimistically predicted way back in April. We have re-tooled by drafting Enes Kanter (I whiffed on that, but then again I didn’t know we’d end up with the #3 pick) and Alec Burks (who was on my list.) We’ve shored up the PG position by re-signing a very happy Earl Watson, and are looking to add depth and athleticism to the SF position by pursuing Josh Howard (again, he was on my list.)
It seems like we could be on the verge of what Charlie Sheen refers to as “winning.” Have we not, therefore, reason to rejoice, O Jazz Nation?! We certainly do!
I for one cannot wait to get back to the excitement of watching our talented youngsters develop and watching our vets hold their own against the league’s best! Okur looks to be back, Millsap is set to deliver as always, Al and CJ are in better shape than ever, Raja is confident he’s regained form and Devin Harris will have a new defensive edge. What a great time to be a Jazz fan!!
Now, who’s that guy we traded last year?
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