Posted by: Jonathan Noel on March 4th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Wowzers, what a time to be a Jazz fan.
Yesterday, after seeing all the updates on Twitter about how Memo Okur has been authorized to practice again, I had to really sit back and think about that for a minute. Mehmet Okur. Tall guy from Turkey. Played for the Jazz with Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, Wes Matthews and Pete Chilcutt. Okay, maybe not Chilcutt. But at this point the list may as well include Chilcutt, Jim Farmer, Bart Kofoed, Keith McLeod, Bobby Hansen and Walter Palmer.
In other words, guys who are ancient history.
The thought of Okur returning to the current squad almost feels like adding Mark Eaton to last years team. Fond memories frrm the past colliding with the reality of the here and now.
When Okur the deck last year against the Nuggets in the playoffs grabbing his ankle, it was almost unfathomable to imagine the team he would be returning to would be headlined by Devin Harris, Al Jefferson, Millsap, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Freaking Favors. (Yes, after his display of power during the Celtics game, he will heretofore be referred to as Derrick Freaking Favors.) Oh yeah. New head coach too.
Who are these guys? And where is the Utah Jazz?
This level of turnaround and roster, nay, organizational flux is unprecedented in Jazzfanland. We really are witnessing the bizzaro Utah Jazz this year. It’s nuts.
In spite of all the insanity. (I mean, could you have written a weirder ending than the Nuggets game last night?) I still feel a sense of hope for the future. The team KOC has assembled (or is in the process of assembling) really could do some damage or make some noise.
And at least the games are interesting again.
But until then, as fans, all we can do is sit back and loosen up our jaw muscles in preparation for it to drop, because something unexpected is more than likely to happen. And we are not used to that.
Put the predictable Utah Jazz to bed. We are in all new territory here.
I just hope Memo can find his way around when he finally comes back.
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