Posted by: Landon J on March 25th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
According to a recent article by the Salt Lake Tribune, Tyrone Corbin has decided that Jamaal Tinsley is the team’s new backup point guard. While saying this isn’t a demotion to Earl Watson, he says that he’s going with the hot-hand. However, he stated that Watson could likely see time during the upcoming game in New Jersey. Earl Watson’s remarks were a bit unexpected. He knows that the coach has the right to make that decision, and that Tinsley has been playing well, but says he will “talk to his agent” about his new role with the team.
I was surprised to hear that Watson wished this news would’ve come before the trade deadline. Watson is a great player and a great person. I’m a big fan. And it makes sense that he wants playing time. But what he said just struck me in a rough way. This could have just been his way of demanding playing time, or perhaps he really doesn’t see a future anymore with this team. With the trade deadline already past, he’s obviously not going anywhere soon, so it will definitely be interesting to see what happens with him in the next couple weeks.
I love having Watson on our team, but it’s obvious that the team has been very successful with him and Raja Bell out. Is this a sign that the team is better off without them? Do they slow down our tempo, or ease up our defense? It’s arguable. I honestly think that Corbin is smart to keep Watson out for now, and then let him play when this team loses it’s current “swagger.” Or should he let Watson play while everyone else is already playing so well? What are everybody’s thoughts?
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