Posted by: Lowery Johnson on December 23rd, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
In school, the day starts with a bell. Church bells ring at the start of every new hour. But just because bells generally start things off, doesn’t mean it’s always the best.
In an announcement Thursday morning, Corbin told the Salt Lake Tribune he is closer to setting tighter rotations and picking the starting five. The pre-season line-up included Raja Bell, but will that, or should that be the case for the regular season?
Corbin has a lot of decisions to be made here. During training camp the attitude seemed to be if they earn it, they’ll get the time. Fortunately, but frustratingly for the team, we have a lot of players stepping up to earn time.
Bell is one of my favorite players for the Utah Jazz. He’s tough on the court. He’s not afraid to push around a super star (remember when he clothes-lined Kobe Bryant?). He’s also been an asset on the court when it comes to defense and using veteran experience to help out a younger, new age Jazz team.
I was never in favor of trading Bell, nor am I now. I am wondering, however, if there are other opportunities for the Jazz’s starting lineup in which Bell is on the bench. Defensively, I think Bell is good starting. He is able to start against the biggest and baddest without getting nervous or shy.
But does he fill a role there that someone else can? No.
Offensively, Bell is not the best starting option. I understand Corbin’s move bringing Miles off the bench. He’s energy, he’s a good contrast to the rookies. However, Miles has earned his opportunity to start. While he’s not a shooting guard, he is capable of taking over at the 2 0r 3. This is one of many options Corbin has to consider.
Maybe Raja Bell should be more like the closing bell on Wall Street, a signal of a hard fought and hopefully a successful day.
Corbin’s rotations will be set soon. Who are your starting 5?
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