Posted by: Kyle Goodman on February 10th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
My dad used to always tell me “Sometimes you have to quit strategizing and just play the game as it is.” As a college student right now, I’ve had so many moments where I’ve had to remind myself to do just that. Now, as a Jazz fan, I find myself having to do the same thing in the wake of Coach Jerry Sloan’s resignation from the front office. A shock to our system as Jazz fans, but something that we cannot allow as fans to stop us from “playing the game”.
First of all, lets stop thinking of reasons as to why Jerry left. Lets stop buying into the ESPN fueled rumors about Deron Williams driving Jerry out of the door. Lets stop theorizing about how maybe he didn’t have a great relationship with the Miller family after Larry passed away. Lets stop theorizing all these things. Lets now think about the new coach (and not an interim coach) of the Utah Jazz, Tyrone Corbin.
Lets quit calling for D-Will’s head to be put on a platter for us fans because Jerry’s gone. Lets quit saying that certain players aren’t putting forth enough effort. Right now, lets get down to the ESA or turn on our TVs for those who can’t be there, and watch and cheer for the Utah Jazz.
I know, it’s hard to believe. I know, it’s hard to understand just what has happened. And it’s really easy to play the blame game and point fingers. But lets be positive here. We have a team that’s still over .500 and still in the playoff hunt. We have a team that’s still only three games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for the divisional lead. We got a team full of guys who seem to try every single time, night after night, to win. We have a team full of guys that refuse to be denied and will not falter. And we know that someday they will win. Maybe they haven’t under Jerry Sloan, and maybe they won’t under Tyrone Corbin, but they will win someday.
The Utah Jazz won’t become the Cleveland Cavaliers because Jerry Sloan is gone. This franchise will become the Cleveland Cavaliers if it chooses to. If this franchise wants to a hapless team led by a whiny owner who acts like players personally need to owe him one if they can’t get it done in Utah, then so be it. But I’ll be the last person you’ll see ever doing that. I’m going to keep things into perspective, and just play the game as it is.
Lets Go Utah Jazz, Lets go
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