Posted by: Travis Fuger on October 20th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Wake up Utah. The 2o1o-2011 Utah Jazz season is coming 100 mph. As we approach the 10-11 NBA campaign, there is a lot of question surrounding this coming season and whether or not the Utah Jazz have what it takes once again. Will they drop in the West and lose to greater forces? I have reason to believe the Jazz will not disappoint.
The Utah Jazz have one person that’s too hard to stop. Jerry Sloan. Jerry has seen it all. He’s been there and back and he doesn’t seem to falter. Scott Brooks and the Thunder have a great run last year. But, isn’t it hard to believe that Scott Brooks in his sophomore year is better than the Veteran Sloan? I think given the circumstances, Jerry reigns supreme. He’s been to the finals and has been to the playoffs 19 out of 22 seasons. Jerry is wise and hard. Sorry Scotty, I’ll take the man who’s been places more often. Nate McMillan doesn’t seem like he knows how to deal with all the ego’s on his stack Trail Blazers team. George Karl (god bless) doesn’t seem like his team could hold together without him there. Maybe people don’t want to stick around for his health either. Jerry Sloan has been there and back. He’s tough and he’s smart. Jerry isn’t going to give up his winning ways. It’s hard to believe that other teams really have this type of factor for them.
The Jazz have always been a tough team. The defense this year is tougher. Al Jefferson in 09-10 (according to NBA.com) averaged 1.3 blocks last year opposed to Carlos Boozers .3 blocks last year. The Jazz are better off with out Boozers non-defense. Ak is still here. Ak can effect almost anybody when playing defense. He can guard some 2’s,3’s, and 4’s, AK dives for balls in scrimmages and plays as hard as anybody. Bell and Wats0n give us a raw intense defense. Getting better defensively makes it so the Jazz have to do less offensively. Making up for losing three of last years great scorers.
The up and coming threats:
The league is constantly getting better and better. Every team is pushing to be better. Some teams just aren’t used to winning like the Jazz are. That’s an intimidation factor that a lot of teams face when playing the Jazz. When coming into ESA other teams are faced with this intimidation of our great home court advantage and Jerry Sloan. Teams know that it’s hard to beat Utah and sometimes that is the reason alone that teams don’t win. Knowing it’s tough to play the Jazz only makes it tougher.
The 10-11 season is coming full speed. Get pumped that the Jazz are already off to a great 7-0 roll. The Jazz are one train that is hard to stop when it’s gaining momentum. Our coach, tougher defense, and winning intimidation make the Jazz a tough beat this year.
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